Winston wrote: ↑
May 10th, 2019, 7:34 am
Neo wrote: ↑
May 10th, 2019, 7:08 am
The Gnostic gospels are false, and are not consistent in doctrine with the real Bible. They try to imitate the Bible, but very soon after you start reading, if you know enough about the Bible, it becomes clear.
But they ring true with a lot of people. And the theology in them makes more sense than the standard Christian theology. You do know that the mainstream Christian theology makes no sense and contains countless contradictions right? Many critics of the Bible, not just atheists, have pointed that out, including great writers like Mark Twain, Thomas Paine, etc. Because Christianity makes no sense when taken literally, for many reasons that no Christian can refute. The Bible is certainly not infallible either - that's a modern American teaching that is only a century old, and not part of traditional Christianity even. Ask any European historian about that. The Christianity you were raised with is an AMERICAN invention and not the Christianity of the last 2000 years. In fact, for the first 75 percent of Church history, Christians did not even have any Bible to worship. They tried to find the God or Jesus within themselves, or through the Church.
My point is that since mainstream Christian theology, especially the one created by Paul, makes no sense at all and is full of contradictions that cannot be resolved, there is nothing wrong with looking at alternative forms of Christianity or spirituality, such as Gnosticism. Especially when Gnosticism makes more sense in some ways. It has an explanation why this world is unfair and is a prison planet of suffering. The orthodox Christian theology does not, except to claim that it's all because of the Fall in the Garden of Eden just because Adam and Eve ate the wrong fruit, which makes no sense, and must be metaphorical.
So you cannot claim that your religion is true either, anymore than Gnosticism can. Gnosticism makes more sense in many ways. It also does not contain a hateful judgmental God that sends people to hell either. It's also more fair in its treatment of women either. And acknowledges mother nature as a goddess or divine too. It also acknowledges reincarnation too, which is supported by many modern documented cases that cannot be dismissed. So in many ways, Gnosticism better fits reality than mainstream Christian theology does.
Something to consider and keep in mind.
You can't just reject something just because it doesn't fit your beliefs. That's closed minded and fundamentalist.
If a person believes that Satan is the good guy, and that God is not, then Gnosticism may sound appropriate to them. A person who thinks God is hateful, when He is very merciful, is likely to accept Gnosticism.
If the Gnostic doctrine is inconsistent with Christianity, then a Christian must reject it.
As for the Bible not being available, it was restricted by the false church known as the Catholic Church. However, even the apostles of the time of Christ had access to the Old Testament. It is called the Septuagint.
As for people getting sent to hell, that is a personal choice. Accept Christ or reject Him. Really easy. Most people haven't figured out, that this life is not the final destination. This life is a test of the purity of the person's soul. Everything a person does reveals what type of person they are. For those who are good, God reveals salvation to them. For those who choose to live by hatred, choosing it instead of love, mercy and kindness, they may never receive salvation. Because if a person wants mercy, they must show mercy to their fellow humans. But also, blasphemy against God to the point where He is likened to His opposite may also destroy someone (because God is pure light and righteousness), just as worshiping false gods and refusing to believe in Christ can lead to destruction.
The King James makes perfect sense and there is nothing inconsistent within it. The problem is that unbelievers cannot understand it.
I went to Catholic school for 12 years of my life, rarely ever went to church except for during school on Catholic holidays. I never got saved until I was in my 30s a few years ago. So if I was brainwashed, it was to be Catholic. However, if I were to identify myself, I'd be a fundamentalist (but I'd be rejected by some because I still watch TV and movies).
Salvation is the free gift of God simply for believing that Jesus is the Son of God, and it can't be lost; the only repentance necessary is the change of mind from unbelief to belief, because salvation is not about turning from sin because it is without works. Jesus, the Savior kept all the commandments in absolute perfection for us, ∴ salvation is without works, and He died for our sins, taking the eternal penalty for us.