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The Gospel of Thomas—Early Christian Writings

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Gnostic Scriptures

The tradition of Gnosis has taken on innumerable forms throughout the centuries; one of those forms is popularly assumed to be the totality of Gnosis: a diverse and often conflicting collection of traditions loosely centered around the Mediterranean Sea many centuries ago. Here are some example writings from that time and place, and an illustration of the true nature of the Gnostic teachings, which is far more ancient and wide-spread than humanity realizes, and is very much alive today.

This website has many articles and lectures that explain the most famous and widely known Gnostic scriptures: the books of Moses and the Gospels of Christianity. Kabbalah of Genesis reveals many of the mysteries of the book of Genesis.

Read more: http://gnosticteachings.org/scriptures/gnostic-scriptures.html

More on gnostic Gospels:http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/texts/gnostic.htm,

http://www.sacred-texts.com/gno/index.htm

A one-sentence description of Gnosticism: a religion that differentiates the evil god of this world (who is identified with the god of the Old Testament) from a higher more abstract God revealed by Jesus Christ, a religion that regards this world as the creation of a series of evil archons/powers who wish to keep the human soul trapped in an evil physical body, a religion that preaches a hidden wisdom or knowledge only to a select group as necessary for salvation or escape from this world.

The term “gnostic” derives from “gnosis,” which means “knowledge” in Greek. The Gnostics believed that they were privy to a secret knowledge about the divine, hence the name. (Huxley coined “agnosticism” on the basis that all knowledge must be based on reason. We cannot rationally claim to have access to knowledge that is beyond the powers of the intellect.)

Continue: http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/gnostics.html


The Basics of Understanding the Bible

Matthew McGeeIn order to understand the Bible, one must study dispensationally, that is, rightly divide the scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15). But what does it mean to study dispensationally or to rightly divide? On the most basic level: It is reading a Bible passage and asking, “Am I in the group of people being spoken to here?” That is, “Is this passage speaking to Christians?” Most commonly, we are taught that the entire Bible is written to us. But that is not entirely correct. The whole Bible is written for us, for our learning, but not all of it is addressed to us.

 

For example: When God gave the law to the people of Israel through Moses in about 1500 BC, one of the laws was to do no work on the Sabbath. The Sabbath lasts from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. When a man was found picking up sticks on the Sabbath in Numbers 15:32-36, God commanded the people of Israel to put him to death by stoning. Now does that mean if we see our neighbor mowing his grass on Saturday morning that he is committing a sin? Should we round up the whole neighborhood and kill him? Of course not. We must realize that the children of Israel were not Christians. We are not under the law of Moses like they were then. They lived in a different dispensation from us. (more…)


Lord, Hear Our Prayer

For all those who have fallen victim to hatred and inhumanity, for those loved ones who are left behind to mourn, for the souls of those whose hearts are cold, Lord, hear our prayer.

For the children who are being born into this world of conflict and violence, for women and mothers who suffer needlessly, Lord, hear our prayer.

For all those who have been forced into unemployment, who long to return to work, for all those who struggle to support their families, Lord, hear our prayer.

For the soldiers who are misguided in thinking that their bullets will bring about peace, for those who feel called to conscientiously object to military ordersLord, hear our prayer.

For the children who cry in their beds at night and wonder ‘what have I done?’, for the mothers and fathers who must try to explain the unexplainable, Lord, hear our prayer.

For all the children who have died before their time, for the soldiers who allow their uniform to strip them of their humanity, for the healers who are denied the opportunity to use their gifts, Lord, hear our prayer.

For the redemption of souls of both victim and perpetrator, for those who commit themselves to the forgiveness of sins, Lord, hear our prayer.


Finding God Within and Without


How do I find You God?

God is Love.
If you have ever loved,
If you have ever been loved,
You have experienced God
from Within and Without

God is Truth.
If you have ever told the truth,
If you have ever discovered Truth,
You have experienced God
from Within and Without

God is Beauty.
If you have ever helped to create something beautiful,
If you have ever witnessed beauty in any of it’s myriad forms,
You have experienced God
from Within and Without

God is Good.
If you have ever done or thought something good,
If you have ever recognized goodness in or through another,
You have experienced God
from Within and Without

All of those experiences, those gifts,
of Love, Truth, Beauty and Goodness
were directly from God through you. or to you.

Glad to Meet You God. let’s hang out together.

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Differences between the Bible and the Qur’an

Bible Qur’an
MonotheisticTrinitarian, (Isaiah 43:1044:6-8Matt. 28:19;2 Cor. 13:14). Monotheistic (5:73; 112:1-4), denies the Trinity (5:73).
Jesus is God in flesh (Col. 2:9). Jesus is not God (5:17, 75).
Jesus was crucified (1 Pet. 2:24). Jesus was not Crucified, (4:157).
Jesus rose from the dead (John 2:19-20). Jesus did not rise from the dead.
Jesus was the Son of God (Mark 1:1). Jesus was not the Son of God (9:30).
Holy Spirit, 3rd person in the Godhead. He will bear witness of Jesus (John 14:2615:26). The Holy Spirit is the angel Gabriel (2:97; 16:102).
Salvation by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). Salvation by sincerity and works (3:135; 7:8-9; 21:47; 49:14; 66:8-9).
The Devil is a fallen angel (Isaiah 14:12-15). The Devil, Satan, is not a fallen angel, but a fallen Jinn (2:34; 7:12; 15:27; 55:15).
Man is fallen, a sinner (Rom. 3:23). Man is basically good.
Disciples were Christians (Acts 11:26). Disciples declare themselves Muslims (5:111).
Worship on Sabbath (Exodus 20) then later on Sunday (Rom. 14:5-6Acts 20:71 Cor. 16:1-2). Worship on Friday (62:9).
Miracles, numerous are recorded (1 Cor. 15:3-5, etc.). No Miracles recorded, except they claim the Qur’an is a miracle.
Makes numerous prophecies (Isaiah 53; Micah 5:2, etc. Makes no prophecies.

Prayer for Peace

Baha’i Prayer for Peace

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in thy judgement, and guarded in thy speech.
Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger.
Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart,
and a fruit upon the tree of humility.

Buddhist Prayer for Peace

May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power, and may people think of befriending one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wildernesses—
the children, the aged, the unprotected—
be guarded by beneficent celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood. (more…)