What we know about the man we call Jesus has come down to us through the ages in a heavily edited collection of writings compiled into one large volume called the bible. The editiors were not holy men, they were politicians and kings and elite power-brokers, many rife with the prejudices and ignorances of their day, especially towards women.
The bible became cannonised in the fifth century by the Gregorian Council, that's when all the cardinals and clergy came to a consensus on the life and purpose of Jesus' life, which writings would be included and which would be destroyed. It was they who decided Jesus was god, based on the writings of St Paul, Jesus was not merely a profit and teacher as he claimed, but god himself in man's form, which he never personally claimed at all.
In order to solidify their position and cement their belief, the first inquisition was launched to purge Christendom of any who taught or believed otherwise. They were terribly successful. Torch and sword drove home Jesus' godhood. Any who did not believe were tortured till they said they did then were murdered. All for the saving of their souls.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, the original new testiment, has since been uncovered and once studied and deciphered, shines a great light into the shadows of the past, and on the real Jesus, who's true name in Aramaic was Joshua, the Teacher.
Joshua was the true heir to the throne of Judea, Israel, and a very real threat to King Herod, the Roman puppet ruling Jerusalem. Joshua was born in hiding and grew up with a jewish sect called the Essenes that lived in the hinterlands away from the city centers. They were an enlightened group of theologians and doctors well versed in the sciences and healing arts of their time, which explains Joshua's ability to heal the sick. They also believed in a personal relationship with god and didn't believe in temples and synagogues or the need for rabbis and priests to commune with their god for them, which alienated them even more from their brothers in the elite hebrew hierarchy. They were not popular with any of the elite classes of the day to say the least.
According to the scrolls, Joshua grew up learning the healing arts and went out amongst the city folk to teach them about the Essene's ideals and take his place as the king of Israel when he was only a child. He ammased a large following and as he grew into manhood, he became more and more of a threat to the establishment, both jewish and roman.
As he neared manhood, he took a wife, Mary of Magdalene. The bible tells us Jesus turned water to wine at "a friend's" wedding, but hebrew custom at the time dictated only one man was responsible for providing wine at a wedding, and that was the groom. Why would his mother come to him at a friend's wedding to get him to get more wine if this was so? It was his wedding, not his friend's.
So many inconsistencies and editing errors are clarified in the scrolls, as well as letting us see who and what the real "Jesus" (Joshua) was like.
In order to escape those who would kill him he faked his death on the cross. Crucifixion took a week to kill a man, yet Joshua died in a couple days. Who was this man in white that gave him a sponge soaked in vinegar and water while he hung on the cross to ease his suffering?
It wasn't vinegar and water, it was one of his Essene brothers giving him a drug to induce a death-like coma.
According to the book "Holy Blood, Holy Grail", in the end, the real Jesus, or Joshua, fled Israel, defeated in his quest for the throne, to eventually settle in what was to become southern France. He had a family and set up a kingdom called Septimia, where his bloodline flourished till the kingdom was burned to the ground and his bloodline once again driven into hiding.
Almost all evidence of Septimia was scorched from the knowledge of mankind. The Knights Templar learned the truth and after blackmailing the Church for decades, were destroyed because of it. They too fled, those who survived, and saved the bloodline of Joshua, which eventually fled to South Wales where they blended in with the Europeans and were lost from history's fuzzy eye.
There are people who walk the earth to this day with the bloodline of Joshua in their veins, but they keep it quiet, imagine the world's reaction if they came forward with proof the were Christ's heirs? Even today they would not be safe.
For further enlightenment, please read "Holy Blood Holy Grail" by Michael Baigent, a fantastic historical detective story.
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