Join Date: Aug 2002
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I've stopped asking so many questions on here about Christianity. I've been independently studying the Bible and related texts almost all year. I finally found what answer works for me, gnoticism.
It is a deeper understanding than literalism/fundamentalism. It is known as a mystery religion. It goes with my liking for Eastern and pagan (as in Greco/Egyptian) thought/philosophy. It also uses the Nag Hammadi texts discovered in Egypt in 1945. It makes sense to me. I don't have to suspend disbelief to say Jesus was resurrected in the flesh, and so will all humans be at the end of time. I also don't have to believe in a literal virgin birth. The disparate geneologies of Christ in the NT no longer contradict with each other as well as with him also being the son of god and a virgin.
There is a goddess in this version of christianity, called Sophia, which means wisdom.
I don't have to "believe" in Christ, I can be a Christ! I just wondered if anyone else out there has found this type of Christianity as interesting as I am finding it?
So far, the best books I have found are: The Jesus Mysteries, and Jesus and the Lost Goddess, both by Freke and Gandy, and The Gnostic Gospels, by E Pagels.