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

Recovering Mystical Christianity

Whilst the Jesus Mysteries Thesis clearly rewrites history, we do not see it as undermining the Christian faith, but as suggesting that Christianity is in fact richer than we previously imagined. The Jesus story is a perennial myth with the power to impart the saving Gnosis which can transform each one of us into a Christ, not merely a history of events that happened to someone else two thousand years ago. Belief in the Jesus story was originally the first step in Christian spirituality - the Outer Mysteries. Like the myths of the Pagan Mysteries, the Jesus story was a mystical code designed to be explained by an enlightened teacher when the seeker was spiritually ripe. These Inner Mysteries imparted a mystical Knowledge of God beyond mere belief in dogmas. Although many inspired Christian mystics throughout history have intuitively seen through to this deeper symbolic level of understanding, as a culture we have inherited only the Outer Mysteries of Christianity. We have kept the form, but lost the inner meaning. Our hope is that The Jesus Mysteries can play some small part in reclaiming the true mystical Christian inheritance.

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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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