1: Although still a cause for intense debate, there may have been a preacher called Jesus who taught a pacifist version of the Jewish religion for about 3 years. He then inexplicably disappeared. After the disappearance, the first followers of this Jesus the Christ, as he became known, believed he had been absorbed by God because he was such a good man. Of two things we can be certain: there was no nativity and no crucifixion.

2:  Many cults and sects appeared after the disappearance of Jesus. The stories on which they were based varied widely. At least one sect taught that Jesus had been reincarnated.

3: A sect began a story that Jesus was crucified by the Romans. This was considered so dangerous by Roman authorities that they killed and tortured Christians. One of the preferred forms of killing was crucifixion, a common form of capital punishment used by the Romans. In response to the persecution by the Romans, stories arose defining Jesus in terms of a supernatural entity.

4: A particularly aggressive Christian sect convinced Constantine that he could unite his army under banner of Christianity. After Constantine’s enemies were vanquished, the sect held conferences to decide what beliefs should constitute Christianity. The supernatural version of the Jesus story was chosen as the ultimate and only version. Stories were chosen and adapted to fit the emerging supernaturalist version. Those who disagreed with this version were tortured and killed by the emerging Christian Church.

5: The supernatural version split into two; the Orthodox Church in the east and the Roman Catholic Church in the west. These were the only versions of Christianity allowed. Christian missionaries from both sects were sent around known world to promote the supernatural version.

6: Some missionaries were killed by members of indigenous religions who objected to their religions being usurped by Christianity. Sometimes Christianity was partly absorbed into old religions. The Roman Catholic Church, in particular, used this to argue that versions other than Roman Catholicism must be eradicated.

7: Many people were killed by purges committed by the Roman Catholic Church in the name of promoting its version of the supernatural Jesus story.

8: The Roman Catholic Church couldn’t eradicated every pagan instinct and it was almost brought down by its own members who demanded a goddess figure. The Church introduced Virgin Mary worship to pacify the demands for a goddess.

9. Eventually, Protestantism became a significant force in Christianity as more and more people came to despise the Roman Catholics’ strict demands. Many variants of protestantism emerged and were tolerated.

10. Modern Christianity emerged in response to the scientific and rational revolution known as the Enlightenment. Although Christianity has been badly diminished by fewer and fewer people feeling a need for religion, it still survives. However, Christianity is still based on the fabrication of a supernatural Jesus and is therefore a target for historians and archaeologists.

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