The Heresy of John Marco Allegro

He says Jesus WAS the mushroom, he is positioning it as if entheogenic cults are worshipping the plant spirits and the actual earthly events in the past are inconsequential and just mythology.

That is an anti-Christian heresy and should be condemned within the Daime.

It may be possible that entheogenic sacraments have been used in past times, however, the fullness of any experience is only made possible through the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ on Earth. If it was not for Jesus Christ and his true earthly incarnation, then it would not be possible for man to experience the fullness of God.

So let’s presuppose what a lot of these mushroom proponents believe – that the entheogen itself does contain the possibility to move man towards a higher nature.

Well, yes. However, in pre-Christian times the fullness of Christ could not yet be experienced. The Earth was still in a state of darkness awaiting His return. If you are living in 500BC there is no way for something equal to the Santo Daime to actually emerge. Even if you take the ayahuasca and pick another religious figure to worship, dance around in harmony and make the recipe exactly as how it is used in the Daime – it will never reach the same fullness. That is because the fullness of love and light that we realize in our practice is ultimately given to us from the most high triune God. It is only because of the crucifixion did that light permeate to become one with the earth and the Holy Spirit became accessible to man. That light which flows throughout the earth has the ability to illuminate us.

No amount of drinking ayahuasca or eating mushrooms in the ancient world will be able to bring forth Christianity. God had to fully become man so that man could fully be illuminated and realized to be one with God.

Texts similar to Allegro’s book, The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, seek to bring validity to the consumption of plant medicines by associating them with religious tradition.

That is true, and there are numerous references one could look back to historically associate entheogenic plants with all Abrahamic religions. However, it does not mean that Jesus Christ was actually a mushroom.

Jesus Christ was fully man, and fully God. He was not a mushroom.

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