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Were The Teachings Of The Christ
Hijacked by Religions?









“God is Love!"







“There are two kinds of stupidity:
one born of innocence;
the other born of prejudice.
The former can be taught;
the other can only endure."











[In this essay I speculate 1 that Christian religions actually hijacked the teachings of the Christ; changing them into something that was very different from what He actually meant. They did this to keep the very form of a religious government that the Jewish religion of that time was. In contradistinction to the New Covenant of the Old Testament of the Bible that put God in every heart, as a part of the human being, this “religious government” created a hierarchy of “interpreters” that interpreted God for the rest of this group.

Below, I enumerate the many fundamental contradictions that this practice creates. And show the many fallacies that this idea of God, as Monarch, and religion as government, produces.]








Some months ago, I wrote an essay called “My Take On Religion!”. In it, I highlighted the contradictions that all Judeo-Christian religions (in fact, probably all religions) create today. In this essay I focus on Christ's teachings and the religions that practice them. So, let me enumerate them again, here:



1. Religions are hierarchies, created to teach people to have no hierarchies?2
2. God lives in all, yet He has created a clergy, that interprets Him for all?3
3. God is love; yet he limits this love, by creating groups that, in their exclusion and exclusiveness, create division, hate and prejudice?4
4. Religions divide, but God only unites... so, how can this be?5




First of all, we must highlight where this Rabbi (the Christ) came from: a society built around a religious government and hierarchy, which pictured God as a Monarch or King.6

Of course, we must also take cognizance of who wrote the scriptures (in the New Testament of the Bible), which were themselves, the only real source of this teacher's precepts. The source of these writings were His disciples; on the main, uneducated men, who, even the scriptures highlight as themselves not fully understanding the teachings of their teacher, the Christ. The outstanding example of this being the failure of Peter (the future head of the Christian Church) to understand the unlimited magnitude of forgiveness – actually the very concept of love itself7.

But even further, the scriptures themselves show the continuing “battle” in words, between the Christ and the religious hierarchies that, at that time, controlled the religious government, the Jewish religion had become. What divided the Christ from them was his teaching of unlimited love. And, the absence of any hierarchical structure in religion, which made it into a government. This was a heresy to this religious hierarchy, who interpreted God as a type of ruler8.

Yet the scriptures seem to always unite His teachings with this hierarchy; and make Christ an actual supporter of this type of religion. This is yet another contradiction that shows us plainly that the people actually writing the accounts of Christ, and interpreting His teachings to the world, were actually, recreating His teachings according to the indoctrination in the Jewish religion that they had experienced. Thus religion became a type of government and group bureaucracy, and God a ruler and King. The other part of all of this is the going outside of reality itself – the miracles!

Does a God have to go outside of reality, itself, to make His deity known? Must God break the very laws of the Universe, He created, to convince people that His teachings were true? Or, more sensibly, would not the teachings themselves convince people of their truth; and that their teacher was a man, who had truly captured the true nature of God in His teachings?9

The Christian religion was born out of the very thing that the Christ seemed to rail against: the supernatural. Christ was fully a man – yet showed Himself a God through breaking the laws of the Universe in His resurrection (not to ALL; but only to the inner circle of His followers.) Was this consistent with teachings that made the center of all deity the very thing found in all – love? Or was this not the very same flimflam that the Jewish religion relied on to dazzle its followers with; and create a group of true believers, whose beliefs were the interpretations of human rulers?

Religions today live in rules, and thrive in homogeneity. Instead of doing away with all judgment, as the Christ taught, they actually are the center of all judgment on this earth today. Heaven and Hell are the artifacts of this. Reward and punishment for behaviors that are themselves their own reward and punishment – and judgments, that exist for eternities in the name of a man, who told all to do away with all judgment!

More and more contradictions! But the word "God" should entail no contradictions whatsoever! Another contradiction about a God where no contradictions are even possible, because He is GOD!

Then there are the results of these religions (for thousands of years) that all follow God. Their histories are travesties of any God – even the God of Hell itself, the Devil! Misery, torture, destruction, killings – massacres and slaughters – all in the name of a God, who teaches love! And most of all – division! A God who teaches unity and harmony; yet creates nothing but division!

Something is wrong; but not with God!

The “wrong” enters into a God, who is completely created by man! The Christ is today the contradiction to Himself, by being the center of the very same things that He was against – division; hierarchy; judgment; and hate and prejudice disguised with the name love!

The sum total of Christ's teachings were this: God is love – a love that lives in every human being without exception. A love that rewards itself in its doing. A love without judgment of any kind. And the single rule of mankind is the Golden Rule that reinforces that love, and the rules of behavior it creates for all.

Thus all religious clubs are superfluous; and they are only the ambition of the human to make himself a ruler over others of his kind.

God gave us all minds; and, like the Philosopher, Rene Descartes said: “I think, therefore I am.” Thinking is the essence of the human; and love is what brings that thinking together. Religions are full of contradictions, but the concept of God is without contradiction. So religions have hijacked the Christ; and made Him over in their image; an image that has lost the very concept of love itself, with judgment and division!

The real concept of God that the Christ taught, was not the God of the religious club, but the God within every heart. A God that needs no interpreters, except the harmony He brings through that love, He is.

I broached the subject of a God without religion in another essay. That God is how we should finally overcome the wrongheadedness that the religious club today breeds into its followers. It is that God who will bring all humans together; because His nature is one that does not fathom division, let alone congregate around it. God being a part of all, cannot exist without all; and that is the primary defect of religions today – they are clubsnot ALL.




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1 I use the term “speculate” here, because what I say depends on interpretation. My interpretation seems to me to be real proof, because if we dig into the meaning of the teachings of the Christ, we find many contradictions coming up that are cleared up by removing the “religion” from these teachings. It seems that whole New Testament of the Bible points us in this direction, as it presents the Christ constantly fighting the organizations and hierarchies in the Jewish religion of that time; yet Christianity, itself, became just another carbon copy of this same bureaucracy, the Christ challenged.

So I conclude that the disciples of Christ, fervent Jews of that time, misunderstood the Christ's teachings, and literally hijacked them, and presented them in the very clothing of the religious government, they were so close to. In fact, I believe the Christ wanted no religion (as then, and even now, understood) to grow up around these teachings – and certainly not a religious government as many of these religions have now become!

The real proof of this actually comes from the Bible itself, in that same New Covenant that God created with all people, by making religion obsolete, by actually placing God into the human heart as the purely human faculty of love – something no other creature possesses.



2 If God lives in every human heart, then, of necessity, all humans are equal. Yet religion is itself a hierarchy, which ordains a group of interpreters that have a special connection with God that others do not! The Catholic Church even takes this one step further, by creating the Sacraments, like Confession, through which these “Interpreters” actually take on God-like attributes in forgiving the sins of penitents and dispensing penances.



3 Here again, how can God live in someone, yet rely on someone else to convey his message to the very person He lives in?



4 Groups, by their very nature are not ALL! Yet God lives in all, as love – so, why have a group that does not include all, yet represents all to God?



5 Religion is division; yet God is totality! We see the results of this clearly in the Middle East today, where religions have actually declared war on each other, instead of bringing all together! Is this God, or merely the fantasies of truly ungodly humans pretending to be God?



6 In the Old Testament of the Bible God was definitely a Monarch and even a Tyrant ruler, who killed and destroyed, or ordered the same, by His chosen people. Contrast this with the loving, forgiving God that Christ described, who forgave without limit, and pointed out the innocence of children as the model for all human beings.



7 See: Matthew18:21-22. Here, Jesus tells Peter that forgiveness is unlimited (as is love). If the Disciples were unable to fathom this, how many other concepts of Christ's teachings did they misconstrue?



8 Mark 12:17; Again, Christ, before the Hierarchies of the Jewish Church, told them to distinguish what is due to government and God; they were not the same! I take this as telling them that religion was not government, in light of what the New Covenant did.

These differences between the God of the Old Testament and that of the New Testament are so pronounced that they seem like totally different Gods. As I said before, had God changed, or had His people, in their view of Him? That is why I see the Bible not as a book of answers, but as a book of questions.



9 Was Christ truly the Son of God? That He was a man is undisputed; yet was He really any more a God than every other man or woman was? I think He was just so: one of us wholly; yet devoid of the illusion that God was in anyone more than in anyone else. He saw religion for what it was: a way to bring a people together, and create a human Monarchy of sorts through religion.







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Originally Published:

January 24, 2016

Revised:

January 25, 2016