“Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14
The book of James was one of the earliest written parts of the New Testament. Although references to healing with oil are sparse (yet abound in the Gnostic Gospels), the anointing oil plays an enormous role in Old and New Testaments, as there are 90 references. A complete list can be found here: http://www.openbible.info/topics/anointing_oil
Yet, anointing with oil for the purpose of healing is only mentioned one other time in the New Testament.
“And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” (Mark 6:13)
Paul prayed for the removal of a thorn (2Corinthians 12:7), gave a prescription to Timothy (1Timothy 5:23), kept the physician Luke close by (2Timothy 4:11). If the anointing oil had healing properties, why did Paul never use the oil nor refer to it even once?
Imagine yourself living at the time these events took place. A wonderful healing oil has been rediscovered by John the Baptist, and after John is killed, Jesus collects 70 followers and sends them to all corners of the earth, supplying them with oil as well as the knowledge on how to make their own, and telling them to anoint and heal the world, and spread this knowledge. Suddenly, a Harry J. Anslinger figure appears and starts throwing the leaders of the movement in prison. His name is Saul and he tortures these prisoners to discover their secrets. Saul discovers he is dealing with a non-violent revolution, something Rome is unfamiliar with, and these people are easily rounded up and confess everything and have no weapons nor any desire to fight back except through words, and meekly accept whatever judgments are handed down.
But after half the original disciples are dead, Saul changes his name to Paul and becomes a Christian. Imagine Harry Anslinger joining a jazz band and smoking reefer in public, and you might understand why I have difficulty accepting Paul’s conversion on his word alone. He was, after all, the chief Inquisitioner for many years.
Why is it cannabis oil was known in the time of John and Jesus as a powerful healing force, and yet all knowledge of this slipped off the face of the earth? Only by unraveling these mysteries will we be able to untangle the hoodwink that manipulates religion to manifest war for profit.
Same as it ever was.