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  1. Also this sort of research might be able to finally clarify the issue one day... Thomas and Tatian: The relationship between the "Gospel of Thomas" and the "Diatessaron" Nicholas Perrin, Marquette University Abstract Since the 1946 discovery of the Coptic Gospel of Thomas , the relationship between the sayings found in this collection (almost all of them attributed to Jesus) and the synoptic gospels has been disputed. Some have affirmed that the sayings in the Coptic texts reflect a line of transmission independent of the synoptic tradition. Others have contended that Thomas
  2. Historically, there seems to be some evidence that the apostle Thomas went to India and established a Christian community there, which was in accord with orthodox Christianity.
  3. I think there is a radical difference between the two approaches, revealing the light that is intrinsically within us versus deferring to light that is God/Jesus and seeking the way for that light to enter into us, and I think it matters which perspective is adhered to. I get what you are saying though, I can only have a personal opinion on the relative value of each perspective for now, and can only hope that some long lost text comes to light to resolve the issue officially one day.
  4. I wonder what others think of the GoT, I find it impossible to believe that Jesus actually said half of the things he is quoted as saying, I think half of it is gnostic extrapolation, is it that simple for others, or do some think this is a genuine record that was not included in the bible for political reasons, which seems to me to be the common new age understanding?
  5. Psychologically, it can be subconscious material being released without safeguards, long hours of intense prayer might destabilise the psyche and result in the apparition of demons - the contents of the subconscious are dark and powerful to say the least, and I say this as someone who has spent their life avidly examining this content. I wonder if the psychological explanation of poltergeist phenomena might be a parallel to try and understand demons, there seems little doubt that poltergeists are uncontrolled subconscious activity of unstable minds. If nothing else this indicates our own
  6. Thanks for this link Burl, I read it with interest, and found it persuasive.
  7. If you read an article like this The battle for souls -The mystic saints vs. the demons - the demons are considered to be real, and most of the mystic saints seem to have had these sort of battles. Is it possible that they are experiencing a level of reality generally unseen, or can it all be explained by psychology? The answer makes a lot of difference in how we go about our lives. I'm torn between the two views, and just wondered what others might have to say on the issue.
  8. This seems like a half-measure, half psychologically healthy, but perfectly persuasive to the masses. Accepting the feeling and focusing on it is healthy, but our psychological issues are formed by emotions and thoughts, and only focusing on the emotion is a half-measure. Analysing the thinking behind it is also required, and once analysed the feeling can be purely felt. Doing the two together is not advised, but doing the two consecutively works very well. Tolle bypasses the thought strand by this device of focusing on the 'one who observes'. It effectively numbs the emotional pai
  9. Would a progressive Christian view the first coming as an event in time and the machinations of a distinct 'God'? I would think not.
  10. Some radical fundamentalist beliefs (lifted from a Christian forum):1. a six-day creation, not evolution (I actually believe the majority of scientists today are deceived)2. a literal world-wide flood, where God spared 8 people and animals in an ark3. the red sea parted while a million people crossed4. a man was swallowed by a great fish (and vomited back on land after three days)5. Jesus was born from a virgin woman (and hence, he is the Son of God)6. Jesus is God (and yet was a man)7. Jesus came back to life, days after being crucified (physically, and appeared to many people, and even ate w
  11. I have somewhat naively been perceiving myself as progressive, but it now appears I might have a different label, biblical fundamentalist.? A very brief history of my relationship to Christianity: I was brought up in a Catholic school and never felt a need for Jesus, though I always had some affection for the notion of God. I determined to discover the truth of myself via psychology instead, basically implementing a self-psychoanalysis program, and following my own way (I even studied psychology at uni in the hope of finding the key to 'self'). I was interested in all religions and read a
  12. I am choosing to believe what is written in the bible, instead of commentary and philosophical musings. Things that we might find unacceptable might be necessary for reasons we do not comprehend. Matthew 16:21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 23 Jesus
  13. I used to dislike John and even more so Paul, I thought they were less original and therefore inferior. But a funny thing is happening, ever since I accepted that I needed the light of Jesus to see how to go further on my spiritual journey, I've opened more to the possibility that some of the events recorded in the bible were less random and more God-steered than I had previously allowed. Take two events, the crucifixion and Paul on the road to Damascus. With the crucifixion I more or less believed that this was just the consequence of Jesus offending the Jewish rabbi's and the Romans, b
  14. Skye

    Hi

    Thanks Thormas, Joseph and Paul ?
  15. I appreciate the ongoing discussion. I have come to feel that Jesus and The Father have made their abode in me, and still there are questions, maybe the questions never end, of course I don't even really need to know the answers, if I'm smart enough to just keep following - Hebrews 11:8 (NKJV) By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
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