apocryphal gospel

anonymous asked:

could you share some more details about your faith and practices?

I am a Christian, culturally and spiritually. I value tradition, preferring liturgical and “high church” style of worship. I am also progressive, and I believe that the church (while maintaining its ancient roots) should be a force for social change. 

I study early Christian heresies and I am a bit of a heretic myself. My favorite apocryphal work is the Gospel of Mary and I base a lot of my spiritual foundation on that particular text. 

I don’t pray all too often outside of Church; I spend a lot of my time contemplating and studying scripture instead. I focus on putting my faith into action and try to better my soul every day. 

I don’t really have a set doctrine, and my personal theology is pretty fluid. My most consistent belief is that we must sacrifice ourselves for others in order to be fully in the body of Christ. 

Ode to Sophia (from Acts of Thomas)

The Maiden is Light’s daughter; in Her the King’s radiance is treasured. Majestic is Her look, and delightsome; in radiant beauty She shineth.

Like to spring flowers are Her garments; from them streameth scent of sweet odours. Throned o’er Her head the King sitteth, with food free from death feeding them at His table.

Truth crowneth her head; Joy sports at her feet. She openeth her mouth as becomes Her; all songs of praise She lets stream forth.

Two and thirty are they who sing praises; Her tongue is like the entrance veil, moved by them who enter in only.

“Her neck towereth step-like; the first world-builder did build it. Her hands suggest the band of blessed Æons, proclaiming them; Her fingers point toward the City’s Gates.

Her bridal chamber doth stream with light, and pour forth scent of balsam and sweet herbs, delicious scents of myrrh and savoury plants; with myrtle wreaths and masses of sweet flowers ’tis strewn within. Her bridal couch is decked with reeds.

Her bridesmen are grouped round Her; seven are they in number; She hath picked them herself. Seven, too, are Her bridesmaids dancing before Her.

Twelve are they who serve and attend her; their eyes ever look for the Bridegroom, that He may fill them with light.

For ever with Him will they be in joy everlasting; and will take their seats at that feast where the Great Ones assemble, and remain at that banquet of which the Eternal alone are deemed worthy.

In kingly dress shall they be clad, and put on robes of light, and both shall joy in bliss and exultation, singing praise to the Creator.

For of His glorious radiance they’ve received; and at the sight of Him, their Lord, they have been filled with light. They have received from Him immortal food that knows no waste.

They’ve drunk of wine that makes men thirst no more, nor suffer fleshly lust. So with the Living Spirit they glorify Truth’s Father, and sing their praise to Wisdom’s Mother.

I’ve started to really wonder how the world would react to Rin. I mean, some super conservative people would definitely be like “kill him!”.
But others?
I imagine there would be others uncomfortable with him, military seeing the advantages of having Satan’s power.
People who are fans of mythology and stuff maybe liking Rin and defending him, while cults downright worship him.
Stuff like #sonofsatan vs #spawnofsatan trending.
Hell, if Rin has social media, maybe a cooking blog, people start asking him questions. Few are about food still, most about his powers.
Rin getting questions like “have u cooked with ur flames?” and answering with a photo of himself grilling meat or “what do you think about the description of Satan in the Apocryphal gospels?” And answering with “the what gospels?” because he’s still just a normal kid - basically - and isn’t born with instinctual knowledge of everything concerning Satan. But also getting hate messages and whatnot.
Discussions being held all over the world of Rin should be allowed to live, wondering if he can be considered human.
Other half demons demonstrating for him because they are allowed to live too, aren’t they? Their citizenships being discussed suddenly too.
And just, the global influence Rin being revealed to the whole world is just so immense.

Just, please, look at the manga currently and imagine how this situation could explode with Rin added in it.

anonymous asked:

THE JUDAS POEM HAS ME SHOOK OMFG. and its easter and everything and i just realized that our modern perception of him is all based on the disciples bc they wrote the gospels, and in the end, no one really knows what happened besides he and Jesus and whoever else was directly involved in the 'betrayal' and I'm just seeing this in this whole new light rn

one time i read an article that said judas’ betrayal is portrayed in four different ways depending on which disciple is writing of him, and because of that it’s up to us to form our own conclusions on the subject. i believe that sympathetic portrayals of judas are not just interesting but necessary to christian doctrine. we’re a religion built on love and forgiveness, so what could be more vital than loving and forgiving the ultimate betrayer? for something to think about, you might want to check out the apocryphal ‘gospel of judas’

anonymous asked:

i'm sorry if this is a stupid/obvious quesiton, i'm a newcomer here but ..... why did judas betray jesus? jesus loved his disciples, judas was his friend. i don't remember there being much besides bribery (i think?) in the text

It is definitely not a stupid question! Many people assume that it was purely Judas’s greed that pushed him to betray Jesus, but I think it is a little more complicated than that. 

In the canonical scriptures, there was conflict already between Jesus and Judas as described in John:

But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.

John 12:4-6 

In many of the gospels, Judas is shown to have the devil enter him:

After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.”

John 13:27

Judas is described to approach the chief priests for money in exchange for the delivery of Jesus. 

Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Matthew 26:14-16

Judas is said to betray Jesus with a kiss (Now interestingly the Greek usage of  καταφιλέω (kiss/caress), is often associated with amorous affection):

While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.

Matthew 26:47-50

Judas then was described expressed regret, after the deed was done:

Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.

Matthew 27:3-5 

The truth is, no one actually knows why Judas betrayed Jesus. It is a question I often ponder, but I don’t think I will be able to ever answer. 

If you are interested in something a little more scandalous, I recommend reading the apocryphal Gospel of Judas

The Book of The Enemy [Briefings]

Briefings by (in order of appearance):

Time Strategist - Irma Ebbinghaus
The Oracle of Shakespeare
Michael Simpson*
Time Strategist - Entarodora
Captain Robert Scarratt
The Writer’s Yearbook 2019
Alain Chartier (Pseudonym)
Xenaria Who Survived
Marko Marz
Colonel Malachi Yarrow
The Book of Lies
The apocryphal infant gospel of Grandfather Paradox
Notes of an Un-named Psychiatrist
Lesley Drakken*
Professor Gen Volst
Operative X-12

*Briefing sources marked thus are ‘real’ members of lesser species existing contemporaneously with this active briefing. Real members of contemporaneous lesser species rendered deceased during events depicted not marked.

matthewjacksonwrites  asked:

Your post about St. Valentine got me thinking: What's the weirdest existing relic of a saint you know of, and/or which relic has the craziest history/legend?

Look, there are a lot of contenders for this title. By definition, relics are MAGIC SKELETONS. Sometimes underwear, or hats. They’re all at least a LITTLE weird.

I considered the Mandylion, which was a towel on which Jesus’s face appeared after the ghost of Jesus wiped his face on it because a guy was sad he couldn’t do a good job painting Jesus. I also considered the amount of Mary’s breast milk that was being passed around in the Middle Ages (a lot) (John Calvin said about the sheer volume of this relic that “Had the virgin been a cow her whole life she could never have produced such a quantity.”

But, no, man. There’s only one that can be number one.

The Holy Prepuce.

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Go ahead, google “prepuce.” I’ll waiNO I CAN’T WAIT IT MEANS FORESKIN

This is Jesus’s foreskin.

According to an apocryphal infancy gospel, when Jesus was circumcised, an old woman put his foreskin in a box of oil. This box of oil was eventually what Mary of Bethany (until recently conflated with Mary Magdalene) used when she washed Jesus’s feet with her hair.

Anyway, an angel gave the foreskin to Charlemagne at the Holy Sepulchre, and Charlemagne gave the foreskin to the pope when he was crowned Holy Roman Emperor.

The pope put the relic in the reliquary in the Lateran basilica, but it was stolen during the sack of Rome in 1527. The German soldier who stole it was imprisoned in the Italian village of Calcata, and he hid the relic in his cell. The village was subsequently plagued by strange storms and a fog made of perfume until the relic was uncovered in 1557, where it was the subject of many pilgrimages.

However, there were as many as eighteen different relics that claimed to be the actual Holy Prepuce all over Europe. The arguments over who had the real foreskin of Christ got so heated that in 1900, it was made a sin punishable by excommunication to even talk about the Holy Prepuce (whoops).

The Holy Prepuce appeared in visions to several female saints. Saint Bridget of Sweden saw an angel appear to her who put the foreskin on her tongue and she experienced multiple orgasms. Saint Catherine of Siena claims that Jesus appeared to her and give her his foreskin as a wedding ring.

Here is the experience of a nun named Agnes Blannbekin:

Crying and with compassion, she began to think about the foreskin of Christ, where it may be located [after the Resurrection]. And behold, soon she felt with the greatest sweetness on her tongue a little piece of skin alike the skin in an egg, which she swallowed. After she had swallowed it, she again felt the little skin on her tongue with sweetness as before, and again she swallowed it. And this happened to her about a hundred times. And when she felt it so frequently, she was tempted to touch it with her finger. And when she wanted to do so, that little skin went down her throat on its own. And it was told to her that the foreskin was resurrected with the Lord on the day of resurrection. And so great was the sweetness of tasting that little skin that she felt in all [her] limbs and parts of the limbs a sweet transformation.

Most of the claimants to being the real Prepuce were destroyed during the Reformation or the French Revolution. The most famous, though, the Prepuce of Calcata, lasted until 1983, when it was stolen. There are doubts about whether any Holy Prepuce still exists.

My preferred theory, however, about the fate of the foreskin of Christ comes from the 17th century Vatican librarian Leo Allatius, who claimed that, like Christ himself, the foreskin of our savior had ascended to the heavens, where it was transformed into the rings of Saturn.

Think of that the next time you gaze into the night sky.

anonymous asked:

I'm wrestling with a matter of faith atm and wonder if you could lend your lovely advice / insight for a moment: If to be Christian is to follow the guidance of Christ to God... But Jesus as we know him is ultimately a historical construct and we're likely to never know the guidance of the true man... How does one actually BE Christian?

I personally understand that scripture is not the reality of who Jesus really was, but I still appreciate the written words of the gospels (apocryphal and canonical), and I allow them to spiritually guide me. Christianity is a religion that has evolved for thousands of years. Being a Christian, in my understanding, is to embody the eternal Christ that permeates in our world and throughout all time. 

(I also totally recommend looking at this thread

The Magdalene as a Lightbearer

I believe it was about two yeas ago when I first stumbled upon Luciferianism, and it has continued to resonate with me. A few days ago, I was thinking about Luciferianism and how I could perhaps incorporate it into my belief system. I was contemplating Lucifer Figures, and what would qualify a person/archetype/deity to be a Luciferian lightbearer. It soon dawned on me that Mary Magdalene could easily fit the role. 

Mary Magdalene was the first to witness, experience, and announce the resurrection.

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the dicsiples “I have seen the Lord”- and that he has said these things to her John 20:18  

She, in a Luciferian sense, has seen and delivered the Light of the Savior.  A woman was charged with the task of announcing the biggest occurrence in Christian history, which is quite radical for first century standards. 

In the Gospel of Mary, it even goes further. Mary appears to take the leadership role once the Savior has gone. She teaches and leads the weary disciples, and helps carry the words of the Savior after he had left. In a sense, she still holds that metaphorical Light:

Then Mary stood up and greeted all and said to her brethren, “Do not mourn or grieve or be irresolute, for his grace will be with you and all will defend you. Let us praise his greatness, for he prepared us and made us into men.” When Mary sad this, their hearts changed for the better and they began to discuss the words of the savior.

A common theme within Luciferianism is Apotheosis (which theologically means raising yourself to divine status). If you are familiar with the apocryphal gospel, Mary describes her soul transcending her physical body, and into another plane of existence. In a way, this can be seen as reaching Apotheosis:

What has bound me has been slain. What encompassed me has been vanquished. Desire has reached its end and I am freed from Ignorance. I left one world behind with the aid of another, and now as Image I have been freed from the analog. I am liberated from the chains of forgetfulness which have existed in time. From this moment onward, I go forward into the season of the Great Age, the Aeon, and there, where time rests in stillness in the Eternity of time, I will repose in silence. Gospel of Mary 23-24

I am just starting to develop the idea of Mary Magdalene as a Lucifer Figure; I will probably come up with something much more concise later on. 

I’m reading the apocryphical Gospel of Philip and I’m laughing so hard:

“Mary is the is the virgin whom none of the powers defiled… This virgin, whom none of the powers defiled, wishes that the powers defiled themselves.”

The Virgin Mary literally just told the Powers of God to go fuck themselves.

alicemacher  asked:

Really liked the Shortpacked! comic a while back in which Historical Jesus says he used to be a slave press-ganged into building cities. Don't recall that from any of the apocryphal gospels, so was that your invention? Either way, I hope he'll appear again before the comic's end. As far as anyone can possibly "get" such an elusive figure...you do.

The information’s not found in the Gospels but inferred from what we know about Nazareth in that point in time in history.  It was not far from a massive building project during Jesus’ teenage and young adult years, and his vocation would have been what the building project required.  It would also help explain the psychology of what Jesus is written to have taught.  Dude hated some rich folks mighty fierce.