Originally posted by bill718
Christanity right away. All they had to do is wait until 4-5 days after Christ died on the cross, throw his body on a cart, and parade it around the streets of Jeruselem, exposing him as a liar! So...why didn't they?? (I do hope you're not going to try to convince me that a few unarmed, rag tag followers of Christ was going to overpower the heavily armed Roman ...[text shortened]... please, give us a logical reason why the Jews and/or the Romans didn't simply kill Christanity.[/b]
I think the fact of the matter is that they tried
Saul of Tarsus was a brilliant young rabbi. He didn't wait to be told what to do. He mustered up his courage and intellect and took the initiative. In essence he went to the religious authorities and said "Give me permission in writing and I'll go around and wipe this horrible thing OUT !"
He tried, he tried. Jesus stopped him, gained him, and Saul became the Apostle Paul, writing some 13 of the 27 New Testament books. And skeptics have hated him ever since.
Now Rome tried. They tried. But the saying became "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the saints."
They noticed the way these Christians died in peace, singing, in hope, in victory, and some of their tormentors turned and said "I really need to look into this Jesus belief thing!" And they got saved.
So terrible persecution came from without.
Then the cosmic enemy of Christian truth changed his tactic. Instead of crush it from without, he tried a much more devastating approach. That is to WELCOME it into the world and gradually CHANGE it from WITHIN.
That was a more effective weapon as the history of degraded Christiandom proves. However, Jesus said that the gates of Hades would not prevail against the church which He builds. So neither persecution nor worldly mixture has been able to prevail against the builded church.
"The church of God is an anvil that has worn down many hammers."
But you are positively correct that parading the corpse of Christ around would have stopped the spread of the Gospel cold.
Stay tuned, they may STILL try to do just that someday.
Me, I think it is the truth. Christ rose from the dead and is available to be known today in His form as "a life giving Spirit."
He is physically somewhere. I don't know. But we know as He is demonstrating the durability of His kingdom through the centuries the time of torture testing will conclude.
Then as He ascended, He will descend.