reply to post by Clisen33
NO you don't have to loose your faith to consider these things. One way to balance this if you prefer to remain Christian is to read the book of Job
- and consider the words ascribed to God himself and consider that Jesus spoke in parables. We cannot understand the mind of God, or the Divine as it
is known in other Religions. Just open yourself to the wonderous possiblility that it is all myth - and lean into intuition and faith and do not
argue on the basis of every word being directly inscribed by God. It is a human interpretation of the divine presented in symbol.
Remember also that the interpretation of the Bible and early Christian writings HAS been influenced by man, please research the council of Nicea . . .
and take a look at how different interpratations and language of the day has influenced versions of the bible as we know it. The King James Bible was
developed by KING JAMES and is written in the style of Kings Language of the day.
It may give you more peace about this subject if you consider that these divine writings have been mangled about so much by "man" it is difficult to
know exactly what was intended. That is why the path is narrow.
About the Council of Nicea from a google search: "The newly-converted Emperor Constantine had hoped Christianity would be the uniting force of his
empire. He was thus distressed to hear of the dispute over Arianism, which held that Christ was greater than man but inferior to God. In 325,
Constantine called the Council of Nicea with full confidence that the bishops could work out their differences.
The gathering must have been a moving sight to behold. After centuries of persecution, Christian bishops from across the Empire journeyed to Nicea
under state protection to discuss theological problems with the help of the Emperor. Official persecution had been so recent that many of the bishops
still bore its scars; Constantine himself is said to have kissed the eyeless cheek of one attendee.
The Council of Nicea condemned the teachings of Arius and adopted a creed outlining correct belief about the Son's relationship to the Father. The
council was the first to include bishops from several different regions, and is thus considered the first "ecumenical council" of the church. Although
many other local synods were held, seven important councils were attended by representatives of churches throughout the empire, and were therefore
"ecumenical." All three main branches of Christianity - Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant - consider the decisions of these seven
councils to be authoritative. Roman Catholics recognize several more."
So you see throughout time MAN has decided how we are to interpret this message from the Divine.
If you are willing to stretch yourself even futher - and be forwarned this could shake you up, take a look at the similarities between Horus and Jesus
. . .
Ask yourself why there is a flood myth across culture . . .
Consider the Vedas . . .
It is all truely more profound then our human minds can currently grasp.
Science and anthropology does not have to contradict Faith - it can just remind you how infinite are the
possiblities of that which we cannot fathom. While this may seem off topic to some, IMHO it is related - as these kind of discoveries and what they
might mean - provoke a crisis in faith for some. It is exactly this crisis we must move beyond if we are to begin to understand what it is we are
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