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I only use one book in the Bible for [theology

Discussion in 'Theism' started by Desert Snake, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. Desert Snake

    Desert Snake .Jesuist Mystic

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    I only use one book in the Bible for my theology, the other books are argument contextual.

    This discussion isn't about which book you use, or books, it's about if you only use one, or just certain books, for your theology.
     
  2. wizanda

    wizanda One Accepts All Religious Texts
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    Having been sent from Heaven with advanced knowledge of theology, I still find the only way to be objective with the data is to compare all different religious texts globally for consensus in their definitions.

    In my understanding the Divine Council/24 Elders in Revelation, include Lao Tzu, Buddha, Yeshua, Krishna, Zanda, etc... and thus tho I might know what I'm talking about on somethings, the only way to assess what they're talking about, is to examine it.

    In my opinion. :innocent:
     
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  3. Desert Snake

    Desert Snake .Jesuist Mystic

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    Is that theology?
     
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    Theology means the 'study of God', and tho we now assume an academic definition; the original concepts didn't apply to going to school to learn what is in religious texts.

    Plus in each incarnation of the Divine down here, the expressions are explaining God from different perspectives, so each is an angle of the whole of theology.

    In my opinion. :innocent:
     
  5. Desert Snake

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    Interesting. I'm not really confident that would work, to a good answer[s.

    Seems like quite a bit of different context, so forth.
     
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    wizanda One Accepts All Religious Texts
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    Without assessing a situation, one can not be confident something will work...

    Having now studied many of the religious texts, not the traditions, found that if there are contradictions it is often because of mankind's imposed ideas onto the texts; so slowly as we unravel the contradictions, it corrects us into a Divine direction, rather than what mankind likes to hear.

    In my opinion. :innocent:
     
  7. Desert Snake

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    Sure, considering the texts, in other words.
     
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    This is the theology, Christology of the sacred writers, which can be recognized only if we do not accept as a literalist.
     
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    That's like cooking with only one knife. You want to cut a pumpkin with a paring knife? Or peel veggies with a butcher knife?
     
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    What book of the Bible DO you use for your theology? Not for argumentative purposes, just curious. I like to see where other people are coming from in their views.
     
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    I use many different sources, especially since all Bibles are translations. Plus, I am not a believer in biblical inerrancy, and the question of divine inspiration is just that: a question.
     
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    Hello. The Epistle of James has had/continues to have the biggest influence on my life. I read it often. It is very profound and wise, IMHO.

    If that was all we had (out of the NT) and everyone tried to live in the spirit of James, we would live in a much better world.
     
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    For me, the teachings attributed to Jesus are valid regardless of Jesus' humanity or divinity. Personally I am inclined to believe Jesus was a Man, conceived and born like any other, but possessed of the spirit of Christ within him. Jesus was not of divine origin but the spirit within him was and through Jesus, Christ spoke to us. Likewise, I am inclined to believe that miracles do not exist, and the 'miraculous' events of the Bible were either normal events blown out of proportion (or misreported) or tales made up of whole cloth.

    As this is the case, the single volume I use for Jesus' life is the Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth by Thomas Jefferson (yes THAT Thomas Jefferson), being a compilation of all the Synoptic Gospels placing the events of Jesus' life in chronological order from birth to death. Jefferson- being a Deist- did not deal with 'miracles' and 'mysticism' and all that, so there is nothing of it found in his work- it's Jesus and his life and teachings, period.

    HOWEVER, overlaying Jefferson's work is my belief that the spirit of Christ was placed in Jesus at birth, and was awakened at some point in his adult life, certainly no later than his baptism by John. Following this was when Jesus' ministry began and continued until his death. Upon Jesus' death, I believe his soul (his human essence combined with the spirit of Christ) was released into the spiritual realm, and there was no resurrection of the body.

    For the backstory on the theology overarching all of this, though, I'd have to list dozens of sources and references, all of them touching on Manichaeanism and Gnosticism and the Bogomils and Paulicians and the list goes on. Suffice it to say that theology-wise I'm a Dualist, seeing not one but two gods in play, one Good and the other Evil, in constant opposition to one another with the physical world (our universe) being created by Satan- the evil god- following defeat in a war with the good God. The Torah- the first five books of the OT- picks up the story, in a fashion, when Satan creates the physical realm and is largely concerned with him masquerading as the good god in order to solidify his hold on the physical world, for as long as he has power here he can escape God's retribution for making war on him in the spiritual realm.
     
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    Which one?
     
  15. Desert Snake

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    Other books are fine to read, again this is theism, not everything one might read religiously.
     
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    Yes, that could be theology, actually.

    I like mysticism, non biblical mystic writings, similar type stuff. I'm an esotericist, I believe, though note the basic theology. So, a monotheist, really, though there many Spirit Beings, even demons, and such.
     
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    Yes, noted dualism, I believe. So there is really a 'satan' type figure, in fact may as well call him satan.
     
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    There is some irony, that the Bogomils for example, have a very specific 'Lucifer', this being quite traditional.


    As personally, 'satan' does not feature much, for my religion perspective, I do not assign him that much power.

    There does seem to be a lucifer, though, likewise the other Beings.
     
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