The Secret Teachings of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene

In a world where many things seem to go wrong, one of the most unexpected sources of controversy for a minister wasn’t the countercultural movements of the 1960s, but a Broadway tune from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The song “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” sung by the character of Mary Magdalene, nearly gave him an apoplectic fit. While the idea of a sexual relationship with Jesus was too much for him to contemplate, the song’s deeper message was lost in his reaction.


The song touches on a profound aspect of Christ’s nature. For Mary Magdalene, it wasn’t about physical love but about encountering a love that transcended her previous experiences. For the first time, she met a man who treated her with genuine respect and compassion, rather than as a mere object. This transformative experience left her bewildered, not knowing how to respond to such pure and unconditional love.


A False Narrative

Contrary to popular misconception, there is no historical evidence that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. This false narrative was likely a result of the early church’s attempt to diminish her importance and the jealousy of the disciples. Her gospel, hidden for almost 2,000 years in the deserts of Egypt, offers a unique perspective on Jesus’ teachings and emphasizes her significant spiritual insights.


Mary Magdalene is depicted not just as a follower of Jesus, but as someone who deeply understood his teachings. While the disciples struggled to grasp his message intellectually, Mary comprehended it with her heart. Her gospel emphasizes personal spiritual knowledge over orthodox teachings, suggesting that salvation comes through this inner knowing rather than faith alone. This knowledge is something inherent within us, accessible through introspection and spiritual awakening.


The Hope Within

In her writings, Mary encourages us to find hope and strength within ourselves. She says, “Do not weep, and do not grieve nor be of doubtful mind, for love will be with you all and will shelter you.” Her message is one of inner transformation and spiritual clarity, achievable in this lifetime, not just in the afterlife. Hope, according to Mary, is the belief that we can overcome our inner struggles and reach a state of peace.


Helen Keller once said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” This resonates with Mary’s teachings, which inspire us to seek wisdom within and recognize the divine spark that connects us to a greater whole. This perspective affirms our inherent worth and potential for growth, which is vastly different from the teachings of Paul.


Differing Gospels

Paul’s teachings, which have dominated Christian thought for two millennia, focus on salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and his crucifixion. Mary’s gospel, on the other hand, emphasizes spiritual insight and liberation through inner knowledge. Paul’s model suggests that salvation is a gift from God, achieved through faith in Christ’s sacrifice. In contrast, the Gnostic gospels, including Mary’s, de-emphasize the crucifixion and suffering, focusing instead on inner spiritual journeys and self-discovery.


Mary’s teachings remind us that we are not here to suffer alone in anticipation of experiencing God’s love after death. Instead, we are encouraged to overcome fear and victimhood, embracing our divine potential now. We are not mere beings in need of harsh lessons; we are the embodiment of God’s hope and inspiration on this physical plane, here to do great good and spread love.


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Darkness and Light

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” This aligns with Mary’s teachings that emphasize love, light, and the recognition of our oneness with God. We are here to be disciples of God’s love, to shine brightly and inspire others, proving that we are spirits of boundless potential and possibilities.


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