This is the first in an occasional series of posts about various bits of news or commentary that I come across that are simply so astoundingly absurd that it is beyond comprehension how someone can believe them. I base the title on radio and television talk show host Glenn Beck's comments that such things are so mind-boggling that they make your head want to explode. Hence, your head goes *pop*.
As I hung ten across the Internet, I came across a website that I had never heard of previously called The Canadian. The Canadian, according to it's own banner, is Canada's socially progressive and cross-cultural national newspaper. Now, while I don't agree with many issues promoted by social progressives, I ordinarily will take the time to listen to what they have to say. After all, contrary to what some readers of this blog may think, I do read and listen to a great deal of information with which I totally disagree. (Air America radio is even one of the pre-set stations on my car radio -- although I have to be really, really, extremely bored to listen to it.) So, it was with some interest that I started to read an article entitled Gnostics suggest Modern Christianity's repressive views on Sexuality are not Jesus-inspired.
Now, I find looking to Gnostic thought for insight into Jesus to be like looking to John Shelby Spong for accurate information about Jesus -- you're looking in the wrong place. After all, unlike the Gospels which many maintain were all written prior to 65 A.D. and therefore within the lifetime of people who knew Jesus, the Gnostics were not written by people who were contemporaries of Jesus. As noted by Dr. Ben Witherington III in his initial response to the National Geographic television special on the Gospel of Judas:
We have no first century evidence of Gnostics or Gnosticism. This is a movement that reacted to mainstream Christianity, and emerged from it sometime in the middle of the second century A.D. Every shred of first century evidence we have suggests that the actual physical life, death, and resurrection of Jesus was at the heart of the belief of the earliest Christians--- all of whom were Jews, not Gnostics. It simply will not do to suggest that the esoteric Gospel of the Gnostics bears any resemblance to the Jewish creation and redemption theology of Jesus and his first Jewish followers.
So, with that in mind, I thought I'd see what new insight this particular article would give us about Jesus and his thought on sexuality. Here's what I read:
Clerical elites suggest through the mass-media that repressing sexuality shows "religious" conviction to "the Lord". However, ancient Gnostic disciples of Jesus illuminate that organized religion was instigated by Manipulative Extraterrestrials, that sought to control and oppress humanity. Dogma and accompanying rituals, became a basis for the Manipulative Extraterrestrials that sought to use religion to create a "false God". By creating a "false God", as the mask of the demonic consciousness, Gnostics viewed Manipulative Extraterrestrials as attempting to prevent a critical understanding among humans, of the true cosmic God of our universe. While the cosmic God embraces peace, wisdom, and lovingkindness, the false God through religion, spreads fear, oppression, and a culture of violence, which Manipulative Extraterrestrials can use to control and oppress humanity.
Indeed, the apparent creation and spread of HIV-AIDS is consistent with an attempt by a hideous intelligence to oppress sexuality. Researchers like Alan Cantwell, MD, have indeed provided testimony that HIV-AIDS is a genetically engineered virus, designed to perpetrate genocide.
Messages of sexual repression within modern Christianity, which have manifested, for example, in calls by the U.S. Bush administration for "abstinence", in the apparent Gnostic view, seem to be a part of a Manipulative Extraterrestrial ruse. Indeed, ancient Gnostics viewed tantric sexuality as being an integral part of humanity seeking to achieve a spiritual communion with God. Gnostics sought to warn humanity about Manipulative Extraterrestrials, that seek to dis-associate humanity from a vital awareness of the cosmic God of the universe. Spreading messages of sexual repression through modern Christianity then becomes an apparent Manipulative Extraterrestrial technique of trying to support Human DIS-ASSOCIATION from the cosmic God.