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#1 of 8 Old 11-12-2002, 03:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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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.
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I pretty much have embraced gnosticism over the past year. Ihaveread many of Sylvia Brownes books on the subject and some others. She refers to a male and female God (female being "Azna") and just so much more. It has really answered alot of lifes questions for me!

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I am interrested in Gnostisism, though I have yet to do a great deal of reading on the subject.

I just know my favorite gospel is the Gospel of Thomas, and I have several books on that subject, in addition to the text and online studies that I've done so far.

It is fascinating to me how diverse Christianity was in the very beginning before the "mainstream" thought was consolidated by Emperors, Councils, third & fourth century political adversaries, and whatnot!

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Hi madison--

Nice to hear from you. I wish you would read The Jesus Mysteries when you get time, and tell me what you think. It is written as a popular book, but loaded with footnotes, (at least 1/5 of the book), so "scholars" can look up the refs. Lots of fun and so interesting if you like history/anthropology. They quote so many historians and Greek philosophers, it comes alive like today's voices.

The first book is a history of the "invention" if xianity, while the 2nd book goes on to really explain how gnosticism works.
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The problem I have with Gnostisism is the denial of the physical, or belief that the emotional, or "flesh" is somehow "bad." I do love the emphasis on the spiritual rhelm. I believe that we are spiritual, physical and emotional beings and that all three are equally important. Kind of a wholistic view.

I have avoided reading The Jesus Mysteries, because I was under the impression that it was simply an attempt to deny Christ. I am curious about the historical content.

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T babesho2~I LOVE Sylvia!!!!!I have read most of her books(not so much lately tho-they are pretty deep and take alot of focus.Just something I cant absorb right now)I actually got to see her in person.It was AMAZING!!!!!!
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I've seen Sylvia in person too! I love her but admit I was a little dissapointed that day. She was great but maybe it was the people sitting around me, I think they only knew her from Montel! lol

Oh yes, her books. If your mind is not ready, it will shut down! I had to shelve 2 of her books for a year before I could read them. the information was too much to process the first time(s) aI attempted to read them But when I was ready it all (well, most of it : ) made sense! If this was hundreds of years ago she would be labeled a prophet, don't you agree?
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Thats cool!I am sorry you were disappointed tho.
I do think she is a modern day prophet!
I actually called to make an appt for a reading with her.Its 700 Us and I live in Canada!The wait was also 3 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!So,I made an appt with Chris(her son)and it was a little cheaper,300Us and a year wait.So I booked it,and when the time finally came,they called me and said Chris is going thorugh some personal difficulties and Sylvia asked him to take a year off,so the appt was cancelled.I hope he is well.I know he is going thro a divorce.


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