An addition to the BHT, where Paul describes how we are liberated from the suffering of the ego in the life of Christ consciousness, or God’s Spirit, and all are beneficiaries of this consciousness, from which we cannot ever be separated. (The photo above is of Papyrus 27 (rotated), dated to the early 3rd century, one of the early manuscript copies of the New Testament, showing the Greek text of Romans 8-9.)Continue reading “Romans 8 BHT, Liberation is Life in Christ Consciousness”
I’ve been reading about the post-resurrection appearances of Christ, and the description of the earliest written records and development of the early Christian resurrection narrative is quite intriguing. It seems to show that there was a significant change of the meaning of resurrection beginning in the very first few decades of Christianity, between the time of Paul and when the gospels were written.Continue reading “Paul and the Early Jewish Christians’ Mystical Resurrection “in” Christ”
An addition to the BHT, where “Paul” writes about the mystery of God found in Christ, and the resulting relationship to philosophy, tradition, teachers, and law. (The photo above is of Papyrus 46 (c. 175–225), one of the oldest New Testament manuscripts, showing the Greek text of the opening lines of Colossians 2.) Continue reading “Colossians 2 BHT, The Mystery of God in Christ, and the Law”
Many ancient texts, including the Bible, note that seeing God brings death to the person (Exodus 19:21; Exodus 33:20; Judges 13:22; Moses 1:5, 11; D&C 84:22). But then we also read of some who claim they saw God and lived to tell about it (see especially Genesis 32:30; Exodus 33:11; Moses 1:2). What’s going on? Which is it? Continue reading “Does Seeing God Cause Death to the Person?”
An addition to the BHT, where Jesus notes how God beloved the Cosmos. Continue reading “John 3:16 BHT, God Beloved the Cosmos”
An addition to the BHT, regarding Jesus’s definition of a timeless life in his Farewell Prayer or High Priestly Prayer. Continue reading “John 17:3 BHT, Realizing God is Life”
Religious texts are most often not literal history.
They are allegories, narratives, parables, metaphors, similes, symbols, poetry, stories, visions, and figurative language. They are not relating precise word-for-word conversations of the past, nor are they detailing literal events that took place. Yes, the Bible talks about many people and places that may have really existed in the past, and may even abstractly refer to events that really took place, but it is not a history book. Continue reading “Misreading Scripture as Literal History: Elephants in the Book of Mormon”