It started with Jesus of Nazareth. He had a dream. He dreamed that Charity, charity would triumph over injustice greed and lust for power.  His followers attracted attention. According to the Greek historian Plutarch, Christians in the Roman Empire were known for their concern for one another and for the poor. 

We have seen that charitable care reflected in brothers and sisters in hospitals and schools. Their care has now been taken over by subsidized professionals.

In the first years after the death of Jesus of Nazareth, his movement became very popular. Weekly meetings were open to everyone. It did not matter if someone was Jewish or Roman, rich or poor, learned or illiterate, slave or free citizen, woman or man. Anyone could join one of the many Christian communities. But those communities were severely tested. Within 40 years of Jesus' death, James, the leader of the first community, was murdered. The place in the temple where they usually met was destroyed along with the entire city of Jerusalem. Peter and Paul were put to death in Rome. Nero ordered that people who refused to worship him as a god be tortured and killed.


But people saw that this cruel emperor could not be a god. So in secret, the number of Christians continued to grow. In fact, philosophy teachers found several acceptable alternatives to worshipping the emperor. They merged ideas from Stoic philosophy, Neoplatonism, Jewish tradition, and Hellenistic cult. But in doing so, they went wrong. Each of these blends contained a component inconsistent with the core of the gospel. As in other cults at the time, church ministers were believed to possess exclusive supernatural powers and forces. This fairy-tale equipment became the basis for specific church legislation. From the third century onward, the structured authority of bishops was enshrined in church laws as an unshakable tradition. Bishops since then have felt themselves to be far superior to all other believers. They supposedly approved acts of violence on behalf of God at the time. Emperor Constantine seized his opportunity. He made agreements with the church to be able to use force against unwilling individuals and peoples under God's blessing. This later justified the Crusades, as well as the Inquisition and the atrocities committed against Native American tribes. This privileged mythical position of bishops, of course, was and is completely at odds with the message of Jesus. Change cam from education.