Christ Yes – Church No. Why? – Part 12

Jesus of Nazareth on the cross suffered one of the most painful deaths that one can imagine, because His opponents wanted it that way. For the Church, however, the terrible cross of torture is the “throne” to which He ascended voluntarily and the hour of “birth” of its institution. In a way this holds true, because on the Cross of torture they had the Christ of God silenced, and from then on – starting with Paul – the theologians took over. Yet, Jesus of Nazareth is the Free Spirit. He never wanted, let alone established a church. He never ordained priests or pastors and did not instruct anyone to build churches of stone, for every person is the “temple of the Holy Spirit”. The courageous young man from Nazareth did not speak of altars, not of pulpits, not of sacraments. He called people into His following, not into an episcopate. He taught no dogmas and never said that faith alone is sufficient. He did not write a supposedly flawless Bible, but said: “The kingdom of God is within you.” He announced prophets but no official Church hierarchy. Jesus of Nazareth was a man of the people and he was dressed like the people, not in purple and scarlet, as is said of the “Whore of Babylon” in the Revelation of John. He wore neither a mitre as the priests of the Baal cult and the Catholic bishops, nor did He stage a fuss with incense, holy water, litanies and bells as does today’s caste of priests. To his followers the seer John directed the words of God: “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and receive of her plagues,” meaning the “Whore of Babylon”, by the interpretation of many scholars an image for the end-time Church. Anyone can opt, of course, for the church, for everyone is free, and the freedom of religion is a high ethical good. But he should then distance himself from the ecclesiastical fraud pretending to be “Christian” when evidently it contradicts the Free Spirit in everything essential. The “no” applies against this fraud; therefore the exposure of the truth behind the church institutions. Jesus, the Christ, is rehabilitated and the machinations of His adversary who falsely adorns himself with the label “Christian” are unmasked.

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