Christ as a myth and Bible banned for 1230 years

For Christ as a myth, see the following from a world-class scholar (with permission to all to copy):

http://www.stellarhousepublishing.com/originsofchristianity.pdf

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Reading the Bible was banned for 1230 years

The Church banned the reading of the Bible by laity. Penalties included being stoned to death or being burned at the stake after confiscation of real and personal property.

Reading of the Bible was banned for 1230 years, starting with the First Council of Constantinople in 381 (attended by Pope Damasus).

After he suppressed the Bible, Damasus (Pope from 366-384) created an array of formidable penances and additional anathemas ‘designed to keep the curious at bay’5, the chief tendency of the priesthood was to keep the Bible away from people and substitute Church authority as the rule of life and belief.

Owning a Bible was a criminal offence

In 860, Pope Nicholas I, sitting high on a throne built specially for the occasion in the town square, pronounced against all people who expressed interest in reading the Bible, and reaffirmed its banned public use (Papal Decree). In 1073, Pope Gregory supported and confirmed the ban, and in 1198, Pope Innocent III declared that anybody caught reading the Bible would be stoned to death by ‘soldiers of the Church military’ (Diderot’s Encyclopedia, 1759). In 1229, the Council of Toulouse, ‘to be spoken of with detestation’, passed another Decree ‘that strictly prohibits laics from having in their possession either the Old or New Testaments; or from translating them into the vulgar tongue’. By the 14th Century, possession of a Bible by the laity was a criminal offence and punishable by whipping, confiscation of real and personal property, and burning at the stake.

With the fabricated Christian texts safely hidden from public scrutiny by a series of Decrees, popes endorsed the public suppression of the Bible for twelve hundred and thirty years, right up until after the Reformation and the printing of the King James Bible in 1611.

About beyondallreligion

Samuel Butler, Author: BEYOND ALL RELIGION Most all religions are based upon a bedrock of lies. Christianity was invented by Emperor Constantine , for political purposes, based upon the myth of Mithra, a Persian savior god born on December 25 , son of a virgin. Mithra performed miracles and was later crucified. Pope Leo X (died 1521) called Christ a “Fable”. Later Pope Paul III expressed similar sentiments. Moses is based on the Sumerian life and legends of Sargon I, King of Akkad, “set in a basket of rushes and “cast into the river”. Egyptians kept exhausting hieroglyphic records. There is a complete absence of any record of Moses leading over 600,000 men, women and children away from Pharaoh’s army. Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, was convicted in a court of Law of being an “impostor”, today a fraud, con man, in 1826. He wrote the Book of Mormon soon after. Question: You decide: Does the text of the verses of the Qur’an correspond exactly to those revealed to Muhammad directly as the words of God, delivered to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel, as claimed? Sample or Buy New Book “Beyond All Religion”, 152 pgs, $9.95 at www.amazon.com (Kindle edition $3.49) or send mailing address and $9.95 to Sam Butler, SB 197, POB 25292, Miami, FL 33102."
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6 Responses to Christ as a myth and Bible banned for 1230 years

  1. hipmonkey says:

    After 1230 years, the bulk of the population seem unable to read the bible and strip it of it’s long attached church dogma. Thankfully a few critical thinkers can pick the fabrication apart without being burned at the stake. Why the masses seem uninterested is shameful.

  2. Ken Christiansen says:

    TOO BAD THEY CHANGED THEIR MINDS. GIDEON WOULD HAVE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS.

  3. Ted Kalinos says:

    No wonder for 12 years attending Roman Catholic grade and high schools it was cathecism, cathecism, cathecism not once did we open the bible in religion class. The faithful non questioning sheep.

  4. Shalom,
    The problem is Cognitive dissonance!
    THe book, WILFULL BLINDNESS by Margaret Heffernan is a must read for anyone who is interested in questioning their beliefs. Without knowledge of Cognitive dissonance, it is almost impossible for most people to brake out of the bind their mind is in.
    Question: What Is Cognitive Dissonance?
    People tend to seek consistency in their beliefs and perceptions. So what happens when one of our beliefs conflicts with another previously held belief? The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the feelings of discomfort that result from holding two conflicting beliefs. When there is a discrepancy between beliefs and behaviors, something must change in order to eliminate or reduce the dissonance.
    How exactly does cognitive dissonance work and how does it influence how we think and behave?
    Answer:
    Psychologist Leon Festinger proposed a theory of cognitive dissonance centered on how people try to reach internal consistency. He suggested that people have an inner need to ensure that their beliefs and behaviors are consistent. Inconsistent or conflicting beliefs leads to disharmony, which people strive to avoid.
    In his book A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, Festinger explained,

    “Cognitive dissonance can be seen as an antecedent condition which leads to activity oriented toward dissonance reduction just as hunger leads toward activity oriented toward hunger reduction. It is a very different motivation from what psychologists are used to dealing with but, as we shall see, nonetheless powerful.”
    The amount of dissonance people experience can depend on a few different factors, including how highly we value a particular belief and the degree to which our beliefs are inconsistent. The overall strength of the dissonance can be influenced by several factors. Cognitions that are more personal, such as beliefs about the self, tend to result in greater dissonance. The importance of the cognitions also plays a role. Things that involve highly valued typically result in stronger dissonance. The ratio between dissonant thoughts and consonant thoughts can also play a role in how strong the feelings of dissonance are. The greater the strength of the dissonance, the more pressure there is to relieve the feelings of discomfort.
    Cognitive dissonance can often have a powerful influence on our behaviors and actions. Let’s start by looking at some examples of how this works.
    Examples of Cognitive Dissonance
    Cognitive dissonance can occur in many areas of life, but it is particularly evident in situations where an individual’s behavior conflicts with beliefs that are integral to his or her self-identity. For example, consider a situation in which a man who places a value on being environmentally responsible just purchased a new car that he later discovers does not get great gas mileage.
    The conflict:
    • It is important for the man to take care of the environment.
    • He is driving a car that is not environmentally-friendly.
    In order to reduce this dissonance between belief and behavior, he has a few difference choices. He can sell the car and purchase another one that gets better gas mileage or he can reduce his emphasis on environmental-responsibility. In the case of the second option, his dissonance could be further minimized by engaging in actions that reduce the impact of driving a gas-guzzling vehicle, such as utilizing public transportation more frequently or riding his bike to work on occasion.
    A more common example of cognitive dissonance occurs in the purchasing decisions we make on a regular basis. Most people want to hold the belief that they make good choices. When a product or item we purchase turns out badly, it conflicts with our previously existing belief about our decision-making abilities.
    More Examples
    • “The person who continues to smoke, knowing that it is bad for his health, may also feel (a) he enjoys smoking so much it is worth it; (b) the chances of his health suffering are not as serious as some would make out; (c) he can’t always avoid every possible dangerous contingency and still live; and (d) perhaps even if he stopped smoking he would put on weight which is equally bad for his health. So, continuing to smoke is, after all, consistent with his ideas about smoking.”
    (Festinger, 1957)
    • “Imagine that you prepared at great length for a dinner party at your home. You constructed the guest list, sent out the invitations, and prepared the menu. Nothing was too much effort for your party: you went to the store, prepared the ingredients, and cooked for hours, all in anticipation of how pleasant the conversation and people would be. Except it wasn’t. The guests arrived late, the conversations were forced, and the food was slightly overcooked by the time all of your guests arrived. The anticipation and excitement of the great time you were going to have are discordant with your observation of the evening. The pieces do not fit. You’re upset, partly because the evening did not go well, but also because of the inconsistency between your expectation and your experience. You are suffering from the uncomfortable, unpleasant state of cognitive dissonance.”
    (Cooper, 2007)
    How to Reduce Cognitive Dissonance
    According to Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance, people try to seek consistency in their thoughts, beliefs, and opinions. So when there are conflicts between cognitions, people will take steps to reduce the dissonance and feelings of discomfort. They can go about doing this a few different ways. There are three key strategies to reduce or minimize cognitive dissonance:
    1. Focus on more supportive beliefs that outweigh the dissonant belief or behavior.
    For example, people who learn that greenhouse emissions result in global warming might experience feelings of dissonance if they drive a gas-guzzling vehicle. In order to reduce this dissonance, they might seek out new information that disputes the connection between greenhouse gases and global warming. This new information might serve to reduce the discomfort and dissonance that the person experiences.
    2. Reduce the importance of the conflicting belief.
    For example, a man who cares about his health might be disturbed to learn that sitting for long periods of time during the day are linked to a shortened lifespan. Since he has to work all day in an office and spends a great deal of time sitting, it is difficult to change his behavior in order to reduce his feelings of dissonance. In order to deal with the feelings of discomfort, he might instead find someway to justify his behavior by believing that his other healthy behaviors make up for his largely sedentary lifestyle.
    3. Change the conflicting belief so that it is consistent with other beliefs or behaviors.
    Changing the conflicting cognition is one of the most effective ways of dealing with dissonance, but it is also one of the most difficult. Particularly in the case of deeply held values and beliefs, change can be exceedingly difficult.
    Why is Cognitive Dissonance Important?
    Cognitive dissonance plays a role in many value judgments, decisions, and evaluations. Becoming aware of how conflicting beliefs impact the decision-making process is a great way to improve your ability to make faster and more accurate choices.
    Observations
    • “The basic hypothesis I wish to state are as follows: 1. The existence of dissonance, being psychologically uncomfortable, will motivate the person to try to reduce the dissonance and achieve consonance. 2. When dissonance is present, in addition to trying to reduce it, the person will actively avoid situations and information which would likely increase the dissonance.”
    (Festinger, 1957)
    • “Festinger’s insistence that cognitive dissonance was like a drive that needed to be reduced implied that people were going to have to find some way of resolving their inconsistencies. People do not just prefer eating over starving; we are driven to eat. Similarly, people who are in the throes of inconsistency in their social life are driven to resolve that inconsistency. How we go about dealing with our inconsistency can be rather ingenious. But, in Festinger’s view, there is little question that it will be done.”
    (Cooper, 2007)

  5. Maybe it would have been best if they had never lifted the ban. But who knows. Keep on blogging in a free world – The False Prophet

  6. Fred says:

    So, Pope Damasus had his secretary Jerome (later St. Jerome) re-write the New Testament 50 years after it had been written by Bishop Eusebius for Emperor Constantine after the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.
    They called it the Vulgate and then banned it from the possession of all laity. Only the priests could own it and read it.

    What a wonderful institution the Catholic Church of Rome is. “Burn your members at the stake for reading the Bible you wrote.” Wow!!

    May all the Popes occupy the deepest, darkest areas of the Hell they taught. They have earned it.

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