The Gnostic Gospels Part 4; “God The Father. God The Mother”

The following blog contains notes gathered from “The Gnostic Gospels” by Elaine Pagels detailing the origins of Christianity.

The God of Israel was deemed a masculine God with no female divinity. He is normally characterized with such masculine epithets as king, lord, master, judge and father. The absence of feminine symbolism for God marks Judaism, Christianity and Islam in contrast to the religious traditions in Egypt, Babylonia, Greece, Rome, etc; all of which have feminine symbolism included. While many believe God is not to be considered in sexual terms at all, much of the actual language used to describe him (much like I did right there) gives off the impression of a masculine deity. Even within Catholicism which calls upon Mary the mother of God; not God the Mother.

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The Gnostic Gospels Part 3; “One God, One Bishop”

The following blog contains notes gathered from “The Gnostic Gospels” by Elaine Pagels detailing the origins of Christianity.

The Christian creed begins with the words, “I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” Some scholars suggest this was formulated to exclude followers of the heretic Marcion (circa 140 A.D.) from Orthodox Churches. A Christian from Asia Minor who pointed out the contrast in the God of the Old Testament, who demands justice and punishes every violation of his law, and the Father whom Jesus proclaims in the New Testament to be the God of love and forgiveness. Marcion asked why God would create a world of suffering, pain and disease. He concluded it has to be two different Gods. Many Christians deemed that a dualistic view, resulting in the orthodox view being one God who is father almighty and created Heaven and Earth.

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The Gnostic Gospels Part 2; “The Controversy over Christ’s Resurrection”

The Controversy over Christ's Resurrection

The following blog contains notes gathered from “The Gnostic Gospels” by Elaine Pagels detailing the origins of Christianity.

“Jesus rose from the grave” may be considered the fundamental element of Christian faith. Many religions celebrate cycles of birth and death but Christianity introduced the first case of the dead coming back to life. The disciples were said to be in awe and under the impression that they were seeing a ghost until Jesus asked for food and ate broiled fish with the disciples. Anyone who denies the resurrection of Christ is deemed a heretic and not a Christian.

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The Gnostic Gospels, Part 1; “History is written by the winners…”

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The following blog contains notes gathered from “The Gnostic Gospels” by Elaine Pagels detailing the origins of Christianity.

Part One: “History is written by the winners…”

The disappearance of Gnostic Christianity within the public eye, started well over a millennium ago due to politics within the religion. Gnosticism is a form of religious mythology promoting knowledge of one’s self, pacifism, and veganism. The Orthodox Christianity at the time of this conflict promoted blind faith, a powerful tool in a world of illiterates. In the 5th Century the newly found Roman Catholic Church went to war with all other forms of Christianity and won. The result would be the burial of alternative Christian beliefs to the public eye for nearly 1600 years. It wouldn’t be until the findings at Nag Hammadi that the world would get a second look at the origins of Christianity through the Gnostic Gospels.

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