mardi 1 septembre 2015

Rediscovering famous characters II : the amazing surprises of "Didymos" !

by Jean-Jacques COURTEY, Doctor in Economic Geography, Ph. D

The character we have chosen this time is very famous in all Christianity, but under a more common name.
Don't worry you know this name very well ! But we want you to guess by yourself !
His mother is extremely famous also, as she is the object of an holy cult for all Roman Catholics : Maria the Virgin !
What ? You may think we are talking about Jesus Christ character, but that's not the case !
Wow, what does that mean ? Is it an enigma you ignored or never realized about Christianity ?

Our character is not Jesus, but "Didymos". And he was an important apostle of Jesus, with a given mission.
So then, his destiny after Christ, was connected to different areas in the world : Edessa (now Sanli Urfa, Turkey), Egypt and Ethiopia, but also Afghanistan, Pakistan, India with his Church founded in Kerala, and an even supposed travel to China, for instance. But he is said to have been seen also  amazingly at the opposite of the globe, in ...Central and South America in the boldest hypothesis ! Yet to us, interlinking "Didymos" and "the real Quetzalcóatl's arrival", seems rather extensive as an extrapolation.

Anyhow this "globe-trotter of the faith" was honoured in 1972 by the Pope Paul VI (1963 - 1978), as "Apostle of India", and is celebrated every July 3rd.
And John Paul II reiterated such praise during his reign also (1978 - 2005).
Did you guess who is our character ? It's coming, but you are in doubt because of the above mention of Maria. And it cannot be "brother James" ("frère Jacques" in French), who is celebrated every July 25th !
You think you know his name, but you are totally confused by this weird precision.

To help you, "Didymos" was the apostle of Jesus known for his down-to-earth attitude : he believed only what he was seeing !
And you sometimes may quote him, when you are reluctant in believing something or trusting the real intentions of someone.
In modern time, he is considered as the model of someone difficult to convince, with a mind which is not in the Moon and doesn't like twisty or manipulative people that he was woving to Hell.
Ah, you have got his name on the tip of the tongue now !
Yes, you are right : he was "Thomas" - Jude Thomas more precisely -, now called "Saint Thomas" !

Thomas is coming from "Te' oma", which means in Aramaic language "twin", and was rendered by "Didymos" in the Greek translation of Saint John's Gospel (11:16).
And it was the nickname given by his twin-brother himself, Jesus Christ !
At the difference of Saint Marc, Saint Luke or Saint Matthew, Saint John is voluntarily stressing his cardinal importance towards Jesus. This is due to the peculiarity of his Gospel, which is above all to answer questions, rather than the opposite.
Thomas is notably famous because at the beginning, he didn't want to believe in the resurrection of Jesus. He was so skeptic !
But he totally changed his mind when he saw him alive, and could touch him at the difference of Maria-Magdalena initially !

Some exegetes made obviously hypothesis around those twins, by wandering if they could interchange them ? But they scarcely connected them to the less known of the last secrets of the Knight Templars, which could have more easily explained their strange religious attitude towards Jesus character.

About the latter, this unutterable variant of their secret and their plan to establish a Federated Empire of Templar States from Edessa (Minor Asia), Portugal, Aragon (now a part of Spain), and France to all Western Europe could give a more comprehensive explanation to their fateful destiny.

"Philippe Le Bel" (Philip the Fair), the iron King of France (1285 - 1314) just considered the story of Didymos as anecdotal and politically useful to bring Papacy to Avignon (1309 - 1376), as it gave him power over Vatican in Rome. But at the same time, he didn't want to be erased by the Knight Templars, and he was the fastest to react (from 1307 to 1314). And everybody knows what finally happened !

Anyhow, what we are saying about Didymos is not a total mystery for everybody : it's well known in the Church since the Ist century.
But it is clear that most Catholics aren't aware about such an important detail : two "Christs" otherly seen, and not only one !
Yet, we are not interested in the above secret Medieval controversy.
In truth I tell you : to achieve so much throughout the whole world, twins were certainly necessary as the Lord always works in mysterious ways !

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