"....This guide is intended to be useful to persons with little or no background in the Bible. Instead of verse numbers, we refer to page numbers in The Message of Hope.People and terms that the average person probably won’t recognize are defined briefly..." 1
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition:
mysticism: "a mental practice in which the mind is stilled so that it experiences the highest and most abstract conception of Godhead or Ultimate Reality free from any distracting thoughts whatsoever. Orthodox forms of mysticism include the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, the Spiritual Guide of Miguel De Molinos (Christian), the classical Qabalah (Judaism), Sufism (Islam), Yoga, Buddhism, Zen, Taoism, etc. ..."2
Theological Dictionary > mysticism: "The belief that knowledge of divine truth or the soul's union with the divine is attainable by spiritual insight or ecstatic contemplation without the medium of the senses or reason" 3
With all of the recent publicity given to the Gospel of Judas, and The DaVinci code, the termgnostic has become a part of daily media discussions. The gnostics believed in the dualism between two gods, one who was good or the Supreme Father who was from the good spirit world, and the other one who was evil or the Demiurge , also known as the God of the Bible. One of the actions that the evil god perpetrated, was to create evil and the physical or material world. The good god, who was the secret, hidden, unknown god, existed in the kingdom of light. The primary objective of the gnostics was to reveal this unknown god. They believed that Jesus was merely a heavenly being sent to impart secret knowledge, or gnosis to people in order to enlighten them. The Jesus that they preached had come to bring a secret knowledge, and through this knowledge people would be awakened spiritually to their “divine spark”, and to reveal that every person has this spark of god within. They believed that this “spark” was trapped in the physical bodies longing to be set free."Mysticism is usually defined in dictionaries and encyclopedias as a spiritual discipline used to make contact with the divine. ... The mystical event is a personal experience during which one feels as though one has been touched by some higher or greater truth or power. This may occur inside or outside of a religious setting, within or outside a religious tradition."4.
For example, in the Gospel of Judas, 5 Jesus tells Judas that he will be doing Him a great service by “sacrificing the man that clothes me” (flesh) so that He could be be released from His physical body and reunited with the unknown god in the kingdom of light. There was no need for Jesus to die on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice, only for Him to impart this knowledge to all, and by this secret knowledge they would attain salvation. His death was viewed as important only because it freed Him from his evil flesh.
In the article Literal Kabbalah: Gematria & Numerology, gnosis was discussed and defined by various authors. It included the following:
In "Gnosis: The Nature & History of Gnosticism," Kurt Rudolph exposes the true character of Gnosticism as a heresy that infiltrates and destroys Christianity from within:
" ... The process, which is plain from the New Testament itself, is twofold, the Christianising of Gnosis and the gnosticising of Christianity. The result of both processes is the canonizing of Christianity as an orthodox Church on the one hand, and the elimination of Gnosis as a heresy on the other. Gnosis as we meet it in the New Testament is understood less as an alien pagan religion; " rather, it is only dealt with so far as it is a phenomenon within Christianity." The gnostics feel themselves as Christians and present themselves as such in the young Christian communities. Thus it is a danger of more from inside than from outside about which Paul is already said to have given warning. (Acts: 20:29)" 18.Gnosticism, according to Rudolph, aims at "the acute secularization of Christianity,"...
....Gnostics sought to replace the Christian Scriptures with their own.
"... By way of systematically perverting the doctrines of the Christian faith the Gnostics claimed to possess the true versions of the Gospels, and professed belief in these to the exclusion of all the other..." 20.~ end excerpt~
Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Mat 13:34 All Jesus did that day was tell stories--a long storytelling afternoon. 35 His storytelling fulfilled the prophecy: I will open my mouth and tell stories; I will bring out into the open things hidden since the world's first day.
|Psalm 78:2||I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old||I'm chewing on the morsel of a proverb; I'll let you in on the sweet old truths,||...a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,||...in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old||in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,||...a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old|
|Matt 13:35||That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.|
His storytelling fulfilled the prophecy: I will open my mouth and tell stories; I will bring out into the open things hidden since the world's first day.
|This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD."||So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world."||that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world."||This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world."|
A Parable, which Jesus used frequently, is a short story of everyday life used to teach a moral by comparison or by implication. According to Strong's Concordance, it is "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning." Jesus taught the truth with situations that could easily be applied in our own lives.
A fable on the other hand, occurs five times in the New Testament, and is defined as this: [all bolding and underlining mine]
Fable (def)--1. A story made up to teach a lesson; 2. an untrue story; falsehood 3. A legend, Myth.
Someone who tells a fable is called this:
Fabulist (def.) -- 1. A person who tells, writes, or makes up fables; a liar.
Someone who writes fables or old wives tales is agreeing to write about something that is fictitious.
Fabled (def.) -- 1. told about in fables, legends or myths 2. Having no real existence; made up; fictitious.
Old wives' tale (def.) -- a foolish story; silly belief.
There are some who also say the Bible is composed of myth –meaning it has no foundation in truth. The stories of the Old Testament are just as true as what is recounted in the New Testament. They are historical records which actions and behaviors relay prophecy, fulfilled prophecy, how to live or not live for God. If one believes they contain myths and just stories that we can pull out to learn a life lesson from, then we miss the reality that Jesus is the Word of God and the Bible is the record of how to live for him.Each time the word fable occurs in the New Testament, the underlying Greek wordmuthos (3454 moothos), is used, which is where the English word myth comes from. Strong's Concordance says the word means "a tale, i.e. fiction (myth): fable."One can’t say the Scriptures are myths and then true, ..."
2 Timothy 4:2-4
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season: reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
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