Ancient Greece also had an "Unknown God" or Agnostos Theos...
Did someone invent the whole St. Paul story in the Bible?
As you can see from the list, I have cut down on gnostic clips since the "gnostic umbrella" was a later development. I keep my focus and (religious) interest on Marcion and earlier thoughts (but not necessarily Platonism, Zoroastrianism, etc.) that are still relevant to my Christian faith. After all, there are too many thoughts in the world.
Is "Iesus Christos" the continuity of the Greek pantheon (with Thracian element), or...an announced, heralded replacement?
It does not mean that there is no divine being behind the Christian religion, especially since Christianity goes all the way back to the prophecy of the Erythraean Sibyl, a PAGAN priestess — apparently hundreds of years before the birth of the orthodox's so-called "messiah," Jesus, Yeshua, or Yahshua (and keep in mind that orthodox is in lowercase). Have you ever heard of this prediction, or its gifted medium? Why do "mythicists" and orthodox churches not talk about this amazing conduit on a constant basis? Do they know about her...or do they have some kind of hidden agenda (like selling more books to the choir, etc.)?
Do you agree that Christianity is 300% valid in a "revised" form?
Yes or no: Does "faith alone" saves the day in the end?
Is Christianity the continuity of Orphism, which dates back to 6th century BC? (Search "Derveni papyrus" and the National Geographic episode about the Orpheus amulet.)
Is "unconditional love" pure, otherworldly (Divine) power, a metaphysical radiance to make one feel whole — NOT some kind of physical action? ====
The "Christ" of St. Paul (in his original, lost writings) vs. the Jesus of the Ebionites.
Do the people who say that Christianity all started with "The Poor" know their Christian history?
If St. Paul was a gnostic and also called "Simon Magus the magician," then who wrote or manipulated his writings (because they do not sound very gnostic)?
If the Erythraean Sibyl (the priestess of Apollo) was pagan, did Christianity start out as a (Greek-influenced, not Egyptian) pagan Mystery Religion, which eventually influenced St. Paul...?
If Yahshua/Yeshua/"Jesus" is not the Jewish messiah, then who is "Iesus Christos"? A Greek god? A messenger of the Father? What did Marcion say?
Was St. Paul a "spirit" conduit of Christ(os), like a male sybil, a "channeler"? "Christos" equals "Spirit of Truth," says mountainman.com.au. Was "Christos" the one with whom St. Paul had conversations, not "Yahshua"?
"In Christian iconography the Erythraean Sibyl is credited with prophesying the coming of the Redeemer, which prophesy was in the form of an acrostic whose initial letters spelled out 'ΙΗΣΌΎΣ ΧΡΕΙΣΤΟΣ ΘΕΟΥ ΎΊΟΣ ΣΩΤΗΡ ΣΤΑΎΡΟΣ'..." (WIKI)
"The (prophetic) words meaning literally 'Iesus, Christos, God, Son, Savior, Cross,' are most excellent handles to hang a Christian prophecy on, but they are pagan, not Christian," to quote mountainman.com.au.
Keep in my mind that the Erythraean Sibyl walked the earth in..."XXX BCE," declares that website. This is hundreds of years before the actual birth of "Yahshua," if you catch my drift. Therefore, she was the FIRST to plant the seed of "Iesus Christos" in the Western World, in the Greek culture -- 𝗣𝗔𝗚𝗔𝗡 in origin. Before any Jewish elements mixed in. Again, it was Greek culture in origin. And, Saul was a Hellenistic Jew, who grew up in this kind of Greek-influenced, mystical and mythological environment...and drenched with this Erythraean Sibyl prophecy since day one of his existence. (St. Paul was born hundreds of years after the prophecy of Erythraean Sibyl, if you believe in his existence that is, especially since many things are being debunked nowadays.) Besides, St. Paul was Simon Magus, the magician! Watch the videos to know more about what IMPORTANT historians think about St. Paul's writings (or did he write them at all, or was he edited?).
Also, the orthodox Christians did not invent the cross, nor does it have ONLY ONE meaning. To represent a crucified Israelite, who was supposed to be the avatar of the Hebrew "one god" (so the story goes), is but one designation of the cross.
So, was the Sybil talking about the Israelite Jesus? Should one automatically assume this Jesus was Jewish?
Are St. Paul's writings in the Bible reliable? What do non-Apologetic scholars and historians say? One thing is for certain: Marcion was excited about St. Paul's original, 𝗨𝗡𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗧𝗘𝗗 writings, according to scholars and historians...
Again, was St. Paul merely the continuity of the Sibyl tradition?
If Q were real, it would be the original St. Paul (lost) writings, I believe. And, it would be ancient Greek continuity in outlook, fullness, scope...religiously speaking.
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NOTE: Even though I use clips from various bloggers, please do not assume that I endorse their ENTIRE doctrine, propaganda, or evangelism.
And no, my "Iesus Christos" is DEFINITELY, unmistakably, NOT buddhist — more like from the opposite hemisphere (and fashion), 300% Greek/European in origin but later (politically) "expanded," politely speaking.
"...be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."
Did Christian mystics and saints kowtow to orthodox teachings (their parents' belief system), in fear of being excommunicated, or labeled in league with the devil...? Did they experience a Christ that was unlike the man on the cross, the one with long hair and all?
Was St. Paul the male "Sybil" of "Iesus Christos"?
According to synthpitor, "Indeed, even Dr. Robert M. Price thinks that all of St. Paul's writings in the Bible are pseudepigrapha; Marcion, however, was a huge St. Paul fanatic, and that is a great indicator or pointer to the existence of the original St. Paul texts." And I think "Q" is the original, unedited St. Paul texts.
Keep in mind, however, that Richard Carrier stated the following: "...Q never existed. And there is no rational reason to believe it did. Instead, it is defended with a panoply of lies and blatant violations of logic..."
So, should we assume the kundalini energy ("energy" for lack of a better word) is the Aeon Sophia, even though stories tell us that Sophia is the serpent in the Garden of Eden? Is it right to say the kundalini is "serpent power"? Or, is kundalini simply a random (or deliberate) spirit possession and has nothing, whatsoever, to do with the Aeon Sophia narrative?
Possession does not have to be a negative experience; think of the Paraclete. Case in point.
Is the "light of the body" our soul? Or, is it the Holy Spirit (since human beings do not have "divine spark," according to Marcion)? Think about it.
If the soul is some kind of "light," then why is the "outer darkness' a Biblical reality?
So, is the "light" freely given to us, or do we have to be adopted by the Father ("Father," in this case, is not the demiurge) — before we get to see this light? Or, do we have to work to see this "light of the body"?
Most important of all, is the "light of the body" the only "light"? Are there others? What do ancient texts say about light(s)? Are there "evil" lights?
The orthodox Bible clearly states that Jesus (or "Iesus") is the light of the world...and the only path to the Father...and again DEFINITELY talks about the "outer darkness" (just to emphasize).
As an aside, the original Greek word for Jesus is "Iesus" since Christianity started in ancient Greece when the Erythraean Sibyl, a priestess of Apollo prophesied the coming of the Spirit of Truth "Iesus Christos."
(Is "Iesus Christos'" Christianity a continuation of ancient Greek religion, or is Christianity the start of a brand-new age with traces of the Orphic religion?)
After all is said and done, how did ancient Christians invite the Holy Spirit in? Through certain rituals? Does one need to go through baptism? Did ancient Greeks meditate, or sit in silence?
Is love part of it?
What is love? What is "unconditional love"? Are human beings capable of "unconditional love"? Or, is "unconditional love" some kind of power, and only certain beings possess it (not even the demiurge has it)?
Does the Holy Spirit choose you?
What did the early Christian Gnostics say about all these? Were they early enough in the game to really comment on anything "Christian"? Were they really "Christians" with many belief systems mixed in?
"At first, it sounded as if a huge wind was blowing. Next, flames of (otherworldly) 'fire' flickered over every person's head."
"The 'wind' blows where it will. And you hear the sound of it, but you don't know whence it comes, or whether it goes..."