Wednesday, April 12, 2006


Aha! I knew it! Jesus was not the son of the primitive scourge Yahweh -- he was the son of the Goddess:

"The true mystery, as Jesus unveils it, is that, out beyond the stars, there exists a divine, blessed realm.... This is the realm of Barbelo, a name that gnostics gave the celestial Mother, who lives there with, among others, her progeny, a good God awkwardly called the Self-Generated One. Jesus, it turns out, is not the son of the Old Testament God, ... but an avatar of Adam’s third son, Seth. His mission is to show those lucky members of mankind who still have a “Sethian” spark the way back to the blessed realm. Jesus, we learn, was laughing at the disciples’ prayer because it was directed at their God, the Old Testament God, who is really no friend of mankind but, rather, the cause of its suffering."

Click HERE to read more.

From The New Yorker, 2006-04-17 issue, review of the new book The Gospel of Judas (National Geographic; $22).


Mike said...

Do you believe everything you read that isn't orthodox Christian?

Athana said...

Mike, do you believe everything you read that is?

Mike said...

I have more in common with atheists than with orthodox Christians, so no.

Grian said...

I watched the Gospel of Judas special intently hoping and searching for some new insight. I am glad there is something of the Goddess to be found in the story, but I have to doubt that too many of today's Christians will see it for what it is worth. Even the person writing this article takes every chance to say how the Gospel of Judas is less than that of the New Testament. Unfortunately, his pre-existing faith seems to be getting in the way of helping him to see a new version of the truth.

Athana said...

I think that's okay, Grian. I think it's truly amazing how humans can twist almost anything into any pretzel that will shore up what they already believe.

Nevertheless, it's our job to keep pressing the "truth" in on the war-god followers. If enough of us press, change will happen.

Here's something I'll bet you've never heard before: "Rome wasn't built in a day."

Morgaine said...

Interesting that the author of the article specifies that this is not a work contemporary to the time of Jesus, but fails to mention that none of the Gospels are, either. We still have no writings directly from or about the disciples or Jesus himself. None of the writers of the era in which he is supposed to have lived ever mentions such a person.

The Gnostics were despised because they acknowledged the divine feminine principle - there's no telling what of their work was destroyed, and I'm sure there's some yet to be discovered.

What strikes me most about the descriptions in this gospel is that it reinforces the "ancient astronauts" theory - That story, like Ezekiel's, makes perfect sense if you are talking about a visitor from a space ship. I'm not saying I believe that, but I've yet to see a more logical interpretation of the texts than that. Too many images and stories are nonsense from a mundane perspective.