Chapter Nine: Gnostic New Testament: “Closing of the Breach”
One aspect of the natural-to-spiritual imagery presented in the New Testament is that the earth was becoming the sky, the human a god, the female a male. The breach was going to be closed.
In The Gospel of Thomas Jesus states that he plans to make women male so they can enter his kingdom.
(114) Simon Peter said to him, “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life.” Jesus said, “I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven.“
Of course, this didn’t make it into the canon, but it is nevertheless evident that, within early Christian thoughts, male and female would be reunited as one being, the new, androgynous last Adam, or Christ. Christ then would be “all in all” (1 Cor. 15:28, Eph. 1:23). As Clement of Alexandria wrote, the “‘Sun of Righteousness,’ who drives His chariot over all, pervades equally all humanity.”
Jesus (of the house of Jacob) fixed the rift between his parents, thus closing the breach, ending their separation, and bringing reconciliation. They got back together for their offspring. Jesus’ mother, who had been so lewd the Philistines were ashamed of her, committed fornication with the Egyptians and the Assyrians, and fornicated from the land of Canaan to Chaldea—pouring her prostitution on “everyone who passed by” (Ezek. 16:15-29)—finally came home. The new Jerusalem, the “mother of us all” (Gal. 4:26), descended and Yahweh’s tabernacle was with men (Rev. 21:2-4). Heaven came down and joined the earth. The old heaven and old earth were gone, and in their place was only one entity, with no more sea (adversary, foreign lover) to separate the divine couple (Rev. 21:1). Again, Lamentations 2:13 states that the breach between Yahweh and his “virgin daughter” Israel was “great like the sea: who can heal thee?” Jesus was the only one who could build a bridge across the sea, and crush the serpent, dragon, devil, or Satan. He was the knight in shining armor who killed the monster in the waters surrounding the castle, rebuilt the bridge across the moat, and brought everybody home safe and sound. “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea” (Isa. 27:1). At this point, of course, the old Israel had become Egypt, or the sea that was no more (Jn. 8:44, Gal. 4:24-28, Rev. 11:8).
Remember, the brother of the mother in ancient times was the male figure in a child’s life. In Amos 6:10 the uncle of a dead man was to go into a burned house and get the man’s bones. In the New Testament we read about “Paul’s sister’s son” and “Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas,” presumably because these nephews were close to their uncles (Acts 23:16, Col. 4:10). If an indigent widow (widow indeed) has children or nephews, Christianity demands that both provide for her (1 Tim. 5:4). In ancient times the “only recognized bonds of blood relationship depended on motherhood . . . The bonds were maternal because no paternal relationships were perceived or even guessed.”
An interesting concept appears with regard to the god Adonis as well as Osiris—an idea we have mentioned, which is that the gods enjoy incestuous relationships. We saw it with Ishtar and Tammuz; and the mother of Adonis was the reincarnated Aphrodite or Venus, and was the consort of Adonis and therefore both his mother and his lover. Isis mothered Horus through Osiris and became both the mother and lover of Horus. Isis was also the sister of Osiris, hence his sister and his lover. Also, Horus and Osiris may be identical gods, making Isis the wife of God and the mother of God. Brahma, Abraham, and Zeus married their sisters. And who can forget: “I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse” (Sng of Sngs 5:1)? We might also remember that Yahweh called Israel both his daughter and his wife (Jer. 3:8, Lam. 2:13). As we know, the Virgin Mary was both the wife of God (Yahweh) and the mother of God (Jesus). This is carried over into the relationship the New Testament bears out between Christ and his church. He is the older brother and the bridegroom, as well as the father (Is. 9:6); and the church (or new Jerusalem) is both the mother of all, which would include the Christ since he is the Christian’s brother, and the bride of Christ (Jn. 3:29, Gal. 4:26, Rev. 21). Barbara Walker noted that the “female who is both Bride of God and Mother of God, like Mary, dates all the way back to Paleolithic cultures before biological fatherhood was understood.” Another interesting tidbit is that Mary Magdalene was, in some stories, the midwife at the birth of Jesus, the one who anointed him with oil (making him the Christ), and, in some Gnostic literature, the lover of Jesus. In fact, Jacobovici wrote regarding Mary:
“In our Lost Gospel, she is depicted as a Galilean Phoenician priestess that abandons idolatry after meeting and falling in love with Jesus. They marry, but she’s not simply ‘Mrs. Jesus.’ She is a partner in redemption referred to as the ‘Daughter of God’ and ‘The Bride of God.’ Our Lost Gospel states that Jesus and Mary had two children and it witnesses to the idea that, for their earliest followers, Jesus and his wife Mary were co-deities embroiled in the politics of their times.”
Origen thought Mary Magdalene was immortal, calling her “titles later bestowed on the Virgin Mary, such as Ecclesia (the Church), Jerusalem and ‘Mother of Us All.'” Thus, just as we have a fanciful story of a fake male savior, so we have a fake tale of a female savior. One stuck while the other didn’t.
Again, today we know that females have male DNA in their brains that may have come not only from their fathers but from older brothers who left it in the womb of their mothers. This makes older brothers a part of their younger siblings. So, physically and biologically, a sister and brother are connected in much the same way as a father and child. The point is that once a child is born, no force on Earth can destroy the bond between the child’s family members. Children bind parents, they bind siblings, and they bind in-laws. The entire family (or human race) is connected, particularly in this son of the most powerful god who is now brother, father, and husband to humanity and a bridge between humans and gods. And, according to Romans 8:38-39, nothing can “separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Once the couple (Yahweh and Mary, Asherah, or Israel; heaven and earth; male and female; spirit and body or matter) made that baby (who was a part of them both), it was a done deal—signed, sealed, and delivered; no power could separate them. Men finally found a way, through the divine mother, for their male god to make a baby god and become a creator and sustainer of life. The purpose of marriage is intimacy and consequent offspring. Companions can be had without marriage, but sex and babies are why we marry. (Yahweh was married to sister wives Judah and Israel, and Jesus married his ecclesia.) Immortality was thus gained in the closing of the breach, as sex produces life while separation produces death. And, with the return of the goddess (Matronit, Sophia, Holy Spirit, Asherah, Shekinah, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene the whore-turned-bride, Ecclesia, New Jerusalem, Israel, Matter, or Mother Earth), and the birth of the baby who closed the breach, Yahweh was no longer sexually frustrated, his wrath was assuaged, and our home became happy again. Allegro wrote: “When the penis slides into the vagina . . . ‘harmony’ has been achieved.” The Bible begins with a separation and ends with a reunion; thus death turned to life. That’s the whole story.
“It has seemed strange to scholars that Pluto, the god of the underworld, should elsewhere be reckoned as a god of fertility. It is true that much of our western classical and Semitic tradition has led us to think of Hades as a place of dull lifelessness, or even of retributive torture of the damned. More original, as we have seen, is the conception of the earth’s bowels as the seat of creation where all life is conceived and after death recreated. In the subterranean oven, the god’s seminal fluid is processed into living matter, and the Word made flesh.”
Thus, as Job said, we return to our mother’s womb, possibly to be reborn (Jn. 9:2-3).
Tina Rae Collins
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 Robinson, The Gospel of Thomas.  Clement of Alexandria, Exhortation to the Heathen, “Chapter 11. How Great are the Benefits Conferred on Men Through the Advent of Christ,” tr. William Wilson, ed. Kevin Knight, newadvent.org, 2009, web. 26 Feb. 2015.  Walker, Man Made God, 63.  Walker, Man Made God, 163.  Bennett, 146. See also: “Osiris,” wikipedia.org, 18 Jan. 2015, web, 30 Jan. 2015.  “Osiris & Horus,” ambrosiasociety.org., 2009, web, 7 Nov. 2014.  Walker, Man Made God, 177.  Walker, Man Made God, 170. See also: Clement A. Miles, Christmas Customs and Traditions (New York: Dover, 1976), 107.  Jacobovici, “Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene Is Fact, Not Fiction.”  Walker, Man Made God, 171. See also: Marjorie Malvern, Venus in Sackcloth (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1975), 60.  This is called microchimerism, and the cells from a fetus reside in a woman’s cells and organs for the rest of her life, and are therefore transferred to later children. So a man’s nieces and nephews could be a part of him. Robert Martone, “Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains: the connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought,” scientificamerican.com, 12 Dec. 2012, web, 16 Nov. 2014.  Allegro, 104.  Allegro, 153.