Unfortunately he is the most misunderstood of them all. Jesus and Apollonius of Tyana both did remarkable feats, healed the sick, they were clairvoyant and prolific Esoteric Teachers of the Ancient Wisdom.
Interestingly from these two Masters Apollonius' name is all but forgotten by the masses. Why is this?
Jesus died on the cross and Apollonius of Tyana disappeared after sensed that persecution is foreboding. This death on the cross that made Jesus the most talked about and most misunderstood of the two.
When Constantine had his wholesale conversion of the Roman Empire into Christianity (after and before the Council of Nicea) he had to come up with some new ideas from the historical facts in order to make the new religion more palatable to the masses.
Despite the "Da Vinci Code" popularity I suspect very few people cognitive about that indeed Jesus was VOTED into a "Son of God" status by a slim margin.
The declaration of the Son of God has special meaning. The masses that questioned the logic behind Christianity by asking "what prophet would allow his execution especially when he had the powers such as Jesus did" and "What God would allow his son to be murdered by a fickle and hysterical mob?" had to be satisfied. To answer all these nagging questions the new Church/State declared that Jesus died for your sins. This idea at least had some cohesion and logic behind it. The reality is that all Teachers have a theme and Jesus' teaching was Love and Sacrifice.
As you all know best teaching is by example. When the authorities came to take Jesus away they came for the whole group. The twelve disciples were to meet the same fate on the cross. This makes sense since the whole movement was to be eliminated and extinguished as they authorities feared riots and the Romans to step in. So when the men came in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus stepped forward and asked them
"Whom do you seek?" this direct confrontation made these men stop in their tracks. I imagine the force of the voice and Jesus reputation must have helped. These armed men who came to take the whole group away, answered. "We seek Jesus of Nazareth." "I am he. You came for me, now let these men be" and the disciples ran forth into a dozen directions, some naked.
The Church crystallized the falsehoods and dogmas about sin, redemption and Jesus' new status as God incarnate. With all this the church would later sell redemption notes and decide what sins require what penance (in terms of hail marries or other prayers). The reality is no incarnation of God exists or has ever existed.
Copyright 2006 by Andras M. Nagy