Religion in general and its comparisons in christianity…..?

Question by NINJA: Religion in general and its comparisons in christianity…..?
I’d just like to point out that in religious studies at school were were taught about BC & AD (before Christ and Anno Domini)

I’d like to start with BC,

Well people weren’t sat around picking their noses, scratching their heads waiting for Jesus to come up to them and say come and believe in my father.

They believed in something, had a religion, Indigenous people had their beliefs.

There was Paganism, Buddhism, Ancient Egyptian beliefs, Shamanic. Judaism and many others.

In AD Romans had their own religion too

Christianity was born from Judaism. religious holidays in Christianity run parallel and around the time of Pagan festivals, The teaching of Matthew 7:2 is saying what you give out, you get back equally, which is a karmic force that Buddhism and Hinduism teaches. The belief of an afterlife (that christians call heaven and hell) that came from ancient Egyptian beliefs.

Christianity was very new at a time when religion itself was quite old. There are other religious influences in Christianity the main of which being Judaism.

That is why it hurts me so much when there are some Christians out there who cast judgement on other religions, because theirs contain so many influences of past religions before it.

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Answer by Jerome
Early Christianity developed in an era of the Roman Empire during the time when many religions practiced paganism. Paganism refers to Greco-Roman beliefs and practices of the people who lived under the influence of ancient Greek culture during the Hellenistic period of the Roman Empire. There was much continuity in the Hellenistic period; for instance, Greek gods, Greek goddesses, and Greek demigods continued to be worshiped, and the same rituals were practiced as before.

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2 thoughts on “Religion in general and its comparisons in christianity…..?”

  1. There is no other faith that has a Holy Book that defines what “RELIGION” is to God but the Christian Bible: Romans 10:3-4, “For they being ignorant of the righteousness of God and going about to establish their own righteousness and have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God. For Jesus is the end of the jaw to all who believe.” Enter Islam, Mormons, Jehovah Witness and other non Christian belief systems. Thank God for the Holy Spirit and the individual (church) Christian for even Christianity has become a religion.

  2. The birthday of Mithras was December 25th. Mithras was the god that the Roman soldiers worshipped in the time of Constantine. Constantine, himself, finally only fully converted to Christianity on his *deathbed* — according to what i read.

    So Christianity got their birthday for Jesus from Mithraism.

    (The incarnation of Mary Magdalene that Jesus guided to contact me — who i will be chatting with on Skype, later today — told me, when i asked her, that his *real* birthday was April 18th — which will be coming up pretty soon!)

    The dualism of Christianity — with the degree of power over this world attributed to Satan — does *not* come from Judaism. In Judaism Satan is like the prosecutor in the courtroom… & at other times like God’s left-hand man, the one He sends out to do His dirty work. The Satan of Christianity is an adoption of the role of Angra Mainyu of Zoroastrianism (with Ahura Mazdā being the uncreated God).

    Less-educated Christians remain in denial of all the Pagan influences that were amalgamated into their religion.

    As to their casting of judgment upon other religions – well, if they’re heavy Bible readers, & really believing all that stuff comes from God, they can’t help but pick up casting all manner of condemnatory judgment from what they’re reading. People are going to model themselves after the God (or Goddess) they believe in… & that Old Testament God is NOT “Love” — His Name is *Jealousy*. Exodus 34:13

    Yes — the love verses are there, in some places in the New Testament… but there are also lots of condemnatory judgmental verses, too — & people prone to hate gravitate to *those* verses. The Ku Klux Klan & the Westboro Baptist Church have a genuine round of verses they quote from the Bible that *support* their hate-teachings.

    Consider the following —

    Deuteronomy 13:7-11″If your brother, the son of your father or of your mother, or your son or daughter, or the spouse whom you embrace, or your most intimate friend, tries to secretly seduce you, saying ‘Let us go and serve other gods’ unknown to you or your ancestors before you, gods of the peoples surrounding you, whether near you or far away, anywhere throughout the world, you must not consent, you must not listen to him; you must show him no pity, you must not spare him or conceal his guilt. No, you must kill him, your hand must strike the first blow in putting him to death and the hands of all the rest of the people following. You must stone him to death, since he has tried to divert you from Yahweh your God.”

    When i was a Christian, in reading the Bible i underlined & bracketed the verses that were efficacious for my spiritual *growth* — the ones that would make me a better, more compassionate, more loving, more understanding, more tolerant person. And those were the ones i strove to *practice* with my life. All those heavily judgmental & hate verses i *ignored* (they were the chaff — i was reading for the spiritual *wheat* — the Good Grain for the Bread of *my* Life).

    But after a number of years i began to take note of how *intolerant* (especially of other religions) that other Christians were. Then i took note of the verses they were quoting to justify themselves — & those were the verses i had read, skipped over, cast out as “chaff” in the winnowing process.

    “Water finds its own level” — whether pure water or sewage.

    There are those Christians who are striving to live a life of pure *love* who find verses in the Bible to encourage & uplift them.

    Then there are other Christians who are living lives of prejudice, hatred, arrogance, racism, who are reveling in condemning others while feeling o-so-righteous, themselves — who find all the sewage they need in that Bible to support *their* views.

    http://home.teleport.com/~packham/bible.htm

    *Some* Christian denominations (like Unity) remain *very* love-focused… & in their book nooks may even have some Buddhist books for sale (at least such was the case when i attended Unity in Pontiac, Michigan, back in the latter 70s).

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