Gnostic texts like The First Apocalypse of James were likely banned because of their “different understanding” of what Jesus’ importance was, Landau said.
“They understood Jesus much more in terms of being a revealer of human wisdom than as a messiah,” Landau said. “According to these Gnostic texts, Jesus taught people that the material world was actually a prison crated by an evil god — a lot like the movie ‘The Matrix,’ essentially.”
In The First Apocalypse of James, Jesus describes this prison to his brother. He reveals that the world is guarded by demonic figures called archons, who are blocking the path between the material world and the afterlife.