Thursday, April 06, 2006

Jesus was a Gnostic

Teh National Geographic Magazine has confirmed the authenticity of a c300CE document which represents a portion of the lost Gospel of Judas, and which presents a very different picture of Jesus than the canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John--as filtered and bowdlerized by Paul and his minions. In this new document:

Unlike the accounts in the canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, in which Judas is portrayed as a reviled traitor, this newly discovered Gospel portrays Judas as acting at Jesus' request when he hands Jesus over to the authorities.
This is strong confirming evidence that the actual historical person named Jesus came from a very different philosophical stance, occupied a very different political space, and intended a very different spiritual message: namely that of Gnosis:
Some Gnostics were early Christian sectarians, though Gnosticism predates christianity. Strongly associated with mysticism and more weakly with mystery religions, existing in parts of the Roman empire from the first and second centuries AD, and surviving until the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathar group of Gnostics in the twelth century. They were highly concerned with secret, esoteric interpretations of various works, including the teachings of Jesus, and less so with their literal content, which they frequently treated as allegory and metaphor. The New Testament, which contains the Gospels, Epistles, Book of Acts and Book of Revelation, is the portion of the Christian Bible written after the birth of Jesus.
Gnosticism continued as a hidden system of beliefs all through the medieval period and into the Renaissance--and they were always persecuted.

Time to start redressing those injustices.

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