Paul's writings created much of what is now modern Christianity.
Many true practices of Yeshua's earliest followers, members of his
mystery school and church of the Way, were ignored or suppressed.
The roots of modern Christianity do not run as deep as many might
think, especially Christians. A Southern Baptist told me that
the King James Version of the Bible was the original Bible,
hand-written by God himself. I don't even need to point out the
fallacies in that statement. The differences between ancient,
original, primitive Christianity and modern Christianity are profound.
We are left wondering, some of us searching for, what Yeshua
of Galilee actually taught.
The doctrines of Christianity were created by Paul, and even the
name Christianity was coined by this well-spoken Greek Jew with
Roman citizenship who never met Yeshua in person. Though Paul
did later meet Peter and James, Yeshua's brother, they did not get
along. The New Testament records tensions and downright disagreements
Some references to the tensions between Paul and Peter:
Galatians 2: 11-14
Paul recounts a confrontation with Peter/Cephas and Barnabas over
Jewish dietary laws and their mission to the Gentiles.
1 Corinthians 1: 10-17
Paul addresses and chastises factions among the Christian community
which identify themselves with specific apostles--Peter/Cephas,
Apollos, etc.--instead of identifying as a unified body in Christ
There was a famous conflict over circumcision, whether or not
gentile men (who were never circumcised in those days) should have
to undergo circumcision upon converting to the new Christian religion.
This argument nearly tore the early church apart, and is recorded
in Acts 15. In order not to alienate the thousands of new
gentile converts, Peter and James, Yeshua's brother and the first
Bishop of Jerusalem, actually take Paul's side in the debate. Rev.
Stephen Andrew, one of our instructors says, "My commentary tells
me that there is some dissonance between Luke's account of the story
here and Paul's account in Galatians (cited above) Perhaps the interesting
thing to point out here is the conflict within the new Church between
Jewish Christians who want to preserve the old customs and the Gentile
gentile converts were mainly Paul's from Greece and modern-day Turkey,
and the Jewish Christians still lived in Jerusalem and modern-day
Israel. After the destruction of the Temple the Jewish-Christians
had to flee or be killed by the Romans. The "circumcision war" was
settled in Jerusalem at an important first convocation of Christian
leaders, Peter and James (Yeshua's brother) were there, and Paul
travelled to Jerusalem from Turkey attend. This famous gathering
of the earliest church leaders is now called the first Council at
Jerusalem in AD 49. You can read the run-down of that meeting
and the arguments that caused it, here...
Paul was on his own.
Paul was not intimate friends with Yeshua's original followers,
students or family.
Paul (and later writings attributed to him) influenced all of
the early church fathers. We can consider them more followers
of the Pauline teachings than Yeshua's. They found his doctrines
in his letters, long considered the earliest Christian writings,
which now make up the bulk of the New Testament. Paul has a
wonderful way with words, a powerful turn of phrase, such as "fight
the good fight!" His wonderful Love Chapter in I Corinthians 13
stands as a beautiful example of spiritual poetry. We can
find a lot of inspiring stuff in his writings. Many bible
scholars and form critics say Paul did NOT write those disparaging
parts about women. There were other writers a hundred years
after his death that reacted to women in leadership and wanted to
stamp it out. Paul himself does seem to work with a lot of
women, a look at Romans 16 shows that 16 people out of 40 he mentions
are women. One of them is Junia, a woman whom he calls an
Apostle! Apostle is a word for only people who studied directly
under Yeshua. This means Junia and the man Andronicus who
is mentioned with her, were probably part of Yeshua's larger circle
of disciples, which many estimate in the hundreds. The New
Testament records that at one point after the resurrection, Yeshua
appeared to a crowd of at least 500 people, all of whom went away
convinced and to spread the word, "good news."
As for Paul, his writings are really a montage of several writers.
The good stuff like the love chapter is probably his, but
some of what are called the "pastoral letters" advising congregations
are by other now unknown authors. Some of the stuff we must
disapprove of are the letters which show marked misogyny (women
hating) and other biases. Such as:
Sex is bad, females are dirty. Yeshua must be celibate,
an unnatural asexual non-man, unsullied by female filth. Unlike
all Jewish Rabbis, Yeshua must be unmarried. Many of the church
"fathers" sought out and destroyed most of the Gnostic texts that
proved that Miriam, called Mary Magdalene, was Yeshua's wife and
The Doctrine of Salvation--which says we humans are lousy,
depraved beings in need of the shedding of divine blood to "save"
us--was totally created by Paul (or writings later attributed to
him). The doctrine of depravity of the flesh was from Plato,
the most powerful influence on ancient thinking, including Paul.
Neo-platonism furthered the idea of the corrupt dirty flesh
which traps the clean spirit or soul. The body was to be subdued,
chastized, even punished. Women, those lust-makers, are the lowest
of the low, and don't even have souls. Many, many "great men"
taught that one. Scholars, even conservative Christian biblical
scholars, acknowledge Paul's dabbling in the teachings of the Greek
philosophers. He was into Stoicism and Platonism, but when
he went to Athens to preach his own new doctrine, the sophisticated
intellectual populace laughed him out. He was regarded as
sort of a silly newbie. This entire incident is recorded in
the New Testament.
Hell: The Pauline teachings also helped to invent
hell, a place unknown to Yeshua and the Hebrew religion. The
Christian church fathers misinterpreted the Jewish parables of Gehenna,
a shadowy "void" place of soul transition and departing, and turned
Gehenna into Hell. Almost three hundred years after Paul,
the Roman Emperor Constantine adopted Christianity, merged it with
his favorite pagan religion, Mithraism, and made it the official
Roman Catholic Church. See Mithras
for the fascinating similarity between the two religions.
The Devil: The "official" Christian Church concocted
the image of a horned Devil. They gave him horns like Kernernos
and Hern, harmless pagan gods of harvest and forest, who wore the
horns as a mark of their kinship with the deer, cows, sheep and
goats--all animals we "harvest" for food and/or dairy products,
these are all animals with horns. The Church of the Middle
Ages, facing stiff competition with the pagan religion, "demonized"
these gods, saying they were really Satan. They gave Satan,
(whose name comes from Shatan, the Hebrew angel of death,
"adversary," and "obstacle") horns like the pagan gods of harvest,
hoping to totally stamp out their worship. The old cry, "that's
of the devil!" started way back then...
But the people never let go of their Celtic and Teutonic pre-Christian
heritage. The Roman Catholic Church eventually had to assimilate
a lot of paganism into Catholicism, and so we have Easter (named
after a pagan goddess, Aoestre/Ishtar) and Halloween and Yuletide
Christmas, all formerly pagan holidays. Even Candlemas, a strict
Catholic holiday celebrated Feb. 2nd, was originally a pagan candle-blessing
and lighting festival in the heart of winter to coax back the Goddess
of spring and fertility.
Was Paul a misogynist homophobe or product of his times?
Below are some intriguing points brought up by Sir Darius, Templar
Knight and Mystery School Initiate. Since Isaac didn't have
to die maybe Yeshua didn't either. God was happy with Abraham's
offering of Isaac (and did not let him actual shed the boy's blood).
So why would God then demand his own son's blood? Paul is
the only original Christian writer credited with "inventing" this
doctrine of Yeshua's blood sacrifice
being required by the Father to "atone" for the world's sins.
Maybe Paul missed the meaning of the Abraham story in Genesis?
Maybe he was so used to seeing blood sacrifices all around him that
the idea of Yeshua as the supreme sacrifice seemed to make perfect
Question: What was St Paul's reasoning for saying that men and
women were equal? Take a look at 1st Timothy, Chapter 2. How does
this contradict St Paul's reasoning? This is one of the reasons
it is highly unlikely that St. Paul wrote 1 Timothy.
All are equal because all are in Christ. This is because all of
us come from God alone. However, the writer of 1 Timothy is contradicting
this very reasoning when he tells believers that women should learn
in silence and be submissive, and that they will not teach or have
authority over men.
Katia inserts: Paul does say women should be veiled whereas
men didn't have this restriction. But this was probably an ingrained
cultural thing since prostitutes went unveiled and the women themselves
did not want to take off their head coverings (more actually scarves,
not face-veils) because they'd be thought of as prostitutes.
I believe Paul did his best to represent God. And God is not a
misogynist, a homophobe, anti-Semitic, etc. Paul could have been
condemning male prostitution that was related to idolatry. This
homosexuality did not involve "love" between the couple but simply
was a form of lust. It is highly possible that all the twelve apostles
may have thought of homosexuality in a negative connotation. As
part of their Jewish culture, Paul and others like him, may have
been brought up to view homosexuality as they did.
Just like us, Paul was a product of his culture, and his time.
He most likely had witnessed many animal sacrifices, which stressed
the importance of the atoning blood. Because of this, it is easy
to understand why one would make Yeshua's blood necessary for our
atonement. It is interesting to note that even though Abraham did
not sacrifice his son, Isaac (there was no shedding of blood), in
James 2:21 that very act was considered an offering. In the story
of Abraham and his son we have an offering (a sacrifice) without
the shedding of blood, and it was so acceptable to God that Abraham
was called the friend of God in verse 23. Might it not be possible
that Yeshua's willingness to follow his mission to the end (even
to death) was a sacrifice? Might not his willingness of offering
his own life have been enough to complete his mission without the
shedding of blood by his murder on the cross?
Paul may have been mistaken in his views but I do believe he meant
well and we should not throw out his writings.
Even though he wasn't perfect his theology and his writings are
still valuable today because they are a reflection of a man's faith
that lived near the time of Christ and tried to follow in his master's
footsteps. To call his writings false teachings may be a little
harsh, for that might imply that Paul willingly tried to deceive
others. I do not believe this to be the case. Paul's agenda was
like any good person's: To Everyone his own truth, and the God within.
Another take on Paul is that he might have been a gnostic. There
are certainly gnostic tenets lurking in some of his writings (I
Cor. 2:6, Eph. 6:12). Elaine Pagels wrote a great book exploring
this tantalizing topic, The
To read more about Paul and the probability that he did NOT write
all the misogynist junk about women should shut up in church and
only ask their husbands questions, and that no woman can ever teach
a man anything, check out this great lecture by a world reknowned
Bible scholar: The
Role of Women in the Church in Paul's Day.
Yeshua, that enigmatic rebel sage,
here on a mission from the highest heaven, was a Jew by religion
and probably at least partly Jewish by birth, athough we can't
be certain. Because Galilee was a pagan province forced by the Maccabees
of Jerusalem to convert to Judaism 100 years before Jesus' birth,
in all likelihood Jesus had uncircumcised pagan (Syrian, Sumerian,
Chaldean, Greco-Persian) great-grandparents. And since the Galileans
married amongst themselves, the southern "real" Jews disdaining
them as country folk with bad accents, Yeshua may not have actual
Hebrew blood in him, although certainly he was middle eastern. Be
that as it may, he was born into a Jewish culture, born to the people
of the Book, the Hebrew people had the highest literacy rates on
Earth at the time (modern studies still indicate their literacy
rates are higher than any other people! They really get into
the "Word"). Yeshua was circumcised, studied the Torah and
read at the synagogue like Jewish boys still do today.
But he died a "heretic" Jew, and resurrected as more than
a Jew, but still Jewish. This is part of the reason modern Jews
don't recognize him as their messiah. Since Yeshua never quite
claimed to be that person, this shouldn't cause any crisis of faith.
Yeshua had other things to do besides free the Jewish people from
Roman rule. He did not quite fit the bill of the Jewish messiah,
though the book of Matthew and most Christians try to prove he does.
||And what did he look like? We are so used to
seeing European renditions of him with light-colored wavy or
even straight hair and a nice beard in the fashion of the middle-ages.
The idea of his appearance didn't all come from European imaginations,
however. According to Jewish tradition, King David had red hair.
Red hair still pops up occasionally in Jewish families today.
Legend (and a whole lot of painters!) says Yeshua had a sort
of red-brown hair, too, thus linking him back to the Davidic
line, the tribe of Judah. Botticelli painted Mary Magdalene
with the most beautiful long wavy red hair and Yeshua with a
darker, but still distinctively red shade of hair. Unfortunately,
you can't see that hair color so well in our small version of
his painting (left).
Speaking of Tiberius: tradition also says that
sometime after the crucifixion, Tiberius actually had Mary
Magdalene to dinner in Rome (or perhaps the Isle of Capri
where he lived during most of his reign). Mary Magdalene
was on her way to France, having fled the Holy Lands with
her children, who because they were Yeshua's offspring, were
also a threat to the Herodian Dynasty and Roman rule in Palestine.
They were caught in flight, in Greece or Rome, and taken
for questioning. They pretended to be harmless peasants, no
threat at all to the mighty Roman rule, and were released.
A Roman historian reports that much, and posterity thus
at least has this proof of the story.
But Mary Magdalene was a powerful woman, and something in her
speech, her manner, must have attracted the attention of Tiberius
himself. Or perhaps he just wanted to meet the beautiful wife
of the King of the Jews, records say he was quite a lecherous guy.
MM must have handled herself well because she really impressed
him. Even gave him a considerable shock...and now we have
colored Easter Eggs. For details on this 1500 year old story,
still taught by the official Eastern Orthodox Church, read Magdala
Back to our topic. So what did Yeshua teach? The
Truth, of course. And the Way. Free thinking, self-value, unshackling
the mind from its negative images of itself, and its surroundings.
the Nazarite also may have sought to restore the House of David
to power, throwing off the Roman overlords of Palestine, but he
probably did not have such political goals for himself. Many
of his followers certainly did have this goal for him.. They
wanted him to be the Son of David, their warrior messiah, (which
meant anointed prince), to come in on a white horse and restore
the glory of Judaism. In Jewish eyes, Herod the Great and
his sons ruled over them "illegally." Herod had been placed
on the throne by Rome as client king a generation before Yeshua's
birth. (See Descendants of Jesus) Among
those who wanted Yeshua to overthrow the Romans was Judas Iscariot,
who, frustrated with Yeshua's refusal to reveal himself as god,
tried to push the envelope, resulting in the tragedy of a public
humiliating execution for the Son of Man. (Of course Yeshua
did not mind dying, he chose to allow his arrest in order to save
his followers from being stamped out, hunted down and killed by
the Romans for the crime of taking part in a popular revolt to put
a King of the Jews on the throne---Palm Sunday was the start of
this popular "revolt").
What Yeshua taught was not a dogmatic religion, like Christianity
appears today. If it was a religion, it was one with a path and
a Way that had not existed since the days of Solomon, and before
him Melchizedek, when Yahweh
or El Elyon and his Wife were worshipped together as God-the-Father
and God-the-Mother. Yeshua taught the Truth of the Divine
Union, and of our Oneness.
This Union is nicely expressed in the image of the Star of David,
also called the Seal of Solomon. The two triangles, one pointing
up (masculine) and one womb-shaped one pointing down, come together
to form a six-rayed star. See Was
the Hebrew God also a Woman? for more (shocking!) details of
what this star used to symbolize. (Still does in the field of Kabbalah
and Jewish mystical study.)
Part of the above was written by Jason Collins, a student
of Kabbalah and Mystery School Initiate. The rest is by Dr.
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The Church Exoteric, The Church Esoteric
by Michael Ludwig
The sky grew dark as an unseen wind swept across the region. A
cloudless sky suddenly gave way to the darkest sky the city had
ever known. A large crowd gathered in a frenzy. Shouts
of violence rang throughout the city as a group psychosis moved
over the souls who had gathered. It was a day the city known
as Jerusalem would not soon forget. Was this a trial of a
mass murderer? Perhaps a coup in which the Jews would now
free themselves from Roman oppression? No. This day,
a simple carpenter was sentenced to die. His crime? Healing
the sick and preaching deliverance to the oppressed.
From a modest life in Galilee, the man Yeshua would
rise to be the single most influential mystic of all time. This
man, known as the Messiah or Christ, would forever mark the annals
of time with his example and message.
His establishment came to be known as the Christian
Church, yet, the church claiming his name scantily resembles that
which his early message sought to promulgate. The toll of
history has left its mark upon his work, and as 2000 years now separate
the shepherd and his flock, the church writhes in the agony of schism.
There is now a modern movement. One that seeks
to uncover the teachings of this Jewish Mystic and remove the layers
of veils that have been placed upon it by the wiles of men. This
movement presents a sword. The division of the master's teachings
and the devices of man must be cut asunder. The church exoteric
must now give way to the church esoteric.
Any message will become distorted through the passing
along to latter generation. Man seems to unable to resist
the temptation to add his own perspective to anything he writes
or copies. A fine example of this lies in the game many of
us played as children. A message is whispered to a person
who then passes the message along via a whisper to another. The
receiver then repeats the message to another and so on and so forth.
Upon reaching the last person in the line, the message is
repeated. Everyone laughs as the latter message has retained
none of its original structure or subject matter.
In the history of the Christian church, this is not
a laughing matter. The evil and treacherous nature of man,
as opposed to being changed by the message, was fueled by it. Men
history took the doctrine and molded it to meet their own desires
and antics. The result was the death of millions. A
doctrine which preaches new life, became the way of death.
This writing shall examine several doctrines of the
church, their stated origin and the manner in which each has deviated
from what many believe to be the true message of the sage and master
Yeshua. This work is dedicated to a Jewish carpenter, who
was actually an anointed one of God. May his true message
be honored both now and forever, AMEN!
A fundamental doctrine of the Church is that of the immaculate conception
of Mary, the mother of Jesus. This doctrine, which was instituted
by the Church as late as 1854 when Pope Pious XI declared it to
be divinely revealed knowledge, is one that cannot be even remotely
tied to the sayings of Yeshua. The doctrine itself serves
as a demonstration of how the Church has taken upon itself the absolute
authority to determine what is fact and what is heresy. The
church goes further to define Mary as ever virgin, when it is an
historical fact that Jesus had brothers and sisters. An even
more controversial belief is that some of these siblings may not
have been younger than him, thus presenting a great challenge to
the doctrine of the virgin birth.
An interesting fact can be discovered in the genealogy
of Jesus found in the book of Matthew. Many wonder why this
information was even presented there. Scholars argue that
it is included to show that the man Yeshua was of the proper lineage
of the Kings of Israel and was therefore entitled to his title of
King of the Jews. This fact is widely accepted by esotericists,
but the mystic seeks to dig deeper here.
It is noted that only four women are mentioned in this
genealogy. The first is Rahab, who was a harlot. The second
is Ruth, a righteous woman. The third is Bathsheeba, not mentioned
by name, but mentioned as the wife of Uriah, who conceived in an
adulterous relationship with King David. And lastly we come
to Mary. What could be an inner meaning of the mention of
these four over the mention of any of the other women who were part
of this heritage?
To the esotericist, the message is clear that the true
mercy of God is revealed in that even a harlot and an adulteress
might be included in the lineage of a King. It can be further stated
that their inclusion demonstrates that the spirit of Christ
Consciousness chose to manifest from humble and lowly roots in order
to tear down man's reasoning concerning the establishment of casts
In relation to Mary, these passages may give credence
to the belief that Mary was not indeed a virgin, but that she had
conceived out of wedlock. Were the church to accept this thought,
many of its legalisms and condemnations might crumble before our
very eyes. This would in turn, shed a greater understanding
on the human sexuality the church has sought to control.
A common teaching labeled by the church as heresy is
the belief that the Christ was himself both married and sexually
active. The church has taught that Christ was abstinent in
all respects concerning sexual union. This doctrine eventually
led to the adoption of celibacy for all priests and bishops, which
was also a doctrine adopted much later in Church history. In
the early church, both episkopi and presbyteri married.
The esoteric church give strong consideration to the
woman Mary Magdalene as being the wife of Jesus. Her mention
is scripture cannot be coincidental, as all inspired scripture contains
esoteric significance underlying the exoteric or prima facie
Mary Magdalene appears as one who follows Jesus throughout
his entire ministry even to his crucifixion. She is placed
with Mary the mother of Jesus at the site of the crucifixion. Her
closeness to Mary the mother resembles that of a daughter-in-law.
Her closeness to Jesus during his ministry is similar to that
of a wife.
The esoteric faith teaches that Jesus was an Essene
as opposed to a Nazarene. If the former is correct, it is
noted that the Essenes did indeed marry. Would the Christ, a highly
initiated member of this order, take a different path?
One of the most controversial issues in the Christian
faith is that of the lost years of Jesus. The canon
gives us a period of over twenty years of life that are unaccounted
for in the life of the master. Where was he during these years
and what was he doing? Why did the early council that formed
the canon of scripture choose to not include documents about these
early life of Christ? The esoteric Christian may have the
It is noted in the canon that the child Jesus was taken
several places in his early years. The scriptures tell us
that an angel warned Joseph to take the child to Egypt to escape
the persecution of Herod, who sought the death of any who would
threaten his rule. What significance does Egypt have to the
life of the Christ?
It was in Egypt that Jesus was initiated into the Temple
mysteries of the Egyptian religion. In very elaborate detail,
Christ was subjected to rituals that portrayed all that he was destined
to complete through his ministry.
Another interesting fact about the childhood of Jesus
lies in the fact that he was visited by the magi, which has
been translated to read "wise men" in most modern translation. These
men were certainly more than wise men, they were magicians of the
Persian religion. These men were the ones assigned with the
early training of the Christ child and train him they did. Here
Christ was initiated into Zoroastrian mysteries.
We later read of Yeshua's return to Israel. Here in
the land of great mystery and heritage, he was introduced to Jewish
mysticism. As a Nazarene and later an Essene, Jesus was introduced
to the mystery religion of his native people. It is known
in esoteric circles that he moved rapidly through the initiations
of these sects and became both adept and mage. The desert
experience we read of in the gospels was a ritual of the Essene
Another very interesting fact about Jesus that is not
found in the canon was his uncle, Joseph of Aramithea. A merchant
by trade, it was certain that he was required to travel much abroad,
seeking goods from other lands. Is it not feasible that the
nephew, known to be the anointed one, should be permitted to join
his uncle upon certain journeys so as to broaden his experience
of the world he came to save?
There are several accounts of the appearance of a man
described as Jesus in several surrounding countries. Everywhere
he traveled he was hailed as an anointed one. It is very possible
that during these travels, the Christ participated in the religions
of the places he visited. This would shed greater light upon
the universal tone of his message. Perhaps Jesus was the world's
Occult scientiests believe that Christ did indeed not
only study, but did also master the mystery practices of the lands
to which he journeyed. He was believed to have mastered Yoga
in India, meditation in Tibet and magick in Egypt. He is also
reputed to have set foot upon the European lands to include Britain.
This study in itself could yield not only an additional thesis
or a book, but volumes of text.
Much of what is believed remains yet unproven in light
of the scientific method, but reason can surely give credence to
the hypothesis surrounding the lost years of Christ. The point
here might very well be stated as such: it may not be so very
important where or what Christ studied. The most important
fact is that somehow, this Jewish carpenter came to mastery of time
and space. He displayed the powers and abilities of the adepti
of every mystery school. He was surely a master.
If he received this knowledge and anointing from on
high as a spontaneous gift, or if it was developed over a period
of time through various schools, the fact remains that he was a
Christ, an anointed one.
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