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Old 12-08-2018, 05:41 PM
sky123 sky123 is offline
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There are a few reasons. One being that i believe the ego has caused so much of my issues and fears that if i can let go of it most of my fears could just go. Secondly if the ego dies i could find out who i really am and what reality really is.

I don't know if the ego is really part of us or if it's just an illusion or what it is. Maybe if the ego dies you can find God, who knows.

A flexible ego is better than non, you cannot exist in the ( Real World) without an ego. You use it as a tool in your daily survival, but don't let it use you.
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Old 12-08-2018, 06:05 PM
anthony c anthony c is offline
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Originally Posted by anthony c

A flexible ego is better than non, you cannot exist in the ( Real World) without an ego. You use it as a tool in your daily survival, but don't let it use you.

Yeah it will always be there but as i understand it you let it go for interesting experiences in meditation.

Anyways that a different topic so...

Thanks for your info.
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Lorelyen Lorelyen is offline
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At last I got round to viewing this video and it does seem a very good introduction to this gospel. I found the text quite difficult to take in. The video rightly makes a thing of "verse 3" where the gnostic tone is revealed and which is why Constantine had it barred from the Bible (and tried to have every trace of these Apocryphal gospels destroyed).

The New Testament has to be seen in context - a highly edited document put together by Constantine. Though "decisions" about what to include were initially made at Nicene they were under Constantine's control - that's why he ordered 50 copies for proofing before it was distributed from the Church of Rome that he established.

He had seen the power of belief in God in his travels before he became emperor and saw it as a means of control over an increasingly sprawling Roman empire with member states starting to break away. (History of the Decline and Fall.)

It was important to portray God as the all-powerful; out there; watching, judging etc. Jesus was supposed to be the son of God, not a human so the Canonical gospels were chosen to support, nay, prove this. They gave the Roman Church this huge power to convince the ordinary person that its priests were nearer to God and were conferred with some god-like powers to control moral behaviour, and use fairly horrific means to enforce it.

So gospels like Thomas' and Mary Magdalene's had no place. They confirmed Jesus as an extremely wise human.

It always interested me why so few devout Christians never question why only the 4 Canonical gospels appear in the Bible when there were 12 disciples.
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