With only the Bible to go on, what do we know about the Disciples of Christ?
We know that there mission was to take the teachings of Jesus and the Jewish Understanding, that there were not many Gods, But One God, and one God alone and to take this understanding along with His New Gospel/teaching to the Gentiles. So as to Include the Gentiles into a non-inclusive Religion aka The Jewish Faith this was a big no-no, as God and Gods covenant was only for the Jewish people. And still, to this day this is one of the reasons that many Jew’s still see themselves as the chosen people.”God ain’t for sharing” ME, ME ME.
So Jesus preaching to foreigners, outsiders, basically, to all non-Jews and, by doing this he was challenging thousands of years of Religious practice, Shaking the very foundations of his own Hebrew heritage and Culture by changing and making the Hebrew Religion, to be one of all-inclusivity.
In slightly more modern times, this would be like when Bruce Lee started teaching in the West, and more specifically to non-Chinese as It was forbidden. For Jesus, This is one of the reasons many of his own People especially the Church elders of the day and the established order hated him and they tried many times to arrest him and kill him for blasphemy. (The ESTABLISHMENT won… So they thought!
In the Bible (The Governmental rough guide) there are occasions when the Priests of the day challenge him by quoting scripture at him, thinking that they have finally caught him and can now have him arrested! He, Jesus, Quotes a passage out of the Torah, which refutes any charge they are throwing at him. He then turns it around and Questions them, asking: since they’re the priests of the temple? How well they do not know their own Scriptures! And these Men! Are the High Priests who teach and are meant to guide the people, no wonder the people are lost! As they prefer the finery of their robes and the status that is given to them through the office and title that they hold.
So to the main point! The Disciples! (well, one in particular) They were charged with going out into the world and preaching the resurrection, the keys to eternal life, and the perfection of the human condition! The Re-entering into spiritual union with God through the divine Spirit which some Eastern Religions call “The Divine Breath”
Famously we know that Peter went to Rome. What the Bible “NIV” does not mention is, that Thomas went over to India (where still to this day you can visit his Tomb) where as far as I know he, Thomas is highly revered in the town within the Christian community where he was laid to rest.
One of the Disciples went to Greece (possibly Mark) and within the pantheon of Gods that the Greeks had, with Zeus as the God of all the Gods, they had stories, that many of us know today, through movies, and myths of half-man Gods Like Hercules, who came into being when Zeus, known for taking various forms would sleep with, in this case, a Queen, and produce a half-divine child, Which then, got me to thinking about the Virgin Birth. And what better way for the Greek people, to hear and to take note and listen and to receive the story of the son of a carpenter becoming a Divine being.
The Greeks, who’s very culture was one of growing up on a staple of their Heroes and also their Gods coming down and sleeping with their Maidens. And for a wannabe King it was almost a passage of rite to say that his mother was taken By Zeus on the night of his conception. Most Greek Gods have earthly children, with many a King or Queen or the Great warriors of old claiming this Divine heritage after winning a great battle. So, as to solidify their place in History also imbuing them at times with a Divine, supernatural gift or power. The Power Jesus would have had, which would’ve been preached, would have been one of Healing and that of a Great teacher. And a teaching: via the new Gospel on how to enter into Paradise. The colourful language would have been used, which, would help to spread the word of the new Gospel, The New Testament, plus inviting non-Jews into the faith which would later become Christianity. Sadly the metaphor of the virgin birth would become a literal truth. This is because many who were preached to did not understand vast amounts of words many could not read nor write as they were the poor. And the rich (except very few) did not care, as like it is today they were either too busy or already saw themselves as blessed or paid the temple there “spiritual tax” in the thinking that that was enough! Ergo, their place in Paradise was 100% confirmed. So my thinking is, that on preaching to the Greeks about Jesus much was lost in translation.
In one of the Gnostic texts, the writer states: That if you already believe in The Virgin Birth of Jesus then you are following and believing in false teaching.
The Virgin Birth was, in nutshell, about being re-born, becoming a new Person and most importantly having the Holy Spirit, The breath of God within you, embarking upon the path in its truest form of Spirituality. Submission to God and joining the yin & yang together, knowing the lower Primate self, the chattering monkey who runs away with all the bananas and all he can get his hands on and learning about your higher self, the one who listens and learns who gives instead of taking, the one who thinks of others and not just about themselves, the one who waits for a pause in the conversation and as Rumi states “The one who raises their words instead of raising their voices”.
I recommend the Book by OSHO Called “The Mustard Seed” the 1st edition I read also had this wrote onto the cover “ The revolutionary teachings of Jesus the Mystic” ( with commentaries on the Gospel of Thomas) That Is, if you really would like to know about Jesus, the Man, and what he taught to his Disciples in Secret,
It also stated on the front page when it was found in 1945 and eventually translated
“Whosever so finds the explanation of these words, shall not taste death.
Bon Voyage! & Soar Alba say the Brave