An essay donated by Ben Lomond
How early Pagan Greek fathers
hijacked Jesus of Nazareth
For centuries, the meaning of Christianity has been obscured by the debris of theological doctrines that have their genesis in Pagan Greek philosophy, sciences and mythology.
The ancient Greeks were an intellectual race and their gods also were very artful and intellectual.Â Had it been otherwise they could not have commanded the peopleâ€™s respect.Â Eventually the Greek gods saw the number of their devotees dwindling and for a time the Latin race came to their aid (though they changed the name of Zeus to Jupiter, and renamed the lesser deities also), but even the Latins eventually might desert them.
So these deities who embodied Greek intellectuality left their ancient abode and sought new fields.Â About this time some Hebrews were preaching the gospel of regeneration.Â One of the preachers known as Paul expressed his message in the language of Greek intellectuals, and because of his peculiar style, his message had an appeal all its own mainly for those who had least hope of understanding it.
These ancient Greek gods saw their opportunity and seized it, while keeping their own particular natures their devotees gave them Biblical names.Â It was always insinuated that they were invited into the Christian circle by the intellectual Paul, and that they were really Christian gods.Â As said before, these gods had every attribute that man could devise, for they were very, very intellectual and very, very artful.
So from the time that the scriptures passed under the control of the Gentiles (about 100 CE onwards, after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem) until the present, organized Christendom â€“ despite its many divisions of churches and sects â€“ has been united on the one basic principle.Â And that principle is their pronouncement that Jesus of Nazareth was not just a normal man born in a normal fashion.Â Both the doctrines of Virgin Birth and Holy Trinity are cornerstones of the Roman Catholic Church that were formulated by and inherited from the early pagan Greek Fathers.
The doctrine of Virgin Birth emanated from Greek mythology associated with Athene after whom Athens is named, and the doctrine of Holy Trinity was derived from Greek philosophy and science, the purpose of which was to discover the â€œsoulâ€ or animating principle of the universe.Â All would have been well if the Greeks had not mixed their science with their religion, for it was from their love of mathematics that the doctrine of Trinity arose.Â Both doctrines of Virgin Birth and Trinity were easily blended by the church Fathers to proclaim Mary as Mother of God and Queen of Heaven, and the man Jesus of Nazareth was deified into Jesus Christ, God the Son.
Church doctrine was developed from melting pot disputations among the early Gentile church Fathers who looked into the â€˜pool of Narcissusâ€™ â€“ that is the Bible â€“ saw themselves imaged there, and then projected this, their own image upon the world through the medium of the decisions of ecclesiastical councils called by Roman Emperors from 325 AD onwards.Â Christendom bears the image, not of the mind of Jesus and the character of the Supreme Being, but of early Gentile theology.
According to the Bible, the animating principles of the world are love and truth.Â These are very simple things.Â They are also very hard things.Â They were much too simple for the mathematically minded Greeks.Â Accustomed as they were to worshiping their mystical trinitarian gods and goddesses, and proving their geometrical problems by the use of triangles, they approached the Biblical problems with a mentality pre-inclined towards a triangular proof.
Reading a Hebrew problem through Greek eyes they arrived at an incorrect Greek solution to which they gave the name Trinity.Â This doctrine is a mathematical proposition expressed in Biblical terms and nothing more.
The Greek mentality is in evidence in this quotation from a work on the philosopher Aristotle, who lived a few centuries BC. â€œA magnitude if divisible one way is a line, if two ways a surface, and if three a body. Â Beyond this there is no other magnitude because the three dimensions are all that there are, and that which is divisible in three directions is divisible in all.Â For as the Pythagoreans say, the world and all that is in it is determined by the number 3, single beginning and middle and end give the number of an â€œallâ€ and the number they give is the triad...We make further use of the number 3 in the worship of the Gods.â€
The word â€œPhilosopherâ€ means â€œlover of wisdomâ€ and the meaning of the word emphasises Paulâ€™s statement:Â â€œSeeing the Jews ask for signs AND GREEKS SEEK AFTER WISDOM but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumbling block and unto Gentiles foolishness.â€ (1Co 1:22/23)Â Hardly a laudatory statement from Paul.
The City of Antioch is highly significant for both the doctrines of Virgin Birth and Trinity.Â It was from Ignatius of Antioch in his letters (115 AD) that we have the first known reference to Jesus being born of a â€œvirginâ€ and from Theophilus of Antioch (180 AD) that the word â€œTrinityâ€ was first known to be used in â€œChristianâ€ doctrine.
It is the testimony of history that the doctrine of Trinity is one of those things which â€œsettled or changed, or modified, in the cabinet of an earthly monarch the prerogatives of the King of Heaven.â€
Originally posted on 2010-NOV-28
Latest update on: 2011-APR-03
Written by Ben Lomond