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Mani last won the day on March 8 2012

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  1. Thank you all for your responses, and Soma, thank you for kind words. After looking over this site I have noticed a polemical Gnostic presence. I am sorry for this. Because of that presence, I feel I must say the following... I am not here to convince anyone to "convert" to a Gnostic path (that is not our way). Nor am I here to argue points of scripture or theology. I am here because I believe in the principles that you proclaim. I am here to participate, and get to know my brothers and sisters in Christ (however Christ is viewed). And to learn. I have only recently heard of Process Theology and Progressive Christianity, and have found an almost exact echo of my own convictions (balance it with a Falliblist perspective and you have what I believe). I am a guest and student here. Thank you, and I truly hope to get to know all of you beyond any need for polemical debate. mani ps - there are a lot of misconceptions about Gnosticism (even among Gnostics). If anyone is curious, I am open to answering questions, just not on this forum. As has been stated, this is not a Gnsotic forum. Email me privately, and we can talk. As I said above, there are more similarities than differences in our beliefs. again, thank you for your kind welcome mani
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    1. How does language “an approach to God” fit your spiritual needs? We need a pathway – a structure – a pattern that will allow us to get out of our own way, and experience GOD directly; process the experience of direct encounter with GOD; and restructure our convictions and views in response to direct encounter with GOD. “An approach to God,” is just that – a pathway, a structure, and a pattern which supports the entire process of direct encounter with GOD. 2. What language would you have used for you own spiritual journey? My personal symbolic language is that of Normative Christianity expanded by the Sethian scriptures found in the Nag Hamadi library. But the essence of it all is “relationship.” The term Gnosis is most often translated as “knowledge,” but the more accurate translation of its meaning is, “Knowledge through relationship.” It is not knowing about GOD, it is knowing GOD. 3. Do you feel as the life and teachings of Jesus have brought you closer to an experience of God? How so? Absolutely, yes. The life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth provide the foundation for the structure of my own approach to GOD. 4. How does the absence of salvation language help or detract from your spiritual path? It helps. Although I believe the word itself needs to be re-envisioned, removing the word allows us to focus on the process of ever-deepening, ever-evolving relationship with GOD, rather than a concrete- temporal idea. 5. How does the Jesus of history or his teachings affect your understanding of God? As I said above, the teachings of the Jesus of History (or rather our understanding of him) provides the foundation for my own path to GOD. 6. How might our understanding of who and what we are, as human beings, change if we remove the need for the sacrifice of Jesus as the Pascal Lamb, our redeemer? As a Christian, it would change everything. Without the need for sacrifice, we are left with Jesus as our teacher, our example in life… Fear as the foundation of our faith is removed. A morally objectionable concept of GOD is removed. We are left with a path to GOD, and a way of living. We are left with beauty. 7. What is the difference between savior, hero, master, teacher, or prophet for you? It would take too much time and space to go over all these terms. So, I am only going to address teacher. This is the term that has always been the core of my relationship with Jesus. A teacher is someone who has been there before, and is now prepared to lead you into the realization and actualization of the best of whom and what you can be – without imposing who and what he is on you. A teacher leads you into full individuation.
  3. Thank you for your responses. Dutch, I think you might find that we have more in common than not. The stated Principles of Progressive Christianity are virtually identical to my own approach. In fact, the main reason I am here, is that I was giving a lecture this weekend and one of the participants asked if I were a part of the Progressive Christian movement. I have been aware of the movement for some time, but after that comment I thought it might be nice to get to know some of you. Thank you, again Mani
  4. I am very happy to find this site and maybe connect with some like minded people. I am a former Fundamentalist Pentecostal Preacher who is now an Independant Apostolic Bishop. I administer a small Gnostic Universalist organization. I am actively engaged in a few different interreligious organizations in the town in which I live. I have returned to school to pursue my Graduate studies in History, and I teach Martial Arts. Those are the basics . I look forward to getting to know you. Thank you Mani
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