Also, see my post: Gnostic: John Munter – Jesus Christ Is Simon Magus
YT description: The deconstruction, origins and possibilities of Christianity continues unabated with some solid new theories. Could Mary Magdalene been the author of all the four Gospels? Could Constantine’s main historian have created the entire history of the early Church almost out of thin air? Could the character of Jesus Christ be based on the Gnostic Simon Magus? Could John the Baptist be the true Christian Messiah? Is anything possible (of course)?
Astral Guest—Jay Raskin, author of ‘The Evolution of Christs and Christianities
Title: Simon Magus was the Original Christ; Mary Magdalene Wrote the Gospels (YT link) Uploaded by Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio.
Jay Raskins: Mary Magdalene Scriptures, Simon Magus As Christ – (2016) 3 stars
Run time: 58 minutes. Recently, I reviewed another interview with a Gnostic researcher, John Munter, on the same topic of Simon Magus being a prototype of Jesus Christ. Munter’s evidence is circumstantial and flimsy, but Raskins has even less to offer in building his case. After unbiased scholarly scrutiny, the authenticity of so many Biblical sources has become questionable that one can’t really know where secure footing can be found. Lamentably, only a short portion of this interview is dedicated in dealing with this most important question.
Instead, we are given weak speculation that Mary and Jesus were lovers, that Mary and Jesus were rich enough to throw feasts and lavish their guests with wine and that John the Baptist was gay. Raskins took all of the dialogue of Jesus and discarded the rest. By putting the spoken words down in order and analyzing, he makes the claim that Mary wrote one part and that someone named John wrote another. I understand that Raskins took a tremendous amount of time in preparing the material for his book. However, attacking a problem from a hundred different unorthodox angles does not necessarily bring one to arrive at an accurate conclusion. This becomes a pointless guessing game. Why don’t we say all the disciples were gay? A verse where a man puts his head against another man’s breast implies gayness to Raskin, but is that contemporary with the attitudes prevalent at the time the accounts were written? You can go back to the Colonial and Gothic ages in America, where people were so poor they could not afford bedding. Abraham Lincoln, among many others, was rumored to have slept in the same bed with his brothers. Does that make Colonial / Gothic America gay?
There is one good point that Raskins brings up. He mentions that the stories found in the Gospels were written like the passion plays or theater of the time. This is a train of thought that I’ve been following myself, as I’ve been looking into the idea of the entire Bible, minus the enigmatic book of Revelation, as the comic books, soap operas or the reality TV of that day and age. You can see this clearly in Christian volumes that were not included in the Bible, such as the Books of Adam and Eve and of Jesus’ Infancy. These were all allegorical tales in the styling of a watered down Aesop’s Fables. All it would take is for Rome to remove the more fantastical references and to bind the sanitized version together to create a new, realistic ‘holy book,’ and that is precisely what I believe Rome did.