Jesus the Menace

Jesus was a shape-shifting messenger from another dimension who descended to the Earth and took human form, using mysterious and controversial teachings to awaken His disciples to the spark within. Accused of sorcery and arrested, He switched places with Simon of Cyrene at the last minute and flew away laughing while the Romans crucified the wrong guy.

"When Jesus descended into Hell, the sinners listened to his words and were all saved. But the saints, believing as usual that they were being put to the test, rejected his words and were all damned."

Lacarriere, Jacques. The Gnostics. City Lights Books, 1989. 96.

Jesus in Hell

A long-standing Christian tradition holds that Jesus spent the three days between the crucifixion and the resurrection rescuing Old Testament prophets and holy men who had been accidentally damned to Hell, the idea being that since pre-Christians monotheists like Noah and Abraham had been deprived of Jesus’ saving grace in life, they required an extra…

"And as soon as Christ went down into the water, he came out laughing at everything of this world, not because he considers it a trifle, but because he is full of contempt for it. He who wants to enter the Kingdom of Heaven will attain it. If he despises everything of this world and scorns it as a trifle, he will come out laughing."

"The Gospel of Philip." The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 96.

Baptism of Laughter

Baptism was an important sacrament for many ancient gnostics, who found in the reflecting waters of the baptismal pool a ready symbol for the illusory surface-existence of life. With baptism, the gnostic initiate penetrates the shimmering mask of the material universe to be submerged in the reality of the pleroma, the invisible, all-enveloping, ever-present and…