Why People Become Ordained

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Mystical Christianity

Course Final for Mystic Christianity
Rev/Dr Ron Boucher

To say this course was an eye opener and thought provoking is too vast an
understatement.  I don't think I could have taken a course like this at a
more appropriate time in history.  You can not just see change (just take a peek
into the White House), but you can feel the spirit of change sweeping throughout
this country and the world as people start becoming more open to new ideas that
we should all be equal and have the same opportunities and freedoms.  This
course has given me a new perspective on not just Christianity, but religion as
a whole.  

It started with lesson one with it's  lesson on Adam and Eve, and
kept going through the end of lesson 26 with a lesson on the end of "a"
world, not "the" world.  I venture to state that even though the lessons
have ended, the process  of critical thinking that she has taught has not and
that, I believe, is the mark of a true teacher.  Give someone a fish and you
feed them for a day, teach them to fish and you feed them for life.  I really
believe that this has just started my exploration into not just Christianity,
but Gnostic works and other spiritual processes.  I can understand the early 
Christian church and it's desire to keep believers from discovering too
much, but I wonder how they narrowed down all of the books they considered until
they arrived at what we now call the Bible.  

In this process, what has been lost and may never be reclaimed?  Had it not been for the Dead Sea Scrolls and the
Nag Hammadi finds, we may never have found  the truth.  Especially concerning the
women of the Bible.  While I understand the early Church and it's needs to
compete with other religions of the time incorporating Virgin birth, I will
never understand the need to take a woman who was probably the greatest disciple
and turn her into a simple prostitute.   This course shines the light of truth
on the standard Church product and shows just how much spin was put into the
packaging.  I deeply respect Mother Maryesah Karelon and would take another of
her courses in a heartbeat.  She is concise, factual and well read.  Her texts
are footnoted with a variety of books that tend to show a way for the student to
go out and check more than just her footnotes.  Her lesson ending questions tend
to keep one digging even after the lesson is over.  I would rate this as one of
the top two courses I have taken at the Seminary.  

Rev. Ron Boucher,  D.D.


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