The Orthodox Church does not accept the doctrine of Papal authority set forth in the Vatican Council of 1870, and taught today in the Roman Catholic Church (Ware T. The Orthodox Church. Penguin Books, London, 1997, p.27).
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Alexandria was the home of the celebrated gnostic Valentinus. Valentinus adopted Philo's method of allegorical interpretation...For a time, Valentinus and his followers existed with the orthodox Christians of Alexandria. (Brown HOJ. Heresies: Heresy and Orthodoxy in the History of the Church. Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody (MA), 1988, p. 86).
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Armenia . . . Obscurity likewise shrouds the beginnings of Christianity in the country. Native historians of a rather late period would have us believe that several of the Apostles preached in Armenia, and that some of them, as St. Bartholomew and St. Thaddeus, died there. A popular legend ascribes to the latter the evangelization of the land. Although the very ancient writers of the country, such as Korioun, Agathangelus, etc., do not even mention the name of Thaddeus, yet the legend, which apparently came at a late period from a Greek source, has so prevailed that even today the head of the Armenian Church claims to be occupying the "throne of St. Thaddeus." ( )
Problems of the Early Church (Part One) ..
By the middle of the 2nd century, a battle was raging between gnostic and literalist Christians. The latter attacked the gnostics as heretics who had perverted genuine Christianity, whereas the truth is that Literalism is a degenerate form of the original Jesus mysteries of the gnostics. In the face of gnostic insistence that the Jesus story was a mystical allegory, literalists asserted that Jesus Christ suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate – a statement that was repeated with such fanatical insistence that it shows how weak the literalists felt at this time. The forged Second Letter of Peter, for example, defensively asserts that literalist Christians are not following ‘cleverly devised myths’ (1:16).
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... Gnosticism attracted people of a mystical nature. Literalism, on the other hand, attracted those interested in establishing a religion. Gnostics were concerned with personal enlightenment, not creating a Church. They could never have triumphed over the Literalists, because they could never have had the desire to do so.
Literalism was originally the Outer Mysteries of Christianity, designed to attract initiates to the spiritual path. With their fascinating tales of magic and miracles, and promise of immortality through the simple acts of baptism and belief, the Outer Mysteries were meant to be more popular and widely appealing than the Inner Mysteries. ... If the original integrity of the Jesus Mysteries had survived, the popularity of the Outer Mysteries would have naturally led more and more initiates into the Inner Mysteries of Gnosis. Once Gnosticism and Literalism were two distinct traditions in conflict with each other, it was inevitable that Literalism would prove the more popular. ...
Above all, however, Literalist Christianity’s success was due to the one great quality it had from the beginning and continues to foster – intolerance. This is not a quirk of history, it is a logical by-product of taking the Jesus story as historical fact. ...
If Jesus is the one and only Son of God who requires the faithful to acknowledge this as historical fact, then Christianity must be in opposition to all other religions who do not teach this. Moreover, if all unbelievers are to be damned for eternity it becomes the moral duty of Literalist Christians to spread their beliefs, by force if necessary, to save as many souls as possible, even if it means destroying their bodies to do so.5
What was Gnosticism and from what ..
Is the Lady of Shalott a prophetic showcasing of our worldly ecumenical Western churchtoday as she slowly and sadly driftsdown the river towards Camelot/Babylon in a tragic departure from the faith?
These articles for the most part have been written by friends and kindred spirits who in their article are bringing out important truths on End-Time themes.