Imperial Cult of Rome
This idea is the same concept of the divine right of kings which gave men the right to literally decide good and evil as gods meaning ruling judges and usurp the right of the individual members of society to decide decide good and evil or in other words decide what might be called fact and law.
Augustus as Soter was also the Dominus or Kyrios because he had saved the empire from instability and foreign powers. He had brought peace, the Pax Romana through military force. He was also Pontifex Maximus, or ‘High Priest’ of the Imperial Cult of Rome which provided the Public religion through the temples of Rome.
His reforms transformed Rome's Republican system of government to a de facto monarchy. He maintained traditional Roman practices and Republican values in name only.
One of the things he did was to expand the system of Qorban administered through the Temples of Rome. This was a welfare system that would become a Snare and make the people merchandise or a surety for debt. This debt would bind the people through their Covetous Practices and curse the children of the people with debt into the Imperial Cult of Rome where they could not just get out or come out of that imperial system of social welfare.
As princeps or the president of Rome and commander in chief of the army and navy as Emperor he was expected to balance the interests of the Roman military, the Senate, and the people maintaining peace, security, and prosperity throughout an ethnically diverse empire of different states.
In 30 BC, libation-offerings to the genius of Augustus became a duty at public banquets or festivals which were a part of the Roman welfare system. From 12 BC, state oaths were sworn by the genius of the living emperor.
These human gods and their temples had a function in society and their governments that is commonly misunderstood because if we did it might change the world of religion and our understanding of the Kingdom of God.
Once you began to understand words like Apotheos which was an office of the government that made Caesar and appointor of gods throughout the empire then you will need to know who those gods many were and are today. Understanding that the Senators of Rome were the Fathers of the earth Jesus spoke of will also change our individual views of the gospel. The role these Conscripted fathers played as the Pater Patriae and Patronus made them the Benefactors who exercised authority one over the other in a Welfare system that was a Snare.
History repeats itself and before John the Baptist the Historian Polybius was warning us that our covetous practices would bring us into bondage under tyrants. The patriotism and the parameters of our society we often hold sacred are actually the parallels that prophesy our own fate.
This was at the root of the Christian conflict with the covetous practices of the Corban of the Imperial Cult of Rome which made the people Merchandise and brought them back into Bondage of Egypt as a surety for the debt.
- So what is the deference between Religion, Public religion, Pure Religion, False religion and a Cult which leads to the Covetous Practices that will or has curse your children and made men Merchandise.
The Corban at the time of Christ and John the Baptist pervasive in the governments of Judea and the Imperial Cult of Rome was making the word of God to no effect because the acrifices of the people were compelled in a socialist system of social welfare set up by Herod the Great, the Pharisees and the Sanhedrin of Salome.
"... their table [had] become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap." Psalms 69:22
The Corban of Christ, Moses and Abraham were rooted in "freewill offerings" which is "Charity" through love.
How are we the same as Rome?
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- Augustus, from Latin augere meaning "exalted, venerable", was the title given to Octavian, the first Roman emperor in 26 BC by the Senate.
- Soter derives from the Greek epithet σωτήρ (sōtēr), meaning a saviour, a deliverer;
- Lord in Latin
- Lord in Greek
- “Emperator, emperatoris m. commander in chief “Collins L.E. Dict. ‘62. This was the head of the Roman military, army and navy.