Life of Jesus

A tale without proof

The Mustard Seed: Commentaries on the Fifth Gospel of Saint Thomas

The Mustard Seed: Commentaries on the Fifth Gospel of Saint Thomas

From the history so far, Jesus with his family may have been to Egypt and returned to Nazareth by the time he was aged 10 to 15. Nothing is know of him other than that Luke tells that Jesus was found teaching in the temple by his parents after being lost at age 12.

It seems unlikely that an intelligent boy would get lost in a small town, it's more likely hewas developing strong ideas about life, existence and religion; namely Judaism and so he began testing his ideas on those who would listen and likely challenged the knowledge of the priests.

After this isolated comment by Luke, Christian scholars speculate that Jesus lived and worked as just another artisan/craftsman until he was about thirty years of age and then he is baptised by John and his brief time on the world stage begins.

"Christianity may be considered a religion, but it was actually developed and used as a system of mind control to produce slaves that believed God decreed their slavery." Joseph Atwill

The  Missing Years
The Jews were not the only educated people in the world, the Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Indians and Chinese all had developed civilisations with writing, arts and sciences. I think it is highly probable that Jesus would have  travelled to find the known truths of existence.

In North India and the region of Pakistan, Afghanistan and parts of modern day Iran, Vedanta had for a long time been teaching the idea of a one god  and the holy trinity and the science of yoga was established with the Yoga  Sutras of Patangali written around 600 BC which describe how to connect with the divine.

Buddha was long dead and  Buddhism well  established not only in India, but also in Egypt where much earlier in 1400 BC Pharaoh Akhenaton introduced the idea of the 'One God' as the state  religion and I suspect that this ideology adopted by Akhenaton may have come from North India where the Indus Valley civilisation was declining due to climatic change and the people travelling afar looking for new homes.

Christian scholars disagree and have great disdain for the idea that Jesus may have travelled and gained knowledge in India and Tibet, but Indian and Tibetan scholars and record keepers have no doubts in claiming Jesus spent many years there.

If Jesus was God, why didn’t he say anything new or even marginally useful?

The Lost Years of Jesus: Documentary Evidence of Jesus' 17-Year Journey to the EastEvidence  of Jesus in India
The missing years in Jesus’ life and his  time in Egypt and India, learning from Egyptian secret societies, then  Buddhist schools, then Hindu Vedanta are well documented in books held by  the organisations he studied with and are detailed in Jesus Lived in India: His Unknown Life Before and After the Crucifixion  by Holger Kersten and  The Lost Years of Jesus: Documentary Evidence of Jesus' 17-Year Journey to the East by Elisabeth Clare Prophet.

When my copy of The Gnostic Gospels arrived in the post, I flicked through  it and noted several references to the origins and ways to end suffering,  I thought I had a Buddhist text for a while. But I will not elaborate  further here on the missing years other than affirming it is most likely  that Jesus would have travelled and studied in the East.

Further reading
Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou on Religious History

Reference books
Why did Jesus not give us any new knowledge?


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