"The Fall Of Christianity"
Essay 20: The Fall Of Christianity At the heart of the Christian system is the belief that Jesus died to pay for the sin of humanity. Among other places, this is set forth in Romans 5 where it states that by the one act of Adam’s disobedience humanity was cursed with death. However, through the one act of Christ’s death, the gift of salvation or life is given to humanity. Christians understand that if one side of this tightly related equation fails then the other side collapses too (you can’t slip around this by allegorizing either side). Hence, Christians have traditionally advocated that there was a literal Adam who sinned and death entered life after he committed his original sin. This became known as the Fall of man. Jesus’ death for sin was God’s response to the Fall. The entire Christian religion is built around these fundamental ideas. But take a look at the sedimentary record anywhere on earth. It shows that death ha s been part of life since the earliest organisms emerged, long before hominids came on the scene. Death did not begin at the time of some mythical Adam. This fact undermines entirely the Christian belief system. The ramifications are wide-ranging and profound. First and most important, it means that God has never separated himself (herself/itself) from humanity. God has always been intimately involved in the struggle of the human spirit to emerge from an animal background and advance toward a more humane e xistence. Common human consciousness and the universal human spirit may in fact be related to the very presence of God in humanity. Further, there is no angry deity waiting to punish people for being fallibly human. God is not angry with what religious people call sin. He does not intend to punish anyone for their imperfection. Therefore, no one needs to be saved because no one is lost. Also, there is no hell to be saved from. And no, Jesus did not die to pay for anyone’s sin. To the contrary, he viewed forgiveness as absolutely unconditional. He never demanded the payment of debt first before forgiveness could be offered. As Bob Brinsmead has said, a God who demands full payment before he will forgive is a God who knows nothing about true forgiveness. The Christian belief system is based on a primitive eye for eye or payback justice is a denial of the teaching of Jesus. This form of justice developed from archaic beliefs in angry gods punishing people through the forces of nature, accident and disease. The ancients believed that the gods demanded blood sacrifice to appease their anger. This barbaric thinking was employed by the followers of Jesus to explain his life and death. In doing this, they distorted entirely the new ideas he had proposed regarding unconditional and endless forgiveness. Fortunately, we have new information today that allows us to re-examine the primitive ideas of the ancients and to uncover the flaws in their reasoning. The Christian belief system was built on serious errors in the primitive imagination, such as the erroneous perception that humanity had become separated from God at the time that Adam supposedly sinned. Christian blood salvation was developed in response to this erroneous perception. New discovery has now led us to re-evaluate systems of thought such as Christianity and in the light of this information we can only conclude that the Christian viewpoint is no longer credible. With contemporary discovery Christian belief collapses entirely and this is the real Fall. Copyright Wendell Krossa, contact at email@example.com Suggested reading: ‘Taking The Animal Out Of God’ by Wendell Krossa