The last Adam

Adam is called the Son of God (Luke 3:38), and Jesus is named the Firstborn of all Creation (Colossians 1:15). An obvious question to ask is, was Jesus Adam? The usual interpretation of Jesus being the Firstborn of All Creation is that Jesus already existed with God, even before Creation, and therefore, he was not Adam. The words Firstborn of All Creation suggest that there may be more to it. Jesus could be Adam, and Adam may have been born. A fuller explanation requires an investigation into Jewish and Christian theology, which is the topic of a separate post:

How Jesus became God

An investigation into how Christians turned Jesus in to God.

Paul compared Jesus to Adam. In Romans, he writes, ‘Just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.’ (Romans 5:19) And in 1 Corinthians, he says, ‘As in Adam all die, so in Christ, all will be made alive.’ Jesus became the redeemer for Adam’s transgressions. An obvious question is what could have motivated Jesus to sacrifice himself for Adam’s mistakes? His actions are better understood if he believed himself to be Adam. That may be why Paul called Jesus the Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45).

Christianity teaches that Jesus existed before Creation, but that may not be what early Christians believed. The likeness of Jesus to Adam in Paul’s early letters may point to an earlier doctrine still prevalent around 55 AD, which could be that Jesus was Adam.

The Quran strengthens the idea that Jesus could be Adam. Jesus was like Adam in the way he was created (Quran 3:59). More importantly, several Quran verses state that God ordered the angels to prostrate before Adam (Quran 2:34, 7:11, 15:28-29, 17:61, 18:50, 20:116, 38:71-74). It is remarkable because angels are higher beings than humans. Satan refused because he did not want to bow for a creature made from dust. The Quran stresses it several times so that it could be significant. As Christians believe that Jesus is the Lord who will command humankind, this suggests that Jesus could be Adam. The Quran also claims that Jesus will return (Quran 43:61).

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How Jesus became God

Religion in the time of Jesus

Before he was born, a visitor from heaven told his mother that her son would be divine. Unusual signs in the heavens accompanied his birth. As an adult, he left his home to become a travelling preacher. He told everyone not to be concerned about their earthly lives and material goods but instead to live for the spiritual and eternal. He gathered several followers who believed he was the Son of God. He did miracles, healed the sick, cast out demons, and raised the dead. He aroused opposition among the ruling authorities, and they put him on trial. After he departed from this world, he appeared to some of his followers, who later wrote books about him. This story is not about Jesus of Nazareth but Apollonius of Tyana, Bart Ehrman tells us in his book How Jesus Became God.1 The parallels are striking.

In ancient times, critics used the similarities between the tales about Jesus and Apollonius to question and mock Christianity. In the ancient world, there was no chasm between the divine and the earthly realm. The miracles attributed to Jesus are not exceptional either. There were other men of which people said that they did similar deeds. Legends about people spring up easily. You only have to observe what happens on the Internet and social media. People believe and spread ostentatiously false claims. Finding out the facts later can be an arduous task. And success is not guaranteed. It has been the work of biblical scholars for centuries.

Miraculous and virgin births occur in other religions too. Claiming to be a Son of God was not unusual either. Julius Caesar pretended to be a descendant of the goddess Venus. Of Alexander the Great, it was said that his father was the Greek supreme god Zeus. Kings in the ancient world often claimed to be descendants of the gods. That gave them legitimacy for who dares to go against the will of the gods? Jewish kings were also called Sons of God. So, if Jesus called himself Son of God, this could mean the king of the Jews. And it probably was seen that way by the Jewish and Roman authorities.

Intentional obscurity

About Jesus, much remains unclear. The Gospels date from decades after Jesus’ death and scholars believe they are based on stories that are passed on orally. Oral storytelling is notoriously inaccurate but scholars believe that the Gospels at least partially describe what Jesus actually said and did. Much is plausible given the time and place in which he lived. The Gospels also tell us things that Christians would not have made up because it contradicts their teachings.1 And, the Gospels are copied from earlier sources that are now lost. The time gap between the events and these sources is smaller, so fewer errors may have crept in than most scholars nowadays assume.

Paul could have written about what transpired. He knew several first-hand witnesses so he had insider knowledge. It seems that he did not. But why? He may have had reasons not to write about what happened. It may have taken Paul nearly two decades to come to terms with what he found out about the relationship between God and Jesus. His first surviving letters date from fifteen years after he joined the Christian movement. The first three Gospels are remarkably similar and do not say much about this relationship. Scholars believe that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke are based on the Gospel of Mark and another text with the sayings of Jesus. Only, the insider knowledge may not have disappeared at all. It may have been worked upon instead to become the Gospel of John.

Jesus most likely did claim to be the Son of God. According to the Gospels, Jesus called God ‘Father’. And, he may have been the Bridegroom in a marriage representing the Kingdom of God. All the synoptic Gospels hint at Jesus being the Bridegroom. Perhaps Jesus believed that he would become king, but he never claimed to be king of the Jews. He did not deny it either. But why? We cannot know that with certainty as Paul of Tarsus stands between us and the original message of Christianity. Hence, we may get close. Paul joined the Christian movement early on. He knew the apostles and other first-hand witnesses personally. Only his interpretation may stand between us and Jesus’ teachings. Paul was a devout Pharisee with knowledge of the Jewish religion and scriptures as well as Greek thought and philosophy.

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The identity of God

The Gospels state that Jesus had a personal and intimate relationship with God. Scholars agree that the Gospels have been edited.

The scriptures as an obstacle

The Jewish religion of the Jewish deity Yahweh and its scriptures may be an obstacle to our understanding of God. To understand God, we may need to take the perspective of this universe as the creation of an advanced humanoid civilisation to entertain one of its members. And so, there could be more to the mysterious apocalyptic prophet who felt a close relationship with God and started a new religion that has over two billion followers today. Christianity began as a branch of Judaism, a religion defined by its scriptures. Their scriptures outline how Jews, Christians and Muslims see the owner of the universe. So if God married Jesus, and Jesus had preached somewhere else, for instance, in Egypt or China, then Christianity would have been a completely different religion.

Christianity is the Religion of Love. God is love, Christians claim. Christianity paints a different picture of God than Judaism and Islam. Those religions present a vengeful warrior God. So, how is this to be explained? The God of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, is the same. Paul likely went at great length to bring the new religion in line with existing Jewish doctrine while being as truthful as possible. To many religious people, the scriptures are infallible. Paul could have obfuscated the most controversial parts of what he discovered by making cryptic references to the scriptures.

Biblical scholars tend to be agnostic about God and reason from what they can establish from historical sources. Christians, on the other hand, believe that the Jewish deity Yahweh is Jesus’ father. Both groups see Jesus within the Jewish context. And Jesus looked at himself in this way too. That may turn out to be a handicap as Yahweh is the imagined deity of the Jews, and not necessarily the all-powerful Creator of this universe. It may be better to view Yahweh as the cloak behind which our Creator is hidden. The most pressing problem for Paul may have been that God is a woman who had a romantic relationship with Jesus. Only to suggest so was blasphemy. And so, Jesus became married to the Church like God was married to the Jewish nation. It made Jesus eternal and godlike. That was not a great leap if he was Adam, God’s eternal husband.

Firstborn of all creation

Jesus may have thought himself to be the reincarnation of Adam. Adam was God’s son (Luke 3:38) and Jesus the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15). These words relate to the Jewish scriptures, but they can also be cryptic references to Adam being born first as the son of Eve and Jesus being the reincarnation of Adam. The phrase born of God (John 1:13) may have a similar origin. Humanity is born of Eve if you consider Adam Eve’s son. They together are the mythical ancestors of humanity.

In traditional agricultural societies, the firstborn son was crucial for the inheritance of land and the leadership of the family clan. The Jews were no exception. The theme occurs on numerous occasions in the Hebrew Bible. The story of Jacob and Esau is well-known. King David was God’s firstborn son (Psalm 89:27). The Jewish nation Israel is God’s firstborn son (Exodus 4:22) while Israel is also God’s Bride (Isaiah 54:5, Hosea 2:7, Joel 1:8). It provided Paul with a theological escape because God married His firstborn son Israel. In a similar vein, Jesus married the Church. And so, Jesus became like God as the Christians became Jesus’ people like the Jews are God’s people.

Jesus as God

That is not as problematic as it may seem. Many Jews believe that there are two powers in heaven.1 In Genesis, God speaks in the plural, ‘Let us make humankind in our image.’ It reflects the polytheist past of the Jews, in which they believed that the gods created the universe. If we live in a simulation created by an advanced humanoid civilisation to entertain one of its members, it makes perfect monotheist sense too. The beings of this civilisation are the gods, and the owner of this universe is God. The Jews did not see it this way, so this phrase fuelled speculation about a godlike sidekick working alongside God.

In the Hebrew Bible, God appeared from time to time. For instance, some people saw God sitting on a throne (Exodus 24:9-10) while no one has ever seen God and lived (Exodus 33:20). Others saw the Angel of the Lord, who is also God, and survived. Abraham and Hagar are among those who have seen the Angel, and the Hebrew Bible then tells us that they have seen God. Hence, the Angel of the Lord is God but not God himself. Otherwise, they would not have survived.1 And so there must be two gods, an invisible all-powerful Creator and his visible godlike sidekick. From this perspective, Jesus could be the Angel of the Lord and the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15).

The road to Trinity

In the first century AD, Jewish scholars like Paul were influenced by Greek philosophy. Plato claimed that ideas are the basis of knowledge and that ideas, not objects, are the building blocks of reality. In Platonic thinking, the world of ideas is superior. God is pure spirit, the most superior being. Platonists think that spirit can use words to produce matter. Platonic reasoning agreed with Judaism as God created all things using words. To create things, you need words. And so, words must have existed before creation.

The Jewish philosopher Philo lived at the same time as Jesus. He asserted that the Word is the highest of all beings, the image of God, according to which and by which the universe is ordered. Philo called the Word the second god. The Word is thus God’s sidekick. The Gospel of John starts in a similar fashion: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ Here, the Word had become Jesus.

In Proverbs, Wisdom speaks and says that she was the first thing God created. And then God created everything else with the help of Wisdom alongside Him (Proverbs 8:22-25). She is a reflection of the eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of His goodness (Wisdom 7:25-26). Wisdom is female because the Greek word for wisdom is female. Wisdom was present when God made the world and is beside God on his throne (Wisdom 9:9-10).1 And so, there are two contenders for being God’s sidekick, the Word and Wisdom. Or perhaps, there are two sidekicks. If the Word has become Jesus then Wisdom could have become the Holy Spirit, so that we arrive at the Trinity.

Virgin birth

Eve may have given birth to Adam. What to do with this? It contradicts the Jewish scriptures. And the scriptures are sacred. So, why not claim that Jesus was born from a virgin instead? After all, Jesus was Adam, and Eve was a virgin when she gave birth to Adam. And God’s name was Mary like Jesus’ mother while God was also Jesus’ Mother. That may have been very convenient indeed. And so, Jesus may have become born from the Virgin Mary instead. Early Christians may have understood Jesus’ virgin birth as code for Eve being the Mother of Adam.

Christians made up the birth story. Virgin births are not a theme in Judaism. It does not appear in the Jewish scriptures, so Christians may have had a pressing reason to introduce the idea. Isaiah wrote that a young woman will give birth to a son as a sign that God will destroy Judah’s enemies (Isaiah 7:14). Isaiah addressed king Ahaz in the eighth century BC and did not think of Jesus, who was to come seven centuries later.

In the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible available in the first century AD, ‘young woman’ was translated as ‘virgin’. The author of the Gospel of Matthew came to see it as a prophecy of Jesus’ virgin birth, which by then may have been a circulating story. In this respect, it is remarkable that the Quran claims that God has no son and consistently calls Jesus Son of Mary and not Son of God, thus implying that Jesus had no father. It could be code for God having been Mary.

Logical issues leading to arcane theology

Christianity began as a Jewish sect, so Christians came to found their religion in the Jewish scriptures. The basis for the claims of Christianity in the Jewish scriptures is problematic. The observed facts may have contradicted the scriptures, for instance, God being a woman who can take a human form. The efforts to resolve these logical difficulties helped turn Jesus into God. It should not surprise us that early Christians disagreed on this issue and that most Jews did not buy into it.

If Jesus had preached in Egypt and had claimed that his wife was the goddess Isis, the all-powerful Creator of the universe and that he was the reincarnation of her son Horus, there may still be records of his teachings. Egypt was a polytheist nation that could have adopted another cult alongside the existing ones.

The Jews were monotheists with established scriptures. It also made Christianity uncompromisingly monotheistic so that converts had to renounce all other gods. That allowed Christianity to wipe out all the other religions in the Roman Empire. And if this universe comes with an all-powerful owner, that may have been the plan all along.

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Featured image: Christ Pantocrator in Hagia Sophia. Svklimkin (2019). Wikimedia Commons.

1. How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher. Bart D. Ehrman (2014). HarperCollins Publishers.

Jesus and Minas Coptic icon dating from 6th or 7th century

From Jesus to Christianity

Understanding Jesus of Nazareth and early Christianity requires knowing the time and place in which Jesus lived and the ideas that were prevalent in his era. Perhaps, that is not enough. Jesus may have thought that he had eternal life and a bond with God from the beginning of creation until the end of times. Therefore, Christians expect him to return. Remarkably, Muhammad and the Jewish prophets did not view themselves in this way.

Jesus started a religion that has 2.2 billion followers today. Another 1.8 billion Muslims expect his return. It is an enigma. Apart from a historical account, a plausible explanation for Jesus’ beliefs may help us to understand him.

The earliest extant sources of Christianity date from decades after Jesus died. Christians first depended on oral traditions and used writings that no longer exist. Oral recounting is notoriously inaccurate, and there is evidence of redactions in the New Testament. And so, scholars agree on very little about Jesus of Nazareth, except that he existed and preached around 26 AD. The search for the historical Jesus has gone a long way.

Around 1760 AD, the German scholar Hermann Samuel Reimarus realised that there is a difference between what Jesus did and preached and what his followers came to believe about him. Reimarus began to investigate the historical Jesus or what Jesus thought and did. He claimed that Jesus lived in the context of first-century Judaism and that he was a typical Jewish apocalyptic prophet of his time.1

Reimarus was a Deist. Deists believe in a Creator and claim that religion requires a rational foundation. Revelation does not come with evidence, so it can never be credible to everyone. For instance, if someone claims to have seen an angel who told him that he is a prophet, then without evidence, he may only convert a few people. People usually are not so easily convinced. And, God created the laws of nature, so God does not need the supernatural to achieve His goals.

Of the accounts of Jesus’ life, much is doubtful. For instance, he probably was not born of a virgin. Only the Gospels of Matthew and Luke mention the virgin birth, but the accounts differ. And scholars doubt that Jesus was raised from the dead. To Paul, the resurrection was a belief passed on to him. And he does not corroborate the Gospels on this matter. He lists the people who saw the resurrected Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) but does not mention any women, the empty tomb, or Joseph of Arimathea. If the accounts diverge so widely, it may be impossible to establish what happened.

So, who was Jesus? When he lived, the apocalypse was in the air. The apocalyptic worldview holds that the end is near, and God will send a messiah to punish the wicked and reward the faithful. Zoroastrianism appears to be the origin of these beliefs. This religion affected Judaism and the Greek and Persian worlds. This shaped Jesus’ thoughts. The end times, the arrival of a messiah, and a final reckoning still define Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thinking. Jesus probably believed that he was the long-awaited messiah and many people saw him as the future king of Israel (Mark 11:8-10, John 12:12-14). And Jesus may have seen himself in this way too.

Christians believe that Jesus’ kingdom is in heaven and that Jesus never aspired to become a worldly king (John 6:14-15). Meanwhile, the Gospels tell that the Romans crucified him for claiming to be king of the Jews (John 19:19). In the Jewish tradition, there is no such thing as a heavenly king who is not interested in political power. A king governs his people and fights their battles (1 Samuel 8:19-22, Isaiah 11:1-9). He uses his power to subdue rebellions (Psalm 2:9, Genesis 49:10, Numbers 24:8, 1 Samuel 2:10). Crucial in understanding this difference is that Christianity developed, and the gospels were written after the crucifixion when it became clear that Christ did not rule this world. On the other hand, the resurrection made people believe that he had great power in an unseen realm. And so, Christians came to see him as a heavenly ruler.

Jesus and his followers believed that the end was near, perhaps a few years away, but not more than that. And that was 2,000 years ago. Christian sects still proclaim the end of the world from time to time and even set dates. But Jesus did not know God’s plan. He said that only God knows the hour (Mark 13:32). Jesus thought that he was going to save the people of Israel. He did not care much about gentiles. Only tokens of strong faith made him consider their pleas. And Jesus may have had only a few dozen followers, or perhaps a few hundred. That may be why contemporary sources do not mention him.

Jesus did not intend to abolish Jewish law (Matthew 5:17-18), but he preferred substance over adhering to procedure. He was critical of the Pharisees and their obsession with ritual. Jesus was remarkably respectful of women as Jewish culture in the first century AD was patriarchal. Jewish writers in Jesus’ time, for instance, Philo, taught that women should never leave home except to go to the synagogue.

The Gospels of the New Testament more often mention women compared to other texts of the same era. Of all the founders of religions and religious sects, Jesus may have been the only one who did not discriminate against women. Jesus spoke to women in public (Luke 7:11-17), and he was compassionate for them and respected their dignity, even when they were sinners (Luke 7:36-50, John 8:3-11). At this point, Jesus ignored traditional Jewish law. His views on marriage were even more unusual. But why?

The identity of God

The Gospels state that Jesus had a personal and intimate relationship with God. Scholars agree that the Gospels have been edited.

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Featured image: Jesus and Minas Coptic icon dating from the 6th or 7th century. Clio20 (Anonymous). Wikimedia Commons.

1. Jesus Christ: The Jesus of History, the Christ of Faith. J.R. Porter (1999). Duncan Baird Publishers
2. Jesus’ Extraordinary Treatment of Women. Franciscan Media. [link]

When Jesus returns

After 2000 years, a lot of people still hope that Jesus will return. But what do they expect to happen when he does? Will Jesus make things right? Will there be a showdown between the forces of good and evil? Will evil people burn in hell forever, and will there be no mercy? And how may this work out in practice?

And, who are the good people and who are the evil people? What about Buddhists and atheists? They do not believe in a god. And Hindus? They believe in many gods. Or Jews, Christians and Muslims? Who is right? Perhaps Jesus already returned, sort of at least, as a warning to us all.

The personification of evil

Jesus is the personification of goodness, while Adolf Hitler is the impersonation of evil. A closer inspection reveals some intriguing parallels between them. Many Germans considered Adolf Hitler their saviour and worshipped him like one. Some Christians believe there will be a rapture when Jesus returns (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Rapture means ecstasy, enchantment, enthusiasm and admiration. Few persons in history caused as much enchantment as Hitler. And the motto of the Third German German Empire was, ‘One people, one empire, one leader.’ And this is what Christians and Muslims expect when Jesus returns.

Hitler told the Germans that they were the chosen people because of their superior race. Many Jews believe they are the chosen people because of the special relationship between God and the Jewish people. Like Moses, Hitler promised that he would end the unjust oppression, in this case, caused by the Treaty of Versailles. He claimed that his Third German Empire would last a thousand years, while the Bible tells us that the reign of Christ will last a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-6). Perhaps not surprisingly, a British intelligence report noted that Hitler had a messiah complex.3

In traditional agricultural societies, lands remained within the family. The Bible states that the bond between the people and the land cannot be broken and that the land cannot be sold (Leviticus 25:23). That is similar to the Nazi ideology of Blood and Soil, which focuses on ethnicity and homeland. It stresses the importance of the land people live on and celebrates rural living. Selected lands were made hereditary. Those lands could not be mortgaged or sold.

The Hitler we know from the history books emerged out of circumstances. He could have been a painter if the Vienna Art School had not declined his application. And Hitler would not have sought revenge if Germany had not lost Word War I. And if there had been no widespread antisemitism already, he probably would not have hated the Jews. The following short animation picture tells more:

Hitler’s political views

Like many Germans, Hitler considered the Peace Treaty of Versailles unjust. The treaty stipulated that Germany accepted responsibility for causing World War I and had to pay massive reparations. The economist Keynes warned about the harsh peace terms imposed upon Germany, already shortly after World War I.

Hitler opposed interest. He had attended a lecture by Gottfried Feder named The Abolition of the Interest Servitude. It was the reason why Hitler joined the National Socialist Party. Hitler’s views on interest were similar to those expressed in the Bible and the Quran. The ideas of Feder became central in his views on international finance.

Hitler believed that the Germans were racially superior to other peoples and that Germany had to conquer territory to create more living space for the German people. That may have been the reason for him to start World War II. Hitler also thought that the Jews were secretly conspiring to gain world leadership.

A look in the mirror

Hitler was good at giving speeches, which were angry rants that fired up his following. Some of Hitler’s sponsors saw his messianic potential long before he became famous. During the Great Depression, Hitler gained popularity and grabbed power in Germany as the following short animation picture shows:

He started a war that killed fifty million people. Ten million people died in the Holocaust, of which six million were Jews. When American troops entered Germany in 1945, they were appalled by what they found in the concentration camps. Few people imagined it could be that bad, even though reports about the camps came in as early as 1943.

View on Auschwitz concentration camp
View on Auschwitz concentration camp

Words can never describe the horrors of the Nazi regime. In times of peace, it is hard to imagine that people can be that cruel. In times of war, it becomes easier to understand. The Nazis thought that they did the right thing. They believed that the human race needs improvement and that there is no place for the weak and the unfit. It is survival of the fittest taken to the extreme. History is full of tales of brutality and slaughter, but the Nazis outdid them all. The Nazis may be the closest thing to pure evil that ever existed. If there ever has been an Antichrist, Hitler would be the most suitable candidate.

In several ways, Hitler is like Christ in the way many expect him to be. They expect a final reckoning amounting to an atrocity one hundred times worse than World War II. Billions of people might lose their life or could face eternal torture in hell for not having the correct beliefs. If you think of it, being tortured eternally in hell is worse than starving in a concentration camp because there is no end to it. And Hitler killed and tortured only a fraction of the people that some expect Jesus to murder and torment on Judgement Day. If that is your expectation, I hope that Hitler has shown you what your beliefs mean in practice.

There is a lesson overlooked, which has become evident in modern multicultural societies. Some ethnic groups do not integrate well and cause more problems and harm than others. For centuries, the Jews did integrate into their host societies and clung to their identity. And they were engaged in harmful activities like charging interest on loans. There is a reason for that. Christians were not allowed to charge interest to their fellow Christians, while Jews were not allowed to do other professions. Money lending became an obvious choice. Blaming the Jews is pointless, but we must understand cause and effect. Minority groups are discriminated against and do not always integrate into their host societies. There are two sides to those situations. We need shared values and social cohesion to work together, so discrimination and identities must end. We are all one.

Eva Braun

Eva Braun was the mistress and later wife of Adolf Hitler. Most historians consider Her an insignificant figure who did not take part in political decisions. But opinions differ. A letter demonstrates that She knew of the concentration camps and the gas chambers. Some Nazi officials close to Hitler have stated that Braun was at the centre of Hitler’s life for most of his twelve years in power. She was committed to Hitler, won his affection, gave him moral support, and enjoyed a healthy sex life with him.7

After learning about a failed plot to kill Hitler in 1944, She wrote to him, ‘From our first meeting, I swore to follow you anywhere even unto death. I live only for your love.’ Over twenty plots to kill Hitler did not succeed, making Hitler believe that a supernatural force protected him. When the end of the Third Empire neared, Braun became merrier. She married Hitler and committed suicide together with him. That may have been the romantic ending She had in mind and why all the assassination attempts on Hitler failed.

For Eva, the story may not have ended here. She may have taken up another role to become Marilyn Monroe instead. While watching a Netflix documentary about Monroe’s life, I considered the idea. Immediately after the thought, the word goddess appeared on the screen. Monroe had an affair with President John F. Kennedy. He later dumped Her and was assassinated shortly afterwards. A set of peculiar coincidences surround the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. They appear to be part of an intricate plot involving the premature deaths of US Presidents, including James A. Garfield. Furthermore, the Kennedy family suffered a series of accidents and early deaths called the Kennedy Curse.

The prophecy of the Holocaust

Rumour has it that Nostradamus predicted the rise of Adolf Hitler, but that is not true. Far more ominous are the prophetic references to a number of six million Jews in danger of being exterminated or a coming Holocaust of Jews that appeared in Jewish magazines before World War II. It is not as remarkable as it might seem. The six million figure first emerged because six million Jews lived in the Russian Empire before World War I. The Jews in Russia suffered from a hostile government and pogroms. Pogroms were violent riots incited to massacre or expel the Jews.

The six million figure continued to circulate in Jewish media after the Russian Empire had collapsed. It subsequently became the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust.8 The prophetic statements are eerie, like the reference to the end date of World War I on the licence plate of Franz Ferdinand’s car. The most notable ones are listed below:

  • In 1911, Max Nordau, co-founder of the World Zionist Organisation, together with Theodore Herzl, pronounced at the tenth Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, that six million Jews would be annihilated.
  • Shortly after World War I in 1919, Zionists feared that a Holocaust of six million Jews was imminent in Europe.
  • In 1936, the New York Times reported that Zionists were lobbying for a Jewish state in Palestine to save the Jews from a European Holocaust. That was three years before World War II and five years before the extermination camps came into existence.
  • In 1939, The Jewish Criterion predicted that the coming world war would annihilate six million Jews in East and Central Europe.
  • In 1940, the Jewish leader Nahum Goldmann predicted that if the Nazis achieved victory, six million Jews would be doomed to destruction.

Hitler led Europe to destruction. ‘Never again’ became the motto following the Holocaust. Nazism is an ideology of hate, and the Holocaust is the ultimate outcome of hatred. But there is a lesson overlooked. The issue has reasserted itself in modern multicultural societies. There is a limit to the diversity we can handle, and there is a lack of unity because of identity politics. Tribal conflict may only end once humanity has one people, one empire, and one leader. We need shared values and social cohesion to overcome our differences. And we need an ideology of love rather than hate to make it happen.

Another conclusion is that we merely exist to entertain God. We are nothing. God did not seem to care about Jesus, Hitler or the Jews. It is unlikely that God cares much about you or me. That does not make God evil. Few people care about virtual reality characters in a computer game, and those who do, are crazy. We are nearing a global collapse of human civilisation because the planet cannot bear the burden of humanity much longer. We may need a leader as determined and uncompromising as Adolf Hitler to save us from our stupidity. And so, we are advised not to end up on the wrong side of history once the end times arrive.

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Featured image: Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler

1. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 [link]
2. Revelation 20:1-6 [link]
3. WWII Adolf Hitler’s profile suggests a messiah complex. BBC (2012). [link]
4. Leviticus 25:23 [link]
5. Blood and soil. Wikipedia. [link]
6. Eva Braun. Wikipedia. [link]
7. Nazi loyalist and Adolf Hitler’s devoted aide: the true story of Eva Braun. The Guardian (2010). [link]
8. The Six Million Jews. [link]

Christ with Mary Magdalene

Who was Mary Magdalene?

Who was Mary Magdalene? This question has been asked many times before. A Pope in the Middle Ages claimed She was a prostitute.1 This slur still lingers around after more than 1,000 years. More recently, Mary Magdalene has become a cult figure as there is a lot of mystery surrounding Her. She may have been the most important person in Jesus’ life. According to the Gospels, She witnessed the crucifixion from the foot of the cross after the male disciples have fled. And She was the first to see the resurrected Jesus.

There has been speculation as to whether or not She was Jesus’ wife. Jesus is referred to as the Bridegroom in every Gospel (Mark 2:19-20, Matthew 9:15, Luke 5:34, John 3:29). After the Crucifixion, Mary Magdalene went out to wash and anoint Jesus’ body (Mark 16:1). This was the duty of the family, most notably the wife. The official position of the Church is that Jesus was, and still is, married to the Church.

A few Gospels that are not recognised by the Church tell us more about Her. The Gospel of Philip names Her as Jesus’ companion2 and mentions that Jesus loved Her more than the other disciples and kissed Her often.3 The Gospel of Mary notes that Jesus loved her more than the other women.4

To understand the following paragraphs, you may read the following:

The identity of God

The Gospels state that Jesus had a personal and intimate relationship with God. Scholars agree that the Gospels have been edited.

The Gospel of John states that Jesus had an intimate and loving relationship with God. He seemed to have known God personally and believed that he had eternal life and already existed at the beginning of the world. A central theme in Christianity is that God is love. So, how could Jesus know God personally?

Jesus may have believed that Mary Magdalene was the reincarnation of Eve and that he was the reincarnation of Adam, and that Adam was the son of Eve. That makes more sense than the rib story. Mary Magdalene may have married Jesus after convincing him that he was Her eternal husband from Creation until the End of Times.

The Gospels tell us little about Mary Magdalene. According to Luke, She was one of the women who travelled with Jesus and supported him financially. We also learn that Jesus had cured these women of illness and demonic possession. Of Mary Magdalene, Luke writes that seven demons had troubled Her (Luke 8:1-3). Because some apocryphal gospels tell more about Her, scribes may have reduced Her role.

After the crucifixion, Mary Magdalene rises to prominence in the canonical gospels. She was present at the crucifixion, and She may have been the first to see the resurrected Jesus. She may have taken up a leadership role as soon as Jesus was gone, for instance, by promoting the rumour that Jesus had risen until others saw him too and became convinced that She was right.

If Mary Magdalene was God, then the corruption in the Gospels must be significant as there is nothing in them to suggest this. Biblical scholars indeed think that the Gospels are unreliable historical sources. But the corruption may already have begun with the tale about Eve and Adam. It is not only a myth, but authors of the Hebrew Bible may also have altered it. So, could Eve have been a goddess and the mother of Adam?

Latest revision: 7 April 2022

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”.