Thursday, August 17, 2017

"they received the Holy Ghost" - Why has the Vatican Failed?


Why has the Vatican Failed?

Christianity has failed to prevail in the three major regions of Asia: India, China and Japan.

Christians account for 2.3% of the Indian population, 7.5% of the Chinese population, and 2.3% of the Japanese population.

India had Hinduism, China had Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, Japan had Shintoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism before European Christian missionaries arrived in these countries.  India and China had longer history than the Vatican, and Japan had almost the same period of history as the Vatican.  And European Christianity or the Vatican could not succeed in diffusion of Christianity in these regions.

However, in the African regions south of the Sahara, Christians account for 63% of the peoples.  And 93% of South Americans are Christians.  These regions had no civilization history comparable with Europe's.

So, it is rather a surprise that Christianity prevailed in the Roman Emperor and post-Roman Europe.  Or we should think that Christianity when it prevailed in Europe and Christianity when the Vatican tried to diffuse it in India, China, and Japan were different.  Christianity changed from its original status when the Vatican took control of the religion.  The Vatican's version of Christianity was effective to Africans and native South Americans who had no civilization comparable with Europeans'.   But it was not sufficient to India, China, and Japan that had comparable civilization with Europeans' when the Vatican started to try to diffuse its version of Christianity.      

These situations seem to suggest that there is something wrong in the Vatican version of Christianity.  Furthermore, the Vatican could not compete with Islam when Islam started to prevail in the Middle East.  It also suggests that there is something wrong in the Vatican version of Christianity.

From the beginning, when Christianity first started to diffuse in the Roman Empire, there was no such theology as was established by the Vatican in later centuries.  Early Christian priests engaged in mission work only relying on words of Christ Jesus and the Gospels or letters from Paul, etc. but not on Vatican theology such as divine trinity.

Put simply, because there were some critical defects in the Vatican version of Christianity, it was not fully accepted by Hindus, Chinese, Japanese, etc., although the Vatican succeeded in Africa and South America by leveraging its cultural superiority.   And due to the defects, the Vatican could not defeat Islam.

Even in the US, Catholics account for 24%.  The Vatican version of Christianity is not attractive even in the US where 70% of the people  are European origin.

What I want to emphasize is it is time for the Vatican to review its theology, since the global history and situations tell that there is something wrong in the Vatican version of Christianity.  And, it must also apply to other schools of Christianity, including protestants.

Indeed, there are reasons in any situations in history.  And the largest issue in this 2000-year-long history is why the Vatican has failed in India, China, Japan, the US, Islamic regions, etc.  The next 2000 years for the mankind must be based on this review.

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Act 8:17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Act 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Act 8:19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
Act 8:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.