I read the following today online:
MADRID (AP) — The image appears on T-shirts and cellphone covers, coffee mugs and wine labels. And the 80-year-old pensioner who just weeks ago was mortified by the global stir she created with her botched restoration of a fresco of Christ is now looking to get a piece of the action.
Is it a Jungian synchronicity that this woman did her dirty work within days of the revelation that there is a fragment from the Coptic suggesting that the author(s) of the New Testament were fibbing when they put the Canonicals together in such a way that the most universal and charismatic books ended up on the cutting room floor? If the fictional Jesus was married to the same woman he saved from stoning, he was thus a whoremonger or a man of great compassion, but he was married. This brings down the entirety of the Catholic hierarchical structure as surely as if you convinced believers that organizations with heads often don't want you to use yours. Viz. Scientology's David Misdemeanor, Tom Cruise's mind control boss.
We already knew from the Gospel of Thomas, which did not make the cut, that Jesus taught we are all essentially androgynous and suggested that only by return to that androgynous state may we "enter the Kingdom." What else lurks in the shadows of such heresies as were spawned by the cultus of Reb Yeshua? Some sects, perhaps anticipating Holy Blood, Holy Grail, perhaps even the rip-off novels of Dan Brown, believed that the canonicals' "sop" administered to Jesus when he needed water during his ordeal actually contained the same sort of soporific administered by Shakespeare to Juliet, and that the resurrection was nothing more than the wishful thinking of followers. In one wicked antinomian Gnostic group, Jesus stood on a hill overlooking Golgotha and laughed his head off. What a joke, these centurians thinking they have crucified me.
The filmmaker, Bunuel, atheist and militantly anticlerical, actually depicted a nocturnal Gnostic ritual in a grove (the must-see Milky Way http://nwfilmforum.org/live/page/calendar/573), but the actual practices of some sects were so quasi-tantric only filmmaker like Tinto Brass (Caligula) could shoot them. The proto-Thelemic Ophites, for example, unloosed serpents that the beasts could coil about loaves of bread, thereby blessing them, after which display the celebrants would engage in mindless orgiastic sex with the only caveat one could not conjoin with one's spouse. Why serpents to bless the bread? Serpents in honor of Typhon in the story of Adam and Eve, that same talking snake Bill Maher is always poking fun of. The bugaboo of Judeo-Christianity.
Their Gnostic brothers and sisters, the Cainites, believed that all of the Biblical "heroes" (e.g. Able, Moses, and especially Jesus) were evil and that the good guys were Cain, Korah, and especially Judas. Believe, me, the Gnostic gospels are far more bizarre than the Canonicals. The Cainites turned the Bible on its head because they were convinced Satan rules the earth and the gospels were the work of Man.
And that is the point: all gospels are the work of Man.
Still from Luis Bunuel's The Milky Way
Is that closing line anything like:
There is no god but man, and religion makes his profit?
I think the first part is from Aleister Crowley, but it is the capitalization that is most important (at least in my version): There is no god but Man. The "man" is capitalized because the "G" in God is lower case. All scripture was written by men (not women). All scripture is some cultus figure's own (hopefully higher) consciousness speaking to him. Hmmm, that meat is smelly and there may be some wiggly things in it, I better add that to the list, says Leviticus's anonymous author. And to make the flock believe it, I will tell them God said it. That way, they won't get sick [with trichinosis] and die [because we gotta wait another five centuries until the invention of the refriguerator].