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Yesterday, we spoke about the Gospel of Mary, a Gnostic Gospel that was found in the town of Nag Hammadi with a large collection of early Gnostic writings. This place then became known as the Nag Hammadi Library. In both that post of the Gospel of Mary and the couple of sentences above, I have used the word ‘Gnostic’ repeatedly. I had a reader ask me what ‘Gnostic’ is and what makes it different than the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John? (more…)

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As anyone who pokes around the site knows, I do love the Da Vinci Code as a fictional piece; excellent thriller. I had a hard time putting it down even though I did not agree with it on a religious level. And as a side tangent, I am REALLY looking forward to the prequel of Angels & Demons that is coming out May 19, 2009! Angels & Demons was a better book than the Da Vinci in Becky and my opinions. But that is not what we are here to talk about is it!

Becky was reading another book that really sounded like Da Vinci Code and involved a hidden society, the bloodline of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene, of course all based loosely on what we are told is the Gospels of Mary. So the question is: What exactly is the Gospel of Mary? (more…)

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empty-tomb.jpgThe set up goes like this:

Jesus was beaten, crucified, stabbed in the side, and pronounced dead. They carried him to a rich man’s tomb, placed him in there, and rolled a big bolder over the opening. Now they placed armed guards outside the tomb. Well our leader is dead now what do we do? Well, he did say he would be resurrected in three days so let’s just make up a story to go along with that!

            This is what some people think that the disciples did; just made up the resurrection story to promote their own faith. These people feel that the stone was not moved and Jesus never rose from the dead on the third day. (more…)

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question.jpgToday we will explore a very basic principle of apologetics: Lunatic Liar, or Lord. I like to add Legend to the list, for it to fits within this theory. This looks at the possibilities of Jesus’ story of being God’s son here in human form.

Lunatic

Theory: In this example, Jesus is just a crazy person that actually believes that He is God in human form but actually is not; He is merely a man.

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           The 12 apostles were around Jesus for most of the day, every day. That would make them pretty reliable witnesses to how Jesus acted and the fact that he did accomplish what the gospels state that he did. They traveled with him, ate with him, stayed with him, and watched him almost 24 hours a day. They were eye witnesses to Jesus’ acts and that he was sinless. When Jesus said ‘Which of you can convict me of Sin?’, no one spoke! If the apostles believed as they did that Jesus was the son of God and the deity come to earth in human form then they would have had a hard time still believing if they saw him committing sins. If I tried to pull that off, I am sure my wife would be able to stand right up and tell a couple of good tales; and the same goes for each of us. We could easily be found out as a sinner; yet not a single mouth opened to convict Jesus of sin; even the 12 men that were with him night and day.

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