The leaders of the Church,those in charge of Government and the flock themselves all had a hand in it,they ALL used their interpretations of the Bible as justification for the actions they took. Does this mean that you are the true Christian,and they are not,or its just that killing Indians is no longer the acceptable norm?
Let me describe what I have been taught, and I believe to be in line with scripture. And I pray I am not going cause a problem here with what I am about to say.
The apostles and Jesus' other disciples formed the first christian congregations. The apostles operated as a governing body. According to scripture, soon after Jesus' death incorrect teachings began to creep into the congregations. Different sects began to spring up. Many times were the congregations chastened for allowing such divisions to occur. The apostle exclaimed, "Is Christ divided?" "How can one say 'I follow this person' and another of you say 'I follow this other person'. While they were still alive the apostles acted as a force to keep the congregation pure. Sectarianism was seen as a corrupting influence within the congregation. The truth became polluted by this and some sects even adopted beliefs and rituals from other religions of the time and made this part of their worship.
The bible prophesied that a "Great Apostasy" (falling away from the truth) would occur. This Greate Apostasy began with the death of the last apostle as secterianism and other belief systems continued to infiltrate the congregation. Some sects grew strong while others did not. By the time the Catholic church began to form, the Great Apostasy was well under way. This Great Apostasy continued from there, spanning the Dark Ages and beyond as things went from bad to worse. Great atrocities were commited by these sects in the name of God. I do not wish to recount the history of the Catholic and it's secterian religion, but suffice it to say it has been a bloody, and immoral one.
By the time the protestant reformation occured the Great Apostasy was in full power. The protestants tried to "reform" christianity. But as history shows, the protestants did not purify a congregation, but only added an entire new set of secterians. While protestants rejected certain teaching of the Catholic Church they did no completely purify their beliefs, and they still held on to beliefs that had been adopted from other religions. Examples include the belief in a trinity of Gods, belief in a burning hell, celebration of pagan holidays, and more. And the history of protestantism has been no less bloodly and immoral.
Looking back in time it can be seen that the Great Apostasy was a very damaging force. However during this time the truth was not entirely suppressed. "True Christians" still existed during this time. But they were as a sprinkling of salt over the earth. In other words they were far and few between and to an extent this is still true.
As the "last days" approach, the Bible shows that the Great Apostasy would begin to draw to a close. During this time the Bible says there would be a "harvest" of mankind. Jesus would begin gathering these "True Christians" together from the four corners of the earth to brings them together. It is as if the "salt of the earth" is being gathered. And the Bible shows they will gather into one congregation again. It was prophesied at this time that these ones would "beat their swords into plowshares...........and neither will they learn war anymore." These gathered Christians would also then begin a zealous preaching campaign, similar to how Noah preached before the flood in order to gather all of God's people and similar to the preaching campaign given by the apostles before the destruction of Jerusalem.
This zealous preaching campaign is carried on door to door to this very day. Once again they are preaching, "repent for the Kindom of the heavens has drawn near."
The Bible pictures this global empire of secterianism and false religion as a harlot named "Babylon the Great". This religious harlot as accurately described, as "the mother of the harlots and of the disgusting things of the earth.” And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the holy ones and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. She will soon be destoryed by the beast she has been riding.
Once this begins to take place the call goes out, "She has fallen! Babylon the Great has fallen, and she has become a dwelling place of demons and a lurking place of every unclean exhalation and a lurking place of every unclean and hated bird! For because of the wine of the anger of her fornication all the nations have fallen [victim], and the kings of the earth committed fornication with her
, and the traveling merchants of the earth became rich due to the power of her shameless luxury.”
But at the same time another call also goes out. And today this call is being sounded globally. "“Get out of her, my people, if YOU do not want to share with her in her sins, and if YOU do not want to receive part of her plagues. For her sins have massed together clear up to heaven, and God has called her acts of injustice to mind. Render to her even as she herself rendered, and do to her twice as much, yes, twice the number of the things she did; in the cup in which she put a mixture put twice as much of the mixture for her. To the extent that she glorified herself and lived in shameless luxury, to that extent give her torment and mourning. For in her heart she keeps saying, ‘I sit a queen, and I am no widow, and I shall never see mourning.’ That is why in one day her plagues will come, death and mourning and famine, and she will be completely burned with fire, because Jehovah God, who judged her, is strong.