The Gospel of Judas and Gnostic Christianity: An Unauthorized Guide to the "Da Vinci Code": The Johannites, Madonna, Horus and the Catholic Church (Paperback)P.D. Stuart (author)
Paperback 250 Pages / Published: 31/12/2009
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In 1990 Pope John Paul II warned about the "return of ancient gnostic ideas under the guise of the so-called New Age." He said "We cannot delude ourselves that this will lead toward a renewal of religion. It is only a new way of practcing gnosticism - that attitude of the spirit that, in the name of a profound knowledge of God, results in distorting His Word and replacing it with purely human words. Gnosticism never completely abandoned the realm of Christianity. Instead, it has always existed side by side with Christianity, sometimes taking the shape of a philosophical movement, but more often assuming the characteristics of a religion or a para-religion in distinct, if not declared, conflict with all that is essentially Christian". [John Paul II, "Crossing the Threshold of Hope", p. 90, 1994.But what if the "Gospel of Judas" was right? What if "The Da Vinci Code" was right? What if the group in Christendom responsible for the propagation and guarding of this "secret doctrine" were in fact the Catholic Church? What if millions around the world celebrate a religion, and follow rites which they believed honour Christ and his teachings but are in fact worshiping another deity-or deities - and the leaders know it but the followers don't? These are just some of the claims and ideas espoused in the "The Gospel of Judas" and "Gnostic Christianity: An Unauthorized Guide to the Da Vinci Code".The Gnostics thought that the other disciples of Jesus did not truly comprehend the hidden meaning in His teachings, but which He passed on, in secret, to those who were able to receive it - like Judas, for example. Author, P.D. Stuart writes, "Gnostic teachings...and Sacraments are all recognized as 'valid yet illicit' by the Vatican. For centuries, Gnostic ideas have flourished within in the Catholic Church. Their ideas contributed to and crafted much of what we see of Catholic liturgical culture today..." Stuart further asserts: "The doctrines as found in "Gospel of Judas" and Gnostic Christianity, is the very form of Christianity practiced within the high Church of Rome today - merely Christianized under titles like Mary, or Madonna (Isis), and baby Jesus (Horus)."Gnostic means "a knowing one." Gnostics believed that they were enlightened with secret truth and therefore sought to re-discover this "Hidden" Mysteries of Knowledge through cabbala and Hermetic rituals and sacraments. This is the truth and abiding secret of inner Catholicism. Gnosticism holds that Jesus' disciples obtained divinity by the fact that they are baptized into him, and they can die no more, but remain immortal. They believed in the transmigration of the soul. Further, they believed that "the Eucharist as imparting the incorruptibility of Christ's immortal flesh which is received by the faithful." These are also doctrines of Roman Catholicism.It was 'Nicholas, a deacon, in his attempt to make the law of the Gospel fit in with heathen customs, gave birth to the heresy of the Nicolaitans, who afterwards merged [into] the Gnostics. This latter sect developed enormously in the second century; and its doctrine, as well as that of Manichaeus the originator of Manichaeism - that redoubtable heresy which sprung from the admixture of the ancient religions of India with Christianity - constituted the basis of nearly all the heresies of the middle ages."
Publisher: Lux Verbi
Number of pages: 250
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