Christians, please wake up.

John Nassivera is correct that the indigenous Aramaic teacher, Jesus, and the early Christians rejected the institutional racism of the Roman Empire. For this, they were persecuted, and Jesus was crucified. For three centuries, the early Christians, many of them Jews and Assyrians who spoke Aramaic, followed His teaching, which recognized the value of all human beings and beyond that, the intrinsic value of the whole of creation.

But, astonishingly, Nassivera avoids telling the whole truth: as to how Christianity shifted away from the teachings of Jesus to become a key supporter of institutional racism right down to the present. This racism has contributed much to our current suffering, and must be faced with honesty and humility. This virus does not disappear if ignored.

This huge shift happened at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, when the newly converted Emperor Constantine offered the Christian bishops a deal that the majority accepted. Redefine Christianity with a clear doctrine so that Christianity can become the enforceable religion of the Imperial Roman Empire. Destroy the holistic and mystical Aramaic gospels and endorse the dualist Greek gospels. The Greek framework is compatible with the power of the emperor over the people, and the power of man over nature.

This made Christianity a powerful institutional religion, but it buried the core teachings of Jesus on peace, truth and justice for all. It made the Aramaic-speaking Jewish and Assyrian Christians, who understood what Jesus has actually taught, the heretics who were then killed during the next few centuries. It led to a thousand years of oppression by monks of the people, women and indigenous people, who reasoned like Jesus. With fragmentation, institutional Christianity sanctioned nationalism that led to state wars, and racism that endorsed institutional slavery.

The list goes on. Christianity still fails to accept deeply His core teachings on the sacredness of the creation itself. Most churches have not opposed institutional capitalism that exploits people and the Earth itself so the rich can profit materially. Consequently, we face the impending destruction of much of life on Earth by climate change. Please wake up.

Dr. Alan K. Betts lives in Pittsford.

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The persecution of the Romans was instigated by the Sanhedrin, see John 19:11, where the guilt of the Sanhedrin is greater than the Romans. This is also reflected by Peter and John before the Sanhedrin in Acts 4:10. The case that the Sanhedrin was guilty for crucifying Jesus is also confessed to in the Talmud. [1] In fact, according to the Jewish Encyclopedia, Nero himself became a convert to Judaism, which fits very well with the fact that Nero was the Anti-Christ, and the preterist position of Jerusalem being the city of Seven Hills. [2] In fact, all of the Syriac churches believe in the verdicts of the council of Nicaea, and many believe that the Peshitta itself is a translation of the Greek, meaning at the time of Nicaea there was no dissension within the Church itself. The persecution points to the Sanhedrin, especially since Pilate washed his hands from the guilt in Matthew 27:24, and Christ declared in John 19:11 the true guilty party.



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