In recent years significant research has been done in the study into the origins of Christianity.

Extensive new analysis of the 'Q' Gospel, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Codices have lead to a new understanding of the Middle East from shortly before the time of Jesus on into the period of the early Church.

I believe it is important as modern Christians to draw from every possible resource to understand the Bible better.

Many still use the King James Version of the Bible, but we don't teach 1611 medicine, physics or astronomy.

I believe we should approach the Bible as the modern people we are.

The goal is to accept the Bible as it is and let the chips fall where they may while interpreting it.

This type of research is very controversial and generally does not support any particular church's theological viewpoint.

I am not a professional scholar, but study of the Bible is very important to me and I would like to share with you what I have learned.

I am a professional software developer and believe I have some ability in analyzing complicated problems.

I will try to give you my sources so that you can research this in more detail and decide for yourself.

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