Let us follow the pope
Dear readers, in this article, we are talking about the pope visit in Turkey. You see, today the Roman Catholic leader Pope Francis is visiting Turkey, so, let us follow the pope while he visits Turkey. Now, we have written and published this article in Hub Pages, at this address, Let us follow the pope, so, you can view it if you click on the link. Anyhow, this article is a long article, so, we have split it in two in Blogger.
Pope Francis a risk taker
Welcome to our article, let us follow the pope, (part one.)
Anyhow, I believe that the Pope is taking a calculated risk, because what the Pope is doing, is risky, since negative things can emerge. Today, I am looking at Pope Francis visit to Turkey and I am concerned, because something nasty can happen over there. We have seen it happen before with other popes when they have visited Turkey, so, it is possible that it can happen again.
You see, we have to remember that a Turk named, Mehmet Ali Agca shot Pope John Paul 2nd in Saint Peter’s Square in 1981, therefore, we Roman Catholic have to be careful, when we deal with Turks about religions, since most of them are Muslims, and most Muslims hate Roman Catholic.
Here we need to say that religions must not be like that, because religions are made to help people, and give hope to those people that need hope most. I know about religions because, I have written a religious theory called ‘Reconciliation of the universe’.
Anyhow, today to continue to write my religious articles, I am writing this important religious happening, which is the Pope visit to Turkey.
Pope visits to religious buildings
Now let us look at the main historic religious buildings that the pope visited in Turkey, it will give us an idea of their importance, and the importance that Turkey has played in the religious world; it is necessary that we talk about Turkey and its Geographic position, to see the reasons why most of the western religions have gone through Turkey back and forward. You see, Turkey is the country that links most religions and civilizations together, it is its geographical position that involves Turkey, you see, even today a lot of things happen in Turkey.
Here we want to paste a video link that talks about Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and other things that are important to know, in order to understand what has been going on over there for a long time; Istanbul's Blue Mosque - National Geographic, there are also other things in this video, but you can ignore them if you like.
Here under are some photos of the religious building that the pope has visited; we will say a bit more about Turkey history, because it is important to know, that in this part of the world have happened religious and other historic things, so, we are going to talk about a few of them, starting from this city of Istanbul that joins two continents.
Joining two continents
Istanbul also known as Constantinople and Byzantium is the city that joins two continents together, look at the map above and you will see that it is half in Europe and the other half is in Asia; their boundary is marked from the Bosporus Strait that not only divides the two continents, but it divides the city of Istanbul in half. The city of Istanbul has been important in history and continues to be important even today, a lot of things have happened in this corner of the world.
Having said that, we can say that the city of Istanbul is the place where East meets West; but what we are talking here, is about Turkey and the surrounding countries that have problems that can affect the entire world, and that is the main reason why Pope Francis went there to talk to them, whether his visit and his discourse is going to do any good remains to be seen, we can only hope for the best outcome.
While we are talking about this pope visit to Turkey, we can say that this corner of Turkey is one of the most strategic points in the world, it has had that position for a long time in history; so, to understand these important things, it is necessary that we talk about the history of Turkey and geographical position of turkey, and mention some mythology just to make it a bit more interesting:
We can go back as far as the flood mentioned in the Bible at the times of Noah; you see people believe that Noah’s Ark after the flood stopped on Mount Ararat Turkey, of course, there is no proof about it, just as there is no proof that the flood affected the entire world, but anyhow this is what people like to believe. So, Turkey is where everything restarted after the flood, according to the Bible.
Now let us look at its geographical position; you see the Bosporus Strait that separates the two continents and the city of Istanbul in half is supposed to be the strait that ‘Jason and the Argonaut’ went through when they went in search of the Golden Fleece, this is the first time that this place has been described in history; there is also the myth of the city of Troy and the Trojan war and the Trojan horse that even today means that there is an hidden danger inside something that is presented in a friendly way. In fact, we can say that this place is full of mysterious stories.
We can start from early in times; there are reasons to believe that the first notable civilization was in the Middle East. So, when we think of civilization and how the human race started to emigrate from this Middle East to Europe, Turkey has always played a major role, because people were forced to go through Turkey, and this has continued throughout history and continues even today.
The same thing has happened when the Christian religions developed in the Middle East, they went through Turkey and then Greece and to Europe, now you may start to think that humanity moves from east to west only, but this does not happen all the time, because other civilizations went through this place the other way around; the main one is the Roman Empire and it lasted a very long time in this part of the world.
Here we can add a bit of the modern history, that everybody still things about today, you see Gallipoli the Dardanelles WW1 Australia went to war in this part of the world, so again Turkey writes another chapter of its modern history.
Now let us go back to the old history; because of the Roman Empire influence, this part of the world became a major religious centre, today it is still an important religious centre, for the Christian as it has the Patriarch of Constantinople residing there, and that is another reason for the pope to go there, in the hope of mending some of their religious differences.
Of course, this part of the world today is more Muslim that anything else, but that is just another religion that we the people of this world believe in, and some religious leaders have described them as our brothers, as we are all children of God and we believe in the same God.
Now let us look at some historical and religious facts to see the changes that they brought with them.
Historic and religious facts
Anyhow, we want to talk about historic and religious facts, that have happened in Turkey, because Turkey situated partly in Europe and partly in Asia gets a large amount of people traffic, as they move from East to West and the other way around.
The most important things that come to my mind are two old military events; First military event, Alexander the Great army in 334 BC, starts his military expansion plans, and from Greece marches east to conquer his Empire. Before his time there had been many wars from the Persian kings who wanted to occupy Greece, but with Alexander the trend was reversed; and it was Greece and the Macedonian people that were the aggressors’, follow this link, Alexander the Great - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The second military movement was the Roman Empire. History tells us that the Roman domination in the old world lasted an exceptionally long time. Anyhow here we are talking about only those things that affected the Middle East and Turkey, and some of the old religions, as they changed with the passing of time.
What is important to note here is that the Romans were the ruler in the Middle East, when Jesus was born and for a long time after that. But, as it happened in the third century the Roman Empire had become so vast that the Emperor Diocletian decided to split the Roman Empire in two, while Rome remained still the capital of the western empire, Byzantium (later called Constantinople) became the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, this splitting of the empire that began in the year of 285 AD weakened the Empire and did not help Rome, even though Rome had ruled most of the known world for a very long time.
So, a couple of centuries later the Western Roman Empire had completely crumbled, but the Eastern Roman Empire called the Byzantine Empire went on for another thousand years, until the year 1453 when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire.
Above we have talked about the military domination of the old times; now let us talk about the religious part that went on as well during those times. Let us start from year zero, which marks our current era and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
At the beginning of this current era, there were many old religions, but the most important one’s were three religious groups: the Romans were polytheist like the Greek and other religions of their time, they went under the name of pagans; the Jews were monotheists had their Mosaic Law with Yahweh being their only God, all this is written in the Bible as everybody knows; and then there were the Indus religions with their many gods and goddesses, but the Indus don’t interest us here, so, we will leave them behind and talk about the other two religious groups.
It is a well-known fact that the Romans were polytheists and all religious were the same to them, so, wherever they went and conquered not only they took slaves from those places, but they also took their gods statues, so that the slave people could still use their own gods and religions; one can only imagine when they made Byzantium the capital of the Eastern Empire, how many gods and religions were there, since people were free to believe anything at all; this is the Roman side of old religions and now let us look at the Jews side of religions.
The Jews on the other hand were monotheist and their only God is Yahweh, so, they do not agree with any religions, it has got to be their way, they have had this way since Abraham had a covenant with God, and they continue to worship their God Yahweh and no other gods, so, everything was run according to Abraham or Mosaic Laws, but even this was about to change, because of the coming to earth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the Jews Jesus Christ was supposed to be their messiah, therefore, they wanted to see this new religious leader to free them from the Roman invasion of their country, but Jesus was only a spiritual religious leader, so, when the Jews realized that, they found an excuse how to get rid of him and they did just that.
As we all know after the death of Jesus Christ the follower of Jesus separated from the Jews and they became a religion of their own, this is how Christianity started to form and subsequently it became the largest religion in the world.
I believe that this blog is becoming too long; so, we will write another blog later called, Let us follow the pope part two. Where we will explain and describe some of the consequences that followed in ‘Early Christianity’ in the world and in Byzantium. (Today called Istanbul)
See you soon.
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Let us follow the pope, part one
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