The Gospel of Mary

In The Da Vinci Code
The Text in the box is from http://www.allaboutgod.com/gospel-of-mary-faq.htm

The Gospel of Mary has been promoted in The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. This is a Gnostic Gospel of the second century. A key point of Brown’s proposed theory is found in the Gospel of Mary. This has to do with Jesus’ favoritism toward her. The text seems to reflect a conflict where Peter was challenging the role of Mary as a recipient of a special revelation from Jesus. Mary was distraught about Peter’s challenge. The implication here is that Jesus knew Mary well enough to consider her worthy to be the recipient of special revelation. The term "Gnostic" derives from "gnosis," which means "knowledge" in Greek. The Gnostics believed that they were privy to a secret knowledge about the divine, hence the name. The Gnostic gospels, then, concern themselves with the way to achieve divine knowledge, which is through completely human means. The early church declared these writings uninspired, and thus, did not canonize them into the Holy Bible. Because they were written so far after Jesus’ life, and because they disagree with the accepted inspired Scriptures, these writings should not be considered biblical. The main passage that Brown uses as support actually comes from one of these Gnostic writings (Gospel of Philip 63:32-64:10). This text describes Mary Magdalene as a “companion” of Jesus. History tells us that this text from the Gospel of Philip, as well as other Gnostic texts, was composed in the second half of the third century. This is a full two hundred years after the life of Jesus. (The four Christian gospels -- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John -- were written and being circulated within the first 90 years of the time of Christ.) The passage that Brown uses as his premise has many missing elements. Note that although the Gospel of Mary is not considered to be inspired, Brown interprets the text with his own twists. In fact, there was no mention of Jesus being married to Mary or of them having an intimate relationship. This text simply says that Jesus appeared to her alone. This is not against the Holy Bible’s story of Jesus revealing Himself to Mary after His resurrection. Where Brown escapes fact is when he begins filling in words randomly, all the while having the reader believe them to be true, verifiable fact. The Gospel of Mary, because only one copy was recovered, will likely never be a complete and historically verifiable document. The canonized Scriptures are based on multiple copies passed down through the generations and discovered in various locations. If we offer up the Gospel of Mary to be anything other than literary fiction, historians would require there to be factual evidence to support such a claim, not only the opinion of Dan Brown, a fiction novel writer.

the second desire. If that were the case. Jesus was quoted as saying that "All natures. one reason why the Gospel of Mary was not included in the New Testament. then the account of women being the last to leave Jesus and the first to see the risen Christ should also have been removed.htm The Gospel of Mary Magdalene has Taoist and Buddhist concepts presented in first century Christian Semantics. it went upwards and saw the fourth power." These teachings are not consistent with the church practice and tradition." Another portion of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene describes a soul's journey after death and the challenges it overcomes. all creatures exist in and with one another and will again be resolved into their own roots. The Gospel of Mary was not in the Bible solely because of its content. The first form is darkness. because the nature of matter is dissolved into the roots of its nature alone. This is very similar to this portion of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh.Why is the Gospel of Mary not in the Bible? The text in the box was from http://reluctant-messenger. But the account of these faithful women is in the Bible. These are the seven {powers} of wrath. ." This is very similar to the Taoist concept of Oneness as expressed in Chapter 34 of Tao Teh Ching.com/gospel-magdalene. all formed things. " When the soul had overcome the third power. the fourth is the excitement of death. These passages are much like The Tibetan Book of the Dead which reveals the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities a soul encounters during its journey after it has separated from the body at death. the third ignorance. the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. Speaking of the Tao it says "All things derive their life from it [Tao] All things return to it. One might argue that the Gospel of Mary was excluded because of the discrimination and oppression toward women. the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh. and it contains them. I begged to differ. According to this text. (which) took seven forms.

please check out Chapter 2How We Got the Bible-from Josh McDowell’s New Evidence that Demand a Verdict Gospel of Mary of Magdala .For more information on how books were selected to be in the Bible.

"This is why you get si[c]k and die: because [you love] what de[c]ei[ve]s [you]. every modeled form. which is called 'sin. exists in and with each other. pursuing (the good) which belongs to every nature. the Good came among you. Pages 1-6 are missing. "There is no such thing as sin. They will dissolve again into their own proper root. "You have been explaining every topic to us. Note: Square brackets in the translation indicate that a gap exists in the manuscript where writing once existed. [Anyone who] thinks should consider (these matters)! "[Ma]tter gav[e bi]rth to a passion which has no Image because it derives from what is ." Then he continued. He said. Anyone with two ears able to hear should listen!" Then Peter said to him.' For this reason. What is the sin of the world?" The Savior replied.The text below is from the Papyrus Berolinensis. every creature. "… Will m[a]tter then be utterly [destr]oyed or not?" The Savior replied. It will set it within its root. rather you yourselves are what produces sin when you act in accordance with the nature of adultery. the text within the brackets has been restored by scholars. "Every nature. tell us one other thing. For the nature of matter is dissolved into what belongs to its nature.

the things which you know that we don't because we haven't heard them. 'Look over here!' or 'Look over there!' For the child of true Humanity exists within you. he greeted them all. "Acquire my peace within yourselves! "Be on your guard so that no one deceives you by saying. Tell us the words of the Savior that you remember. For his grace will be with you all and will shelter you. But they were distressed and wept greatly. indeed become contented and agreeable (only) in the presence of that other Image of nature. She said. it left rejoicing greatly. which is called 'Ignorance. I saw you today in a vision.' He answered me.contrary to nature. preac[h] the good news about the Realm. since I have not passed judgement? I have been . he departed from them. "Do not weep and be distressed nor let your hearts be irresolute. You (mis)took the garment (I wore) for my (true) self.' [It] examined the soul closely. addressing her brothers and sisters.' "And Desire said. She greeted them all. yet now I see you go up. That is why I told you." Mary responded. saying. nor promulgate law like the lawgiver. 'I did not see you go down. "If they did not spare him. 'How wonderful you are for not wavering at seeing me! For where the mind is. "I will teach you about what is hidden from you. 'So now. 'Why do you judge me. "I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to him. "How are we going to go out to the rest of the world to announce the good news about the Realm of the child of true Humanity?" they said. So why do you lie since you belong to me?' "The soul answered. Lord." When Mary had said these things. 'Rather the mind. how will they spare us?" Then Mary stood up. we know that the Savior loved you more than all other women. or else you might be dominated by it. sees the vision an[d] that is w[hat … ]' (Pages 11-14 are missing. which exists between these two. "Go then. "Peace be with you!" he said. "Again. A disturbing confusion then occurred in the whole body. it came to the third Power. she turned their heart [to]ward the Good. and they began to deba[t]e about the wor[d]s of [the Savior]. [Do] not lay down any rule beyond what I determined for you. for he has prepared us and made us true Human beings.) " '… it. there is the treasure. Follow it! Those who search for it will find it. Peter said to Mary. does a person who sees a vision see it <with> the soul <or> with the spirit?' The Savior answered. 'Become content at heart." And she began to speak these words to them.' Anyone with two ears capable of hearing should listen!" When the Blessed One had said these things. 'Where are you going? You are bound by wickedness.' "After it had said these things. 'A person does not see with the soul or with the spirit. And you did not recognize me.' I said to him." After he had said these things. 'Lord. "Sister. Rather we should praise his greatness. You did not see me nor did you know me. 'I saw you. while also remaining discontent and disobedient. Indeed you are bound! Do not judge!' "And the soul said.

bringing up similar concerns. "My brother Peter. you have always been a wrathful person. addressing the brothers and sisters. 'What binds me has been slain. what are you imagining? Do you think that I have thought up these things by myself in my heart or that I am telling lies about the Savior?" Levi answered. from a type which is above. and (from) the chain of forgetfulness which exists in time." After [he had said these] things. the seventh is the wisdom of the wrathful person. and where are you going. Now I see you contending against the woman like the Adversaries. f[or] indeed these teachings are strange ideas. but I do not believe that the S[a]vior said these things. It had seven forms. For if the Savior made her worthy. and my desire has been brought to an end. "They interrogated the soul. both the things of earth and those of heaven. "Rather we should be ashamed.' " After Mary had said these things. The first form is darkness. they started going out [to] teach and to preach. He questioned them about the Savior: "Did he. the sixth is the foolish wisdom of the flesh. human-killer. she was silent. and ignorance has died. That is why he loved her more than us. "Peter. saying. the third is ignorance. it went upward and saw the fourth Power. We should clothe ourselves with the perfect Human. since it was up to this point that the Savior had spoken to her. and what surrounds me has been destroyed. I will receive rest i[n] silence. From this hour on. but I have recognized that the universe is to be dissolved. speak with a woman in private without our knowing about it? Are we to turn around and listen to her? Did he choose her over us?" Then [M]ary wept and said to Peter. They did not recognize me. but I have not bound (anything). the second is desire. who are you then for your part to reject her? Assuredly the Savior's knowledge of her is completely reliable. and announce the good news. then. not laying down any other rule or law that differs from what the Savior said. the fifth is the realm of the flesh. [The Gospel according to Mary] . Andrew responded. I was set loose from a world [an]d in a type. for the time of the due season of the aeon. acquire it for ourselves as he commanded us. the fourth is zeal for death. space-conqueror?' "The soul replied. These are the seven Powers of Wrath. 'Where are you coming from. In a [wor]ld. speaking to Peter. "Say what you will about the things she has said.' "When the soul had brought the third Power to naught." Peter responded.bound.

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