Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Let's leap to the conclusion that Religion is an aspect of mind that falls under the title of genetic and is a product of evolution. And let's for a minute try to pretend that the Gospel of Mary had passed the censor and had entered the Canons. And let's do our very best to imagine that the Gnostics had they been less secretive or perhaps more scientific might have persuaded the influential Bishop of Lyons, to permit oral traditions from the life of Jesus to play their role in that body of work we now call the New Testament. And let's pretend the constitution which the New testament provides had been unwritten, possessed of an informality, or flexibility of understanding, a nuance that moves about, unlike the ten commandments. And, I know I risk confusing myself, but let's also just try to pretend that religion has nothing to do with politics, but is indeed represents the word of an all knowing God whose representatives here on earth are honest decent hard working "folk" who are not in the least manipulative and self serving. And of course let's try to understand that in the life of Jesus he knew many more Mary's than just his mother. And let's remember too that Gnostics have a long tradition in the Christian Church as believers in intuition as their source of access to the Great One and the mystery of being, a tradition that has not yet died. And probably best to try to ignore the slings and arrows of those who have defined heresy as speaking out of turn, or from insufficient foundation, or from inability to follow established theory, or by wearing sandals with something like white socks, or from any one of such flaws that can also materialize in the form of an inability to grasp the semi-colon. And let's just go ahead, turn completely rogue, give Jesus a girl friend, even if its only because Mohammad had either eleven or thirteen wives, and not so long ago that sort of thing was legal south of border, I am told. And certainly Abraham might have loved Sarah longer than Hagar or Keturah. And I'm pretty certain that Amazon women would indeed kill their male children as their act of atonement to a lifestyle that saw them victorious. Samaritans of course were descendents of Amazons and Scythians, and it's been said of Samaritans, "No girl shall wed until she has killed a man in battle."
But rather than ramble, I guess I should begin with the explanation that Mary too had a vision of Jesus. Nor was she alarmed or frightened as others had been, she did not quail or run. A something that impressed the spirit of Jesus, or his soul, or whatever remarkable and extraordinary thing it was that had apparently risen from the dead in a most wonderful way.
"Blessed are you, that you did not waver at the sight of me. For where the mind is, there is the treasure." Then Mary said to him, "So now, Lord, does a person who sees a vision see it through the soul or through the spirit?"
The Savior gave his answer to Mary's remarkable question in words that are mostly lost. What does remain of his answer has something to do with there being a distinction between mind, spirit, soul. And there was something else that combined all three in a way that suggests to me the beginning of a definition of imagination or of being, that's as good as any. But whatever answer the Savior had for Mary, it produced a reaction from Andrew and Peter which Mary thought important enough to try to pass down the ages through what remains of her Gospel.
"Andrew answered and said to the brethren, 'Say what you think concerning what Mary said. For I do not believe that the Savior said this. For certainly these teachings are of other ideas.'"
"Peter also opposed her in regard to these matters and asked them about the Savior. 'Did he then speak secretly with a woman, in preference to us, and not openly? Are we to turn back and all listen to her? Did he prefer her to us?"
Yet, so as not to be accused of being a bumper sticker or a shill for a somewhat puerile Republican Senatorial candidate just across the state line, I have to add that another source from those olden days reports that Peter might actually have said, "Surely the Savior knows her very well. That is why he loved her more than us."
Anyway, these pictures are probably stolen from some place most worthy. One picture is of an Amazon, about five hundred years before Christmas Day was invented. And the other is of how the 17th Century decided Amazons treated captured Greek soldiers, and probably Luther carried it around in his pocket book.