I’m curious what books the early Christians (still referred to as Jews) thought as important (canon) and otherwise (Gnostic texts). The most stupid answer that I ever got was that the books in the canon expressed authority (sorry Mel, wrong answer from a seminarian). If the latter were true, the hymn Amazing Grace could then be added to the canon if written over two millennia ago. Would Elvis have sung it though?
The story of Lilith — Adam’s first wife — has always caught my attention. She’s often represented a demon who preys on little children and lonely men — a succubus. Lilith is such a cool name for a little trouble-maker girl, but a HERECY specially in synagogue.
The story Mary Magdalene (painting by John Collier, 1882, on the left) as a prostitute is nowhere in the Bible. Some clergymen at some point decided that a woman in power was dangerous and tainted her character. Maybe she was just a good woman tending Jesus and the Disciples. Maybe she was indeed the wife of Jesus (Gospel of Philip 59), which is the biggest HERECY of them all found in many early Christian writings.
“The wisdom which (humans) call barren is herself the Mother of the Angels. And the companion of the [Christ] is Mariam the Magdalene. The [Lord loved] Mariam more than [all the (other)] Disciples, [and he] kissed her often on her [mouth]. The other [women] saw his love for Mariam, they say to him: Why do thou love [her] more than all of us? The Savior replied, he says to them: Why do I not love you as (I do) her?” (Philip 59)
Does this mean that Jesus was a man? Of course, he was. He ate, drank, laughed, made friends, loved his friends, honored his family and did all those things that we (humans) take for granted.
Then was he GOD incarnate? Yes, read John 1:1-13.
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:1-13 KJV)
Does this mean that the body of Jesus didn’t die on the cross? Of course, his body died. His spirit then went to hell to defeat death (sin), rose from the dead, put his body on (funny was to say it, as if putting new clothes) and reappeared to his closest friends — the Apostles (male and female) — before ascending to Heaven.
Apostles’ Creed (c. 390)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day he arose from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic* Church; the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
For the language nerds, the following is the Latin text.
Symbolum Apostolicum (c. 390)
Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem, Creatorem caeli et terrae,
et in Iesum Christum, Filium Eius unicum, Dominum nostrum,
qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine,
passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus,
descendit ad inferos, tertia die resurrexit a mortuis,
ascendit ad caelos, sedet ad dexteram Patris omnipotentis,
inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos.
Credo in Spiritum Sanctum,
sanctam Ecclesiam catholicam, sanctorum communionem,
The whole idea that Catholic priests and nuns must remain asexual is dangerously stupid. More priests have been caught with their pants at their ankles than most other stereotypical perverts. In most cases, little boys are the victims whom society forces to be strong and stay quiet. Needless to say (type), sexual abuse is sexual abuse regardless of the sex of the criminal and/or the sex of the victim. Some might read this and call it HERECY while ignoring the law of man, which all men and women regardless of religion are subject to. Of course, some rapist and criminals are not like others. Some have deep pockets to bribe the broken justice system. Now this is a BLOODY HERECY.
Pastors (male and female) should be married or able to marry as well as procreate.
In any (twisted) case, today’s Lent devotional comes from Psalm 27:1-6 (KJV) — thanks Linda at FAPC.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
QUICK GLOSSARY FOR THOSE CONFUSSED:
catholic (small c) = universal
Catholic (capital C) = The Roman Catholic Church