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Posts tagged “New Testament

The Gospel of Thomas—Early Christian Writings



The best way to define what is a true Christian and what is a false Christian is to define true Christianity according to the Bible.  I know that many people say that this is not a good way to discover the difference because there are many forms of Christianity based on the Bible.  There are also groups that most Christians would define as cults that are based on the Bible.

I disagree with such a conclusion.  If there is false Christianity or cults based on the Bible then they have not interpreted it correctly.  Thus, they are founded on misinterpretation and falsehood.  One can misinterpret most anyone’s statement if that is their wish, but everyone should agree that there are statements that cannot be misinterpreted.  For example, I could say  “I’m thirsty.”  One could come up with all sorts of commentaries on that statement, but even a child understands it and everyone would eventually have to admit that the statement is declaring that I am thirsty. (more…)

The Magical Message According to IÔANNÊS (St. John the Divine)

Commonly called the Gospel according to St. John. Are you ready for the esoteric message of the Gospel never before so clearly revealed? Contents: The Seen and the Unseen; The Four Evangels; The Drama of the Soul; Explanatory Note; The Magical Message according to Ioannes; The Prodigal Son; The Birth from Above; Index. St. John the mystic, calls to you. Listen to this inspiring message of faith, hope, love, and mystical achievement.That the teaching of Iêsous was largely allegorical is clearly apparent from the subject matter of the four Evangels, as well as from such express statements as that in Matthew xiii. 34: ” ALL these things Iêsous spoke to the people in parables, and without a parable he did not speak [anything] to them.” That the teaching had an inner and concealed meaning, divulged only to the few who were worthy to receive it, is evident from many passages in the New Testament; and it was so held by all the early Christian sects, and plainly admitted by the patristic writers. But, in addition to this allegorical teaching, certain rules of right-conduct are given, which constitute, not a mere arbitrary code of ethics, but one based upon the laws of man’s inner nature, his relation to Deity, to Nature, and to his fellow-beings. It is only by living according to these rules of right-conduct that the will of the man comes into harmony with the will of The God ; and in Iôannês (vii. 17) the final test is laid down : ” If any one wills to do his will, he shall have knowledge about the teaching, whether it is from The God.”  (more…)

Is the Bible True?

IIs the Bible True? – “…By inspiration of God

So, is the Bible true? If the Bible is indeed what it claims to be, the implications for us are considerable. The Bible candidly claims to be “given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). Of course, the Bible is not the only book to claim divine inspiration, but it is unique in that it offers substantial evidence to back its claims. It even goes so far as to challenge its readers to put it to the test, exhorting us to “Test all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). (more…)

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…)

Teachings of Jesus

Compiled by Timothy Conway, Ph.D.

On this page, let us explore the teachings ascribed to Jesus. Some of these teachings are no doubt much earlier and much more authentically from Jesus/Yeshua than other words that were attributed to him by later persons with a certain religious-political agenda. (For instance, note the clearly inauthentic, long-winded diatribes against the Pharisee Jews put into Jesus’ mouth in the Gospel of Matthew—when Jesus was himself a Pharisee Jew, not an Essene, Zealot, or Sadducee Jew.) For these teachings from rabbi Jesus we draw on the six best sources in our possession today—the reconstructed “Q-text,” the crucially important Gospel of Thomas, as well as the well-known synoptic textsGospel of MarkGospel of Luke, and Gospel of Matthew, and, finally, the well-known yet enigmatic Gospel of John.