I’m not exactly sure what people were smoking (smocking if you’re Trump) or what kind of magical shrooms people were eating to hallucinate these bizarre mystical texts back in the day, but tripping in a major way they were. Just read these esoteric interpretations of Noah’s Ark, Exodus or any one of these unbelievable tales to get your fantastic voyage fix on.
Actually, that’s not the case at all. Everybody wrote unbelievable tales in allegory, parable and used abundant symbology and numerology back in the day. It was the “in thing” to do. Kind of like eating Tide Pods, the cinnamon challenge, boot-cut jeans, Tofurky, taking selfies on the edge of a cliff and falling to your death, etc. You know, cool stuff.
No, that’s only partially true. It was common practice to hide deep spiritual truths in plain sight by embedding them in allegorical stories that the masses would take literally and completely miss the deep spiritual meaning that was meant for the initiates of the ancient mystery schools. Wisdom was indeed power then as it is now. And the people that were considered to be profane and unworthy of the deeper meaning are now the people that we know as evangelicals. Yep, the religious lemmings of the world that have plunged us yet again into a new Dark Age where the truth is tossed aside like an empty McDonald’s milkshake cup, and the lies told by the religions, churches and governments that want to keep the status-quo of the world and by extension control of the masses of the world are gobbled up by the scripturally illiterate that are always grasping out in fear and desperation for anything that makes them feel safe and secure. The church claims to have what you need, but all they can give you is an empty promise that is most unsatisfying to the ardent truth seeker. You have to become that truth seeker if you truly want lasting peace and harmony in this life.
But don’t dismay because there is still hope for humanity. Because were are dumping more truth in the laps of the world today with the Divine Analogy, which is a comparison of the three major Abrahamic faiths that we have today and the similarities they share on how they came to be.
Let’s get into it.
Mohammed “hallucinates” or “dreams” conversations with the angel known as Gabriel. What eventually follows is that these “spoken teachings” are recorded in the Koran, the Muslim holy book. Islam is born.
Joseph Smith “hallucinates” or “dreams” conversations with the angel known as Moroni, and sees words on magical plates. The Book of Mormon records what the angel said and what was on those special dinner plates. Mormonism is born.
The Apostle Paul “hallucinates” or “dreams” conversations with the Archangel known as Jesus Christ and has revelations when reading the scriptures, which became the Epistles of Paul, of which the New Testament is entirely based. Christianity is born.
One interesting side note is that there are thirteen epistles of Paul, of which a consensus of scholars now agree that only seven are authentic. The other six are believed to be forgeries (or at least highly contested) designed to alter the perception and meaning of what he really wrote.
In all of these epistles except the Epistle to the Hebrews, the author and writer does claim to be Paul. However, the contested letters may have been written using Paul’s name, as it was common to attribute at that point in history.
Seven letters (with consensus dates) considered genuine by most scholars:
- First Thessalonians (c. 50 AD)
- Galatians (c. 53)
- First Corinthians (c. 53–54)
- Philippians (c. 55)
- Philemon (c. 55)
- Second Corinthians (c. 55–56)
- Romans (c. 57)
The letters on which scholars are about evenly divided:
The letters thought to be pseudepigraphic (falsely contributed works) by about 80% of scholars (traditional dating given):
Finally, Epistle to the Hebrews, though anonymous and not really in the form of a letter, has long been included among Paul’s collected letters, but most scholars now regard it as not written by Paul. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauline_epistles
There you have it, folks. I hope you enjoyed that one. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
I have more articles in this series coming soon, so hang on to your hats!