In case it wasn’t clearn from my last post what I was trying to get across – I will re-ittirate it this time in more clear and concise language.
Just as we can tell the Mormons deviated from Orthodox Christianity within America we can also tell clearly that Christianity deviated from classical forms of Judaism. There are clear lines in history that relate to us today this is the case, whether we are discussing Mormonism or Orthodox Christianity.
I just watched a documentary on the Roman rule and it’s innovativeness during it’s time. This regime managed to bring together it’s known world and rule via innovation. However, it should be duly noted it’s innovation was in taking original ideas of other regimes (ie: the Greeks) and making them useful in the Roman experience. I guess we can call this a new Hellenization (Romanization?) of sorts. Romans took useful inventions and made them better, this was their known forte – whether in building, food storing, bath houses, or war technology.
I see a clear line like this in the historical context of the movement of Christianity away from Judaism (maybe they thought they were improving a system too?). Anyone that fails to recognize this has not done enough study of these 2 religions – presently and especially back then.
What should tip someone off there has been some serious changes on the behalf of Christianity is the the fact many themes from Judaism have been drastically changed to fit another theological agenda. Some of these terms incluse the messiah as God, the virgin birth, the ‘son of god’ interpretations, impact of the Pharisee’s in the gospels, Paul’s Gentile agenda and inclusion, the physical sacrifice of a human being (atonement), a trinity as monotheism, the idea of a ‘church’, etc. There are clear deviations from the original meaning of many of these themes as they climb towards Christian orthodox tradition/beliefs.
I use the Mormons because they are the closest example of this happening in our recent time period with many of the same things occuring – from a a new church to added books to a new system of priesthood. And we can look into all of this with lots of clear cut historical analysis and theoligical cross comparisons. It’s really a great study.
So what I am saying is Christianity deviated almost 180 degrees from it’s original roots in Judaism (which I believe the disciples of Jesus stayed true to). Which leaves me with a few simple questions, when and how?