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The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God?
The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God?
by Peter Gandy
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical Christianity IS 1st century Christianity, May 8, 2005
As the authors state:

"While the Jesus Mysteries Thesis clearly rewrites history, we do not see it as undermining the Christian faith, but as suggesting that Christianity is in fact richer than we previously imagined."

I agree with the authors.

How was Christianity richer in the past than it is now? Simple. The good guys lost and the bad guys won.

In the 4th century CE Gnostic Christians who claimed Jesus was an allegory were brutally destroyed by Literal Christians who claimed Jesus was a real person.

So, was Jesus an allegory or a real person?

Paul the Apostle was a real person. Both religious and modern scholars agree the first seven letters of Paul were written in the first century CE by Paul himself. The Roman Empire had many prolific writers and Paul is mentioned on many occasions. But the Romans wrote nothing about Jesus.

What about books in the New Testament? Since 1500 CE, honest, unbiased scholars have repeatedly exposed as frauds documents that supposedly proved Jesus really existed. Scholars may quibble over minutia but after 2,000 years there is no historical evidence a literal Jesus who founded Christianity ever lived.

Evidence increasingly shows Jesus was meant to be an allegory that taught about the greatest Mystery of all - life itself.

Individuals earning millions of dollars a year promoting a literal, historic Jesus may protest their reduced income but if they are honest they will admit there is no historical evidence Jesus the founder of Christianity was a real person. The Apostle Paul, yes; Jesus, no.

Science continues to expose historical frauds from Literalist religions, yet Science and Gnosticism continue to support each other. Both question what is taken for granted. Both reject blind faith. Both have working models of the universe that are changeable. Both challenge unquestioned beliefs we inherit from the past. In fact, "Gnostic" and "Scientist" mean the same thing: knower.

As the authors state:

"Literalist Christianity is built upon the unsteady foundations of historical lies. Sooner or later it must topple over. But mystical Christianity rests securely on the bedrock of timeless mystical truth and is as relevant today as it has always been."

Again, I agree with the authors.

For a glimpse of first century CE Christianity without second century CE Literalist dishonesties go to, search for "Christian Mysticism" and visit a few of the 50,000 plus sites.

In my opinion "The Jesus Mysteries" view is more accurate, more honest, and better fits historical evidence than the Literalist view.

Filled with historical evidence by both religious and modern scholars "The Jesus Mysteries" is an excellent book. It took courage for the authors to write and if you are a Fundamentalist in any religion it takes courage to read. The question is, "Do you have the courage to face the 'The Jesus Mysteries' in an honest, unbiased manner or do you want to hide your head in the sand?"
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