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    The Pagan Confessor

    One may never have heard the sacred word ‘Christ,’ but be closer to God than a priest or nun.’ – Thomas Aquinas The first person to recognize Jesus as the Son of God was the pagan who crucified him. This is especially significant in the gospel of Mark where everyone keeps saying of Jesus, “Who is this guy?” Even the disciples, who camped out with him three years straight, are still scratching their heads. No one can figure out who Jesus is! When Jesus is manhandled then nailed to the wood, they conclude, “He wasn’t the one” They are all too familiar with this plot. The messiah-claimant proved a fraud…

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    The Cross, The Subversion Made A Souvenir?

    “Religion is the opium of the people,” thus Karl Marx belittled Christianity. His target was all religions, but Christianity was square in his sight. Funny though, why did Nero chop off Paul’s head if Paul’s was only inadvertently serving the Empire by spreading religion that would numb the people to the Empire’s raping of nations? There were plenty of mystery cults those days, promising salvation through a secret knowledge or ritual. They had their eccentric preachers that could match Paul’s strangeness. Many were harrased by young boys restless after their tutoring, but most  were not prosecuted by proconsuls, let alone the Caesar. Paul, on the other hand, is getting either…