Identity theft hits the Gospels, but author Peter Jones gives readers a way to detect the counterfeit. The Person of Jesus Christ is being savagely, although subtly, changed by an ancient way of thinking called Gnosticism. Popular movies and books are repackaging His life and teaching a culturally acceptable way that ignores some basic facts. These pages thoroughly and fairly present the two views of Jesus that have coexisted for centuries.
Written with the reader in mind, this book explains the teachings of Gnosticism in a comprehensible way. The author includes an extensive list of the sources cited, thereby giving evidence of his solid and meticulous research. All of the facts come together in a logical progression, highlighting key thoughts that are seeping into our society. In a clear presentation, the ancient religion is shown to be in complete opposition to biblical Christianity, leaving no room for any blending of ideas. The similarities between Gnosticism and Buddhism are discussed which reveal a fascinating connection. An excellent chart contrasting the biblical and gnostic beliefs offers a valuable overview, while a study guide, which is available at the publisher’s web site, simplifies the subject matter and stimulates additional thinking.
It’s obvious that these pages were intended to educate readers on a topic that is inescapable. Gnosticism is creeping into the Christian culture and believers need to be equipped with the facts. Peter Jones has provided a book that is easy to understand and hard to ignore.
Stolen Identity reminds readers of Jesus’ place of preeminence and power. – Joyce Handzo, Christian Book Previews.com,/b>
Written by one of the co-authors of Cracking Da Vinci's Code, this approachable book compares the ideas of the Gnostic Jesus and the biblical Jesus. In Gnosticism, Jesus is not really human or divine. Rather he is spiritual, like all true Gnostic believers. But in the Gospels, Jesus Christ shows characteristics of humanity, including tiredness, anger, and suffering. He knows human weakness firsthand.
Through this treatise, Jones shows us that our Savior can be personally known. He is not a cold and distant icon of religion, rather, he is a very real advocate and friend who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities.