What if the major real life events that have occurred in the past have more going on behind the curtain? What if they are not a mere coincidence, but a well plotted and thought out plan executed by a group of individuals? Conspiracy theories are all about asking questions and explaining events from outside the box. Sometimes from a perspective so different, that it totally intrigues everyone since nobody really knows what happened or why it happened. Conspiracy theories are open to all sorts of speculations. Interesting speculations nonetheless, here are some of the most interesting and intriguing religious conspiracy theories:
Conspiracy theories involving Christians/Bible
The holy blood and the holy grail (book)
Written by Henry Lincoln, Richard Leigh and Micheal Baigent in 1982, the authors put forward a conspiracy theory so compelling that it sparked a debate amongst historians and scholars. Leading it to be banned from selling in several catholic countries. According to the authors, Jesus and Mary married. The children of whom moved to a place now recognized as France. In France, they tied knots with the French noble families that held claim to the throne. In conclusion, the authors suggest that the holy grail are the descendants of Mary. In other words, the royal bloodline she gave birth to.
Priory of Sion
Founded and ultimately dissolved by Pierre Plantard in 1956, the Priory of Sion was a secret society that pushed for the Mervovingian bloodline to hold the throne. Pierre Plantard further claimed that the Priory of Sion was descended from a religious Catholic order housed in the Abbey of Mount Zion. He further claimed that the Priory of Sion was discovered by none other than the knight Godfrey of Bouillon near Mount Zion. The name Priory of Sion was inspired by the hill Sion in France. Registered with the French Government in June 1956, the secret society’s agenda was to defend the weak, to carry out good deeds and to help through mutual aid. Priory of Sion was eventually dissolved in October the same year, but some historians suggest that the society was later renewed. However, according to the French Law, no later association is linked with the original priory of Sion in 1956. With Plantard’s passing away in 2000, the society lays dormant with no one permissible to legally use the name.
The Jesus Scroll
Written by Australian writer Donovan Joyce, the writer claims that Jesus did not die by crucifixion, but survived it and moved to Masada in 66-74AD. Moreover, Joyce further states that in Masada he met and married Mary with whom he had a child. Donovan Joyce’s conspiracy theory sparked an outrage amongst Christians. Joyce however claims that his theory is correct, linking it to a real life story of one of the fifteen scrolls discovered (and lost) in an excavation site at Masada. This scroll in particular held significant importance since it was written by a proclaimed Israeli king Yeshua ben Ya’akob ben Gennesareth and contained the name of Jesus of Nazareth. In addition to this, Donovan Joyce presented several controversial theories about the life of Jesus for which he received much outrage. Even threats to his life.