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The Jesus Mysteries: Was the 'Original' Jesus a Pagan God?
By Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

The Great Cover Up

Our new account of the origins of Christianity only seemed improbable because it contradicted the received view. As we pushed further with our research, however, the traditional picture began to completely unravel all around us. We found ourselves embroiled in a world of schism and power struggles; of forged documents and false identities; of letters that had been edited and added to; and of the wholesale destruction of historical evidence. Time and again, when we critically examined what genuine evidence there is for ourselves, we found that the history of Christianity bequeathed to us by the Roman church was a gross distortion of the truth. Actually the evidence completely endorsed the Jesus Mysteries Thesis! It was becoming increasingly obvious that we had been deliberately deceived.

We focused ourselves forensically on the few facts we could be confident of, as if we were detectives on the verge of cracking a sensational 'who-dun-it'; or perhaps more accurately as if we were uncovering an ancient and unacknowledged miscarriage of justice. We were becoming convinced that the Gnostics were indeed the original Christians whose anarchic mysticism had been hijacked by an authoritarian institution which had created from it a dogmatic religion - and then brutally enforced the greatest cover-up in history.

One of the major players in this cover-up operation was a character called Eusebius who, at the beginning of the 4th century, compiled from legends, fabrications, and his own imagination the only early history of the origins of Christianity that still exists today. All subsequent histories have been forced to base themselves on his dubious claims, because there has been little other information to draw on. All those with a different perspective on Christianity were branded as heretics and eradicated. In this way falsehoods compiled in the 4th century have come down to us as established facts.

Eusebius was employed by the Roman emperor Constantine, who made Christianity the state religion of the Empire. It was Constantine who gave Literalist Christianity the power it needed to begin the final eradication of Paganism and Gnosticism. Constantine wanted 'one God, one Religion' to consolidate his claim of 'one empire, one emperor'. He oversaw the creation of the Nicene creed - the article of faith repeated in churches to this day - and Christians who refused to assent to this creed were banished from the empire or otherwise silenced.

This 'Christian' emperor then returned home from Nicaea and had his wife suffocated and his son murdered. He deliberately remained unbaptised until his deathbed so that he could continue his atrocities, and still receive forgiveness of sins and a guaranteed place in heaven at the last moment. Although he had his propaganda man Eusebius compose a suitably obsequious biography for him, Constantine was actually a monster - just like many Roman emperors before him. Is it really at all surprising that a 'history' of the origins of Christianity created by an employee in the service of a Roman tyrant should turn out to be a pack of lies?

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Timothy Freke's and Peter Gandy's The The Jesus Mysteries

Join us in January, in The Mysteries forum, for a discussion of the original "Mysteries" -- and how it relates to the birth of one of the world's five great religions. Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy are the featured Authors of the Month at GrahamHancock.com for January 2002. Pick up a copy of The Jesus Mysteries and join the discussion!

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