I am reading this book, “Holy Blood, Holy Grail“. The hypothesis of which is that Jesus survived the crucifixtion, and married Mary Magdalene. I began to be intrigued by this idea by reading the popular mystery, “the DaVinci Code“. I have to say, as much as I didn’t really like the DaVinci Code, I am intrigued by this idea. I don’t know if I believe it. But, admittedly, it is easier to believe than the alternative view, that Jesus rose from the dead and roamed the earth with his disciples. I’m not saying that I don’t believe that, either. But you have to admit, it is a little bit hard to believe….
I am reminded of one of my all time favorites scenes from any movie. It is a scene from “The Last Temptation of Christ“, the scene in which Jesus watches with surprise, the Apostle Paul preaching to the city the Gospel. Jesus, who has been told by an “angel” that he can choose not to be crucified, and that he can choose a life of marriage with Mary Magdalene (which he does choose), tries to tell Paul that he, in fact, is Jesus, and that he did not rise from the dead. He was standing right there in front of him. He is not the risen savior. Paul becomes very angry with Jesus and threatens him. He says something like, “Don’t ruin this for me.” Paul had quite a life traveling and preaching the Gospel, you know. Anyway, I find this scene so brilliant because Paul in this scene depicts Christians today. They are so blinded by what they are told by thier pastors or preists that they can’t see the truth, and they wouldn’t be able to see it if it walked up to them on the street.
When I used to read the bible I always wondered about Paul. I mean, he never even met Jesus. His big claim to apostledom his that he had this “experience”. And what he preaches is so different from what Jesus preaches.
Well, I guess that’s enough Jesus-talk for one day.