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Who and What Is God?
Simon, the "Pater" (Peter) of his counterfeit
religion, did not accomplish this in his lifetime. But
succeeding leaders, with the headquarters moved to
Rome, did, later, gain political control over the Roman
Empire and its medieval successor, called "The Holy
Roman Empire." This empire is in process of again
being resurrected in Europe now!
Counterfeit Gospel
By the sixth decade of the first century, much of the
Middle East had turned from the true gospel to a
counterfeit (Gal. 1:6-7). As late as the 90s
apostle John was still living. He wrote the book of
Revelation on the Isle of Patmos.
A little later the church started by Simon in
was trying to turn the true Christian Passover (Christ
had changed its form from that of sacrificial lambs to
unleavened bread and wine) into Babylonian ceremony,
now called, in English, "Easter"-named after the
goddess Astarte or Ishtar (pronounced "Easter" in some
Semitic dialects).
After the death of the apostle John, a disciple of
his, Polycarp, waged a controversy over the Passover–
Easter question with the bishop of Rome, by then leader
of the church started by Simon.
Still later, another disciple of Christ's true
Christianity, Polycrates, waged a still hotter controversy
over the same Passover-Easter question with another
bishop of Rome. This theological battle was called the
Quartodeciman Controversy. Polycrates contended, as
Jesus and the original apostles taught, that the Passover
should be observed in the new Christian form
introduced by Jesus and by the apostle Paul (I Cor. 11),
using unleavened bread and wine instead of sacrificing a
lamb, on the eve of the 14th Nisan (first month in the