WHAT IF?

Maxentius

Constantine

Licinius

Maximinus Daia

In 310 CE the world was ruled by four joint Roman Emperors: Maxentius and Constantine in the West, and Licinius and Maximinus Daia in the East.

The official state religion was Paganism, with the most popular pagan deity being Sol Invictus, the Sun god, also known as Mithra; His worship was known as Mithraism.

The Christian religion endured an uneasy existence; but it was not just one form of Christianity, there were many varying forms, both allegorical and literal.

Maxentius, Licinius and Maximinus Daia were all pagans and happy to promote the worship of Mithra; Constantine was also a pagan, but his mother - Helena - was a literalist Christian who worship a god known as Jesus, in one of its many forms.

Post 310 CE a four way civil war broke out, Constantine defeated Maxentius in the West, and Licinius defeated Maximinus Daia in the East.

Constantine

Licinius

The two victors then went to war for full control of the Roman Empire, and in 324 CE Constantine defeated Licinius to become the sole emperor of the known world.

Constantine

Warming to his mother’s religious views, he made Christianity the state religion in place of paganism, and in 325 CE, at the Council of Nicea, he stated exactly what his version of Christianity was to be.

 

Subsequent emperors ordered the eradication of all forms of pagan worship, and all alternate forms of Christianity, and so gave birth to Catholic Christianity.

Ask any person today, religious or not, “who is Jesus?”, and they will be able to tell you.

Ask them “who is Mithra?”, and most people would say “Mithra who?”

 

Maxentius

Licinius

Maximinus Daia

 

If Maxentius, Licinius or Maximinus Daia had emerged the victor via the chance outcome of battle, We would say today “Jesus who?” and be able to give chapter and verse on Mithra!

However; it was Constantine who won the four way civil war; and because of this - and only because of this - we worship a god called Jesus, in a building called a church, with an icon of a cross, (or Jesus on a cross) as the centre piece at the altar.

Had Constantine been one of the three defeated contenders: Today we would worship a god called Mithra, in a building called a Mithraeum – a building constructed to imitate a cave - with a centre piece statue known as a Tauroctony, which depicts Mithra slaying the bull.

We would not know the name Jesus, have any perception of a concept of sacrificial death on a cross, or have ever seen a church!

These ancient temples known as Mithraeum have been found all over the Roman Empire, they are no longer used. They are no longer used because Constantine won the civil war.

The largest Mithraic temple in Europe lies underneath St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

Constantine placed St Peter’s Basilica in this particular location in order to drown out Mithraism, and replace it with his new religion of Catholic Christianity, post 325 CE.