Thursday, August 27, 2015

Presented in no coherent order and no attempt to do so.

The doctrinal line many Christian churches espouse that you can't be saved without declaring JC to be your god and savior.
Except, JC only showed in Judea, a province of the Roman Empire, and was active for 1-3 years tops.  He preached in Aramaic.  And obscured his message.

Sounds like a god who felt obligated to get the word out, but Jesuitically realized it could be a small sample size, and even then the focus group didn't have to understand the message.

Maybe the original (?) message of Paul, the Gnostics had a better story framework: god sends a heavenly messenger to battle the archons - in heaven - and beats them by dying.  Figuratively.  Metaphorically.  Not reality.  Not actuality.

The only beneficiaries in the Gnostic version are the ones who know the secret story.  So that cuts out all of us.  And anyone born out of time, i.e. before or after this, doesn't benefit.  Anyone not living in the Roman Empire, knowing Greek, knowing Gnostics willing to hep you to the secret message - you're out too.

The dominant strain of Christianity was not Gnostic, and had some rewrites to get Paul's letters in line with the orthodoxy.  And even with the forgeries and interpolations they still couldn't bring themselves to have Paul talk about a physical Jesus.  And left mentions of archons in there.

But Luke's Acts of the Apostles did yeoman's work bridging the gap between Paul and Peter.

And now for the lighter side of evangelicalism.
1 Corinthians 1:14-16
I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.  And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
Paul lost count of his baptisms.  Upon reflection, I can understand that.
1 Corinthians 3:5
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed[,]
Serious question - what happened to poor old Apollos?  He seemed kind of a big deal in the days of Paul and rampaging baptizing.

And one of my favorites - 1 Corinthians 7:9
But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
1 Corinthians 9:6
Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
The original welfare kings!

Read the whole damn epistle only to find out it's not the one that covers archons.