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  1. The first thing that should be noted is that the path of Christianity to one of the leaders of the modern world has nothing to do with the so-called “Christian morality”, which for centuries was supposedly considered the main factor in the widespread spread of this religion.

    It should be clearly understood that when it comes to Christianity, in fact, there is no such religion. Sarcasm, of course.

    The main feature of this religion is its diversity and the ability, as religious scholars say, to syncretize various spiritual aspirations, replacing or combining them in its main basis, leaving a wide space for various kinds of interpretations.

    For those who don't understand these words, I can explain more simply: Christianity is different at different times. Christianity before the fourth century is completely different from what it became when it became the state religion of the fading Roman Empire, differs from the medieval period, and has other forms in our time.

    But one of the characteristic features of Christianity in any epoch was sometimes passionate, sometimes brutal war between its various trends, confessions, sects…

    For example, in the second century there were about 70 heretical movements, in the third century there are already four hundred of them. In the Middle Ages, the schism of the church defined two major teachings of the religion, but within each of them there were at least dozens of different understandings of the essence of this religion. And in the future, there are new branches of religion. Currently, in the XXI century, the total number of churches, denominations, sects or trends is up to… three thousand.

    Therefore, what kind of “Christianity” is actually being discussed in this question?!

    Nevertheless, we can try to formulate the main answer to this question: Christianity as a religion has a certain basis-dogmas or canons, but at the same time it is able to “mimic”, that is, adapt to different types of societies, replacing or substituting its mythological base for religious searches or aspirations.

    Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev, for example, aptly noted that the whole essence of the contradiction between the Old Believers and Orthodoxy was in fact the contradiction of early pagan beliefs or institutions with the development of the state religion.

    It is interesting that even today, when they try to revive the old Slavic pagan beliefs, they often try to do it by combining the new mythology with … Christianity.

    Other factors can also be noted: historical or philosophical, for example. But then the answer will take up entire volumes, which are already written in hundreds of thousands of copies.

  2. To answer this question, as they say, to break into an open door. A popular answer has long been posted in the textbook of social studies for the 10th grade by A. Bogolyubov. Christianity belongs to the world religions along with Islam and Buddhism, as they most effectively perform, first, spiritual functions. They give clear and non-ambiguous answers to eternal questions (meaning of life, values, ideals, etc.). Secondly, they are carriers of high morality, making categorical demands on believers to follow the precepts of morality. This is not present in the amorphous and toothless secular morality, which turns a blind eye to the individual's desire to create outrages. Third, world religions, including Christianity, successfully perform a compensatory function, i.e. they reconcile the individual with the imperfection of the world, give comfort and reward (the idea of retribution for everyone's deeds, the triumph of justice in the future life, etc.). I will also add that the world's religions are international (“there are no Hellenes and Jews…”) and make the principle of personal responsibility and personal salvation an immutable law. That is why they are so widespread that they reject nationalism, chauvinism and racism in principle.

    Further, my personal opinion. The division of each religion into many trends is quite natural, because confessional affiliation is the most important principle of ethnic, or rather superethnic, self-identification. Each person, according to this principle, clearly separates “his” from “someone else's”, without trying to explain to himself: why from that individual, even if very unpleasant, is still”his”, and this here is a nice friend, nevertheless “alien”. And it's not about the subtleties of interpreting the Holy Scriptures. Tell me, can anyone prove who is right and who is wrong in the centuries-old dispute between Catholics and Orthodox, or in the confrontation between the same Orthodox and Old Believers? The answer lies in the sphere of the subconscious, which is beyond our control, because it is given to us not in the form of cold reason and inexorable logic, but in the sphere of worldview, feeling, the constantly fluctuating shaky world of emotions. In this area to understand, I think the devil himself will not pull. We can only state the fact of its existence. This irrationality is expressed in a huge number of faiths, interpretations, and sects. And the current frivolous public opinion, which has already buried religion, saying that there is no God, science has already sort of” proved ” this fact, does not even imagine how disappointed it will be in the future. Science, in spite of all its power, cannot and will not be able to explain and give to man what Faith explains and gives.

  3. Because it's the only real religion.

    I'll explain myself. The term “religion” comes from the Latin “re-ligare”, which means” reconnection ” – the restoration of a broken connection with the spiritual world.

    All religions have the idea that a person, for example, once had a strong connection with the spiritual world, then some catastrophe occurred, and this connection was broken. There is a chasm between man and the spiritual world. All religions of the world are looking for the restoration of this connection. That's why there are so many of them and why they are so different.

    But the problem is that the gap between God and man – man can neither overcome nor fill. Only God can do this. But to do this, He must not only be a True and Perfect God, but also become a perfect man. This is the real religion – where man does not seek God, but where God Himself has come out to seek and save man, and there is only one such religion.

  4. Because Christian ethics inspired Christians not only to create the foundations of modern science (Merton's thesis), but also to introduce its achievements and create an industry, and this ensured the technical separation of the armed forces of Christian countries, as well as a sharp increase in the quality of life in them.

  5. One of the most significant factors is the inertia of a person's thinking. that is, our relatives and friends attend a Christian church , then why hiccup another religion.

    Another rather significant factor is the diversity of confessions within one religion, which makes it possible to understand the text of the divine service and the translation of the holy Christian scriptures into all languages of the world.

    In Latin, the service is held only for Catholics.

    With the formation of the Anglican, Protestant, Constantinople, and Orthodox ( Orthodox ) Churches, services are conducted in the language of the titular nationalities of various states.

    With monotheism, clerical structures are managed in a simplified way, rather than with a large number of temples , when there are several Gods and it is not possible to combine them into a single structure.

    Time factor, which is an indicator of a reliable organization structure, ensuring trust in Christianity as a long-term project.

    The presence of real miraculous events with followers of the religion, consisting in healing from ailments, the appearance of spiritual teachers to some selected members of the church, the myrrh flow of icons, the fulfillment of predictions and prophecies, and much more.

  6. Because Christianity has a number of useful characteristics.

    1. Christianity, unlike polytheistic religions, is universal. We see a certain analog of the truly identical religion of polytheism only in Ancient Greece, and even then in Kuhn's translation. Among the Slavs, Scandinavians, Chinese, and Japanese, we see a lot of local arrangements. This tribe has the god Yar, in that he is Yarilo, in the third Yaro… Velez is responsible for the cattle here, Volos is responsible there, and Makosh is generally responsible here. At the same time, pagan gods operate only on their own territory; Vikings in raids on England pray to Christ, because England is the territory of foreign gods, and the aces there are limited in power. Christianity has a strict, well-thought-out system, God is universal, he is everywhere.

    2. Judaism had no chance – it is a religion of one people. Historians still wonder how Judaism took root among the unelected Khazars.

    3. Islam is Christianity adjusted to fit the Arabs. If medieval peasants turn down their work 5 times a day and do namaz, then what kind of harvest is there to talk about? Yes, and it's one thing to eat vegetables for a month, but it's another thing-in the summer there is no month during the day in our latitudes and while working in the field.

    So it turned out that religion is needed, and nothing better than Christianity for Europe has not been invented. The cult is constructive, uniting people, well-thought-out rules, and popular not only for the nobility, but also for ordinary people. so it stuck.

  7. Because Christianity has taken root in the most aggressive population of Homo sapiens in the history of the world, which has conquered the whole world. It was an accident. It's just that Western civilization needed a unifying idea, and it took what was lying under its feet, while pretty much distorting it.

  8. It's all about the European conquest of new lands. They come to the territory, and how can you, in addition to genocide and persecution, attract local people to your side? That's right, religion. It is like an ideology, in the constitutional sense: crusades are organized for its sake; it is imposed on others, etc.

    Well, what is convenient about Christianity is its monotheism. When your population is divided, for example, into those who worship Athena and Poseidon, and these gods are not friends in mythology, it is not at all convenient to manage. It is better to plant one god and at least be calm about it.

  9. Everyone is waiting for the antichrist and he didn't go anywhere. In fact, the mark of the beast on the forehead and on the hand has long been associated with the overwhelming number of Christians.

    Don't they think in other people's minds and do something based on other people's traditional experience?

    What should the Antichrist do? Terrify? Scare them? No! He is to gather the nations together by deceit (Revelation 20: 7).

    Well, for example. GOD LOVES YOU … JESUS DIED FOR YOU … LET JESUS COME INTO YOUR LIFE AND BE YOUR LORD SAVIOR AND GUIDE…

    Do you feel what strings of the human soul these Words touch? So pride is pumped up a person gets fat and that's it. You can't get out of the network.

    Well, then you can say anything you want and without arguments. THE SPIRIT SAID … that's all. This is how “faith” is born.

    It is clear that such seduction allows you to GATHER peoples where? To the church!

    The Apostle John wrote about the Antichrists 2,000 years ago (1 John 2: 19). Nothing has changed since then.

    So. Does the diversity of Christian faiths remind you of anything? This is a market where they sell and buy human souls. And do you know for what currency this trade is conducted? It's TIME!. Not for nothing they say, time is money.

    It was a lie from the beginning. God has recently transmitted the Bible through Christianity. For this work, the church had power over people and the right to interpret the Scriptures, which gave rise to religious discord, conflicts, wars, and atheism can also be called the fruit of discrediting the Bible. For this, the same 30 silver pieces were paid. By the way, that's why they say time is money.

    And I will take my rod of favor and break it, to destroy the covenant that I have made WITH ALL THE NATIONS. And it will be destroyed in that day, and then the poor of the sheep who are waiting for Me will know that this is the word of the Lord. And I will say to them, If it pleases you, give Me My wages; but if not, do not give them; and they will pay Me thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said to me, ” THROW THEM INTO THE CHURCH VAULT, for the high price at which they have valued Me!” So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the potter's house of the Lord (Zechariah 11:10-13).

    See. TIME IS MONEY.

    Converting a monetary unit to a time unit and dividing it

    2000 years divided by 30 pieces of silver, we get 66.6.

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    And this is the page of the Synodal Bible Russian translation. Can you tell me if it's a coincidence? I do not think so. So about the correct or incorrect translations, everything was calculated and controlled by God.

    Do you understand now?”

    Revelation 13 describes two beasts. The first comes out of the sea, the second out of the land. And so. From the sea it is a secular and from the earth a church global power for 2000 years. By the way, 2000 years is 40 jubilee years (Leviticus 25: 8-13).

    Isn't this a desert?

    Is it not an abomination of desolation that few people see because he lives and alas he will die in it if he does not see it because of the hardness of his heart?

    And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

    Whoever has an ear, let him hear (Revelation 13: 8,9).

    Further.

    “Beloved ones! Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are of God, for many false prophets have appeared in the world. Know the Spirit of God (and the spirit of error) in this way: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God; and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, but it is the spirit of antichrist, of whom you have heard that he is coming, and is now already in the world” (1 John 4: 1-3).

    And what is the Flesh?

    I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; but the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” (John 6: 51).

    He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

    “For my flesh is truly food, and my blood is truly drink.

    He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood abides in Me, and I in him.

    As the living Father sent Me, and I live by the Father, so he who eats Me will live by Me.

    This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers ate manna and died: he who eats this bread will live forever “(John 6: 54-58). This is Spiritual Information that stops the aging process through self-editing of one's own DNA. I.e., the Word of God (not the apostolic epistles) this is CHRIST IN THE FLESH!

    One more time. The Apostle John wrote about the Antichrists 2,000 years ago (1 John 2: 19).

    And what is the role of an Apostle? To preach about Christ! And who preaches about Christ? The church! Only the flesh is the Word of God, not the human body.

    “The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As the earthy, so are the earthy; and as the heavenly, so are the heavenly” (1 Corinthians 15: 47-48).

    The Apostle Luke writes: Just as many have already begun to make up accounts of events that are perfectly known among us, as those who were from the very beginning eyewitnesses and ministers of the Word have told us (Luke 1: 1,2).

    Further. The Temple of God not made with hands is not a building but a PERSON and the Antichrist is first of all a spirit and in this context we read:

    Let no one deceive you in any way: for that day will not come until the apostasy comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or holy, so that he sits in the temple of God as God, claiming to be God. Don't you remember that I told you this while I was still with you? And now you know what prevents you from revealing yourself to him in due time. For the mystery of iniquity is already at work, only it will not be accomplished until the one who holds it now is taken from the midst. And then the wicked one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the spirit of his mouth and destroy with the appearance of his coming (2 Thessalonians 2:3-8).

    So. The man of sin. And what is sin? Sin is ignorance and its realization. Do you remember how it was in Paradise? Have you read it? When Eve and Adam ate the fruit of the tree of the KNOWLEDGE of good and evil, they saw what? Your nakedness. And then God gave us leather garments through which neither water nor air enters the body and what are our clothes? RIGHTEOUSNESS (Revelation 19: 8).

    Today's Spiritual Israel is all believers in Christ who came in the Flesh and the Flesh is the Word of God. So? So!

    Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command thee this day shall be in thine heart; and thou shalt teach them unto thy children, and speak of them as thou sittest in thy house, and as thou goest by the way, and as thou liest down, and as thou risest up; and thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be a blindfold over thine eyes; and thou shalt write them

    But the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord hath known his own”; and, ” let every one who confesses the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness “(2 Timothy 2: 19).

    Amen

  10. I will express a rather strange idea. One of the reasons may have been that the Christian books were about the Jews , a tiny, unknown people. Of course, I'm talking about centuries ago. Who then imagined the Jews and how? They were a sort of fairy-tale tribe, like the Tolkienist elves.

    By accepting Islam, you were implicitly accepting the primacy of the Arabs, and by accepting Buddhism, you were implicitly accepting the primacy of the Indians. And so-a fairy tale and a fairy tale, you can easily make it your own. In the Russian countryside, Christ was a Russian, in Africa, a Negro, etc. For example, the phrase “fear for the sake of Judaism” – well, just some strong fear, before the master, before the constable. Just as the” plagues of Egypt ” were not associated with any real Egypt.

  11. One of the reasons is that Christianity's attitude to MATTER was rather utilitarian. The substance was NOT deified, accordingly, there was NO “multiplication of entities” that hindered both production and human communication, there was no chaos of false beliefs, and science and technology could develop that practically used the substance, gutting it relatively easily.

    Christianity is FOCUSED on the search for truths-after all, the truth makes free (there is such a place in the Gospel , John 8:32), of course, it is applied.

    Moreover, the Inquisition-including the eradication of pagans and heretics-was itself a search for truth and a suppression of both superstition and psychopathy (self-incriminating psychoses, sadism-masochism) and moral promiscuity.

    Also in moral terms, Christianity allowed many peoples to overcome the CLAN way of life in the name of the estate, which caused the strengthening of statehood and technology, without the formation of Asian-type tyrannies. And Christian countries have been quite successful in fighting for freedom against such tyrannies , such as the Ottoman Empire.

    Unfortunately , as the ideal of a Christian Estate Monarchy was lost, the Christian World began to decline . But there is hope that the case is REVERSIBLE.

  12. Read the history of Christianity – all head-chopping, roasting, and other convincing arguments. By the way, the first Christianity was the usual pagan astrology and numerology combined with drunkenness and svalny sin. Only Pope Gregory began to restore order in the XI century, for which he was chased away and killed somewhere in the backyards.

  13. Christianity has taken one of the leading positions among the religious world, because it has a solid foundation laid by God the Father-God the Son Jesus Christ, and the eternal crown of creation of the holy people and holy parents – the new Adam and Eve in the crown of the Holy Spirit.

  14. Well, everything is simple here. Christians were constantly spreading out across the world in their missionary and predatory journeys. Any band, whether Conquistadors or Crusaders, was always accompanied by a team of bloodthirsty priests. The peoples conquered and plundered in these raids had two options-Christianity or a bonfire. So they took the dominant position.

  15. Today's Christianity is anti-Christianity.

    There is no Christ, there is only a mockery of Christ.

    Christians don't even have the Body of Christ.

    They sent Him to heaven in their fairy tales.

    And the Body of Christ on earth and the Body was 144 years old at the time of Christ's departure to heaven.

  16. Because this religion was founded by the only begotten son of God, who left the teachings in the Bible,which people have been trying to distort at their own discretion for almost 2000 years. Therefore, it is dominant in terms of quantity,but not in terms of quality.

  17. It took a position because it took the majority with it. The struggle in Christianity, schisms, and various interpretations. The unity and struggle of opposites fascinates thinking people and they unwittingly become supporters. Although Christ is not the reason for their faith. Even though they believe in the same God, the difference between them is huge. Catholics and Orthodox differ greatly. Catholics strive to connect and convert everyone to Christianity. Orthodoxy closes in on itself. It is in this struggle that Christianity is expanding its position. Numerous sects merge into the general picture of Christianity when there is a need, for example, a war. And the war in the world goes on without stopping. The dominant position is actually spreading out into many branches. As soon as freedom of conscience is declared in the country, this process flares up.

  18. In 66 AD, the Jews rebelled against the Roman invaders. All the members of the Essene commune buried their books and manuscripts and went to war. Among them was Yosef ben Mattityahu. His ancestors were kings on one side and high priests on the other. But the Romans gave the power to Herod, and Joseph lost everything. During the war, Joseph betrayed his countrymen, surrendered to the Romans, and served as their interpreter during the torture of Jewish prisoners. The Jews cursed Joseph, and from that moment on, every Jew had the right to kill Joseph with impunity.

    When the rebellion was crushed, Joseph was left out of business. The path to his homeland was closed to him. In order to throw off the trail of those who wanted to settle scores with him, Joseph took the name of the emperor Flavius and appealed to the emperor with a proposal to create spiritual slavery instead of iron chains. The emperor was interested in the IDEA and settled Joseph in his palace, provided financially, gave citizenship and took control of writing. When the gospel was ready, Joseph, again with the emperor's money, created a secret school for teaching preachers of Christianity. After some time, 40 sub-cold snakes crawled out of this institution. propagators of spiritual slavery. The school was constantly churning out these snakes. Slaveholders supported the sub-surface snakes. Soon these reptiles began to persecute those who did not want to recognize the Jew as a god, and his mother as a goddess. Thus, according to historians, thanks to the school that stamps out distributors of spiritual slavery, the Christian religion has become widespread and rapid.

  19. It's simple – the vast majority of the world's population had one religion, let's call it paganism(for a better understanding)… It is for its destruction that Christianity was created… And naturally, since paganism occupied a dominant role(in terms of the number of peoples and territories), but not in religion(paganism-belief in the laws of nature-is not a religion), then Christianity, which seized this territory, automatically took an empty place. The King is dead-long live the King.

  20. Monotheism proved to be in demand as a power ( one god , one king) so and ochlosom-old .the gods proved useless in the face of poverty and oppression.

  21. This wasn't always the case. It is a well – known fact that medicine, algebra, and astronomy of early Islam marked the beginning of the development of science in Europe . “that's the first one. Second: at present, the fastest growing religion-Iman, to be precise – in the world is Islam . Third: Islam has passed a period of decline, and is entering a stage of development . This is the only tradition that has preserved the Abrahamic doctrine of monotheism, and it is the future of humanity.

  22. in my opinion, there are two factors in this phenomenon that seem to contradict each other, but nevertheless they both worked:

    The first factor is that Christianity is ideally the dominant religion, the transmission of the Truth and light of God. By the way, the teaching itself just gives a prophecy that the Gospel will spread throughout the whole earth as a witness to all nations, and when this happens and people can hear, accept-reject then the end will come.�

    14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
    (Matthew 24: 14)

    It would seem that a handful of poor and weak disciples of Christ themselves were able to crush many strongholds of the pagan world and did so under the enormous pressure and resistance of this world-Christians were given to lions to devour, made of them spectacles for the crowd, deprived of property, etc. But the power of such a confrontation was powerless. This is the first factor.

    The second factor is the spread of Christianity by fire and sword, politics and the power of states and sovereigns. These are already “local excesses”. But since these were the prerequisites of that time, it also worked in a certain way – when a doctor who is ill himself and leads an unhealthy lifestyle, but at the same time tells the patient that it is necessary to follow a diet, exercise, do not drink, do not smoke, and so on, then we separate the doctor from his recommendations here. It was the same in this situation. Of course, this brought many bad fruits, but thanks to the ability of the Creator to turn evil for good, many were achieved by the teaching of Christ, which gives the ability to separate flies from cutlets.

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