I want to preface what I say by saying: human beings still need love, human beings still need to be good to one another, human beings still need to be accountable for saving themselves as much as possible. Salvation is a necessity of the human condition. Humans need to be saved from dangerous situations. The best that Christianity has to offer is not destroyed by the findings that its scripture and its God is partly Roman propaganda and Vespasian and his son Titus needing to honored as Lord.
Matiz and all reading this thread,
This is what I read earlier today:
Joseph Atwill, the author of Caesar's Messiah looked at the story of the man possessed by Legion.
The man was possessed by Legion in the city of Gadara.
Jesus got rid of the demons.
The demons took possession of pigs/swine.
The swine started running. They ran into water and drowned.Jesus was not a great exorcist in this instance
because this is a satire of history. Here's the history that actually happened.
By this time John was beginning to tyrannize. Now, some submitted to his tyranny out of fear and some out of goodwill. All of their reasons for militant action against Rome was now being reduced to one head, one leader, John.
John and his men were too small to be an army but too many to be just a gang of troublemakers. A legion (an ancient army term) is not an army and a legion has more members than just a gang of troublemakers. John and his followers are Legion.
Let's say, Gadara was a community with some sense of peacefulness. They had their rich members in the community. Gadara wasn't looking for trouble with Rome.
John comes to Gadara and he's more militant than the Sicarii. He recruits men. Some recruits are made recruits by force. John is the possessor. John and his men are Legion.
Well, who is Jesus? Jesus is the Roman general who becomes Caesar, or emperor: Vespasian.
Vespasian comes to Gadara and sends John and his Sicarii running. They ran away from the power of Christ Vespasian. Many ran into the Jordan like the swine in the bible story. The Sicarii were deemed swine because Jews do not like swine (pork) and the Jews of Gadara didn't appreciate John coming into the city causing trouble, recruiting their sons to their death. The only thing they got for going against the powerful Romans was a split-second of courage before getting stabbed through their guts or through their chest with a Roman sword or chopped in the face with a Roman sword or have their heads cut off at the neck by Roman sword or killed by Roman darts.Dart
Main article: Plumbata
Late infantrymen often carried half a dozen lead-weighted throwing-darts called plumbatae (from plumbum = "lead"), with an effective range of c. 30 m, well beyond that of a javelin. The darts were carried clipped to the back of the shield.
So, the New Testament account is nothing more than a satire of what actually happened at Gadara.
Jesus is not Jesus: Jesus is Rome, Jesus is Vespasian.