SUPPER ― INSTITUTED BY JESUS OR PAUL?
In Matthew, Mark
and Luke, Jesus institutes the Lordís Supper during the passover
meal. Whereas, in Johnís gospel the Lordís Supper is not instituted - Jesus
was dead by the time of the Passover meal.
In 1 Corinthians 11:23 the Paul writes, ďFor I received from the Lord
that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which
He was betrayed took bread...Ē Supposedly Paul wrote these words
about twenty years after Jesusí death, but claims that he got the instructions
for the Lordís Supper directly from Jesus (evidently from one of his many ganja
revelations). THINK people, had a church already been celebrating
the Lordís Supper, Paul certainly would have been aware of it and would have
had no need to receive it from the Lord. Some apologists try to play games with
the text to make it seem like Paul actually received the instructions from
apostles, but one thing Paul stresses is that what he teaches he receives from
no man (Galatians 1:11-12).
The Lordís supper
was not invented by Paul, but was borrowed from Mithraism, another mythical
religion that existed long before Christianity. Mithraism was also
Christianityís chief competitor up until the 4th century when it was suppressed
by Emperor Constantine. In Mithraism, the central figure was the mythical
Mithras who died for the sins of mankind and was resurrected. Believers in
Mithras were rewarded with eternal life. Part of the Mithraic
communion liturgy included the words, ďHe
who will not eat of my body and drink of my blood, so that he will be made one
with me and I with him, the same shall not know salvation.Ē
The early Church
Fathers Justin Martyr and Tertullian tried to say that Mithraism copied the
Lordís Supper from Christianity, but then they were forced to say
that demons had copied it since only demons could copy an event in advance of
its happening! They could not say that the followers of Mithras had copied
it since it was a known fact that Mithraism had included the ritual a
many centuries before the fictitious birth of Jesus. The cult of Mithras
has been traced to 1400 BC in Persia.
Where did Mithraism
come from? For over three hundred years the rulers of the Roman Empire worshipped the god Mithras. The ancient
historian Plutarch mentioned Mithraism in connection with the pirates of Cilicia in Asia Minor
encountering the Roman general Pompey in 67 BCE. More recently, in 1989 Mithraic scholar David Ulansey
wrote a book, The Origins of the Mithraic
Mysteries, in which he convincingly shows that Mithraism originated in the
city of Tarsus
in Cilicia. That this is also the home town of
Paul, the inventor of Christianity, cannot be a coincidence.
Paul admits that he
did not know Jesus and maintained that his religion was not taught to him by
any man (Galatians 1:11-12).
All of Paulís theology is based on his own so called revelations, or
ganja visions. Like dreams, visions or hallucinations do not come out of the
blue, but reveal what is already in a personís subconscious. It is very likely
that the source of most of Paulís visions, and therefore most of his theology,
is to be found in Mithraism. That the New
Testament reports Jesus at
the Last Supper saying more or less the same thing Paul said to the Corinthians
many years later is another example of the church modifying the gospels to
incorporate the theology of Paul, which eventually won out over the theology of
Jesusí original disciples.
should properly be called Pauline Christology.
I said to him, 'Jeez, Jeezy boy, I feel like no one
will ever accept me.'† And Jesus looked
at me and said, 'You know what my theory is ― accept me or go to
hell.'" -Gilbert Gottfried (1955-)
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