Sunday, May 20, 2012

Christianity and the Roman Empire – Part II The First Century

During the third decade of the first century a new prophet appeared in Galilee. His message was consistent with the currents of the time, but he also placed a new focus on the poor and disadvantaged. Most importantly, he claimed to be inaugurating the kingdom of God on earth through his own special relationship with the creator.  This post is about that prophet, Jesus of Nazareth, and the religion created in his name. Christianity caused a violent reaction in the Roman empire initially but, in time, conquered it. In 476 A.D. when Romulus Augustus abdicated, it was only the pope who was left standing.
Jesus of Nazareth was raised in Galilee, but we know little about him before his meeting with John the Baptist. Starting in the mid-twenties A.D, he travelled across Galilee preaching a message of the imminent arrival of the kingdom of God. To properly prepare for this event, the Jewish people must repent for their hypocrisy and embrace all human beings as their brothers, including women, the poor, and the disadvantaged. Without that repentance, they could hold no hope for immortality.