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In order for the African origins of Christianity to be appreciated, we must consider the 3 stages at which Africa played a crucial role in the development of Christianity, starting with the role of Ancient Kemet or Egypt in the creation of Judaism’s Torah also referred to as the Old Testament in the Christian Bible.
The Influence Of Ancient Kemet On Judaism
The Torah or Old Testament forms part of the Christian Religion and as such, the story of the Old Testament forms part of the story of Christianity.
According to the Torah and Old Testament of the Bible, the Israelite Sons of Jacob entered Egypt to escape famine.
The Israelites lived in Ancient Kemet for approximately 400 Years according to The Book Exodus, and during the period of their stay in Egypt, the Israelite population expanded from 70 to 600 000.
Although its still contested, its generally considered that Ramses II, Ruler of Egypt’s 19th Dynasty is the Pharaoh of Exodus.
If this is indeed the case, then Dr Ben suggests that the reasonable conclusion that would follow from the above is that the 70 Israelites who entered Egypt were exposed to an already old and well established Civilization.
It is also likely that the ideas of this Ancient Civilization would influence the Hebrews in the development of their own Religion which would later become known as Judaism.
In support of this argument, Dr Ben points to the fact that certain key elements of the Torah like the 10 Commandments and the concept of Monotheism itself already existed in Ancient Egypt more than 5000 years before the Israelites set foot in Ancient Egypt.
For instance, the 10 Commandments are a summary of the 42 Laws Of Maat which can be found in the Egyptian Book Of The Dead whilst the concept of Monotheism was already part of the Ancient Kemetic Mystery sytem recorded in such Ancient Egyptian Texts as the Medu Neter.
From this perspective, the story of Moses told in the Torah and the new Religion that comes out of the events detailed in the Old Testament is in essence a story of how Moses and the Israelites copied and adapted the Laws and Beliefs of the indigenous Africans of Ancient Kemet to proclaim Judaism on Mt Sinai.
The Influence Of Ancient Kemet On The Teachings Of The New Testament
The African origins of Christianity can also be seen in the teachings of Christianity itself.
In particular, Kemetic Philosophy heavily influenced Christianity.
For example, the concept of ‘Christ’ is a state of Universal Consciousness derived from the Osirian Resurrection Myth of Ancient Kemet which involved the first and most Ancient Holy Trinity made up of the Egyptian Neters Osiris, Isis and Heru (Horus) who was the first child born out of an Immaculate Conception.
From this perspective, the African Origins of Christianity are evident in the concepts that form the foundation of the Christian Faith such as the Resurrection and Immaculate Conception which were already part of the Ancient Egyptian Mystery System more than 5000 years before the first Israelites stepped into Egypt seeking refuge from Famine.
The African Influence On The Development Of The Early Church
The role of Africa in the development of Chrsitianity is also evident in the pivotal role North Africans played in the early Church.
In particular, the indigenous African Christian Church Fathers such as St. Augustine and Tertullian who assumed control of the Christian Church in North Africa during the era of the Roman Empire.
The early Church Fathers of North Africa at Carthage helped structure the Church as well as develop its doctrine during the most fragile years in Christendom.
As such, by the time the reference to the Ethiopian convert appears in The Book Of Acts Chapter 8 Verses 26 to 40 , the North African Church was already well established,
For this reason, the reference to the Ethiopian Convert in the New Testament Book Of Acts should not be treated as the first evidence of the presence of Christianity in Africa.
Last but not least, to the history of the early African Church we should also add the 2nd and 3rd Christian martyrs, Perpetua and Felicita both of whom were also indigenous Africans.
The origins of Christianity lie in the Ancient Civilization of Kemet which gave the Israelites refuge from Famine and exposed the Israelites to the array of Ancient Egyptian Religious concepts and ideas that would go on to provide the Moral and Theological foundations of both Judaism and Christianity.
The mystery system of Ancient Egypt was a product of the Ancient Religious beliefs of the indigenous Africans of Kemet who once occupied the lands around the major Great Lakes of Central Africa and along the headwaters of the Nile River.
The Ancient African belief system that influenced Christianity had been in existence for more than 5000 years before both the Torah and New Testament were ever written, and it remains recorded in the Pyramid Texts of Ancient Egypt for posterity.
In addition to providing the Moral and Theological Foundations of both Judaism and Christianity, the North Africans in the era of the Roman Empire also laid the structural and Theological foundation for the spread of Christianity worldwide.
At this point it is important to note that while it may be true that Christianity originated from the Kemetic Religion of Ancient Africa, Chrisitianity as it is taught today has deviated from the original Spiritual teachings of Ancient Kemet and its official doctrine is based on the decree made by the Roman Catholic Church at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.