Do you think this book marks the end or christianity?

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Re: Do you think this book marks the end or christianity?

Post by nooregano » 21 May 2019, 01:49

CyndiA1 wrote:
20 May 2019, 08:32
I think people are very invested in their religious convictions. Even a book with strong arguments is unlikely to do more than cause a moment of discomfort for a reader. Some people do change religious views over time, but I believe that is due to multiple messages from multiple sources with the "in real life" contacts having the most impact. Someone on the edge might, perhaps, react to the book, but the foundation would need to be in place first.
This is a great point! Couldn't agree more.
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Post by OliviaLouise » 21 May 2019, 06:33

I don’t think a book can end Christianity. I do think it can change the way people view Christianity, however.

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Post by InStoree » 21 May 2019, 08:28

nooregano wrote:
21 May 2019, 01:48
I think that different forms/interpretations of Christianity (or any religion) are constantly ending and being birthed, and that's cannot be purely the fault of any one book.
Great point of view, Noor! I was looking a verse from the Bible on Google (I was curious about what Google knows about it) and I got lost in all the interpretations and versions that showed up 🤔

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Post by wordscribe22 » 21 May 2019, 10:15

I doubt this one book will do much to impact the state of Christianity as a whole. If anything, it gives Christians a unique perspective on the purpose of Judas and shows how even those who are supposedly the worst "betrayers of God" can serve an instrumental and redemptive purpose. I do think this book may challenge the deeply held convictions of a few people, but only if the people in question are open to a critical questioning and reexamination of their faith. However, a wide-scale change in people's perspectives from one book is not probable.

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Post by centfie » 21 May 2019, 12:02

The Gnosticism ideas in the book can challenge some people who don't have strong faith. Sure, a few people will be influenced to end their affiliation with Christianity. However, it will not end Christianity. Christianity has been questioned and challenged from time immemorial, but it has not ended.
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Post by Fazzier » 21 May 2019, 14:12

Ruba Abu Ali wrote:
02 May 2019, 16:26
allbooked+ wrote:
02 May 2019, 07:35
I do not feel that this author will do much to end Christianity or further his own direction. I got the feeling that furthering himself is his intention - and that he thinks very highly of himself and his work (rightly so with all the effort he gave it) in being able to accomplish his mission. Christianity is more than a he said/she said situation though and there are educated writings on all sides of this issue. Faith is more than what any book can show you.
Couldn't have said it any better. Thank you.
I agree with you. We live by faith, not by sight.

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Post by Shade-Tree-Reader » 21 May 2019, 14:52

The author wrote this book for a Gnostic audience. The book will not have the slightest effect on Christianity. This author thinks very highly of himself and this book is part of that self-aggrandizing. The research lacks academic integrity and at least one of his purported "experts" is doing jail time for kiddie porn and soliciting a minor. In his last chapter his disrespect for the world's finest Biblical scholars is very apparent and it leaves a very sour taste.

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Post by zagabi » 21 May 2019, 16:10

No book can put and end to Christianity, it is founded on the bases of Gods word, thus making it impossible. Only God can bring an end to Christianity.

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Post by Katherine Smith » 21 May 2019, 16:29

I don't thunk that any one book would cause an end to Christianity. I think that just like any religion, it changes and evolves to fit the time. I think that the main goal of the author was to dispense his knowledge and to cause people to question what they know about Jesus's life. This book reminds me of the recent scrolls that people have found including the Gospel of Judas which was written by a Christian sect known as the Gnostics.
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Post by RoadWell » 21 May 2019, 17:33

There is no question that this book could end the dominant religion on Earth. Let's not forget that there have been many books written on this contoversial subject. I believe some people use religion as a veil to cover their eyes and a way to stop listening to reason or seeing the truth that is right in front of them. A book, no matter how well documented it is, will not change their mind. What we need to remember is that the Bible has been written by certain people who chose how to tell certain stories to suit their own agenda. I think that characters like Mary Magdalene and Judas have been mistreated by history. I appreciate that authors like Robert Wahler are trying to put things right.

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Post by Dikay127 » 21 May 2019, 19:27

I don't think any book, even one with a person from the Bible, would be able to create a dent in the belief systems of Christians. Their beliefs are based on faith and what they feel is real rather than the words of one author and his opinions/research. That is not to say that I don't think this book will cause some individuals to question their own spirituality but as a whole religion, I don't think this book will do much to change Christianity.

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Post by chelhack » 21 May 2019, 23:12

It could mark the end for some. Yet, it could mark the beginning for others. Maybe Jesus did not die on the cross for our sins to be forgiven. But if the book is true then there are more people to worship for their role in the human race.
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Post by Jlprince26 » 22 May 2019, 12:07

With so many books on different religions, in no way do I feel that one book could cause an end to Christianity. It could absolutely cause a lot of people to question their own beliefs or original writings, but that is the point of this book, if I am not mistaken. Some people may turn their heads this direction while others simply let it slide as just another theory, but for the christian way of life to be dismissed altogether, no I don't see that happening over a book.
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Post by freakkshowx » 22 May 2019, 15:49

I find that since even the author himself stated that most other theologians disagree with him as to the meaning of the Gospel of Judas, I can't allow his interpretation to hold much water. On top of this, so many chunks of The Gospel of Judas are just filled right in with no basis, as they have been lost to time, and the arguments in the book are based around these fragments. If anything, it made me believe more in God, and I'm pagan.

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Post by InStoree » 23 May 2019, 12:14

Chrystal Oaks wrote:
18 May 2019, 00:36
This one little book (or rather, short dissertation)...end Christianity? Nope. I keep thinking up scenarios where this could be possible, and....nothing. A major catastrophic event could take place and I'm not sure it would even end then.
Now that sounds like a ravishing theme for a book, Chrystal! A collection of vivid scenarios that could end Christianity or any other popular religion. Although, I would still imagine it in the Sci-Fi genre. 🤔

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