by Kamau Makesi-Tehuti


"No one can comprehend the meaning of events in the world today- and religion is the open or hidden (usually hidden) cause of most events- who does not know the truth of what occurred back in those first centuries (1st - 4th A.D.)" (Shadow of the Third Century by Dr. Alvin B. Kuhn. Pg. 237)

"And what is more: when the actuality of history is studied without bias, and the conspicuous consequences of the Christian effort to cast the arcane philosophy to (the common people) over twenty centuries are fully tabulated, it is seen that their ALLEGEDLY noble attempt to take the mysteries of truth to the masses has eventuated in the unparalleled darkening of the human mind, the loss of all true sense of the arcane books of wisdom, the hallucination of the millions, the dupery of all ecclesiastical rulership, and the befouling of history with the most frightful inhumanity of man to man in world annals." (Shadow pg. 218)

In our last journey through the dirty laundry of christianity, we found much-a-history that purported christians knew nothing about. We will continue on this track always remembering: THERE IS NO RELIGION HIGHER THAN TRUTH!!!

Before I get into the Gnostics and the so-called "lost books of the bible," we must first talk about the mind-numbing effects of christianity when dealing with history. Why is there so much cognitive dissidence or down right stupidity on the part of christians when someone says, "There was a world before the bible?!" This writer has had the most ASININE discourses on this very subject. For instance, there are those who think I'm talking about the hebrews in the wilderness before moses plagiarized the 10 commandments. Look, THE FIRST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET WERE NOT HEBREWS, THEY WERE AFRIKANS! When the world had its first sight of a hebrew, about 50,000 plus years of HISTORY had ALREADY TAKEN PLACE. Fire was discovered, metallurgy was already in use, societies had flourished and fallen, all 82 pyramids were already built in Kemet (Egypt) before the world knew what a hebrew was and before the adam and eve myth was created. Genesis is not actual, real history- it is MYTH, a story told to attempt to explain the unexplainable. Hell, it's not even Afrikan myth, it is hebrew myth telling how the hebrew culture viewed the world. (This is so hard for christians or space christians to understand.) The first so-called hebrew of "biblical history" was Abraham who wasn't born until roughly 1890 B.C. Whosoever wrote the genesis myth and the other five beginning books (because it wasn't "moses") were doing so based off of oral and some written hebrew tradition which came thousands and thousands of years AFTER Afrikan traditions.

Then you have those who want to blacken up the bible with their poorly re-interpreted African Heritage Study bibles. For anyone who knows a little "somethin', somethin'" about Afrikan traditional spiritual systems, for starters, genesis 1:26 should ring loudly as a glaring contradiction. "Then God said, . . .and let them have dominion over the fish . . .and birds . . .cattle . . .all the earth . . ." blah, blah, blah and then restates it in genesis 1:28. All Afrikan principles state: Man is to be in HARMONY with Nature. Man is not better than Nature. It was the hebrews who say "man should have dominion over Nature." It was the hebrew god elohim or yahweh or jehovah (y'all christians can't even get that one straight) that supposedly (key word) said that man should control Nature, but your Afrikan God says you are to be in HARMONY with Nature! Which one do you all follow? Are you wanna-be hebrews or genetically-ordained-by God Afrikans? Do you have enough FAITH to research the lessons YOUR God gave to you? Or will you just reinterpret lessons from others and spit on your own?

"Ancient people took for granted that religion was indissolubly linked to a particular city, nation or PEOPLE. Jews identified their religion with the Jewish people as a whole, united by tradition, however dispersed throughout the world. . . The Christian movement, however, encouraged people to ABANDON THEIR ANCESTRAL CUSTOMS and break the sacred bonds of family, society and nation." (The Origin . . . by Elaine Pagels pg.114) In times not to long ago, religion was a part of a societies culture and to change or destroy one's religion was to change and destroy one's culture - AND WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK SLAVERY AND CHRISTIANITY DID?!

To shift gears now, the term "gnostic" roughly means "spiritual knowledge, insight and wisdom." (The Origin pg. 167) It was later hoisted on groups who had different religious interpretations than the "orthodoxy." Gnosticism flourished between 250 B.C and 400 A.D., also known as the Coptic Church era in Kemet. Kemet had been thoroughly ransacked and her higher spiritual wisdom was either lost, burned, scattered, stolen or as it is today, misinterpreted. The Gnostics (or spiritual knowledge holders) were those who got bits and pieces of this Kemetic insight and some connected and understood these fragments better than others. A few of these groups were the Essenes, Valentianians, Ebionites, Nazoreans, Therapeuts, etc. Some used "elements of (Kemetic) mythology (mainly), Indian metaphysics, Judaism and Greek philosophy." (Christianity Before Christ by John G. Jackson pg 119)

One major tenet of most Gnostic groups was: Man can reach his highest state if he turns inward within himself and awakens the divinity within. More precisely, one Gnostic teacher, Monoimus states, "Abandon the search for God, and creation, and similar things of that kind. Instead, take yourself as the starting place. Ask who it is within you who makes everything his own saying, "my mind," "my heart," "my God." Learn the sources of love, joy, hate, and desire . . . . If you carefully examine all these things, YOU WILL FIND [GOD] IN YOURSELF!" (The Origin pg 167, emphasis mine) Also, some of these groups used the term "Christ" LONG before the fictional character jesus was supposedly born. (remember the beginning date of "Gnosticism" - 250 B.C. jesus was mythologically born around 4 B.C.)

" . . .the Christian religion do not owe their origin to the teachings and practices of a jewish itinerant names Jesus Christ, but came into being in quite another manner, AND ACTUALLY EXISTED BEFORE THE TIME HE IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE LIVED. Indeed it is a matter of GRAVE DOUBT among profound scholars whether ANY SUCH PERSON EVER LIVED, OR AS TO WHOM HE MAY HAVE BEEN IF HE DID LIVE." (Shadow pg. 272, emphasis mine)

"It is the accepted conviction that the Christian group took from the start the title "Christian" from the man, Christ. NOTHING COULD BE MORE FALLACIOUS. The name . . .traces back to the Greek Christos, the Anointed, which had NEVER in all previous time borne a reference to a historic personage. but ONLY to a divine conscious mind coming to manifestation slowly in mankind or in human nature."

". . . there were associations . . . of brethren instituted to lead the spiritual life under the conditions of fellowship . . . and some had taken the name of "Christian" from the central motive of their organization, i.e. the cultivation of the Christos in the individual consciousness." (Shadow pg.333)

Dr. Kuhn, throughout his book takes the Greek word Christos back to its Kemetic origin Karast, which still has the same definition. The above quotes help reaffirm John G. Jackson's book title Christianity Before Christ.

The Gnostics taught the higher or more spiritual meanings of the Scriptures. Not only the ones VOTED on in the bible, but also of the purposefully left out and now arduously re-transliterated texts of the so-called Dead Sea scrolls and Nag Hammadi Libraries. The "orthodoxy" could not understand the spiritual interpretations and flatly denounced all groups not bowing down to the rising orthodoxy as "heretics, pagans, infidels, heathens, etc." The reason why you have these so-called "lost books of the bible" is because it is these texts that FLAT OUT CONTRADICT a lot of the books that got VOTED into the bible. Other texts paint jesus in an entirely different picture than the VOTED upon bible. Can this writer show and prove this? YES!

"Every one of the secret texts which gnostic groups revered was omitted from the canonical collection, and branded as heretical by those who called themselves orthodox Christians. By the time the process of sorting the various writings ended-probably as late as the year 200-VIRTUALLY ALL THE FEMININE IMAGERY OF GOD HAD DISAPPEARED from orthodox Christian tradition." (The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels. pg. 57, emphasis mine)

"After the day of rest, Sophia sent Zoe. her daughter, who is called "Eve (of Life)," as an instructor to raise up Adam, in whom there was no soul . . .when Eve saw her co-likeness cast down, she pitied him, and she said, 'Adam, live! Rise up on the earth!' Immediately her word became a deed. For when Adam rose up, immediately he opened his eyes. When he saw her, he said, "You will be called 'the mother of the living' because you are the one who gave me life."" (On the Origin of the World verse 116; The Nag Hammadi Library in English by James Robinson, et. al. pg. 172)

" . . .(She is) . . .the image of the invisible, virginal, perfect spirit . . .She became the Mother of everything, for she existed before them all, the mother-father . . . (The Apocryphon of John verse 5; Nag pg 101) -DO YOU SEE WHY THE ORTHODOXY HAD TO LEAVE THIS OUT? This quote from a "lost book" describes a very different "jesus" (creator): " . . . he said . . .'I am a jealous God, and there is no other God beside me.' But by announcing this he indicated to the angels . . .that another God does exist; for if there were no other one, of whom would he be jealous? . . . Then the Mother began to be distressed." Others declared that his Mother refused to tolerate such presumption: [The creator], becoming arrogant in spirit, boasted himself over all those things that were below him, and exclaimed, 'I am the father, and God, and above me there is no one.' But his Mother, hearing him speak thus, cried out against him, 'Do not lie . . .!' Often, in these gnostic texts, the creator is castigated for his arrogance-NEARLY ALWAYS BY A SUPERIOR FEMININE POWER! '. . .he became arrogant, saying, 'It is I who am God, and there is no other apart from me.' . . .And a voice came forth from above the realm of absolute power, saying, 'You are wrong'. . . And he said, 'If any other thing exists before me, let it appear to me!' And immediately, Sophia (Wisdom) stretched forth her finger, and introduced light to matter, and she followed it down into the region of Chaos . . .And he again said to his offspring, 'It is I who am the God of All,' and Life, the daughter of Wisdom, cried out; she said to him,'You are wrong . . .'" (Gnostic Gospels pg. 58 also from the "lost books" The Hypostasis of the Archons and The Apocryphon of John) Sounds like that "jesus" all through the new testament; matthew 10:37, john 14:6-31 and other places- ARROGANCE PERSONIFIED!!!

The reason for the long quote above was so people could know a minuscule portion of what was purposefully left out of this present bible for specific reasons. This writer brought you to the Gnostics because for Afrikans rediscovering their TRUE spiritual systems, they are the crossroads. People run off at the mouth speaking of the "spirituality in the bible." The study of REAL history will show that THERE IS NONE!!! It was all VOTED out in 325 A.D. People interpret or force feed spirituality into the bible but to piece together ANY infinitesimal amount of spiritual teachings from king james, one must go before the bible back to the Gnostics. They had remnants of the scattered Kemetic wisdom. Then Mother Afrika pleads with your soul not to stop there, but to journey ALL THE WAY BACK HOME! Study the correct interpretation of our Kemetic insight and then link it up with the other traditional systems still abundant in our home continent of Alkebulan (Afrika). Only then can we once again control our own destinies, awaken the creative force within our very bosoms and restore all of Afrika's children to our rightful place in the essence of the Creative Force of All.

As long as we continue to turn our backs on Afrika, the Creative Force of All WILL NOT HEAR OUR CRIES and we will NEVER achieve anything close (spiritually or materially) to what we once had! As one of our most prolific scholars, Dr. Marimba Ani, states in her videotape interview, "We are not conscious to what we have lost as an Afrikan people . . ." In our next issue, we will discuss tenets of our original Afrikan spiritual systems.