So, it has been a week or so since I changed the face of my website, what do you all think? It is a bit narrower than it once was and I'm not liking that aspect. I think that this aspect alone will be the reason that I change it around again. I like the colors and the overall design, but it is just too narrow.
It's interesting to me that design of a website should be so important, not only to me but to you my fans. A year ago I can't say that I would have cared one way or the other. The website was up and running but, I admit that I had little interest in it, especially in the blog portion.
When it came to the blog, I felt exceedingly self-conscious. Sitting here and writing about things that are important to me seemed to be incredibly revealing, and I felt a bit exposed. In truth, I still do from time to time. But, to move forward, one must actually move.
You all know that I am especially interested in biblical things, you know the Bible, the lands where the events of the Bible took place and any topic that touched biblical events. To that end I read a lot, examine a lot of web pages and watch quite a few documentaries.
Recently there has been a great deal of attention placed on the "other" books of the Bible. I never really realized how many manuscripts were left out by those that compiled the book that we all know today. What is more interesting is what those books actually say and who they are attributed too.
In the present Bible only six of the original twelve apostles are represented, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter and James. There is some speculation that the other James wrote the book of Acts. Even at that, only seven of the twelve are represented. What of the others? Most Christians are led to believe that the others never wrote anything. This is absolutely not the truth and in fact those that are included wrote more than that which is in the Bible.
I am now absolutely convinced that these other books were kept out of the Bible so that a specific belief and agenda could be promoted. I also believe that key passages were added or modified to further that agenda and belief. These additions and modifications are what are causing the majority of the confusion between Bible passages. The rest has been caused because not all Christians believed the same thing.
It is a well known fact that any religious movement is strong and unified, so long as the man that started it lives and is there to correct and keep everyone walking down the same path in the same way. But, when that man dies, the movement will fracture. This is what happened to the Christian movement. It is also partially why some of them spoke so much about seeing Jesus after he had died. They probably did see him, but others scoffed because if Jesus was still there then they would need to adhere to what he said, instead of moving on.
This absence of the leader also caused one faction to submit that Jesus had left a single person in charge and that he alone was the recipient of Christ inside and hence God on earth. I speak of course of Peter, the rock on which I (Jesus) will build my church. Now... there is a big problem with this entire premise. First of all, it was Peter that denied Christ three times. It was Peter that doubted on the sea of Galilee and needed rescuing and it was not Peter that Jesus first appeared to when he rose from the dead.
Does it not make sense that if Peter were really Jesus' choice for the leader of the church, he might go to Peter first or at least send him a message, something? But, he did not. He appeared to someone else first. This person did not deny Jesus, they sat at his feet while he died on the Cross. According to many of the books that were not included in the Bible, this person was present for nearly every big event in the ministry of Jesus and was a trusted and highly regarded disciple. Yet, their gospel was not only not chosen for inclusion into the Bible, but every attempt was made to destroy every single copy of it and books were admitted into the Bible that strongly spoke against and ridiculed this person. I speak of Mary Magdalene.
Paul speaks very strongly against women being leaders in the church, but he does so after he has a long conversation with Peter with whom he is not impressed. However, Peter is a man and according to at least one of the other apostles, Peter is the chosen leader. Yet, while this is happening, James the brother of Jesus is made head of the Christian movement in lieu of his brother. Now according to a later text, the one that was included in the Bible, it was Peter that was named by Jesus to be head of the church. Had Jesus ever actually said those words, then why did his own brother take the lead? Why was James chosen by the remnants of the Christian movement to take the lead? And why if Peter was chosen, did Peter himself calmly accept that James was in charge? I submit that all of this happened because the passage that gives Peter the reigns, was not actually spoken by anyone until long after the fact. This passage was added to promote an agenda.
While James was in charge he had many local leaders that answered to him. One of those leaders was Mary Magdalene. She was one of several female leaders in the early Christian church. But she was the only one that we know of that actually wrote of her experiences while she was with Jesus. Now, many people speculate that Mary and Jesus were lovers or even married. There is no evidence to prove this theory one way or the other. Mary does not sound like his lover in her own writings. I am inclined to listen to her in this regard.
The compilers of the Bible had several agendas and beliefs that they wanted their book to promote. The only way that they could secure their beliefs in history was to destroy all of the other beliefs. To destroy the writings of the other apostles and those of Jesus' disciples that wrote was only one way to achieve this goal. They then threatened anyone that even owned one of these books with excommunication. Today this means very little, but back then it meant that no-one was allowed to trade with you for anything. Unless you were self-sufficient, like a farmer, you would starve to death. Even money was worthless to one that was excommunicated. This is why the texts were buried and hidden in caves.
The primary agenda of the Church was to become the most powerful religious entity in the world. They are coming close now, but their machinations are beginning to unravel. The truth cannot be hidden for long, for when it is, it grows and festers until it explodes and illuminates all of the lies.
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