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What is the Aquarian gospel?

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The Aquarian Gospel is a false teaching by Levi H. Dowling. It does not give an accurate account of the life and true teachings of Jesus Christ. There are several books that claim to tell about the parts of Jesus’ life that are “missing” from the Bible. None of these are credible as only the Word of God is infallible and accurately portrays Jesus’ life and teachings. Many people try to take the truth of the Bible and distort it. This is the work of the enemy. The Aquarian Gospel is a contradictory mixture of Christian Science, New Age spirituality, and occult beliefs. Some of the material in the Aquarian Gospel is borrowed from the ancient Gospel of James, a well-known forgery from the early years of the church.

There are many contradictions and inaccuracies in the Aquarian Gospel. The book begins with an historical inaccuracy: "Augustus Caesar reigned and Herod Antipas was ruler in Jerusalem." Antipas actually ruled in Galilee, never in Jerusalem. A crucial problem with the Aquarian Gospel concerns its idea as to the source of Jesus’ teachings. If Jesus obtained His wisdom from the masters of India, Greece, and other countries, then why don’t His teachings reflect it? The teachings of Jesus, as recorded in the biblical Gospels, are in direct conflict with every central belief of Hinduism, Buddhism, and the other religions with which He supposedly came into contact according to the Aquarian Gospel.

The biblical Gospels give us a firsthand account of the life and ministry of Jesus, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16). The Aquarian Gospel is a false portrait of the life of Christ. It is not based upon any historical records or eyewitness testimony but rather upon the recollections of an ancient forgery and the imagination of a nineteenth-century writer. It has no value whatsoever in providing new or accurate information on the life of Christ. It has no historical basis and should not be taken seriously.

The Bible warns us many times about false prophets and false teachings. “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies…” (2 Peter 2:1). Satan is a deceiver and will try all sorts of things to bring people away from the true message of the cross. We must compare every teaching with Scripture, and if it does not agree, then we reject it for what we know it is—false teaching.

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