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The Bible or the Truth
The New Testament
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?
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”
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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