Just Who Was Crucified?
Just who was it who died on the cross? Although Paul spends much verbiage talking about Jesus Christ, it becomes obvious that his Jesus Christ is not based on Jesus of Nazareth, but on the esoteric primal man. So, who actually died on the cross. Well, according to Paul it was he, Paul! "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? "—1Corintians 1:12-13. He seems to be saying that although there are different factions, it was Christ who was crucified and it is in his name that he baptizes. There are many different ways that he could have said this without implying that he, Paul, was crucified. This is Gnosticism, for in order to crucify the inner Christ you had to crucify the host which was Paul. "But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me?"—Romans 7:8-13. It is clear that his sinful life led to his death, but wait isn't he still alive? Yes, it is he Paul who has been resurrected, not Jesus of Nazareth. "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."—Philippians 1:20.21. He is telling us that Christ dwells not in Jesus of Nazareth, but within him, Paul. Now, it is also highly possible that Paul is referring to Jewish scripture, in particular Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22, and not to an actual recent crucifixion of a man named Jesus.
Paul also states in Acts that Jesus was hung from a tree: "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree."—Acts 5:30. "And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they skew and hanged on a tree"—Acts 10:39. "And when they had fulfilled all that is written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre."—Acts 13:29. These same assertions are repeated in the epistles; "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:—Galatians 3:13
Paul also mentions that Jesus was crucified: "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.—1Corinthians 2:2. Since a person cannot be executed and die twice, then Paul must be talking about 2 separate incidents, and as we have already shown the first was the unceremonious stoning and hanging of the 'Essene Teacher of Righteousness,' and the second was his very own staged crucifixion to satisfy the Greek followers of Prometheus.
"For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.:—Ephesians 5:23. While most Christians would find the explanation for this phrase obvious, it really is not. When Jesus says destroy this temple and I will rebuild it in 3 days, he obviously is not talking about the physical Jewish Temple, but about his body. So, if you substitute temple for church, what you find is that Christ is the head of the body. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"--1Corinthians 3:16; "Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."--Luke 17:21
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."—Galatians 2:20. What most Christians fail to realize, is that this is an admission that it was he, Paul who was crucified. This is similar to where Matthaias records the teachings of the Savior as he travels with Thomas. We assume that the Savior is a man named Jesus, but this may not be the case. The Savior just may be the Christ dwelling within Thomas. So, when Paul says that he is crucified with Christ he means that when they crucified Paul they also crucified the Christ within. This is Pauline dualism at its best or worst, depending on your point of view. In order to crucify the good spirit they had to crucify the evil body. According to no less an authority than the Bishop of Lyon, Irenaeus, Paul was a Gnostic, but he conceals his Gnosticism with veiled references to a real life crucified savior, Jesus Christ, about whose life and teachings he knows nothing.
If you still find it hard to believe that Paul is talking about himself and not some person named Jesus Christ then how do you explain; "And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus."--Galatians 4:14
"To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour."—Titus 1:4. While most Christian ministers will tell us, Titus was Paul's son in faith because it was Paul who baptized him, It is clear that Paul never says this and does not give much heed to others that he baptized.
"I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel..."—1Corinthians 1:14-17
Titus was with Paul, on and off starting just prior to the Jerusalem conference c 50 CE, which was before 1Corinthians was written, all the way through to the time that the Epistle to Titus was written, probably in the mid 60s. If we do a little math, we will find that Paul left Jerusalem, for India, with Mary c 36 CE who according to the Safed scroll married (Yeshai) Paul. This would have made Titus about 13 years old when he joins his father preaching in Jerusalem. So, what we have in these epistles is Paul confessing his carnal sins, of a relationship possibly with either a married woman or a widow, to his audience. He then affirms that he has renounced his carnal lifestyle and been resurrected, in Christ, by his faith.
"In order to make good his escape from Jerusalem, he married Mary Magdalene and disguised as an old couple, they were smuggled out of the city. She bore him two children....it was said that they traveled to the East, preaching the doctrines of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of humanity. They lived as Essenes and preached abstinence from animal food (vegetarainism)."—Raymond W., Bernard, "The Secret Life of Jesus the Essene"
In the Talmud, Mary, the mother of Yeshu, was an adultress and hairdresser by profession. This was totally unacceptable to the Church who accused the Jews of inventing this story to mock their religious icon Jesus Christ. This idea of Mary as an adultress never really disappeared from the Christian mythology. So, they broke Mary into 2 people. First, Mary the chaste mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the woman of ill repute. While the Church claimed that Magdalene meant that Mary was a citizen of Magdala, this is not consistent with Greek grammar. The correct term for a citizen 'of Magdala' would be "Magdales" and the correct Greek for a person from Magdala is "Magdalaios." It is quite probable that the conspirators derived the name Magdalene from the Aramaic term "mgadla nshaya" meaning 'womens' hairdresser and conflated it with Helena the consort of Simon Magus/Paul. The idea of 2 women following Jesus around corresponded nicely with the Hellenic Dionysus myth where he is followed by Demeter and Persephone. It is also possible that the Queen Helene of the Toldoth is nothing more than a derisive comment made about Simon Magus/Paul. This back and forth quibbling about the gospel accounts of Jesus continued on through the Middle Ages. While the Jewish writings were originally aimed at the Essene Teacher and not Jesus, this back and forth disputation led to a harmonizing of the Gospel Jesus with the Essene Teacher, Yeshu, of the Jewish writings.
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