posted on May, 8 2014 @ 04:19 PM
a reply to: adjensen
We also have a considerable amount of documents concerning the beginning of Christinity from earlier Church Fathers so the evolvemenmt of Christianity
is there for anyone to read it. Reagrdless of what we have left about Paul its very strange that he eclipses Christ in the New Testament and all the
dogma he gives. I note you didn't concern yourself with his relationship with the real apostles. Another point about Paul which I think is
suspicious is that he is fixed entirely on giving the rules of Christianity and how people had to behave. His job was more as an administrator ,
whilst Christ simply taught he had no intention of changing the law but to enforce it. He is never recorded as having seen fit to dictate behaviour,
in fact he opened up trhe scope of how to behave - quite the opposite approach to Paul.
I am sorry, I haven't read The Da Vinci Code although obviously you have.
By the divinity of Christ presumably you mean that he was the Son of God and not a son of a man and woman and therefore not divine - that is exactly
the point I made about the prime decision made at Nicea.
Although you quote the Muratorian fragment, it actually is a very badly written text thought to be taken from anywhere between 170 and 400 AD, which
could well put it after Nicea - we just don't know, as we also don't know the scribe or his credentials, except his command of language was poor.
Further we also have no idea who decided Paul's Epistles were canonical. People are happy to accept much which has come down through tradition and
not necessarily truth.
The early Church Fathers such as Clement of Alexandra, Irenaeus, Hippolytus and Epiphanius did their utmost to destroy the teachings of the Gnostics
and, as these men and their followers were the ultimate winners up till the discoveries at Nag Hammadi, all we know about Christianity is what we have
handed down through their censorship and decree. Fortunately information is far more widely available through Nag Hammadi, the Bruce and Askew
Codex's the Books of
Enoch etc and suddenly a whole new and fascinating set of information concerning early Christianity and more
importantly, information about what Christ actually taught his closest disciples is now available for us to read and make up our own minds about.
Christians and what they worship is not quite so clear cut and impossible as it has been handed down to us by either a worldly set of masters or a set
of Gods as in Eden.