Christianity has been with us for a few Centuries. It has been labelled the Faith of Jesus, who was born Jewish and followed their practices for most of his life. His rebellion against the Church came about because they had lost their way and had become Greedy and Corrupt. Temples were being used for business trading which was, in turn, lining the pockets of the Church Leaders. The Jewish Church then banished and maligned him and was eventually the death of this man.
So many, including the Roman Empire, sent many spies into his ranks over the years to gather evidence against Jesus, but failed every time. Even John who, is mentioned in, and has several Chapters in the New Testament, was in fact, a roman solder who was sent into to gather evidence against Jesus. John even admits this himself. One just has to read the bible from cover to cover, to know that.
In the mid 325 AD, the council of Nicaea was formed to decide which testaments would be contained in the bible, and this was further edited around the 10th Century where a number of testaments were removed. Bear in mind, the bible was also interpreted from a dead language and often words and meanings were often guessed at or misinterpreted.
The Roman Empire couldn’t destroy Jesus’ doctrine and his following, so they decided to adopt it for themselves and use many Pagan holidays as a reference to those cultures who believed in Paganism and other older religions around the world. And with this interference from them, came the rules, created by Religious leaders (men), that so many still follow even today.
The literature I have read and the research I have done, has led me to believe Jesus of Nazareth did exist and he was one of the many enlightened individuals that have appeared throughout history to teach us what is really important in life. Along with the Dalai Lama and Buddha just to name a few.
I have always struggled with organised religion as my own experience was based on how Christianity was taught to me in Scripture class and in Church services. A lot of the different religions have way too many rules put in place by leaders of each faith, based on hidden agendas and interpretations of the bible itself.
I sought solace in the Spiritual Community which has also been referred to as “New Age”, which is a contradiction in terms, as much of what they believe is based on Ancient cultures and historical fact as well as traditions handed down from generation to generation.
I am descendent from Gypsies and have Celtic Blood, so my education was that of herbal remedies and what nature has to offer. Many experiences throughout my life has broadened my education and faith in a higher power, whatever that may be. I have educated myself on a number of belief systems and am open to learning more.
The Catholic Church has been much publicised of late, with a lot of Paedophilia and sexual depravation accusations. It is also reported to be the richest Church in the World and has it’s own principality, namely the Vatican City.
In the last Century or so, there have been a number of break away groups from mainstream Christianity/Religions. And that’s understandable because of the loss of faith and trust by their followers. We have seen the rise in New Age Christianity which has really take hold all over the world.
I recently watched a video of a senior pastor preaching his sermon at a local Christian Church and was fascinated and surprised by what I saw and heard. He was discussing “Understanding the Spiritual Realm”. It sounded very much like what I have read and heard over and over in regards to what is also preached as doctrine within the New Age Community. Especially to do with us being Spiritual beings having a human experience on earth. He used a story from the Book of Genesis about the brother’s Esau and Jacob as a way to describe Society and how Jacob had a mystical experience with Angels which convinced him of Gods’ existence. The Pastor’s interpretations was much different from the actual Bible story. The bible I have tells me he had a dream. He interjected this story with references to Reality TV Celeb families and other Social Media themes.
This was also interjected with the statement of you can’t just pray, you have to donate money and have real faith in God in order to be accepted by God. He narrated to the congregation about a time when he was 8 years old and his auntie had severe back pain that no medication nor medical treatment could fix. So a Pastor prayed over his Auntie and she jumped up and screamed that she had been healed and her pain was gone.
Now I believe in the power of the mind and the capacity we have to affect our lives by what we think and believe but to take away physical pain instantly is near impossible. Our bodies work in the most amazing ways but I find it difficult to believe that this woman’s pain was instantly relieved by a prayer. Unless the woman was a hypochondriac.
Not all but many, of these New Christian Churches are not what they seem. And I believe, based on much research and observation, they are indoctrinating and brainwashing people. They prey on the vulnerable and grieving, those searching for answers, as a way to escape, or just to feel like they belong. The Pastors are often charismatic and educated in the ways of Neuro Linguistic Programming and overwhelm potential followers with so much information and just garble. They break these people down emotionally and then rebuild them with manufactured beliefs that are often very contradictory and confusing. Most wouldn’t even question it as they don’t know otherwise, or know where to look if they wanted to research.
I pulled away from Organised Religion and also the New Age Community because I found the same thing happening amongst the Mediums, Psychics, Teachers, Gurus, Lighworkers and healers,etc, that had been polluting the Religious communities for centuries.
Faith is a personal thing, and I believe there are far too many people out there who will line their own pockets and serve their own self-serving agendas, at the cost of someone else’s sanity and faith. We are offered enlightenment and awakening as long as we follow a certain path or belief. But I have come to learn that no one size fits all. Too much dangerous information has been put out there that messes with so many people who see it as a failure on their part if they don’t get the results they were promised.