Originally Posted by bronco_diesel
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.
Nah i'll pass, i spend too long studying with prodestants - and i have no use for fundamentalist christian dogma - besides - what works for me works for me - So you only think of my interpretations as wrong becuase you have not seen what i have seen -
Besides, i am pursuing my own work - in which the lower self and higher self are to be tempered as one - The bible is only good for allegory and for the rites and rituals that are listed in it's words. Beyond that, i don't really buy into it. Maybe studying for 6 years with eastern religions and philosophies has allowed me to read the bible in a much more satisfying way than the doom and gloom and hard line rhetoric that the church spews.
I've had far too much enjoyment out of my own systems and my own beliefs that have guided me on adventure and revelations that are personal and enriching to my own well being.
I understand why christian dogma shuns gnostic principles - because with having or using gnosticsm - it removes the chruch from the equation thus negating their power over their flock.