The Last Supper

Born of God

The Jesus mystery

The gospels state that Jesus believed that God was his ‘Father’, that he had eternal life and already existed at the beginning of creation, and that he was the Bridegroom and being the Bridegroom was part of his mission. Biblical scholars have difficulty explaining these unusual beliefs many Christians accept without questioning. Is it possible to shed some more light on these peculiar dogmas of Christianity?

Bible: Only God Knows What Jesus Really Said
Bible: Only God Knows What Jesus Really Said. Loesje. Loesje.org.

That may be possible. The mystery can be explained by assuming that the earliest Christians believed that Jesus was a reincarnation of Adam, that Mary Magdalene was a reincarnation of Eve and that Eve is a Mother Goddess who gave birth to Adam, and by doing so became the Mother of the rest of humanity. In this way Jesus was the Bridegroom as well as the Son of God, while Christians can be called children of God.

Born of God the Father

The Gospel of John is remarkably different from the other gospels. For instance, it states that Christians are born of God the Father.1 Similar statements can be found in the first letter of John.2 Men cannot give birth so it would seem that the gender of God has been obfuscated and God is a Mother. A question that may arise is that if the early Christian leaders have removed all the evidence of God being a Mother then how could they have overlooked this? The answer is that they probably didn’t.

The Gospels were written in Greek or translated into Greek. Greek mythology allows for such a peculiarity. In Greek mythology the goddess Athena was born from the head of the male god Zeus. Perhaps for that reason Jesus is referred to as ‘godhead’ in some of the letters of the Church Fathers. In most modern translations this is replaced by terms like ‘divinity’, ‘divine nature’ and ‘divine being’.3 Jesus is believed to be the head of the Church4 and the Church is believed to be Jesus’ body.5 These statements are peculiar and might be the result of obfuscation earlier beliefs. Christians now believe that the phase born of God is meant in a spiritual sense but that may not be what is meant originally.

If the original sources from which the Gospel of John was compiled were oral stories or written texts in Hebrew or Aramaic, this phrase might reveal the gender of God, as being born from a male deity comes from Greek mythology and not from the Jewish tradition and religion, and such a peculiarity is unlikely to be inserted during translation. The next question might be why? Such a construct could have made a great compromise at a time when many Christians still believed that God is a Mother.

The Jewish deity Yahweh is male so for Jewish Christians it may have been easy to accept the change. For others this may have been different. Syria was one of the first gentile areas where Christianity had spread. The acts of the apostles discuss the church in Antioch as early as 42 AD.6 As there were a substantial number of Christians in Syria already, it would have taken time to erase an established idea like God being a Mother.

The Gospel of John may have been written to cater this particular need, and to bridge the gap between the Pauline doctrine of God being a Father, the Jewish doctrine that God is unobservable and unknowable by humans, and the belief that God is a Mother which may have existed with the gentile Christians. The letters of Ignatius of Antioch indicate that this gospel was widely used in the early Syrian Christian community.7

The Gospel of John depicts Jesus as being in an eternal union with God. The nature of this union may have been marriage as Jesus said that he and ‘The Father’ are one. Marriage is the way to become one with another person. This makes sense when Mary Magdalene and Jesus were believed to be Eve and Adam reincarnate. And so the stage may have been set for Jesus becoming divine in Christian theology. To Jews this may have been offensive so Christianity may have separated itself from Judaism.

In this Gospel Jesus called his mother ‘woman’ and not ‘mother’.8 Calling her ‘mother’ would have caused confusion if Jesus referred to God as Mother too. More evidence can be found in the Odes Of Solomon. Ode 19 stands out. It has the following lines:

A cup of milk was offered to me: and I drank it in the sweetness of the delight of the Lord.
The Son is the cup, and He who was milked is the Father.
And the Holy Spirit milked Him: because His breasts were full, and it was necessary for Him that His milk should be sufficiently released.
And the Holy Spirit opened His bosom and mingled the milk from the two breasts of the Father; and gave the mixture to the world without their knowing.7

This clue may be important for a few reasons. It is an old text that may date from before 100 AD. It circulated amongst the earliest Christians in Syria. There are no other ancient Christian texts mentioning any gender related attributes of God. Here God is definitely depicted as having female physical characteristics despite being called Father. It supports the argument that the phrase being born of God originally related to the gender of God.

The Bridegroom

Jesus referred to himself as the Bridegroom9 and the Kingdom of God is represented as a wedding banquet.10 Hence, the wedding mentioned in the Gospel of John could have been Jesus’ marriage. This might explain why his mother was occupied with the lack of wine at the party.11 If Jesus had been married to God, this marriage may have turned him into the Christ.12 This might explain why Jesus started doing miracles at the wedding.13

Another question may be why the early Christian leaders have altered the gender of God? It is written that Paul experienced a psychosis in which Jesus appeared to him and called him.14 Paul joined Jesus’ followers shortly after Jesus allegedly died. According to the Gospels Jesus attracted all the attention, for instance by doing miracles, and perhaps Jesus was the only person who experienced evidence of Mary Magdalene being God. Paul may not have believed it and the other disciples may have had their doubts too. They were Jews who were taught to believe in the existence of an invisible male deity.

The idea of Eve taking Her son Adam as Her husband is lewd. It may have made the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus problematic. It might have given people the impression that incest is permitted or even recommended. In the First Epistle to the Corinthians Paul had to deal with a situation where a man was sleeping with his father’s wife. Apparently many people in the Christian community approved of it.15 Such acts may have provided grounds for the modifications Paul and his followers invented.

Gnostic gospels

Some of the Gnostic Gospels portray a close relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus. One names her as Jesus’ companion.16 Another mentions that Jesus loves her more than the other disciples and kisses her often.17 A third notes that Jesus loved her more than the other women.18 The Gnostic gospels don’t suggest that Mary Magdalene was God nor do they portray a marriage between her and Jesus.

The Gnostics were mystics who claimed to have secret knowledge about Jesus’ teachings and the nature of reality. Jesus claimed that his kingdom is of another world and can’t be observed.19 Gnostics believed that physical reality is a trap forged by an evil creator that keeps us separated from the Highest God. The idea of physical reality being separate from the immaterial world of ideas comes from Greek philosophers like Plato. Gnosticism also stressed the importance of individual experience. Gnosticism was banned after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

Gnosticism developed gradually from the second century onwards. The Gnostics and the Church may have started out using the same sources when the evidence of God being a Mother was already erased, but not the evidence of Jesus’ close relationship with Mary Magdalene. The different agendas brought about different redactions. To the Gnostics the close relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus probably wasn’t an issue. For the Church this may have been different as Christian theology made Jesus divine. An intimate relationship with Mary Magdalene didn’t fit into this picture.

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Beloved disciple

The Gnostic Gospels suggest that Jesus loved Mary Magdalene more than the other disciples. Hence, the Beloved Disciple in the Gospel of John may have been Mary Magdalene. One verse mentions Mary Magdalene and the Beloved Disciple separately.20 It may have been a falsification to obfuscate their intimate relationship. Another verse lists three women, namely Jesus’ aunt, the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene, and then implies that the Beloved Disciple was one of them.21 There apparently had been rumours that the Beloved Disciple was immortal.22 This makes sense if the Beloved Disciple was the avatar of God.

The contradictions in the accounts of the life of Jesus inspired a number of books like the Da Vinci Code. The Da Vinci Code is about an alleged conspiracy in the Roman Catholic Church to hide the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus. The book depends on the idea that the person at the right hand of Jesus in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper is not the apostle John, but Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene having been the most important person in Jesus’ life is modern knowledge that was not available to Leonardo da Vinci. It is therefore a peculiar coincidence that the Beloved Disciple is believed to have been John while John has a female appearance on many renaissance paintings.

Featured image: Bible: Only God Knows What Jesus Really Said. Loesje.org.

1. John 1:12-13 [link], 1 John 4:7 [link]
2. 1 John 5:1 [link], 1 John 2:29 [link], 1 John 3:9 [link], 1 John 4:7 [link], 1 John 5:4 [link], 1 John 5:18 [link]
3. Acts 17:29 [link], Romans 1:20 [link], Colossians 2:9 [link]
4. Ephesians 1:22
5. Colossians 1:24
6. Acts 11:19-26 [link]
7. The Lost Bible: Forgotten Scriptures Revealed. J.R. Porter (2001).
8. John 2:4 [link], John 19:25 [link]
9. Luke 5:34 [link], Mark 2:19-20 [link], Matthew 9:15 [link]
10. Matthew 22:2 [link]
11. John 2:3 [link]
12. John 3:27-29 [link]
13. John 2:9 [link]
14. Acts 9:3-5 [link]
15. 1 Corinthians 5:1-2 [link]
16. 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.
17. 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?”
18. 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”.
19. Luke 17:20-21 [link]
20. John 20:1-2 [link]
21. John 19:25-27 [link]
22. John 21:21-23 [link]

Lucretia Garfield. Library Of Congres

The identity of God

We may live inside a virtual reality created by an advanced humanoid civilisation for the personal entertainment of an individual who is God to us. God could be like us in many ways and use an avatar to appear as an ordinary human in this world. The entertainment thus could be playing roles in God’s imaginary world. And we may best understand God in this way. Hence, the deities and religions humans have made up tell us little about God. Still, Judaism stood at the cradle of Christianity and Islam, and that may not be a mere historical accident. And so, avatars of God may be present in the Bible.

Archaeological evidence does not corroborate the narrative in the Hebrew Bible from before the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Jesus has lived and preached even though there a lot of uncertainty about what he did and what he preached. Scholars believe that Jesus was just one of the many end-time prophets of his time. According to the Gospel, Jesus had a close personal bond with God. We can infer this from writings that may reflect his own words. And so, Jesus may have known the avatar of God.

That may explain why Jesus stood at the cradle of Christianity, nowadays a global religion with more than two billion followers. That is a most remarkable turn of history. The message of Christianity is that God loved the world so much that God sent Jesus to sacrifice himself for our sins. And this can save us from hell if we accept him as our saviour. That begs for an explanation. Six centuries later, in an astounding turn of history, a small band of Arab warriors created an empire stretching from the Atlantic to India, spreading Islam. Nowadays, Islam has close to two billion followers. And God allegedly promised Abraham that all peoples on Earth are to be blessed through him (Genesis 12:3).

Apart from the Son of God, Jesus was also called the Bridegroom, but the identity of the Bride is unknown. Being the Bridegroom appears to have been his mission and the Kingdom of God is compared to a wedding banquet. Christians believe that the Church is Jesus’ bride. There was no Church at the time Jesus was preaching so this is an anachronism. Perhaps Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and maybe a wedding of the Son of God to an ordinary woman was deemed inappropriate. Another explanation is that Mary Magdalene was God. She may have convinced Jesus that She was the reincarnation of Eve and that Jesus was Adam, and that they were an eternal couple from the beginning of creation until the end of times.

That would have raised controversy as it is at odds with the the Jewish scriptures. Christianity may have been shaped by dealing with this issue. The evidence of a controversy is still visible in the Gospels. The Gospel of John has a very distinct character and theology that is absent in the other Gospels. Scholars agree that the Gospels and the letters of the Church Fathers are edited. The Gospel of John adds a few insights into the nature of this controversy. Christians are born of God (John 1:12-13). Hence, God could be a Mother. And Jesus felt that he had an eternal bond with God and that he existed from the beginning (John 14:6).

Jesus may have believed that he was a reincarnation of Adam, that Mary Magdalene was a reincarnation of Eve, and that Eve did not come from Adam’s rib, but that Eve gave birth to Adam. There is evidence for these claims in the scriptures. Eve is called Mother of All the Living (Genesis 3:20), Adam is named Son of God (Luke 3:38) while Jesus is the Firstborn of all Creation (Colossians 1:15). And so, Adam may have been born. It makes no sense that the woman came from the rib of the man. It is more natural that the woman gave birth to the man. It makes sense but the Jewish scriptures and Greek thought provide us with alternative explanations.

Initially Christianity might have been about the marriage between Mary Magdalene and Jesus representing the Kingdom of God. The love of God Jesus was speaking of (John 17:23-26) may have been the love of a Goddess for her husband. This could explain why Christians believe that God is love (1 John 4:16). It sheds another light on Jesus’ assertion that he is one with God (John 10:30) as marriage is the usual way to become one flesh with another person (Mark 10:8, Matthew 19:5).11 It can clarify why Christian marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman. Judaism and Islam do not sanctify the institution of marriage in the way Christianity does.

Christianity probably at first had a distinct creation myth and fall story. It may not be an accident that the Quran differs from Genesis on these matters. The Quran describes the creation of Adam extensively but tells little about how Eve came into being. The Quran claims that Jesus and Adam were both made from dust (Quran 3:59). As the Quran corroborates that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a virgin (Quran 3:47), Adam may have been born from a virgin too. The Quran further blames Adam for the Fall while leaving Eve out of the picture (Quran 10:115-121). It does not include the account of Eve convincing Adam to eat from the forbidden fruit. It is however merely a matter of emphasis. The Quran does not contradict the Bible on these matters.

Abraham, the mythical founder of Judaism, was married to Sarah. In family affairs, God consistently sided with Sarah, the Hebrew Bible tells us. And Egypt was beset by plagues when the Pharaoh tried to make Sarah his wife. There is no evidence that Abraham has ever lived, but even if he did, the story about his life is probably a myth, as it was written down over a thousand years after he allegedly had lived. But at least this myth is consistent with God being a woman who can have human avatars. Sarah could have been an avatar of God. And we cannot know that Mary Magdalene was an avatar of God either, even though She, unlike Sarah, probably has lived. At this point, Islamic accounts come to the rescue, making it a more convincing case.

The stories about the life of Muhammad probably are reliable, at least for the purpose at hand. At the age of twenty-five, Muhammad married his boss, the merchant Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid. She was a widow and fifteen years his senior when She proposed to him. Their marriage was both happy and monogamous. Only after Khadijah had died did Muhammad marry other women. Khadijah was the first to convert to Islam immediately after Muhammad received his first vision, which is odd as She was still his superior to the point that Muhammad depended on Her rather than the other way around. Her support was invaluable to Muhammad’s mission, and Islam would not have existed without Her. One can imagine no plausible political or religious agenda for misrepresenting the facts in this way. So, if God did have human avatars, then Khadijah probably was one of them. Women hardly ever were boss over their husbands in seventh-century Arabia, so the odds that the founder of Islam has found himself in this position by accident appears close to zero. Avatars of God may have played a significant role in world history. And God could still be dwelling among us today.

Featured image: Lucretia Garfield. Library Of Congres.

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 proclaimed she was a prostitute.1 This slur still lingers around after more than 1,000 years. More recently she 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.

The Gospels tell us very little about her. According to Luke, she was one of the women that travelled with Jesus and supported him financially during his mission. We learn that Jesus had cured these women of illness and demonic possession. Of Mary Magdalene, it is written that seven demons had been cast out of her (Luke 8:1-3).

There has been 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. Jesus is referred to as the Bridegroom (Matthew 9:15, Luke 5:34, Mark 2:19-20). 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.

A few Gospels that are not recognised by the Church tell 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

The Gospel of John states that Jesus had an intimate and loving relationship with God. It seems that he knew 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. There is an explanation for this. This universe could be a virtual reality created by an advanced humanoid civilisation to entertain someone we call God. And God could use avatars and appear like an ordinary human to us.

Mary Magdalene may have been an avatar of God. Jesus may have believed She that was the reincarnation of Eve and that he was the reincarnation of Adam. Mary Magdalene may have married Jesus after convincing him that he was her eternal husband. The first Christians may have believed that Adam was the son of Eve. That makes more sense than the rib story. That makes Adam, and therefore, Jesus a son of God.

It may seem an odd suggestion, but the evidence is substantial, but it takes a deep dig into the murky past of Christianity. So let us start with a joke to get you in the mood. If nothing happens by accident, then consider the song Gimme The Prize from Queen. The song signals a cryptic message indicating that the God of the coming kingdom is a Queen.

Freddy Mercury had a good time, but he probably did not realise that he was part of a queer joke. Some Christians believe that there are Satanic messages hidden in pop music. And Freddy was a colourful figure they may not like. And so, the joke may be on them too. It is possible to identify possible avatars of God in the Hebrew Bible too. It may not be a coincidence that God did Sarah’s bidding in family affairs and that disaster struck the countries of kings who tried to make Sarah their bride. Muhammad married his boss, Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid. Only after she died, he did marry other women. And avatars of God may have played a significant role in history.

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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”.