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A long time ago, I had a post indicating that its awfully hard to read the Acts of the Apostles and not conclude that Jesus and the early Church were pretty much hardcore socialists. Heck, in the Acts of the Apostles, God strikes down people who held back some of their money from the commune. Simply saying God struck them down for lying doesn’t cut it as an excuse – both the Old and New Testaments are filled with examples of people lying to God without getting killed for it.
The Romans ran out of lions too soon.
When the Romans (Latin and Greek) decided stop feeding them to the lions it was over.
The good stuff was subverted, the religion was taken over as a state affair.
All the lions did was supply a trade in relics in the middle ages.
The emperors succeeded in using the good parts of the religion that suited them (thou shalt not covet they neighbors right to own the means of production while you and your kids starve) and abolishing the humaneness of the Message (Thou shalt not lie, steal, bear false witness or kill by hoarding the means so poor folk starve were all ignored), it has been down hill since about Constantine’s time.
The first law is the least one, which was the most subverted: Do Unto Others…..
3000 years before the similar one about “do not harm” was established in the Indus Valley.
About the time of Constantine the church needed ‘doctors of the church’ to help make up theology to justify killing other christians and pagans (anyone not in the right church).
Jesus and the earliest Christians were a reaction against the established religions, and their dogmas, of the time. The religious establishment is little different now than it was then, only the identities have been revised. What was once reactionary has over the passage of time become the establishment. I guess we need a new reaction to the current establishment. is there another Jesus in the house?