The Bible or the Truth

The New Testament

Christians

Hundreds of years after the death of Christ, the Hierarchy collected all the writings about Jesus.

This hierarchy chose which ones that they wanted to be put into a book, “The New Testament”

What they decided to disregard were banned, many at first being lost and some still remain unknown.

This hierarchy, for their own reasons, was not unbiased and only wanted included what suited them.

Many Christians today, will follow the texts of the New Testament unwaveringly, believing that this is all that Jesus had to say and that it is only this that we need to know.

That is alright if all you want is a faith, to follow blindly.

However, for those that would rather seek the truth, then they should look further.

During the last couple of centuries, several texts have been discovered. These texts would have been available to the hierarchy at the time of their selections.

Why is it that the Church does not now review the New Testament and include the more recently found texts?

Is it that the Church still suffers from the same biases that the old hierarchy held?

Is it that the Church is more interested in people following them, than they are in them following the word of Christ?

New Finds

Gospel of Mary
Gospel of Mary
Gospel of Thomas
Gospel of Thomas

Texts

Of the texts found, one is the “Gospel of Mary”http://www.gnosis.org/library/marygosp.htm although it is not complete; enough has been recovered to receive a place in the New Testament.

These are the writings of Mary Magdalene, who many scholars now think was the most loved of the disciples.

Why would her texts be kept out? Could it be because of “Do not lay down any rules beyond what I appointed you, and do not give a law like the lawgiver lest you be constrained by it”

Another text thatwas found was the “Gospel of Thomas”http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/thomas_poxy.htm

Thomas was said to be a lawyer. One thing that lawyers are renowned for, is their ability to notarize the facts. Why should these be left out?

A third text found is the “Gospel of James”

http://www.gnosis.org/library/gosjames.htm

Some say that James was the brother of Jesus, others say that he was a first cousin. He was however the leader of the Jerusalem church and his views often opposed those of Peter.

It is therefore not surprising that his writings were ignored by the then Roman Church, but why now?

It is alright for Churches to continue as they are, provided that they say they are teaching the Bible not the truth. Why do they not review and rewrite the New Testament so that they can say they teach both, as we know it today?

I believe that the Church’s responsibility, should be to tell us all that is supposed to of been said and have occurred and that it is for us, to decide which parts are to be believed.

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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

rafken,

The Bible we have today is not the collection of books that it is because "Hundreds of years after the death of Christ, the Hierarchy collected all the writings about Jesus" and according to their own devious plotting picked and chose which books best served their diabolical scheme - that is simply and observably a very poor reading of history.

The church councils that convened hundreds of years after Jesus' death did not collect and pick & choose books to be included and excluded from what they were going to set forth as the Bible - these church councils were 'officially' identifying and endorsing those books that had long been counted as Scripture among the congregations of Christians because some men began asserting the very books you refer to should likewise be counted as Scripture, and the church, not some hierarchy but the multitude of congregations, did not recognize them to be Scripture at all.

Simply pointing to the date when a document was published and announcing that the work of the publishers of the document was when and how the ideas they published came to be is, as I said, a very poor reading of the historic record. If in this little comment here I suggest making a tomato based sauce to be used on hamburgers, and generations from now, when we're all eating soylent green, someone digs through an ancient hard-drive and finds my comment, should he declare that MickeySr invented ketchup in 2011?

MickeySr


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rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster Author

Matt - You are right, I can't possibly know what agenda they had, but it is known that these gospels were around at the time the New Testament was being compiled. What reason to leave them out? It has also been speculated that some of the existing Gospels may have been written by women, but as it was thought they would not be taken seriously, male names were used as the authors.

Mib - I agree that there is already enough, that if we follow, we will lead the good life. But as with everything, the more we know about it, the better decisions we can make and the better job we can do. I have no problem with the Bible, it is sometimes the Church's interpretation of it.


mib56789 5 years ago

"Many Christians today, will follow the texts of the New Testament unwaveringly, believing that this is all that Jesus had to say and that it is only this that we need to know."

That's not true, rafken.

WE - that includes me - We know the scriptures don't contain all Jesus said or did. But what has been revealed is enough for us follow His example on how to live here on this earth in peace with our fellow man and obtain salvation and eternal life.

Do you know everything your momma and daddy did? But they still raised you. Even though you lacked those details about them. Can you not often refer to the wisdom they imparted to you to live your life?


Matt 5 years ago

Assumptions without evidence! This is written so badly. What "hierarchy"? How do you know they had an agenda and decided what they liked? That is a complete assumption. Also, you have NO idea how the scriptures were really collected. Your ignorance is quite obvious here. You need to do some serious research instead of making erroneous and unsubstantiated claims upon which you make false accusations.


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rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster Author

jellygator - Your point is well taken, but the truth is all I think we seek. We should be given the facts that we may determine what we wish to believe. After all we shall all meet our maker alone, so it is for us to chose. It is now thought that some of the Gospels were written by women, but the hierarchy thought that they would not be taken seriously and so allocated men's names to them.


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jellygator 5 years ago from USA

While I agree that it would be worthwhile to reconsider whether or not to add the recently discovered scrolls, you've made it sound as if a political agenda was the only reason for leaving out different texts. That was not the case. The Council at Nicea undertook the task of determining which texts were and were not consistent with what was believed to have happened, whether texts were genuine, and some other stuff.

I'm no expert, but to blindly accept your words is no different than what you seem to be criticizing.


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Like I always say, "never confuse people with the facts."

First of all, Christians are so stuck on the New Testament as is that they would never accept anything new. That's why they make children memorize passages in Sunday school. God forbid they should have to relearn new memorizations at a grown-up level.


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

I think it was Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men" who said, "You can't handle the truth" and that is what I believe all the "religious" folks will feel if anyone tampers with their Bible. They don't want the truth. Thanks,

Peter

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