Theology. I find it so fascinating. Recently I have been researching early Christianity. I was born and raised Christian. Although, I have never necessarily believed all of it. This bothers me. I do believe that there is a higher power or entity controlling everything and who created the universe. If that is or is not “God”, is up for debate. This is coming from someone who has gone to church since very young. I was also part of the worship group at my church for some years. I have been to a lot of services at various churches. With that said, I can entertain an idea and respect different beliefs. What bothers me with religion is the hostility towards you if you do not think a certain way. It is a cult mindset.
Religion can really paint a picture of what I believe is the psyche of humanity. There are so many different interpretations and beliefs around the entire world. So many versions for the “story of creation”. You cannot deny the fact that all these religions are similar. You can also not deny the fact that is it a stretch to say that your religion is the correct one. There is no solid evidence except stories that have been past and down translated through various of languages and hundreds of generations. It is a real-life game of telephone. We might all be wrong and when we die, that is it. But that idea is not exciting enough. Also, the church is the one who decides what is canonical and what is non-canonical. How convenient.
Now, I firmly believe if something spreads positivity and does not hurt individuals then so be it. If the bible helps you sleep at night and is something you can base a good life off of then go for it. There are a lot of people struggling in life to find direction. I can relate to this. If the bible helps them find their direction in life, that is great. I believe the bible is a manual on life and Jesus Christ is an enigma of what the ideal person should be like. Love everyone, do not kill, do not envy, help others. Good actions, good energy, positivity. I can respect that. But religion is a business. A multi-trillion dollar business per year. It hurts to say but take that as you will.
A lot of these religions are so focused on what you do in the now. You are so focused on not pleasing the god or gods that you do not live life to the fullest. Always afraid of displeasing those higher entities. Again, I am not saying you cannot live life based on certain doctrines, but this is some peoples’ entire lives. They take everything literally. There is a lot of symbolism when it comes to all of this and I do believe it does require a mystical comprehension as well as a literal one.
This brings me to the Gnostics. They were a sect of the early Christians. The Gnostics have a dualistic view on religion. They believe there is good and evil, but that evil has created us and all of the material world. They also believe we are divine beings and through gnosis you can achieve enlightenment and become a god yourself. It is heretical and posed a threat to the church early on. So much they needed to be cleansed. Their view takes the power away from the church if you are able to achieve divinity on your own. Although the church ruled it a heresy, they adopted a lot of their doctrines.
In this episode, we discuss theology and Gnosticism with Laurence Caruana. We break down who the Gnostics were, their beliefs, and how it can be seen in society and our culture today. It was a very interesting episode for those who enjoy learning about early Christianity. It paints a different narrative from the traditional view. Hope you enjoy!
“Have you already discovered the beginning that you are now asking about the end? For where the beginning is, there the end will be too.” – Jesus Christ
On this episode, we discuss theology and Gnosticism with Laurence Caruana. We break down who the gnostics were, their beliefs, and how it can be seen in society and our culture today. It was a very interesting episode for those who like learning about early Christianity. It paints a different narrative from the traditional view. Hope you enjoy!
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