In the beginning…
THE NEW TESTAMENT APOSTLE Biblically speaking…Peter was the name given to Simon by Jesus. Simon Peter, became the first of His disciples and eventually, the Apostle favored to become the “Rock” upon which the Church of Rome (read: Catholic) was built. Curiously, this same Rome which crucified Peter.
THE APOCRYPHA What isn’t so widely known is that many sacred texts have been attributed to this Simon Peter – or at least bear his name, such as the Acts of Peter, Gospel of Peter, Preaching of Peter, Apocalypse of Peter, and Judgment of Peter— texts that have been rejected by the Catholic Church as apocryphal (Wikipedia). “The term apocrypha is used with various meanings, including “hidden”, “esoteric”, “spurious”, “of questionable authenticity”, ancient Chinese “revealed texts and objects” and “Christian texts that are not canonical“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocrypha.
EMPEROR CONSTANTINE Numerous critical texts of key esoteric significance to the history of Man’s spiritual ascendancy were deemed as apocryphal by the Emperor Constantine at the Council of Nicea – the First Canonical Council, in 325 C.E. In 318 C.E, a delegation of Bishops advocating for the Church to be centered in Jerusalem rather than in Rome, also argued that only descendants of King David and those related to Christ be eligible to be the rightful Bishop of Jerusalem – the Pope. Not only was this absolutely rejected, but “They were actually told that the teachings of Christ had now been superseded by a doctrine that was more amenable to the requirements of Imperial Rome and that the power of salvation no longer rested in Jesus Christ, but in fact with the Emperor Constantine.” – ( Ian Ross Vayro, Theological Archaeologist and Historian). This same Emperor who even declared himself to be the Messiah. And it was Constantine who chose which books would eventually become what is now the accepted canon, a canon that would not, in fact, be the sacred product of the word of God, but rather, a product of the law of the Emperor Constantine who saw in Christianity an opportunity to consolidate his empire and immortalize himself. Fortunately, many of the apocryphal works survived his purges, including those attributed to Simon Peter.
THE APOCALYPSE OF PETER Adopted by the Coptics,”… the Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter, not to be confused with the Apocalypse of Peter, is a text found amongst the Nag Hammadi library, and part of the New Testament apocrypha. Like the vast majority of texts in the Nag Hammadi collection, it is heavily gnostic. It was probably written around 100-200 AD. Since the surviving text, although likely to have been translated from an original Greek version, is in Coptic, it is also known as the Coptic Apocalypse of Peter. The text takes gnostic interpretations of the crucifixion to the extreme, picturing Jesus as laughing and warning against people who cleave to the name of a dead man, thinking they shall become pure.”(Wikipedia. My emphasis.)
HISTORY IS OUR WITNESS No wonder books such as these were struck from the acceptable canon. This Apocalypse of Peter, with its extreme presentations of Heaven and Hell, “…directly or indirectly …may be regarded as the parent of all the mediaeval visions of the other world (W).” Peter’s alleged texts also have links to ancient Egyptian esoteric tradition, extending into the dark and misty Aeons to a time when the legends of the Fallen, the Nephillim, the gigantic Anunaki and the very seeding of mankind by alien or angelic beings began the saga that has become our epic journey of faith. And what has it all amounted to? History bears witness to that.
THE END OF TIMES…and is that Eastern Standard or Greenwhich Mean? And what of the prophecies of St Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh in 1142 in his Prophecies of the Popes? If St Peter is regarded as the first Pope, how ironic is it that the doomsday prophets have foreseen that a “Peter of Rome” will also be the last, bringing down the very power that had Peter, the first Apostle, crucified nearly two thousand years ago. But who will be this “Peter of Rome?” The Alpha and the Omega…the first and the last.
But you know…we believe what we believe and we live the life that’s right for us, is comfortable for us and suits our requirements. Our salvation rests with no one but ourselves and in the end…it’s all just a perfect part of the plan. The question is…whose plan?
- Was Jesus a Gnostic? (neosocrates.wordpress.com)