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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

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Gospel Of Judas – True or False?

Gospel of Judas – What Is It?
The Gospel of Judas was discovered in the 1970s in an Egyptian cave. Until recently, no institutions were willing to pay the exorbitant fee to get the manuscript due to its dubious origin. A foundation in Switzerland eventually purchased the codex to release its content.

In 2006, National Geographic announced that the manuscript has been authenticated by carbon dating, studied, and translated by biblical scholars. However, up to one-third of the gospel according to Judas is missing or illegible.

This manuscript held by National Geographic is likely dated to the 5th century AD.

Gospel of Judas – Who Wrote It and What Does it Say? (more…)