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On the immuntability of Christianity

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Submitted by xtian (United States), Jan 25, 2006 at 18:16

The message of Christianity has always been the same. How we understand the history and the stories of the Bible have changed over time. Because of original attempts at coversion, through syncretism, Christianity enveloped many un-Christian or un-Judaic ideas. However, the philosophy Christ taught us to live by has never changed. The message was undying love. If this is understood, then nothing else really matters.

The Bible is immutable, but our understanding of it is in a constant flux. As we rule out other religious sycretism and get back to the original meanings, our understanding of the Bible becomes higher. Stubborness has also kept archaic ideas in Christianity, ideas that are un-Christian.

For example, the ideas of Hell and Purgatory are no longer existant in the modern Church. Is this a confirmation of the times? No. In fact, todays world perhaps needs a purgatory and Hell, but these were additions from Zoroastrianism in Persia. An omnibenevolent God would never cause eternal suffering. Hell, as dictated from the late pope, is refusal and separation from God sealed by Death-Not eternal damnation as tradtionally believed.

Here Christianity is not saying that any new vice is ok, it is truly grasping what God means. Our understanding is coming to absolute meaning known by God, not leading astray.
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