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www.tektonics.org... amusing at best imo
The text of this "Gospel" is what appears to be a mix of episodes from the four canonical Gospels, in some places completely unchanged, or changed in ways of little significance. In other places, there are significant changes -- the virgin conception is replaced with Jesus as physical son of Joseph; Jesus is said to have learned magical arts in Egypt and traveled to India and Persia, where he also performed healing miracles; God is called our "Parent in Heaven," and a fourth temptation is added in the desert: Jesus is presented with a beautiful woman, whose affections he refuses. But the biggest difference overall is a thematic one: Elizabeth is told that John the Baptist "shall neither eat flesh meats, nor drink strong drink." Mary is told not to eat meat during her pregnancy. The magi are in such a hurry to find Jesus that they neglect to attend to their thirsty camels. The star of Bethlehem disappears from their sight until they give their camels rest and water. Jesus rebukes a man who beats his horse, and later rebukes a crowd of men who torment a cat. When one of the men gets defiant about it, Jesus causes his arm to wither. The next day the man returns admitting his sin, and is healed. In another instance Jesus rebukes a man for beating his camel, asking, "Wherefore beatest thou thy brother?" At this, "the camel knew Jesus, having felt the love of God in him." Jesus proclaims that he has come to end the temple sacrifices, and after his resurrection, goes to the temple and puts an end to the sacrifices with a replay of the temple cleansing episode. There is no Passover lamb at the Last Supper; Judas Iscariot asks why there isn't any meat to eat. That's the thematic difference: Jesus now supports vegetarianism and has an agenda against animal cruelty.
I agree. I love religion as mythology.
originally posted by: Mazzini
a reply to: Woodcarver
I'm not a Christian anyway, so I agree that either scenario is just as likely.
I like my mythology, which is what I call religion. I don't believe it's purpose is to be taken as literal history. I actually believe that that has slowed human progress in many aspects.
Well the Gospels that we have today we had yesterday because of the early Church fathers quoting them .When one thinks about a myth there are two ways of approaching it . Something was true and made into a myth because the truth is always first . The sources closest to the truth will be the best to look at .The standard Gospels hold that position .The Gnostic's and all that follows (pseudepigraphs) will be less reliable . It is what it is .
Anything is possible. I am just unwilling to accept that the story of Jesus that we have is the original. I don't have any clue if this Gospel is legit, but it is a good topic to start a discussion about the historical Yeshua vs the mythical Jesus.
Well even the document you presented in the op quotes some of the early stuff as well . It may come down to studying the variants from the standards . Hey there was a Jesus , and He ......... Some claim He was a Myth but that falls into a small group .Even the Gnostics can be understood that He was a real person that existed . When they claim that He was not something then you can be sure they are trying to counter what has already been said . It can be a big puzzle to put together and you might choose to leave the borders of the picture for the end but you have to start somewhere . Start with Jesus and think about what that means ,.. I think even Mohammed had some things to say about Him .Although it was a few years removed from the time .Start there and move back ...
Some of the so called Gnostic Gospels that were found in Egypt were quoted by and written about by pre Constantine Church fathers
originally posted by: ChesterJohn
a reply to: Mazzini
back again with your nonsence.
ATS will catch you and ban you again and again and again.