The Rock of the Christian Church, Simon Peter, was challenged in the Roman Forum by the so-called sorcerer Simon Magus. Yes, this is the same Simon Peter who was crucified upside down and whom we legendarily have to thank or condemn (depending on your perspective) for bringing us the Catholic Church. Simon Magus is nowhere near as well-known these days as Simon Peter, but in his time, he was a kind of David Copperfield and Criss Angel combined. How else do you come to be known as a sorcerer, so-called, unless it is through the pulling out of a series of little white rabbits from your bag of tricks. But within that bag of tricks did Simon Magus somehow possess a trick that could convince people he could fly?
Much like David Copperfield did 2,000 years or so later, Simon Magus made a promise to onlookers that he would fly high over their heads. That promise was made to the Romans, by the way, which is roughly analogous to Americans around the time that Copperfield pulled off his illusion of flight. Of course, David Copperfield had all the benefits of 2,000 years worth of technological innovation whereas Simon Magus did not. And yet, if we are to take the gospels of the Holy Bible as well as the Gnostic gospels that did not quite pass the final muster of Constantine and his scriptural editors at their word, the facts of the case are that Simon Magus did, indeed, fly high over the heads of the Romans as promised.
Simon Peter…the Rock…the upside-down crucified founder of what was to become the early sect that led to today’s Christianity prayed to his Lord Jesus Christ. What did Peter pray for? For the health and safe landing of the soaring sorcerer Simon Magus?
Read for yourself if you wish as it is no Herculean task: just keep in mind that the Catholic Church and all its many modern Christian outgrowths go well out of their way to debunk, demonize and denigrate Simon Magus and his Gnostic system of belief. As for those who cling to the possibility of Gnosticism as a better alternative, well, the Magus generally comes off much better than the Peter when it comes to a tale of two Simons. It is certainly no coincidence that gnosis means “knowledge.” The greatest threat to the Church in all its many forms after destroying the fount of knowledge contained in Gnostic gospels and killing Gnostic believers as heretics is the concept that people outside the religion might actually learn something. The entire point around which Gnosticism revolves is the apparently wicked concept that with the gaining of knowledge one can transform into a being that is assimilated by God.
It’s your choice. You can worship a God-figure or you can experience genuine transcendence. To know God. To actually know God. To become a part of God. Transcendental mysticism. Why do you suppose Peter’s sect that founded the Catholic Church were so opposed to such a thing?
Here’s what Simon Peter…the Rock and founder of modern day Christianity…pray to his Lord Jesus Christ as Simon Magus, the sorcerer (so-called) flew over the heads of the astonished and slack-jawed troglodytes known today as Ancient Romans: “Dear Lord, please make Simon Magus fall and cripple himself by breaking his leg in three places.” It’s a great story and it just may be entirely apocryphal.
Or it could be a painfully incisive peek into the true nature of Christianity.