In order the better to appreciate the meaning of this event, we must first consider the religious influences and tendencies previously at work in the minds of men, both Jews and Gentiles, which prepared the way for the spread of Christianity amongst them.
The whole history of the Jews as detailed in the Old Testament is seen, when read in the light of other events, to be a clear though gradual preparation for the preaching of Christianity.
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Whatever their corruption, these new religions, concentrating worship on a single prominent deity, were monotheistic in effect.
Moreover, many of them were characterized by rites of expiation and sacrifice, which familiarized men's minds with the idea of a mediatorial religion.
The fact that, eventually, the Jews misinterpreted their oracles, and identified the Messianic Kingdom with a mere temporal sovereignty of Israel, cannot invalidate the testimony of the Scriptures, as interpreted both by Christ's own life and the teaching of His Apostles, to the gradual evolution of that conception of which Christianity is the full and perfect expression.Augustine does not hesitate to say (Retract., I, xiii, 3): "What we now call the Christian religion existed amongst the ancients, and was from the beginning of the human race, until Christ Himself came in the flesh; from which time the already existing true religion began to be styled Christian".And thus it has been remarked that Israel alone amongst the nations of antiquity looked forward to glories to come.Besides maintaining those pure conceptions of Deity, the prophets from time to time, and with ever increasing distinctness until we come to the direct and personal testimony of the Baptist, foreshadowed a fuller and more universal revelation — a time when, and a Man through Whom, God should bless all the nations of the earth.We need not here trace the Messianic predictions in detail; their clearness and cogency are such that St.They combined to destroy the notion of a nation cultus, and to separate the service of the Deity from the service of the State.Finally, as a contributory cause to the diffusion of Christianity, we must not fail to mention the widespread Pax Romana, resulting from the union of the civilized races under one strong central government.At one point, he claimed, Miss Kashfi had kidnapped the boy and taken him to Mexico.When he finally gained permanent custody, Christian was 13 and "a basket case of emotional disorders".The turbulent life of Marlon Brando's son Christian has ended in a hospital bed at the age of 49. He was the result of Brando's marriage of less than a year to Anna Kashfi, a Welsh actress of Indian descent.A long-time drug abuser who served time for killing his sister's lover, his cause of death was given as double pneumonia. The actor described her as "probably the most beautiful woman I've ever known". Her brooding, dark-haired son achieved worldwide notoriety in 1990 when he shot dead Dag Drollet, boyfriend of his half-sister Cheyenne, at Brando's Los Angeles mansion.