John The Baptizer
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Religious historians call John the Baptist the most mysterious figure of the New Testament.
His whole life and work are mystery with his birth and ending with his decapitation.
In 8-6 BC a boy is born in Israel. His father Zechariah a figure in the Bible and the Quran.
In the Bible, he is the father of John the Baptizer, a priest of the sons of Aaron, a prophet in
Luke 1:67–79, and the husband of Elizabeth who is a relative Luke 1:36 of Mary the mother of
Jesus. Origen suggested that the Zechariah mentioned in Matthew 23:35 as having been killed
between the temple and the altar may be the father of John the Baptizer. Orthodox Christian
tradition recounts that, at the time of the massacre of the Innocents, when King Herod ordered
the slaughter of all males under the age of two in an attempt to prevent the prophesied Messiah
from coming to Israel, Zechariah refused to divulge the whereabouts of his son, and he was
therefore murdered by Herod's soldiers. This is also recorded in the Infancy Gospel of James,
an apocryphal work from the 2nd century.
John the Baptizer is mentioned in all four canonical Gospels and the non-canonical Gospel of
the Nazarenes. The Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke) describe John baptising
Jesus; in the Gospel of John it is implied in John 1:32-34.
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The Gospels have maintained perfect silence as to the deeds of Jesus, previous to his meeting
with John the Baptizer, through whom, according to them, Jesus took possession of his ministry
after John dead. Immediately afterwards he makes his appearance in Galilee with a defined
doctrine, the assurance of a prophet, and the consciousness of the Messiah. This début was
preceded by the long development of a veritable initiation who must have taken place in the sole
association in Israel, which preserved the real traditions of the pharisian and adopted their mode
of living. This arises the relations in the doctrine of Jesus, but even from the very silence kept
In the Bible, the head of John the Baptizer, the most popular Jewish preacher of his time, was
given to appease Salome, the step-daughter of King Herod. What is known in the Johannite
tradition, it has been a major part of the esoteric counterculture within the West. This tradition
doesn't see the Baptizer as the "forerunner," but as the esoteric master.
According to James Tabor, John and Jesus took each part of Israel, John in the north Galilee
and Jesus the south Judea for their teaching. The goal was to reestablish the teaching of the
Bible that was put aside by the clergy at their return from Babylon, using only the commentary
of the commentary of the commentary of the Jewish Bible.
The Sacrament of Baptism
In the beginning for the initiate, for the aspirant to the light. An ancient ritual that has been
present throughout all of the races that have inhabited this planet and has been known by many
names were baptism has always been present although in cultures and times and places. This is why
when we compare various world traditions, we can always find rituals related to water, related to
purification and initiation.
Baptism as a term and as a ritual is most identified with Christianity and with its many varieties:
Roman Catholic, and Orthodox, and Protestant, all of those forms of baptism are derived from the
same source, which was taught by John and Jesus. Baptism is a universal symbol, physical
practices of baptism rituals, are given generally to adults. In our Christian church to be baptized is
symbolic of initiation, disciples, people who are spiritually new to the teaching. Our purpose is to
understand the practical significance of baptism and its importance as a sacrament. It's the public
affirmation of belonging to our traditions.