[...] We can tell that the Therapeutae were Jews because they celebrated the Jewish festival of the Pentecost and kept sacred the Sabbath.
[...]Eusebius didn't know that Philo was writing 20 years too early, and he had therefore uncovered additional evidence that turn-of-the-millennium Jewish Paganism was almost identical to Christianity in terms of rituals and beliefs - if Jesus arrived and preached a New Testament, it seems he really didn't have anything new to say that wasn't already being practiced in a Christian way by pagans.
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#christianity'Christianity' is not a single religion dating from 2,000 years age.
A long series of varied different religions, flowing on from one another, have all called themselves "Christian". The beliefs and form have changed so much from time to time that it is best to consider Christianity a series of religions and the word "Christianity" to be an umbrella term for multiple faiths all of which have the same name but different beliefs.
[...] Thus separated through their numbers, they confute one another. They] are determined in different ways by the various sects.
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Emperor Constantine established 25th of Dec, the birthdate of Mithras, to be the birthdate of Jesus too.
The principal day of worship of the Jews, The Sabbath, was replaced by the Mithraistic Sun Day as the Christian holy day.
But what were the oldest and most ancient forms of Christianity like? If you go back far enough, Christian history is actually pagan history.
Jesus, son of the Hebrew sky God, and Mithras, son of Ormuzd are both the same myth.
"The Encyclopedia of Religion" by Eliade Mircea (1987) notes that their center was a hill above Lake Mareotis near Alexandria, and that they were similar to the Essenes.
Today when we trace the source of modern Christianity, we find that Christianity was codified in the 4th century.
And Origen agreed that this was the case, that "from the beginning there were differences of opinion among believers regarding the meaning of the books held to be divine" and the reason was that because important issues always cause strong differences of opinion. Bart Ehrman likewise states that one of most common causes of forgeries and fabrications was the urgent need that believers had to put across their point of view to convince others - and that, unfortunately, included the far-too-common practice of writing in other people's names During the first three Christian centuries, the practices and beliefs found among people who called themselves Christian were so varied that that the differences between Roman Catholics, Primitive Baptists, and Seventh-Day Adventists pale by comparison.