Biblical History

 The Bible 

The story of Creation as told in The Bible is a complete myth.  

We were not created in God’s image.

Lucifer is not a fallen angel.
His mission is to bring light into the darkness.

Adam and Eve along with their society
Were apparitions of consciousness
Or possibly extraterrestrial aliens.

The Immaculate Conception of Jesus
Was His apparition in our collective consciousness.

 Eve certainly did not come out of Adam’s rib.

The murder of Cain by Able
Represents a beginning of evil in our world. 

 The great flood of Noah covered part of the world
Including Europe, but not most of the world.
It was caused by God,
Or the natural melting of the polar ice cap.
There are other stories of floods from many cultures.
Many stories were told verbally
From one generation to the next

 [A game called “Telephone”
Shows how nearly impossible it is
To pass a message around a circle
In a few minutes.]

 Over the years,
Many stories were exaggerated,
Misunderstood and misinterpreted
From one language to the next.
Many people had different points of view
On what may or may not have happened,
Along with philosophical, religious
And political biases.

There were many dozens of gospels.
At the Council of Nicaea around 325 A.D.,
Emperor Constantine of Rome
Was becoming open to Christianity.
At this gathering, the gospels and letters
Of the Bible we know now were assembled.
(See, “The Apocrypha” and, “The Lost Books of the Bible”)

 Though much of Christ’s teachings were preserved,
Many gospels were rejected,
Especially those challenging church doctrine,
Or advocating such heresies as reincarnation,
And direct knowledge of God without the church.
Many of these were found in 1947 and after,
And called “The Dead Sea Scrolls”.
Many were written by s
piritually advanced Essenes.

 The Book of Revelations predicts events
And conditions of the end times.
Though there will be war in the Holy Land,
And many nations against Israel,
It is otherwise mistaken.
It is not the words of God.

 The Old Testament is little more than myth,
And completely incorrect in many ways.
There are some good moral lessons.
Even some of the “good moral lessons”
May be too strict, unforgiving and vengeful.
It was written without the loving enlightenment of Jesus.

The Bible says that God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.  This is not true.  Isaac was told to sacrifice his son Esau so that his inheritance and mantle of authority would not be wasted on this irresponsible son.  It was instead meant to go to Jacob, the responsible son.  Esau was not sacrificed, but the inheritance went to Jacob who became the father of the tribes of Israel.

In Matthew 10:34 Jesus supposedly says “I have come not to bring peace, but a sword”.  This is ridiculous and couldn’t possibly be true.  Just the opposite is true.  In another part, the archangel Michael supposedly comes with a sword.  This is also ridiculous.  The sword is a symbol of violence and war.  The Book of John is about the end times and the war of good against evil or God against the Devil.  God and those of the Light do not engage in war.  The end times will be a war of evil against evil.

Though the authors of these writings
Were partly inspired by God,
In many cases they were not at all.
They were not perfect
And so the Bible should not be taken as such.

 Some of the stories about the prophets
Are partly correct and partly misunderstood.

 Christianity could not be expected
To be God’s pure message,
After so much confusion in The Bible,
And distortions over the years.

 The same has happened
To sacred scriptures of all religions.

                            

Creation and Evolution

God Created us as eternal spirits.
We find ourselves in bodies
That may have evolved from the apes.

The Miracle of Life,
The intelligence it shows,
Proves that there is a God
Who has created us.
Though some doubt and deny this,
Creation is far beyond
Our understanding and The Bible.

 Plants, Animals and Humans
Develop and evolve, each within their “kingdom”.
But that doesn’t change the fact
Of God’s Creation at the start.

 Many people think we’re animals.
The human spirit’s in a “kingdom”,
That’s very far beyond them.
Our spirit is not actually in our body,
But in another dimension.

There is also a spiritual evolution.
Angry, violent, greedy, and evil states of mind
Will bring about their own demise.
Eventually we learn that love
Will lead us to a peace of mind
That money can not buy.

 Our consciousness evolves
To awareness of ourselves as eternal spirits.
This takes many lifetimes.
Lessons not learned in one life
Will be confronted in the next.
(See  “Reincarnation”)

 We eventually evolve
To be closer to our God,
Whose Love is far beyond
Our words or understanding.

   

The Apocrypha (Extra Biblical Writings)

The word “Apocrypha” means “hidden things” in Greek.  The Apocrypha of The Bible is a number of writings closely associated with The Bible.  They are generally divided into two groups.  The first of these is called The Deuterocanonical Apocrypha.  Some of them appear in some versions of The Bible around the world at various times, and some in others.  The second group is all the rest which may not appear in any Bibles, yet closely associated with some Biblical texts.

“The Apocrypha” on the internet got a huge number of hits.  They contained all of the following and more.  You might look under “Apocrypha, Deuterocanonical Books” at http://mb-soft.com/believe/txs/apocryph.htm.  For other texts you could look under “The Apocrypha Index” at http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/apo/index.htm or other sites.  

The Deuterocanonical Apocrypha:

1 Esdras
2 Esdras
Additions to Esther
Tobias
Sirach or Ecclesiaticus
Epistle of Jeremiah or Book of Jeremiah
Susanna (leader of women apostles with Mary Magdalene)
Prayer of Azariah
Laodiceans
Septuitite

 Other Apocrypha:

1 Adam and Eve
2 Adam and Eve
Forgotten Books of Eden
Book of Secrets of Enoch
The Letter of Aristeas
The Story of Ahikar
The Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs
The Testament of Simeon
The Testament of Levi
The Testament of Judah
The Testament of Issachar
The Testament of Zubulun
The Testament of Dan
The Testament of Gad
The Testament of Joseph (taken into slavery and then success in Egypt)
The Testament of Benjamin (head of the tribe of Benjamin and father of Joseph)
Biblical Antiquities of Philo
The Didache  (See  “The Lost Books of The Bible”)
The Sibylline Oracles
The Book of Jubilees
The Book of Jasher
1 Macabees
2 Macabees

 

The Lost Books of The Bible

As mentioned in  “The Bible”, The Bible as we know it today was compiled by Emperor Constantine of Rome in 325 A.D.  He was partly Christian, and tried to unify the many different versions of Christianity and the Empire.  He also believed in the pagan religion of Mithraism and formed a kind of combination of the two.  For example, Mithras was said to be born on December 25th and his birthday was celebrated with a pine tree.  There were over a hundred sacred gospels, books, scripts, and texts that might have been included in The Bible.  Many of these were written by Gnostics or knowers who believed in direct knowledge from God rather than any church.  The term “Gnostic” refers to a wide range of different groups and individuals rather than a specific religion.  The Gnostics did not believe in the Biblical Creation story.  They believed that a lower god created the Earth.  Salvation would come from a higher God.  There was much conflict, fighting and bloodshed over which books would be included.  The Books retained needed to be (1) religiously acceptable, (2) literarily moving, and (3) coalescing communities.  Though King Constantine created The Bible as we know it for his own religious and political reasons, Christianity became the semi-official religion of the Roman Empire and perpetuated it to this day.

Many of the lost books of The Bible were found around 1945 near Nag Hammadi, Egypt and known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.  There were the original 52 scripts found in 13 Codices (Books) and eventually over 1000 gospels, books, scrolls, manuscripts, texts, scripts and fragments.  The ancient powerful Bishop Athanacious ordered the Gnostic gospels to be destroyed.  In 382 A.D., Theodocious banned, destroyed and criminalized these other potential gospels and texts.  That’s a main reason that some Gnostics buried their scrolls in huge jars near Nag Hammadi and other places.  Many were lost in the burning of the library at Alexandria.  There are hundreds known today.  How many more will be found and how many are lost forever?

Millions of references to these can be found on the internet under Lost Gospels, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Nag Hammadi.  There are entire libraries including the Gnostic Society Library devoted to these gospels studied by very academic scholars.  They are considered the greatest manuscript discoveries of all time.  Our current Old Testament copies date to 1100 A.D.  These are copies made from copies made from copies, etc.  How accurate can they be compared to manuscripts from about 300 B.C, during the time of Jesus, through the third century (200’s) A.D.?

Fragments of every book of the Old Testament have been found except the Book of Esther.  They are the oldest group of Old Testament manuscripts ever found.  They are mostly written in Hebrew, many in Aramaic, the common language of Jews for the last two centuries B.C. and the first two centuries A.D.  There are also some in Greek.   Prophecies of Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Daniel are written in the scrolls.  The last words of Joseph (son of Benjamin), Levi, Naphtali and Amram (thought to be the father of Moses) are in the scripts.  They contain previously unknown stories about Enoch, Abraham and Noah.  They show Christianity rooted in Judaism and the link between the two.

The library was hidden away in caves by a Jewish sect called the Essenes around the outbreak of the first Jewish revolt (66-70 A.D.) as the Romans advanced.  These were found in caves near the ancient ruins of Qumran where the Essenes were between about 200 B.C. and 68 A.D.  The Essenes were a strict Torah observant, Messianic, apocalyptic, Baptist, wilderness, new covenant Jewish sect.  They were led by a “Teacher of Righteousness” who opposed and was killed by the establishment priesthood in Jerusalem.  They existed at the time of Jesus, but were not followers of Him, and He is not mentioned in their scripts.  They were followers of John the Baptist who lived with them for a time.  However, John was too judgmental and condemning whereas the Essenes where more loving and accepting, and so they parted ways.  They called themselves the “Sons of Light”, “the poor”, the “Holy Ones” and members of “The Way”.  They called their enemies the “Sons of Darknes”.

In the book, “The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis (Faith) Sophia (Wisdom) Unveiled”, it says that “When Jesus had risen from the dead, he passed eleven years discoursing with his disciples and others” (not 40 days as in The Bible).  This book is available in paperback at Barns and Nobel, Amazon.com, and gnosticteachings.org.  Another excellent book, “The Gnostic Gospels” by Elaine Pagels is also available.

1.  One of the more well known of these is called The Book of Enoch.  This is an ancient mystical Gnostic text.  Enoch is said to be Noah’s great grandfather, but he was not. He was a great ancestor many times removed.  The Book of Enoch is said to be written at different times between about 300 B.C. and the 1st century A.D. in his name.  He lived on a U.F.O. near Earth from about 1200 B.C. before the time of Abraham, came to Earth as a fully grown man around 200 B.C., and lived to around 50 A.D. when he returned to the UFO.  Unlike the other gospels, he wrote this himself between about 100 B.C. and 50 A.D.  Enoch knew he was the same spirit, a dual incarnation, as John the Baptist (?).  After John’s death, he took John’s whole skull and skeleton to Ethiopia.  Ethiopia is known to this day to have traditions of having the remains of John the Baptist which they honor and celebrate.  The Ark of the Covenant contains the original Ten Commandments and is in a shrine on a small island off the coast of Ethiopia.  Enoch is referred to in the New Testament in the Letter of Jude 1:14-15.  Enoch is said to visit heaven in the form of travels, visions, dreams, and revelations.  It is not generally known that he had many travels in U.F.O.’s and learned much then. 

The Book of Enoch has five parts: (1) The Book of Watchers, (2) Parables of Enoch, (3) The Astronomical Book, (4) The Book of Dream Visions, and (5) The Epistle of Enoch.  The Book of Watchers is about fallen angels who revolt against God and have intimate relations with humans.  This was objectionable to the traditional Jews.  Enoch says that God condemns sinners.  Though he says this, it is not true.  Like John he was very judgmental, considered the wealthy to be sinners, and the oppressed to be the just.  He has prophecies about Christ written during the time of Jesus which are also rejected by the Jews.  There are several versions of this book including the Ethiopian, Aramaic, Greek and Latin.  The Ethiopian version was written by Enoch himself.  The Astronomical Book includes a solar calendar instead of the usual lunar calendar, astronomical secrets, and other information he learned from the extraterrestrials.  He writes about the angelic world and life after death. He was an Essence for part of his life, a spiritually pure and advanced sect of the Hebrews.  He wrote about the Messiah, Son of Man, The Messianic Kingdom, demonology, resurrection and eschatology (study of the destiny of Man) though the New Testament writers were not aware of him.  He had visions of the future, iron weapons, corruption and judgment of the world.  His trips to Heaven were said to be guided by Uriel who is thought to be an angel, but may have been an extraterrestrial.  He also wrote of the birth of Noah (after the fact) and the apocalypse. There is much more information on line.

In  “The Jews, Christians and Muslims” it is mentioned that Isaac, Aaron, Ezekiel and John the Baptist all are the same spirit (?).  Enoch is also this same spirit both predating Isaac’s father Abraham and living at the same time as John (?).  Enoch and John met occasionally. Enoch knew he was also John in spirit, but John did not know this.

2.  The Gospel of Thomas, the disciple, Didymus Judas Thomas.  This is probably one of the earliest and purest of the lost gospels.  This gospel was actually written by Thomas whereas most of the others were written many years later in their name.  It contains only the sayings of Jesus, not the story of His life as in the other four gospels.  It says we can all become sons of God.  There are about 4,490,000 references on the internet.  There are 114 quotes which are too many to repeat here, but can be found on line at www.goodnewsinc.net/thomashtml, the English translation by Thomas O. Lambdin.

3.  The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.  This gnostic gospel is especially controversial since it is written by a woman.  Like the four main gospels, it was written many years later in their name.  However, this was written by a woman from a woman’s perspective. The texts date to the 2nd century A.D.  Only parts of this book have been found in the late 19th century near Akhmim, Egypt.  It was well distributed in early Christian times in both Greek and Coptic.  In a way, it is similar to the Gospel of Thomas in that it is only the sayings and teachings of Jesus, not His life story.

Mary is often confused for another Mary who was considered a concubine, almost stoned to death, and forgiven by Jesus. Even the Catholic Church has acknowledged this confusion in the 1960’s.  Mary Magdalene became Jesus’s secret wife and they had two sons though this is not commonly known.  She was privy to many secret teachings.  Jesus reveals to her the journey of the soul after this life.  All the male disciples were jealous of this.  There was also a group of female disciples lead by Susanna (See Susanna in the Deuterocanonical Apocrypha).  After Jesus’s resurrection, He first appeared to Mary.  In those days, a woman could not even testify in court or teach a gospel.  Mary confronts Peter and Andrew who represent orthodox positions that deny the validity of esoteric revelations and reject the authority of women to teach.  She is the Savior’s Beloved and possessed of knowledge and teachings superior to that of the public and apostolic traditions.  Her superiority is based on vision and revelation demonstrated in her capacity to strengthen the wavering disciples and turn them towards God.

Mary communicates a vision of the world that is passing away, not towards a new creation or new world order, but toward the dissolution of an illusory chaos of suffering, illegitimate domination and death.  The Savior has come so that each soul might discover its own true spiritual nature, its “root” in God, and return to the place of eternal rest beyond the constraints of time, matter and false morality.  This gospel exalts Mary over other male disciples and shows the importance of women in the early church.

There is much more information about this gospel on line including The Gnostic Society Library at www.gnosis.org/library/marygosp.htm.

4.  Gospel of Nicodemus.  This describes Jesus’s trial, execution and descent into Hell.  This “eyewitness” account was written in the 3rd or 4th century.  It reports Jesus’s “illegitimate” child.  The author knew that Jesus had a child, but did not know of His secret marriage to Mary.  Prosecutors claim that Jesus was His mother Mary’s illegitimate child which was a crime.  They certainly didn’t understand the Immaculate Conception.  He was accused of being a dangerous sorcerer.  In His decent into Hell, He sets free the patriarchs and the righteous.  Luke does not mention Jesus’s mother Mary at the crucifixion, but she was there.  No other disciples were there including Mary Magdalene for fear of their lives.  It was a big occasion.  Pilate was there.  King Herod, his wife Herodias, and her daughter Salome were there.  Other members of the Sanhedrin (Hebrew court) were also there except Nicodemus and Caiaphas who were followers of Jesus.  There was an unusual black sky, but not thunder or lightning.  Jesus was both in pain and beyond pain.  The Gospel of Nicodemus is partly true and partly not.  The descent into Hell is not.  The trial and execution are true accounts of another eye-witness as told to Nicodemus and passed on.  Some early Christians believed in no other Hell than what they lived in.  Heaven and Hell was here on Earth.

5.  Second Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter  describes the crucifixion as dual, Jesus suffering on the cross and also beyond it.

6.  Joseph and Aseneth.  This is the famous Joseph from the tribe of Benjamin who was the youngest son and sold into slavery in Egypt by his jealous brothers.  In Egypt he was known for interpreting the King’s dreams and rose to prominence.  He correctly predicted a year of famine (not seven years as in The Bible), stored up grain, and was a hero when the famine came about.  His family from Judea came for food, not knowing it was their brother they had sold into slavery who helped them.

The King rewarded Joseph with his beautiful daughter Aseneth.  Joseph could not accept her because she was an Egyptian pagan, not a Hebrew.  The story is that she was surrounded by bees and purified.  The story that an angel was sent to her is not true.  Actually, she was surrounded by God’s Light, had a spiritual experience, was purified, converted to Judaism, and so became an acceptable wife for Joseph.  This text brought about many converts to Judaism.  However, in the 2nd century A.D., the Roman emperor Hadrian passed laws restricting the rights of Jews.  Then the popularity of this text dwindled among both Jews and Christians.

7.  Acts Of Peter:  Simon Magus, a magician who performs miracles claims to represent the true God, but does not.  The people are convinced he represents the true God instead of Peter and Paul.  Peter goes to Rome for a contest with Simon.  It’s a false story that Jesus appears to him to do this.  Simon speaks to a man who then appears to die.  Peter then speaks to him and he appears to be resurrected.  The man had dual loyalties and staged the whole thing.  Simon levitates, though he is said to fly over the city.  Peter prays and Simon falls.  Peter wins the contest.

8.  Acts of Paul and Thecla.  Thecla was Paul’s companion or wife by marriage for a period of time.  She was not Jewish.  She’s revered by many as a saint even today.  She was one of Paul’s disciples and attracted to his teachings of celibacy before marriage which were very controversial.  This is a reason she is not so well known today.  Paul taught celibacy as a choice, not a requirement.  Thecla rejected her wealthy fiancée which was a crime.  She was brought before the tribunal who decided she broke a law so important that she deserved to die.  She was about to be burned at the stake, but a storm put out the fire.  This was thought to be a miracle, but it wasn’t, it was just good fortune.  She goes with Paul.  Near Antioch, a wealthy man falls in love with her.  She rips off his cloak embarrassing him in public.  He takes her before the governor who sends her to the lions in the arena.  Instead of the crowd being pagans against Christians, its women for Thecla against the men. It was a miracle that the lions lied down in  front of her.  Women shouted aloud.  A queen in the audience faints and has Thecla pardoned.  When trouble starts, he does little to defend her.  The second miracle is that when she’s in the arena, she’s thrown into a pool of sharks, and she baptizes herself safely (women were not even allowed to baptize anyone).  It is not true that God sent lightning bolts to kill the sharks.  God kept them away. 

In the Acts of Paul and Thecla, it is she and women who take the limelight.  Paul was jealous and refused to baptize her saying she was not yet worthy.  She separated from Paul.  The Acts of Paul and Thecla were suppressed because of the female heroics.  Women were not allowed to preach The Word, but Thecla does.  Women were always under male authority of either their father or husband.  Since Thecla was celibate, she was not under the authority of any man.  She was a model for many women to gain independence from men through celibacy.  Thecla could be considered one of the first radical feminists. 

9.  In the Gospel of Mark, it says that Jesus went to Jericho, but says nothing of what he did there.  In the Secret Gospel of Mark it says He raised someone from the dead there which He did.  The young man remained with Jesus for a night and learned mysteries.  The entire Secret Gospel has never been found.

10.  Gospel of Judas Iscariot.  There was the gnostic belief that the physical world is an obstacle to be overcome.  This gospel claims that it was for this reason, not the 30 pieces of silver, that Judas “betrayed” Jesus.  It says that Jesus asked Judas to betray him for this reason, to free Jesus of the physical body.  However, this, like most all of the other gospels was written many years later and attributed to the famous author.  This story is not the case (See “Judas Iscariot”).  It would have been no problem for the Romans to find Jesus without Judas or anyone betraying him.  Judas was the most advanced disciple and closest to Jesus next to Mary Magdalene.  Only the Gospel of Matthew tells of Judas hanging himself.  The Book of Acts, written by the author of Luke tells of Judas’s intestines bursting out.  The Gospel of Judas says he has a vision of the other disciples stoning him.  The other disciples may have been jealous.

11.  Gospel of Phillip. This is a collection of Gnostic teachings with a special emphasis on the sacraments of marriage.  It is an early source of the story that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.  She was described as his “lover” and said that Jesus used to kiss her on her [mouth].  There is a hole in the document where the word “mouth” is assumed.  The text makes no claim to being written by the apostle Phillip and was apparently written long after his death.  There are 17 sayings of Jesus, 9 of which are in the Bible.  It teaches that “Jesus took them by stealth, for He did not appear as He was, but in the manner in which they would be able to see him . . . to men as man”.  This is a very advanced concept, for He was not flesh and blood as the rest of us, but an apparition of consciousness both before and after the resurrection.  This gospel taught that “It is not possible for anyone to see anything of the things that actually exists unless he becomes like them . . . you saw Christ, you became Christ . . . “  “Christ was born from a virgin to rectify the fall which occurred in the beginning”  This gospel refers to the “Bridal Chamber” which is the same as the “new and everlasting covenant of marriage”, “eternal marriage”, or marriage between God and mankind.  This gospel taught that we are “born again” through the Holy Spirit.  

12.  Gospel of Truth.  This was written by Valentinus himself,  the leader of the Valentinus Christian sect ‘Irenaeus of Lyons.  It’s a poetic homily, a sermon or lecture.  It’s considered an excellent literary work.  It describes Jesus as having been sent by God to remove ignorance.  Jesus confounds other teachers by calling them foolish for trying to understand the world by analyzing the law.  It says that knowledge grants salvations which is eternal rest, and that ignorance is like a nightmare.  It describes the parable of the good shepherd in an esoteric manner.  It describes how feeding the hungry and giving rest to the weary is feeding the spiritually hungry and giving rest to the weary of the world.  It tells the parable of anointing which seals other understanding together.  God calls those who are spiritually mature. 

The Gospel of Truth is related to the Valentinian fragments (or partial scripts).  The law is written in the human heart.  “Children of eternal life . . . nullify the world without nullifying yourselves” This means that asceticism is not necessary.  “Nullify the realm of appearance.  This is the world that lacks The Father.  Fear and lack of knowledge are connected.  Fear is not real because it does not come from The Father.  That which is not of the Light is not of the Father.  A tree bears only one fruit.  The Father’s only fruit is Light.  The average person is too weak, too full of misconceptions to lift themselves up.  We each have it within us to change and awake, rather than needing The Father to implant us with these gifts.”

13.  Gospel of Matthias.  Matthias was the disciple chosen by lots to replace Judas Iscariot.  He was one of Jesus’s earliest disciples from the time of the baptism with John to the ascension.  He was one of the 72 disciples.  He received secret teachings from Jesus.  He wrote “The beginning of knowledge is to wonder at things . . . the first step to the knowledge of things beyond”.  He was vegetarian, and preached to the barbarians, meat-eaters and cannibals in Ethiopia.  He was cast into prison, and stoned to death by the Ethiopians there (not Jews in Jerusalem) for his teachings.

14.  The Lost Q Source or Lost Sayings Gospel. This is one of the “hypothetical gospels”, so named because it was never actually found, but inferred as an original source for other gospels.  The “Q” stands for the German word “quelle” which means source.  This gospel is a source of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke about the teachings of Jesus.

15.  The Lost Signs Gospel.  This is also one of the “hypothetical gospels”, so named because it was never actually found, but inferred as an original source for other gospels.  It is deduced from the Gospel of John and describes miracles of Jesus or “signs” that He was The Messiah.  Some information about John the Baptist, the crucifixion, and resurrection are also implied.  There is not much about the teachings of Jesus.

16.  Dialogue of The Savior.  The central these is a process of salvation.  “Let him who seeks not pause until he finds.  When he finds, he shall marvel.  When he marvels, he shall rule.  When he has ruled, he shall find rest.  This is the basis of the expression, “Seek and you shall find”.  This sounds simple enough, but most people don’t consistently seek the truth of Life and God.

17.  The Didache.  Didache means sermon.  It is a prayer of thanksgiving (Eucharist) for the community meal.  They do not contain any reference to the death or resurrection of Jesus.   A formalistic set of prayers is assigned to the cup and the breaking of bread.  The prayers of thanksgiving are for the food and drink God created for all people and the special “spiritual” food and drink that Christians have because of Jesus.  Drinking the cup symbolizes the knowledge these people have of the life and the “Holy Vine of David” which means that they “belong to Israel”.  Eating the bread symbolizes the knowledge these people have of the life and immortality they enjoy by belonging to the Kingdom of God made known to them by Jesus, God’s Child.  No one is allowed to “eat or drink of your Eucharist except those who have been baptized in the Lord’s name”. 

They were a highly self-conscious network of congregations that thought of themselves as Christians, had developed a full complement of rituals, had much in common with other Christian groups of centrist persuasions, but continued to cultivate their roots in a Jesus movement where enlightenment ethics made much more sense than the worship of Jesus as the crucified Christ and risen Son of God.  This is very different than most Christians today who place more emphasis on the worship of Jesus than practicing the ethics He taught.  God and Jesus prefer the former.

18.  Gospel of the Nazarenes.  This is from a predominantly Jewish sect that believed that Jesus was The Messiah.  They emphasized the Jewishness of Jesus.  They became a Christian sect led by James the Just, the brother of Jesus.  This gospel is the basis for the Gospel of Matthew with minor changes in wording.

19.  Crucified Messiah Scroll.  Many of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in 1947 were withheld from the public by scholars for nearly 50 years.  This scroll was released in 1991.  The Jews were expecting a Messiah to come in great power.  This Jewish/Christian scroll describes a Messiah who would suffer, die and be resurrected from the dead.

20.  Son of God Scroll.  This scroll uses the phrase “Son of God”, the same as in the Book of Luke.  The Jews believed that the idea of a Son of God violated the idea of monotheism.  The new Christians claimed that the Trinity, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, were One, and so monotheistic.  All of these ancient texts confirm the facts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  None of them contradict this. 

[NOTE:]  There is a complete list of the original Nag Hammadi texts under en.wikipedia.org.    

21.  The Secret Book of John or The Aprocryphon of John.  This describes Jesus appearing after the resurrection and giving secret knowledge (gnosis) to John the disciple, and brother of James the disciple.  It reports how Christ appeared to John at Patmos.  He had visions of spiritual realms and of the prior history of spiritual humanity.  However, his apocalyptic visions of the end times were his own imagination.  He believed that Adam and Eve were mythical or allegorical, but his understanding was mistaken.

22.  Hypostasis of Archons.  A hypostasis is one part of a trinity.  The Archons were malevolent rulers of the world.  This is about an evil trinity.  This gnostic narrative is from a sect that existed in Palestine.  It’s about the origin and nature of the ancient Archontic rulers of the world.  There is an Archontic story that their god Sabaoth (Satan) mated with Eve and begot Cain and Able (Adam was not their father).  This is the beginning of “Original Sin”.  God confirms this as true. Cain slew Able in a quarrel about their sister whom both loved.  The Archons condemned baptism and rejected participation in Holy Mysteries (such as Eucharist), and taught fables full of impiety.  The destiny of man is affected by these primeval happenings.  It speaks of the Gnostic distrust of the material world and the demiurge. The demiurge are artisan-like demi-gods responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of the physical universe and stand between us and the transcendent God.  In the end, there is “an angelic revelation dialogue” which concludes with an historical prediction of the coming of the Savior and the End of Days.

23.  On The Origin of The World.  This describes the eternal unanswered questions about the origin of God as well as the world.  It can be found under this title in an internet search in the “Nag Hammadi Library” or www.gnosis.org/naghamm/origin.html.  It’s too long and mythological for me to understand or summarize.

24.  Eugnostos the Blessed.    This text can be found on the internet under this title or www.gnosis.org/naghamm/eugn.html.

25.  The Wife of Jesus The Christ  (originally titled “The Sophia of Jesus Christ” and also known as ”The Wisdom of Jesus Christ”)   It can be found on the internet under “The Sophia of Jesus Christ” or www.gnosis.org/naghamm/sjc.html  It is written by Eugnostos the Blessed, the author of the previous scripture.

26.  The First Apocalypse of James

The word “apocalypse” is commonly associated with the “end of the world”.  It actually means “revelation” which may or may not have to do with the end of the world.  This script can be found under this title or www.gnosis.org/naghamm/1ja.html.  

There is a complete list of the Nag Hammadi Codices (books, texts, etc.) that can be found on the internet under en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nag_Hammadi_library#complete_list_of_codice_found_in_Nag_Hammadi.

I would also like to reference “The Reluctant Messenger” series on the internet under reluctant-messenger.com/lost_forgotten_books.html.  This series includes (1) “Lost Forgotten Books of Ancient Sacred Texts”, (2) The Other Bible: Ancient Alternative Scripts, (3)  The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English, (4) Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden, (5) The Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas Comes of Age, (6) The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, and (7) The Nag Hammadi Library.

 

                                 The Jews, Christians and Muslims

Abraham was the Patriarch of the Jewish,
Christian, and Muslim people about 4,000 B.C.
He had a wife and a mistress.
Sarah was his Jewish wife,
And Hagar, his Arab mistress,
Accepted by his wife
Because of her age.

Abraham was visited by three mysterious strangers
Who knew their thoughts.
They were angels of the Lord who appeared human.
They told Abraham that Sarah would have a child
And they would have children
And become a great nation.
This seemed hard to believe considering Sarah’s age,
But it came to be.

Abraham made a covenant with God
To remain faithful to the Laws of Love.

Sarah is the Matriarch of the Jewish/Christian people.
Their son was Isaac, and his son was Jacob.
Jacob became the apostle Paul in Jesus’ time (?).
Jacob’s son’s and others started the tribes of Israel.

Hagar is the Matriarch of the Arab people.
Her son Ishmael became Mohammed,
The prophet of the Muslim people around 600 A.D.

 It’s thought, according to The Bible
That God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.
Actually, God asked Isaac to sacrifice his son Esau.
Isaac had two sons, Jacob and Esau.
Jacob was spiritually responsible, but Esau was not.
Esau was the elder, and would inherit his father’s position.
There is the myth about how Jacob disguised himself as Esau
To inherit his father’s blessing.
The spiritual bloodline was passed through Jacob
To what became the tribes of Israel.

The Hebrews were living in Egyptian lands,
But were not slaves,
And did not build the pyramids.
The pyramids were built by aliens from other planets (UFO’s)
The Hebrews left around 3,500 B.C.
The Ten Commandments were etched into stone.
There were originally about 20, not 10.
They came from Moses atop Mt. Sinai.
They were put in an “ark” or box.
And called “The Ark of the Covenant”.
It’s a great mystery today what happened to it.
It was taken by Enoch in a UFO (?)
(See  “The Lost Books of the Bible”, “The Book of Enoch”)
Along with the skull and remains of John the Baptist (?)
To an island off Ethiopia.
There is a great culture today in Ethiopia about both of them there.
Many mistakenly believe it’s in a private temple on the mainland.

It was the UFO that led them across the desert,
Gave them manna to eat and other supplies,
And who parted the Red Sea.
The Egyptians did not chase after them.

They spent about a year (not 40 years)
Crossing the desert
To the “Promised Land of Canaan”.
God did not promise them this land.
It’s a myth they made up.
God hasn’t promised anybody any land.
Now they fight to the death to protect the land
They imagined God promised them.

 Jesus lived from 0 to 33 A.D.
His teachings were considered far too radical,
And went against Temple laws, traditions, and customs.
He was The Messiah with an even higher law.
(See “Myths About Jesus”,  “Miracles of Jesus”
And  “The Missing Years of Jesus”)

Many meant to advance Judaism through His teachings.
Most Jewish people resisted this.
Eventually, Christianity was born.
(See “The Bible”)
Peter and some apostles believed that the gentiles must convert to Judaism
To receive the teachings of Jesus.
Paul and some apostles believed that the teachings of Jesus
Were for everyone including the gentiles as they were.

As the Romans had persecuted and killed the Christians,
Now the Christians persecuted and killed the Jews and others.

Around 596 B.C., the great Arab conqueror Saladin
Captured the Temple of Jerusalem in Israel.
Many were killed and exiled.
This is the beginning of the Israeli-Palestinian
And Arab conflict today.
This is the historical point where Israel
Falls into Arab hands and becomes Palestine.
The is called the “Fall of the Second Temple”.

Around 600 B.C., Ezekiel and his followers
Were exiled to Babylon (now in Iraq)
And returned by a “UFO”.

The Muslim Prophet Mohammad lived around 600 A.D.
His teachings were similar to that of “Moses”,
Based on the Patriarch Abraham.
This gave the Muslims a similar standard of morality
Based on their culture rather than the Hebrews.

The Muslims did keep the law
About no images of the Creator.
However, they need not get angry or violent
When others don’t understand.

 The Christian Crusades were out to kill
Anyone who was not or would not become Christian.
This meant Jews, Arabs and others.
It was a “Holy War”
Though God knows of no such thing.
Now the Arabs are in a “Jihad”
Or Holy War against the West.
Who started it?  Does it matter?
Who’s going to stop it?

Biblical prophecies of the “end times”
Say that not one generation will pass away
After the reunion of Israel,
And there would be fighting in the Holy Land.
It’s called the “Holy Land”,
But it’s no holier than any place else.
Israel had not been a nation since about 596 B.C.
Until 1948 and 1967 when it expanded.
We are that generation.
There certainly is war in the Holy Land
Which includes the whole Middle East area.
Are we going to let the prophecy come true or not?
It’s up to us.
This conflict has been escalating for 2400 years
With some periods of relative peace.
Today, we’re on the brink of nuclear war.
If we destroy ourselves,
It won’t matter who was right or wrong.

The Jewish and Arab people are literally brothers
Descended from one father
And his wife and mistress.
We’ve been in cycles of violence and retaliation.
This “strategy” is clearly not working.
Though there’s a risk in unilateral disarmament,
There’s certainly a risk in the way we are going.

Is it difficult to see that violence
Only leads to more violence?
War has never led to a lasting peace,
And will it ever end?
Peace leads to more peace directly.
It’s worth a try before it’s too late.
“Give Peace A Chance!”
Would we rather be right
Or would we rather have peace?

 Surely, this is not what God intended.
Just lay down our arms,
Shake hands, and start over.

  

 The Rapture

“The Rapture” is a popular concept, especially among “born again” Christians.  Perhaps its only reference in the Bible is in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.  According to Wikipedia (the on-line encyclopedia at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapture), “when the ‘dead in Christ’ and ‘we who are alive and remain’ will be caught up in the clouds to meet The Lord”.  There is controversy as to whether it will happen before, during or after “the Tribulation”, which according to many Christian teachings is a period of seven years of great turmoil like the world has never seen, preceding Armageddon, the war of the end times, and the return of Jesus Christ and a thousand years of peace.  There is a best selling series of books called “Left Behind” and a television series by the same name on this same Christian concept.  

John’s Book of Revelations is used in supporting this concept.  Many parts of this Gospel are good, but the majority of it about the “end times” is his imagination.  Somewhere in The Bible it says that Jesus said, “I come not to bring peace to the Earth, but a sword”.  This is ridiculous.  It is completely contrary to the loving and peaceful Jesus we know.  In the battle of Armageddon each side will think it is right.  Jesus taught that violence is not right no matter what the justification.  This is easier said than done.  Gandhi and Martin Luther King prove that this is so.

There will be a Rapture, but not as depicted in contemporary Christian thought.  When life becomes too unbearable on the Earth, many of the good hearted people will die and be taken out of their bodies into a spiritual realm with Jesus and God.  This will be about 15% of the Earth’s population.  Some may experience the spiritual masters of their reality such as Jesus, Jehovah or Buddha.  Others may experience states of bliss with no spiritual master at all, other spiritual beings, or reunion with their departed loved ones.  The name or appearance is not important as long as the essence is love.  Their bodies will be dead, not missing.  There certainly will not be people rising from their graves.  Their spirits are already gone.

These good hearted people will be of any and all religions or no religion at all, not just Christians.  Though it is true that Jesus is The Messiah and Christ is The Way to God, “Christ” is a state of mind, being and love, not membership in a church.  The expression that they “will be caught up in the clouds” is a metaphor or early misunderstanding for being taken up in spirit.

          

        A Prophet

A prophet is like a whistle-blower.
Nobody wants to hear it.
And so they ignore him,
Ridicule, deny and exclude him.
They often persecute him
Put him in jail and kill him.
Generations later
When no one’s interests are at stake,
They realize that he was right,
And declare him a saint.