Who was Mary Magdalene? This question has been asked many times before. A Pope in the Middle Ages proclaimed she was a prostitute.1 If you think about Mary Magdalene this may be the first thing that comes to your mind. In recent years she has become a bit of a cult figure as there is a lot of mystery surrounding her. She may have been the most important person in Jesus’ life. She witnessed the crucifixion from the foot of the cross after the male disciples have fled. She was the first to see the resurrected Jesus.
There has been some speculation as to whether or not she was Jesus’ wife. The official position of the Church is that Jesus was, and still is, married to the Church. There is no evidence in the Gospels to be found on this matter. Jesus is referred to as the Bridegroom several times. A few Gospels that are not recognised by the Church suggest that Mary Magdalene may have been Jesus’ wife, and if she was not, that she was his most important disciple. The Gospel of Philip names her as Jesus’ companion2 and mentions that Jesus loves her more than the other disciples and kisses her often.3 The Gospel of Mary notes that Jesus loved her more than the other women.4
The Gospels state that Jesus had an intimate and loving relationship with God. It seems that he knew God personally. There is an explanation for this. Mary Magdalene could have been an avatar of God. Jesus may have thought that she was a reincarnation of Eve and that he was a reincarnation of Adam. She may have married Jesus after convincing him that he was her eternal husband. Jesus hay have believed that Eve was not made out of the rib of Adam but that Adam was born as a son of Eve so that Adam and therefore Jesus were a son of God. This can explain why Jesus thought that he had an eternal life and that he would return.
Assuming this idea to be true gives rise to new questions. Still, the evidence for this position, also in the official Gospels, is substantial, that is, if you assume the perspective of a detective who has to come up with a plausble narrative that explains all the facts. Indeed, an argument in favour of this idea might be logical consistency on a higher level. So let’s start out with a joke to get you in the mood. Nothing happens by accident as the licence plate on Franz Ferdinand’s car suggests. Hence, the following lyric from Queen is a bit curious:
Here I am, I’m the master of your destiny,
I am the one the only one, I am the god of kingdom come
– Queen, Gimme The Prize
These lines come from a song named Gimme The Prize. Freddy Mercury had a good time when he was performing his act. He probably didn’t realise that he had become part of a queer joke. “I am the God of kingdom come,” became a line sung by Queen. Some Christians believe there are Satanic messages hidden in pop music. The joke may be on them too. That shouldn’t surprise us as this universe might exist for entertainment.
Possible avatars of God can be identified in the Torah, the Jewish part of the Bible. The idea can also shed some new light on the origin of Islam. Muhammad married his boss Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid. Only after she died he married other women. Khadijah may have been an avatar of God too. Avatars of God may have played a significant role in history. The idea doesn’t contradict science as this universe could be a simulation of a real world that is billions of years old where life emerged by accident and evolution.
Featured image: Christ with Mary Magdalene, West Nave, Kilmore Church, Isle of Mull made by Stephen Adam. B. Galbraith. Victorian Web.
1. Who was Mary Magdalene? James Carrol (2006). Smithsonian. [link]
2. Gospel of Philip: There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, who was called his companion. His sister, his mother and his companion were each a Mary.
3. Gospel of Philip: And the companion of the saviour was Mary Magdalene. Christ loved Mary more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often. The rest of the disciples were offended by it and expressed disapproval. They said to him, “Why do you love her more than all of us?” The Saviour answered and said to them, “Why do I not love you like her?”
4. Gospel of Mary: Peter said to Mary, “Sister we know that the Saviour loved you more than the rest of woman. Tell us the words of the Saviour which you remember which you know, but we do not, nor have we heard them”. Mary answered and said, “What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you”. And she began to speak to them these words: “I”, she said, “I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to Him, Lord I saw you today in a vision”.