- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Melissa McIntyre <oakraven71@...>
>across A LOT of enlightening information. The only problem that I
> Hello everyone!
> For a long time I have been studying theology, and have come
face is what to do with all the information that I possess. One part
of me says share it, another part of me says no, don't, people won't
understand and not grasp what I am saying and will ridicule me. So, I
am still left with the question, what do I do?
>very insightful book. If any of you want some self insight, this is a
> Well, one book has helped me along this journey and has been a
great book to read. It is called Secrets From The Lost Bible by
Kenneth Hanson. It is a very enlightening book. Some of what he says
I still having trouble believing but it is a great book for inner
spiritual paths. One part of this book really stood out to me and I
would like to share it with you all.
>of the world. We learn to release the fears that keep us focused on
> When we enter the World of Being, we establish a God's-eye view
materiality, judgments, hatred, and prejudice. Our actions become
more meaningful. We are able to evaluate knowledge more effectively,
transcending the bombardment of information that is so much a part of
>beings---having sprouted from the divine seed. While the book of 2
> The Lost Bible tells us that as human beings, we are truly spirit
Enoch goes on to recount the story of Adam and the fall from grace,
we need to consider above all what this "psuedepigraphical" work
tells us about ourselves and about the value of the human being. In 2
Enoch God adds details not found in the book of Genesis;
>the divine angels, as they triumphantly sing. There was also a light
> "For Adam, I created a wide-open heaven, in which he could see
that can never be extinguished, which was always burning in Paradise.
Even the Evil One understood that I wished to create an entire world,
over which Adam could rule."
>that God believes in us. If we can only clear away the cobwebs in our
> We may agonize over whether we believe in God, but it is clear
minds--glimpse that wide-open heaven--we will understand that our
potential is unlimited, and our powers are multifold. We always have
options. After all, look who we have as our Source. The first step
toward reaching our potential is of course to change our focus from
the physical to the metaphysical, to let the breath of the Eternal
fuse with our own.
>enlightenment and the courage to start speaking out. I have only
> After reading this, just this morning I may add, it gave me the
really shared my views and opinions with my husband. When I read this
book, it feels like it is talking to me directly, crazy as it may
sound, but I believe God is talking to me through this book. It is a
great and exhilerating feeling. If you haven't already read this
book, you must. It is wonderful. So, I will end right now because I
know how people don't like to read long winded emails in groups. So
take care and have a great day!!!
>Hello, Melissa. I haven't read this book by Hebrew scholar Kenneth
Hanson, but from what I read about it in the link you give in your
succeeding post (#12831), _Secrets from the Lost Bible_ covers large
ground, including a wide variety of extracanonical literature from
apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Kabbalah, the Dead Sea scrolls, in
addition to some Gnostic writings.
As you continue reading, Melissa, be sure to share with us any
insights related to our more specific focus of historical Gnosticism.
Keeping that in mind, I would like to comment that in Gnostic
writings, the creator god, the "demiurge," was not considered
the "True God" or ultimate Source. If you and others would like to
read further, here is an article by Stephan Hoeller regarding the
subject of Genesis you introduce:
How might this article compare to the treatment used in Dr. Hanson's