Originally Posted by amesj523
Why are you so opposed to gnositism? Why are you so advent on not believing that even through jesus's own words that he speaks in parables - that through revelation you would come to a higher understanding of teachings and meaning?
The bible is not to be taken literal, and if you do, it's your loss IMO.
the early teachers, specifically paul was dealing directly with Gnosticism. that is why in books he went out of his way to show that Christ physically came down and physically died, and physically resurrected. gnostics beleive that Christ was a god, but not the God Jehova - paul also clearly shows that Christ and the Father are one (trinity). in a gnostic perspective, if christ were a god, he would not curse himself in trapped matter (created by Jehova, who they felt was evil) and take on physical form...so they hold that it was all perception. paul debunks this in his writings and clearly makes points on the key arguments.
the bible is to be taken literal, and is to be taken symbollic when the text tells you too. furthermore, the bible interprets itself. i invite you to join a study with me.