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    Unmasking the “Spirit”

    I think I have a pretty good idea what ”spirit” meant to the mystics when our era began and how to describe it in todays language, versus, apply it in abstract, dogmatic terms. Spirit is the state of substance when harmonized by virtues. It is an ideal state of being that God wills for his...
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    Natural History of the Christian Religion

    Based upon everything I have read, this appears to be the natural history of the Christian religion in a nutshell (i.e., excluding the supernatural myths and superstitions attributed to it). I placed this in the a-theist forums because a-theists will generally consider (and sometimes agree...
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    Mandaeans: "Yeshua Messiah" = "Messiah Paulis"

    In the Mandaean religion Jesus the Christ is the same as Paul the Christ (Mandaean Book of John) (1). This supports the hypothesis by Dykstra that the Gospels were written in the genre of sciptural histiography in order to canonize Paul's epistles as authoritative by anchoring Paul's inner...
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    Two Self Evident Truths

    1) There is a cause of all things. Science upholds this premise. Figure out what causes this or that to happen, and one controls this or that. In biomedical science it leads to vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics. People have gotten rich off this premise, in addition people have gotten...
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    Paul: To me, the cosmos has been crucified, and I, [in the] cosmos.

    With these words (Galatians 6:14), Paul is writing down an esoteric idea about our cosmos. The idea is that the cosmos suffered a death in its past, a “fall” from perfection into its “grave”. We are presently alive in the cosmos, of course, —a resurrection of soul and spirit from a lifeless...
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    Happy Rising from the Dead Day!

    Tomorrow is Easter Sunday when millions of Christian orthodoxy will celebrate the resurrection of a single solitary man. But there is something GREATER than the alleged resurrection of a single man. In fact, there is an event that we can all celebrate because we all benefitted from it. We can...
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    Potential Energy: Does it exist?

    If you take a spring and compress it or you build a dam in front of a river there is energy stored up in the system. That energy can sit there for a very long team until released as matter in motion. I think this is a lot like the cosmos understood theologically as the Christ or Logos. It...
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    Dead Sea Scrolls are the Death Knell for Christian Orthodoxy

    Unless Christian orthodoxy eats some humble pie and transforms itself then the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSC) are its death knell. For the DSC clearly are the writings of the original Jewish Christians (subsect of the Sadducees) and they were dualistic in their beliefs as well as associating YHWH with...
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    Is it Wrong to Bring Children into the World?

    If you had a crystal ball and foreknew that one of your children would grow up making a bad choice that resulted in a terrible car accident causing pain and suffering, would it be wrong for you to still have a child? Let us say, you specifically told your son/daughter not to drink alcohol and...
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    YHWH as the Devastator, Isaiah 13:5-16?

    In the subject verses YHWH is attributed with cruelty, evil, devastation, and wrath in his plan "to destroy the earth" (see below). He is also the cause of stabbing "everyone", dashing infants to pieces, plundering houses, and raping wives. If this is an accurate description of YHWH, then how...
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    Christmas is Almost Here.

    I wanted to say Merry Christmas to everyone on this forum. It is almost here. I hope you and your families, and friends, find peace and happiness wherever you are. I hope next year is a better year for everyone. I am glad we have these forums because it is people connecting with people on a...
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    True Religion

    If religion were solely focused on inspiring all people to be good to each other then I believe it would be met with less resistance from nonreligious people. I believe much of the antagonism between the religious and the nonreligious occurs at those times when religion attempts to do more than...
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    Life of the Cosmic Christ in Us (Empirical Evidence)!

    Dear a-theist, This is a simple way of explaining the Christ in us using empirical evidence and/or reason. I am not naive to think that this is enough to persuade you to my theistic position but I think at the least you deserve to know what IMO is actually at stake, i.e., a future life free of...
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    Alexandrian Hermetism Found in Christian Theology

    (Hope the Table survives, otherwise disregard the OP) Dungen asserts that, “Parts of the teachings of Alexandrian Hermetism got incorporated in the Christian theologies of Paul, John and the monastics (cf. the Nag Hammadi cache). (Wilm van Dungen, @< http://www.sofiatopia.org/maat/hermes2.htm>)...
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    What Paul Actually Said

    Christian orthodoxy claims that Paul actually saw and talked to a reassembled human corpse who had been dead for three solar days. But the evidence says otherwise. I just want to briefly provide the evidence for an alternative explanation to what orthodoxy claims Paul said. For the record, I...
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    The Mythicist-historicist debate

    (Attribution goes to Vridar.org, “6 sound basic premises of early Jesus Mythicism — & the end of scholarly mythicism) In Hoffman’s introduction to the “Jesus the Nazarene, Myth or History”, by Maurice Goguel, Hoffman states 6 basic premises for the Jesus myth. The first two are as follows (see...
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    Atheism and the Greek (Gnostic/Egptian/Hermetic) Model of God!

    There is a bit of hyperbole in the title but a real point to be made or at least provoke some thought. Could modern atheists be the cousins of the first Greek Christians who were gnostics? Impossible, right? But what atheists have in common with the first Christians was the idea that God...
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