By Alvin Boyd Kuhn
The quest to discover the hidden origins of Christianity and become aware of its real message has develop into a present subject of fascination for plenty of readers. everyone is wanting to recognize the truths at the back of the biblical legends and the mysteries that created Christian rites, ceremonies, and codes of habit. Kuhn argues that the sacred scriptures of Judaism and Christianity don't painting ancient truths, yet symbolic and mystical metaphors. The religious fact encoded in scripture, says Kuhn, is way extra vital than its literal narrative. Kuhn's study offers a transparent knowing of the allegorical interpretations of the scriptures and their value to a deeper, extra profound Christianity. He strains the old and philosophical origins of Christian notion to demonstrate that Jesus was once one of the incarnations of a permanent archetype that has surfaced in lots of religions. in truth, those that wrote the scriptures can have by no means even meant the point of interest to be on Jesus, the fellow. in addition, Kuhn investigates the issues (psychological, religious, and another way) that consequence from a in simple terms ancient interpretation of Jesus. In doing so, Kuhn reclaims the paranormal energy on the center of Christianity's message, which has to do with the "birth" of the internal Christ and the emergence of divine realization in humanity.
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Idolatry, however, is degrading only to the extent that the worshipper attributes the living reality of divine power to the idol or image it67 self, and fails to see that the image is merely a representation. If the devotee gazes upon the idol in full knowledge that it is a device designed to stir in him a more vivid sense of the high realities it symbolizes, there is in fact no idolatry at all. The image serves as an outward reminder of an inward and invisible truth and beauty. The Christian has, in his houses of worship, many images of saints as well as those of Jesus and the Virgin Mary.
The Dutch scholar goes so far as to affirm that the New Testament documents are not contemporary with the life of Jesus and cannot be accepted as history, being rather a form of poetic legend. C. Understood in its proper relevance, which admittedly is only fully to be discerned in the light of the universal principles to be found in all great religions, the Messianic tradition is a basic element of man's religious philosophy, and, like all such elements, it can be the source of the greatest spiritual inspiration, or, conversely when misunderstood and misused, it can lead to gross superstition and denigration of a lofty concept.
There is certainly a strong possibility that an earlier document, on which the four evangelists based their accounts, might not only have antedated the lifetime of Jesus, but might even have been a book or books which originated prior to the Christian era. Among European Egyptologists there is one whose research and discovery have contravened the Christian claims relative to the first-century origin of the New Testament Scriptures. Gerald Massey, rated in British literature as a minor poet, is far more accomplished in the field of Egyptian studies.
A Rebirth for Christianity by Alvin Boyd Kuhn