Re: Christianity & The Demise of America
What I find is that the Bible has a simple and direct charter for a good religion, and volumes of details regarding our relationship to God and to each other.
The New Covenant is one of personal accountability to each other and to God directly. Jesus spoke about God's love and our response to it, as summarized in the Golden Rule; Jesus also openly declared that he was the Messiah, which is most likely what riled them the most. But yes, when he openly exposed the corruption and taught others to do the same, the power circles began to plot his death.
Remember that Jesus told his disciples to "take up your cross" before he was crucified and before anyone ever knew he would be. And so it is throughout history that to stand against evil and be effective against it means to sacrifice your life, whether alive or dead.