RE: The lack of evidence in the Gospel of Philip. Compared to about
300,000 individual variations of the text of the New Testament, this number is
very misleading. Most of the differences are completely
inconsequential--spelling errors, inverted phrases and the like. A side by side
comparison between the two main text families (the Majority Text and the modern
critical text) shows agreement a full 98% of the time.Of the remaining
differences, virtually all yield to vigorous textual criticism. This means
that the New Testament is 99.5% textually pure. In the entire text of 20,000
lines, only 40 lines are in doubt" Daniel WallaceSimon
Greenleaf, a well-known and accepted authority on what constitutes reliable
evidence in a court of law, examined the four Gospels from a legal perspective.
He noted that the type of eyewitness accounts given in the four
Gospels—accounts which agree, but with each writer choosing to omit or add
details different from the others—is typical of reliable, independent
sources that would be accepted in a court of law as strong evidence.about 400
words), and none affects any significant doctrine or to the beginning of the
second millennium A.D.
Much of the Gospel of Philip is corroborated by the Catechetical Lectures of
Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, which he wrote in 350 A.D. after esoteric scriptures
were to be burned, as decreed by Athanasius during the Nicene Convention in
@BrentBot . The Gospel of Philip was not written by the apostle Philip, it
originated long after the lifetime of the N. T. No one knows who wrote the
Gospel of Philip. The early church did not take the Gospel of Philip
seriously. There was no collection of authoritative books that included this
book. And no early copy of the Gospel of Philip exists in Greek, as is the case
in the four N.T. E.g
., The Gospel of Thomas. Logos 114.
“Simon Peter said to them, "Make Mary leave us, for females don't
deserve life." Jesus said, "Look, I will guide her to make her male, so
that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female
who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven.""Once for all the faith that was once for all entrusted to God's
holy people."( Jude 1:3 "[NIV,NET NKJV
) “As translated
correctly” Modern Translations are helpful.. The restoration is not
needed. Jude on scripture against those who claim to be
prophets.’) The adverb(G530 , hapax) once for all means the doctrinal
convictions of the early church had been codified. Jude could appeal to
written documents of the Christian faith in his arguments with the false
Ya got to ask your self, what kind of guys were they that put the books together
or started churches.
Cool. I wonder if they'll include the parts that were edited out.
From the Nag Hammadi Scriptures:In the Gospel of Philip, the Savior
gave various “seals” and passwords necessary to ascend to the
highest heaven: “Here at the veil are imparted the secret
“seals” and “pass-words”, which allow free passage
through each of their spheres”“The Primeval Man is drawn
up to heaven by celestial messengers: .. The Living Spirit extended his right
hand to Primeval Man. The latter seized it and thus was drawn up out of the
depths of the world of darkness.The Gospel of Philip states that
“those who have united in the bridal chamber will no longer be
separated” “One receives them [the male and female powers] from
the mirrored bridal chamber.” “The heavenly man has many more sons
than the earthly man. If the sons of Adam are many, although they die, how much
more the sons of the perfect man, they who do not die but are always
begotten.”“ The Gospel of Philip taught "Great
is the mystery of marriage! For without it the world would not have existed.
So, there you have substantiation that temple ceremonies, theosis
and eternal marriage were practiced by Early Christians. The Apostle Philip
died in 80 A.D.
RE: BrentBot. “ Restoring the Ancient Church". ? As non-Catholic
historians admit, it can be demonstrated easily that early Church writers, such
as Ignatius of Antioch, Eusebius, Clement of Rome, and Polycarp, had no
conception of Mormon doctrine, and they knew nothing of a "great
apostasy." Nowhere in their writings can one find references to
Christians embracing any of the peculiarly Mormon doctrines, such as polytheism,
polygamy, celestial marriage, and temple ceremonies. If the Church of the
apostolic age was the prototype of today’s Mormon church, it must have had
all these beliefs and practices. But why is there no evidence of them in the
early centuries, before the alleged apostasy began?E.g..,-A bishop
then must be blameless, the husband of one wife,..”(I Tim 3:2).,The
Apostles did not maintain any O.T. pattern of polygamy and they and the early
church condemned it. Justin Martyr (c.160) rebukes the Jews for
allowing polygamy: " Irenaeus (c.180) condemns the Gnostics for, among other
things, polygamy: Tertullian (c.207)-Marriage one woman.
Ranchhand: If you wish to verify my statement regarding the esoteric writings
found in Nag Hammadi validating the LDS Church, I suggest you read Barry
Bickmore's book "Restoring the Ancient Church"
@BrentBot,If you study them more closely and competently you will learn
that they more nullify than affirm.
"... however many of them affirm the authenticity of the LDS Church."--- Guffaw!The museum seems pretty cheesy to me.
RE: BrentBot . “No ancient literature has survived in its original form;
everything we have is derived from copies of the originals. The NT is no
exception. However, in comparison with any other ancient literature, the NT is
without a peer—both in terms of the chronological proximity and the
surviving number. Several ancient authorities are preserved in only a handful of
manuscripts. Not so with the NT. There are approximately 5,500 Greek
witnesses, ranging in date from the 2nd century AD into the middle ages. Besides
the Greek evidence, there are nearly 30,000 copies (e.g., Latin, Coptic..).Over 1,000,000 quotations from the NT in the church Fathers. NT textual
criticism has always had an embarrassment of riches unparalleled in any other
field.” Net BibleThe KJV used medieval manuscripts. Since
1611, older and more accurate manuscripts have been discovered and they affirm
that Mark. 9-20 was not in the original Gospel of Mark.” Modern
)bracket and note this.Compare:" (1 Nephi 13:26,28) teaches that “many plain and precious
things” have been taken away from the Bible. But Actually Mark 16:19-20
was added to the N.T.. But JS was unaware.
“To inspire confidence in the absolute authority and reliability of the
Bible.”Asserting the reliability of the Bible requires pretzel
logic to reconcile differences between the Bible vs history, the Bible vs
science, and the Bible vs the Bible.
While the exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls is good and affirms the authenticity
of the Old Testament, there is no mention of Nag Hammadi writings which affirm
the authenticity of the esoteric writings from New Testament times. Esoteric
scriptures were eliminated by the Nicene and subsequent councils and are not
included in Athanasius' version of the Canon; however many of them affirm
the authenticity of the LDS Church.