Re: Jesus Died of a Deep Vein Thrombosis?Jun 11th, 2005
The original Jerusalem Church, which Jesus is believed to have been a part of, had dissolved by 100AD, and the various factions that arose afterwards had little to do with his teachings. By 300AD, and the Council of Nicea, the cults claiming Jesus as their messiah had already adopted pagan traditions, or been influenced heavily by Paul. As such, these religions cannot truly be called Christianity since they have nothing to do with Jesus other than adopt his name.
Constantine also did not consider himself a Christian, and was an adamant follower of the Sol-Invictus cult. His solution to unite his shared empire also helped to infuse his beliefs into the fledging religion that he could sell the masses. So again, this has little to do with Jesus as a person. By this time he had already become a mythical figure, raised to the status of unearthly redeemer, and his teachings forgotten.
By what accounts? The accounts of Christian historians? Or of the 2nd century apologists?
It should be noted that at the time the word messiah did not refer to an unearthly being, but rather a leader of the Jews; something Jesus never succeeded in becoming. This is why Judaism does not recognize Jesus as their Messiah.
Oddly enough, the link you provided fails to mentions the Nazorenes and the original Church of Jerusalem. It apparently denounces any reference to Jesus based on Biblical accounts, which is quite easy to do, seeing as how the Jesus painted in the Bible is indeed a distorted picture based on the teachings of Paul. If people are searching for proof of Jesus based on the words in the Bible, they won’t find a thing. As proof of this happenings, there’s this:
...and the Rev had it pretty much right, in that the mythical figure of Jesus was a mish mash of many Middle Eastern mythological heroes, many of whom shared identical qualitied, such as being born of a virgin, performing miracles and being resurrected from the dead.