How Cults become Religions.
Cults are smallish groups centered on a personality.
IF they become successful and are joined by a range of people across the class spectrum – it becomes used to prop up the social hierarchy
in the early days, the church and state propped each other up
to rule was divine and divinity ruled
the first Christians were anti-materialistic group of one goddists
in a world where everyone who was anyone in civilization had their own pantheon – a god for every thing and a goddess for everyone
They had a martyr complex that made them ideal for the Roman Circus – that masterpiece of social distraction – public gorey games of life and death.
men against mens and beasts
Notice the early Christian iconicry in the first century didn’t really include a Jesus
see no one actually met him – they just met some disciples
Nazareth was built in the 3rd century of the current era as a spa village.
The Romans ever did a census, we have a lot of their government documentation and they did not discover the math to conduct a census. that happened in the 17th century
the roman census story was added by King James to make his population accept the first government census done under him.
to put it in modern terms
it would be like Elvis Presley happened in the 1950s, but the Memphis Mafia guys didn’t tell anyone until the next decade – 2020s.
The Credulity of Believers is thrown into sharp relief when they ask
what is the motivation for religious leaders to lie?
cue Dire Straights
Money for Nothing and your Altar Boys for Free
Here are some mind blowing religious facts:
all versions of Christianity are essentially one branch of a Religious trilogy called the Abrahamic Faith.
all the same religion, fractured over cultures, geography and time
even together you are not the majority in the global picture
China – which Christianity has spread to and combined with ancestor worship in some area and animism in other overlapping with Buddhist
India, where Buddhism originated and spread to China, is largely Hindu with it’s pantheon of bureaucracy
both have over a billion people each – that is 2/7th of the world
then going for the all oceanic areas and tribal shamanist religions
religion has the force and reality that we give it, and that reality is violent xenophobia and fear of others
it is how we exclude rather than include people
most religions you have to be born to, you cannot convert and they do not marry out
they are karma and reincarnation based
they have the same zero evidence as all other religions have
that we keep seeing cults spring up and become religions with the correct marking
such as Scientology and the American edition of Christianity – is not the evangelical protestant – that was a move away from Europe’s version of Christianity
the Mormons – who basically subverted the do not commit adultery rule
in most religions that are practised in the modern era, women are second class.;
this is why religion is not compatible with democracy any more than royality is.
we do not need to pay for pomp and circumstance
when so much of the world is starving or dying of thirst
if we really don’t think about the children
the world we created and the world we are leaving for them
where the idea that christians were nice came from baffles me.
this is what they are. spread by the sword or the word that instructs in said sword use