Sunday, 28 February 2016

Five compromises which transformed Christianity into a world beater

With out the efforts of Saint Paul Christianity today would have ended up just like an another sect of Judaism confined only to a small state something like Israel. If not for the charismatic envision of Paul and his acquaintance with the Gentiles, in fully understanding the mindsets of the Gentiles, in clearly knowing what they like and what they don't, I'm afraid with out Paul it would have been impossible for the other apostles of Jesus to gain Gentile converts.

1. Gentile converts need not have to follow the Laws of the Old Testament. 

No Gentile would have converted to Christianity if Christians had enforced strict Jewish Laws on the Gentile souls because the whole concept of a divine law which human beings have to strictly follow to avoid a God's wrath was an alien concept to them and they would have never liked it at all.


2. Gentile converts need not have to undergo circumcision.

If the Jewish Christians just like Saint Peter had insisted that even Gentiles must undergo circumcision in order to become Christians I am sure Gentiles would have distanced themselves from Christianity.


3. Heavenly redemption by ascension

Every Gentiles eyes and ears would have lit up when Paul says this in Corinthians because Gentiles loved apocalyptic literature and ascension to various heavens.

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago-- whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows-- such a man was caught up to the third heaven. (2 Corinthians 12:2)

4. Christianity as a mystery religion.

Gentiles loved those religions having a mystery surrounding them and many Gentiles of that time were initiated into Dionysian, Orphic, Eleusinian, Osiris and Mithraic mysteries. Paul by transforming the human Jesus into a heavenly father preached his Gospel with a salvation theme similar to the mystery religions and guess what Gentiles loved his Gospel more than anything else.


5. Jesus as the first born God.


No Gentile would have worshiped a human as God or in other words no Gentile would have worshiped Jesus if he was just a human being without giving salvation to the Gentiles in return no matter how divine his parables were or no matter what miracles he made. Paul very well knew this hence he established Jesus as the first born God just as the pagan sun god Helios-Mithras.

One can see that in all the five points which led to the success of Christianity Paul's influence is punched on every one of them.