Rip Off Part 2: Deviation Explained

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?

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3 thoughts on “Rip Off Part 2: Deviation Explained

  1. When: Paul and the Gospel writers started the process of course but it was in the second and third centuries that the centrist Christians were able to create the impression of a singular, monolinear history of the Christian Church. That means they stold the birth right of the Isrealites by claiming to be the true chosen people.

    How: They did it by carefully selecting, collecting and arranging some of the existing writings from the beginning of the Christian era. To put it plainly, they assembled the Bible from the writings that best suited their needs and forbid the reading of anything that was contray to their needs.

    To go one step further, or one step backwards, they did exectly what the Jewish Redators did with the Old Testament at the end of the Babylon exile. They selected and editied the existing writings, of that time, to best suit their needs.

    So, the Jews did it, then the Christians did it and now the Mormon’s have done it. Everybodies hands are dirty. You want to make a bet whether it will happen again in the future?

  2. Thar never be just one style of Christianity. The problems be coming when the move was made to institutionalize the movement. There were Gentile and Jewish Christians. There were Hellenistic Christians (fusing Greek philosophy with Christ) and Gnostic, and Marconian, and Montanist, and Docetic Christians all within the first 70 years. Just look at the Synoptic problem. To say “Well Jesus was Jewish” and through out all the others misses a great deal of the original diversity that was inherent at the start. Mormon’s be having their own problems yet to compare early Christians who weren’t Jewish to Mormons be very close to tom-foolery. The comparison isn’t close by a long shot.

  3. i’m with the pirate here too! can’t say there was deviation as the movement had many stream from the get-go. kinda like Keirkegaard’s thought that Christianity is simultaneously attractive and repulsive due to the style of self-sacrificial love and subjective-experience it creates in the adherent. the teachings of Christ are both at once anti-institutional and yet quickly institutionalized within the first 60 years of discipleship and culminates at the council of Nicea. Constantine took many divergent streams and smushed them together for the sake of control, like a good Roman would. yet Christ was anti-Roman and anti-system and PRO-compassion. this leads to paradoxical thinking which isn’t the least bit rational and every bit experiential.

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