The quote in the title comes from Cesare Borgia, the son of pope Alexander VI. I say it has served them well, they being the people of big lies, namely psychopaths.
Anyway, I’m not sure which one of the things I have managed to dig up along the way has been the most incredible, but the true story behind ChristInsanity has to be near the top. Last fall, I of course briefly wrote about my discovery of Joseph Atwill’s revolutionary work Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus, but somehow that post seems rather inadequate considering the impact the Myth of Jesus has had on our civilization.
Now, there’s a lot of things I could write about the book such as its explanation of typology which seems rather useful thing to understand when reading jewish literature, whether religious or “historical”.
But first let me restate I think Atwill does a rather good job when it comes to the core issues of the book which he describes in the following:
I will show that the Gospels were created to be understood on two levels. On its surface level they are, of course, a description of the ministry of a miracle-working Messiah who rose from the dead. However, the New Testament was also designed to be understood in another way, which is as a satire of Titus Flavius’ military campaign through Judea. The proof of this is simply that Jesus and Titus share parallel experiences at the same locations and in the same sequence. Those parallels are both too exact and too complex to have occurred by chance. That this fact has been overlooked for two millennia represents a blind spot in scholarship as large as it is long.
But as I saw Atwill being interviewed by an Israeli host on blip.tv and realized he seems to be rather politically correct when it comes to the jews (and was hoping on getting some Israeli support for making his work known) I decided to focus more on the jewish angle to the issue contrary to Atwill’s own emphasis on the Flavians who ruled the Roman Empire during the era the New Testament was most likely written, from 69 to 96 C.E..
And there’s rather much to such an angle since Atwill identifies as the main force behind the invention of Christianity three jews, the adopted member of the Flavian family, Flavius Josephus, Tiberius Alexander and Bernice, the jewess who became the mistress of Titus Flavius who quite likely was the overseer of the project.
Still, Atwill writes that
…Christianity had been created to be a “calamity” upon the Jews.
Yet it was also a creation of jews as Atwill himself makes rather clear even if he plays up the Flavian angle. I would rather think the jews who created it only meant it as a calamity to the lesser jews, not the elite jews like themselves who prospered within the Roman Empire. And these jews were the elite of the elite jews as Tiberius, who served as Titus’ chief of staff during his campaign in Judea, was a son of the wealthiest man on the planet — of course a jew then like now; Josephus who to me seems like the main figure behind the creation of the false religion claimed to be a descendant of Maccabean royalty and Bernice came from the ruling clique of Judea, the Herod family (note: it is quite possible these families have passed down the truth about Christianity for ages along with the Flavian family).
And what a creation it was! It was a jewish concoction of poison for the spirits of their enemies. A religion for the uneducated masses, “slaves and scum”. A plague set upon the gentile nations for thousands of years. The reason behind the dark ages. A work of evil so hideous it is simply beyond the imagination of your common man.
It was a religion whose central figure tells their enemies to turn the other cheek and to love their own enemies while Titus, the real “son of god” after the Roman deification of his father Vespasian, himself according to Josephus tortured zealots simply because they refused to call him their “Lord”. Now there’s of course a difference between mild torture and truly sadistic torture, and I have no way of knowing how far Titus went during those torture sessions if the legend is true, but still behavior like that seems rather narcissistic to me if not totally psychopathic (the Flavians’ of course also had the habit of entertaining the masses by throwing their captured enemies to the beasts at the Colosseum… though apparently it is a historical hoax that there were Christians among them early on during the first century) .
Thus I myself am lead to hypothesizing that the jews surrounding Titus used his narcissism to get his and the Roman Empire’s support for creating Christianity on the excuse that it fooled the lesser jews unknowingly to worship him as “God” while actually planning to use the religion against gentiles the whole time knowing no educated jews would ever fall for shit like it as they already knew how to read jewish literature.
And to make sure of this they left many clues for the educated reader. Some quotes from Atwill’s book should help even the gentiles to make more sense out of the Gospels:
the core of Jesus’ prophecies—the Galilean villages “laid low,” Jerusalem encircled with a wall, the temple left with not a single stone atop another, and the “wicked generation” destroyed—all share one characteristic. Each is a military victory of the Flavian family.
the author is using different characters that he links typologically by a shared name or parallel experiences to create a single satiric theme.
The consequence of these traditional literary techniques is that the Jewish reader does not read a text in what might be thought of as a rational, straightforward, and linear manner. On the contrary, the Jewish reading is intertextual. The use of similar phrasing, formulas, places, clothing, and so on are used to create layers of associative meaning, as contrasts, and to provide continuity and color.
they “improved” the nature of their parallels in the New Testament from the open-ended types found within the Hebrew canon to ones that were very precise in their logical and chronological relationships, and in the identities that they reveal.
The authors of the Gospels were very aware of the typology in Hebraic literature and were, in effect, showing that they were able to produce a more perfect, more complex form of it. Moreover, there was a profound irony in the authors’ requiring the Gospels and War of the Jews to be read in the manner of Judaic literature in order to learn that they had created a false Judaism.
Mind-boggling for the gentile mind?