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Old 07-06-2011, 04:28 AM
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Originally Posted by serialmonogamist View Post
Those kinds of ideas are interesting, but where do you go with them? All you really have to interpret is the scripture that was preserved.
http://www.gnosis.org/library.html

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The Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of thirteen ancient codices containing over fifty texts, was discovered in upper Egypt in 1945. This immensely important discovery includes a large number of primary Gnostic scriptures -- texts once thought to have been entirely destroyed during the early Christian struggle to define "orthodoxy" -- scriptures such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, and the Gospel of Truth, [Gospels of Mary Magdalene and Judas]. The discovery and translation of the Nag Hammadi library has provided impetus to a major re-evaluation of early Christian history and the nature of Gnosticism.
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I wouldn't assume that it is perfect because it was preserved, but you just have to decide whether you want to interpret it in a constructive way or reject it as being conjectural.
Of course the Bible isn't perfect, it was written by men. It is certainly not historical, except in passing. But things can be true without being historically accurate. Gods are archetypes of human behaviors.

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When you talk about Paul "burning," it sounds like a put down.
Fine, you're projecting.

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You could also interpret it as compassionate. I.e. they're saying that if someone can practice celibacy without burning with desire, they should. But if someone feels burning desire, they should marry. Does that necessarily refer to monogamous marriage? Many people would say so, but on what basis?
Titus 1:6 and Timothy 3:2 from the canon. Bishops and elders should have one wife. Many believers in many religions come to think, if the gods want our leaders to act in a certain way, maybe all of us should, just to get in as good with god as we can.
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