It was because Jesus wanted to return God back to the people, the way it had been in the beginning of Israel, during the Tribal League. Like the prophets who had come before him who had shown how power only corrupts when placed in the hands of the few over the many - which would lead to Inquisitions, witch burning, bogus crusades, and even widespread pedophilia - Jesus challenged the very power and authority of the Sanhedrin (and more specifically those aristocrats the Sadducees, and the Pharisees "who loved money") by proclaiming that "the law was made to serve man, not man to serve the law."
The Sanhedrin, however - like all structures of Religious authority - had built their fortunes and political power by convincing people that it was the other way around, and that for people to reach God and eventually heaven, they needed to serve the law. And the Sanhedrin were the law makers.
The challenge that Christ posed to the power and authority of the Sanhedrin was as old as the dispute among the tribes of Israel about whether they should have a king or a confederacy governed by the Tribal League. The tribes were divided on this question, eventually opting for a kingship out of necessity and the threat posed by the Philistines.
Jesus, like earlier Jewish prophets, was part of the Samuel Compromise, where the office of the prophet is set up alongside that of the King to warn of the potential dangers that power vested in one man or body can inevitably produce. And the Sanhedrin, by making itself the mouthpiece of God, had essentially established itself as a kind of spiritual ruling elite, like priestly Pharaohs who had enslaved their own people with invisible chains.
This same conflict, coincidentally enough, was present even among the American colonies, as Christians sought to unyoke themselves from a King but feared creating a form of government that might lead to a similar situation in America after they had done so.
We see how easy it is to use religious authority, much like the Sanhedrin had done with Christ himself, to lie and twist people's minds to evil, by convincing them it is the "will of God." This was true whether it was the Sanhedrin manipulating people to "massacre the innocent Jesus" (the same way King Herod had done to the innocent children in Bethlehem 30 years prior) using lies and false testimony in order to protect their power, or American protestant preachers who sought to use that religion to manipulate slaves into submission by getting them to accept the religion of their slave masters, and thereby come to accept that their slavery was the divine will of the good God above.
By getting slaves to accept Christianity, the slave masters could convince them that, since it was God's will that they be slaves, and since Jesus had died for their sins, they would be highly rewarded later in heaven for obeying their slave masters here on earth. And if they failed to accept this idea, or refused to submit to their slave masters as the good God above had so clearly written in the Holy Bible, they could expect infinitely more suffering in the world to come.
If you have ever read the book, How To Make A Negro Christian, by Dr. Rev. Charles Colcock Jones, published in 1832, you know that Christianity is a religion that has been used by the pharaohs and the "money changers" in the temples of Big Finance, to control everyone that is indebted to them - their slaves. Among its many manipulative horrors for using people's fear and hope agaisnt them in order to serve "the love of money" we call "the profit motive," it states so plainly:
It is a matter of astonishment, that there should be any objection at all; for the duty of giving religious instruction to our Negroes, and the benefits flowing from it, should be obvious to all. The benefits, we conceive to be incalculably great, and [one] of them [is] there will be greater subordination . . .amongst the Negroes. (page 52)
[I]n order to induce a sense of guilt, [you] must charge upon the Negroes those particular sins to which they are so much addicted, and expose their enormity and consequent punishment in the world to come.(page 55)
These same sentiments were echoed in the "Letter from King Leopold II of Belgium to Colonial Missionaries, 1883" which opened the door to horrors exercised in the name of Christianity in the Congo that surpassed the Nazi's and the Japanese during World War II, and are reminiscent of the the brutalities visited upon the Native Americans by Christian explorers who sought to impose their God with a brutality that was equal to their lust for gold. As it states:
You will go certainly to evangelize, but your evangelization must inspire above all Belgium interests. Your principal objective in our mission in the Congo is never to teach the niggers to know God, this they know already. They speak and submit to a Mungu, one Nzambi, one Nzakomba, and what else I don't know. They know that to kill, to sleep with someone else's wife, to lie and to insult is bad. Have courage to admit it; you are not going to teach them what they know already. Your essential role is to facilitate the task of administrators and industrials, which means you will go to interpret the gospel in the way it will be the best to protect your interests in that part of the world. For these things, you have to keep watch on disinteresting our savages from the richness that is plenty
Your knowledge of the gospel will allow you to find texts ordering, and encouraging your followers to love poverty, like “Happier are the poor because they will inherit the heaven” and, “It's very difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.” You have to detach from them and make them disrespect everything which gives courage to affront us. I make reference to their Mystic System and their war fetish – warfare protection – which they pretend not to want to abandon, and you must do everything in your power to make it disappear.
Your action will be directed essentially to the younger ones, for they won't revolt when the recommendation of the priest is contradictory to their parent's teachings. The children have to learn to obey what the missionary recommends, who is the father of their soul. You must singularly insist on their total submission and obedience, avoid developing the spirit in the schools, teach students to read and not to reason.
Convert always the blacks by using the whip. Keep their women in nine months of submission to work freely for us. Force them to pay you in sign of recognition-goats, chicken or eggs-every time you visit their villages. And make sure that niggers never become rich. Sing every day that it's impossible for the rich to enter heaven. Make them pay tax each week at Sunday mass.
Use the money supposed for the poor, to build flourishing business centres. Institute a confessional system, which allows you to be good detectives denouncing any black that has a different consciousness contrary to that of the decision-maker. Teach the niggers to forget their heroes and to adore only ours. Never present a chair to a black that comes to visit you. Don't give him more than one cigarette. Never invite him for dinner even if he gives you a chicken every time you arrive at his house.
The Christian religion was first recognized by the powers of the state at an era when the interests of the ruling class demanded the utmost submission and conformity on the part of the people: and out of the needs of the kingly and the classes for a religious ideal which should induce men to be contented with slavery, to bow their necks to the yoke of taxation, and to submit to every form of economic evil without protest, was born the concept of the message, and of the personal character of Jesus which is accepted as orthodox today.
Like John the Baptist foreshadowing Christ or Sir Francis Bacon laying the groundwork for the rise of Isaac Newton, the prophet of America's gospel of greed, which is today preached everywhere as the elixir of Christ himself in the form of "free market capitalism," was accomplished by none other than an atheist who held Christianity itself in contempt. Her name was Ayn Rand. As Gore Vidal put it,
Ayn Rand’s “philosophy” is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society....To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil.
What was different was that unlike Superman or Batman, Rand made selfishness heroic, and she made caring about others weakness.
Rand said, “Capitalism and altruism are incompatible....The choice is clear-cut: either a new morality of rational self-interest, with its consequences of freedom, justice, progress and man’s happiness on earth—or the primordial morality of altruism, with its consequences of slavery, brute force, stagnant terror and sacrificial furnaces.” For many young people, hearing that it is “moral” to care only about oneself can be intoxicating, and some get addicted to this idea for life.
How ironic that an atheist who had such contempt for Christianity would convert so many Christians into supplicants for the financial Pharaohs of capitalism. And in the process, turn Christianity into a religion that would sacrifice a million Christs for the golden calf of Goldman Sachs and the financial Pharaohs for whom the whole world now slaves away to build their pyramid schemes of wealth, under the bogus claim that "work will make us free."
Today, we see only too clearly how such schemes have only proven why Hilaire Belloc called Capitalism "the hellish twin" of communism. For as capitalism ravages the world in pursuit of it's "love of money," which the economic high priests for the capitalist religion have recast as "the profit motive," it seduces the whole world with the apple of our ever growing lust for more, more, more, while demanding only ever more human sacrifice and enslavement to obtain it. And all under the empty lie that only by serving and selling our very souls to the money changers in the temples, will the only God "in which we trust" save us from the death and destruction we practice everywhere in its unholy name.
Money is the only God most Christians worship today, first and foremost, as capitalism has turned ungodly wealth into the only moral virtue that matters, and poverty the greatest proof of just how displeased God must be with someone. The rich are the chosen people, while the poor are cursed by that God who in true trickle down economic form, rains down its blessings on all who willingly pray to it's benevolence and grace, to obtain access to the best food, water, and healthcare, even as it rains down death and disease on all those who refuse to worship it more than life itself.
Christianity, as it's strongest standard barer, has become the pall barer of every virtue it proclaims, and as it teaches the world through the lash of debt and threat of destitution, to know that work is prayer, humanity is turned against itself. And in our blind quest to be "like God," as both the serpent promised and Christians admonish us all to do, we crucify the world entire on a cross of gold and greed.