Throughout history Christianity has been a dominating influence in our world. Some of Christianities’ influence has been positive, inspiring many great Christian men throughout history, who had a powerful impact on human civilization. But Christianity has never been an immaculate influence in the world. Its failures have caused some of the greatest catastrophes to have ever been made manifest upon the Earth, and has been a force of destruction, rather than a source of Godly inspiration.
Events like the Crusades, the Inquisitions, and the Thirty Years War between Protestants and Catholics, in the Dark Ages, led to the deaths of millions of people and still resonate in today’s present age, midst continual religious inspired sectarian violence. Extreme suffering has been caused by the bloodied hands of Christian authorities throughout history. Christianity helped cause and contributed too many of our world’s greatest conflicts and has also stood idly by allowing the planets’ destruction in our modern age. It has never been a solution for our world’s problems, but instead has at times been, a source of great wars, tribulation and conflict. It has throughout history, passively allowed evil to reign and has at many points throughout our history, walked hand and hand with the Devil, instead of walking hand and hand with God.
Many Christians today argue that the Crusades were political and imperial undertakings masked by a religious facade, but religious devotion, on all sides of the conflicts, played a major role in the violent undertakings. In fact, many people participated in the Crusades as penance for their sins, and many others were simply seeking to spread their beliefs by force, in religious conquest, and for religious supremacy. The Crusades are a symbol of the violence caused by religion throughout history, and remain a dark shadow cast upon the history of the Christian church.
The Crusades first began in 1095, when Pope Urban II, decreed that “holy war” was the will of God, at the Council of Claremont. They took place over the course of more than 200 years, and were fought on various war fronts, with differing tactical objectives. There were a total of nine crusades, but we will consider the first four, which are well known for their historical significant.
The First Crusade was the most successful in fulfilling it's objectives. Pope Urban II urged Christian soldiers to capture Jerusalem from the Muslims, making it safe for Christian pilgrimages. The Christian armies of the First Crusade were mobilized in 1096 and successfully captured Jerusalem by 1099. The Crusaders divided up the territory gained into small kingdoms, they themselves ruled. These kingdoms only lasted temporarily.
The Second crusade was launched in retaliation of the Muslim capture of Edessa in 1144. St. Bernard of Clairvaux travelled across France, Germany and Italy to convince people they needed to reassert the Christian control of the “holy land”. The monarchs of France and Germany answered the call, but lost devastating numbers in their armies, and they were ultimately defeated by the Muslims.
The Third crusade was undertaken in 1189, because of the Muslim recapture of Jerusalem in 1187. It was a disastrous failure. The Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick I Barbarossa, of Germany drowned on rout to the “holy land”, and the King of France Philip II Augustus, only remained a very short time, before returning to France. Only England's King, Richard the Lionheart, sustained the cause of the Crusade. King Richard made progress, capturing Acre and some smaller ports, but left after concluding a peace treaty with the Muslim leader Saladin, who was the first Sultan of Egypt and Syria, and the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty.
The Fourth Crusade began in 1202, and was partly instigated by Venetian leaders seeking to increase their power and influence. The Crusaders expected that their conquest would lead to the capture of Jerusalem, but when they arrived in Venice, they were diverted to Constantinople, the capital of their allies, the Byzantine Empire. The capital was captured, sacked, and in control of Latin rulers until the year 1261.
As stated earlier, there were a total of nine crusades, all usurping the authority of God, causing pain and suffering on a grand scale, in God's name. During the ages of the Crusades, Christians and Muslims both eagerly participated in violent actions against each other, and the mass murder that was inflicted on our world, would never have been such a considerable impact if it wasn't for the religious motives.
The Crusades impacted the course of civilization. Their effects influenced the wealth and power of the Catholic Church, political matters, commerce, feudalism, intellectual development, social development, and among other things, it had a negative impact on the relationship between Christianity, Islam and other non-Christian groups.
Muslims still see Christianity as the enemy, and many of Islam's followers, persecute, torture and kill Christians because of their faith. Islamic extremists, and their terrorist ideology, were greatly shaped by the impact of the Crusades and the massive chasm it caused between Muslims and Christians, which is seen by many as “good vs evil”.
The Inquisitions were the organized efforts of the Christian church to stamp out heresy and infidelity among the peoples under the authority of Christendom. Conflicting Christian views were often the source of conflict and violence in the dark ages, and the inquisitions were formed to identify, persecute and often kill heretics and infidels in a more organized and efficient way. After trial, and often interrogation through torture, those judged condemned were often presented before a crowd and burned at the stake publicly. This was a show of the forceful power and authority of the inquisition's authorities.
Pope Innocent IV decreed the torture of suspected heretics, in 1252, and torture was not formally removed as a legal right of church officials until 1917, when the Codex Juris Canonici was placed in effect. Heretics were often viciously interrogated and brutally tortured, during the inquisition, into confessing their so called “sins” against the church, God and Christ. Often the heretics would still be executed, even if under trial and the pressure of torture, they recanted of their so-called heresy.
The Spanish Inquisition was a form of the inquisition and a judicial institution that combated heresy in Spain, from 1478-1834. It was authorized by Pope Sixtus IV, in 1478, and is by far one of the most infamous of all the inquisitions, because of the brutal methods it used. During Spain's inquisition, Spain's Jewish population, was a major target, and many Jews were killed. Jews who adopted Christian beliefs, faced continued suspicion, prejudice and often persecution. Those who claimed conversion to Christianity, but practiced Jewish customs in secret, were perceived as a greater threat to the church, than those who had rejected the forced conversion, and they were tortured and executed. Muslims, Protestant Christians, and other religious minorities, were also purged from Spain, during the hundreds of years the inquisition existed in Spain and it's colonies.
The inquisitions also reached beyond Europe. The Spaniards brought the terror of inquisitions to the Americas and persecuted and killed many of the natives. In the 1500s, 879 trials of heresy were recorded in Mexico alone. Catholic leaders supported the suppression, enslavement, and murder of the local native inhabitants, who lived in the Americas.
The Protestant Christian movement, used the inquisition as an example of corruption in the Catholic church, and this helped fuel the motives and revolution of the Protestant Reformation. Many Protestants were also victims of the inquisition and fought hard against the Catholic influence and the far reaching devastation it caused.
The 30 Years' War
The Thirty Years' War lasted from 1618 to 1648. They began when Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II of Bohemia sought to impose restrictions on the religious activities of his people, sparking rebellion among the Protestants. The major powers of Europe, including France, Sweden, Austria, and Spain, were involved in waging war campaigns primarily on German land. In the war these powers were divided into two camps, Protestant reformers and Catholic counter-reformers. The war and it's impact, reshaped the religious and political structures in Central Europe, and set the stage for the Roman Catholic empire, to give way to the emergence of sovereign states.
The Thirty Years' War, in the 1620s was mostly fought by German states, with foreign assistance, but it eventually escalated to a struggle among the great powers France, Sweden, Austria, and Spain, who ventured onto German soil to battle and settle the dispute between reformers and counter-reformer camps. It may have been fueled by religious, but these great powers also had significant political disputes that motivated their war efforts.
During the war roughly 40% of Germany's population perished. It was the worst catastrophe in Germany until World War II, though it helped end the age of religious wars in Europe. Religious issues still retained political importance after 1648, but they no longer were the cornerstone of international alliances. Since the role of religion in European politics declined, the Thirty Years' War thus helped eliminate a major cause of turmoil in Europe. Decades of rebellions, wars, persecution and suffering, eventually helped seed an increase in political and religious freedoms in Northern Europe, but it came at a terrible cost of life.
The Protestant Reformation itself, also had significant consequences. It in part revolutionized religious beliefs within Christianity and impacted the political structures of Europe. The reformation decreed that salvation is granted through faith in Jesus alone, and that the words of the bible, not the power of the Catholic church, define the authority of Christ. The Thirty Years' War and other terrible plights the reformation triggered, were costly, but the reformation endured, and today is the reason we can all read the bible in English, and why many Christians have the freedom to go to God in prayer in the name of Jesus, and not under the authority of the Vatican.
The Messianic View of Christian Violence
Throughout history violence among Christians fighting over doctrine and practice, caused terrible loss of life. The many wars between sects of Christians, prove entirely that within Christianity, is the corrupted influence of Satan, dividing the millions against each other with superstitious dogma and intolerance. In the Middle Ages Christianity was shattered into sects of stubborn believers, who turned violently against each other at the whim of difference in faith. Christians were terribly intolerant and wicked towards each other and others of different religious affiliation, manifesting some of the wickedest diabolic evil to ever envelope the masses. This ultimately proves that the Devil’s influence resides in the Christian church, rendering Christianity impure and tainted by Satan's touch.
Ask yourself, if this truly is the religion of God, why would it not be a unifying force? Why have so many millions of Christians divided with one another, often violently, over religious beliefs if this is the true church of God? Why have the Christians been so immensely corrupted throughout History, if they are truly the followers of the true Messiah?
The true way of God, would not cause such immense destruction, confusion and dissension, but would be the holy awakening that allows all of mankind to walk in harmony together universally in worship of the true God. The unifying influence of the true Christ would bring all humbly to their knees before God’s mighty reign, not pin brothers and sisters against each other in violence. The coming of Christ would not only bring the true message of God, but the power and might to prove and enforce God’s will upon the Earth. It would bring peace to Earth, not more turmoil and strife.
The truth is Satan has deceived the whole world through religion and has caused all the wars and violence that has been carried out in God's name. Satan has a slave army of religious fools, who cling to the cross of a butchered Christ, who couldn't save himself, let alone all of mankind. As mankind slips into the bowels of Hades, religion provides superstitious excuses, as to why the faithful are already saved, the battle is already won and the Devil is already defeated. Satan's rise to conquer the world through sin, is not resisted by the Christian church, but enabled through the division among an idle modern Christianity, that arose out of the ashes and ruble of a radically violent Jesus movement.
The Epic Testament states, “God and Satan are at war and this entire dimension of the Universe has been created by their two powers colliding. Everything that has manifest has been planned between the influences of God and Satan, towards Armageddon and the final battle. The Earth was created among the stars to host the final battle and now in the midst of Armageddon our eternal fates are being decided. The Christ and the Antichrist are now upon the Earth in flesh and all our final purpose in God's plan can now be ultimately fulfilled. The Christ's life must be saved and the Antichrist must be destroyed, to defeat Satan. If the Messiah is destroyed by sin in Armageddon and the Devil's Advocate lives, Satan will be victorious over all souls and none will have salvation.”
We are in the midst of the Final Battle between God and the Devil and now is our chance to break the chains of our violent humanity and embrace the true peace found only in fulfilling God's will. Our Universe evolved over eons, under the influences of God and Satan, and all creation will be saved universally, or damned as a whole ultimately. Our fates will be decided by whether or not Christ can champion Satan's world, and bring His enemies down to their knees before judgment and wrath.
Please read the Epic Testament to understand fully the powerful revelation of God to humankind. The final revelation is here upon the Earth, on the brink of the Apocalypse and now you have the opportunity to not only read and understand it, but act on it's truths. I implore you to open your mind and heart to truth, and beseech you to take the next step in understanding our universe.
Also reading my essay “The Christ”, will give a great deal of true understanding of how the Jesus movement has been used by God and Satan in the evolution of human civilization.