Forged Origins of the New Testament

September 23, 2007 at 5:41 am | Posted in Religion | Leave a comment

Nexus Magazine posted an interesting article

Constantine’s intention at Nicaea was to create an entirely new god for his empire who would unite all religious factions under one deity. Presbyters were asked to debate and decide who their new god would be. Delegates argued among themselves, expressing personal motives for inclusion of particular writings that promoted the finer traits of their own special deity. Throughout the meeting, howling factions were immersed in heated debates, and the names of 53 gods were tabled for discussion. “As yet, no God had been selected by the council, and so they balloted in order to determine that matter… For one year and five months the balloting lasted…” (God’s Book of Eskra, Prof. S. L. MacGuire’s translation, Salisbury, 1922, chapter xlviii, paragraphs 36, 41). At the end of that time, Constantine returned to the gathering to discover that the presbyters had not agreed on a new deity but had balloted down to a shortlist of five prospects: Caesar, Krishna, Mithra, Horus and Zeus (Historia Ecclesiastica, Eusebius, c. 325). Constantine was the ruling spirit at Nicaea and he ultimately decided upon a new god for them. To involve British factions, he ruled that the name of the great Druid god, Hesus, be joined with the Eastern Saviour-god, Krishna (Krishna is Sanskrit for Christ), and thus Hesus Krishna would be the official name of the new Roman god. A vote was taken and it was with a majority show of hands (161 votes to 157) that both divinities became one God. Following longstanding heathen custom, Constantine used the official gathering and the Roman apotheosis decree to legally deify two deities as one, and did so by democratic consent. A new god was proclaimed and “officially” ratified by Constantine (Acta Concilii Nicaeni, 1618). That purely political act of deification effectively and legally placed Hesus and Krishna among the Roman gods as one individual composite. That abstraction lent Earthly existence to amalgamated doctrines for the Empire’s new religion; and because there was no letter “J” in alphabets until around the ninth century, the name subsequently evolved into “Jesus Christ”.

There is an explanation for those hundreds of years of silence: the construct of Christianity did not begin until after the first quarter of the fourth century, and that is why Pope Leo X (d. 1521) called Christ a “fable” (Cardinal Bembo: His Letters…, op. cit.).

http://www.nexusmagazine.com/articles/NewTestament.html

This is a small fraction of the posting.

Shortly thereafter hundreds of blogs posted the article in its entirety, but I didn’t see one that didn’t give attribution to the original or at least the magazine.

For example http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voices.php/2007/08/06/p18661
Did a fine job of formatting the article in some post 1993 style that a professional publishing house couldn’t seem to pull off.

At least as interesting is the civility internet blogs on the article.

William C. Carlotti thepeoplevoice.org article cited has a protracted analysis of the improbability of the accuracy of the story of Exodus written in a very
academic manner. There are many such comments in postings around the web, both skeptics and believers although the skeptics usually seem to have a better command of the historical facts and the believers have a more “well, I haven’t been convinced that maybe this isn’t true anyway” ring to them. The point is the postings were amazingly civil for a subject matter that could be so potentially divisive and contentious. There were few posting such as

Oh for piss sakes. Lets just get rid of the Bible and the Koran and every other man made fairy tale. Maybe when people quit killing in the name of their God we’ll have some peace.

from SoapScumBuildup.

Which seemed to detract from the civility and academic (rational or theological) nature of the conversations.

As a rationalist I find it amazing how little of the bible most of the truly devout know. They were force fed a condensed version as it is difficult to believe a story filled with 600 year old men, a god who just loves blood spilled on gold in his honor, talking snakes, talking asses, people turning to salt, the only good men in a town throwing their daughters out onto the street to be raped by mobs, etc.

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