“Why did you want me to follow you?” asked Froderigus the day after he was taken.
“Some of my… concubines are Christians I've captured in Francia and Anglia, and I allowed one of your priests to make part of their own retinues, as a… how do you call it? Confessor?”
“But that man is loathsome creature, spends the most part of the day screaming at my pagan servants and subjects that they must repent of their sins or they are doomed. I tried to get him once to explain the fundaments of the religion, but he annoyed me with his talk of being bathed…”
“You mean, baptized”
Gorm warned him with a quick look, ‘don’t do it again’. Kings hated to be interrupted when talking, especially if to be corrected.
“Yes. My concubine seemed pleased by the presence of that despicable creature, but I couldn’t stand him close to me. Yet, i admit this curiosity remains. How can great kings worship such a weak god, that was nailed to wood and spoke of… of ‘offering the other cheek’ when your enemy assaults you?” He seemed disgusted at this thought.
“It’s very simple, actually. The great kings have come to accept the truth of the Gospels and the message of the Apostles and saints. They are enlightened by the faith in the Lord.”
“Haha, but that’s easy for you to say.”
“What do you mean?”
“You simply claim your religion is the right one, that your god is the only true one, only because the great kings adore him, for centuries. That doesn’t means that you, Christians are right, in the end, or that your religion is truly correct. That only means your faith is practiced by the majority of the peoples in the world, nothing more.”
“How… how you can say that? Are you implying that every person who was told and obeyed the word of Jesus is wrong?”
“I’m not saying it’s right or wrong. I’m just questioning if you consider your faith is the 'true one' by the very fact it expanded so much.”
“Our faith grew firstly in the heart of the very nation that crucified Christ, for its tyrants came to see the light of the Lord, and abandoned their false idols. Then this great realm collapse, and also the barbarians that caused its ruin came to embrace the correct religion, and thus resurrected the Imperium Romanum, under the auspices of the Holy Church. This could happen only if God wanted, and thus you have the proof that He is the true one.”
“And what, if, in the end, you all are wrong? If there is indeed one god, that is not Christus, and he actually hates you for worshipping a ‘false idol’, as you like to call it. Then, just imagine: all thousands of Christians are going to burn in Hell for idolatry, for worshipping a nailed God!” upon seeing the absolutely terrified face of the priest he burst in laughter, in sheer amusement.