The Search for the Holy Grail & Hitler's Third Reich
How the Search
found its way to
Hitler and the Third Reich
by Stephen Yulish PhD
Mary Alice Bennett's new article The Sauniere Mystery Continues, UFO Digest, May 29, 2008, while a very well researched and articulated article, continues the same old myth that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and was the father to a unique earthly bloodline.
She perpetuates the original legend advocated by Michael Baigent in his controversial book Holy Blood, Holy Grail and later apparently plagiarized by Dan Brown in his book DaVinci Code where diverse romantic elements are mixed together about a Merovingian dynasty, the Templars, the Visigoths, the Cathars, Leonardo Da Vinci, the Coptic Gnostics, the Nag Hammadi Library and even some LDS heresies concerning the lost tribes of Israel in space to concoct a cauldron of "deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons" (1Timothy 4:1) to show that Jesus was not divine and was not resurrected after dying for our sins. Instead, according to this argument, he apparently married Mary Magdalene and fathered children.
The reason that (some) Christians reject this thesis with such vigor is because of what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth 2000 years ago in response to earlier Gnostic heresies. He wrote that if this is indeed true than Christianity is a farce and we are all dead in our sins.
"If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless, you are still in your sins," (1 Corinthians 15:17).
Bennett goes on to state that just because Jesus was married does not necessarily negate the fact that He was the Savior and died and rose again and she cites Leonardo DaVinci as proof. She is once again incorrect because the Bible most certainly does state that He never married.*
First of all, the Bible clearly states that He was pure as a spotless lamb.
"Having no spot or wrinkle, holy and blameless," (Ephesians 5:27).
"Not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ' (1Peter 1:18-19).
Not that marriage or conception is by any means evil, but He was most certainly chaste. He had to be pure and virginal in order to be able to take on the sins of the world. Furthermore, Christ was to be married to the Church not to Mary Magdalene or any other earthly woman.
"Christ is the head (husband) of the Church, "(Ephesians 5:22-23) "For I betrothed you (Church) to one husband, Christ," (2 Corinthians 11:2)
Thus in Biblical terms, Christ was the bridegroom and the Church was the Bride not Mary Magdalene. How is it then that well meaning, intelligent people like Mary Alice Bennett cannot see the reality of this truth and are deceived? Once again the Apostle Paul enlightens us.
"But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds shall be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ " (2Corinthians 11:3).
"A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually appraised," (1Corinthians 2:14)
Unless one is truly born again and God is with him, a person can be easily deceived. This does not mean that one can be born again by church membership or baptism or tithing or lighting candles. The obvious hypocrisy of organized religion in its futile attempt to control and thereby subjugate individuals runs many people off. I know that it did me.
What I am speaking about is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and turning your life over to Him. Then and only then, can the Holy Spirit which then resides in you show you the truth.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God," (John 3:3).
Therefore, while any born again Believer can readily know that Jesus was not married and was Divine and was resurrected, this can be seen as foolishness to those who are not. Only God can reveal this to someone and all my pleadings will most probably just fall on deaf ears as happened to me. God opened my eyes not the people witnessing to me. Then and only then did my entire belief system undergo a radical paradigm shift.
Now, I am going to change gears for a minute and take this discussion from one of deception and misperception to an even higher level of outrage. I am going to try and tie this quest for the Holy Grail to the murderous rampage of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. This is of course not to say that Bennett or all of those who search for the supposed Holy Grail are Nazi sympathizers anymore than are vegetarians or those who shun alcohol as did Hitler, but it does raise some very intriguing questions. Just like in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Nazis were actually really searching for the Holy Grail as a power source for victory.
Hitler had a messianic complex which manifested itself in an unbridled quest for the power needed to change the world into his Reich with him as God. Please bear with me.
Before I continue, however, I first need to state that I believe this Holy Grail like the Spear of Longinus that supposedly pierced Christ's side as well as other iconic artifacts have become idols. The Bible warns us "not to make for yourselves idols" (Leviticus 26:1).
"Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images, who boast themselves of idols" (Psalm 97:7).
"They shall be turned back and utterly put to shame who trust in idols, who say to molten images, you are our gods" (Isaiah 42:17).
Seeking the Grail as your idol, your source of power rather than God, is as wrong as making Hitler or the Pope or the Virgin Mary or Saints your idols or your source. The One and only true and living God should be your only source.
Several years ago, I ran across a very interesting book entitled The Twisted Cross: the Occultic Religion of Hitler and the New Age Nazism of the Third Reich by Joseph J. Carr. In his book, Carr alleged that both Adolph Hitler as well as German composer Richard Wagner had a fascination with Holy Grail stories. They also were intrigued with the poem Parsifal by Wolfgang Von Eschenbach. Wagner even made it into an opera. Hitler saw himself as either Parsifal or the central character in other Grail stories who would bring salvation to Aryan mankind and lead them to a new age of history.
According to Carr, until 1943 the Germans occupied the northern provinces of France. The south was ruled by the Vichy government under Marshall Petain.
When Italy concluded a separate peace with the Allies, the German army moved into southern France and northern Italy to take up positions abandoned by the Italians. Shortly after the occupation, a research team sent by Heinrich Himmler and headed by Col.. Otto Rahn, a professor steeped in Eastern mysticism and the occult arrived in the Pyrenees Mountains along the Franco-Spanish border to search for the Holy Grail. Excavations were undertaken in the vicinity of Montsegur fortress (just as Bennett stated in her article). Col. Otto Rahn was a member of the SS Standartenfuehrer and the Occultist Ahrenerbe (Ancestral Heritage Department of the SS) and an instructor in the Vogelsang schools which trained SS leaders.