Thanks for sharing. I too was a Catholic and did a lot of reading, which led to my becoming a non-Catholic.
In discussing “Christianity,” I reluctantly use the word “church,” because I do not believe that Jesus ever founded any churches, nor did Paul. Everywhere Jesus went He proclaimed the kingdom of God, and the people heard Him gladly. The ones who believed became part of His “ekklesia,” his outcalled ones (not His church). On the day of Pentecost, the “120” were Jews who believed, and they
didn’t cease being Jews. Jesus never ceased being a Jew, and I don’t think Mary converted to Catholicism. The 3000 added that day also were Jews who believed.
I know that the term “Christian” was first applied at Antioch, and was sort of a nickname for these people, these believers. But, how “Christianity” of the New Testament suddenly emerged intertwined with the world’s political system is what I am trying to figure out.
I better stop now because I’m rambling (while at work). Hope to talk with you further about this question.
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I know that the term Christian was first applied at Antioch, and was sort of a nickname for these people, these believers. But, how Christianity of the New Testament suddenly emerged intertwined with the worlds political system is what I am trying to figure out.
Read some of the posts I made, and the early writings along with some early History of the chuch. You can't help but pick up some hints as to how it was corrupted by incorporating politics as part of its make-up.
Type at you later...