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Esoteric  teaching  sometimes confirms and at other times conflicts with  the orthodox Christian interpretation of the teachings of Jesus. It is hardly surprising that differences might arise over a two thousand year period in a story told and retold to people in every part of the globe.  Inevitably in those early days, conflicts arose between Judaism and what would become Christianity; sadly today the insistence on individual scriptural interpretation of his words is seen most clearly among the followers of  Jesus, creating  fragmentation and division.

What is clear is that despite our determination to cling to our own dogmas his teaching has transformed the world influencing not only Christians but all who seek justice and truth from a spiritual perspective. Those who find many contradictions in the orthodox teaching of the church can now examine the possibility that this is because the central tenet of the teaching Jesus gave is missing – having been systematically removed and finally eradicated over centuries.

AUthentic Image of Jesus Christ

Jesus taught the emancipation of the Soul

The doctrine of Karma and Rebirth

The means by which we can return to our true estate


Jesus in Glastonbury England

Historical annals relate that during his early life Jesus had visited England with his great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy tin merchant. England, rich in the mineral was once known as ‘Tin Island’ and Joseph traded between England and Palestine. Legend states that during a visit Jesus built a wattle altar at Glastonbury which he dedicated to his mother, Mary. The site was preserved and a wooden church was erected over the original site, a fact confirmed by St Augustine  over five hundred years later in a letter to Pope Gregory who had sent him to Britain to convert ‘the pagans’. St Augustine confirmed a thriving Celtic Christianity stating that he had ‘seen the aulde church with mine own eyes’. The first stone church was built over the site in the 7th century.

Following the crucifixion the first followers led by Joseph of Arimathea had fled the continuing Roman persecution in Palestine, seeking safe haven with friends. They were met in the ‘Isles of the West’ (Britannia) not yet occupied by the Roman legions, here Celtic princes and Druid priests provided protection and land on which to settle. Legend states that as they walked up the hill to Glastonbury Tor, Joseph planted his staff of Jerusalem Thorn on the land. It took root and flowered each Christmas and Easter until it was hacked down by Puritan forces in the English Civil War. Cuttings from the original thorn were salvaged by local people and hidden in secret locations in the town, one of the cuttings was planted on the original site of the Holy Thorn in 1951. Experts had verified that the species was Crategus Monogyna Biflora which originated in the Middle East.


The Roman church was established by evangelists from the time of Peter and Paul. Contrary to popular belief Peter was never elected pope, the legend derives from the words of Jesus ‘Thou art Peter and on this rock I will build my church’ referring to his unquenchable faith. The title ‘pope’ (meaning papa or father) was originally given to regional bishops of the early church. At that time Rome had significant prestige but held no precedence over other regions. The first pope was Linus bishop of Rome, ordained by Paul in 58AD, followed by the second Clemens, ordained by Peter himself. This is confirmed in the Apostolic Constitutions in Peter’s own words. The papacy itself was not established until 590 AD when Gregory the Great was elected Bishop of Rome and named himself  ‘Pope and Head of the Universal Church’. Following his death he was succeeded by Pope Boniface and the title ‘Bishop of Rome’ became accepted as denoting the Head of the global church.

Church of the Nativity
Joseph of Arimathea

Joseph of Arimathea

Ruins of St Mary’s church Glastonbury

The Holy Thorn

Map of Journey of Jesus

Castle of Carcassonne

Pope Innocent 3rd


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Few people are aware that the first Christian Crusade was carried out in the 12th century AD against fellow Christians. The Cathars (also known as Cathari from the Greek Katharoi for “pure ones”) were a dualist medieval religious sect which flourished in  Southern France, challenging the authority of the Catholic Church.

Cathars believed in two universal principles, similar to the Jehovah and Satan of mainstream Christianity, that human bodies are material objects made of earth and dust, but that our immortal souls are divine sparks. They believed in heaven, but not in hell. Cathars were also Gnostics who believed that divine knowledge is granted only to those who have perfected an inner understanding and connection through direct experience with the divine. Like the earliest Christians, Cathars recognised no priesthood but had a church hierarchy of  ‘Perfecti’ following rites and ceremonies. Their focus was on meditation, fasting, hardship, poverty and good works. The Cathars were on a collision course with the Catholic church because they believed that the Roman Church worshipped materialism, had corrupted its own scripture, invented new doctrine and had abandoned the beliefs and practices of the early Church.

The Cathar movement attracted increasing numbers of followers including many wealthy aristocratic French families, at odds with Catholic dogma and materialism. Viewed by the mainstream church as heretics they became an increasing challenge to the orthodox church.  Pope Innocent the 3rd initiated the Albigensian Crusade (1209 -1229) against the Christian Cathars of Southern France who were eradicated as a movement. It is estimated that during the twenty year period of this Crusade up to one million people were put to death for the crime of heresy i.e. refusing to follow church dogma. They were burned to death singly or in groups, in line with church dogma that ‘the church has never shed blood’.  The Cathar genocide ended with the siege of Montségur where 200 Cathar perfecti were burned together at the foot of the mountain.  Pope Innocent was enthusiastically advised that 20,000 Cathars had been massacred in the siege of Carcassonne

A remnant of their communities went underground and though suppressed survived. Today the Gnostic teachings survive, they can be found both within the church and without, as members of New Age spiritual communities, as writers, philosophers and activists intent on preserving the right to choose to worship in their own way. An eloquent demonstration of respect for the beliefs of all, while honouring the divinity of Jesus as ‘The Way, The Truth and The Light.’

For an in depth study of the above see:

Jesus Chronicles by Carol Lamb at Epiphany Press

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Reincarnation was part of the teaching given by Jesus to those who had reached a degree of knowledge and understanding of the evolutionary journey of the soul over many lives. The books or codices discovered in the desert of Nag Hammadi (The Dead Sea Scrolls) reveal Jesus speaking to his disciples and other followers about souls being ‘sown ‘ back into new bodies, explaining why some people come into a life with advantages and others with disadvantages. In the following centuries this teaching was at odds with a hierarchical power structure of emperors and popes who understandably were reluctant to accept any suggestion that they might be deposed to a more lowly position in a subsequent life. The evidence for a continuing belief in reincarnation among the early Christians is supported by the vehement attempts by emperors and popes to eradicate it, they did this by suppressing and finally removing all scriptural references.

The Vatican Rome: St Peters - built by Constantine over the site where Peter was crucified.

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The teaching Jesus gave is designed to set us free from the manipulation and control of a power elite in every century who seek to limit knowledge and freedom. Why would this truth be omitted from orthodox scripture?  Who would do such a thing and why? To discover that the very guardians of the Word were culpable is at the very least disconcerting, however for those who have invested their lives in following scriptural dogma it is shattering to the soul.

In an age where information is more freely available than ever before and global communication is possible we each have access to the accrued wisdom of the Ages. We can at last investigate for ourselves.  Corruption infiltrates all institutions to a degree and comes in many guises, whether a priesthood, the pharmaceutical industry, bankers or global conglomerates.  Ultimately the outcome rests on our willingness to accept personal responsibility and accountability for our actions. An understanding of the Law of Karma is the first step and this is the reason this teaching was removed  from scripture in the first centuries AD. Most of us would agree that one life might be insufficient to balance past errors, a belief in Karma and rebirth is one which has continued through time because it is rooted in truth.

The devout Celtic Druids would assimilate the new faith, eventually converting to join in establishing the first Christian mission beyond Jerusalem. Celtic Christianity laid the foundations of the church for the first five hundred years; its founders were the Celtic kings and princes, a royal lineage baptised in the sacred Chalice Well for centuries. It is Glastonbury not Rome which remains the undisputed senior church within Christendom, a fact not disputed by the Vatican and demonstrated by seating arrangements at Vatican Conclaves. Precedence is always given to the English prelate in recognition of the origins of the Christian church, founded at Glastonbury in 37AD and recorded in the historical annals.

In the first three centuries the fledgling church was persecuted unmercifully by successive Roman emperors who saw it as a challenge to their authority. In 306 Constantine the Great was elected emperor . His ‘Edict of Tolerance’ granted freedom of religion to all, ending the persecution of the Christians. As the church hierarchy of bishops and deacons became established their influence global grew and Constantine sought to use the church as a stabilizing influence in the empire. However increasing divisions developed concerning doctrine and dogma regarding the divinity of Jesus and in 325AD Constantine called the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicea (present day Iznik in Turkey) in an effort to attain consensus between the differing opinions of bishops. Constantine is not known to have held a particular view but grew impatient with the endless theological debate and bickering between those who believed Jesus to be human and those who believed he was divine.

With his advisor Eusabius the emperor announced a compromise solution decreeing that Jesus was ‘of one substance with the Father’ - the Son of God. This statement of faith became the Nicene Creed which united the universal church. A minority of bishops who refused to accept were banished.

Constantine became the 1st Christian Emperor, establishing many churches on sacred sites throughout the world, including the first Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and St Peters in Rome, later the Vatican.  The consequence of the emperors patronage and the merging of Church and State created a powerful alliance with an emphasis on status, buildings and property which would eventually distort the true message of Jesus. On his death, all of Constantine’s possessions as emperor became the property of the church in Rome, establishing a precedent and further enhancing the materialism which became the symbol of the future church under emperors and eventually popes.

The doctrine of Reincarnation was in fact originally held to be fundamental church dogma by early Church elders and theologians who taught reincarnation of the soul. This was reinforced and codified by the 4th Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon  in 451 attended by some 520 bishops.

In 543AD The Synod of the Eastern Church of Constantinople was convened by the emperor Justinian I, ostensibly to unify the divisions between the Eastern church with its centre in Constantinople and Western churches centred in Rome. Many religious controversies centred around reincarnation, the origin and path of the soul and the divinity of Jesus. The emperor Justinian, a weak man was manipulated by the ambitious empress Theodora used the Synod to condemn teachings of deceased church fathers, including Origen (dead for 300 years). This Council revoked the decision taken in 451AD which accepted reincarnation.

The theological debate created further division and rancour. Pope Vigillus and many bishops of the East were opposed to attending the Council because  the emperor Justinian had manipulated attendance to sway the vote in favour of the bishops of the west who supported him. The constitution required the attendance of the pope but  the Council went ahead with the Eastern Patriarch of Constantinople presiding. This made the Syndod and any decisions taken unconstitutional and therefore not binding on the 3000 bishops spread across the empire.

In 553AD The Fifth Ecumenical Council or the Second Council of Constantinople was called, the bishops assembled at Hagia Sophia Cathedral May 5th to June 2nd.  Participants were overwhelmingly Eastern bishops, only sixteen Western bishops were present, out of the 165 total.

On May 14th PopeVigilius issued his “Constitution”, signed by 16 bishops, rejecting sixty of the propositions. Along with many bishops he then refused to attend the council which proceeded without the pope. During the seventh session of the council, the bishops had Vigilius stricken from the record for his refusal to appear at the council and approve its proceedings. Vigilius was then kept against his will in Constantinople by the emperor and his advisors were exiled.

The Council meeting was unstructured and no minutes were kept. During the proceedings a Resolution was proposed condemning the teachings of Origen ie the pre-existance of the soul and by implication that it will exist again in a subsequent lifetime. Emperor Justinian issued a list of 14 decrees (anathemas or spiritual curses) 12 directed against reincarnation.  This made belief in reincarnation a heresy, the penalty for which was excommunication from the church.

“If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you have received,

let him be accursed.”

The Edict of Justinian revoked the affirmation of reincarnation previously codified in 451AD by the Council of Chalcedon.  It stated: 

“If anyone asserts the fabulous pre-existence of souls, and shall assert

the monstrous restoration which follows from it: let him be anathema.”

The Council ratified the Edict of Justinian I. After six months, in December 553, Vigillus tried to reconcile the recent condemnation with the decisions of the earlier Council of Chalcedon 451 and after some amendments had been made he acceded to the emperors wishes by agreeing to accept the decrees of 23 February 554.

This signed the death warrant for reincarnation as a teaching by the church which has chosen to ignore it since that time.  Reincarnation has never been formally discussed by the church, no doctrinal pronouncement, Papal Encyclical or Papal Bull has ever been issued. The Constitutional validity of the 5th Ecumenical Council has long been debated given the refusal of the pope and bishops to attend due to there being no equal representation and that the pope, as head of the church signed the resolution under threat by the emperor.

It has been argued that no minutes of the deliberations were taken, that the records are incomplete and that the documents presented to the pope for signature were falsified. The church has taken the position that 160 bishops must have signed the Canons condemning the false teaching before the council formally opened.


Elimination of the Cathars

Produced by Amadeus Project in collaboration with the Living Memory Research Trust

Produced by Amadeus Project in collaboration with the Living Memory Research Trust