Like all ancient texts, the Christian Bibleis full of mysteries.
Many religious people seek spiritual answersto these questions – but others have detected unexpected and frankly bizarre secrets buriedin its pages.
These are the 10 Strangest Biblical ConspiracyTheories.
JESUS HAD A WIFE In 2012, Harvard University Biblical scholarDr Karen King discovered an ancient text revealing the Son of God had been a happily marriedman.
The text was written on an ancient scrap ofpapyrus.
When Jesus referred to Mary Magdalene, thetext stated “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.
Karen King believes this confirms their relationshipwas much steamier than claimed by mainstream religious scholars.
Dating techniques suggest the papyrus – andthe text on it – were created centuries after Jesus’ death on the cross.
King herself now admits it could be a forgery.
But it is far from the only evidence thatJesus was married.
The Gnostic Gospels, for example, describeMary Magdalene as Jesus’ ‘companion’ and ‘partner’.
This theory is still open to debate.
CHRISTIANITY WAS INVENTED TO CRUSH THE POOR Potentially the most groundbreaking conspiracyof all, is a theory that states Jesus never existed.
The entire Christian religion was inventedby the Roman government to stop rebellion.
Even though many Roman emperors tried to purgeChristianity from the world, religious scholar Joseph Atwill believes that, “the storyof Jesus Christ was invented as a system of mind control to enslave the poor.
” He believes that the religion was a propagandaexercise used by the Roman Empire to quell discontent.
For instance, the Biblical “Messiah” suggestscitizens would reach Heaven if they behaved peacefully and paid their taxes.
This made him the perfect device for the Empireto ensure citizen’s obedience.
In a similar line of thought, University ofSouthern California Philosopher Professor Geddes MacGregor says the concept of Heavenwas invented centuries after the religion was born.
MacGregor says the religion originally preachedreincarnation, but added the idea of an afterlife in order to keep people in the faith.
THE JESUS BLOODLINE If Jesus was a happily married man, the possibilityof him having children is hardly outrageous.
Laurence Gardner says that Jesus had a daughternamed Tamar, who married his disciple Saint Paul.
They went on to have two children together.
The family supposedly begat a dynasty of Britishkings, which included King Arthur and two of his legendary knights of the round table- Lancelot and Galahad.
Not everyone agrees King Arthur existed, butmany like to believe he searched for the Holy Grail.
However, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh andHenry Lincoln argue that Jesus’ bloodline itself is the holy grail.
But without more information we may neverknow.
As New York Times bestselling author RichardPoe says: “At least a dozen blood relatives of Jesus can be identified by name.
Could any of these have living descendantstoday? Written records provide some clues – butother research methods are needed.
THE TOWER OF BABEL WAS AN ALIEN WEAPON In the Book of Genesis, the Tower of Babelis a huge, man-made structure that humans built in an act of rebellion to try to reachHeaven.
The Bible says that God put an end to thisplan by destroying the tower and scattering mankind around the world.
But conspiracy theorist Eliezer Ben Davidbelieves the tower was part of a deadly confrontation between God and man.
Ben David says the “tower” was not a routeto Heaven.
It was actually a rocket-mounted hydrogenbomb built by ancient aliens and left on Earth for humans to discover.
Early humans might have used it to fight offmeteorites sent by God through a secret intergalactic portal.
Contrary to the theory, the scholarly consensusis that the story of the tower of Babel is an origin myth – an attempt to explain whythere are so many different human cultures and languages.
THE UNIVERSE IS A GIANT COMPUTER Another theory involves the very words ofthe Bible.
Some believe that the holy text is actuallya highly complex code devised by God.
To be precise, it is an ancient computer programme.
The theory claims that God wrote the programmewith an in-built time lock, which prevented its secrets from being deciphered for at least2,000 years.
Whoever unlocks the code will have accessto divine truths about the universe.
This essentially means the universe is a hugecomputer that only the Bible can navigate.
In a way, many Christians might agree.
A NUCLEAR BOMB WIPED OUT SODOM AND GOMORRAH In the Biblical tale, the ancient cities ofSodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God due to the horrifying list of sins committed bytheir inhabitants.
These included mob violence, rape and cruelmistreatment of the sick and vulnerable.
But conspiracy theorists believe the citieswere the site of a civil war between ancient aliens.
They believe the cities were destroyed byextraterrestrial nuclear weapons.
The Bible states that the only survivor fromthese cities was a man called Lot.
But the theory suggests he was actually analien spy who was only saved because his otherworldly masters instructed him to escape the strikezone before the attacks.
The impact of the blast allegedly caused theregion’s famous aridity and the saltiness of the Dead Sea.
NOAH WAS A MARTIAN The Book of Genesis describes the “GreatFlood”, during which Noah built an enormous ark – saving a male and female of every creatureon Earth by taking them with him.
But some believe the most astounding partof this tale is that it happened on Mars.
Apparently, the flood was a metaphor for aMartian explosion guaranteed to wipe out all life on the planet.
Rather than a ship, the ark was thereforea space ship that Noah used to reach the Earth to escape certain death on the red planet.
So according to the theory, we are all ultimatelyMartians.
JESUS WAS JULIUS CAESAR Journalist Francesco Carotta believes thatJesus Christ is really a fictional character inspired by Julius Caesar.
He points to striking similarities betweenCaesar’s life and Jesus’.
For instance, Caesar began his career in Gaul,while Jesus began in Galilee.
Both men were betrayed by their friend andkilled by their own people.
Just swap Rome for Jerusalem, and FrancescoCarotta argues the New Testament is a version of Caesar’s story.
More importantly, a religious cult grew aroundCaesar after his death, and he was worshipped as a god.
Statues of him included oak wreaths whichresemble Jesus’ crown of thorns.
Carotta believes this religion reached theMiddle East and mutated into the story of God on Earth, mixing with Jewish traditionsabout the Messiah.
Historians, however, agree that there is enoughevidence to prove Jesus was a real historical person in his own right, who was alive halfa century after Julius Caesar.
JESUS WAS AN ALIEN One breathtaking theory is that Jesus’ renownedsuperhuman powers were actually down to him being an extraterrestrial.
Barry Downing says the immaculate conceptionoccurred because Jesus was implanted in Mary’s womb by aliens.
The theory says the Star of Bethlehem, whichled visitors to Jesus after his birth, was actually a UFO.
The wise men were really astrologers who werealerted to Jesus’ birth by visiting aliens.
Jesus’ miracles were carried out with alienpowers that human beings couldn’t comprehend.
When Jesus ascended to Heaven, he was receivedby a chariot full of angels.
But there is of course, another possibility- could the chariot have been a spacecraft, and did the disciples witness Jesus returningto his mothership? 1.
THE GARDEN OF EDEN IS IN MISSOURI God put the first man and woman – Adam andEve – in the Garden of Eden, an arboreal paradise.
But when the duo were expelled from Eden afterdisobeying God’s orders, the secret of its location was lost to mankind forever.
Except to those who claim to have found itin Missouri.
In the 19th century, Mormon leader BrighamYoung said the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, came to him in a vision and revealedEden was located in Jackson County, Missouri.
Author Rodney Cluff says the reason we havenot come across it, is because of another shocking truth: that the Earth is secretlyhollow.
Therefore the reason Missouri residents haveyet to come across the garden, is that it’s buried 800 miles below their feet.
Remarkably, in 2016 scientist Steve Jacobsenannounced he had discovered an ocean of water 600 kilometres below the Earth’s surface.
So a subterranean paradise might just exist.