“In the Beginning…”
II. Synchronistic Webs
The New Age Center
“At the End…”
JUDAS, A Real Friend?
A Letter From Jesus?
Pandora's Box: Da Vinci Code
"Ken, Are You a Christian?"
The Path of Awakening: Dual/non-dual Meditation
Jesus Laughs/We Awaken
Dead Sea Scrolls
The Greek Poets
Desiring initiations and secret knowledge
- Closer now to the final years.
The Mystery of Death and Dying arises.
Many the baby boomers (and others)
Tired of the materialistic path
Seek more meaning, more understanding.
What new/ancient path to follow?
Books famous: The Tibetan Book of the Dead
and The Egyptian Book of the Dead--
confuse or enlighten?
What to do? What to read? How to understand?
Help is on the way!
The Mystery of Death and Dying1
And, Initiation in the Great Pyramid2
Present a beginning.
The moment of death offers
an unsought initiation.
The Focus is on three SEED ATOMS----
the emotional (solar plexus chakra),
the mental (crown chakra),
the heart (heart chakra)
FREE WILL is found in the emotional (astral) and mental
while the heart seed atom FATEFULLY ties you
to your karmic past DESTINY.
Thus, 2/3 free and 1/3 fated!
At death, first released is the emotional seed atom vibrations
followed by the vibrations of the mental seed atom,
building the newly born spiritual form.
Finally the heart seed atom escapes the body
carrying the "movie" of your entire incarnation with it.
Next comes the Bardo--where you see yourself as you truly are.
Transitioning to spirit life.
Are you ready?
Yet, relatively speaking, if it's all an illusion,
No need to do anything except have the Final Understanding3
- Title of Earlyne Chaney's book.
- Another Chaney book, see pages 1-106, and especially
pages 158-227. This book magnificently throws much light on the Egyptian
civilization and the meaning of The Egyptian Book of the Dead.
- Could teachers like Tolle, Balsekar, Adyashanti and
others, be the modern-day Egyptian gods/priests/guides of old? Or,
following Almaas and others, is there still the need for much, much more
JUDAS, A Real Friend?
- Level I: ABSOLUTE REALITY; Level II: relative reality.
In comparison with level I, level II is an ILLUSION
(a dream, a Divine play, a drama, UNREAL)
Even though what happens on Level II has real consequences
on that level,
The question is: Do level II happenings also have real
consequences on level I?
Advaita Vedanta and the Gnostics would say no
since everything is ONENESS or PURE SUBJECTIVITY.
Yet reincarnations SEEM to take into account level II consequences.
So, are reincarnations also ILLUSIONS?
As are the "higher" planes of "the Masters."
- Many would work to change relative reality--the world--
for the better.
Is this just making for a better illusion/dream?
No need, therefore, to improve the world.
Yet, if you want to, do it--realizing that, maybe,
it doesn't matter.
- Enter The Lost Gospel of Judas.1
Betrayer or favored disciple/willing collaborator?
"If Jesus' death was all part of God's plan, then Judas's
betrayal was part of God's plan."
Was Judas just playing HIS ROLE in the Divine play?
For as Jesus said: "For you will sacrifice the man that
clothes me." (Lost Gospel)
So, "in helping Jesus get rid of his physical flesh,
Judas acts to liberate the true spiritual self or
the divine being within Jesus" (NY Times).
Is what APPEARS as betrayal really a beneficial act?
How possibly judge ANY ACTION?
All level II happenings lead to level I REALITY!
- The Gnostics are arising ---AGAIN.2
- "In Ancient Document, Judas, Minus the Betrayal", (N.Y. Times, April
6), by John Noble Wilford; also, "Document Is Genuine, but Is Its Story
True?," by Laurie Goodstein
- The Secrets of Judas: The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple and
His Lost Gospel, by James M. Robinson "Could Judas have believed that by
betraying Jesus he was fulfilling God's plan for the birth of
Note: Mary Magdalene recently went from whore to beloved disciple.
Now, Judas SEEMS to need revision.
Where does that leave Jesus?
See Timothy Freke and Pater Gandy:
--The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a "Pagan God?"
--Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original
--The Laughing Jesus: Religious Lies and Gnostic Wisdom
Also, see Elaine Pagels:
--The Gnostic Gospels
--Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
and many others.
Plus: The Nag Hammadi Library: Gnostic Scriptures. by James
Comment from Ken:
Instead of the birth of Christianity
following Fritz Perls, I see the person as an onion,
to be peeled, layer-by-layer, of bodily-stuck emotionsa
until the innermost core is reached, where there is
Such that enlightenment happens and Divinity shines
through our forms.
For me, the true Gnostic teachings of Jesus guide
us: "the Kingdom of God is within."
(a) Feelings Buried Alive
Never Die, by Karol Truman.
Level I: ABSOLUTE REALITY1; Level II:
In comparison with level I, level II is an ILLUSION
(a dream, a Divine play, a drama, UNREAL)
The above is the PRIMARY ILLUSION created by Source.
Within the primary illusion is a SECONDARY ILLUSION,
created by the "established elite."
However, a debate exists about the secondary
--here "conspiracy theories" predominate.
How recognize the "truth" of the secondary illusion?
(If, in fact, one can arrive at any "truth" concerning these things)
One place to start: The 12th Planet, by
In the beginning, man was created not by God but by . . .
Lawrence Gardner's Genesis of the Grail Kings presents
a detailed prehistory of Sitchin's research,
especially combining Sumerian, Egyptian and Hebrew connections.
Rule by Secrecy, by Jim Marrs, correlates present-day
political/economic structures with Sitchin/Gardner research.
Much more detailed investigation is provided by David Icke in:
. . .And The Truth Shall Set Your Free
The Biggest Secret (1999)
Children of the Matrix (2001)
Tales from the Time Loop (2003) (small autobiography here)
Infinite Love Is The Only Truth, Everything Else is an
Or, try: The Secret History of the World and How to Get Out Alive,
by Laura Knight-Jadczyk
And, so, we come to one of many updated versions:
"Senate Hearings on Bush, NOW," by Carl Bernstein (of Watergate fame)
1. Ask The Awakened, by Wei Wu
NOTE: The Da Vinci Code exploded on the scene. The movie arrived as did
The Jesus Papers, by Michael Baigent. A brief summary of some major points
A Letter From Jesus?
- The Jesus of history from the Jesus of faith how separate?
To see the political/religious world within which Jesus,
his followers and his biographers lived is necessary.
And direct knowledge is always superior to faith or belief.
(It's one thing for someone to say your hand will be burned
in a fire (belief); it's quite another thing to put your hand in the
fire and have the experience (direct knowledge).
So, where does direct knowledge lead us?
- Only Matthew and Luke mention the Virgin Birth.
In Isaiah (7:14) the Hebrew language prophesied that an
"alma" (young woman) would bear a son, called Immanuel.
Yet when translated into Greek alma became "parthenos"
(a virgin)--so ONLY a young woman was needed!
Church Fathers Origin (self-castrated at 18) and Augustine
(who hated all pleasures, especially that of sex) helped
create a cult of virginity. And by 1139 A.D. marriage and sex
were forbidden to priests in the Roman Church.
Check out Church Father Tertullian below1
Thus, women in Church services were relegated
to "silence and at home, consulting their husbands."
- After "preaching at the Temple at an early age, Whence Jesus?
To Egypt, to "Zadokite" (Zealots) Jewish Temple in Onias,
for training by mystical Jewish groups (Therapeutae)2
For details of Egyptian-influenced training see Chp. 9,
"The Mysteries of Egypt,"
Not theology ("talking about" the gods, i.e., knowledge,);
but Theurgy ("working with" the gods, i.e., direct knowing).
Especially, travelling to the Far-World though the Underworld.
To do so, INITIATIONS!
- The Greek cults were derived from the Egyptian Temple cults.
Plato, though Socrates: correct philosophy "is practising
nothing other than dying and being dead."
Initiations are all important!3
Plato, however, filtered out all the experiental qualities of the
Presocratic philosophers, while Aristotle completed the
filtering, i.e., can only know by means of our reason;
or truth, through discussion and logical agreement.
Parmenides periodically traveled to the Far-World and
RETURNED!--see his incantatory poem4
The technique of INCUBATION: await in silence/stillness
a dream or vision, or while sleeping, either on or inside the earth.
Enter another state of consciousness, leave your body in its "Ba"
form or psyche(soul) and travel to the Far-World.
Thus, our task: "santification": "bringing the spirit back into the
world to teach others the way to the Far-World."
- Is this what happened in the story (dream/vision) of Jacob's ladder?
Ezekiel's vision was derived from an ancient Babylonian text.
The Kabbalisitc Tree is based upon the Assyrian original.
Enoch (raised aloft on the chariots of the spirit) seems to
be a Judaic equivalent of the Egyptian winger Ba.
Jesus, like the mystical Egyptians/Greeks/Hebrews, took a
mystical approach while the Jewush Zealots took a worldly approach.
- The mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven--what mean this?
"It is already available to those who know the way.
We cannot see the kingdom--we cannot find it by reason and
physical observation, for the KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN."
In silence and incubation!
The Gospel of Thomas5, a hidden tradition, esoteric and
teaching (wisdom) being passed on secretly within Christianity.
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene: she received some secret teachings
from Jesus that the others have not--she says to Peter: "I will
teach you about what is hidden from you."
- The crucifixion, Was it the Zealots (not the Jews in general)
who wanted Jesus executed?
Could the crucifixion have been "faked?"
Hugh Schonfeld in The Passover Plot:
Jesus was drugged--sedated on the cross
such that he appeared dead but could be revived later,
after he had been taken down6.
Joseph of Arimathea asks for the SOMA of Jesus (Greek: a living body);
Pilate gives permission to take down the PTOMA of Jesus (Greek:
a dead body). But, in the Latin Vulgate, CORPUS ("body" as well as
"corpse") is used by both Joseph and Pilate.
Thus, the hiding of the secret of the crucifixion was completed.
"To base truth upon a written word makes it vulnerable to all the
of INTERPRETATION and TRANSLATION, to say nothing of religious
- Enter the Dead Sea Scrolls7.
The "son of God" title was now seen to be a preexisting usage.
The original Jesus movement was taken over by a Jesus mythology.
The Jesus tradition is Jewish; the Christ myth is not.
The Jesus of history versus the Jesus of faith.
The myth of Jesus replaced the reality of Jesus.
"Can we ever save Jesus from the dogma within which
he has long been mired?"
- Finally, "the Jesus Papers" are presented.
A wealthy Israeli owns two Aramaic letters written to the Jewish
Court, the Sanhedrin--written by the "Messiah of the Children of
"This messiah explained that what he meant was not that he was "God" but
that the "Spirit of God" was in him--not that he was physically the son
of God, but rather that he was spiritually an adopted son of God. . .and
everyone who felt similarly filled with the "spirit" was also a "son of
God." (page 269)
But the papers are concealed--in private hands and thus,
NO CONFIRMATION! Yet Baigent claims to have seen them!
The tug-of-war between scholars, dealers, and collectors
for manuscripts still continues.
So. .. expect more ancient manuscripts to reveal themselves!
- Tertullian ranted against women: "You are the devil's
gateway: you are the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree: you are the
first deserter of the divine law. . . .On account of your desert--that
is, death--even the Son of God had to die."
- The Therapeutae worship centered on the
Self-Existent--a belief in the One Divine Reality. They represented a
Jewish version of a widespread mystical tradition that found expression
in all lands. They focused on healing, of body AND soul, and on worship.
- They healed, they taught, they sang, they chanted,,
they wrote and recited rhythmic incantatory poetry, they used sacred
ritual, they meditated, they used any technique they knew in order to
carry the seeker to the very deepest divine sources of reality.
- In The Dark Places of Wisdom, by Peter Kingsley.
- Jesus' disciples ask, "When will the new world come?"
Jesus replies, "What you look forward to has already come, but you do
not recognize it." "The Kingdom is inside you and it is outside you."
- See pages 126-131 of Baigent.
- The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception, by Michael Baigent
and Richard Leigh.
Pandora's Box: Da Vinci Code
- For the masses, The Da Vinci Code opened pandora's box:
How? It raised QUESTIONS/DOUBTS about
the diversity of early Christianity
the origins of the gospels
the supression of the Gnostics
the divinity of Jesus (by a vote in 329 A.D.)
Jesus surviving the crucifixion
Jesus' marriage to Mary Magdelene
the bloodline of Jesus
the Knights Templar the Cathars
the Vatican's constant and continuing
attempt at control over all the above
(the Inquisition and more)
- So, for starters, READ:
Holy Blood, Holy Grail, by Michael Baigent,
Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln
The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels
Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, by Elaine Pagles
Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, by John Shelby Spong
(A great introduction to Bible studies)
- Then try, by Tomothy Freke and Peter Gandy:
The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original" Jesus a Pagan God?
Jesus and The Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original
The Laughing Jesus: Religious Lies and Gnostic Wisdom
Also, The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-up in History,
by Michael Baigent (2006)
- Finally, The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception, by Michael Baigent and
The Nag Hammadi Library in English, by James Robinson
(a summary of many "LOST" gospels: fascinating)
The Inquisition, by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh
- All of this leads to Mysticism and Enlightenment Studies;
See the titles under
click onto Point of Infinity, then onto Vision of Point.
On the homepage, check out also: The Mystical Fellowship
- Path of Awakening
NOTE: After a recent conversation with some friends,
"Ken, Are You a Christian?"
- Not so quick to respond.
Hundreds of conflicting responses floating
around in my mind.
Finally: "I'm a Universalist" came out.
And, a sigh of recognition arose.
- What, praytell, is my definition of a Universalist?
"I try to investigate ALL the known religions (1) and
spiritual paths (2), especially the MYSTICAL
components of each."
Attempting to integrate them into some type
of synthesis--allowing contradictions, of course.
- Maybe "Multiversalist" would be better,
However, Universalist--embracing all as one--
seems more appropriate.
Thus, Sufism, Zen, Gnosticism, the Kabbalah,
Hindu Advaita Vedanta, Confucianism,
Sikhism, Taoism, Shintoism, Jainism,
Native American Indian perspectives delight
Perhaps, my rendition of Our Father, expresses
Ineffable Original Intelligence
Who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name
Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
Who exists inside and outside the Void
Nameless One, Blessed Thou art
Gratitude for the Grace that allows us to
experience Thy Presence
We joyfully accept Thy intentions for
all sentient beings
On every dimension in all spaces and
May we constantly open to Thy unifying
Help us to transcend our fabricated self-
concepts and our individuated
Just as we offer unconditional presence
to others in like manner
Send us the courage to face our blessed
And thanks, always, for Thy desire
to bring us back into Thy Space
- Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions,
by Jeffrey Moses.
- Such as Theosophy, Anthroposophy, Gurdjieff, Yogic
practices, various Bodywork approaches, different types of
meditation/breathing paths, especially "incubation." See From Onions
to Pearls, by Satyam Nadeen, Chp. 2, pp. 7-10.
NOTE: The Human Buddha: Enlightenment for The New
Millennium, by Aziz Kristof inspired the following.
The Path of Awakening: Dual/non-dual Meditation
- AWARENESS, with attention, raising consciousness
above unconsciousness (the dream of ignorance) in the mind.
Surrendering--letting go--dropping energy into the belly
leads one into the GROUND OF BEING (The ABSOLUTE)
where one's roots are (the state of unconditional peace).
The spiritual HEART opens up to expose the SOUL
where the REAL ME unities with Uncreated Energy (The Source).
Thus, the Heart is the bridal chamber,
where the search for completeness ends/starts
-- Existential, not psychological, wholeness.
- Presence and Surrender= the inner kingdom of I Am.
Awaken to That Which Is. Watching is replaced by Being Present.
This Path transcends the fundamental limitation of
identification with the outer.
No longer search for experiences, but seek the experiencer!
It is our destiny/responsibility to co-create our own awakening.
So. . . lose your mind (the artificial separation from the State of
to reclaim your mind (from a place of no-mind)
which is FREEDOM.
"The State of Presence is your FREEDOM,
thinking is your conscious or subconscious spontaneity."
- The Buddha Mind is the Natural State.
Here, your relative Me remains but the experience of yourself
is rooted in the Transcendental State.
"We are not only the witness
but the witnessed as well."
- In sum, there are three centers (gateways) to the inner realm:
AWARENESS, BEING AND HEART.
A true multidimensional Path.
Enlightenment? LIVE every moment of your existence
(lose your illusions).
To a state of unity from a place of relative separation.
We are awakening from moment to moment to
the recognition of that which is already present.
- May Awareness lead you to Beingness and from there to your
NOTE: After rereading The Laughing Jesus: Religious
Lies and Gnostic Wisdom, by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy, the urge to sum
up the second part of the book arose.
JESUS Laughs/WE awaken
Lighten up and enjoy the show.
Only Heretics get the joke.
What joke? That Life is but a dream,
with the Life-Dreamer becoming
conscious through creation.1
- So . . . wake up! To what?
To two interconnected levels:
relative reality and Absolute Reality2
Relative reality is our "persona" (mask, form),
our APPARENT nature, constantly changing.
We perceive with the it-perspective: see ourselves
as a body in the world, as a person in the life-dream.
Absolute Reality is our ESSENTIAL SHARED nature,3
We perceive with the I-perspective: see ourselves
as an empty presence within which the whole life-dream is arising.
We ARE the life-dreamer.
What a paradox! We are both object and subject.
- Fundamentalist Literalists versus Gnostics.
The Literalists adopt the it-perspective;
Gnostics, the I-perspective.
Believing (opinion) versus knowing (experiencing)
Know what? That you are an EXPERIENCER of experiences.
You are awareness witnessing a flow of experiences called life4
You are awareness APPEARING as a person.
So are others. We APPEAR to be many but
ESSENTIALLY we are one.
- Living Lucidly: be simultaneously conscious of both
the I- and the it-perspectives.
Be BOTH the life-dreamer AND a person in the life-dream.
Eschew either/or; adopt both/and!
For the primal polarity is the life-dreamer and
the life-dream (existence is an essential oneness appearing as
Is the life-dreamer awareness in the process of waking
up from unconscious oneness to conscious awareness?
Awakening (enlightenment) is consciously
experiencing our essential nature.
- Yet more than enlightenment (identifying with our
shared essential nature) and endarkenment
(identifying with our apparent nature).
NOW, ENLIVEMENT: Be BOTH awareness loving
things as they are right now (Tolle) AND also
be a person in the world desiring things to get
better in the future (Freke/Gandy), and ACT
on those desires.
Embrace life as it is AND seek to transform the
ugly, inappropriate, and cruel.
- Have TEMPORARY attachments as a person in the world
in the life dream whilst knowing that ESSENTIALLY
we are awareness which is not attached to anything.
Therefore, don't fear death. Rather fear your fear of death!
- What we experience is RELATIVELY good or bad.
But THAT we are experiencing anything at all is
All experiences are BOTH good and Bad, depending
on how we look at them.
Our adventure is a journey of discovery
with a multitude of opportunities to wake up
and be conscious of all that we are.5
Gnosis is knowing that you are one with all.
You ARE all you experience.
- So . . be BOTH idealistic AND pragmatic.
BOTH appreciate AND improve.
Do not blindly believe; consciously question,
using BOTH intuition AND rationality.
Remember: doubt is a pre-requisite for waking up.
Embrace radical doubt!
- "What else is there but the one Life-Dreamer dreaming
the life dream and experiencing it from infinitely various perspectives.
- Ask The Awakened, by Wei Wu Wei.
- Usually called: The Christ within, Buddha-nature,
Atman, "I", etc.
- Awareness is the permanent background of the flux of
experience which witnesses all the changes. The underlying presence of
awareness versus our experiences which are always changing. Thus, our
essential nature is AWARENESS.
- We actually want the conflicts and dilemmas of life
because this is what transforms us. This is what makes us really FEEL.
- 2012: Mayan Year of Destiny, by Adrian Gilbert (2006)
What means Dec 21, 2012? How know?
Many interpretations, little agreement,
From total destruction to lesser contingencies.1
What read/intuit you? What think YOU?
- Non-academic Egyptian/Mayan histories of great import.
Brilliant astronomers in both.
Using Aztec Calendar Stone/assorted Mayan Calendars,
coded information given.
To CYCLES pay attention! Linear isn't the answer.
- Where does Atlantis fit in?
Again, much speculation.
Where do YOU stand on this? Interested?
Was Atlantis the source of these all-important calendars?
If so, why?
- Global warming,3 a very important factor in climate
- Did the Orion stargate which opened in the year 2000 unleash
certain forces of chaos? Is something afoot in our world?
Earthquakes, pestilence, wars, famine, AIDS, etc., more than before?
On Dec 21, 2006 the Sun aligns with the center of our galaxy.
What does "the end of a cycle or the end of an age" signify?
What will happen? Nothing....or something?
But if something, what?
Major earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, 300 feet-deep
floods from melting of Greenland ice sheet and
Arctic Circle, comet/asteroid (like 65 million year-ago
Yucatan Peninsula hit), World War III, personal/national
"suicide bombers," fires, draught, hurricanes
(winds up to 350 mph plus), tsunamis, diseases
(like AIDS), world-wide economic depression,
invasion of extraterrestrials, etc.
How to prepare?
First and foremost, AWAKEN and see the illusion for what it is.
ALL forms pass away, unconditioned awareness remains.
Then, no need to do anything!
If really gigantic events happen, not much we can do anyway.
If smaller non-world- wide happenings, maybe survive, if prepared.
What do YOU think will happen and how will you prepare?4
Try researching some of the books in footnote #1.
At a minimum, Egyptian/Mayan civilizations are FASCINATING.
- 2012: Mayan Year of Destiny, by Adrian Gilbert, especially Chp. 12,
"Cycles of the Sun," pages 257-288;
The Mayan Prophecy, by Adrian Gilbet and Maurice Cotterll
Maya Cosmos, by David Freidel, Linda Schele and Jay Parker; A Forest of
Kings, by Linda Schele and David Freidel; The Code of Kings, by Linda Schele and Peter Mathews;
The Mayan Calendar, by Carl Johann Calleman.
- Solar Rain: The Earth Changes Have Begun, by Mitch Battros;
- An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning,
featuring Vice-President Al Gore. For one solution:
- If interested, contact me:
Dead Sea Scrolls
An amazing find! 1947 at Qumran.
A second in Egypt--in l945, the Nag Hammadi Scrolls.
Archeologists/Historians love this stuff, Biblical scholars too.
Yet, what tell us, these scrolls?
That's the problem--how know, how interpret?
In only 11 years Nag Hammadi Scrolls published.
Many lost gospels found and more.
But the Dead Sea Scrolls?
After almost 60 years, very little of these Scrolls.
Mostly "Biblical," not "sectarian" material published,
yet it's the sectarian that really matters.
So. . . what gives?
Who controls the Scrolls, their interpretation?
THE INTERNATIONAL TEAM!
Catholic scholars (some Dominican priests)
with monopoly, control and consensus--
Father De Vaux supreme authority.
Where is the accountability?
Seemingly to Ecole Biblique (French-Dominican
Archeological School in Jesrusalem).
And ultimately, seemingly, to the VATICAN!
NOT to the scholarly community with peer review,
publications, critical debates on the scrolls CLOSEST
to the source (BEFORE the New Testament writings).
So . . .a deception? (1)
Most critical point: the DATING of the Scrolls.
Also, the relationship of Jesus/James to the
The nature of the Essene community itself:
peaceful or political/military?
For the "sectarian" matrials yield the political/religious/
social/cultural background of the "early church."
Need to separate the "Jesus of history"
from the "Christ of faith." (2)
Enter ROBERT EISENMAN.
Discovers "a critical link between the Dead Sea Scrolls
and the elusive figure of St. James, Jesus' brother,
the head of the "early church" in Jerusalem.
Thus, now questioned the preconceptions and
reconstructions of the International Team (the party line).
Baigent and Leigh's book is the incredible story of the
Dead Sea Scroll Scandal.
Read it for yourself and see what YOU think.
Who was the Essene "Teacher of Righteousness"?
Were they all celibate?
Which calendar did they use? Lunar or solar--why important?
Was it really the ZEALOTS (a political/military movement)
in the Qumran community?
Who was the "Wicked Priest" and who "the Liar" in the
James extols the supremacy of the Law; Paul,
the supremacy of faith.
Was Paul the "Liar" of the "Habakkuk Commentary"?
How does he escape the torture and interrogation of the Romans?
Was Paul some species of Roman "agent"?
Two factions within the original community in Jerusalem:
the hardliners: those who eco the Teachings of
Qumranic texts, insisting on rigorous Teachings of the Law;
and, the Pauline followers: who want to relax the Law,
thereby increasing new recruits.
Hardliners: doctrinal purity, not numbers.
Pauline: numbers, not doctrinal purity.
Thus, the "early church" rent by this incipient schism(3)
When will we get the whole truth of these Scrolls?
And OTHER existing scrolls?
The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception, by Michael Baigent and
"As historical documents and testimony, the Gospels,
as every SCHOLAR knows, are notoriously unreliable. They are essentially
accounts of stark mythic simplicity, seemingly occurring in an historical
limbo. "Whoever Jesus and Paul were, and whatever they did, must be placed
against the background of broader events."
to be posted shortly.
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