In honor of Fat Tuesday I thought I’d take a little study on Catholicism, Protestants. History and the Bible.
People go for many years studying the Bible (sometime just one version at that- KJV only ) Guess what? – The Catholic Bible is NOT the same. It has all of the same books the protestant one does, plus a few that the protestants took out.. Now what’s that about?
Then I heard that Constantine ‘started’ Catholicism, uh….. that’s a newsflash.
I think folks may be getting Constantinople and Constantine confused, Constantinople was a Roman Church hub in the early days. Sure, he was a big player in the Catholic Church, but he didn’t ‘begin’ it. And yes, these ‘books,’ (included) or rather, letters, were written before that time, along with scores of OTHER ones. (more…)
With my passion of the Bible and spirituality I have often wondered how the bible was put together.. With the permission of a close friend of mine I have taken the liberty to use some of her extensive research to consider this… The Hip Opinion hopes you enjoy 🙂
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First let’s consider a few players in the drama…..
The Council of Nicene
The Council of Nicene was where the Emperor Constantine brought together a group of leaders and they decided ‘which’ letters and scrolls would be ‘the Bible’ and decided on the deity of Jesus. Around the year 400 or so.
The Council of Jerusalem
The Council of Jerusalem was an apostolic group that decided on the ‘rules’ of Christianity about 50 years after Jesus died, and THAT was the group that decided Gentiles could finally become Christians
Until then, even people who were Gentiles who ‘converted’ to Jesus’ way of thinking were then considered JEWISH. Yeah, several different sects, like Pharisees, Saducees and Essenes. With me?
Hey, how’s it going? Oh pretty good.. I’m blessed today. (me)
Blessed? You believe in Jesus don’t ya? Well sure, Uh.. Yeah..
I don’t believe in Jesus. Hmmm? Uh….
See.. I know what really happened. You do??
Let me tell ya a story:
Those guys’ back then in Iraq. They were monk’s and stuff. They were good at meditating and could put themselves into a deep trance. You know what I mean?
They would get so deeply into a trance that it would literally mimic death.
See, that’s what Jesus did.
When he saw the coming horrifing death he came up with this plan. He was a young dude and starting to get famous but he was tired of the limelight. So when they nailed him up he started meditating…And went into a deep trance.
They thought he was dead.
They took him down off the cross and put him in that rich guy’s tomb. He was all part of the plan you see.
Now, the diciples didnt’ know what was up. When they discovered what had happened they met with Jesus over at Peter’s crib.
They told him:
Jesus, if you don’t get the heck out of town right now they are going to cut your freakin’ HEAD OFF!
They snuck him off to Somalia somewhere and hid him out. He slowly assimilated back into society there and lived out the rest of his years.
You ever heard a story like that?
Hey, I’m quoting his story almost verbatim. Sure I used a little creative license but I’m sure he wouldn’t mind. It’s a strange world huh?
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
Oh my… What are we gonna do about this? We got a problem folks.
Looks like this deal brought a lot of attention to Jesus actually. I was wondering if they are more popular than Jesus right now? Those cat’s are still very popular. Their fan’s (followers?) are pehaps more closely followed than Jesus’s.
One day a emergent Christian leader posted “The Beatles had it right” on his facebook page wall. What was he talking about? I dunno. My guess is he was referring to their message of love and peace.
Hey… I dig the Beatles, and I dig Jesus. Can’t we all just get along?
Lennon said he didn’t know which would go first. Rock and roll or Christianity. But, they are both here to stay. Ya know?
I hear it all the time; “ I don’t like organized religion”
They say “why is something that is supposed to be organized so un- organized”.
Tis true, I’m afraid. There seems to be a lot of confusion as to how organized the major religions are. And, because the tend to bicker with each other (and themselves) then many people are obviously turned off by this sort of thing.
With good reason…Who wants all that drama anyways?
Well, millions of people it seems. So given that kinda record there must be something to it right? To be completely against organized religeion is a bit silly. Millions of people look to it for hope an direction for life.
So are all these people weak? Or maybe in need of a “crutch” They can’t seem to find their own direction so they need something else to lean on? Or a book of rules to tell them how to live?
I don’t think so. Believing in something in my experience points to strength, not weakness. It is far easier for me to “let myself go” and do what I want rather than try to be obedient to some moral laws. It’s easy to simply do what feels good. – And trust me, I know how to do that 🙂
So, recently… I joined up. It’s all good, except I don’t get to sleep in till noon on Sundays anymore.