They renounced all external rites and ceremonies, because they found God inside them. The movement of the Bogomil could keep nearly half a millennium in the Balkans.
The Bogomil were so, at least in their majority, not followers of a "radical" (Gnostic) dualism, which since time immemorial, the principles good and evil exist on equal footing. Rather, they represented a "moderate dualism," that God is the source of life and stronger than the evil will be defeated one day.
If the Bogomil is assumed to today is that they thought only of a sham existence of Jesus of Nazareth on the earth, and to a mock crucifixion ("Docetism"), then this is probably based on a misunderstanding: They believed that the inner core of the personality of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, namely God, not of this world and was therefore could not be killed.
Because they are in the Old Testament of the Bible were very many statements it with a loving God could not be reconciled, they rejected the book as widely recognized only the Psalms and the books of six prophets as given by God, but not for example the books of Moses, they were inspired by the devil for. The possibility that these books, like so many others, by the then priest caste had been falsified, they were obviously not familiar with - had yet to church the profound criticism of the text erased, for example, an Origen already many centuries earlier heretic and significant.
Edited by odas, 20 June 2011 - 03:36 PM.