by Anura Guruge
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Today, January 25, is the ‘Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the Apostle‘. This commemorates Jesus’ appearance to Saul/Paul when he was on his way to Damascus. This is the so called “Road to Damascus” event.
I know for sure that we don’t know for sure that this took place on January 25th. We actually don’t know the YEAR of this event, the best guess been that it was during 31 to 36 AD.
But, one thing is for sure. This, rather than any other day, is the TRUE anniversary of the Birth of Christianity.
Of course, Christianity did not come to be at Christmas, December 25th. That is a totally artificial, made-up holiday that was chosen to appease pagans who had celebrated the Winter Solstice, around that time, for centuries.
Easter is also not the anniversary of the Birth of Christianity. Jesus died on Good Friday a good Jew — the King of Jews; he having been born a Jew and a very devout Jew all his life. Between Good Friday and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, Jesus did not say or do anything to make him anything other than a Jew.
Christianity, if you go by the facts, is St. Paul’s CREATION.
Paul the Apostle created Christianity around Jesus.
It is, cut to the chase, his religion founded on the belief of Jesus.
So January 25th is the REAL anniversary of the Birth of Christianity.
Depending on whether we use AD 31 or AD 36, Christianity is now 1,985 or 1,980 years old.
Think about it.
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by Anura Guruge