Without studying these texts one cannot have an accurate understanding of Jesus Christ or his teachings
Laguna Beach, CA (PRWEB) November 4, 2010
In the past few decades an enormous amount of new information has been unearthed and translated from the world's best scholars that is telling a new and radically different story about Jesus Christ and his teachings, says Steven S. Sadleir, the director of the Self Awareness Institute and best-selling author of Looking for God, a Seeker's Guide to Religious and Spiritual Groups of the World. According to the Self Awareness Institute that monitors cults around the world, there is presently a disinformation movement within some sects and cults in Christianity that is being used to confuse and intimidate Christians from doing independent research, and some members of the clergy who are ignoring, denying or marginalizing the importance of these new historical facts.
Christianity is in the midst of a radical change and this change needs to be addressed by the educators and ministries within each faith, as well as within the political body and society at large, so says Steven S. Sadleir in the abstract to his Petition to Reform Religion, recently posted on GoPetition.com. According to the Pew Charitable Trust 1 in 4 adults is no longer affiliated with any church, and more Christians are seeking answers not found in Church. There is a movement for more information, and information based on solid facts and historical evidence rather than tradition and blind faith.
Agree or disagree, believe or not, history is being re-written, so say the scholars, so says Steven. The intention of the Petition to Reform Religion, says Sadleir, is to initiate a public dialog on this subject to get to the facts to make more informed decisions and better choices. Those who sign this petition are supporting the intention to learn as much as we can about this new information, including but not limited to: The Dead Sea Scrolls and lives of the Essene sect of Jews as recounted by historians, The Nag Hammadi Library (particularly the 1st and 2nd century Semitic Gospels), the updated history of how the Bible was compiled, the 1st to 4th century papyrus codex's recently discovered, The Peshitta or Aramaic Bible, updated information on 1st century Greco-Roman culture and the Mithran cults, the Kabbalah including the modern translation of the Zohar, The Apocryphal scriptures and those books otherwise considered The Lost Teachings. The entire corpus of non-canonical scriptures from the first to forth centuries.
Sadleir goes on to emphasize: "Without studying these texts one cannot have an accurate understanding of Jesus Christ or his teachings", but "one wouldn't know that or believe it unless they did the research for themselves". This is exactly what this petition is for: to create a movement to learn more about the history of our beliefs of God and revise them to a scientific awareness for the 21st century. There is more the world needs to know, and knowing more will help us all live together in peace.
Supporting documentation and references for each point are included in Steven's dissertation now in trade paperback with Amazon called Christ Enlightened, The Lost Teachings of Jesus Unveiled and his first book on world religions, a best-seller Looking for God, a Seeker's Guide to Religious and Spiritual Groups of the World. For additional information go to christenlightened.com.