Monday, April 17, 2006

sandhya jain on judas

apr 17th

i have a simpler explanation. this is yet another fabrication.

see how desperate the church is to create an impression of authenticity and truth around the character of jesus. remember the bone-casket with 'james, brother of jesus'? a fake. remember the shroud of turin? a fake. every 'relic' of jesus is a fake, not surprising since he did not exist.

their marketing instincts are still superb. not for nothing is the vatican the biggest and richest MNC around. a couple of years ago, they timed the film 'the passion of jesus' for easter. this year, it is this alleged judas manuscript for easter, to get some press and interest in their declining religion.

why don't they go ahead and publish the essene gospels and submit them to full scrutiny? because that would show that a great deal of what is attributed to the mythical jesus is swiped from the essene texts.  dominican monks  spirited away the documents as soon as they were found. there is nothing inauthentic about them -- the dead sea scrolls from kirbat qumran have been carbon-dated to 200 years before the alleged jesus.

i do agree with sandhya says about totalitarian christists. the council of nicea in 365 ce or thereabouts -- after the convert constantine had become king of rome -- codified the bible (choice of gospels meant to bolster their own power) and declared as heretics (to be hunted down and burned at the stake) everyone who didn't worship those texts. this included the gnostics, the albigensians, so on and so forth. christism is as bloody as mohdanism, only the most bloody parts happened a long time ago, and what was are seeing today is the marketing version of the same: 'perfuming the pig' as they say.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sandhya

Pioneer 18 April 2006

Judas: haunted heretic

 

Sandhya Jain

 

            Imagine a scenario in which Ravana was no villain, but a beloved brother of Rama. Such a fundamental transformation in the portrayal of a key character in an epic could hardly occur without an equally elemental alteration in the status of other lead players. More crucially, this would necessitate a critical makeover of the narrative's basic plot.

 

            It cannot be otherwise with Jesus of Nazareth, or Bethlehem, or Galilee, whichever location scholars finally agree is the hometown of the Son of Man. Indeed, one of the greatest historical denouements of our time may be a scholarly verdict that Jesus was involved in a seditious intrigue which failed, and that the Roman governor acted in consonance with the law. The recently unveiled Gospel of Judas reveals that this long-reviled disciple was a pawn in a political conspiracy; once we learn the plot, we may understand why the early Church fathers went to such great lengths to conceal the truth.

 

            The Gospel of Judas makes it impossible for scholars to evade the issue they dodged when the Gnostic Gospels surfaced at Nag Hammadi three decades ago. This concerns the nature and purpose of Jesus' apparent leadership of a band of followers, and the authenticity of his teachings as preserved in the Bible. Given the grudgingly acknowledged importance of Mary Magdalene, who was not merely Jesus' wife but an important priestess of the cult of Isis, and her relationship with wealthy Jewish families, it seems logical that some of the shadowy figures in the story played a far more important role than previously thought.

 

            The role of the Sanhedrin (Jewish clergy) requires re-evaluation. We need to know why Jesus challenged the Temple authorities at Jerusalem by overturning the tables of the moneychangers, a key episode which has never been explained properly. If he wanted to reform Judaism, he should have solicited community support like other prophets. If he was emerging as the religious leader of a non-Jewish community, our difficulties increase.

 

            Superficially, Christianity emerged as the majority of Jews rejected Jesus and his Gentile followers went their own way. Yet this cannot explain the determined support he received from rich Jewish families at critical junctures. We also do not know if Jesus was truly the leader of this nascent sect, or just the public face of an organization whose mission eludes us.

 

Some scholars say John the Baptist was the charismatic leader of the era. Leonardo da Vinci belonged to a secret society that revered John; he is believed to have faked the Turin Shroud to depict a man beheaded, not crucified. This society (the church denies the Priory of Sion exists) believes Jesus was a junior who appropriated the legacy of John; others think Mary was the real leader. We do not know if Mary was present at the Last Supper, but Leonardo's classic shows a woman seated next to Christ, unless one Apostle was a feminine-looking cross-dresser. However, if Jesus was not the leader of this group, the mystery of the creation of the Roman church deepens.

 

More seriously, the Gospel of Judas removes the fig-leaf by which Christianity justified its anti-Semitic bias for two millennia. Anti-Semitism led to the Inquisition, which coexisted with the Renaissance and Enlightenment, reaching even India; it is unlikely to disappear with the moral resurrection of Judas.

Pope Benedict XVI owes the international community an explanation for this crude racism rooted in Christian theology since St. Peter; he must open the archives and reveal the truth. As the Vatican is a member state of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan should take up the matter of its crimes against humanity with the same urgency as he espoused the cause of an Afghan convert to Christianity.

           

            Conversions bring us to what I call the Christian Conundrum. Christianity pressurizes peoples to renounce their natal faith, but while negating the old civilizational experience fails to present a meaningful spiritual alternative. Hence, many Christians feel a vacuum in their lives. The authentic doctrine of Christ is unknown; at least fifty gospels existed in the early centuries, each rooted in a Judaeo-Pagan environment. Then, in the world's first grand experiment with a totalitarian ideology, a group of church fathers notarized the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as official (canonical). They declared all other texts heretical and attempted to destroy them and their adherents. The Gospel of Judas did not suit their political purposes; it was condemned by Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons (180 CE), as the work of a sect which revered the biblical murderer Cain, the Sodomites, and Judas, believed to be a keeper of secret mysteries.

 

The impugned Gospel suggests the disciples were seeking a temporal kingdom of the Messiah; that Judas followed Jesus' instructions to have him arrested; and that they probably hoped for a public uprising that would place Jesus on the throne. This validates the view that the kingdom Jesus sought was an earthly one, and that his core mission was political. Perhaps he did hail from the clan of King David, as some early literature suggests.

 

Some scholars say Judas helped Jesus to die on the cross so he could fulfill his theological obligations. However, such a remote-controlled religious suicide seems a bizarre way to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. It is more likely that a guerilla action was foiled, with devastating consequences for the conspirators, the bitterness of which engendered the Jewish-Gentile divide that dogged the Jews for two millennia wherever Christianity spread. 

 

According to some accounts, after betraying Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, Judas felt guilt-stricken and committed suicide two days later. However, silver pieces had been discontinued some centuries previously. According to Matthew (Acts 1:18), Judas bought a field with his money, called the "Field of Blood" because his guts burst open there. It seems likely that Judas was murdered, either as revenge for the death of Christ, or to cloak a deeper conspiracy. It is pertinent that bloodshed has always accompanied the march of the church. Despite this, in an era when heresy-hunting made dissent a suicidal pursuit, the Gospel of Judas was preserved by people with a commitment to truth. The Vatican should explain the political reasons for expunging all but four gospels from the public domain. It should also, like the former Soviet Republics, open its archives to international public scrutiny.

 

EOM

 

5 comments:

Anandkumar_V said...

Did Jesus survive the cruxification and travelled all the way to India?? The first person to make such a claim was a Russian Professor Nikolas, who during his course of study of Tibetean history came upon the tomb of St.Issa (Jesus).

This website www.tombofjesus.com explains the claim

cyniclearner said...

here is something about Jesus from a psychologist's viewpoint.

http://voi.org/books/pp/

As I see it said...

So many mistakes in this post
1. Shadow Warrior, the essene gospels are in California, in a public library. If you can prove your expertise, no one will stop you from examining them. There are people doing studies on them. There is absolutely nothing confidential about them. Those manuscipts only suggest that there used to be a fundamentalist group of Jews, who used to fast and observe an austere life. Jesus may or may not have been impressed by them. There is simply nothing discovered so far to suggest that Jesus never existed.
2. Sandhya Jain tries to project Mary Magdalene as the undisputed wife and a prestess. I dont know about the latter. But the former has no proof. It is a pity that Leonardo's imagination is being shown as something real. Da Vinci had lots of imagination. He drew what he wanted. Today, there are plays in the US depicting the "Modern Jesus" who smokes, wears modern clothing and leads a modern American life. So, how absurd will it be if people, a few centuries from now say that this was the actual Jesus!
The Priory of Sion, Mary (a woman significantly) as leader, Leonardo's importance are all offshoots of what the Da Vince Code contains. Dan Brown himself admits that this was his work and is not an attempt at re-writing history.
3. The four books were accepted as gospels because they were the closest in similarity. The earliest denominations mainly the Catholics and the Eastern churches today still have other books, which were removed from the Protestant Bible. The Macabians is one example from the Old Testament. There are different versions such as King James Version, Good News Bible, New International Version etc which were all tailored from the original set of books.
4. Judas did not buy the field. Judas threw the money into the temple and committed suicide. But this was blood money and hence the Jewish priests felt it was inappropriate for the use in the temple.The field was brought using this money. FYI, the Israelites have maintained the field till date. Nothing grows on the field. The area is fenced off. Unlike the Mohammedans who tried to destory every pre-700AD relic of other faiths, the Jews have been men enough to preserve this.
5. John the Baptist was definitely a charismatic leader. He fulfilled the role of the prophecies by taking on the role of the forerunner. It is amusing that Sandhya Jain writes, "Some scholars say John....". A few more direct references to these scholars will help her credibility in this regard.
6. One thing that is absolutely right is that the Vatican tried to impose itself on all other faiths. They even tried to eliminate all other faiths. This is why the Greek Orthodox and the Catholic church dont see eye to eye even today. In the quest for "supremacy", they, I am sure tried to fabricate facts to suit their doctrinal beliefs. But Jain has sadly not done enough to this aspect. Rather, she based her entire story on a set of baseless, yet entertaining ideas put forward by a best selling author.

nizhal yoddha said...

christist apologist says:

"There is simply nothing discovered so far to suggest that Jesus never existed."

actually there is simply nothing discovered so far to suggest that the tooth fairy never existed, either.

this is exactly like what that ass william dalrymple once said on bbc tv's show about kerala: "it is possible that thomas [the apostle] came to india". yes, it's also possible that m teresa was a complete fraud. all sorts of things are possible.

nizhal yoddha said...

essene texts are in a california library? not quite. see wikipedia on 'dead sea scrolls'.

the dead sea scrolls have been jealously guarded by the dominicans ever since they were discovered. somebody spirited out a copy of some of the texts -- not clear how many are still hidden by the dominicans.

the thing is so damaging to christist fantasies that it's been suppressed.

as for 'da vinci code', i dont pay any attention to it, because it's fundamentally flawed: it assumes jesus existed. he did not, as he was a fabrication by paul. sandhya jain may or may not believe the 'da vinci code', that's her prerogative.