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ELAINE PAGELS EXPLAINS THAT JESUS WAS NOT A PHYSICAL HUMAN BEING BUT RATHER A SPIRITUAL BEING IN "THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS"




In the Acts of John, one of the most famous of Gnostic texts, he says: "I will tell you another glory, brethren, Sometimes when I meant to touch Him I encountered a material, solid body, but other times when I felt him, his substance was immaterial and incorporeal, as if it did not exist at all." He also found that Jesus never left any footprints.

 

"Jesus was not a human being; instead he was a spiritual being who adapted himself to spiritual perception," as Prof. Elaine Pagels explained it in "The Gnostic Gospels".

 

Flavius Josephus is a historian who wrote about the Jews. He was known to exist contemporary to the time of the New Testament Apostles, altho he had no knowledge of a N.T. Scripture in his time,- 37 to 95 A.D.

 

All the Christians before Eusebius (Church historian of the 4th Century), held the view, like Origen, Clement of Alexandria, Justin Martyr, etc. that Josephus, who had mentioned John the Baptist, did not acknowledge Christ.

 

This is further explained in the Buddhist Essene Gospel of Jesus Vol. II:

THE WORD MADE FLESH IS AN INCORRECT
TRANSLATION

Then, as Thomas (St. Thomas Aquinas, the greatest theologian of the Catholic Church) admits, “Since the Word of God is true God, it is impossible that the Word be changed into flesh.”

 

Here the Western translation is at fault, saying, “The Word was made flesh”, and as we have shown from the Syriac translation it should say, “The Word was realized by the flesh,” or as Thomas puts it “The Word was assumed by the flesh” rather than “became flesh”.

 

The Holy Spirit appeared visibly as a dove at the baptism, and later as tongues of fire to the Apostles, but like the Word as to flesh, the Spirit did not become a dove or fire.

 

Also when John saw “Jesus walking”, this is a metaphor, just as when Adam and Eve “heard the voice of God, walking in the garden” of Eden, - (Gen.3:8) He appeared visibly in the world but it did not make God or His Son flesh.



“Nothing created can equal God. The Son is equal to the Father: For John (5:18) says, “The Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He did not only break the Sabbath, but also said God was His Father, making Himself equal to God.”

 

So actually what John was teaching was that the Son of God, the Christ, was beyond what the Jews looked at, but “among you stands one whom you do not know” (Jn.1:26) since in his appearance in the flesh, he declared “I am not the Christ.”

 

When John was lustrating in Bethany at the Jordan Crossing, “He looked at the Living God while He walked and said, Behold the Prophesied One! When he said it, two of his disciples heard it; and they followed Jesus (or the Living God).”

 

As we have said before James, and Andrew were the two witnesses, gathered in His name, where the Living God was in the midst of them.

 

From thereon we hear very little of John himself in the flesh, but rather hear of his testimony of Jesus, the Living God as the Word and Son of God.

 

John, James, Peter (Simon Lazarus), Mary (of Bethany) and all the apostles were the human witness that gave testimony of the Incarnation, in multiplicity and variety of the One Person.

(above excerpts from The Buddhist Essene Gospel of Jesus)

 

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From The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels:

 

... What is the source of religious authority?

For the Christian, the question takes more

specific form: What is the relation between the

authority of one's own experience and that

claimed for the Scriptures, the ritual, and

the clergy?

 

(editor- This is the most important question,

because Christ taught us in the bible about

praying in secret in your secret chamber where

no one sees but God, and not to publicize your

fasting and prayer but rather keep it a secret so

that only God knows about it. This begins

to question the whole idea of a public confession

of Christ being needed to be a christian.

 

 


 



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