OT, sorry in advance
Wow, somebody dug out an old thread. Cool.
|Originally posted by Naomi
Well, there are some apocryphal gospels (not the formal apocrypha that you'll find in Catholic bibles, but really whacked-out stuff that is officially considered heretical by pretty much everybody) that purports to be about Jesus's childhood. Some of it is hair-raising in the extreme (one story has him striking dead some playmates who made fun of him!), some of it is kind of oddly cute (another story has him bringing some clay pigeons to life, just for fun).
These are the gnostic texts and IMO are not more whacked out than the accepted gospels found in the NT. We are just used to the accepted ones, even to the point of believing a virgin could literally get pg and give birth, even to the point of believing any human could ressurrect in the flesh, without going thru reincarnation, etc. All out of the ordinary, supernatural events. I know when I was expected to say I believed in the Apostles Creed when i was 13, to get confirmed, i had to cross my fingers to do it, and so did my dh. I mean, come on! I was skeptical.
And how "whacked" is the Revelation of "John"!?
The gnostic texts were written by original xians, before, during and after "Matthew, Mark, Luke and John," and Paul's letters. It was an extrememely hectic and dangerous time, right around when the Jewish Temple was destroyed for the 2nd time, and the Roman empire was really getting going. Til the middle of the 20th century, we had very few of these gnostic texts. They were burned as heresy, along with their authors quite often, along with most Greek scientific texts and knowledge in general. Ushering in the Dark Ages. (We do have tons of written refutations of them by the literalists/proto-Roman Catholics of the day however.) Then in 1945, 53 of these texts were found in Upper Egypt, in a large jar buried in a cave. Someone in those ancient days thought they were extremely important (not whacked), but most Christians find them still so taboo, they are still not getting out into the public eye. Biblical scholars are well aware of them however.