Early Christianity & the Apostasy

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Ankh
The Ankh, symbol for the Key to Eternal Life

Soon after the crucifixion of Christ, a Greek religious movement began in the areas around Egypt, Greece and Israel.

In 42 AD, the Coptic Templar Order was established as an esoteric organization by Thomas the Apostle and Saint Mark, in the city of Cairo, in ancient Egypt.

Thirty years later, they established a temple in Alexandria, which is also located in ancient Egypt. This temple later developed into the Coptic Orthodox Church and Catechetical School.

The first Christians were primarily Jews from Alexandria, as well as the Essenes and the Druids. At that time, a large number of people embraced the Christian faith and Christianity began to spread throughout Egypt.

Ideas from the Greek religious movement then merged with this faith to form the philosophy of Christian Gnosticism.[i] It was the symbol of the ankh that they originally adopted for use as the Christian cross – the Egyptian symbol for the Key to Eternal Life.

One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of Eternity, of Life, of the marvelous structure of reality. Albert Einstein

In 70 AD, in what was to be the first of three wars between the Jews and the Romans, the Roman army conquered and massacred a large portion of the Jewish population. Jesus’ followers managed to survive 300 years of persecution under the Roman Empire before they were finally eradicated.

By the second century AD, the Catholic Church of Rome had declared itself to be the authority on religious teachings. At that time, Saint Irenæus was the author of five works titled The Destruction and Overthrow of Falsely So-Called Knowledge. He wrote these books in an attempt to overthrow people who were writing about the process of reincarnation, God’s Divine laws, the worlds beyond the Sun and all the other philosophies he considered to be heresy. And, because he was an early Catholic Church Father and the Bishop of Lugdunum, which was part of Rome, the writings of Saint Irenæus were formative in the early development of Christian theology.[ii]

In 364 AD, in an event known as the Council of Laodicea, the early Roman Church Fathers made a decision as to which of the Greek and Hebrew texts would be included in the Holy Bible. When Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of Rome, the possession of the books Bishop Irenæus had declared to be heretical was made a criminal offence. Copies of them were then burned and destroyed.

To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelations 3:14-16 & 22

The Church of Rome only allowed the Bible to be available in the language of Latin. Subsequently, all of the Greek and Hebrew texts they included were translated into Latin. At that time, few people, other than Catholic priests, could read Latin. So it was then that we became accustomed to giving away our power to people who undertook to communicate with God on our behalf.

Shortly thereafter, the truths that had been taught by the Greeks and Egyptians were dismissed as mythology. As a result, Jesus’ secret gnostic teachings were literally driven underground and our wisdom was lost from the collective human consciousness.

Even if our Gospel is Veiled, it is Veiled to those who are perishing. II Corinthians 4:2-3

St. AugustineBut, in 396 AD, a Roman Catholic priest was named the Bishop of Hippo Regius, a title he held for thirty-four years. Also known as Saint Augustine, he is recognized as the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity and is perhaps the most prolific writer of the Middle Ages.

At the end of his life, Saint Augustine wrote a document in Latin, titled Réctractationes, the English translation of which means ‘to retreat from’. The purpose of this document was to note, in chronological order, those passages from all his previous works in which he had either made an error or later changed his viewpoint.

In one of the chronological entries in this document is written, “That which is called the Christian religion existed among the Ancients, and never did not exist, from the beginning of the Human race.”[iii]

In 1949, an Anglican Priest and Theologian, named Dr. Geddes MacGreggor, came to the US as the first holder of the Rufus Jones Chair in Philosophy and Religion at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.  He then went on to become Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California.  As the author of over 20 books on philosophy and religion, Dr. MacGreggor argued that, when Christianity teaches that we are given only one earthly life to determine, once and for all, whether we go to Heaven or to Hell, it is contradictory to God’s love.

Institutions, generally, do not like the idea of reincarnation because it enables one to do without the institution – they like the individual to be entirely dependent upon them for salvation.  Dr. Geddes MacGreggor

In 1967, a Professor of Theology, named Dr. Miceál Ledwith, became a Roman Catholic priest at the Wexford Ireland Diocese of Ferns. He then became a member of the International Theological Commission, which was set up by the Vatican in Rome to advise the Pope on theological matters. Eventually, he rose to become advisor to Pope John Paul II, himself. But, after thirty years, Dr. Ledwith left the orders to become a teacher at a School of Ancient Wisdom in Washington because of what he has come to believe is the real truth of our existence.[iv]

Some have gone so far as to say that it will shake the foundation of conventional Christianity.
Dr. Miceál Ledwith

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[i] Two Thousand years of Coptic Christianity, Otto F.A. Meinardus
[ii] The Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels, Vintage Books, 1989
[iii] Shadow of the Third Century: A Revaluation of Christianity, Alvin Boyd Kuhn, Academy Press, 1949
[iv] How Jesus Became a Christ: The Hidden Years Vol. 2 of Deep Deceptions, Edessa Code LLC, 2006
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