Differences between the pagan religions of Hellenistic Rome and early Christianity?
differences betweens the pagan religions of hellenistic rome and early christionity?Also, how did Arianism differ from official christian doctrine? Why is this important?
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1. HELLENISTIC ROME
* The Romans tolerated most religions and encouraged "inclusiveness" before the arrival of the christians.
* The most popular around 60 BCE to 50 CE were Mithraism, the introduction of a generic "mystery school" religion based on simplified Zoroastrianism and the arrival of a Messiah.
Christianity wasn't formed by Jesus. Jesus formed Nazarene/Gnosticism. It was Paul of Tarsus and Josephus ben Matthias (also known as Flavius Josephus and St.Luke) who created Christianity as a counter movement.
3. ARIANISM AND GNOSTICISM
After christians deliberately set Rome on fire in 64 CE in a botched attempt to force the release of Paul of Tarsus and killed 250,000 innocent men, women and children, Christianity was outlawed as fanatical terrorists. The first and only religion in ancient history to have been.
By 150 CE Gnosticism, the true teachings of Jesus were being taught to the Emperors and thousands of Roman nobles by Valentinus while Roman officers hunted down and killed Christian fanatics.
When christians finally gained the upper hand, they sought to destroy gnosticism and all references to the true doctrines of Jesus. Arianism contended that there is only one God.
However, christianity had established elaborate arguments to explain how Jesus was not the true pharaoh of Egypt (by blood) but literally the son of God. Therefore Arianism was banned.