In the name of the Lord, greetings.
This site is one of a dozen interrelated blogs. Each emphasizes its own theme or category portal. At the center sits the DIDACHE Gospel. The word ‘DIDACHE’ (Greek for ‘teaching’) is short for an ancient Christian text fully titled: ‘The Teaching of the Lord, by the Twelve Apostles, to Gentiles.‘
Long ago, this DIDACHE almost certainly represented no less than the authentic founding charter of the Church. As the title states, it was written by or attributed to “the Twelve.”
After being revered and obeyed in the earliest churches, at a point during the mid-to-late 300s it was intentionally forsaken. This decision coincided with the timeframe of the early councils, a few generations after Roman Emperor Constantine converted to the faith and made Christianity the imperial religion. This time became and epochal turning-point. If the DIDACHE is authentically apostolic, then the apparent implication would that the Councils radically altered the Lord’s original teaching (or ‘DIDACHE’). And, in its stead, they created Roman Catholicism.
For about the next 1,400 years the DIDACHE naturally fell into rapid disuse and was eventually lost entirely, although strong traces and derivative adulterated forms of it flourished.
Then at last
Immediately on its translation into modern languages, the DIDACHE, and its authenticity and many ramifications, have been topics of great scholarly interest. At the time, the general excitement it generated has been compared to that stirred by the discovery of the Dead Sea Scroll. Now, with the passage of over a century of scholarship and analysis, a great deal of information about the DIDACHE is now accumulated, and, commencing June 2008, highlights of this data will be posted at my Didache Gospel blog.
Appended to the word ‘DIDACHE,’ you will also notice that a more recognizable term ‘Gospel’ follow. This pairing of the two signifies two things about the DIDACHE and the Gospel.
First, that the DIDACHE, as a text, differs somewhat from the Gospel Message which the Lord proclaimed to Israel; although the two overlap a bit, the DIDACHE and canonical Gospel are not quite the same, differing, at the very least, in the fact of having been presented in distinctively different modes and contexts, as vehicles of divine communication. The importance and significance of these differences are one of many topics to be examined.
Secondly, the pairing emphasizes that the True Gospel that the Lord proclaims, to Israel and to Gentiles alike, is a teaching. That is, it is a DIDACHE Gospel, specifically.
Though this is obvious, in fact this second point has unfortunately tended to be overlooked and forgotten (at least under my observation). The apparent reason for this is that, shortly after the DIDACHE Gospel of the Lord was promulgated, it was followed upon by a contrary pseudo-gospel about Him, rather than the correct teaching by Him. This occurred perhaps in fulfillment of a prophetic parable from the Lord Himself: Mat. 13.25.
Here, I do not presume to judge the secondary gospel, the one attributed to Paul (Saul) of Tarsus, which he claims the Lord gave in a vision. Paul’s gospel teaches and presents certain theological interpretations, especially regarding the meaning of Lord’s death and ascension. It does not harmonize with the DIDACHE Gospel. God in His wisdom has allowed both to coexist. But only one Gospel was, according to non-Pauline texts, conferred by the Lord to the Twelve.
Now, from this DIDACHE Gospel as a table centerpiece, all kinds of momentous ramification emerge.
First: a would-be disciple of the Lord should explore the DIDACHE’s history; examine its claims of authenticity; and scrutinize its content in detail. If you are such a one, I would dare say that hardly anything, intellectually, would be more important. The implications of the DIDACHE turn out to be more than first appears. Consider, for instance:
(a) that Paul’s gospel somehow overtook the DIDACHE Gospel;
(b) Scriptures became central to the Church
Ultimately, no canon came to exist until centuries after the early days. And when the canon was formed, a primary and decisive feature and purpose of it was to reject the DIDACHE !
Now, one begins to appreciate the momentous stakes.
And there is much much more besides. This is why a dozen weblogs and websites are commencing construction as of today, June 1, 2008, In time, if the Lord desires and allows it, there will be extensive textual resources, opportunities for interaction and networking on these subjects. If you are interested, please subscribe to the newsfeed services, and bookmark and visit often.
May the Lord open our eyes and our spirits to His whole saving Truth. Amen.
Here are the weblogs in progress today:
The prime mover.
Exploring the interactions and contradictions, and reporting scholarship on ‘Paulianity, and outlining intertextuality with the True DIDACHE Gospel. A third
Because the formation of a canon raises innumerable questions, and it really amounts to a reinvention of an ersatz pseudo-Christianity hundreds of years after Christ, the question of scripture must be reexamined by those who love the Truth. Texts cannot be taken simply ‘on faith’ or declared infallible by fiat. Texts and subtexts, verse by verse, must be scrutinized and compared to a benchmark standard.
Sub-topics include: the epistemological and conceptual problems of biblical scholarship; and important non-biblical apocrypha, pseudepigraphy; and the outpouring of significant new finds.
Next, continuing in the spirit of how to restore and honor the Lord’s wishes, this weblog explores and compares
Still continuing this purpose
I call this teaching, ‘Peaceful Economics.’ It especially concerns the manner of how we behave towards and relate to each other economically. For much of the root misery of earthly life stems from our daily mortal struggle for resources and dominance. A pervasive desire of many, makes them strive for excessive wealth and power. This leads in an inevitable, cyclical fashion, to catastrophe.
God’s ‘True Plan of Salvation’ is not a theological or cosmological abstraction but, rather, involves our actual earthly situation. He calls us to embrace a willingness to sacrifice ourselves to address and correct these fundamental and seemingly hopelessly intractable conditions. The struggle for mere survival and then dominance corrupts nearly every soul. We are then fit only for eternal destruction. This is our existential calamity. It is this soul-destructive endless round of failed incarnation that leads to intractable sin and then to spiritual annihilation.
Solving and ‘saving us’ from this bondage, impossible though it seems, is the essence of the Lord’s True Gospel (DID. 4.8-11 and elsewhere).
At the heart of the above-described calamity of human existence lies the question of evil: Evil personified and evil of a metaphysical character. How and why did it come to be? What sustains it? Why does evil possess a dominating ‘life of its own’?
When the so-called Enlightenment arrived about 200 years ago, among its first tenets was to bracket the question of God, and instill a global faith in naturalistic pseudo-explanations; in the process, a second basic tenet was also added: the rejection of a concept of metaphysical, diabolical evil.
And ever since that momentous turning-point, the floodgates have opened. Evil now rules the world and plunders it at will. And yet, intellectuals are stupefied and supine, before the patent reality of it. All have been massively dupe into shallow naturalistic philosophies. Here, on the basis of voluminous evidence that is now being recovered, we begin the work of reestablishing the Truth about cosmological dualism, of good and evil.
In recent generations, God has counteracted whatever purported insufficiency of evidence of His existence may have been perceived. The testimonials and witness statements here assembled prove God’s reality beyond reasonable doubt.
How can we know what is true? This is the question probed by the philosophical discipline of epistemology.
God provides the only true way to knowledge. But this true Way has also been spurned, and held up to ridicule, misunderstood, misrepresented, corrupted, and brush aside by the follies of modernism. At this section, one can re-learn and rediscover reliable, godly ways of knowing Truth, with perhaps unprecedented conviction.
As noted in number 6 above, true cosmology is dualistic. There is good and there is evil. This site focuses on the life-changing discovery to be gained in the “Two Ways” teaching of Christ the Lord; this has now been recovered in the DIDACHE Gospel.
Articles encompass topics such as the origins, nature and destiny of souls. This (and several important interrelated teachings) proves to be the correct and true ‘totalizing narrative.’ It trumps all others. The ‘Two Ways’ cosmology spans moral, spiritual and ‘administrative’ or Final Judgment destiny. It has been known and taught in antiquity; once, in fact, the Two Ways teaching lay at the center of earliest Christianity.
And yet, for some reason, it went missing from history until now. And now it can be reconstructed to our benefit. Quite a remarkable turn.
Multiple soteriologies conflict in religions and denominations. Logically, not all can be right. In fact, it is most logical that only one is right and that the others are not only wrong, but are promulgated by evil. Religious organizations paradoxically are the most culpable if unwitting agents.
Further extending the cosmological discussion of weblogs 6 and 9, this exposes the foibles of Modernism
12. “Enoch Rocks!”
One of the most profound ancient textual discoveries
The Enoch literature, with its obvious Christian overtones like the DIDACHE, re-opens the question of ‘true and false inspired Scripture.’
Lastly, as a convenience for ‘one-stop’ composite access to most of the above, visit “Seven Spirits, Seven Blogs”
And may the Lord enrich you in both the seeking and the finding of His Saving Truth. Amen.