The Apocryphal Gospels and Human Anxiety

At the time of the disciples, Jesus’ death and birth were considered as something natural, both by His followers and the general public. Later, the dogmatism that appeared blurred all the simplicity and naturalness of the true facts.

Amid the incoherence of the presented theories we have arrived at the 21st century. It was a long period of one only truth imposed on humans that had to accept everything without being allowed to question anything. Thus, anxiety and dissatisfaction progressively managed to consolidate a stronger position in many people that wanted something more tangible than the answers at hand, seeking information that could at least be accepted by the lucid mind.

Now at a time when many uncontrollable risks affect humanity, such as climatic changes, epidemics of infectious diseases, and terrorism, just to cite a few, great universal transformations are taking place whether they are recognized or not. Finally, humans are beginning to realize that in order to find answers they should seek for the Holy Grail with sincerity and willing examine the facts objectively.

More and more people are asking who was Jesus really and what was His real mission? What is the truth about the generation of His physical body, for according to the Creator's natural laws, fecundation is indispensable?

Jesus' teachings were given to humanity in general, regardless of one’s religious background. The same way He did not get involved with the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essences that lived in Palestine at the time. Neither can we considered Him as belonging exclusively to the Roman Catholic Church, an idea that became crystallized under the command of the Emperor Constantine, who in the third century established with his bishops the foundations of the new religion that would have a global effect in the world at that time.

Constantine managed with the created religion that which Alexander had tried in vain some centuries earlier with the use of force. He created a universal empire, by means of imposing an official doctrine that should be accepted without restrictions by the masses, thus, Constantine established the bases for the biggest empire ever to have existed before then.

But had this been Jesus' mission? A question now many people are reflecting upon. Nevertheless, Jesus had affirmed: this is not my kingdom. So, what did Jesus really want to teach? Obviously, that the kingdom of physical matter is perishable however, essential for the invigoration and development of the spirit and that true life lies in the spiritual kingdom.

For a long time it was the accepted hypothesis that Jesus did not say anything during the indecorous trial, so that He could give up His life as a sacrifice for humanity's sins. Nowadays, this idea has begun to awaken a certain discomfort and disbelief in people who are reasoning with lucidity. How could the sacrifice of an innocent man forgive humanity’s sins? Where is there justice in this?

In the book, A Search For The Historical Jesus, professor Fida M. Hassnain, wrote that, according to the manuscripts found at the Dead Sea, when Jesus was instructing his disciples in the temple, one of them asked Him: “Can the blood of sacrifices wash away sins?” To which Jesus answered: “The blood of animal or human sacrifice cannot ever wash away sins neither can the blame be eradicated by the spilling of innocent blood.”

Jesus’ death and birth were faced with naturalness by His followers without the dogmatic obscurantism that followed. But the brutal manner, in which His life was taken from Him, has been perceived as an act of treachery, humanity’s seal of refusal to the spiritual teachings that dispensed with the intermediation of religious organizations.

Today the search for a more realistic knowledge about Jesus' life is made more difficult with the disappearance of documents that could assist in the elucidation of it. Humanity is trying to understand the events of the past and the phenomena of the time that the intellect cannot manage to explain.

Erica Montenegro, wrote for the magazine “Super Interessante ” (Dec.2004), the article “Another Jesus”, based on the fact that the Apocryphal Gospels, texts that were prohibited and disappeared more than a millennium ago, showed a Jesus different from what we know of today. According to her research nothing is more important than knowledge and that self-awareness is the path to knowledge. This idea – which is not very different to what Buddhism teaches – is completely absent from the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. Any good Christian knows that the New Testament offers one way to only two paths of salvation. First: it is necessary to have faith (it can move mountains). The second: one’s acts have to be good (love thy neighbor as thyself). Nowhere else is there any reference to another path to Paradise. Here it is important to note that neither the Gospels of Luke, Mark, Mathew, nor John, mention salvation through self-awareness, or knowledge.

The journalist complements her observation by writing that, if traditional Christianity ignored the importance of self-awareness, the idea is not new for us now living in the 21st century.

However it is imperative to know yourself to, simultaneously, know the profundity of all things, and that means your own life. The knowledge of oneself must incorporate the acknowledgement of the spirit, as the real true live nucleus of the human being.

In fact, the main purpose of Jesus’ teachings was the understanding by humans about the spiritual meaning of life, but this was not well understood and, afterwards, suppressed by other closer notions through the misinterpretations of the earthbound intellect.

Humans must come to the acknowledgement that they were not able to understand the Bible scriptures, as it gives explanations about spiritual phenomena, thus confusing everything in its restricted mind.

As Abdruschin wrote: “God is Divine, His Will is spirit. And from this live Will Paradise with its inhabitants came into being. Of this Paradise, however, the human creature came about as a spiritual seed, in order to proceed en route through to the furthest point of Creation. The human is, therefore, the spirit bearer in the part of the physical material Creation. That is why he finds himself through his acts attached to the pure primordial Will of God, having to assume all the responsibility for them, even if he allows himself to be impurely covered by all external influences of matter and, under certain circumstances completely buried temporarily. It is the treasure or the dowry that in his hand that should give accrued interest.” (The Grail Message; Vol. 2, Spirit).

Figuratively speaking the interest would correspond to the continued refinement and embellishment of life on the planet, as a goal of spiritualized man. But, having buried this dowry, allowing his ego to act freely, he has built a chaotic world full of risks that threaten all humanity.

Benedicto Ismael Camargo Dutra