Reply to message #7298:
>>Although, I agree that the name of the book is a bit strange.It is the very improtant finding. Do you know why so many spiritual people emphasis on Free-Will. Do they really understand free-will and why free-will is so important? I doubt very few people will understand.<<
Actually, Wayne, I had already forgotten the title of that book when I wrote that post to you. Those few comments by the author which I referred to as prompting my impression of the book came near the end of the web page you citednot from its title. As I alluded, there was very little at that site that would make me even remotely interested in reading the authors work.
So there were a lot of referrals thereSo what? Seriously. Even if there were scores of people telling me how much they loved or enjoyed it, it would convey absolutely nothing to me about what the book is about. If that were all it took, my shelves would be full of such classics as Dianetics and the complete works of Neale Donald Walsch!
Instead of finding some sort of summary or other glimpse as to the books content at that site, as I told you, I found only numerous questions raised. When I ask you directly for its relevance to Gnosticism, you raised more questions. That wasnt exactly helpful, Waynequestions on top of questionsbut seeing how you prefer to define Gnosticism in your reply to PMCV, I see how you might have perceived some sort of relationship.
What I fail to see, Wayne, is why you felt a need to post a second message that included another link to that same site? Surely you could have referred to the book by its name. I figured it was a continuation of your previous response, but the entire message seemed oddly out of place. My question was answered when I eventually discovered that same message of yours posted at other sites between yesterday and this morning. Ya know, I could swear I recall discussion recently that spamming was frowned upon here. My tolerance is growing unbelievably low on this issue, and Ill expect you to respect that policy from now on. Discussing something here does not involve sending what might be regarded as junk mail or generic form letters. I truly appreciate that members occasionally run across something that greatly moves them, it happens to me as well, but when people are bombarded with the very same message, it strips it of the personal relevance it was meant to have in the first placeand that, on top of the already terribly impersonal medium of Internet communication.
As for that particular post of yours (#7299), I see that PMCV has already noted some of his concerns; Id like to point out one of my own:
>>Look at these two statements.
I believe God exists.
I know God exists.
They are different.<<
Yes, they are indeed different. The problem is that the person who makes such claims is not always aware of that distinction. Ive known faithful literalists, and even mainstream Christians who were not fundamentalists, who would be equally comfortable making either of those statements. Conversely, Ive known atheists who would boldly assert the negative just as quickly. If you take a good look around the Internet, youll encounter yet others who adamantly claim similar knowledge and understanding when, in fact, they are clearly schizophrenics suffering extreme paranoia and delusions of grandeur. Not to belittle the psychiatric profession, but sometimes it really doesnt take a DSM-IV and a Degree to make that assessmentjust reading a few disturbing posts may be all that is necessary.
IOW, using such simplistic criteria to demonstrate what IS or IS NOT Gnostic is hardly practical in a real-world application. People claim to know all sorts of things.