“The Story of Jesus Christ Was Invented as a System of Mind Control to Enslave the Poor”

October 10th, 2013

Maybe. Maybe not. The Bible can mean anything to anyone. The flipside of what’s described in this piece is Liberation Theology:

Liberation theology is a political movement in Roman Catholic theology which interprets the teachings of Jesus Christ in relation to a liberation from unjust economic, political, or social conditions. It has been described as “an interpretation of Christian faith through the poor’s suffering, their struggle and hope, and a critique of society and the Catholic faith and Christianity through the eyes of the poor”, and by detractors as Christianized Marxism.

Personally, I believe in outer space.

Via: Independent:

A controversial American biblical scholar is set to make his first appearance in London next week to present a discovery that he claims proves the story of Jesus Christ was invented as a system of mind control to enslave the poor.

Joseph Atwill, who is the author of a book entitled ‘Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus’, asserts that Christianity did not begin as a religion, but was actually a sophisticated government propaganda exercise used to pacify the subjects of the Roman Empire.

At the ‘Covert Messiah’ conference, to be held at the Conway Hall in Holborn a week on Saturday, Mr Atwill will present his theory that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they entirely fabricated the story of Jesus Christ.

Outlining his ideas in a blog posting on his website Mr Atwill writes: “Christianity may be considered a religion, but it was actually developed and used as a system of mind control to produce slaves that believed God decreed their slavery.”

Mr Atwill says that acts of insurrection by Jewish sects, who were awaiting the arrival of a so-called ‘warrior Messiah’ in Palestine, were a perpetual problem for the Roman Empire and that after the Empire had exhausted all traditional means of dealing with the problem they resorted to psychological warfare.

“They surmised that the way to stop the spread of zealous Jewish missionary activity was to create a competing belief system,” Atwill told PRWeb.com

“That’s when the ‘peaceful’ Messiah story was invented.

Book: Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus by Joseph Atwill

3 Responses to ““The Story of Jesus Christ Was Invented as a System of Mind Control to Enslave the Poor””

  1. Dennis Says:

    Great song.

    It would seem that to do what Atwill suggests was done, a necessary part of the plan would be to obscure the NT writings in order to keep the many writings that support or could be seen to support Liberation Theology perspectives from being read by the great unwashed.

    It’s hard to believe the Jesus of the NT was written as Mr Chill-Out Bro…Don’t Upset The Establishment when so much of what’s there shows him as the complete opposite of that. There’s no way you can accuse him of promoting political milksopism towards the powers that be.

    I do, however, find it interesting that a big part of the Catholic Church’s modus operandi was:

    a. The establishment of a belief system that at times outrightly contradicts the NT (Compare Mary’s eternal virginity with the first chapter of the NT, for example).
    b. The belief that Latin was the best language after Greek to use for the NT, an idea that may have once made some sense, but resulted in the persecution of those who translated the NT into local languages and the reinforcement of Rome as the centre of theological and political power.

  2. sharon Says:

    Well, I’d like to see the guy’s evidence.

    Certainly, his theory is plausible. The Jesus of the Gospels comes across, to me, as a guy whose actual sayings are vague enough to be interpreted any which way.

    What we really have in the Gospels is a guy who performed quite a lot of miracles and preached sermons of uncertain meaning. Gotta admit that many of his statements seem to represent poverty and misfortune as good things (as in the Beatitudes). There are also some direct injunctions not to be concerned about money and material things, such as “If someone demands your coat, give him your cloak also.” Non-violence (turn the other cheek) is advised. Payment of taxes is something you should do. (Render unto Caesar those things which are Caesar’s.)

    Jesus seems to have been uninterested in resisting the Romans, despite expectations to the contrary. He is shown criticizing Jewish religious authorities, and sometimes making them ridiculous.

    So a lot of this fits with the theory.

    Jesus’s representations of himself as the Son of God and Messiah range from mere assertions to Last Supper ramblings off into gibberish. (Now that last stuff sounds canned.)

    I myself spent decades believing in Christianity and diligently searching for the meaning of the sayings of Jesus. Unfortunately, you eventually realize that these sayings are without any definite meaning–which certainly could be by design.

    You can’t help but think that a guy who was a “teacher” and who had something to say would have just said it, in plain, clear language. So why didn’t he? Was it because he had no clear ideas? Was it because he did have clear ideas, but didn’t want anyone to know what they were?

    Trying to figure out what Jesus actually meant by what he said reminds me of all the many times that my children asked me what I thought the lyrics to some popular song meant. (The kids tended to theorize that there was something “deep” buried in there, which they weren’t getting.)

    My reply: “It doesn’t mean anything. It’s just supposed to sound like it means something.” Same with Jesus. The reason you can’t arrive at the “true” meaning or often get any idea at all what the guy was trying to say is because it’s gibberish.

  3. MBerger47 Says:

    Who was Jesus? Not a God, just a man who did live with Divine inspiration. This makes more sense to me: http://messenger-from-god.org/who-was-jesus/

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