Does the book change your religeous beliefs?

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Re: Does the book change your religeous beliefs?

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The solid Bible knowledge I'd acquired cannot be undermined by this book. As the Bible puts it, "To the making of many books, there is no end."- Ecclesiastes 12:12 (NWT). I'm not surprised that such a book as this has arisen to malign to words in the Holy Scriptures, but I ask myself one question, "How far is the reach of this book? Can it stand the test of time, centuries, like the Bible? I'm quite certain it won't, for I wouldn't have known about its existence if I wasn't part of OBC, unlike the Bible which babies are promptly being taught about in all parts of the world, some even while in the womb! The latter part of the earlier quoted scripture says "...and much devotion to them is wearisome to the flesh." Simply put, it's not everything you should read. To me, this book is one of them. The words in the Bible, written aforetime and still practical in our modern life, are nothing short of supernatural. If such a book that survived thousands of generations states that Judas is the betrayer of Jesus, then no other book is fit to challenge that assertion.
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Vickie Noel wrote:
02 May 2019, 21:19
The solid Bible knowledge I'd acquired cannot be undermined by this book. As the Bible puts it, "To the making of many books, there is no end."- Ecclesiastes 12:12 (NWT). I'm not surprised that such a book as this has arisen to malign to words in the Holy Scriptures, but I ask myself one question, "How far is the reach of this book? Can it stand the test of time, centuries, like the Bible? I'm quite certain it won't, for I wouldn't have known about its existence if I wasn't part of OBC, unlike the Bible which babies are promptly being taught about in all parts of the world, some even while in the womb! The latter part of the earlier quoted scripture says "...and much devotion to them is wearisome to the flesh." Simply put, it's not everything you should read. To me, this book is one of them. The words in the Bible, written aforetime and still practical in our modern life, are nothing short of supernatural. If such a book that survived thousands of generations states that Judas is the betrayer of Jesus, then no other book is fit to challenge that assertion.
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No, one book that seeks discredit the word of God can not and will not change my beliefs.

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Lhisa wrote:
02 May 2019, 17:33
Balazon2000 wrote:
01 May 2019, 10:56
If one book could change your religious outlook then, in my opinion you are not strong in your faith. So, the answer to the question, for me, is no.
I completely agree with this. Just because someone says that this is the way something is does not mean that you should blindly follow, who is to say that it was not planted or that exact purpose?
while I agree that this book should not be able to change christian faith, I disagree on the beatdown on the strength of one's faith. Please remember that even Hitler, Trump, Deatheaters and whitewalkers all have unyielding faith in their beliefs. A change in faith and belief is not always bad.

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The book was an interesting read, but it did not change my religious beliefs significantly.

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for me is no .. because i am christian orthodox and it isnt sufficent for me from a book to change my belief . Personnaly , many others factors could convince me to change but it is still very difficult for me to change .. However , i am open minded and i dont have a problem to read books that presents other perspective regarding religion and my beliefs .. i accept the challenge to read it ,this doesnt mean that i have to change..

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While I'm opened to reading about other people's beliefs and opinions, I don't think this book will change my own beliefs. No matter the author's arguments, it doesn't change who Judas was and what he did.

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cvetelina_yovcheva87 wrote:
03 May 2019, 05:17
The book was an interesting read, but it did not change my religious beliefs significantly.
significantly??

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I have read the summary and based on it, If have a strong faith in what I believe in, whatever I may read that will contradict my beliefs will not have that strong an impact. The issues or arguments presented may raise some eyebrows but in the end we hold on to our own.

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Not really, because I'm a non-believer anyways, but it's really interesting to look at it from the eyes of someone who isn't emotionally invested in religion. I just think it's an interesting new take on Christianity.

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AKShanmar12 wrote:
01 May 2019, 17:16
I'm going to pass on this one. While I make a point of NOT avoiding things that disagree with my beliefs, I also don't want to waste the amount of time that reading a whole book would take. Based on the other reviews, it sounds like the author is starting at such a different perspective than my own, I believe that the book would just irritate me. I would rather read something I enjoy!
:D :D :D :D this sounds great. Personally, I normally read such books to see the views of the author. I have come to like apologetics a lot and such books tend to increase my knowledge.
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Lindsey Klaus wrote:
01 May 2019, 17:31
I'm sure the book would change my mind, based on the reviews and snippets I've read. But, to be clear, I'm already neutral on the subject. I grew up believing Judas as the betrayer, but my beliefs as I get older are ever-evolving and changing as new information comes to light. Everything I read and consume with factual evidence or extensive research informs my opinions, whether I agree with them or not. For me, it's not about belief in the divine, but belief in the people through whose hands these stories have passed. If there's been some misinterpretation, be it on purpose for political reasons or purely by accident, and there's proof of it, that would absolutely cause me to continue deep-diving into the subject to verify and find the truth. But that's just me. I'm looking forward to continuing the discussion once I've finished reading the book. So far, it's very enlightening.
I agree. My beliefs are quite unorthodox and, as you say, ever-evolving, as I continue growing as a person and learning. I don't think a healthy dose of skepticism is a defect and reading challenging books with an open mind broadens one's worldview.

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Misael wrote:
03 May 2019, 07:51
I have read the summary and based on it, If have a strong faith in what I believe in, whatever I may read that will contradict my beliefs will not have that strong an impact. The issues or arguments presented may raise some eyebrows but in the end we hold on to our own.
Very true. At end of the day, it does not matter what will be presented. I have been thinking a lot about the impact of such and I think there is no way it can really change anyone's faith unless the person's faith was hanging on the view of Judas.
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For me it does not change anything much, it however gives me another point of view from which to look at Judge's betrayal to Jesus. I have reached a point in my life where I don't believe everything that I hear, read and see.
They say "seeing is believing" but that has been proven to be wrong at times. I don't believe that there is anyone on earth that can answer the questions that I have with regards to Jesus, so instead I will wait until the day He returns and ask Him and His father Jehovah personally my questions.

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This book does not change my religious beliefs. The findings portrayed in the book were first revealed by National Geographic and were analyzed by a qualified team - nine biblical scholars and Coptic experts. However, the author claimed that they did not do a good job because they had no knowledge of Gnostic teachings. How does the author know this? Is he himself qualified to analyze the ancient text? What makes him qualified? Blueink Review said that he is a lay researcher. Is this the scope of his qualifications? I'm not impressed. To change the foundation of my entire religious beliefs based on this book is laughable.

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