I do appreciate your concerns and accept you admonition with the same love as it was given. I have heard much the same from other friends, who have apparently abandoned their attempts when I pointed out some uncomfortable facts to them.
Please remember, even the purest Protestantism is still based upon the Councils of Nicea and Trent. Most fundamentalists I know believe the King James Version of the Bible is the "uncorrupted word of God." Yet, entire Books and Gospels are left out of the KJV and the Roman Catholic Church destroyed most copies of these works. Most were only recently discovered in modern Israel in 1947.
Further, the Aramaic translation of the New Testament, which should be the "purest" form, since Jesus and his disciples spoke Aramaic and not Greek or Latin, differs from the KJV.
I did not identify "my Gnostic sources," because I felt you might have difficulty enough accepting what little information I did provide. Let us see how you respond to my present response before burdening you with any more, pardon the pun, "revelations".
I believe the "great deception" you described actually began with the creation of the Roman Catholic Church, as some of the videos previously posted here have described. Jesus repeatedly admonished his disciples to "keep open your eyes and ears." He also said to we "wise as serpents." Now, what,exactly does that mean?
We are told "Jesus was without sin"; yet, by "Jewish law," he broke the Sabbath, slandered the Jewish ruling elite and committed heresy.
If there are answers to these conundrums in the KJV, I certainly have not found them. Keep in mind, even in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the disciples were able to perform miracles in Jesus' presence. When Jesus returned from the dead, his disciples did not recognize him. Why is that? Most fundamentalists identify "Israel" as a geographic place. Yet there were "children of Israel" long before Moses let them to "the promised land." Jesus forbade his disciples from teaching "Samaritans," yet one of his most famous parables is of "the Good Samaritan". Why is that? REVELATION predicts, "the Church will be taken from the earth" (or words to that effect). How can this be unless there is something (again, pardon the pun), something terribly wrong with established Christian sects?
Gnostic Christianity encourages continuously "challenging your faith". I pray sincerely whenever I read anything, even Gnostic sources.
The Gospel of Thomas, not accepted by anyone BUT the Gnostics, is nothing more than Thomas quoting Jesus first hand. Please do not take this as sarcasm, but would you not think that such a Gospel would enhance our understanding of "The Christ" ("anointed one")
Regarding Matthew 36
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
One can only deduce how close we are getting by observation and prayer. For me, that is faith.
Bless you, my friend.
Want DP delivered to your inbox daily? Subscribe here: