posted on Dec, 25 2010 @ 08:37 AM
I'm reading a book right now called THE JESUS MYSTERIES - WAS THE "ORIGINAL JESUS" A PAGAN GOD, by Timothy Freke and Peter Grandy. It came out in
1999, and I guess it stirred up some excitement back at that time and sold some copies. Its focus is appearing more and more to be on proving that
Paul - the original Christian evangelist - was the original Christian Gnostic, and to be honest, these two guy do a fairly good job with their
presentation. I haven't finished the book yet, so I haven't gotten to the effort of debunking everything in it yet. That means that I'm not able
to defend or attack its central premise yet. However, if even 50% of this stuff holds up, it's pretty significant evidence that Christianity began
as the Hebrew's edition of the Mediterranean Hellenistic Mystery Religion craze (complete with the Jewish Messiah filling in for their lack of a
lesser deity to accept the role traditionally offered to a middle-management god in those theologies that had such deities lying around), and that the
Roman elite hijacked this version and repackaged it to eventually serve as a soft landing (complete with elevated positions of authority and tons of
money potential for the upper echelon) for the great, great, great grandkids, as they envisioned their slowly decaying empire someday become
unavailable to those decedents.
To be honest, if I'd been one of the Roman elite, I'd have been completely onboard with the scheme. If true, then the Literalist's version of
Christianity has been the most elaborate and successful conspiracies of the entire human period on this planet. Sheer genius.
As for the Gnostics losing the PR war, it's extremely hard to sell a theology that can't adequately explain itself in any real, concrete terms.
Even after 2,000 years, there's no bullet-point description of what these people see as the bottom line in Gnosticism - well, beyond Gnosis itself,
which might seem like a bottom line for some folks, but believe me, for the rest of us, it just sounds like a "we're on the IN and because you
don't know what the f*ck we're talking about, you're on the OUT, and what do you think about that?" sort of secret handshake sorority panty
party among the kinds of guys who can't get girlfriends. The whole "Jesus died to save you" sales campaign, with associated action items
that include divinely approved means and methods of ensuring eternal bliss, is a no-brainer for the average idiot, and when trying to sell reality,
landing the average idiot is where the real numbers are.
Frankly, I think that the Gnostics have a better handle on the strategy behind the way the NT was actually crafted, but they run right off a cliff
with it all once they wrap their arms around what they've got. Like all human beings, at all stages of human history, they just can't imagine that
they don't have all the pertinent information in their laps as they begin fitting the pieces together. Even as they all agree that the last group of
folks to attempt this sort of thing was obviously ignorant of the fact that they were cobbing the incomplete pieces that they'd been presented with,
and that this is why those folks failed.
As if these guys were absolutely correct that God had given THEM the complete and final edition. How fortunate they must've felt. That they weren't
like that last bunch; shoe-horning together bits of undercooked data, and coming up with craziness, as opposed to allowing for the possibility that
there was more that they'd missed that might've gelled what they had into a completely different end configuration. After all, these guys - the
Gnostics - were (naturally) the last version of knowing human beings. Just like the newest version of knowing human beings are. Just like the next
round of enlightened human beings will be. And the next batch that'll show up after them.
I think that there is a truth that's being suggested within all of this, but I honestly believe that unless you marry it with the mundane crap that
10 yr olds learn in 5th grade - the kind of stuff that deals with protozoan dreams coming true - then you'll be running off your own cliffs with
whatever madness you've manufactured of the information that's been left to you. If a premise represents what's real, then it has to completely
connect with everything else that's real - and from the very bottom to the very top, with linkage to everything in between. If not, then you really
do have to start over again.
Or, I guess you don't.
Hell, no one else has ever bothered to, so why should you be any better? Just don't expect to be any closer to being right than they were. Which is
okay too. Just so long as you don't hurt anybody with what you come up with. After all, it's no sin to be wrong. Seriously. It's not.
Oh.....and Merry Christmas. Whatever that actually means.