Having championed an ancient darkness and brought calm to the Far East, Dorian Benoit is enjoying peace at last. Life has not been easy for the young hero, and serenity is an increasingly rare commodity for those of his kind. Supernatural beings often lead a tumultuous existence, but their human counterparts could argue the same. Mortals live such fleeting lives, which are filled with violence, turmoil, and adversity. Each new generation has its own share of issues, and none of them are unique. History repeats itself—this much we know—but why is the most intelligent species on Earth so slow to learn from its past? Dorian’s days may soon be over, as the world around him begins to ignite in an inferno of hatred. Human terror campaigns run rampant, claiming large swaths of victims across the globe and threatening even the mightiest supernaturals. With Dorian’s own flame only recently rekindled by the promise of peace, will he be able to extinguish the rising hostilities before they raze all he loves to the ground? Or will he, too, be swept up in the madness?
Book Description: "The Gospel of Barnabas is an apocryphal gospel. That is, it is a life of Jesus purportedly written by a first-hand observer that is at variance with the picture(s) presented in the Bible. However, it is unique among apocrypha in that it is a Muslim gospel; that is, it presents Jesus as a human prophet, not the son of God, and as a forerunner of Muhammad. According to western scholarship, it is a fourteenth-century forgery, extant now only in Spanish and Italian manuscripts, but even among scholars there is disagreement as to whether or not some some of the material contained in the book is older. The Gospel has been picked up by some modern Muslims, though, as an authentic and ancient record of events, and there are many different printed versions available from various Muslim publishing houses, all based heavily on the version by the Raggs presented here. It must be stressed, however, that belief in this Gospel is in no way an article of Islamic faith, and this site is not the place to discuss either the authenticity of the book or how widespread belief in or even knowledge of it is in the Islamic world. A search on Google will turn up dozens of pages and even entire sites devoted to discussion of the Gospel of Barnabas from all manner of perspectivesâ€"Christian, Muslim, and scholarlyâ€"to which sites we must defer for discussion of the topic. Regardless of the provenance of the document, it is an interesting read, similar to the many religious romances of the Mediterranean world, such as the apocryphal acts of the apostles[.]" (Quote from sacred-texts.com)Table of Contents: Publisher's Preface; Chapter 1; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5; Chapter 6; Chapter 7; Chapter 8; Chapter 9; Chapter 10; Chapter 11; Chapter 12; Chapter 13; Chapter 14; Chapter 15; Chapter 16; Chapter 17; Chapter 18; Chapter 19; Chapter 20; Chapter 21; Chapter 22; Chapter 23; Chapter 24; Chapter 25; Chapter 26; Chapter 27; Chapter 28; Chapter 29; Chapter 30; Chapter 31; Chapter 32; Chapter 33; Chapter 34; Chapter 35; Chapter 36; Chapter 37; Chapter 38; Chapter 39; Chapter 40; Chapter 41; Chapter 42; Chapter 43; Chapter 44; Chapter 45; Chapter 46; Chapter 47; Chapter 48; Chapter 49; Chapter 50; Chapter 51; Chapter 52; Chapter 53; Chapter 54; Chapter 55; Chapter 56; Chapter 57; Chapter 58; Chapter 59; Chapter 60; Chapter 61; Chapter 62; Chapter 63; Chapter 64; Chapter 65; Chapter 66; Chapter 67; Chapter 68; Chapter 69; Chapter 70; Chapter 71; Chapter 72; Chapter 73; Chapter 74; Chapter 75; Chapter 76; Chapter 77; Chapter 78; Chapter 79; Chapter 80; Chapter 81; Chapter 82; Chapter 83; Chapter 84; Chapter 85; Chapter 86; Chapter 87; Chapter 88; Chapter 89; Chapter 90; Chapter 91; Chapter 92; Chapter 93; Chapter 94; Chapter 95; Chapter 96; Chapter 97; Chapter 98; Chapter 99; Chapter 100; Chapter 101; Chapter 102; Chapter 103; Chapter 104; Chapter 105; Chapter 106; Chapter 107; Chapter 108; Chapter 109; Chapter 110; Chapter 111; Chapter 112; Chapter 113; Chapter 114; Chapter 115; Chapter 116; Chapter 117; Chapter 118; Chapter 119; Chapter 120; Chapter 121; Chapter 122; Chapter 123; Chapter 124; Chapter 125; Chapter 126; Chapter 127; Chapter 128; Chapter 129; Chapter 130; Chapter 131; Chapter 132; Chapter 133; Chapter 134; Chapter 135; Chapter 136; Chapter 137; Chapter 138; Chapter 139; Chapter 140; Chapter 141; Chapter 142; Chapter 143; Chapter 144; Chapter 145; Chapter 146; Chapter 147; Chapter 148; Chapter 149; Chapter 150; Chapter 151; Chapter 152; Chapter 153; Chapter 154; Chapter 155; Chapter 156; Chapter 157; Chapter 158; Chapter 159; Chapter 160; Chapter 161; Chapter 162; Chapter 163; Chapter 164; Chapter 165; Chapter 166; Chapter 167; Chapter 168; Chapter 169; Chapter 170; Chapter 171; Chapter 172; Chapter 173; Chapter 174; Chapter 175; Chapter 176; Chapter 177; Chapter 178; Chapter 179; Chapter 180; Chapter
However scandalous it may seem, by the 4th century A.D., the original biblical meaning of the term “gospel” was lost. What “gospel” did Jesus preach at the start of His ministry? Mark 1:14…that first came to Abraham? Galatians 3:8…was also preached in the days of Moses? Hebrews 3:16-4:2…was known by John the Baptist before he baptized Jesus? Luke 3:18…and later was preached by Jesus’ disciples, prior to knowing their Rabbi would go to the cross? Luke 9:6. Each verse references preaching of a “gospel” that could not have possibly been “the story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.” After more than a millennium, the “‘gospel’ of the kingdom” has been identified once again. “Christianity” was originally a faith movement within Judaism, wherein a group of Jewish disciples followed and lived by the teachings of the Rabbi Yeshuah, (Jesus). Continuing in the spirituality of Moses, Jesus taught adherents how to embrace divine empowerment from God by entry into the kingdom. His followers recorded these teachings in the Koine Greek Scriptures. Jesus was not understood by the religious establishment of His time and was crucified. Nevertheless, the faith movement grew. Initially the scriptures served posterity to lead them into the wonders of the kingdom of God. However, the characteristics of the movement changed markedly in the first 300 years. In the 1st century A.D., the Hebraic Faith Movement that began with Abraham reached its apex about 50 years after the death of Jesus and was labeled “Christianity.” By the 4th century A.D., Christianity had completed its transition from what originated as an Eastern minded Hebraic faith tradition, and then developed later into a Western thinking, Aristotelian, Gentile religious movement. Like a tree severed from its root, the latter group was no longer dominated by its original constituency. Christians who were filled with antipathy for the Jews, redefined a new religious identity largely through interpretation of Koine Greek sacred texts that were composed much earlier in the 1st century A.D. Upon these, a legalistic reductionistic interpretational method was imposed in order to derive doctrinal formulations, religious creeds and a new order of sacramental worship; a system of praxis far removed from the concerns of their disavowed ancient ancestors of faith. Along with their separation from the Hebraic Tradition and anathematization of the Hebrew and Aramaic Scriptures, Christendom eventually lost the ability to accurately identify the meaning of a number of biblical terms, in keeping with their ancient formative contexts of understanding. The term “gospel,” as it was originally understood by the authors of scripture was no longer definable. Although many Christians today would generally agree that the “gospel” is “the story of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus,” which if “accepted” as being factually true, has the “salvific” power to afford adherents entry into heaven after death, the point is substantiated herein that 1st century followers of the Rabbi Jesus understood and participated in a “gospel,” whereby they entered a dynamic, living and miraculous relationship with God. With the unwitting acceptance of new meanings for several biblical terms, however, the spirituality of Christianity was set off course, leading many adherents into an elitist intellectual religion, steeped in divisive theories and dead propositional fundamentalism. In light of reviewing the factors that contributed to the loss of the “gospel,” an attempt is made to trace and restore a biblical, historical & intellectual path that originally gave definition to the term, and to shine a light back to the way of Hebraic spirituality. Jesus, His disciples and the authors of the Greek scriptures participated fully in the same “gospel” that had been embraced by ancient Israel’s spiritual ancestors: Abraham, David and the prophets. Critics of Jesus & the Church may find new insights & renewal here.
Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is an 1899 book by Charles Godfrey Leland. The book is an attempt to portray the beliefs and rituals of an underground religious witchcraft tradition in Tuscany that, Leland claimed, had survived for centuries until his discovery of its existence in the 1890s. Scholars have disputed the veracity of this claim. Still, the book has become one of the foundational texts of Wicca.The text is a composite. Some of it is Leland's translation into English of an original Italian manuscript, the Vangelo (gospel). Leland reported receiving the manuscript from his primary informant on Italian witchcraft beliefs, a woman Leland referred to as "Maddalena" and whom he called his "witch informant" in Italy. The rest of the material comes from Leland's research on Italian folklore and traditions, including other related material from Maddalena. Leland had been informed of the Vangelo's existence in 1886, but it took Maddalena eleven years to provide him with a copy. After translating and editing the material, it took another two years for the book to be published. Its fifteen chapters portray the origins, beliefs, rituals and spells of an Italian pagan witchcraft tradition. The central figure of that religion is the goddess Aradia, who came to Earth to teach the practice of witchcraft to peasants in order for them to oppose their feudal oppressors and the Catholic Church.Leland's work remained obscure until the 1950s, when other theories about, and claims of, "pagan witchcraft" survivals began to be widely discussed. Aradia began to be examined within the wider context of such claims. Scholars are divided, with some dismissing Leland's assertion regarding the origins of the manuscript, and others arguing for its authenticity as a unique documentation of folk beliefs. Along with increased scholarly attention, A
Most traditions within Christianity would agree that the "gospel" is the "story of the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus." Problematically, this common contemporary definition does not fit logically with the biblical texts that reference the term. Consider Mark 1:14, Galatians 3:8, Hebrews 3:16-4:2, Luke 3:18 & 9:6.
"Christianity" was originally a faith movement within Judaism, wherein a group of Jewish disciples followed and lived by the teachings of the Rabbi Jesus (Yeshuah). Continuing in the spirituality of Moses, Jesus taught adherents how to embrace divine empowerment from God by entry into the kingdom. The Hebraic Faith Movement that began with Abraham reached its apex about 50 years after the death of Jesus. By the 4th century A.D., Christianity had completed its transition from what originated as an Eastern minded Hebraic faith tradition into a Western thinking, Aristotelian, Gentile religious movement. Like a tree severed from its root, the latter group was no longer dominated by its original Jewish constituency. Christians who were filled with antipathy for the Jews, redefined a new religious identity by imposing a legalistic reductionistic interpretational method upon the Koine Greek Scriptures to derive doctrinal formulations, religious creeds and a new order of sacramental worship; a system of praxis far removed from the concerns of their disavowed ancient ancestors of faith. With their separation from the Hebraic Tradition and anathematization of the Hebrew and Aramaic Scriptures, Christendom lost the ability to understand ancient biblical concepts including the term “gospel.”
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT HEAVEN & ETERNITY by Thomas Ice & Timothy J. Demy MY DEAR ERASMUS THE FORGOTTEN REFORMER by David Bentley - Taylor PRACTICE OF PRAYER by G. Campbell Morgan NO UNCERTAIN SOUND Various Authors GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MARK by Alfred Plummer
Jesus only called one message "gospel": the kingdom of God. Mark said at the beginning of Jesus' public ministry, "Jesus came into Galilee preaching the gospel of God, saying, 'The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.'" When demons saw the new King, they trembled and cried out, "Have you come to destroy us?" After three years of preaching His kingdom, Jesus promised, "This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the earth ..." In the book of Acts, "They believe Philip preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God ..." Forgotten Gospel investigates: How and when our modern Gospel began to drift from that of Scripture Where the bible of Judaism specifically defined "the kingdom of God." How the gospel of the kingdom illuminates the atonement message of the apostles.