Jeff, I know you want to save face but you lost this argument, period.
The title of this thread indicates that you have something you want others to learn about Christianity. And this is your thesis:
The idea is, we assume that the faith and religion we have now, is as it was way back then... Clearly, it isn't.
My rebuttals to your thesis is dead on topic. You just don't like it that I stepped over your quagmire. Your supporting information starts decades if not hundreds of years after the start of Christian Faith does it not? So, it is irrelevant to original Christianity, which is the central tenet of your thesis. Please stop saying that it is not. You simply cannot go back and erase the highlighted words that you typed above.
God spent well over a thousand years teaching the Jews a lesson on sin and its punishment.
And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: - Levet:16:21
And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks: and thou shalt offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, unto the LORD, to make an atonement for the Levites. - Numbers 8:12
If the Jew followed this practice he could be confident that his sin was abolished and then he had a legal right to the priviledges in the House of God. As JW's we completely missed this point in our theological instruction...being told that the significance of animal sacrifice was nothing more than a sweet smelling odor to God. However, the Jews knew what it meant. It meant substitution of punishment.
So, when Jesus willingly exchanged his LIFE for individual sinners (not Adam as the WT teaches) the early Christians (Jews) knew that it meant the exact same thing. And as they searched the Scriptures they found references to that Sacrifice that had been in there all along. That evidence is still available to us today in the Old Testamant.
Christianity is about avoiding Judgment and Punishment by allowing Jesus, who was perfectly innocent to endure a Roman Flagellum so that we can declare that " by his stripes we are healed." - Is. 53: 5
Instead of studying heresies in the later centuries in an alleged attempt to learn about early Christianity; why not just study the real thing? However, if your goal is to introduce confusion, doubt, and misdirection into the meaning of Christianity, then by all means carry on....as foolish an endeavor as that may be, carry on.
Just for the record, and so as to insult no ones intelligence here, I have a problem with the judgmental aspects of Perry's faith
Of course you do Jeff. So does every single person who has every lived. Christianity is offensive; being an affront to our vanity. Initally at least, humans (myself included) would far rather be left alone with their various illusions and self-justifications. However, God is God. He cannot simply not judge, because that would make him evil as an enabler of sin. Judgment must come.