It is an historical fact that in the aftermath of the Council of Nicaea in AD 325 the original manuscripts of the New Testament underwent numerous alterations and adulterations. Certain scholars, called 'Correctors,' were appointed by the ecclesiastical authorities and commissioned to 'correct' Scripture in the interests of orthodoxy. Further alterations and spurious interpolations were made in the sixth century AD to counter the surge in popularity of the Christian Gnostic movement. Consequently many of the Church's teachings are very different and, even in some cases, exactly opposite to that which Jesus originally taught.
Regarding the Epistles, no less an authority than the Roman Catholic Church's own official recorded history states that the Epistles were, quote, "greatly interpolated".
However, regardless of any later interpolation, there is a growing body of opinion which maintains that Paul was guilty of leading a schism against true Christianity. Certainly, many of the teachings of Paul (or at least the writings attributed to him) - who had never even met Jesus - were directly contrary to that which Jesus had originally taught. Paul's writings spoke in favor of meat-eating, the oppression of women, even slavery, etc. all things that were anathema to Jesus.
The three main religious sects in Holy Land in the first century AD were the Sadducees, the Pharisees and the Essenes. Jesus was an Essene, belonging to the Northern Essene brotherhood centered around Mount Carmel. Members of the Northern Essene sect were also known as Nazarenes - and yes Nazareth was a Nazarene Essene settlement, though it should be noted that the term predates the place name.
The Essenes were an extraordinary sect and a fitting community for the Messiah to have been born into. Pliny said of the Essenes that they were "a race by themselves, more remarkable than any other in all the world." Philo described them as living each day in "constant and unalterable holiness". Whereas the Roman historian Josephus described the Essenes as having "a reputation for cultivating a particularly saintly life"; adding "rightly do they deserve to be called an example for the life of other people".
Anyone who has studied the subject will know that Essene teachings differ markedly from those of their Catholic counterparts, which explains why the Catholic church went to such extraordinary lengths to obliterate every bit of documentary evidence linking Jesus to the Essenes.
Thankfully, the ignorant and the crafty failed in their attempt to destroy the Truth. In the last 120 years or so, a number of original gospels and manuscripts have come to light. The most notable being in the 1880's with the re-discovery of `The Gospel of the Holy Twelve', the Essene New Testament, by the saintly Reverend Gideon Jasper Ouseley, who translated it from the original Aramaic into English.
Rev. Ousely was a great scholar and a deeply spiritual man. He observed a purely vegetarian diet. He neither smoked nor drank and spent several hours each day in prayer and meditation. For daring to reveal the Truth, he was severely persecuted and forced to leave the Church of England in which he was an ordained priest.
The Gospel of the Holy Twelve contains the pure, original and unadulterated words of Christ. The following is a favorite verse, as it captures so beautifully the true spirit and nature of Jesus.
`And the birds gathered around him and welcomed him with their song and other living creatures came unto his feet and he fed them and they ate out of his hands'
The Essenes believed in the sacredness and unity of all life and were strict vegetarians. It can be no surprise that the original teachings of Jesus should be so full of love and compassion for all God's creation. Here are a few of the most interesting verses:
`Boundless love. Order indeed is good and needful, but before all things is love, love ye one another and all the creatures of God, and by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples.'
`Animals, verily these are your fellow creatures of the great Household of God, yea they are our brethren and sisters, having the same breath of life in the Eternal. And whosoever careth for one of the least of these, and giveth it to eat and drink in its need, the same doeth it unto me'.
`For of the fruits of the trees and the seeds of the herbs alone do I partake'.
........Clement of Alexandria, chief disciple of the apostle Peter [whom Clement also records as being vegetarian, or more precisely vegan], wrote: 'The Apostle Matthew partook of seeds and nuts and vegetables, abstaining from flesh'.
Literally oceans of innocent blood have been shed because these teachings were suppressed. I estimate that in excess of half a billion in the animal kingdom are butchered to satisfy the Christmas Day bloodlust of the world's "Christians." These and other teachings the Church suppressed can be seen in the Gospel of the Nazarenes, obtainable from your local bookshop, or by mail order from:
The Nazarenes of Mount Carmel
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