Sorry to appear brutal for the things I am going to say; but
I wish someone else had informed me of these when I was a young JW.
It was due to the
political demands of the ruthless but superstitious Roman Emperor Constantine the Great who for
political gain declared the Jesus cult to become the state religion. This was
because his mother (as Finklestein alludes) came from the peasant class and had
adopted the rustic Jesus cult. Constantine’s authority established the Catholic
faith as the official religion with its chosen texts which later came to be
called the Bible. All modern Jesus-belief, including JWs and yours Michelle, sprang from
this Roman source.
There never was a primitive uncorrupted Christianity, there
never was a real person called Jesus.
He was the saviour- god-man character of pagan
theatre. The Jesus story evolved from paganism and was politically managed as the central figure of the establishment religion of Imperial Rome in the fourth
If you believe that Jesus is the son of God, you are parroting the Catholic church and ignorant of the pagan origins of Christianity. Besides how could anyone know who the invisible son is of an invisible father?
Constantine did not care a fig about the teachings of the Bible,
as I said, it was for him a superstition; it brought him “good luck” in warfare.
The fusion of all pagan belief in the new Roman Catholic Church; politically
united the pious in a cosmopolitan Roman Empire. This religious and political
unison was a platform of strength for the emperor. As it turned out, as history
shows, the new religion out-lived the Roman Empire.
The Catholic fusion
of beliefs in the fourth century Rome involved taking the folk literature
centred on the universal astrological stories and clothed them in reverential
language. The figure or character of a god-man saviour was recorded from the
earliest writings in Babylonia and Egypt. Thousands of years before Jesus,
Osiris (also called Krst) healed the sick, raised the dead, was born of a
virgin mother called Meri, had twelve disciples, walked on water and raised his
‘friend’ Lazarus from the dead. Space does not permit me to list the rest of
So why not have Osiris in your heart
as your saviour instead of one of his later imitations? Perhaps you might like
the sound of Dionysus “The true vine” was born of the Virgin in the stable with
oxen in midwinter, who turned water into wine at the wedding feast, was
crucified went to the grave and was resurrected after three days. Or perhaps
you might prefer the Virgin-born Great Shepherd Mithra, symbolized by a cross who was crucified and
whose body and blood was commemorated every year at the spring equinox by a
ritual last supper.
Christianity is pure pagan belief dressed up in a literary
confection to obscure its origins. Jesus is just an imitation of the older
God-man beliefs. There is no concrete evidence, no first hand eyewitness
account of him...and my goodness! if a man could raise the dead he would have
immediately become known and celebrated for his remarkable skills in the
interconnected and literate Roman world.
Alas! True resurrectionists
have always been a bit thin on the ground.
Since therefore Jesus is a literary figure not a literal
one, the likely-hood of Jesus being a real person is at the same betting odds
as Harry Potter becoming a breathing human being in the future and doing all of
the things written about him. Please think about it.
Why didn’t somebody tell me these things when I was at