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Old 12 Jul 2011, 03:19 PM   #236780 / #1
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Default The Early Christian Poker Association - exploring history via analogy

The following is an analogy drawn between gaming and religion presented to explore the relevance of the analogy in understanding of "Early Christian Origins and History".

Someone coined the phrase "God does not play dice". I would like to coin the phrase "God does not play poker".


We therefore present on the one hand the history of the "Christian Poker Association" and its sacred playing cards, before moving on to investigate the hitherto unknown history of the "Gnostic Poker Systems Inc", a known competitor in the casinos of antiquity, and a known fabricator of their own "sacred playing cards".
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A Very Tame History of the Christian Poker Association (CPA)

A Trinity of Historical Phases in Three Segments

Segment One - The Transcendental Logos Phase

Chistianity is like a legendary poker game using an unknown deck of ancient playing cards. Once upon a time a game of poker was played in the 1st century. The Good God who was the Chrestos God Christos was really a Hebrew King of the World won a Big Win The Christian God won with Four Aces and the King of the Acts of the Ace Holders . The Big Win saved all Poker Players' souls forever. The Big Win was preserved as the Legend of the Four Gospels and the King of Acts. The Early Christian Poker Association (CPA) accreted about the gravitas of the Legend of the Four Aces Many centuries passed - the Good News went underground on loney and untrodden paths






Segment Two - The Constantinian Imperial Support Phase

Constantine who was on route to Rome was handed a CPA pamphlet in the streets of Trier. Constantine took time out to learn all about the Big Win of the King of the World Constantine became a Believer in the Big Win and actively supported the CPA Eusebius researches the lonely and untrodden path of the Christian Poker Association Constantine decrees that CPA Members shall not be persecuted any more. Constantine placed the Four Aces on public display Constantine ratified the correct results with the CPA The ratification was unanimous but three: Arius and two others were expelled from the CPA A creed was drawn up and signed by the 318 Attendees all of whom were CPA Members Constantine lavishly published the Four Aces Big Win via new technology - the codex Constantine legislates "All gaming privileges are reserved for CPA Members" Constantine constructs many extravagant CPA Casinos in the major cities and provinces.





Segment Three - The Aftermath Phase

The Four Aces Big Win is Canonised by later CPA councils despite the Arian Controversy The rest is history: The Four Aces Big Win is employed as "Western Religious Dogma".




The Official CPA 1st Century "Big Win"

The ACE of Matt, the ACE of Mark,
the ACE of John and the ACE of Luke,
with the KING of the Acts of the Aceholders.


That's been the "Official Story" of the "History of the CPA" for a long time.
Until that is, the playing cards of the "Gnostic Poker Systems Inc."
started turning up in archaeological discoveries.




Introducing the "Gnostic Poker Systems Inc" (GPS)

We know that Constantine shut down the Gnostic Poker Systems Inc. who were operating from their own casinos. There were a great collection of sub-groups within the Gnostics, including the Platonists, Pythagoreans, Stoics, Jewish, even Manichaeans and Buddhists -- we are dealing with a "milieu" - a large mix of poker playing cults in the ROman EMpire, many of which had been imported within the slave class.


In the analogy, Constantine obviously wanted to take complete and supreme control of the Poker Business. To this end, he ordered the army to thoroughly destroy the GPS Casinos (ie: the temples) and in some cases has the casino operators (ie: gnostioc priests) executed. He conducted a purposeful and thorough purge of gaming. The only Poker Business in all cities was only to the the official and registered CPA (Christian Poker Association).

But how legitimate was it?

In this analogy, it is a fact that the GPS started to also fabricate their own playing cards.

The manuscript evidence has exploded in the last few decades - NHC and gJudas etc, etc

Some of the cards have been C14 dated.


The Playing Cards fabricated by the GPS

The At Least Twenty "Hidden Aces" {{{ Gospels }}}

An Arabic Infancy Ace, The Ace of Bartholomew, The Ace of Gamaliel, The Infancy Ace of James, The Ace of Judas, The Ace of Mary [Magdalene] The Ace of Nicodemus, The Ace of Peter, The Ace of Philip, The Ace of Pseudo-Matthew, The Ace of the Ebionites, The Ace of the Egyptians, The Ace of the Hebrews, The Ace of the Lord [by Marcion], The Ace of the Nativity of Mary, The Ace of the Nazoreans, The Ace of the Twelve Apostles, The Ace of Thomas, The Ace of Thomas - A 5th Century Compilation, The Infancy Ace of Thomas [Greek Text A].

The At Least Thirty "Hidden Kings" {{{ Acts }}}

The King of Peter, The King of Andrew, The King of Andrew and John , The King of Andrew and Matthew , The King of Barnabas, The King of Bartholomew, The King of John the Theologian, The King of Luke, The King of Mark, The King of Matthew, The King of Paul and Thecla, The King of Peter and Andrew, The King of Peter and Paul, The King of Philip, The King of Pilate, The King of Polyeuctes, The King of Simon and Jude, The King of Thaddaeus, The King of the Martrys, The King of Timothy, The King of Titus, The King of Xanthippe, Polyxena, and Rebecca, The Death of Pilate, The History of John, The History of Joseph the Carpenter, The King of Andrew, The King of John, The King of Paul, The King of Peter, The King of Thomas, The King of Peter and the Twelve Apostles.






SUMMARY

We have had experts standing up for 1600 years telling us all about the official story of the Christian Poker Association, and the Big Win of the 1st century, magnified by Constantine.


What we have not yet had happen is get some experts on the official story of the Gnostic Poker Systems Inc. This history has been fabricated and suppressed and searched out and destroyed and prohibited and illegalised by the orthodox heresiologists. In the end these playing cards were hot property and there was no other alternative but to bury them. We have not had this happen because the hidden story of what happened between the Gnostic and the Christian Poker Players during Constantine's rule and throughout the 4th and 5th centuries, has been purposefully obscured and "harmonised" by the eventual orthodox Christian Poker Association.


I apologise if this analogy is as yet incomplete. I think an analogy is helpful if it can shed light on issues. A complete listing of the evidence in this matter, consisting of "Gnostic Playing Cards" is available here


Best wishes,



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Old 13 Jul 2011, 07:13 AM   #237058 / #2
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Just some notes about the analogy.

(1) Abbreviations

CPA = Christian Poker Association
GPS = Gnostic Poker Systems


(2) The Books of the canonical & non canonical New Testament and "Playing Cards"

For a tabulation of these see Tabulating the FULL DECK of Playing Cards for the CPA and the GPS The idea is that the "Gospels" and "Acts" and "Letters / Epistles" and "Revelations/Apocalyses" are analogous to a variety of categories of playing cards in a deck of cards, such as "Aces", "Kings" etc


(3) CPA and the "Early Christian Church"

Both are to be viewed as organisations which make the claim of possessing a valid ancient historical lineage to the 1st century.
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When people lay down verses out of the books of the New Testament Bible at your door-step, it seems to me that they are playing cards and expecting to win your approval in the game.

How many door-to-door poker players are there? How many door-to-door Christian Poker Players lay down the Gospels as Aces in the great poker game of life? How do skeptics face the Four Aces and the King in a game with the Christian Poker Association? Who fabricated these Gospels? When and why? Is it all a game or is it serious business or is it a mix?

I think the Christian Poker Association is bluffing about the antiquity of the Gospels (Aces) and Acts( King) and Paul's Letters (Jacks) etc.
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Nice one Roo, but the church is still dealing up the same cards .... and vying for influence over the minds of school-children by presenting the books of the new testament as legitimate. I am of the opinion that if God does not play dice, he also does not play poker. The question in my mind is how legitimate is the history of the Early Christian Poker Association?

The Gnostics did not FOLD. The Gnostics obviously decided to take it into their own hands and fabricate their own "playing cards" - i.e. - their own series of Gospels and Acts and Letters and "Apocalypese/Revelations" which they used in competition against the "Legalized Canonical Deck"

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Well, where I come from, KJack, players had the option of shooting the low-down dirty snake what tampered with the deck. Given that, I don't think too many of your players would have stood up and walked away from the table.
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We already know that the Christian Poker Association were shocked and horrified when the competing playing cards were fabricated and sent into circulation, and we also know that they persecuted and destroyed the opposing Gnostic Poker Associations, which was violently stamped out in the 4th century.

During the rule of Constantine, the Gnostic Casinos were shut down, and in some cases with the most ancient and highly revered casinos, the buildings were utterly demolished to their foundations. (Later Christian Poker Association Casinos would be constructed thereon). Constantine also set examples, by executing some of the Head Operators of the Gnostic casinos. This is very much like a successful hostile takeover bid over the gaming operations in antiquity.

However the critical question that remains to be answered is whether there was indeed a Christian Poker Association before Constantine formally "registered" it at Nicaea. I doubt that there was, on the basis that the evidence is nowhere near conclusive.
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Well, where I come from, KJack, players had the option of shooting the low-down dirty snake what tampered with the deck. Given that, I don't think too many of your players would have stood up and walked away from the table.
To put this another way Roo, yes we were all brought up with these Christian Poker competetion rules, but my question remains did the game played by the Christian Poker Association which was brought to the attention of the world's poker players at Nicaea, by getting rid of all its opponents, exist before Nicaea or not. And did the cards exist? (ie the books of the new testament)

Researchers are digging up more of these fabricated Aces ("Gospels") in recent archaeological finds such as "The Ace of Judas" published in 2006 by National Geographic. When were these things manufactured. The C14 result gives 280 CE plus or minus 60 years. The C14 result on the "Ace of Thomas" gives 348 CE plus or minus 60 years. All the action seems to be with Constantine.
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