What Catholic message?<quoted text>
The bible was in the hands of the catholic fathers only. They could edit it anyway they wanted it to read.
Outside the bible there is no story of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, miracles or crucifixion. Thats a lot of faith you put into one source collection of books whose meanings were probably re-written and changed dozens of times to get the catholic message the way their agenda wanted it to be.
Basically all the customs/traditions and elements of christianity were common knowledge throughout the medeteranean 1,000 years before the Jesus story.
Very little UNIQUE about christianity. The only reason it is still around is because of family hand me down tradition. Mom and Dad are catholic/protestant......so shall be the children.
If everyone today was brought up to study and learn about most main religions and those with no beliefs would make one a much better educated person to make a personal choice when that person becomes an adult.
Being indoctrinated from childhood to become just like mom and dad makes no common sense for a true personal belief.
Being born in the west usually means most follow Jesus. Born to a loving family from the east usually means Allah is who you pray to.
Religion is the great divider of mankind......very sad.
The Bible does not do a good job supporting the priesthood. Martin Luther basically used what was NOT in the Bible to make his assertions. Nor did the Catholics put down everything of Sacred Tradition into writing, that took way more time, which is now their Catechism I believe.(Not sure, since I'm not a Catholic.)
You are basically accusing people in ancient times of lying.
OK, so I wasn't raised with any religious beliefs. My father was agnostic, and I embraced Ayn Rand and became totally atheist.
Then, after years of historical research, unrelated to any interest in religion at all, I found that Western Civilization is a pretty amazing an unique culture, and began to wonder why. I read, and read, and read. Carroll Quigley helped me understand the Evolution of Civilization, a solid professor, even tutored Bill Clinton himself. Then I read some more.
Christ was God.
So there goes your theory.
Then there is Korea.
"Silhak scholars saw Christianity as an ideological basis for their beliefs and were therefore attracted to what they saw as the egalitarian values of Christianity. When Christianity was finally established in Korea, there was already a substantial body of educated opinion sympathetic to it, which was crucial to the spread of the Catholic faith in the 1790s. An 1801 study indicated that 55% of all Catholics had family ties to the Silhak school." --- Wikipedia on Christianity in Korea.
Not exactly how the word of Christ spreads, but alas, scholars met Christ from a different angle.
Why should mankind be united? Of what merit is that? If you accept evolution and natural selection, then this division is EXACTLY what has created so many excellent and interesting culture throughout man's history.
Your world view is confusing.