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BIBLICAL TRUTHS AND MARCIONISM


Weezer

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If you sift through the Bible you can find "truths".   After decades of study, there are two "truths" I brought with me when leaving Christianity.  (1)  The root of (most) "evil" is the love of money (power).  (2)  The "salvation" (earthly) of mankind is in loving (respecting) neighbor as self.  These seem to be the essence of Jesus teaching.

 

I had heard of Marcion, but had not read about him.  This morning I read the Wikipedia explanation of him and his beliefs.  If I was a person wanting to hold onto a god, I would strongly consider his position.  He separated the God of the New testament from the God of the Old Testament, and focused mainly on Jesus teaching and pauls letters.  The Catholics excommunicated him and he established his own church which apparently lasted for several centuries.  But somehow or other his church and abbreviated "bible" eventually disappeared.  Likely during the centuries of Catholic elimination of "pagan" religions??

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On 6/18/2024 at 9:38 AM, Weezer said:

I had heard of Marcion, but had not read about him.  This morning I read the Wikipedia explanation of him and his beliefs.  If I was a person wanting to hold onto a god, I would strongly consider his position.  He separated the God of the New testament from the God of the Old Testament, and focused mainly on Jesus teaching and pauls letters.  The Catholics excommunicated him and he established his own church which apparently lasted for several centuries.  But somehow or other his church and abbreviated "bible" eventually disappeared.  Likely during the centuries of Catholic elimination of "pagan" religions??

I still intend to research this guy some more (eventually) but thanks for bringing it back to the forefront. This 'two gods' theory; is this also a Sumerian story? 🤔

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7 hours ago, moxieflux66 said:

I still intend to research this guy some more (eventually) but thanks for bringing it back to the forefront. This 'two gods' theory; is this also a Sumerian story? 🤔

No, they are different concepts.  In the Sumerian stories there were 2 earthly "gods" (2 out of many others) who worked together to "create" humans.   With Jesus, if I remember correctly, I think the concept is that there were two very different "divine" Gods.  One responsible for creating the physical world??  And another responsible for sending Jesus??  Or something like that.  Taba or others may know more about this than I do.

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