Christian religion history is a subject that many people are confused about.
There are countless theories surfacing on the internet almost daily. With the popularity of the book "The Davinci Code" doubt has clouded the Christian religion from many sources.
Many people simply don't know what to believe.
Personally, I find this ridiculous. All of these theories find their sources from some other guy on the internet. They probably have a PhD in some Ancient Cultography or something and therefore think they are an expert.
They turn to so-called "Lost Gospels" for their version of Christian religion history.
Are you serious? Anybody that believes in these fairytales...I've got some magic beans for sale.
I'm sure that everyone is familiar with the phenomenon known as the "Tabloids." These extremely credible magazines come out with story after story about the hottest topics of the day.
You can find fantastic stories about which country Angelina Jolie flew to this week to adopt a kid.
Did it ever occur to you that Biblical times had their versions of the tabloids? Of course they did!
These "gospels" as they're called paint their own picture of Christian religion history. The strange thing is that each one gives a very different account of what Jesus did.
It's almost like they're making it up.
One such book claims that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and kissed her frequently in front of the disciples. Don't you find it the least bit strange that the other 50+ books don't mention this "well-known" fact?
I mean the four gospels in the Bible were each written by different people and yet they left this HUGE piece of information out. Hmm...that's strange.
Each author of these books was no better than the writers of the tabloids today. They each had their own agenda. Write about the hot topic of the day and make up stories about it.
As far as I'm concerned the only true gospels are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
To me Christian religion history goes back to one single chapter in the Bible. This is where it all starts.
Matthew 28: 16-20
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Jesus gave us all a command that started Christianity. There was no massive cover-ups, no conspiracies, no nonsense to worry about.
As far as I'm concerned...that's all I need to know.
If you'd like to learn more about the history of Christianity, check out the Christian History Institute. Christian History Institute (CHI) provides church history resources and self-study material, using modern media such as video and the internet. CHI produces the popular Torchlighters DVDs--animated accounts of Christian heroes for children. www.chitorch.org