The Emperor Constantine
Posted by parhad on July 12, 2001 at 14:43:13:
This man is one of my all time favorite characters. Besides being what he had to be to wrest control of the Roman Empire...starting a fresh outlet in Byzantium which gave another lease on life to the Old Empire...he very astutely adopted and adapted Christianity, putting it to work as the moral underpinning for an exhausted state religion...making it the "new and improved" state religion with himself still at the head...as in the old days of the Roman Emperor/Pontifex Maximus.
His mother, Helena, earned sainthood by finding the True
cross, nails and thorny crown AND the graves and bodies of the Three Kings in
Well wouldn't you know it...Constantine had his soldiers write these words on their long-johns and the net result was that they butchered thousands of sons, fathers and husbands...creating more thousands of widows and orphans who'd harmed no one. And they went on to spread this "Good News" to various other lands, ruling with the same iron fist and debauched pricks they'd been doing business with at the old stand.
Now why, one may wish to ask, would Jesus be involved in
this kind of fable at all? Why wouldn't one expect to see this apparition when
struggling to teach a class of unruly Roman kids
algebra? Why would Jesus bless a slaughter? Why would the "Prince of
Peace" lend his hard won status as one who scorns worldly things for those
of the spirit...come to the rescue of a cruel and debauched old
warrior/murderer as a Roman Emperor. Some might say it
just proves how forgiving Christ could be, after all
it was another Emperor who put him to death...so by helping this one, Jesus was
merely proving his point. But what of all those thousands, and the thousands
more, who would be killed by this victorious Warrior who got this important
"boost" at Milvan bridge?
Whose side is Jesus supposed to be on? Moreover, why doesn't the church
acknowledge the bizarre nature of this "vision"...making Christ into
a partizan of
Only those people ground under the Roma heel and subjected
to Roman domination could be expected to heed the call of this Roman
Christianity for it had the stamp of approval of the very people who had frist brought Roman misery into their lives.
People "liked" to believe that
Of course no such thing happened...it was the ultimate
In the end though, that's exactly what they achieved.
It was the Germans who finally put an end, militarily, to
the Western Roman Empire centered in
The battle lines were drawn ostensibly over Church abuses,
indulgences, simony and the like. But it had that old flavor to it, that same
hostility...the old resentment that, although the Roman Empire had been
strangled finally, it had sprung back revitalized by Christianity, so that it
was STILL siphoning off gold (Peter's pence) and wealth...church lands and monastaries...all tax exempt,,,all
revenues flowing once again to
Martin Luther would have gotten nowhere...as Christ wouldn't
have, without the political and military backing of some very
"un-Christian" princes and lords...people jealous of their own power
base and resentful at the outflow of cash from their own coffers to those of
the Pope at
The battlelines were drawn again, and again the Germans "won". The Protestant reformation split the Church and lost much wealth and prestige for the Pope and his followers. That the "north" finally won, can be seen in the line-up for the Second World War. By then, German, Protestant, sensibility became dominant, while Italian Catholicism and bogus Facist propaganda about a rebirth of the Old Roman virtues crumbled and had to be rescued as Mussolini was by Hitler late in the war.
You've got to hand it to
It should be comforting to know that we have indeed followed in the footsteps of Jesus...may the Jews be thanked for doing to us what few people were able to do...destroy us by getting us to turn our swords into our own bowels and the hearts of our children. Their victory is almost complete...think "sanctions" and the slow strangulation and out and out robbery of what remains of us in this world.
As lowly Christians, we are indeed "saved" and 'safe" here in the West. As Assyrians, however, we are just about gone.