posted on Apr, 7 2007 @ 12:14 PM
One of the Gnostic texts even makes the astounding claim that the man on the cross between the two thieves was not in fact Jesus, but Simon of Cyrene,
acting as a remarkably generous stand-in. So instead of there being a conspiracy between Pharisees and Romans to get rid of Jesus, the conspirators
were in fact Jesus and his own followers, staging a dramatic endgame scene to fool the onlookers. The Second Treatise Of The Great Seth has Jesus
saying: "It was another, Simon, who bore the cross on his shoulder. It was another upon whom they placed the crown of thorns. But I was rejoicing in
the height over ... their error ... And I was laughing at their ignorance."
The Gnostic Apocalypse Of Peter takes a slightly different line, claiming that while the crucifixion took place, it was only of a "Living Jesus", a
kind of physi¬cal projection of the real, divine Jesus projected onto earth for the benefit of humanity, thus keeping the wicked flesh and pure
spirit nicely separate, in the Docetic tradition. "He whom you see above the tree, glad and laughing, is the living Jesus", the Apocalypse of Peter
adds. "But he into whose hands and feet they are driving the nails is his fleshy part, which is the substitute." This story seems to be the origin
of a theory common in Muslim countries, and found in the tenth-century Quran commentary of Tabari, that a switch was made, and someone else was
crucified in Jesus's place (www.truthlieswithin.com). According to some Muslim traditions, the substitute was a disciple-volunteer; according to
another it was a divine punishment for a would-be assassin; elsewhere it's said that God made all the disciples look the same as Jesus and the Romans
crucified only one of them - which wasn't altogether cunning.
The Acts Of John - a Gnostic text which the fifth-century Pope, Leo the Great, wanted "not only forbidden, but entirely destroyed and burned with
fire" - finds the bodily crucifixion and resurrection similarly distasteful. It argues that Jesus was a pure¬ly spiritual rather than a physical
figure, whose appearance changed depending on who was looking at him. He was a man who left no footprints and who never blinked.
[edit on 7-4-2007 by cosmoglobe]