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  • Slide 1
  • The New Testament: Is Anything Missing? DaVinci Said Yes.
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  • More than eighty gospels were considered for the New Testament, and yet only a few were chosen for inclusion-- Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John among them(p. 231 ). Were There Other Gospels?
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  • In those trunks are reputed to be the Purist Documents-- thousands of pages of unaltered, pre-Constantine documents, written by the early followers of Jesus, revering him as a wholly human teacher and prophet. Also rumored to be part of the treasure is the legendary Q Document. Allegedly, it is a book of Jesus teaching, possibly written in His own hand (256). Was There a Gospel of Q
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  • Constantinecommissioned and financed a new Bible, which omitted those gospels that spoke of Christs human traits and embellished those gospels that made him godlike. The earlier gospels were outlawed, gathered up, and burned (234-235). Did Constantine Make the Canon?
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  • The Questions Raised by DaVinci 1. Were 80 Other Gospels Considered? 2. Were Any Other Gospels Authentic? 3. Was there an Original Gospel of Q? 4. Did the Earliest Gospels Teach Christ was only Human? 5. Did Constantine Form Our Bible? 1. Were 80 Other Gospels Considered? 2. Were Any Other Gospels Authentic? 3. Was there an Original Gospel of Q? 4. Did the Earliest Gospels Teach Christ was only Human? 5. Did Constantine Form Our Bible?
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  • The Questions Raised by DaVinci I. Were 80 Other Gospels Considered? No! A. There are only four from the first century (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). B. The later apocryphal gospels (2nd-3rd cent) were never considered for the New Testament. C. There were dozens of fragments but only about 15-20 apocryphal gospels of note such as: The Gospel of Thomas The Gospel of the Ebionites The Gospel of Peter The Gospel of the Egyptians The Gospel of James The Gospel of Philip The Gospel of Judas The Gospel according to Mary (Magdalene) The Gospel of Truth The Gospel of the Hebrews The Gospel of Matthias The Gospel of the Twelve The Gospel of Eve The Gospel of Perfection I. Were 80 Other Gospels Considered? No! A. There are only four from the first century (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). B. The later apocryphal gospels (2nd-3rd cent) were never considered for the New Testament. C. There were dozens of fragments but only about 15-20 apocryphal gospels of note such as: The Gospel of Thomas The Gospel of the Ebionites The Gospel of Peter The Gospel of the Egyptians The Gospel of James The Gospel of Philip The Gospel of Judas The Gospel according to Mary (Magdalene) The Gospel of Truth The Gospel of the Hebrews The Gospel of Matthias The Gospel of the Twelve The Gospel of Eve The Gospel of Perfection
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  • The Questions Raised by DaVinci I. Were 80 Other Gospels Considered? No! II. Were Any Other Gospels Authentic? No! A. They had false claims to be written by apostles and others who were long dead. B. They had false miracle claims about Jesus infancy (cf. John. 2:11). C. They had false claims about biblical events. D. They had false teachings throughout their pages. I. Were 80 Other Gospels Considered? No! II. Were Any Other Gospels Authentic? No! A. They had false claims to be written by apostles and others who were long dead. B. They had false miracle claims about Jesus infancy (cf. John. 2:11). C. They had false claims about biblical events. D. They had false teachings throughout their pages.
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  • 1. Heresy On God: Pantheism The Lord called out and cried, My Power, O Power, thou hast forsaken me (The Gospel of Peter, 5.15). Then he spoke to me and said: I am thou and thou art I, and where thou art there am I, and I am sown in all things: and whence thou wilt, thou gatherest me, but when thou gatherest me, then gatherest thou thyself (The Gospel of Eve in Hennecke, NTA, 241). [Jesus said] I am the All; the All has emerged from me, and the All has attained to me. Cleave a piece of wood--I am there; lift a stone up--and you will find me there (Gospel of Thomas, Logion 77). The Lord called out and cried, My Power, O Power, thou hast forsaken me (The Gospel of Peter, 5.15). Then he spoke to me and said: I am thou and thou art I, and where thou art there am I, and I am sown in all things: and whence thou wilt, thou gatherest me, but when thou gatherest me, then gatherest thou thyself (The Gospel of Eve in Hennecke, NTA, 241). [Jesus said] I am the All; the All has emerged from me, and the All has attained to me. Cleave a piece of wood--I am there; lift a stone up--and you will find me there (Gospel of Thomas, Logion 77).
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  • 1. On God: Pantheism Thus the Word of the Father proceeds forth into the All, being the fruit of His heart and a form of His will. It upholds the All, it chooses it, and also takes (upon itself) the form of the All, purifying it and causing it to return to the Father and to the Mother, Jesus of the infinite gentleness. The father reveals His breast; but His breast is the Holy Spirit (The Gospel of Truth, 23.33-25.3).
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  • 1. On God: Feminism I am (the Father); I am the Mother, I (am the Son). I am the eternally Existing, the Unmixed, (since there is none who) mingles himself with him (The Apocryphon of John, Codex 8, Hennecke, 322).
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  • 1. On God: Modalism [Jesus said] he had revealed to his disciples that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one and the same person (The Gospel of the Egyptians in Hennecke NTA, 170).
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  • 2. On Creation: Emanationism All the emanations of the Father, then, are pleromas, and all His emanations have their root in Him who caused them all to grow from himself and gave to their destiny (The Gospel of Truth 41.4-20).
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  • Jesus said: Blessed is he who was before he came into being (The Gospel of Thomas, Logion 19). 3. On the Soul: Preincarnationism
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  • 4. On the Body: Gnosticism Wretched is the body which depends upon a body and wretched is the soul which depends upon these two (The Gospel of Thomas, Logion 87).
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  • 5. On Matter: Dualism By means of knowledge each will purify himself from diversity into unity, devouring matter within him like a fire, darkness by light, death by life. It is fitting for us to take thought above all that the house may be holy and silent for the Unity (The Gospel of Truth (25.23-25).
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  • 6. On Human Nature: Perfectionism Your godis within you. Let any one of you who is strong enough among human beings bring out the perfect human and stand before my face (The Gospel of Judas).
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  • 7. On Salvation: Gnosticism What did come from the Father was knowledge [gnosis]. As soon as men come to this knowledge, oblivion (which is ignorance of God) will no longer exist, and this is the Gospel revealed to the perfect (The Gospel of Truth 18:17-26).
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  • 7. On Salvation: Mysticism By means of knowledge each will purify himself from diversity into unity, devouring matter within him like a fire, darkness by light, death by life. It is fitting for us to take thought above all that the house may be holy and silent for the Unity (The Gospel of Truth (25.23-25).
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  • 7. On Salvation: Anti-Female See, I shall lead her, so that I will make her male, that she too may become a living spirit, resembling you males. For every woman who makes herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven (The Gospel of Thomas, Logion, 114).
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  • 8. On Jesus: Arianism The first [angel] is Seth, who is called Christ. The fifth is Adonaios. These are five who ruled over the underworld, and first of all over chaos (The Gospel of Judas).
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  • 8. On Jesus: Arianism Christ was not begotten of God the Father, but created as one of the archangelsthat he rules over the angels and all the creatures of the Almighty (Gospel of the Ebionites, Fragment 6).
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  • 9. On Jesus: Docetism They brought the two malefactors and crucified the Lord in the midst between them. But he held his peace, as if he felt no pain (The Gospel of Peter 8.35-10:42).
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  • 10. On Jesus Sonship: Adoptionism Jesus also came and was baptized by John; and as he came up from the water, the heavens openedand a voice from heaven saying: Thou art my beloved Son, in thee I am well pleased: and again: This day have I begotten thee [as my Son] (The Gospel of the Ebionites in Hennecke, NTA, 155). Jesus also came and was baptized by John; and as he came up from the water, the heavens openedand a voice from heaven saying: Thou art my beloved Son, in thee I am well pleased: and again: This day have I begotten thee [as my Son] (The Gospel of the Ebionites in Hennecke, NTA, 155).
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  • This little child Jesus when he was five year old was playing at the ford of a brook. And having made soft clay, he fashioned thereof twelve sparrows. Jesus clapped his hands together and cried out to the sparrows and said to them: Go! and the sparrows took their flight and went away chirping (The Gospel of Thomas 2:1-4). 11. On Jesus Miracles: Mythologism
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  • 11. On Jesus Miracles And Jesus said to him: If you are indeed a teacher, and if you know the letters well, tell me the meaning of the Alpha, and I will tell you the meaning of the Beta. And the teacher was ann