To: Jack Kilmon 17-Feb-93 02:47am Hello Jack! Sunday February 14 1993, Jack
From: Sean McCullough
To: Jack Kilmon 17-Feb-93 02:47am
Sunday February 14 1993, Jack Kilmon writes to John Musselwhite:
JK> I have always considered Paul as the inventor of Pagan Christianity.
JK> What is interesting to me was his severe persecution of the original
JK> followers of Jesus...the Evyonim...who were associated with James the Just
JK> (Yakob ben Yosef), the brother of Jesus.
Please be so kind as to NOT lump the Terrorist of Tarsus in with us
Saul of Tarsus was a flunked-out Pharisaic trainee of Gamaliel's school;
doubtless he was phlunqued :-) by Master Gamaliel for lack of COMPASSION,
which was well known to be a mark of a Hillelite Pharisee like
Gamaliel.....and well known to be MISSING from the Tarsian's behaviour both
before and AFTER his supposed conversion to the faith of Jesus.
It is my contention, well supportable by available historical facts (such as
Paul's persecution of the Evyonim as you cite above), that Paul's actual
mission was to DESTROY the faith of Jesus, and to replace both it and Roman
Paganism with a religion much like the dour, loveless, life-denying religion
which John Calvin eventually suceeded in creating in Switzerland.
Seeing as most Pagan cults flourishing in the Roman Empire of Augustus'
through Claudius's administrations taught life, love, sexuality, and
COMPASSION along with the civic virtues -- the idea was that discipline
needed the leavening of the positive experiences of life or it was doomed to
die -- it is NOT fair to call Paul's religion "Pagan" at all, just as it
isn't really right to call it "Christianity" either.
Paul's attempted religious counter-revolution to the revolution of Jesus
actually would have combined the WORST of Roman Paganism with the WORST of
Christianity, leaving no life-affirming values from either, but replacing
both with a dour and bitter religion which would have been the death of both.
The SOLE beneficiary of complete success for Paul would have been Modern
Working-Class Atheism, which would have gotten approximately 1700 years'
head-start over what it in fact had. The founders of modern workingclass
Atheism, rather than being Hegel, Marx, Russell, and Thoreau, would have
likely been Marcus Aurelius, Zeno, and Epictetus!
Fortunately, Peter and James the Just fought the Terrorist of Tarsus from the
Jehovah-worshipping side; and these were assisted by such Pagans as Agrippa,
the Emperor Augustus, and the Greek Philosophers Zeno and Epicurus!
Were it not for these, especially Peter who resisted Paul several times, WE
WOULD LIKELY AS NOT, NOT BE HERE AT ALL, as Christianity would have entered
the world with no appealing features, and THE factor which kept Eurasia
united enough to eventually survive and repel the Mongols would have died
LONG before Temmujin's birth (Genghis Khan).
peace -- Sean
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