The thing about Christianity
I was trying to figure out what makes Christianity appealing and what made it appealing to Medieval European pagans. My present conclusion is that it relates to compassion, mercy, and loving they neighbor.
This was somewhat of a breakthrough in thought in the classical world and early medieval world. Your first command was to love they neighbor. Of course, the Christ of the Franks and Saxons was a warrior; but he was a compassionate, just, kind-hearted warrior. The early medieval pagan warlords didn’t really mind a monastery or mission coming to town because the monks would care for poor people. Many of these warlords required and witnessed Christian miracles that resulted in victory on the battlefield. The Christian God appeared more powerful, but I can’t help but to think that a religion of compassion was appealing to people going through the harshness of life at that time.
If you look at Catholic images (statues,windows, church art) you notice that they emphasize peaceful looking people holding lambs, or babies. They feature serine saints , the peaceful Mother Mary, and images of Christ as an innocent child. THe image at the front of St. Peter’s Basilica is a dove; a symbol of peace (and the Holy Spirit).
Luke 31 “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”
Jesus is presented as a caring, non-judgmental, empathetic being. This archetype is different than the God archetypes of the classical or Germanic pagan worlds. Christ is a God of Charity.
Kindness, charity, alleviating suffering, and hope are the key aspects of Christianity.
And these aspects should be made part of the White Path (1). The character of Christ will become merged with the Son god. One role of the Son god will be the warrior (Thor) but when not fighting he’ll assume the Jesus man of charity role. He only goes to war after all peaceful efforts and compromises fail. Then he prays for the children of the warriors he defeats on the battlefield. (2) There are many people who claim that Christianity and racialism cannot be reconciled. This author believes this claim to be false and will write about it in the near future.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. (3)