The author of this book contends that most of the books of the New Testament are forgeries. That’s not really a surprise, unless you are a fundamentalist Christian and believe that the Bible is the “Word of God”. The ‘truth’ may be that false narratives could have been written down in order to ‘prove’ that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah of the Jews. As we have seen previously, the Gospels, for example, may have been Roman fabrications to persuade the reluctant Jews (and their Christian offshoots) to secretly worship Titus as their Lord and Saviour. The ‘best solution’ to ward off rebellion was to have scriptures that told them to be good Roman citizens. “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart … and treat thy neighbour as thyself” (the Golden Rule). They never intended that this new religion should succeed.
Even now, I am reluctant to throw the baby (Jesus) out with the bath water, since Edgar Cayce’s Source has confirmed many ‘truths’ about Jesus’ existence. Take, for example, this discussion point about Mary:
One of the chief questions driving this narrative [the Proto-Gospel of James] concerns Mary’s suitability for her role as the mother of the Son of God. Surely Jesus’s mother was no ordinary person! And in this story, Mary is anything but ordinary. Her own birth is miraculous. Her mother, Anna, is barren, but miraculously conceives as a result of her prayers and the prayers of her husband, the wealthy aristocratic Jew Joiachim. As a young child Mary is inordinately special. Devoted to God from birth, she is taken by her parents to the holy Jewish Temple as a three-year-old and is raised there by the priests, who do not need even to feed her, since she receives her daily food from the hand of an angel.
When she is about to reach puberty, Mary can no longer remain in the Temple, presumably because menstruation was thought to bring ritual impurity. So the priests gather to decide how to find her a husband. Instructed by God, they have all the unmarried men of Israel come together, each of them bringing a wooden rod. The high priest gathers all the rods and takes them into the sanctuary. The next day he redistributes them to each man, and a great sign appears. A dove emerges from Joseph’s rod, flies around, and lands on Joseph’s head. He is thus the one chosen to take the young Mary as wife.Forged (pp. 234-235). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.
This passage seems to follow almost exactly what Edgar Cayce’s Source suggested about Mary in one of the many readings that were taken down in the early stages of the 20th century. How can that be? Is the Source making up stories, too? Or is he/she/it quoting from this document? What’s a person to believe?
Discernment is a two-way street. If something cannot be ‘proven’, one must accept it ‘on faith’.
Have we been hoodwinked for almost two thousand years? It certainly seems that way.
But, I ask: “What about Josephus?”