The New Paradigm

© 2009 by Dylan Stephens

In 1945 and 1947 two groups of documents appeared as if waiting for the appropriate time to be discovered. These were Nag Hammadi Books, old codices bound in golden brown leather found in upper Egypt, and The Dead Sea Scrolls, ranging from 50,000 individual fragments to a scroll eight meters long in caves near the ruins of Qumran near the Dead Sea. (Available online at Leon Levy Digital Library and Israel Museum Digital Project, although not all: those that appear to be about the Christian connection with the Qumran are still suppressed.)

The rest of the world was celebrating the end of World War II. On Tuesday 8 May 1945 it was 'Victory in Europe' (VE) Day and on 15 August, victory in Japan (VJ) Day. On August 6, with the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, we had entered the Atomic Age that could bring total annihilation to the world. Those who believe in the Apocalyse rejoiced at their now possible quick demise and translation to Heaven to live with Jesus, not naked as in the artistic masterpieces, but still clothed.

How would sane people react to this new world that could blow itself up? How would the Christian Church react to these discovered documents that now threatened its very existence? If ever there was a time for a paradigm change it was then! But the status quo fought back. Atomic bombs would be turned into peaceful energy sources. Wars can be fought on a smaller scale, still with a huge loss of lives, but with everyone promising not to use the bomb. "Bomb those who not have the bomb" is the new war cry: the Atom Bomb Club was an exclusive club! So we all forgot about the possibility of the Apocalypse.

As to the Nag Hammadi books, that even contained new Gospels, they would be marginalized by calling them "gnostic." The Church Fathers had long ago declared gnosticism meaning "to know thyself" to be heresy. They had chosen to ignore the gnostic words of St. Paul: "But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory" (First epistle to the Corinthians 2:7) and of Jesus: "Whoever has ears, let them hear" (Mark 4:9 and many times in Revelation). Thus we could be given permission to close our ears to the Nag Hammadi The Second Treatise of the Great Seth: "Yes, they saw me; they punished me. It was another, their father, who drank the gall and the vinegar; it was not I. They struck me with the reed; it was another, Simon, who bore the cross on his shoulder. I was another upon whom they placed the crown of thorns. But I was rejoicing in the height over all the wealth of the archons and the offspring of their error, of their empty glory. And I was laughing at their ignorance." (See also Jesus Survived the Crucifixion: Proof from the Ante-Nicean Fathers: Irenaeus & Papias)

The marginalizing of the Dead Sea Scrolls was subtler. Once it was suspected that these scrolls had a striking resemblance to the early Christian Church, their release was delayed for a ridiculously long time. Meanwhile a cover story was made up to say that, although they were indeed Essene, that they all had to do with the Hasmonean Dynasty that preceded Herod the Great and the birth of Jesus. Those like John Allegro and Barbara Thiering who dared to say that they had a relevance to the time of Jesus were ridiculed. (See "The Dead Sea Scrolls are not dead yet".)

Whether the Church or the comfortably tenured scholars like it or not, the Nag Hammadi “gnostic” gospels and the Dead Sea Scrolls have forever changed the landscape. A new Christian paradigm is quickly coming into the world consciousness. Two books in the Nag Hammadi Library: the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Philip became best sellers and the Da Vinci Code enjoyed tremendous success. The later was propelled by the Gospel of Philip which supported Mary Magdalene's marriage to Jesus: "the companion of the Saviour was Mary Magdalene. He loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often on her mouth."(Philip 63 32-36).

Now the Dead Sea Scrolls have all been published online, except for most of the Christian-related ones. (Guess why?) More detailed carbon dating and script analysis have shown some of these to be from the time of Jesus. Just look at the huge implication of its words: "Its pesher concerns the house of Absalom (James, Jesus' younger brother) and the men of their congregation who were reduced to silence by the reproof of the Teacher of Righteousness (John the Baptist) and did not help him against the Man of the Lie (Jesus) who rejected the Law in the midst of the congregation (Day of Atonement)" (1QpHab 5 10-12). (Many scholars agree on John the Baptist as the "Teacher of Righteousness", some say the "Man of the Lie" is Paul, but only Dr. Barbara Thiering got it right that the "Man of the Lie" is Jesus! by relating it to the Transfiguration of Jesus in the Gospels.)

Blind sight may have worked in the past, but the vision in Revelation 12:1-2, which was of the Bar Mitzvah of Jesus: "A great sign was seen in the heaven, a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars, and being with child she does cry out, travailing and pained to bring forth" needs to be brought about by all Christians. Not as a mythical Second Coming of Christ or Apocalypse, but as a rebirth of Christianity that will bring the end of the old ways of religious hypocrisy and paradigm paralysis. For it is about time, and perhaps in the nick of time, for we will soon be as gods able to command the forces of life, having decoded the genome, and able to control the forces of matter through quantum physics. In fact scientists, using the Hadron Collider, have now supposedly found the "Godparticle" that grants mass. Can human beings be trusted to act as God?

Once upon a time, we were guided by God and would do good in God's name: for love of God or fear of God. Yet now in the Western world, where religion has been separated from government for the most part, the practice of doing good in God's name has become secondary to the concept of achieving wealth at all costs. In the East, religion has stagnated, keeping the people in poverty, and in those places where religion could have advanced, it has instead turned to outdated orthodox thinking, leading to violence as with the Islamic jihad. We are in desperate need of a new paradigm in both religious and secular society that can assert the primacy of the Golden Rule: "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Perhaps you would say that all real religions have this principle at their very heart, but not in their actions: Inquisition, Concentration Camps, Islamic State (ISIL-ISIS), Anti-Semitism, Racism, Slavery, Child Abuse, Rape and Abuse and bombing clinics, Torture, Murder, Genocide, War, etc. Now is the time for all Christian sects and other forward thinking religious believers (hopefully many more from Islam) to join together to unmask the religious founders who have been treated as gods or super-beings; when really they were as human as any of us, wanting to help humanity.

It is the primary purpose of this site, by means of the Pesher of Christ™, is to show that all the healings are just metaphors of Jesus' goal to raise the status of the uncircumcised and women; the parables are just history lessons. That the Christian Church has distorted Jesus' mission by making him an equal with God. Once it is discovered that Jesus' crucifixion did not result in his death, there is no need for God to make him suffer for the sins of the mythical Adam and Eve. You will find that the true miracle of the Resurrection is that Jesus was revived from the poison that made him appear to be dead. The fact that Jesus was alive means that we do not have to judge whether St. Paul distorted his mission because Jesus built the Christian Church with him by personal contact (hidden in trances and dreams, even though he was not able to cure his tendency to misogyny). Paul was in fact married to Jesus' daughter Phoebe. This is why Luke devoted almost all of Acts to Paul, especially when Luke uses "we" to indicate Paul with Jesus. It is also possible to name and examine all the participants in the New Testament up until the beginning of the Second Century. This includes especially all the women who were deacons of the Church like Mary Magdalene, Jesus' first wife, who gave birth to a daughter, Phoebe and two sons, Jesus Justus and Joseph, of Jesus and his second wife Lydia who gave him a son. I hope that I have peeked your interest in this extensive, and perhaps intimidating, site. I promise, that, if you spend some time here, it will shake your Faith to the very roots, but you will not be able to deny its truth and consistency.