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Basic Worldview:
104 Why Christianity?

Conceptual Comparison of
Mystical Religions to Judeo-Christianity

Judaism and Christianity Introduction and History
History of Judaism Continued
Scholarly Objections and Historicity of Daniel (P. 1)
Historicity of Daniel (P. 2) & Judeo-Christian Syncretism
A Few Words on Gnosticism
Christianity - A Sect of Judaism (P. 1)
Christianity - A Sect of Judaism (P. 2) & Prophecy in Judaism
Is Jesus the Jewish Messiah? (P. 1)
Is Jesus the Jewish Messiah? (P. 2)
List of Messianic Qualifications & the Resurrection of Jesus (P. 1)
The Resurrection of Jesus (Part 2)
Study Conclusions and Overall Comparisons

Additional Material
The Sufferings of Eyewitnesses
Comparison of Mystical Religions to Judeo-Christianity
Rabbinical Judaism Accepts Christian Interpretations (P. 1)
Rabbinical Judaism Accepts Christian Interpretations (P. 2)
Rabbinical Judaism Accepts Christian Interpretations (P. 3)
Rabbinical Judaism Accepts Christian Interpretations (P. 4)
Rabbinical Judaism Accepts Christian Interpretations (P. 5)
Rabbinical Judaism Accepts Christian Interpretations (P. 6)

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NOTE: The following overview was designed to start with the basic common elements of mysticism, show how Christianity gives the opposite answer on all those eight points, and how all other religions blend the answers given by the two, which necessarily creates a self-contradiction since each answer is logically connected to the preceding answers.

All Mystic Religions
(including Platonism, Gnosticism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, etc.)
1. The "One," supreme, beyond, unknowable, inexpressible
2. Dynamic of being-nonbeing, going forth and return, individual distinctness vs. the whole
3. Emanations from the "One" spanning an infinite distance
4. Cycle of rebirth (involving the acquisition of knowledge)
5. Definition of "salvation" (escape from the material world below, from the cycle of rebirth, dissolution into the "One")
6. Means of acquiring salvation (through attaining knowledge of these truths)
7. Means of acquiring knowledge (subjective)
8. Necessary vagueness of truth

A. Not only do the views of the world's mystical religions all share these same essential traits, but because they all shun specificity and adherence to or even the possibility of fixed particular descriptions of the finer points, they can be viewed as a single religious view.
B. These eight tenets can be seen as a series of eight questions to which mysticism chooses a particular answer and then is locked into a series of logically necessary tenets that follow successively starting from the answer to the initial question.
C. Consequently, there is an internal linkage between each former point and each successive point so that the earlier points logically necessitate the later ones. To deviate in one point is either to contradict the earlier tenets that lead to it or to contradict the later tenets that flow from it, resulting in the break down of the entire system.
D. The view expressed in the Judeo-Christian view can accurately be described as the result of answering those same questions in the opposite or alternate way. Therefore, the Judeo-Christian view can be accurately described as the opposite or antithesis to the tenets of mystical religion.

1. God is knowable and has made Himself known.
2. God is "being," having the power of being in himself as the self-sustaining, eternal being. He is not nonbeing. He is eternally distinct from all existence and all spirits (angels and men) will remain eternally distinct from God and will continue to exist eternally.
3. God is the immediate creator of all things with no intervening series of emanations and no infinite distance between God and the material universe.
4. Humans are born once and die once, not participating in any cycle of emanation and return, but after death to face God for judgment based upon how they responded to the clear truth of God during their single life
5. Definition of "salvation" (escape from death through being made physically immortal and allowed to participate in the physical universe eternally with God who will later visibly inhabit it).
6. Means of acquiring salvation (believing in the specific things that God has said about himself and what he will do).
7. Means of acquiring knowledge (although revelation came to individuals, objective proofs were always appealed to including from the structure and form of the visible creation, from prophecy, and from other supernatural phenomena and thus God set objective evidence, preservation of his revelations, historical records, and reason as the expected means for man to know truth).
8. Truth is not vague but specific because it is what was said by God in all his specificity and therefore it must be preserved and adhered to with all diligence.

A. All other religions result from blending some of the answers given of Judeo-Christianity with some of the answers given by mysticism to one degree or another.
B. Due to the logical necessity inherent in how the first answer dictates the rest of the answers in successive fashion resulting in either one or the other of these two systems, any religious system (including any form of Judeo-Christianity) attempting to blend the two is logically self-contradicting.

Eight Questions
1. Is God knowable?
Mysticism: NO
Judeo-Christianity: YES

2. Is God ultimately distinct from us?
Mysticism: NO, all things participate in a dynamic of going forth and return so that human beings and all things will eventually lose their distinction be reassumed into the "One"
Judeo-Christianity: YES, God is eternally distinct from all other things and human beings and angels will eternally remain distinct from God.

3. How does God connected to everything else and ultimately this material universe?
Mysticism: A series of emanations (through the dynamic of going forth and return) spans the infinite distance from the "One" to us and the material universe.
Judeo-Christianity: God is the immediate creator of all things, including this material universe.

4. What happens when humans die?
Mysticism: Through the dynamic of going forth and return, humans participate in an eternal or nearly eternal cycle of rebirth, during which they experience and increase in knowledge of the nature of the universe and how the "One" relates to everything else.
Judeo-Christianity: Humans remain dead and go to a place of waiting as they wait the judgment of God to determine what will happen to them for the rest of eternity.

5. What is the highest end that humans by nature must move toward or attain?
Mysticism: Humans, being part of the emanations from the "One" are by nature subject to the dynamic of going forth and return. As such, their ultimate end is to escape the material universe, escape the cycle of rebirth in which they are bound to reemerge as individuals distinct from the "One" and to ascend back to and be dissolved into the "One."
Judeo-Christianity: Human judged to have heard and obeyed God's revelations are set free from death by God who rewards them with physical immortal. As such they are allowed to participate in the physical universe eternally with God who will later visibly inhabit it.

6. How is that highest end attained?
Mysticism: By realizing the nature of the "One" and the rest of these tenets of mysticism.
Judeo-Christianity: By believing and adhering to what God has revealed about himself and what he's said he will do.

7. How is knowledge, particularly of these things, attained?
Mysticism: By internal realization that is subjective and not subject to outward or objective verification or examination.
Judeo-Christianity: By the revelations given by God himself (preserved in scripture) who gave them in a form that involved verification through reason and objective evidence that not only can all men verify but must acquiesce to.

8. How much can we know with certainty?
Mysticism: Given the unknowable, inexpressible nature of the "One" and his infinite "fullness" and "beyond-ness" from us, it is not possible to describe truth with specifics because all specifics remove or negate certain other statements that could be made about the "One," which is both everything and nothing, fit for and containing all descriptions and no descriptions at the same time.
Judeo-Christianity: We can know many things with absolute certainty and a great deal of specificity because God has revealed much to mankind and inasmuch as he intended to make it known, he also preserved it so that mankind could know it.

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