I certainly do not claim to know the truth, or the full truth of the body of this article, and if ever anyone claims they know the truth in any matter; head for the exits, but a short while ago I came across an article that caught my attention. In it, an ancient Coptic text was deciphered, transliterated is a more accurate description of the process, but nonetheless the article claims a few important points that were carefully downplayed, I assume, to not start a firestorm; mainly that Jesus partook in the last supper with Pontius Pilate who offered his own son to die in Jesus’ place, significant in itself, but more importantly that he possessed the ability to change his form or the perception of his form to certain people that he encountered, including to his disciples. In the transliteration, he was said to have been in a state of form-changing or shape-shifting, or however you wish to interpret this capability, when Caiaphas’ functionaries came to collect him at the outset of the Passion. According to the article it was for this reason that Judas identified him to the soldiers via the infamous kiss, because they were confused as to whom they should arrest and had verbally expressed that before embarking. A link to an article is here and in plain text at the bottom.
Supposedly, that Coptic text originated sometime in the third century A.D. close to the time when many such texts of the early or proto-Christian church have been dated to be written; some earlier. Of course, many of those early texts did not make it into the official canon of the bible as many of the originators of these works, the so-called Gnosis or those lumped as Gnosis, were essentially political outliers.
I’m revisiting this, because in review of some of the other transliterations available in many modern scholarly books about documents from that era, particularly from the Nag Hammadi, there are many such references of Jesus being incorporeal, or not of the normal processes of the human being and body. One that sticks out the most is the Coptic Apocalypse of Peter, attributed to the words of Simon Peter, but written many years later by someone else. Significant in this text are many references as to what the body actually is and what the soul is, and more importantly how little it is that the common human understands these things. There are many references to the feminine nature of our soul’s connection to this existence – whatever that really is. But one of the most unusual parts of Simon Peter’s retelling is when at the time of crucifixion he says that Jesus told him that the body he sees above the cross is laughing, and that the nails being driven into his body were being driven into a substitute for the body. Jesus apparently told Peter that it was a likeness that they were essentially attempting to shame. It was at this time that he saw others; angels and even other likenesses of Him come to Jesus in efflorescent light. In other texts, gnostic, in this case, such as the Second Treatise of the Great Seth words attributed to Jesus describe him coming into a bodily dwelling where he “cast out” the previous resident, and that also describes entire other races of beings and levels of order amongst them that apparently he has descended from. One such example is below and I’m citing Fair Use here 17 USC §107. This is an excerpt from “Lost Scriptures”, by Bart D. Erhman, Copyright 2003, IBDN 0-19-514182-2, this excerpt from ‘The Second Treatise of the Great Seth’ pgs. 82-83:
“I visited a bodily dwelling. I cast out the one who was in it previously, and I went in. And the whole multitude of the archons was disturbed. And all the physical matter of the archons along with the powers born of the earth began to tremble when it saw the likeness of the image, since it was mixed. And I was the one who was in it, not resembling him who was in it previously. For he was a worldly man, but I, I am from above the heavens. I did not reveal myself to them in the love which was coming forth from me. I was revealing that I am a stranger to the regions below.”
Without trying to play biblical scholar here, these writings are known to many and continue to be researched and transliterated by erudite academes and are probably worth your time to give a good read. To me, it seems very similar to my admittedly limited gist of the Urantia Papers which I still haven’t gotten through, but what I have understood seems to point heavily to differing degrees of consciousness and corporeality, alien interaction with humans, past and present, and perhaps an alien origin of all humans. It is all worth investigating further. Scrutinize heavily with your sharp, open mind.