The Gospel of John

John 1:1-4 The LOGOS.
John 2:1-11 The mythic motif of miraculously turning water into wine at a marriage ceremony predates Jesus.[1,p.4]

Athenaeus makes it clear that Greek custom was to mix three parts of water with one of wine - thus, in social shorthand, a "Triton" - and it looks likely that Roman wine connoiseurs generally went along with that ratio.[2]
John 3:3

“The Christian doctrines of original sin, and of the necessity of being born again, are evident misunderstandings of the doctrine of the Pythagorean Metempsychosis, which constituted the inward spiritual grace, or essential significancy of the Eleusinian mysteries; as the classical reader will find those mysteries sublimely treated of in the 6th book of Virgil’s Æneid. The term of migration during which the soul of man was believed to expiate in other forms the deeds done in its days of humanity, was exactly a thousand years; after which, drinking of the waters of Lethe, which caused a forgetfulness of all that had passed, it was ferryed down the river, or sailed under the conduct of Mercury, the Logos, or Word of God, and “wind and tide serving,” was so borne or carried, and born of water and wind,287 and launched again into humanity, for a fresh experiment of moral probation. Hence souls that had acquitted themselves but ill in their previous existence, were believed to be born in sin, and to have brought with them the remains of a corrupt nature derived from their former state, for which they were still further punished by the calamitous circumstances in which they were born, or the difficulties with which they should still have to contend, till they should ultimately recover themselves to virtue and happiness. This was the doctrine, and nothing but this, which Christ is represented as endeavouring to inculcate upon Nicodemus the ruler of the Jews; and for his ignorance and gross apprehensions of which, he so tartly rallies that Jewish rabbi—“Art thou a MASTER of Israel, and knowest not these things?”—John iii. 10. It must be stupidity itself that could dream of any reason or propriety in rebuking the Jewish ruler for not knowing these things, if they were matters then first revealed, or not so common as that no well-educated person had any excuse for being ignorant of them.”
—Rev. Robert Taylor, Diegesis, pg. 221.

287 Our English of the words εαν μη τις γεννηθη εξ υδατος και πνευματος—“Except a man be born of water and of the spirit,” (John iii. 5,) and of the words ουτως εστι πας ο γεγεννημενος εκ του πνευματος—“So is every one that is born of the spirit.” (John iii. 8,) is a jesuitical imposition upon the simplicity of the mere English reader. The real rendering is, “born of the Wind, or Puff.” So the Holy Ghost should be rendered the Holy Puff. Note, nothing makes a man so spiritually-minded as wind at the stomach.

John 5:4 “Waiting for the moving of the water: for an angel went down, at a certain season, into the pool, and troubled the water; whosoever then first, after the troubling of the water, stepped in, was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.” This passage is absent from the best anthorities. It probably derived its origin from Jewish tradition, was then written by some person, as a remark, in the margin of his copy, and finally was added to the text by a transcriber from that copy, who mistook it for a clause of the original.
      —John Pye Smith, An Answer To A Printed Paper Entitled MANIFESTO of the CHRISTIAN EVIDENCE SOCIETY (by Robert Taylor)(1827).

John 4:18 This "woman" with the "five husbands" is not a person but the northern kingdom of Israel, and these "husbands" are "her" foreign occupiers, Assyria, Persia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, who is nevertheless not Samaria's "husband," or "baal," or "lord."[5,p.332]
John 6:16-24 Jesus Walks on the Water. Actually the sun, as Jesus is thought to personify in many instances, walks on the water all the time. (Here we have an image of the moon "walking on the water" from the popular free screensaver Johnny Castaway.)

Actually the story of Jesus walking on the water is allegorical of the Sun crossing the Milky Way. See The Jesus Story
John 8:1-11 This is a disputed text and may well not be original. It does not, in fact, occur in the earliest texts of John. It seems to have been a free-floating story. In some ancient manuscripts it appears in John after 7:36 or after 21:25. In others it follows the text of Luke 21:38.[3,p.237n.4]

“The critical judgment concerning this large portion is extremely difficult. Weighty authorities are on each side of the question, but the detail of them could not be given intelligibly in a little room. Its authenticity was either denied or greatly doubted by Erasmus, Calvin, Beza, Grotius, Leclerc, Wetstein, Semler, Morus, Griesbach, and others; but maintained by Hammond, Mill, Whitby, Lardner, Doddridge, Michaelis, and Dr. Staüdlin in two able dissertations published at Gottingen in 1806. The writer of this note conceives the preponderance of evidence to be in favour of the passage, and that the suggestion of Augustine (who lived in the fourth century) probably assigns the true cause of its omission in some copies, namely, a very needless apprehension that our Lord might be thought too lenient in his treatment of the accused person.”
      —John Pye Smith, An Answer To A Printed Paper Entitled MANIFESTO of the CHRISTIAN EVIDENCE SOCIETY (by Robert Taylor)(1827).
John 8:37-45 Jesus calls the Jews sons of the devil.
John 9:2,34

In John ix. 2, the disciples are represented as propounding to Jesus a question which would never have occurred but to minds entirely possessed of the Pythagorean doctrine—“Master, who did sin, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” which the Master (the characteristic epithet of Pythagoras) answers precisely as Pythagoras might have done—“Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents,” &c. While the Jews imagine themselves to launch the severest invective against the blind man, in holding his being born blind as a proof that he must have been a very wicked wretch in some pre-existent state: “Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us?”—John ix. 34.
—Rev. Robert Taylor, Diegesis, pg. 220.

John 11:1-40 The resurrection of Lazarus is another version of the story of the solar year. Robert Taylor gave a sermon about it in 1830 which I will reprint later. (It's one of his sermons in The Devil's Pulpit. Don't recall which one offhand, or if it's in Vol. 1 or Vol. 2)

"The resurrection of Lazarus is a plagiarized story taken from the Ausarian Resurrection of over 12,000 years ago, which was also based on the SUN. In the story, the God Ausar (Osirus) was killed by his brother, Set (origin of the word Satan). The son (Sun) of Ausar (Osirus), named Heru (Horus in Greek) avenged his father's death by fighting with Set. His father was resurrected from death. The European plagiarizers changed El-Ausar to Lazarus. Heru changed into Jesus, the son (SUN) of God. This original story (prototype for Constantine's bible) is published in detail in the BOOK OF THE DEAD." -

"Now the word "Lazarus" is a thinly disguised L-ASURAS. Asur, is the real name of Osiris in Egyptian. 'L' just means 'the,' as in the modern French." —
John 11:16 For the Gnostics being raised from the dead is clearly an allegory for spiritual rebirth through initiation. If the Lazarus story were originally an initiation allegory Thomas' otherwise inexplicable words would become meaningful. Thomas is in fact exhorting the other disciples to go and be initiated -- to "die and resurrect" like Lazarus.[1,p.99]
John 12:13-15 To walk on plams was the sign of triumph, as in Apuleius' description of Isis: "On her divine feet were slippers of palm leaves, the emblem of victory." Lucius Apuleius, The Golden Ass, 170.


According to the gospel story, at the height of his popularity Jesus rides into Jerusalem while crowds sing his praises and lay branches in his path. Traditionally the crowd is said to have waved palm leaves. The palm was symbolic in the Mysteries. Plato writes of "the palm of wisdom of Dionysus." The great festival of the Mystery godman Attis began with the "Entry of the Reed-Bearers," which was followed by the "Entry of the Tree," an evergreen pine upon which was tied an effigy of the godman. One modern scholar remarks:

"It is impossible to ignore the associations with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem surrounded by palm-bearers, and his bearing of the cross or tree which became his chief symbol."

The gospels relate that Jesus goes out of his way to make sure he is mounted on a donkey. In vase representations, Dionysus is also often pictured astride a donkey, which carries him to meet his passion. The playwright Aristophanes writes of "the ass who carried the Mysteries." When the crowd of pilgrims at Athens walked the Sacred Way to Eleusis to celebrate the Mysteries, a donkey carried a basket containing the sacred paraphernalia, which would be used to create the idol of Dionysus, while the crowds shouted the praises of Dionysus and waved bundles of branches. In this way, like Jesus entering Jerusalem, Dionysus rode in triumph to his death.

The mythical motif of "riding on a donkey" is often taken as a sign of humility. It also has a more mystical meaning, however. To the ancients the donkey typified lust, cruelty, and wickedness. It symbolically represented the lower "animal" self, which must be overcome and subdued by an initiate of the Mysteries. Lucius Apuleius wrote a story called The Golden Ass, which was an allegorical tale of initiation. In it Lucius is transformed into a donkey through his own foolisbness and endures many adventures, which represent stages of initiation. At his final initiation he is transformed back into a human being. This story is symbolic of the initiate being overcome by his lower nature and then, through initiation into the Mysteries, rediscovering his true identity.

The Egyptian goddess Isis tells Lucius that the donkey is the most hateful to her of all beasts. This is because it is sacred to the god Set, who in Egyptian mythology is the murderer of Osiris. Plutarch recorded an Egyptian festival in which donkeys were triumphantly pushed over cliffs in vengeance for Osiris’ murder. Set is symbolic of the initiate’s lower self, which slays the spiritual Higher Self (Osiris) and must be metaphorically put to death for the spiritual Self to be reborn.

The donkey was also a common symbol of the lower "animal" nature in the Greek Mysteries of Dionysus. A vase painting represents a ridiculous donkey with an erect phallus dancing among the disciples of Dionysus. A design on a wine pitcher shows donkeys having sex. In another design a pilgrim is shown stopping to pull the tail of a donkey. A favorite representation of afterlife sufferings in the Underworld was the figure of a man condemned to forever plait a rope that his donkey continually eats away, symbolic of the lower self constantly trying to eat away the spiritual achievements of the Higher Self. The figure of the godman riding in triumph on a donkey symbolized that he was master of his lower "animal" nature.
John 14:8 That is, a slight glimpse of the Sun, or a mere sight of him, without feeling much of his heat, will be enough for the gloomy days of November. [Taylor DP1 pg. 305]
John 20:17 When the Summer solstice was in the sign of Cancer, the sun was in that of Virgo in the month of August, and the anniversary of the Assumption was observed on the 15th of that month, and is so observed at the present time. The fact that the anniversary of the Ascension precedes that of the Assumption explains why Jesus is made to say to his mother (Virgo) soon after his resurrection, "Touch me not: for I am not yet ascended to my Father."
John 21:1-11 In the gospel of John, Jesus miraculously helps his disciples land a large catch of fish. This supernatural feat was also performed by Pythagoras in a legend recorded by Porphyry. Pythagoras miraculously predicted the exact number of fish that would be caught, but the story does not record what this number was. In the gospel account Jesus makes no such prediction, but we are told that the catch numbers exactly 153 fish. This seems on the face of it to be an irrelevant fact that the gospel writer included just for dramatic color. But scholars have concluded that it is mentioned deliberately and is highly significant.

It is likely that the number of fish that Pythagoras predicted would be caught was precisely 153. The Pythagoreans were renowned for their knowledge of mathematics and regarded 153 as a sacred number. It is used in a mathematical ratio that Archimedes called "the measure of the fish" to produce the mystical symbol of the vesica piscis or "sign of the fish" — the intersection of two circles which yields a fish-like shape. This was an ancient Pythagorean symbol that was used by early Christians to represent their faith. The fact that this mystical fish symbol can be produced from the number of fish that were caught in the acount of Jesus' miracle strongly suggests it has been adapted from the original miracle of Pythagoras and that this miracle story encoded sacred geometrical formulae.[1,p.39] See The Measure of the Fish.

1. Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original jesus" a Pagan God?
2. Stuart J. Fleming, "Savoring the Grape," Archeology Volume 54, Number 6 (November/December 2001), p.27
3. John Shelby Spong Why Christianity Must Change or Die : A Bishop Speaks to Believers in Exile
4. John Shelby Spong Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism : A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture
5. Acharya S THE CHRIST CONSPIRACY: The Greatest Story Ever Sold

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