I heard from someone that the "originial" christians were gnostics, and that the Roman empire essentially slaughtered them all to establish their own version of christianity, from which the orthodox faith arose. So essentially if this is true, what is now considered Christianity is really the antithesis to what it originally was, and gnostics have a right to call modern Christians believers in the antichrist. I do not know if this is actually true but it wouldn't surprise me. What do you guys think/know?
I find these groups interesting for the sole purpose of hearing people actually argue about them. Talking about their history, and plot events... it's like hearing someone describe a comic book. I especially love letting the conversation go for about ten minutes then piping in with, "you realize none of that ever happened, right? It's just myth and legend passed around as oral tradition for thousands of years before some random individual decided to write it down the way he heard it."
All that being said, anti-christ is a term used to describe someone to be the ultimate evil by Christian believers. I don't think there is such a thing as "ultimate evil" but I do think Ratzinger is pretty damn malevolent, as were 90% of the popes. No argument here.