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    by Published on 6th November 2009 08:00
    1. Categories:
    2. Spiritualiteit,
    3. Geloof,
    4. Godsdienstige Dogma

    Banned from the Bible is a 120 minute show produced in 2003 by Film Roos for the History Channel and shown on A&E. It was broadcast in 2006.

    This show provide an excellent history of the early Church, then intensively discusses 8 of the books that were not included in the bible. These are : Life of Adam and Eve, Jubilees, Book of Enoch, Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Protoevalgelion of James, Gospel of Nicodemus, Gospel of Mary, and the Apocalypse of Peter. The discussions are generally accurate and insightful. The editing is very good, moving from pictures to talking heads and back again.

    The Stories That Were Deleted From Biblical History

    When Jesus was a boy, did he kill another child? Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute -- or an apostle? Did Cain commit incest? Will there be an apocalypse or is this God's trick to scare us? The answers to these questions aren't found in the Bible as we know it, but they exist in scriptures banned when powerful leaders deemed them unacceptable for reasons both political and religious. BANNED FROM THE BIBLE reveals some of these alternative tales and examines why they were "too hot for Christianity." The two-hour world premiere BANNED FROM THE BIBLE airs on Christmas, Thursday, December 25 at 9 pm ET/PT.

    The Life of Adam and Eve, The Book of Enoch, The Book of Jubilees, The Infancy Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary, The Apocalypse of Peter...these are just a few of the books that were left out of the Bible. The reasons why they were excluded provide astonishing insight into the concerns of church leaders and scholars responsible for spreading the faith an illuminating look at early Christian and religious history.

    One hundred and fifty years after the birth of Jesus, a man named Marcion decided that a Christian Bible was needed to replace the Hebrew Bible. Church leaders opposed Marcion's banning of the Hebrew books, but they did agree that Christians should have a Bible to call their own. After Constantine the Great converted to Christianity in the 4th century, a serious effort was made to compile a Christian Bible, one that included both the Hebrew scriptures (the Old Testament) and Christian manuscripts (the New Testament). It took another 40 years before a final list of New Testament books was officially canonized by the church. Many of the most popular were excluded. Upon examination today, many of these writings attempt to resolve inconsistencies and questions raised from reading the Bible.
    by Published on 6th November 2009 08:00
    1. Categories:
    2. Godsdienstige Dogma,
    3. Geskiedenis

    The cult of YHWH as god of metallurgy originated among semi-nomadic copper smelters between the Bronze and Iron Age, suggests ...
    by Published on 2nd November 2009 08:00
    1. Categories:
    2. Boere Teologie

    And it came to pass that the Hyksos were expelled from Egypt. Archeologists posit that traumatic event as a possible source of the Exodus legend.

    The Exodus is arguably the most famous of all of the Biblical tales, yet there is no real evidence that it ever actually happened. At least, not the way that the Bible says it did.
    This is not to say that archaeologists have not looked. Many have tried to find some evidence, any evidence to grab onto. Nothing tangible has ever been found. At the very least, one would expect that a large group of people wandering around the desert for 40 years would have left some kind of material evidence. If they did, we haven't found it.

    In contrast, archaeologists have discovered ephemeral hunter-gatherer sites in the Sinai from the Neolithic period. One could expect that signs of the wandering Israelites would be found as well, if there were any.

    So if the Exodus that Jews tell every year on Passover didn't happen, at least as told, where did this story come from?
    One possibility is that it's a fable made up by ancient scribes and priests to give hope to a conquered and exiled people, scattered and thrown to the winds by the Assyrian and Babylonian empires. Another is that there really are kernels of truths hidden deep in the tale.
    by Published on 30th October 2009 07:00
    1. Categories:
    2. Geloof,
    3. Godsdienstige Dogma

    The bible is rife with references to deities other than Yahweh:
    The prophets didn't deny these gods existed,
    they just didn't think Jews should worship them.

    There is but one God, according to Jewish religious dogma. No other exists. We tend to assume that our forefathers devoutly believed the same. But the truth is that the Bible also shows, time and again, that wasn't the prevailing system of belief among the ancient Israelites.

    The different scribes who wrote most of the biblical canon believed the incorporeal world was populated by a multitude of gods, but that the Hebrews should not worship any of these other deities, only Yahweh (which is what scholars call henotheism or monolatry). This is explicitly stated in the Second Commandment: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).

    The verse "Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods?" (Exodus 15:11) is even more explicit about other gods existing alongside Yahweh.

    Among the books of the Bible we find reference to a great many other gods, sometimes with explicit references to miracles performed by them. These gods are generally members of the West Semitic pantheon of gods, those worshipped by people speaking languages closely related to Hebrew.

    by Published on 9th October 2009 07:00
    1. Categories:
    2. Geloof,
    3. Godsdienstige Dogma

    The Bible Fraud
    by Tony Bushby


    Jesus Christ has captured the imagination of millions of people around the world for almost 2,000 years. Few people know that he represents something far different, and the following chapters unravel an entirely new story about the circumstances surrounding the birth and emergence of the Christian religion.

    In order to cover this ground, it is necessary to consider the New Testament stories from a different perspective. By stripping away their supernatural elements, the earliest Church writings relay a confused skeletal outline of the lives of two separate men. This work unravels those stories and shows how the New Testament came into being and what it really is. Until now, this aspect of the Gospel story has never been fully developed; and by coordinating new information with surviving records, a reconstruction of the probable course of events that resulted in Christianity today is presented.