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Topic: Gnostic (Gnosticism)

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Satan-God of This World: Is Paul's reference to Satan being the "God of this world" somewhat gnostic? [2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Thessalonians 2:11, Romans 11:10, Matthew 28:18].

Diotrephes: Do we know anything about the doctrine of Diotrephes? [3 John].

The Water & The Blood: What do you think that the water and the blood stand for in I John 5? Does the blood represent baptism? [I John 5:6-8, John 4, 15, 19, I Corinthians 15}

Gnosticism, Calvin & Election: If Paul is correcting Gnostic teaching about election to include everyone for salvation, then how can Calvinists not also be corrected? [I Timothy 2:1-6].

Gnosticism: Why are Gnostics considered heretics?

Gnostic Gospels of Thomas & Jasher: What is the background and relevance of the Gospels of Thomas & Jasher? How does one contrast them to our accepted gospels?

Gnosticism: Were the Gnostic Gospels around at the same time as New Testament writers (1st century)?
Defining "Sin": Can you offer fuller meaning to the word and concept of "sin"? [Romans 3:23, Romans 7, Romans 8:2]

Refuting Arianism & Gnosticism: Refuting Arianism & Gnosticism, was Jesus God? (trinity doctrine confusion)

Paul as Opposed to Gnosticism: Paul talking about the spirit and the flesh warring against one another, wasn't the idea of the flesh being sinful more from the Gnostics?

Gnostic Gospels: what is the Gnostic gospel?
Epistle of Barnabus: What is the gospel (actually epistle) of Barnabus?

Gnosticism: When did Gnosticism begin? [Acts 8]

Walking in the Light: Walking in the light & living a sinless life, is he talking to Christians or non-believers? [1 John 1:9]

Apocrypha: The Books of Jasher & Thomas, how come they are not in the Bible?

The Ladder of Divine Ascent: Has Steve ever heard of the book called, The Ladder of Divine Ascent (caller calls it letter of divine ascension)?
Gnosticism & Asceticism: There's a lot of talk about Gnosticism in the Bible, but Christians don't have to practice Asceticism, even though people like John the Baptist & Paul seemed to practice asceticism, since Jesus didn't, & we are supposed to follow His example!

Jesus & Reincarnation: Didn't Jesus seem to teach re-incarnation? [Galatians 6:7-8]
Book of Enoch: How are the other books any different? Caller doesn't think it should've been taken out, & it's a good source to prove that Reincarnation & Karma is taught in the Bible.
Gnostic Gospels, Gospel of Thomas or Magdalene: What about all these other Gnostic gospels such as the Gospel of Thomas & Mary Magdalene?

Heresy: What is heresy, & can you give me an example of it in church history? Are elements of Calvinism heresy?

Testing the Spirits: Can you explain what John meant by "testing the spirits"? [1 John 4:1, 1 Corinthians 14:29, 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21, Deuteronomy 13:1-4]

Canonicity of Scripture & Peter: Do you believe Peter wrote the 2nd epistle of Peter?
The Nag Hammadi Library - Chenoboskion Manuscripts: Was this just a collection gnostic books or books of the Bible also?
James & Jude & Hebrews: Authorship of James, Jude & Hebrews, & how do we know to accept those books?

Gnostic Gospels - Gospel of Thomas: A lengthy discussion about the Gnostics gospels, inspired by a previous call.
Dead Sea Scrolls: What about the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Gnostic Gospels: Caller has people telling him that he needs to believe in the gnostic gospels. What does Steve think about them?

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