meninlove said Did you know that Peter, Christ's brother, who Christ said was the rock upon which his church would be built, preached that Christ was solely the Messiah of the Jewish people and no one else.
Thats what "messiah" used to mean.... and it was a Jewish religious belief the Messiah would come... what is so interesting about christianity is that the jewsh beliefs form only a small part of its essence.... the jews having lived and spread out throughout the empire cross-pollinated their ideas with the pagans, the greeks, the persians, the north africans, the hindu-buddhists (who had settled in what is now Israel after the Greeks began to move to Pakistan after Alexander the Great unified the west with the east..) and all of these ideas and people mingled freely in the Roman empire... so that Christianity, which is essentially a Roman religion, unified Egyptian wiht Jewish with HIndu etc ideas and rituals...
25th of december is the date of a Persian god's celebration in old Iran
A god dying and rising is from an ancient Egyptian myth
The Messiah is from the Jewish lore
Christmas Trees are a germanic/norse pagan tradition
Bells came from the Hindu-Buddhist temple design
The Saints in the churches carry a plethora of Egyptian, Pagan .. and here in the America's... Indigenous and African regalia dating back to the pre-Christian gods
The philosophies of "salvation" date back to both Greek and Indian philosophical schools, which the legendary Jesus was well versed in, being a jew in the Greek roman Empire
Etc etc etc... Christianity is a truly syncretic religion... and it keeps syncretising more traditions and myths as it spreads.... "santa clause" is a mixture of a Turkish Saint with an old Germanic Norse-god myth, halloween (All hallows eve, or the day beore All Saints Day) is the Irish new year incorporated into the Catholic calender the "Day of the dead" in mexico is a combination of Aztec or ancient Mexica ancestor worship and the church... and so it goes on...
Its what is so powerful about Christianity in the end.. it is so fluid and adaptable wherever it goes....