ON LIVING LOVE
It is easier to understand if you refer to it as the First Covemant and the Second Covenant. The books of the Old Testament were the First Covenant. The Covenant of Moses, Abraham, God, and His people with the promise of the Arc and the guidance of the Ten Commandments.
The Second Covenant was the coming of Christ. The New Testament.
And the Old Testament is not complete. There are still stories and writings buried somewhere in the Earth. It is a Living Bible. As is the New Testament. The New Testament is a simple message. The message of love. At a time when all was Barbarians and Romans killing each other.
So the Second Covenant was a message of love. Whereas the First Covenant (the Ten Commandments) were strict guidelines of behaviour, the Second Covenant was not so much strict guidelines, as it was a much broader guidance to live by.
Reading more of the texts excluded at The Council of Nicaea, we find the true secondary message of the Second Covenant. This was a most recent Epiphany for me (the second major Epiphany in a decade or so). This is also where all three churches have been lying to everyone for thousands of years now. Including Islam, which although a much more recent belief system, is based on both the Old and New Testament.
Women were an essential force in the Ministry of Christ. The Church Council buried this fact in their male dominated Saviour concept. Women were relegated to second string. As they had been in much of Talmudic and Judaic Law. And certainly are in Islamic practice. As well as in Hindi beliefs
The male/female identity of God is accepted in Hindi, but not so much in others. Mary Magdalene was an Apostle of the Teachings of Christ. The Teaching she received from Christ was not shared with the other Apostles. See this allegorically if you must.
After Christ died, her mission was to reveal the Teaching to the Apostles. None of the Apostles believed Christ had revealed a distinct message to her which they themselves did not receive. One of the Apostles spoke up for her and asked the others to hear her out. There is an important Teaching in this also.
The most important Teaching of course was love. But the New Testament (as it is now) and the Church, focus on the redemption of original sin and the miracle of the Resurrection after death. Hence, Christ as the Saviour of our souls and the promise of eternal life.
On these two points they seemed to have confuscated the message. Christ’s message of love IS the redemption. Live by the message of love and you have fulfilled the Second Covenant (the New Testament). The Old Testament was still important, but the message of the New Covenant had precedence because it was all the more inclusive.
The Council of Nicaea put a chokehold on Christianity that is still held taut by most Christian sects. Confession, Resurrection after death, eternal life through redemption . . . all are based on Church Doctrine, not so much on the Spiritual Teachings of love.
Redemption and Resurrection are actually Buddhist and Hindi Teachings, as well as present in other ancient belief systems. Reincarnation.
The message Mary Magdalene was given by Christ to share with the apostles after his death was much less complex. In so many ways just as important as the message of love. In fact, they are inexorably entwined.
It had little to do with Confession, redemption or Resurrection. All are submissive Church Doctrines.
Her message was to learn to teach others how to teach enlightenment.