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Originally posted by joequinn
There are few studies as inherently fascinating as the history of religions, and I have studied the history of Christianity with great care. I personally do not doubt that Jesus existed in early first century Palestine, and there are episodes within the Gospels that could only be dimly recollected memories of eyewitness accounts of his ministry. I also believe that Gnostic Christianity was much closer to the teaching of the historical Jesus than the so-called “Orthodox” Christianity of the Apostle Paul, who, in my opinion, is the real founder of Christianity as an autonomous religion. Beyond that, whatever the history of Christianity may have been during the first three or four generations of its existence, by the dawn of the third century Christianity becomes mainly a repressive political ideology masquerading as a visionary cult. And Christianity today, at least institutionally, has absolutely nothing to do with the life and teachings of its founder two thousand years ago. Especially here in America…
Originally posted by whaaaWhy was the council of Niciea so special that they were able to chose what books were included in the KJV.
Originally posted by whiteraven
Solomon, for all of his wisdom, concluded that God's gift is to love your wife, your kids and to enjoy the few days God has given to us under the sun. (read Ecclesiasties)
I think Solomon broke it down nicely.
Originally posted by Myrtales Instinct
Do you believe anything Paul wrote? For me, it's very obvious, from the things Paul said, that he had a complete understanding of how the Holy Spirit, that Jesus sends - works. I'll agree with anyone, that he was way too wordy for even my tastebuds - but he possessed knowledge, that can only be imparted from the Spirit.
It's as if people are condemning Paul, for having in his possession the true knowledge, of how repentance and baptism prepares the way, for the Son of Man to be lifted up within a person.......... but because he didn't elaborate on the spiritual nuts and bolts of how it all works, but instead records only what he is being taught through the Spirit - people seem to hold a grudge, because he skipped a few lessons and went straight in to the teachings he felt pressed to get out .
Paul kept a lot of the more mysterious stuff to himself and even though I choose not to read and study his words very often, I'm convinced he encountered Jesus, was given of the Spirit and definately spread the message of the blessed reality of Christ. Also, Paul willingly suffered and died, so that we could all read what words he did manage to record.
That says a lot in my book.
1 Corinthians 4
14I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
15For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
16Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
8But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
1 Corinthians 12
28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
1 Timothy 2
7Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
2 Timothy 1
10But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
11Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
1 Corinthians 5
7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
13But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.