The Development of Christianity: Part 3

by Joshua Tilghman on January 9, 2016

gospel of markIn the first two posts of this series we laid some important groundwork about Paul and Gnosticism. Today I’m going to lay a little more groundwork about the synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of Thomas. This is all necessary before we get into the meat of how Orthodox Christianity and the Early Church formed.

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How Modern Christianity Developed Part 2

by Joshua Tilghman on December 28, 2015

mythical christIn part one of this series, I spoke about the Jesus that Paul preached. I gave five or six reasons and presented more than a few scriptures to justify that Paul’s Jesus was in fact a mythical Christ that served as a model for deeper revelation. Today’s post will continue unveiling some of Paul’s sayings that point to Gnostic principles. This is important ground work and hopefully it will open many doors of understanding for us when we get into how and why the institutionalized church developed (It’s not all about Constantine). [click to continue…]

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A Working Timeline for How Modern Christianity Strayed From Its Origins: Part 1

December 23, 2015

Since it’s the Holiday season and I’m now off work for a few weeks, I’ve been thinking about the Early Church. I’ve been trying to piece together how early Christianity morphed to provide the framework for today’s Christianity. I’ve wrote about Gnostics and true early Christianity before, but I thought it would be fun to […]

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Eating the Flesh of Jesus

September 28, 2015
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Many of you have probably heard about all the catastrophic events that were supposed to happen on the earth sometime in September 2015. John Hagee, declared a prophet by many mainstream Christians, gave some the idea that the conclusion of the fourth and final Blood Moon from 2014-2015 would usher in a major change on […]

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The Real Meaning of the Tithe

July 21, 2015
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A few years ago I wrote an article entitled, The Spirit of the Tithe: It Was Never About Money. Today we’ll further discuss the real meaning behind the Old Testament Tithe. I would recommend you read the article above first if you still believe that tithing had anything to do with money. In that article […]

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Jesus and the Meaning of the Carpenter

July 17, 2015

The Jesus of the New Testament has come down through the ages as a carpenter. The Gospel of Mark, chapter six verse three, clearly identifies him as such: “Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? It is interesting that the Son of […]

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SOS Update

July 16, 2015

  I have finally relocated. I’m in my new home with my own office space and I’m excited to get down to some new writing. It may be a little bit before I really get settled in, so I may not start writing seriously again for another few weeks or maybe even a month. I […]

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Natural Happiness through a Peace-filled mind

July 13, 2015
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Retaining natural happiness can seem unattainable at first, particularly when unhappiness can leave us feeling helpless to do anything other than endure. But, with a commitment to dealing with this ongoing debilitating state once and for all, our life can change dramatically for the good.

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Jesus said to Watch for the Thief

July 8, 2015
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Matthew 24:42-44 is an interesting scripture. In it Jesus tells us to watch for the Son of Man. He follows that command by telling us that if the good man of his own house had watched, he would have been ready for the thief who comes to break up the house. Therefore, watch, for none […]

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The Lord’s Supper and Psalm 23 Translation

June 14, 2015
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As beautiful as the Lord’s Supper ritual is, apart from a few ceremonial words and bowing of heads at Mass, there isn’t a non-ceremonial equivalent of this life-changing event at the everyday practical level. The application of Psalm 23, I feel, is the nearest opportunity to participate in something as a means of growing Christ […]

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The Dark Night of the Soul

May 27, 2015

The term “Dark Night of the Soul” is the title of a poem by Saint John of the Cross, a 16th century friar of the monastic order of Carmelites in Spain. He was a leading Spanish poet and religious reformer in his time. The Dark Night of the Soul is a message about travail and […]

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The Four Living Creatures and The Gospels

May 20, 2015

The passages in Ezekiel describing The Four Living Creatures are mysterious and phantasmagorical. They are open to interpretations of all varieties, exoteric and esoteric. The Books of Daniel and Revelation also contain surreal images, but most of them are not as complex and elusive, and the symbolism is usually more obvious. For instance, Daniel’s vision […]

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gematria

April 30, 2015
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Although it is not too clear from the title whether this guide was written by or for The Complete Idiot, I will be honest; my credentials for writing this post are dismal. I am a techie type who discovered my intuitive side only months ago, and right after that I tried to analyze everything I […]

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“Who do you say that I am?” Part 11

April 21, 2015
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Jesus said: “To him who overcomes (the ego-world), I will give a New Nature.”–Rev 2:17 “Revelation”, as we know, dramatically covers the seven seals — chakraic awakening leading to Ascension into Christ consciousness. So what is this New Nature and what are the white stones mentioned in “Revelation?”

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“Who Do You Say That I am?” — Matthew 16: 13-17 –Part I

April 9, 2015
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Is this The most profound Question in the Bible? By examining this question, the answers will reveal how we can identify who we really are and how we can embrace it wholeheartedly. For now, let us relax and explore together this most wonderful of questions: “Who do you say that I am?”

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Understanding the Messianic Prophecies, Part IV

April 3, 2015

“The scepter shall not depart from Judah… until Shiloh come.” Genesis 49:8-10 This prophetic statement was included in a blessing given by Jacob, just before he died, to his third son Judah. The blessing began “Judah, thou art he whom they brothers shall praise”, and continued the bestowal of the Messianic lineage by divine selection […]

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Understanding the Messianic Prophecies, Part III

March 26, 2015
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In this series we will continue to perform a temporary “about face” in our quest to discover wisdom. By reassessing the historical and literal validity of selected parts of the bible, we shall try to answer four questions. (1) Is the Messiah of the Gospels merely of allegorical importance, as one sect of the first […]

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An esoteric interpretation of the crucifixion of Jesus

March 17, 2015
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At the moment we live in the period leading up to Passion Week again, and therefore I would like to give an explanation of some of the names and words that figure prominently in the Passion story, interpreted from the hidden meaning of the Hebrew translation of these words, as they already explain what this […]

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Understanding the Messianic Prophecies, Part II

March 9, 2015
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The Jewish people have always had a longing for Messiah. In Part I of this series we learned that the Hebrew prophets spoke of two archetype Messiahs – the Suffering Servant, one who would save them from the war against human sin within, and the Triumphant King, one who would save them from the political […]

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Understanding the Messianic Prophecies, Part I

February 28, 2015
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By the time Jesus is said to have appeared in Jerusalem, the rabbis knew that the scriptures described two archetypes of Messiah – a humiliated Messiah, known as the Suffering Servant, who in the tradition of the prophets would be scorned by his peers while attempting to touch men’s hearts regarding the issues of sin; […]

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