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HISTORY REBUILT PART 9 - BEGINNINGS OF CHRISTIANITY

Christianity began at the time Jesus reached the age to teach. It was fully formed within a few decades after His public life, crucifixion and resurrection. Not only did Christianity grow to be part of the Jewish heritage, it was the Jewish heritage that Christianity grew as well as the other governmental and traditional cultures like the Roman Empire and Greek Hellenistic’s philosophy in the Middle East at that time.


The new faith-based religion (I distinguish here between religion and spirituality) spread from the Jewish synagogues to the Roman provincial locations. In times with less church buildings, the majority of Christianity teachings were done outdoors by the Apostles and then their followers. Communities of Christians formed local church groups (churches) and the spread of Christianity became an urban phenomenon that traveled along the roads in the Roman Empire and flourished in Roman population centers. In accordance with the New Testament, this period was called the apostolic age – when Jesus’s first disciples (students) who were now apostles (teachers) preached the news of Christ Salvation. It was the teaching of the New Covenant.


By the 2nd century, one of the local leaders named Ignathis used the word catholicity (Greek – katholikos meaning universal) to describe how Christianity was found universally within the Roman Empire at that time. This expansion of churches was not only in the Roman cities in the Mediterranean area but moved inland and northward into Europe proper. This spread caused Christianity to develop a strong Latin basis and began to be separated from the eastern Greek roots. This led to some linguistic difficulties in describing complex theological concepts, such as Jesus’ combined humanity and divinity, the virgin birth being the Son of God and His place in the Trinity.


The apostolic age taught the faith-based Christianity in quiet small places. This new faith-based religion was persecuted, illegal and required to be spoken about as an underground religion. The Roman Empire leadership considered Christianity and its followers to be atheists because they didn’t worship the Greco-Roman gods, and subversive traitors, because Roman religion was part of the state of Rome. Let’s stop here a moment and reflect back to the last chapter discussing bloodlines. It was through the bloodline of Ham (Phoenicians) and their Canaan religious beliefs that the Greco-Roman religion was formed.


Just like the Israelites were persecuted as God’s people from Abraham to today, so were the Christians (the Gentiles, converted from both Jewish faith and from the Satanic culture of the Roman Empire and Europe). Nero blamed Christians for the Roman fire that history tells us it was himself who instigated the fire in 64 C.E. Peter and Paul were killed in a city-wide persecution in the four years that followed. Christians were even tied to posts, lit on fire and used as light for Nero to walk his gardens.


It was the emperor Trojan, in the 2nd century, who