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Now, if you want truth, you're going to have to know something. Truth does not come in a neat convenient package like a religion, where you don't have to think. That is known as "fast food theology". But truth doesn't work that way. Truth is mysterious. There are layers of truth, and the path to it is a lifelong process and journey, as you peel off each layer. At a certain point, it will be difficult to peel off more layers, for human comprehension has its limits, as there are some things beyond it. But don't try too hard. You gotta go with the flow and let you intuition guide you. Have fun, relax, open yourself up, and enjoy learning new things. Don't forget that everything should be in moderation.
To start on the path to truth, remember these things:
1) Question everything. Don't take whatever you hear on faith, even from the alternative crowd.
2) Stop caring what others think of you. If you don't, you will always be bound in fear. But if you do, you will free your mind, which is the first step to truth.
3) Empty your mind. Follow your intuition and go with it, for it sees from a higher level than your conscious mind does.
4) Discover who you really are. Remember, you are a spiritual being having a human experience.
5) Clear your mind. Avoid highly toxic and stressful activities and environments. Pay attention to health and nutrition. Always remember, everything in moderation.
6) Ask questions, seek answers, and you will find them.
Lady in video:
"How do you know what is the word of God? How do you know what is inspired and what isn't?"
Originally posted by jmdewey60
reply to post by NOTurTypical
Panin's lectures were published by the Southwest Radio Church of the Air in Oklahoma City, which is an operation run by an anti-Catholic apocalyptic fear monger who published a book he co-wrote called, Y2K=666?.
In other words, since Panin's death in 1944 no one else has picked up on his work other than the hack, Missler who is not credible, and is a known fraud.
Originally posted by autowrench
reply to post by WWu777
A very well written, in depth, and true essay, WWu777, a star and flag for you. You think a lot like I myself do, I can see you have done your research and homework here. Some here will call you a liar, and say you are wrong, but these types are everywhere these days, you see them on every street corner. To them, their book is infallible, and completely true, for if it were found to be not true, their "Faith" would suffer. Faith is a freewill decision.....Not an order. And Faith should not be blind, nor stupid.
For those us us who have risen about all of this dogma, life is a lot more, isn't it? I was taught that I was small, and God was big, bit I can see clearly now. I am big too. I am Spirit, not body, but I do reside in one. One day, hopefully soon, I will drop it, and gain another, much like the present model, only younger and in perfect health. Having learned how to form a Merkaba, I can use it to fly away to wherever I wish. A well formed Merkaba is a spacecraft, you know.
Are you kidding? I couldn't even complete a reading of the first 1/4 of the OP before realizing there was little to no "homework" done. Case in point, the OP sates that the Council of Nicea picked out which books to include in the Bible. When in reality, the canon of scripture was never discussed at Nicea. The council was conveined to address the Arian heresy and to nail down a common date for Easter, and on top of it, Constantine did not have a vote.
The Biblical Canon
Main article: Development of the Christian Biblical canon
A number of erroneous views have been stated regarding the council's role in establishing the Biblical Canon. In fact, there is no record of any discussion of the Biblical Canon at the council at all. The development of the Biblical Canon took centuries, and was nearly complete (with exceptions known as the Antilegomena) by the time the Muratorian fragment was written, perhaps as early as 150 years before the council, but more likely in the 4th century, specifically at the Council of Carthage in 397 and 419. In 331 Constantine commissioned fifty Bibles for the Church of Constantinople, but little else is known, though it has been speculated that this may have provided motivation for canon lists. In Jerome's Prologue to Judith he claims that the Book of Judith was "found by the Nicene Council to have been counted among the number of the Sacred Scriptures".
Originally posted by autowrench
This argument could easily be settled with one eye witness report. I see a lot of people in here that act like they were there, but were not, and the secrets made at that council are going to stay secret, for as long as the Vatican is in power. Take them down, open the archives, and the Truth shall be known.
Nicea Myths #1: Did Constantine and the Council of Nicea change the Bible?
The Council of Nicea never addressed the books of the Bible (and thus could not have changed them).
It's just not there.
Proving something negative is always tricky. I can't show you a quote where someone from the 4th century said, "Oh, by the way, we didn't talk about the books of the Bible." You'll have to take my word—and the word of every reputable historian in history—that it's never mentioned.
Or you can go through all the sources listed above, as I did. That they threw out or even talked about the canon is one of many Nicea myths.
Of course, they really didn't have a "Bible" yet, anyway. Their Scriptures were a collection of books, and which books were accepted varied from church to church, though only over a few books, none of them gnostic (like the Gospel of Thomas or the Pistis Sophia).