Christian "martyrdom"

Along with the tale that Christianity began with a "Prince of Peace" comes the myth that the early Christians were gentle "lambs" served up in large numbers as "martyrs for the faith" by the diabolical Romans. The myth of martyrdom starts with the purported passage of the Roman historian Tacitus in which he excoriated Nero for killing a "great multitude" of Christians at Rome in 64 CE; however, this passage is a forgery, one of many made by the conspirators in the works of ancient authors, and there is little other evidence of such a persecution under either Nero or Domitian, the alleged notorious persecutor of Christians.

[...]To bolster their claims of massive martyrdom, pious Christians began around the ninth century to forge the martyrdom traditions. As Walker relates:

The martyrs of the famous Roman "persecutions" under such emperors as Nero and Diocletian, seven centuries earlier, were largely invented at this time, since there were no records of any such specific martyrdoms. Names were picked at random from ancient tombstones, and the martyr-tales were written to order. In reality, it was the Christian church that did much more persecuting and made many more martyrs than Rome had ever done, because religious tolerance was the usual Roman policy.

To weave their martyr-tales, the conspirators used the Jewish apocryphon the Fourth Book of Maccabees, which described gruesome "martyrdom" by torture: "The tale told in the 4 Maccabees was widely read by Greeks and early Christians and served as a model for Christian martyrdom stories."

The melodramatic portrayal of the early Christian movement as consisting of righteous "Mom and Pop" Christians being driven underground and ruthlessly persecuted is not reality, nor are the stories of massive martyrdom. What is reality is that from the fourth century onward, it was the Christians who were doing the persecution.

[...] there were in fact few martyrs, and the early forgers of Christianity were impressed not by such alleged martyrdom but by the position of power they would earn by their "conversion." In actuality, Christianity did not spread because it was a great idea or because it was under the supernatural guidance of the resurrected "Lamb of God." Were that so, he would have to be held accountable, because Christianity was promulgated by the sword, with a bloody trail thousands of mile long, during an era called by not a few a "shameless age." Like so much else about Christianity, the claims of its rapid spread are largely mythical. In reality, in some places it took many blood-soaked centuries before its opponents and their lineage had been sufficiently slaughtered so that Christianity could usurp the reigning ideology.

[...]Walker says: [...] Certain words reveal by their derivation some of the opposition met by missionaries. The pagan Savoyards called Christians "idiots," hence crétin, "idiot," descended from Chrétian, "Christian." German pagans coined the term bigot, from bei Gott, an expression constantly used by the monks.

[Source: Acharya S., The Christ Conspiracy - The Greatest Story Ever Sold]