Two thousand years ago, or thereabouts, there was a small sect of believers, an off-shoot of Judism, that was heavily persecuted. Over the years, The Way became Christianity and it became the religion of entire empires and whole countries. However, there was one original message that some managed to have forgotten but is no less true. When The Way started picking up steam, there were generally a couple types of religions out there:
1.) Pick-the-god-of-the-week: Idolatry was almost everywhere. The Romans, for example, borrowed the Greek gods, threw in Caesar, and accepted most local gods so long as the locals worshipped in the correct order. If one god wasn’t particularly lucky, there was no shortage of other options to try. The majority of the more popular gods were those of the various sex cults which seemed to exist in every neighboring land.
2.) Rulebook: While most rules put down by God were the biggies, clarification over the years led to hundreds of rules and loopholes. Sometimes people so carefully followed the rules, they forgot to take care of things like proper justice.
3.) The Way: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved you that he put his one and only Son in your place, so that if you believe in him, you won’t perish but you will have eternal life.
Christianity spread because of God’s love for you. It was so profoundly different and personal that people couldn’t wait to be apart of it, especially when they saw the family of believers selling their own land to pay for each other’s needs because they loved each other. Christianity might have divided itself up, but God’s love has multiplied for the world. Even if the message of God’s love is lost, it is no less true.