There’s been a lot of hubbub lately about the James Cameron documentary about the finding of ossuaries (burial bone-boxes) in Israel that may hold the remains of “Jesus Christ,” his wife, and his son. I’ve not seen the movie, but I’ve read all the reports and know my history. This is just as likely as not to be true. Archaeology, recorded history, natural history, and the findings of a number of scientific investigations have always been at odds with the Bible. There was another ossuary found years ago that may hold the remains of “James,” the brother of “Jesus.”
Why don’t we call him Ya’akov, brother of Yeshua, for reality’s sake. These false names and false witnesses got me thinking about the stories of the “AntiChrist.” People have, in the past, called me an AntiChrist for not confessing a wholesale belief in their lovely, revered bit of fiction, “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” Many others have been killed throughout history for their recognition of the rift between reality and fantasy. But what does “AntiChrist” mean to me?
The AntiChrist is already among us. The symbolism of the AntiChrist is not necessarily to suggest literally an actual living person...
The AntiChrist is the denial of the Christ, in the sense that we deny the real Christ by believing and affirming the falsehoods we've been taught about him. The "Anti-Christ" is the false image of "Jesus" as portrayed and pushed upon us by traditional "orthodox" teaching. The Gospels have been revised, altered, and mistranslated in a number of ways since the first "church fathers" began indoctrinating the religion and molding it into their own "politically acceptable" form.
His name, for example, was never actually "Jesus" or “Christ.” His family and friends most likely called him Yeshua; such and easy word to enunciate, it hardly deserves a change-- in any language (except, Latin, I suppose). And, now that I think of it again, I’d be very upset if, thousands of years from now, people were calling me something other than “Jonathan” just to suit their own lazy tongues.
The only way not to accept the AntiChrist is to seek out the truth of the real man; a real part of history, our world, and maybe beyond. One must not limit or base his faith on the literal meaning of scripture. This has never been, nor ever will be enough for the rational mind to find its saviour. There are contradictions and doubt to be found concerning the actuality of concepts such as the divine conception, birth, the existence of a twin, the relationship with the Magdalen, the "trial before the Sanhedrin," the crucifixion, the resurrection, the ascension, etc. There is little to support these events occurring in the very literal sense that the Catholics and later Christians interpret them with (or deny them with, in the case of the twin and a relationship with the Magdalen). In fact, since the rediscovery of the Gnostic writings found at Nag Hammadi and other sources of early Christian record, there is more evidence available to historically damage the validity of the traditional orthodox position. In times of his public life, Yeshua was a very real Messiah in the old Jewish sense... a lost king, priest, and military leader, come to liberate Israel from its oppressors and bring it back to God and "God's People." He appears to have spoken in parables and riddles with the specific purpose of hiding within his speech messages of a religious and spiritual nature; and some of a very specific and strategic nature. He even spoke in ironies and the abstract with his own disciples, turning their attention away from the literal examination of God and back to the examination of the creative force within themselves, the spirit within:
In the Gospel of Thomas, a gospel excluded by the Catholic Church founders, his disciples say to him, "Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel, and all of them spoke in you." He replied, "You have ignored the one living in your presence, and have spoken only of the dead." Also, when asked, "Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?" he said to them, "Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate." By saying these things, he implies that what is really important is the prophet within each person; the Son of God we each are, and the divine power we all share-- much like a psychic medium encouraging others to develop their own relationships with God and dead loved ones. He suggests that prophets of today, and the prophet living in each one of us, have more to reveal to us than testimonies of the dead. And only the individual can truly know if he lies and what he hates. ("Thomas" meant "the twin," in Hebrew.)
In the Gospel of Phillip, another gospel excluded from canon for political reasons, the author says, "Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images. One will not receive the truth in any other way." Religious language, being symbolic of internal transformation, relates divine reality as what one sees inside himself; a personal connection to God. "...You saw the spirit, you became spirit. You saw the Christ, you became a Christ. You saw the Father, and you shall become Father... you see yourself, and what you see you shall become." By speaking this way, and imploring us to find God within ourselves, we are encouraged to consider everything, come to know ourselves, and discover what even Yeshua could not teach.
And in the “approved” Bible itself, my favorite passage is Mark10:18, where Yeshua/Jesus asks the disciples why they would call him good, as only God is good. To me, this is as good as admitting the even he is a sinner, himself.
These ideas are very different from the orthodox promulgated ideas of receiving God "only through Christ" (which, in reality, came to mean "only through our church"). Belief in a reality of “the Christ,” and a realistic Creator within would free the seeker from the mental oppression of doctrine and empty ceremony; it should enlighten and lift one above the self-appointed authority of church hierarchy. The likelihood of Yeshua's birth, celibacy, crucifixion, and resurrection having actually occurred as in manufactured ecclesiastical doctrine is relatively small. By doing the research and sifting through all material available, the import of his most likely actual teachings is gigantic by contrast, such as:
• Love yourself. See creation, heaven, and light within yourself. Love your neighbors as yourself. Accept male and female as one. Find the "kingdom" and freedom from desire and afflictions of the material world within yourself. No one in the world can know more of God than you if you genuinely seek. None but God should have power over you. You can become a Christ in your own way. Like a Christ or a Buddha, you can transcend the suffering and the anguish of the material world, and learn of your own divine nature.
This message is brought to you by the real agnostic, who only seeks to know the truth. I realize, of course, that some of the people reading this would like to see me hung on a cross, but I refuse to accept only one version of the story. There’s a multitude of reasons why the truth has been hidden from you. Aren’t you a bit more curious than the acceptance of the the book that they have handed you and told you was truth?
I can’t even read the news without wondering at what the real story is.
I still celebrate Christmas, though. Sometimes fantasy is fun, although I know very well that he was much more likely born in the spring. I also don’t buy the theory that St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland. He was a Welshman who was taken into slavery, became a holy man, and lived an impressive life, sure. But one man eliminating all the snakes from Ireland! Regardless of the reality of parts of the story, I’m still going to be drinking green beer. Slainte! Erin go bragh!
The commentary in this article is in part speculation and opinion based on my understanding of my own research, and should not necessarily be construed as concrete fact. I have drawn largely on various sources; including reports from government agencies, library reference materials, and data collected by private agencies.
If I you have questions or comments, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you like, look up Mark10:18 in the Bible and tell me what you think it means… You can also write to me at email@example.com for a free copy of the United States Constitution. I’ll send it to you-- Please read it! You can also tell me there what kind of American you think I am-- or how poorly informed I may or may not be.
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