What if the anti-Christ created Christianity?
Romans 13:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
Submission to Governing Authorities
13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
In the Roman Empire, the law of the land was that one must worship the Roman Emperor as God. Were Christians who refused to do so sinning against God?
Does not worship of a mere mortal emperor as God directly contradict the First Commandment?
Did Christians ever stop to think that the Book of Romans was inserted as Roman propaganda.
Constantine the Great made Christianity an official religion of the Roman Empire in the 4th Century AD. After he did so, he convened a council in Nicaea to craft the Christian religion and establish doctrine and dogma.
In effect, a Roman Emperor decided what was Christian and what was outside of official Christianity. A Roman who was not baptised until his death. A Roman who decreed himself a Divine Entity on par with the God of the Christians.
No Christian whom I know who is aware of this questions this system or the addition of Romans to the official catechism that became the Roman government approved version of the Holy Bible (book) of Roman Christianity.
Prior to Constantine the Great, several Roman Emperors decreed Christians to be heretics or, generally speaking, rabble rousing madmen primarily because they would not participate in the officially sanctioned State religion of Rome. Jupiter Maximus was the supreme being and the Emperor was a God on Earth. All Roman Citizens were to worship this divine emperor whilst on Earth.
If we take this Romans chapter and verse at face value, it would seem to dictate that Christians were wrong in refusing to worship the emperor as divine.
This directly contradicts the First Commandment:
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:2-3).
No other gods before me. No other Gods should be worshiped. Certainly, no other God should be set higher than YHWH.
How do we account for this contradiction?
Was the Book of Romans a forgery and not written by the Apostle Paul as we are taught. If so, how do we trust any book in the Roman Emperor’s Bible. Each Book was chosen because it supported the State and Official Culture of the Roman Empire under Constantine the Great.
Obey the State. Worship the Emperor as Divine. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.
Romans gives false doctrine that contradicts Ieshua’s teachings. Give unto Caesar that which is Caesars. If we are truly Children of God, nothing belongs to Caesar. If we are spiritually connected to the God of Abraham and he is the One True God, there is no way that the Romanized Christianity of our age can be truth. It is a falsehood. It is a lie.
Perhaps, the anti-Christ has been in control of the Church for 1600 years in the form of the Papacy sitting upon the chair of Peter. What if the anti-Christ created Christianity?