In the Capitol’s shadow, massive Museum of the Bible readies for opening

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  • CMTM , 00
    Nov. 16, 2017 3:12 p.m.

    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 Wallace

    Simon 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.

  • BrentBot Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 16, 2017 12:04 p.m.

    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 325 A.D.

  • CMTM , 00
    Nov. 15, 2017 3:03 p.m.

    @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 teachers.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Nov. 15, 2017 2:57 p.m.

    Ya got to ask your self, what kind of guys were they that put the books together or started churches.

  • EscherEnigma Ridgecrest, CA
    Nov. 15, 2017 11:50 a.m.

    Cool. I wonder if they'll include the parts that were edited out.

  • BrentBot Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2017 11:44 a.m.

    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.

  • CMTM , 00
    Nov. 14, 2017 4:29 p.m.

    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.

  • BrentBot Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2017 2:37 p.m.

    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"

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 14, 2017 2:04 p.m.

    If you study them more closely and competently you will learn that they more nullify than affirm.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2017 1:46 p.m.

    "... however many of them affirm the authenticity of the LDS Church."

    --- Guffaw!

    The museum seems pretty cheesy to me.

  • CMTM , 00
    Nov. 14, 2017 11:35 a.m.

    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 Bible

    The 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 Christian scholarship.(NIV,NET…)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.

  • JLindow St George, UT
    Nov. 14, 2017 10:43 a.m.

    “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.

  • BrentBot Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2017 9:09 a.m.

    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.