Monday, November 21, 2016

The Manichaean Bema

Orthodox Bema throne - Manichaean. Manichaeans worshipping under the Tree of Life. "...“heresy” of equating Christ with the sun. Higgins relates of the influential and widespread Gnostic group called the Manichaeans: When a Manichaean came over to the orthodox he was required to curse his former friends in the following terms: “I curse Zarades [Zarathustra/Zoroaster] who, Manes said, had appeared as a God before his time among the Indians and Persians, and whom he calls the sun. I curse those who say Christ is the sun, and who make prayers to the sun, and to the moon, and to the stars, and pay attention to them as if they were really Gods, and who give them titles of most lucid Gods, and who do not pray to the true God, only towards the East, but who turn themselves round, following the motions of the sun with their innumerable supplications. I curse those persons who say that Zarades and Budas [Buddha] and Christ and Manichaeus and the sun are all one and the same.” In his 2nd Apology, Justin Martyr acknowledges that the Gnostic-Christian Manichaeans were “sunworshippers”...." Bema feast. Portrait of Mani - rock crystal. Peacock angel from, note the cuneiform. Mithra gate.

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