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Though the state is regarded as a distant entity in certain respects, it yet has the right to require taxes and civic obligations: Caesar has rights that must be respected and are not incompatible with the fulfillment of God’s demands. Some of the futurist sayings, if taken by themselves, raise the question whether Jesus intended to found a church. A negative answer emerges only if the authentic Jesus is assumed to have expected an immediate catastrophic intervention by God. There is no doubt that he gathered and intended to gather around him a community of followers.

Nevertheless, the Christian opinion of other religions, except Judaism, was generally very negative. All forms of paganism—the mystery (salvational) religions of Isis, Attis, Adonis, and Mithra, as well as the traditional Greco-Roman polytheisms and A Christian pilgrim child is baptized in the Jordan River during a mass baptism ceremony at Yardenit in northern Israel on September 06, 2010. Approximately 100,000 Christians make their pilgrimage to the Holy Land each year. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images 34 | Christianity: History, Belief, and Practice the cult of the emperor—were regarded as the worship of evil spirits.

From the Gospel Book of the Court School The Gospels are not detached reports but of Charlemagne, c. 810. Stadtbibliothek, were written to serve the religious needs of the Trier, Ger. early Christian communities. Legendary and apologetic (defensive) motifs, and the various preoccupations of the communities for which they were first produced, can readily be discerned as influences upon their narratives. Although many details of the Gospels remain the subject of disagreement and uncertainty, the scholarly consensus accepts the substance of the Gospel tradition as a truthful account.

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