I’m getting DARN tired of Christianity being attacked these days! Everywhere we turn, we’re being demeaned, mocked, demoted, excluded, lambasted, excoriated, assaulted, abused, scorned and hated. Christians in the American military are finding themselves having to walk on eggshells so as to not ‘offend’ any of the God hating atheists or pink thong wearing sodomites. Even military Chaplains aren’t allowed to pray in Jesus’ name!
Christians in the Middle East are being robbed, beaten, raped, tortured, imprisoned and murdered. I can trace the uptick of persecution of Christians here in America to 2008, the year Barack Hussein Obama, the muslim loving, sodomite smooching, immoral, anti-American usurper of the United States Constitution, was elected President. If you think about it, you’ll see it’s true.
Now, Jesus made it quite clear that since the world hated Him, it would hate us too and He was right. We’re used to being the outsiders; the ones who usually eat lunch alone, or with that other weird Jesus freak in the office. We’re the oddballs who politely excuse ourselves when the filthy jokes are being told and we don’t have exciting, tawdry tidbits to offer up when discussing our weekend plans. That’s OK. We can handle the eye rolling looks of disdain.
But when the world starts denigrating my Savior…honey, it’s ON. I do NOT take that sitting down! You don’t disrespect MY Jesus and expect me to just sit there like some buzzed bimbo on a barstool. Right now my blood is boiling. Allow me to tell you about “Covert Messiah, a unique symposium at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London.”
This pseudo intellectual sewage asks the question “Is Christianity the genesis of modern psychological warfare?” I can tell you’re burning to know more. Here’s the introduction:
“The calendar we use today marks the life of Jesus Christ as the beginning of a new chapter in Western civilization, a new era inspired by Christ’s message of love, charity, humility, peace and justice. But established history tells us that Christianity became entangled in politics, wealth, violence, and empire because the institutional religion strayed from the moral teachings of its founder. How did it go so wrong?”
“The latest in Biblical scholarship has uncovered new evidence that provides a disturbing explanation: Christianity never strayed; Jesus Christ is a fabricated cover story for an Imperial psychological warfare operation born out of the First Jewish-Roman War in the first century.” Huh?
Yes folks, the egg-headed, godless fools of university academia have hit a new low in their never ending quest to disprove the existence of God. Now, they’ve decided Jesus never really existed, but was in fact a fable concocted by the Roman Empire to keep those pesky Jews in line. This hypothesis is described as “An expose on Christianity whose time has come.” Oh, I feel SO enlightened! Actually, the time for such drivel will never come.
Let’s consult that silly old book that was “written by men,” and “has been changed hundreds of times over the centuries,” and “is filled with all sorts of inconsistencies,” the Bible. I really like the way Paul, IF he actually existed, talks about people who can’t seem to use the good sense God gave them.
Romans 1:16-22 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”
Pardon me, what was that last sentence? “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” Well now, doesn’t that just describe university academia to a ‘T’? Down in verse 28, Paul says “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind…” He certainly did!
The premise of the symposium is that the Romans wrote the New Testament in order to control the masses of the day, giving the Jews a Messiah who preached “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s,” “turn the other cheek,” and “love your enemy.” According to guest speaker, Joseph Atwill, “The Caesar’s committed a crime against consciousness. They reached into the minds of their subjects and planted false concepts to make them easier to control.” This man obviously thinks the citizens of Rome had the reasoning capacity of a doorknob. I highly doubt this was the case.
A documentary called Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus was developed from Atwill’s book of the same name. Mr. Atwill grew up in Japan and attended a Jesuit military academy which explains quite a bit about how his thinking was completely skewed from childhood. His bio says he spent most of his school days studying Greek, Latin and the Bible.
In later years, he claims to have studied hundreds of books on the origins of Christianity, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. I have to wonder if there really are ‘hundreds of books on the origins of Christianity’ in existence! Seems like an exaggeration to me, but what do I know? I’m not an academic. (Thank God!)
I love the way the documentary synopsis starts: “The origin of the Christian religion has been a subject steeped in mystery for nearly 2000 years.” Really? I’ve never heard ANYONE question the origin. “Who was Jesus?” God’s Son. “Is he an historical character?” According to the overwhelming majority of historians who have lived since the 1st Century, yes, he is. “Who wrote the Gospels?” The men whose names are on the Gospels. Duh. “Why are they written in Greek?” Because that was one of the main languages of the Roman Empire. “Why did they have a pro-Roman and anti-Semitic perspective?” They don’t!
And my favorite question, which exposes just how far off in left field this guy is, “Why was the religion headquartered in Rome?” It wasn’t, moron. It was headquartered in Jerusalem and if you ever actually read the Bible, you’d know that! The Roman Catholic Church, which is in no way representative of 1st Century Christianity, wasn’t even headquartered in Rome, but rather Constantinople, and that wasn’t until the 4th Century.
Yes, Mr. Joseph Atwill is a very special kind of stupid. He fits perfectly in the university system’s ivory towers of supposed higher learning, at the expense of common sense.
According to good ‘ol Wikipedia, nearly all modern scholars consider the baptism and crucifixion of Jesus to be historically certain. James Dunn, Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity of the University of Durham, England, states that “These two facts in the life of Jesus command almost universal assent” and “rank so high on the ‘almost impossible to doubt or deny’ scale of historical facts,” that they are often the starting point for the historical study of the life of Christ.
John P. Meier is the William K. Warren Professor of Theology at the University at Notre Dame, specializing in Biblical studies and Christianity/Judaism in antiquity. He wrote A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, which uses methods of modern research to “recover, recapture and reconstruct the historical Jesus.”
Wikipedia states that Mr. Meier “views the crucifixion of Jesus as historical fact and states that based on the ‘criterion of embarrassment,’ Christians would not have invented the painful death of their leader. Meier states that a number of other criteria, e.g. the ‘criterion of multiple attestations’ (i.e. confirmation by more than one source), the ‘criterion of coherence’ (i.e. that it fits with other historical elements) and the ‘criterion of rejection’ (i.e. that it is not disputed by ancient sources) help establish the crucifixion of Jesus as a historical event.”
So, if He was crucified, then He must have existed. Got that, Mr. Atwill? There now, it’s really not that difficult, is it?
This documentary states “No doubt, Christianity has done a lot of good for the world, but a lot of bad has come from its most dogmatic believers, who create wars, hatred, and other harm under the disguise of religion.” Again, he’s obviously referring to the Roman Catholic Church, which is a skewed version of true Christianity.
It goes on to claim that “support for wars in the Middle East is preached to Evangelical Christians as a way to speed up the coming of the End of Days.” What are these people smoking?? I defy them to name ONE preacher who does this!
I’m pretty sure they’re confusing Evangelical Christianity with Islam. THEY are the ones who are bucking for wars in order to bring back their 12th Imam, the Mahdi, A/K/A antichrist. Christians are doing no such thing. WE are the ones calling for our sons and daughters to come home, so they can stop dying for the Globalist agenda.
This “ground-breaking documentary not only gives us a revolutionary new understanding of the origins of Christianity, but shows how the political use of religion is still affecting our personal lives today. We currently live on the brink of an immense paradigm shift, and this modern time is very parallel to the era in which Christianity emerged. Studying this ancient era can give us the much-needed perspective for coming up with solutions to today’s problems, so we can create the better world that we envision.”
More like a wind-breaking documentary, if you ask me. So, after more than 2000 years, these intellectually arrogant buffoons have dreamed up a revolutionary new understanding of how our Savior came into the world to die for our sins, rose the third day and ascended to the Father. Well, ain’t that special! What HAVE we done all this time without their brilliance to light our way?
They are correct about one thing: the political use of the religion of atheism is absolutely affecting our personal lives today. This godless religious system has been rammed down our throats since the early 1960’s and is growing more virulent by the day! And, I also agree that we currently live on the brink of an immense paradigm shift because this era is somewhat reminiscent to the one in which Christianity emerged.
Yep, Christianity and the Age of Grace started in the 1st Century, and it’s just about to conclude. And yes sir, Mr. Atwill when this happens, you will most certainly shift your paradigm in a mighty way! We already have the solutions to today’s problems, but mankind is much too self-centered and arrogant to obey, which is why the very historical Jesus will be coming back in the flesh to rule this earth with an iron rod.
So, you and your colleagues go right ahead and poison more mushy college age minds with your blasphemous drivel. Yuk it up in Conway Hall, that beautiful lecture and concert facility, widely considered to be a landmark of London’s independent intellectual, political and cultural life. Welcome the sheeple into that historic home of British humanism, and be sure to point out the creed of the Society, “To Thine Own Self Be True” that proudly graces the main hall above the stage, lit by skylight.
Proceed to pontificate your delusional magnum opus in your most impressive oratorical voices, showing yourselves to be the bloated, over-rated, pompous jackasses you are. Revel in the drooling adulation of the ignorant, and enjoy your sad measure of glory while you can.
However, keep this one caveat in the back of your busy mind: One day you will find yourselves having to bow your knee to that Jesus you mock, and you will confess He is Lord. I highly recommend you pack an extra pair of shorts because, when you discover what’s in store for academic fools like you, I’m pretty sure you’ll shift all over your paradigm again.