Finally a question that has substance. Thanks for asking it.
But with you comparing the NYSE with spirituality and salvation, only shows how green you are and shows how much you don't know about the religion you tout.
Now, since you aren't a 5-yr old, I'm not going to talk to you like one, okay. But if you are that ignorant of the non-canonical texts that I would have to talk to you as if you were a 5-yr old, then maybe you aren't quite ready to even understand what I would say. I know a 5-yr old wouldn't.
But with you asking me to "dumb it down", you indirectly made a point and does give credence to why Jesus spoke in parables, because he already knew that most people wouldn't understand him, if he spoke directly. I might add that in GoThomas, you'll find this directness of his teachings.
"why NON-canonical text has anything to do with Christianity."
If what you say above actually means, "Why do the non-canonical texts have anything to do with Christianity", then I can answer it with:
- Most of the non-canon texts were written before 325 CE, thus eligible to be part of the "Constantine Bible". Therefore, since they were available, including GoJudas (spoke about by Iraneaus in 180 CE in Against Heresies)
- GoThomas has been dated earlier than GoMark
- the earliest museum bibles both have the short GoMark ending, thus, the resurrection is not recorded. Which suggests - as in the non-canonical texts (Nag Hammadi Library)- that there isn't a raising in bodily form, but a description of a spiritual transcendence that occurs. Jesus - "it is done" = that 'salvation' from the material world to a spiritual one.
Now its your turn to dispute all that I've said or you can go research it first and then come back with a response.
Do you see how the Self challenges you?
Let honesty rule the path you travel and the dismay you find along the way, will just be lost forever once the astonishment reigns.
I don't need to "research" any of this.
If it's non-canonical, it does not belong in The Bible. I believe and trust the Bible.
don't *Go* in the Bible - I don't trust them
There. See how non-challenging discourse fails to pique my interest? It does not matter WHEN non-canonical texts were penned. What matters is whether or not they have anything to do with Christianity.
They don't. The stock market has nothing to do with Christianity, either - hence my glib remark about the stock market. Giving credence to something that has nothing to do with Christianity, is futile and a waste of time. And stating that contemporary texts were *eligible* to be *included* in The Bible simply because they were written at that time, is hogwash. By that logic grocery lists of the day would be eligible, as well. I don't really think they played the stock market in those days otherwise I'd have used that reference.
I've read The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden, the Book of Mormon, and the Qur'an, Chariots of the Gods, The Gods Were Astronauts (and more). I got over it. I rejected all that useless information so I threw it away. It's not even worth remembering, so it certainly is not worth discussing.