A renowned scholar has recently made a claim many would find shocking: the man, the narrative, and the belief behind Jesus Christ was a Roman hoax created with the only aim of controlling people.
According to Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill, Christianity is a baseless religion that was developed by the Roman Empire with the sole purpose of justifying slavery and pacify the citizens.
The Story of Jesus Christ as a Hoax
In a blog on his website, Atwill wrote: “Christianity may be considered a religion, but it was actually developed and used as a system of mind control to produce slaves that believed God decreed their slavery.”
The expert says that back then, Jewish sects in Palestine were awaiting a warrior Messiah, which started to be considered a huge issue after the Roman Empire failed to take care of the problem with traditional beliefs.
Therefore, the rulers decided to involve psychological warfare, which would appear to give the public exactly what they wanted, while, at the same time, making sure they are following the rules imposed by the Romans.
Atwill added in the blog post: “They surmised that the way to stop the spread of zealous Jewish missionary activity was to create a competing belief system. That’s when the ‘peaceful’ Messiah story was invented. Instead of inspiring warfare, this Messiah urged turn-the-other-cheek pacifism and encouraged Jews to ‘give onto Caesar’ and pay their taxes to Rome.”
“Although Christianity can be a comfort to some, it can also be very damaging and repressive, an insidious form of mind control that has led to blind acceptance of serfdom, poverty, and war throughout history,” he continued.
The scholar even goes so far to say that to this day, more so in the United States, Christianity and religion, in general, are used to create support for the war in the Middle East. He says that he first connected the dots when he noticed that Jesus is the only fictional character in literature whose life story can be traced to other ancient sources.
In a comparison of the New Testament to the ‘War of the Jews’ by Josephus, which was allegedly the only surviving account of first-century Judea, he found that the parallels between the two books are weird.
“What seems to have eluded many scholars is that the sequence of events and locations of Jesus ministry are more or less the same as the sequence of events and locations of the military campaign of [Emperor] Titus Flavius as described by Josephus. This is clear evidence of a deliberately constructed pattern. The biography of Jesus is actually constructed, tip to stern, on prior stories, but especially on the biography of a Roman Caesar,” Atwill said.