Long before The Witches Hammer was published in 1487 as the essential guide for the Inquisition, an attack on heresy was launched by a French Bishop named Irenaeus in the year 180.
A great chasm had yawned in Christianity between the Gnostics, who believed enlightenment was achieved through knowledge, and the Ascetics, who felt salvation could only be obtained through abstention from earthly indulgence.
While many Gnostics believed in self-control of the senses and moderation, others went the opposite direction, toward total sensual liberation and intoxication, and those sects would attract significant attention much later in history.
Irenaeus identified Simon the Magus as the primary spigot of Christian disinformation, who had infected the world with false teachings. Simon had been one of the most popular teachers of his time and founded a Gnostic sect in Alexandria.
I love Simon’s architecture of the hidden dimensions with its seven realms, just like chakras. Buddhism, Zorastrianism, Christianity in multiple forms, and Judaism, all existed simultaneously with the old pagan religions at this point in history, and although paganism is the state religion of Rome practiced by the imperial family, freedom for most religions continues for another 70 years inside the empire, with the exception of some isolated pogroms.
Simon has been so viciously treated by the establishment press of his day, it makes me certain he was a very wise and compassionate man with a flair for the dramatics of enchantment. I think of him more like Wavy Gravy than Aleister Crowley.
But in fact, “simony” is named for Simon the Magus, and many sorcerers claim him as their roots. His death reminds me of what happened to James the Just in Jerusalem, as he was lured to Rome to prove his powers, and then taken to a great height and told to fly, and ended up falling to his death. According to Paul, he claimed he could fly, but that sounds highly unlikely for such a wise man unless he was on really powerful mushrooms, in which case he shouldn’t have been up so high in the first place. I believe Simon’s death was a case of murder, and, as usual, Paul is at the scene and approving of the results, while Peter gets credit for making it happen through the power of prayer, so he was most likely the one who pushed him.
But Irenaeus reserved his most savage attacks for his own contemporary at the time, the Gnostic Valentinius, who had become the most popular Christian teacher in Rome, and claimed to have received secret knowledge from Paul himself. Valentinius had been a leading candidate for Bishop of Rome, but had been so insulted when he was passed over that he quit the church and started his own, taking his congregation with him. Very little of his writings survived, although some attribute the Gospel of Truth to him.
People have been forging documents for as long as documents have existed, and the best artists were sometimes also the best forgers. The search for original Christian documents has unearthed some spectacular finds, like the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are the closest we have to anything in the time of Jesus, but there’s also been an endless parade of forgeries. These old documents are valuable and always have been.
Christianity didn’t become a big deal until 300 years after-the-fact, so there was considerable wiggle room over three centuries for any powers-that-be to make adjustments. Being named a bishop in a major city for the first 300 years was often a dangerous occupation, since you never knew if Roman troops might not rush into your home and decapitate you for violating some obscure law. There were no rules on celibacy in those days, by the way, and most priests and bishops were married and had families.
In the 1970s, a major work titled Gospel of Judas was discovered written in Coptic on an ancient papyrus, and it told a different story from the one in the New Testament. In this version Judas follows instructions and does not betray Jesus. A microscopist spent months analyzing the papyrus and two inks were found, which was unusual: lamp black of the Egyptian scribes had been mixed with brown iron gall of the Greeks.
The microscopist eventually dated the papyrus at the year 280 after comparing it with Egyptian documents from that period in the Louve in Paris. This is twenty years before Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire, but long after the time of Jesus.
In fact, much of the Old and New Testaments may have been formulated after the destruction of the second Temple in Jerusalem, and the banishment of Jews from Judea. Up until then, Judaism and Christianity were oral traditions and nothing was written about Jesus during his alleged lifetime.
Below is my translation of the opening:
Gospel of Judas Iscariot
Here is the secret account of what Jesus told Judas Iscariot during Passover week in Jerusalem.
Jesus came to Judea and performed miracles and brought salvation from suffering for the poor. He collected twelve disciples so that his works would never end. He taught his disciples the mysteries, often in the form of a child.
Scene 1: The Eucharist
The disciples were in Judea sharing bread when Jesus approached. One offered a prayer of thanksgiving and Jesus laughed.
“Something wrong with my prayer?”
“Nothing is ever wrong,” said Jesus. “Everything that happens, happens through the will of the One.”
“Aren’t you the son of the One?”
“Did I ever said that? None in my lifetime will truly know me.”
When the disciples heard this, they cursed Jesus and got angry.
Jesus challenged anyone to stand eyeball to eyeball, and tell him they truly knew him.
“I can do that,” said Judas. But when he stood next to him, he looked away.
“I know who you are and where you came from,” said Judas. “You are from the immortal realm of Sophia. I am not worthy to utter the name of the one who sent you.”
Jesus drew Judas aside for a private conversation. “Sometimes the truth is painful,” said Jesus. “And it’s ok to be a bit slow to reveal it.”
“But when will you reveal the mysteries?” asked Judas.
But Jesus had already disappeared and did not answer, and it was a long time before he appeared again.
Very little written by Dionysius has survived, although we do know he tried to blow the whistle on the widespread forgery occurring during the early days of Christianity. The New Testament was written in Greek and Hebrew, although Jesus would have spoken Aramaic if he’d actually lived, although there is zero evidence he did. The bulk of the New Testament was crafted by Paul and his associate Luke, neither of whom ever met Jesus, and the stories seem largely constructed to anoint Paul as the true leader of the Christian faith.
Since there are no original documents to consult, just copies of copies of copies, we will never know the truth because at any stage in the copying process, changes could have easily been made by corrupt scribes, and it would be naive not to believe changes would not be made as Christianity formalized its dogmas.
The first 300 years of the church were documented almost exclusively by Eusebius, an obvious fabricator working to construct a myth for the benefit of his emperor Constantine. Constantine’s mother was a Christian, and after he became emperor he supposedly had a vision while looking at the sun. He allegedly saw an image in the clouds and heard the words: “By this symbol conquer.”
That’s when he got the idea to put the cross on the Roman shield, instantly transforming Christianity from a religion serving the poor to becoming the symbol of Roman aggression. Eusebius also welded the names “Jesus” and “Christ” into one word. Prior to his arrival “Christ” was not attached to another word and just meant “anointed.”
Two hundred and thirty years after Jesus was allegedly crucified, a prophet named Mani was crucified in Persia. Mani had successfully integrated Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Buddhism, and his religion was sweeping the world faster than anything in history, and upsetting the status quo everywhere.
Since integrating religions is not in the interest of the empires, which rely on religion to make war for profit, I have to wonder if the sudden transformation of Christianity into the state religion of the Roman Empire wasn’t in some way connected to the fear of a new enlightenment manifesting throughout the realm.
Mani was the most famous Christian of his day, but he worshiped the light of the moon as Jesus. Christ means “anointed” in Greek and originally just referred to anyone wearing the holy anointing oil of the Old Testament, the recipe of which can be found in Exodus. The main ingredients are cannabis and olive oil.
Q: How long will death prevail? A: As long as women bear children. Q: Is it wrong to bear children then? A: Eat every plant, but avoid bitter ones. Q: When will I know the mysteries? A: After you have trampled on the garment of shame, when two become one, and the male and female become neither male nor female.
—Gospel of the Egyptians
Three hundred years before Zoroaster drank Haoma for the first time and had his vision of the Great One, the father of King Tutankhamun had a similar realization in Egypt. His name was King Akhenaten, but he was completely lost to history until 1907, when Edward Ayrton unearthed his tomb and discovered he was husband to Nefertiti, who was already well-known as the mother of the famous King Tut.
Akhenaten abolished the imperial religion and installed monotheism. The Great One was called Aten, and the sun may have been his eye, and he was sometimes represented as a falcon head, although there was no idol to worship. For 17 years Akhenaten reigned, but he was soon overthrown by fundamentalists in his own court, who sought to restore the ancient pagan pantheon. Sigmund Freud was the first to theorize Akhenaten and Moses were one-and-the-same, and the dates certainly line-up on that theory. And don’t forget, according to the Old Testament, Moses was raised inside the imperial court of Egypt.
How strange that Zoroaster came to similar epiphanies in Persia a few centuries later, and the prophet Mani would many centuries after that update Zoroaster’s monotheism by sprinkling in bits of Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism, while also employing the sun as eye of the One, just like Akhenaten but a couple hundred years after Jesus walked the earth.
The Scythians of the Caucasus Mountains were responsible for introducing cannabis and spreading fire temples from Iran to India. They invented the myth of the holy grail and never worshipped a pantheon of gods like most of the world.
We know Zoroaster had a huge influence on the development of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, and it’s one of his Magi attending Christianity’s birth in Bethlehem, but I have to wonder if the other two might have been Buddha and Pythagoras, who was the Albert Einstein of ancient wise men and wrote the rule book for secret societies.
In 1945, a writer in Finland named Mika Waltari discovered the untold story of Akhenaten and wrote a book titled The Egyptian and the novel was adapted into a Hollywood movie of the same name in 1954, and inspired David McDermott to produce a tribute to the film in a spectacle called New Wave Vaudeville, directed by Ann Magnuson and staged at Irving Plaza in 1978, a show that launched Klaus Nomi, among many others.
The ancient Egyptians had an enormous influence on religion, and Alexandria became the center for Christian theology for centuries until Rome seized it. The myth of a virgin mother may have originated with Neith, the ancient Egyptian goddess of war, who carried an ankh, the symbol of life. She is thought to have been the first goddess created by the Egyptians, although she was greatly eclipsed by Isis.
Neith’s symbol was a bow, shield and two crossed arrows, while her consort became known as Set, god of the darkness. Even so, Neith had power to birth offspring without involvement of any male energy. Strange that Neith’s ankh resembles many early Christian crosses from Alexandria and the goddess of war has a reverse doppleganger in Gnostic Christianity named Sophia, the first thought of the One, who is also a virgin mother but referred to as “wisdom” and ‘love.”
Jesus was not a well-known figure during his alleged lifetime. In fact, there’s no evidence he existed and most likely he did not as the evidence suggests he was an update on Zoroastrian sun worship influenced by the Buddhism brought back by Alexander the Great.
John the Baptist, however, seems to have been real, as well as Jesus’ alleged brother James, and those two were probably the true founders of the Christian faith. It was James and his immediate followers who created the epic ministry. The New Testament is merely a small slice of writings concerning the early Christian movement, and certainly not the oldest source, which would be the Dead Sea Scrolls, which never mention Jesus, only “the chrism” and a “teacher of righteousness.”
Most of the New Testament was written by Paul and Luke, neither of whom ever met a living Jesus. Luke wrote the Acts of the Apostles and it’s nothing like the rest of the New Testament or Gnostic Gospels. But it is the main source of mythology on Paul, and paints him as the true heir to the Jesus movement. It also employs angels and moments of theatrical magic, suggesting the author may have been a talented playwright, and what you are actually digesting is a wag-the-dog-movie. Imagine if you heard the disembodied voice of the Great One, (something guaranteed to be either a prank or a false delusion in real life). In this story this happens to two people, and their reactions are hilarious if you just think about it because they both react as if this sort of thing happens every day.
Saul was terrorizing followers of Jesus in Jerusalem, threatening to kill them. He went to the high priest and requested letters to the synagogues in Damascus. Saul wanted authority to hunt down Jesus believers in Damascus. If he found any, men or women, he’d drag them back to Jerusalem.
Saul went to Damascus. But when he got close, an extremely bright light from heaven suddenly shined around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
Saul said, “Who are you, Lord?”
The voice answered, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Get up now and go into the city. Someone there will tell you what you must do.”
The men traveling with Saul just stood there, unable to speak. They heard the voice, but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground and opened his eyes, but he could not see. So the men with him held his hand and led him into Damascus. For three days, Saul could not see and he did not eat nor drink.
There was a follower of Jesus in Damascus named Ananias. In a vision the Lord said to him, “Ananias!”
Ananias answered, “Here I am, Lord.”
The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight Street. Find the house of Judas and ask for a man named Saul from the city of Tarsus. He is there now, praying. He has seen a vision in which a man named Ananias came and laid his hands on him so that he could see again.”
But Ananias answered, “Lord, many people have told me about this guy and he is doing bad things and terrorizing people. Now he has come here to Damascus to terrorize. The leading priests have given him the power to arrest anyone who trusts in you.”
But the Lord Jesus said to Ananias, “Go! I have chosen Saul for an important work. I want him to tell other nations, their rulers, and the people of Israel about me. I will show him all that he must suffer for me.”
So Ananias left and went to the house of Judas. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord Jesus sent me. He is the one you saw on the road when you came here. He sent me so that you can see again and also be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Immediately, something that looked like fish scales fell off Saul’s eyes. He was able to see! Then he got up and was baptized. After he ate, he began to feel strong again.
Saul stayed with the followers of Jesus in Damascus for a few days. Soon he began to go to the synagogues and tell people about Jesus. He told the people, “Jesus is the Son of God!”
All the people who heard Saul were amazed. They said, “This is the same man who was in Jerusalem trying to destroy the people who trust in Jesus! And that’s why he has come here—to arrest the followers of Jesus and take them back to the leading priests.”
But Saul became more and more powerful in proving that Jesus is the Messiah. His proofs were so strong that the Jews who lived in Damascus could not argue with him.
After many days, some Jews made plans to kill Saul. They were watching the city gates day and night. They wanted to kill Saul, but he learned about their plan. One night some followers that Saul had taught helped him leave the city. They put him in a basket and lowered it down through a hole in the city wall.
Then Saul went to Jerusalem. He tried to join the group of followers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe that he was really a follower of Jesus. But Barnabas accepted Saul and took him to the apostles. He told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the road and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. Then he told them how boldly Saul had spoken for the Lord in Damascus.
And so Saul stayed with the followers and went all around Jerusalem speaking boldly for the Lord. He often had arguments with the Greek-speaking Jews, who began making plans to kill him. When the believers learned about this, they took Saul to Caesarea, and from there they sent him to the city of Tarsus.
The church in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had a time of peace. And with the help of the Holy Spirit, these groups of believers became stronger in faith and showed their respect for the Lord by the way they lived. So the church everywhere grew in numbers.
If you are going to investigate the origins of Christianity, it’s useful to examine the lies of Zeitgeist, a propaganda film released in 2007 that gives a distorted view of history, and ignores the cannabis component, while creating a personality cult around the film’s director, Peter Joseph. So understand Zeitgeist is part of the mind war and intended to lead you into a rabbit hole and not enlighten you about the truth. But once you know where the magician wants you to look, you can sometimes figure out what he is hiding with the other hand.
Zeitgeist states the obvious: Jesus (like most avatars at the time) was constructed from previous solar myths. The film draws most analogies from Egypt.
Most of the inspiration for the Old and New Testament was not coming from Egypt, but the opposite direction, the east, which birthed a religion that swept the world, born out of great fire temples where cannabis flowers and hot milk had been mixed for centuries to make the world’s greatest medicine.
The prophet Zoroaster had an epiphany after drinking this elixir, and suddenly realized everything in the universe was related by some great spirit flowing through all creation. He named this great spirit the Mind-Being, “mind” being female, and “being” male, and together they made the great Mind-Being spirit found in all things. Zoroaster also believed in an Evil One, not related to the Mind-Being. He wrote these beliefs in the Avesta five hundred years before Zachariah rediscovered the oil in Judea.
There’s a central sacrament for his ceremony, and it looks exactly like the sacrament of the Rig Veda, Soma, which predates Zoroaster, but in Iran where Zoroaster lived, they had changed the name to Haoma.
If Zeitgeist truly wanted to enlighten us about the origins of monotheism versus the goddesses and gods of paganism, the film should have been talking about how the active ingredient in Soma and Haoma is the same as in the Holy Anointing Oil, created by Moses, rediscovered by Zacharias, made popular by John the Baptist, and employed by Mani to heal the blind and the lame.
All my research indicates Jesus is a myth Constantine invented to replace Mani. Mani was the real peace avatar who had successfully combined all religion in a quest to end war. What he didn’t understand was that most religions are constructed to help wage war.
Arius was African of Berber descent, educated in Antioch (Rome’s third most important city, located in central Turkey) by Greek scholar Lucian. He moved home to Africa, to settle in Alexandria, the center of the emerging Christian movement as many scribes were recording theology in Greek there. Greek was considered the most educated language at the time. Arius wrote a famous and influential epic poem titled The Banquet of which no copies survive, just some small excerpts quoted in other works.
Since the origins of the Jesus movement, thousands of Christians had been forced to denounce Jesus and swear allegiance to Ceasar in order to save themselves. Afterwards many returned to the church to request forgiveness and receive communion, and were generally forgiven and accepted back into the faith.
Meletius was an influential Bishop in Egypt who denounced this practice and insisted these people should never be forgiven as many of his relatives had been victims of Roman persecution. Arius was inducted into the priesthood by Meletius and both were excommunicated over this issue, but Arius was soon readmitted and made a deacon.
Early in life Arius had a reputation as a lady killer, incredibly handsome and verbally gifted. He set Christendom into a tizzy when he wrote:
“If the Father begat the Son, he that was begotten had a beginning of existence: and from this it is evident, that there was a time when the Son was not. It therefore necessarily follows, that the Son had his substance from nothing.”
Following this logic, Arius deduced the Father outranked the Son, a concept introduced to him by Origen, the foremost Christian theologian in Alexandria and a prolific writer. Origen also taught the preexistence of souls.
During the first few centuries of Christianity, there was little consensus on the divinity of Jesus. Many did not believe the virgin birth and felt this detail had been added after-the-fact. Some believed all men were sons of god. Some believed anyone who was anointed with the oil became Christ. Many believed Jesus only became divine after his baptism by John. Some believed Jesus always existed.
Constantine called the Council on Nicaea in 325 to settle these matters and Arius and many of his supporters were invited to attend, and were considered the front-runners, but when Arius read his prepared statement, the council became so disturbed with some of his views many switched sides to Eusebius of Nicomedia and began supporting his concept of an equal trinity.
Just as Constantine had his publicist in Eusebuius, the Apostle Paul had his in Luke. They obviously had a very close relationship and I’m guessing Luke was a much younger man, and he acted as Paul’s personal physician. Paul seems to have suffered from “a thorn in the flesh,” that may have required daily attention and these two were inseparable.
Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts, and together they comprise about a third of the New Testament, while the texts attributed to Paul make up the bulk of the rest, so these two close associates represent the twin towers of the New Testament. But Luke also painted the first icons, and pioneered a blending of the Egyptian and Greek painting styles into one. Not only did he write the most dramatic parts of the New Testament (in Greek), but he created the first images of the saints. Paul may have been the brains behind the ministry, but Luke was the one carrying water and chopping wood.
Luke was born in the empire’s third largest city, Antioch in South-Central Turkey, near the mouth of the Orontes River, but he settled in the coastal town of Ephesus. He wrote in fluent, educated Greek with a flair for the dramatic, and was obviously influenced by The Aeneid, the original Bible for the Roman Empire, an epic poem by Virgil that traced the history of Rome as emanating from the ruins of Troy, and celebrated its imperial rise to grandeur up to Augustus Ceasar. The poem established the divine right-to-rule for Rome’s royal families, so it was a useful piece of mind control. The story mixed fact and fiction, with gods and goddesses jumping into the fray at will. It set the standard for creating an empire-justifying mythology, and took its cues from the success of Homer’s Iliad.
Similarly, Luke manifested a similar operation by drawing a direct line from Zechariah to Jesus to Paul, and anointing Paul as the true leader of the Christian ministry, with a divine right to lead the movement. It was a puff piece studded with lies and exaggerations undoubtedly fed by Paul in order to enhance Paul’s reputation and solidify his dominance over Christianity. And the story had angels and demons jumping into the narrative at will, like the Olympic gods in the Aeneid, but nothing like the other Gospels, especially the Gnostic Ones rejected by the Council of Nicaea, which concentrate on an examination of the origin of life, and do not have supernatural beings directing traffic on earth.
So if you pay attention to Luke’s story and realize his influences, then the appearance of these angels becomes a device deployed to conceal Paul’s hidden connections to Rome, the force really rescuing Paul in his hours of need. When you flip this switch, those fantastic stories take on new dimensions, and begin to resemble the UFO stories being circulated around the history of religion today, stories that may be planted to hold back the realization that an anointing oil manifested medical miracles in the time of Jesus, an oil written out of the New Testament, but one that is certainly experiencing a rebirth in our time.
When managing an empire, it’s essential to place your spooks inside every popular movement as soon as they appear, and this is very easy when you’re rich because money opens doors, so it’s understandable why Christianity would have been peppered with secret agents acting in the service of Rome from its earliest days. Visit any extremist secret society today, and you’ll likely find yourself surrounded by intelligence agents. Christianity was a secret society and followers had to blend into the local population to avoid persecution.
When attempts to eradicate the Christian movement in Jerusalem failed, the society spread throughout the Mediterranean region. State persecution against Christians in Rome didn’t actually commence until the year 250, when laws compelling people to worship the state religion were put on the books.
But it wasn’t until the year 303 that the real savagery against Christians began, when they became instant fodder for the circus games. Prior to this, oppression emanated through the citizens of Rome, most of whom had a profound distrust of Christians because they didn’t participate in Roman society. When Nero blamed Christians for the devastating fire, it was a local matter, and only the handful of patsies selected by Nero in Rome were charged and executed. By this time, some estimated the Christian population of the empire at ten percent, but since it was a secret society, the real numbers cannot be known.
Intellectuals scorned Christianity, considering Paul and Peter malicious fabricators whose work was full of obvious contradictions. Much resentment against Christianity was fueled by its claim the rich would not enter the kingdom of heaven.
In Antioch in 299, court sorcerers were sacrificing animals to examine their innards to foretell the future, when the lead sorcerer declared he’s seen some soldiers make the sign of the cross in the back of the temple while witnessing the execution of animals. He insisted these displays were interfering with his magic, preventing him from foretelling the future. The Emperor at the time became so enraged, he demanded the imperial court and eventually all soldiers be compelled to offer a sacrifice to the gods to prove their allegiance to the state religion. This would seem to indicate Christianity was a vegetarian culture at that time.
But by 301, something more dangerous than Christianity had appeared, and it was spreading even faster. The Prophet Mani had integrated elements of Christianity, Zoroastriasm and Buddhism, and his followers were students of astrology, medicine and philosophy. Mani was considered the greatest painter and poet of his day, and he was a vegetarian, although his religion allowed consumption of animals provided someone else killed them. Mani ate only freely given nuts, fruits and vegetables (no roots) and encouraged others to follow, but it was not required. Mani had been crucified in the year 274 for preaching world peace and some of his biography and teachings ended up in the story of Jesus.
On March 31, 302, the leading Manicheans in Alexandria (the center of the Christian movement) were rounded up and burned alive along with their documents and scrolls. This was the first recorded burning of sacred documents by Rome, but would certainly not be the last. All the surviving Manicheans were sent to concentration camps and their property gifted to the imperial treasury in Rome. The following year, edicts went out against Christians, and churches were razed, documents destroyed, and martyrs burned alive.
When Constantine succeeded his father on July 25, 306, he immediately ended the persecution of Christians and made full restitution of confiscated properties. But not for the Manicheans, who continued to be savagely persecuted by most of the other religions of their time. He became a great general and went to war to unify the divided Roman Empire, which had split into pieces. Constantine entered Rome on October 29, 312, and began a complete reorganization of government and religion. He also hired Eusebius as his chief publicist. Eusebius wrote the first history of the Christian church, and stuffed it with disinformation. This is where the story of Constantine being inspired to create the new battle standard displaying the symbol of the cross by staring into the sun first appears. Whatever the inspiration, there’s no doubt Constantine’s Labarum played a significant role in some battles, for whenever part of his line was faltering, Constantine directed the standard bearer to the beleaguered area, and it reportedly made the difference more than once.
In February 313, Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan, which restored full rights of Christians in the empire. We don’t know when Constantine became a Christian, this may have happened in his youth, but it wasn’t until he turned 40 that he made this information public. His most famous construction project was the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, now considered the holiest site in Christendom.
Constantine believed Jesus and Apollo were basically the same, which explains why so much of the Jesus myth has been built around the astronomy of the sun. He poisoned his son Crispus and murdered his wife Fausta, and then wiped their names from history, and Eusebius dutifully removed all mention of them.
Strangely, Constantine had delayed his baptism until he was near death. Some say this was to make sure the baptism absolved his many great sins. Constantine was a great general who defeated the Franks and Goths and Sarmatians, and reunited the great empire, and built a system that would remain intact for a thousand years, and he would be praised for centuries as a great humanitarian, when, in fact, he was one of the most vicious tyrants of his day.
It was under his reign, that Christianity morphed from a secret society serving the poor, to the symbol of Roman power and oppression.
“Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14
The book of James was one of the earliest written parts of the New Testament. Although references to healing with oil are sparse (yet abound in the Gnostic Gospels), the anointing oil plays an enormous role in Old and New Testaments, as there are 90 references. A complete list can be found here:
Yet, anointing with oil for the purpose of healing is only mentioned one other time in the New Testament.
“And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” (Mark 6:13)
Paul prayed for the removal of a thorn (2Corinthians 12:7), gave a prescription to Timothy (1Timothy 5:23), kept the physician Luke close by (2Timothy 4:11). If the anointing oil had healing properties, why did Paul never use the oil nor refer to it even once?
Imagine yourself living at the time these events took place. A wonderful healing oil has been rediscovered by John the Baptist, and after John is killed, the Christian movement emerges. Suddenly, a Harry-J.-Anslinger-type appears and starts throwing all the leaders in prison and torturing them for more names.
The torturer’s name is Saul and he soon discovers he is dealing with a non-violent movement, something Rome is unfamiliar with. These people are easily rounded up and confess everything and have no weapons nor any desire to fight back except through words, and meekly accept whatever judgments are handed down.
But after most of the leaders are dead, Saul changes his name to Paul and becomes a Christian. Imagine Anslinger joining a jazz band and smoking reefer in public, and you might understand why I have difficulty accepting this conversion. He was, after all, the chief Inquisitioner for many years.