In the mystery schools of old people were categorized into one of 4 categories.
1) The Non-initiate. Your average every day Joe that goes through life not realizing that there are some things bigger than him/herself and is happy with the daily grind. He is told the basic story hoping that he will eventually move past it.
2) The Initiate. One who sees through the basic story realizing that there is something more. He is brought into the fold and the lessons begin to teach him on the higher things of the universe (or God).
3) The Psychic. One who has mastered the teachings at the initiate level and is working through the final lessons that give them the highest level of power.
4) The Pneumatic. Those who had master the teachings of the psychic and are now highly spiritual. Pneuma = Spiritual, Pneumatology is the study of spiritual beings and phenomena, especially the interactions between humans and God. Pneuma (πνευμα) is Greek for "breath", which metaphorically describes a non-material being or influence.
When Constantine the Great established Christianity as the "Religion of Rome", he aided in the de-establishment of the mystery schools that had up until that point been going strong. As a matter of fact, the Constantine was not baptized until his death bed so that he may continue doing his pagan activities and live his violent lifestyle.
Slowly, the mystery schools started to disappear as other emperors who took one faith more seriously than another alone with the political pressure of those who were dominate in the day.
What was the mystery? What was it that one religious system was placing so much energy and force into that could shake foundations? Why is it that historians of the time period stated that Christianity mirrored pagan beliefs? Why do modern church scholars and historians go to great pains to produce smoke in mirrors when it comes down to the history of the world. Why did the church hold on to the Dead Sea Scrolls for as long as they did until an uproar forced them to release it?
The mystery is quite simple. As a matter of fact, the mystery is a allegorical story told so that those who understood (those who had eyes could see and hears could hear) and those who were blind and deaf would not get what was being discussed.
Why do you speak in parable? Why do we speak in allegories?
Why is the bible not historically accurate?
Why does it appear that two gods are being worshipped? One in the old testament and a new one in the new testament?
Was there a Mystery School for Jehovah and a Mystery School for the 'One' God?
Is the birth, life, death and ressurection of Jesus an allegorical tale similar to the initiation rites of a Mystery school of Mithra or Dionysius?
Jesus is also a greek word that happens to have an intersting history and if you could see an 1611 bible page of Luke 1, you would be astonished that the word "Zeus" is being used when attached to "I" (J didn't enter the language until 1532 and added to Bibles until 1630). So, in Luke 1 we see Iesus in Luke 1:1 and Elizeus in 1:27. If they (the greeks) were doing a direct translation of a name, they would not have been saying "Son of Zeus", they would be saying something like Yeshua, Yahshua or Yahoshua.
Now we start to run into a problem. What honestly was occuring in the first 4 books of the new testament? Are we dealing with an allegorical initiate teaching from 4 different mystery schools of the same mystery a occurance that is possible seeing that there are variations of books found often in different locations such as Nag Hammadi and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Another question that appears, is that why you can seperate off the remaining books of the new testament form the 'gospels' and they appear to be an entirely seperate set of books with an entirely different set of teachings.
Perhaps, we have 3 tomes or more that have been stapled together to be sold to the mass populace as being a single manual or tome in which a religion was built from and the mysteries that they were taken from diminished.
What was that mystery?
No matter what face of god or goddess you serve - they are all a reflection of the 'one' creator. The universal being, the 'ONE' without a name who shaped all things. Also, that this ONE is the beginning of all things and the end of all things. Is in all things and all things are in the ONE. That it permeates everything and everything is a representation of it. In the end, if everything is part of the ONE and the ONE is everything. Now does Psalms 82 make sense, that would mean that everything is the ONE GOD and the ONE GOD is everything. Hence the end of the mystery and the beginning on the initiate.
Psalms 82 (1 - 8): God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the "gods": "How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.
Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
"They know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. "I said, 'You are "gods"; you are all sons of the Most High.' But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler." Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.