I have been researching history for a LONG time now, and the evidence just isn't there. I held many prejudices against ALL religion because of the constant lies of those in modern times who like to twist things for one agenda or another.<quoted text>
Good points YH.
- is to utilize your mind to make a choice in determining if something should be accepted - and make the appropriate actions to achieve it.
"Is not ALL education thus?"
- yes it is, but based upon facts and history.
- The Bible may be taught as true, but the true facts and the real history, sort of ruins it.
"Are you saying no one should teach anyone anything?"
I didn't say that at all. I encourange people to learn and study.
"That we cannot trust others to be true to their word?"
- Can you? If you did, then you would also believe that the teachigns by Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas falls into this category, as done GoPhilip, GoMary, and any other texts not included in the canon.
And how does she reject Jesus?
- by only accepting what men have dictated as "The Bible", even though there are numerous other teachings by Jesus.
It was my own personal research of history that made me reevaluate the very things you are claiming to be true, that there is some disconnect between what people say Jesus did (the Catholics) and what actual occurred.(Atheists/Gnostics/Ar ians and other heretics.)
And yes, I flirted with Gnosticism because it sounded appealing, it seemed to have some dash of truth to it. But after several years, I've rejected it all. No more self-interpretation of the Bible. No more adding my own theories to history to justify some little sin. No more BS. It is what it is, and God is quite clear on how He wants things to be. And for the most part, most Christians got it right all this time, and most Christians, until the last 500 years, have been Catholic.
Any notion that some small minority of Gnostics or Arians or anyone else were privy to the REAL Gospels for these last 2000 is BS, pure and simple. And I have indeed found this to be true on my own, and rather dismayed to have to dispel my own prejudices, believe me. And no I know ... the worst lies are those mixed with truth.