October 20, 2006
The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary: The Sexual Mystery at the Heart of the Christian Tradition
By Jean-Yves Leloup, translated by Joseph Rowe
Publisher: Inner Traditions (February 2006)
Pages: 150 - Price: $14.95
Review by Lee Prosser - firstname.lastname@example.org
This nonfiction book will cause great controversy because it exposes a double truth long suppressed by organized Christian religion, which is, St. Paul's rejection of sex contradicts God and misrepresents Jesus. Because organized Christianity rejects sexuality as one of the many paths that can lead to enlightenment and salvation, it does in reality contradict God and does in reality misrepresent Jesus.
Jean-Yves Leloup is a leading orthodox theologian who reveals the true context of words attributed to Jesus, and he reveals Jesus did not seek to redeem humankind from the life of the flesh, but in truth honor that life of the flesh as an ethical, honest spiritual path of growth and transformation. Any reader knows that when Saint Paul said it was good to be without women, he was not citing any words or comments by Jesus to support that contention. St. Paul said a falsehood, a lie, simple as that.
That organized Christianity transformed Jesus into a celibate is the true heresy. This lie, this heresy, has stalked and haunted Christianity since its beginnings.
Human sexuality is a vital part of humankind's spirituality. Jean-Yves Leloup brings this out in the carefully researched material he shares with the readers. He points out that St. Paul's belief that it was good to be without women contradicts the very words of God in the Book of Genesis of the Bible: "It is not good that man should be alone." What St. Paul did was to eliminate the divine feminine and successfully debase sacred sexuality. Paul is the true villain, using the guise of his own personal feelings to downgrade women. Is it true, as many historians claim, that Paul hated Mary for her relationship with Jesus, and that Paul's jealousy towards Mary put the evil stamp of women-bashing into existence for centuries upon centuries, but yes, of course it is true. Read the Bible and find the answer as other enlightened people have in contemporary times.
This is an earth-shakingly original book in all ways regarding Jesus and Mary. The author has also written The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Thomas, among others. He lives in France.
This book is highly, highly recommended for its sound research, uncovering of church suppressed truths, and stark honesty. It is something to read, and read again.
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