In 1945, 52 texts that came to be known as the Gnostic Gospels were discovered at Nag Hammali in Upper Egypt. These cryptic ancient papyrus manuscripts were hidden to avoid destruction by the Orthodox Christians. Gnostic Christian monks hid them sometime between 120 and 400 A.D. These heretical texts criticize key Orthodox Christian beliefs ----> eg. the virgin birth, divinity of Christ, and the resurrection of Christ. These views were profoundly dangerous challenges to the very survival of the early Orthodox faith. There was originally high interest in the Gnostic views, but over time the Orthodox Christians were able to violently crush these views. The Gnostic worldview was mostly lost until the 52 texts were found in 1945. In its place has been the more fundamentalist supernatural worldview <----> a worldview that has had a huge impact on current Christian theological dogma. Two key Gnostic rediscovered views were: 1.) Jesus did not come to judge sin but to help us with harmatia ---> getting our life back on track. Jesus came as a messenger, mentor, and guide and not as a condemning judge, and 2.) Know by experience --> Gnosticism is about experiential knowledge that comes from our experiences in life. Knowing by experience includes experiential awareness of truths and what reality is. Gnosticism values and respects a person’s knowledge gained through experiences, and not being told what to believe by an external source.
Though Yeshua ( Jesus ) was not a good mentor.
His teachings leave a lot to be desired.
Though even in general Christianity the teachings of Jesus don't make sense as he removed all Justice from Judaism.
As Jesus taught mercy and mercy is the opposite of Justice.
At least in Judaism there was some justice as wrong doers were punished, usually severely.
But Jesus taught forgiveness of sins and thus atonement / mercy which means that those who did wrong by others can seek atonement through Jesus and thus those they wronged will not receive justice.
So in a way, the New Testament stupefies Judaism or the O.T.
In the same way that "The Book of Mormon" stupefies "The Bible".
Religion is always based on stupidity.
Also I've noted that this site is the slowest in responses on the entire Internet.
I suppose most on A/N have moved over to their FB page.
It took me many years to realize what the writings in these books really meant. I have books on the Nag Hammadi discoveries and it seems the Christianity belief of today is a hoax. What we believe today was put together some 300 plus years after the fact. Apologists talk of the "early Christian fathers" and you get ideas that these guys were contemporaries of Jesus. Not so. They are in a different time line and so is Josephus.