The Odes of Solomon is a collection of hymns written around the time of the Gospel of John. It is the earliest text to mention Christ’s Descent into Hell.
Christianity is a world religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus, his Apostles, and the early Apostolic Fathers writing in the 1st-2nd centuries CE. Christians believe Jesus - who was both fully divine and fully human - was the Messiah who sacrificed himself on the cross to save humanity. He later rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. Read articles about Christianity below.
The Teachings of Silvanus was discovered among Nag Hammadi Library. The texts contain 2 descent myths that build upon previous concepts established earlier.
The idea of Christ’s descent into hell is a predominant teaching in modern church theology. However, few references are found within the New Testament.
When we look back over the course of history, there are many groups that claim to have held the correct view of Christianity.
Why historians differentiate between Jesus the human and Christ the mythic being.
Mastema is another name for Satan in the Book of Jubilees and other non-biblical texts.
Mephistophiles is the name of the devil in the Faust myths of the late Middle Ages through the Renaissance.
From some of the emails I receive, there are a number of people who are uncomfortable about looking into and even questioning their faith.
What is evil? Every culture has grappled with defining the term – creating a complex mythology of demons, tricksters and evil spirits in the process. Should evil be used solely for individual or group actions that intentionally cause harm? Or should it also include natural evils like cancer, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions that cause mass destruction. Does evil exist as a fundamental part of the human psyche or is it enforced by supernatural beings like Satan, demons, etc?