Is religion a good thing or not? It’s a tough call… How about government, fire or water? They’re all good until they get out of control.
When the Roman Empire collapsed in the 4th century, many celebrated the destruction of the “Death Star” that controlled western civilization, but the chaos that ensued may have been worse. The only social structure left was the Roman Church. It brought some security that the masses needed during the Dark Ages. It was a good thing.
How did the Church become so corrupt after that time? Unfortunately, men, religious or otherwise, are ultimately driven by wealth and power. Take a lesson from Christopher Columbus…
On Columbus’ fourth trip to the new world, the voyage got becalmed at sea. When they finally made landfall in Jamaica, the crew was almost thirsted and starved to death. Being awed by Columbus and his ship, the Jamaicans lavished the crew with food and provisions. But after a few months, they got tired of supporting the crew, so they cut off the supplies.
Columbus had been reading an Almanac and learned that there was to be a lunar eclipse that week. He told the Jamaicans his god was angry they cut off the supplies and was going to turn the moon red to show his outrage. After the red moon “came to pass,” the Jamaicans gave the sailors all the provisions they wanted.
Religions are a blessing at conception, but enigmas when they convince the masses to fear their god and to comply with the priests whom hold sway with that god. This was how Columbus got control of the Jamaicans and their food… Nothing motivates the masses like the fear of god.
As I keep reminding you, Thomas Jefferson said, “The church perverted the purest religion ever preached (by Christ) by terrifying for the purpose of gaining wealth and control.” And sure enough…the Roman Catholic Church became the wealthiest and most powerful institution for a thousand years.
“Seemingly there are two forms of Christianity. One that the historical Christ is said to have taught (love and forgiveness) and one that the Church teaches (guilt, shame and blame)…” 325 AD marked the end of Jewish Christianity and the beginning of Roman Christianity. Understand… These were two separate and unrelated religions.
Indiana Jones was on a quest for the Holy Grail. Unfortunately when he found it, he had been captured by a Nazi platoon determined to deliver it to the Fuhrer. The problem for the group was that there were 30 chalices on a table and choosing the wrong one was a deadly mistake. The Nazi leader chose the most ornate, bejeweled goblet. “Truly a chalice worthy of a god.” When he drank from it, he crumbled into dust. The undying Grail Knight said, “He chose… poorly.” Indy selected a craggy wooden cup. He poured the water over his dying dad’s bullet wound, which was instantly healed. The old knight said, “He chose… wisely.”
Christianity is dying because we’ve been choosing the wrong chalice. We need to seek the wooden Grail… We forget that the message of Christ was the simplest of all. He stood on the Mount… asking us to deny religion because it taught us to fear God. For 300 years Christianity was just a religion of brotherly love. The brimstone threat came much later with the second Christianity… “Roman” Christianity… with its Roman bible urging us to fear god and our Day of Judgment.
Jesus only asked us to know that God loves us all and that He wanted us to be compassionate and help those less fortunate than ourselves. Historically, this was the only message of Jesus Christ… This was the foundation of the only religion he founded…Jewish Christianity.