The long lost Jesus Sayings and how Emperor Nerva used them in the Bible.

In you can interpret all 114 Sayings, you too, will know the real Jesus.

I’m personally convinced that these 114 sayings from the Gospel of Thomas aim to provide an insight into this thing called Go(o)d. Nothing more and nothing less. They also suggest that if you can grasp their meaning you will come to know, not believe, what this thing called Go(o)d, or the kingdom of the father, is really all about.

You’ll also attain the dizzying heights of the great philosophers; joining them as you break free from the grip of death. If you can just simply grasp Jesus true meaning.

Don’t let your current perceptions ruin what may be just another very good and knowable philosophy.

On the advice of my publisher, I have removed most of the Biblical content I had originally provided and only left the passage reference. Apologies for that. If you want to compare the contexts, you’ll need to look up the Biblical references yourself. I have left some comparisons to help show the different agenda.

I have been permitted to leave the full comparisons in Book 2. Whilst the Gospel of Thomas sayings are the true value, to understand the corruption one needs to look at how the Jesus sayings where presented in the Bible and in context.

The positive news for this books agenda, you will get to meet the real Jesus and his philosophy with far less clutter. Like my research work, these things are best viewed from that helicopter perspective. That’s when the truths emerge.

The 61 Sayings

The Gospel of Thomas (GOT) saying’s for the most part are eloquently short. In the rare instances that I actually display the equivalent sayings from the Bible, again, for the most part, I have shown the context that the saying was used in. Therefore, unfortunately, the Biblical equivalents are somewhat longer.

I thought it was important to maintain as much of the context as reasonable. I don’t think you can fully appreciate the historical conclusions without a grasp of the GOT sayings and how they compare to the Biblical Gospels though, so If you can, I do recommend you look up the Biblical matches and look at the complete context that the Jesus saying was used in.

It’s also important to remember that both sources belong to the same era in terms of their creation. In other words, they are genuinely old writings. This seems beyond doubt. I personally would age the GOT sayings between AD 33 and AD 66 or earlier, although I struggle to find earlier sources for the Gospel of Thomas Jesus sayings. The Bible’s Gospels I would date to AD 73 based on my research.

Online reference for the Gospel of Thomas background

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_Thomas

He will come to expose the false topography, the urns of the tombs will be opened. Sect and holy philosophy to thrive, black for white and the new for the old.

Nostradamus Century VII Quatrain 14

Let’s first look through the sixty-one Gospel of Thomas sayings that I could find a bible match for. Remember as you read these that I am saying that they validate Q source theory (Wiki). In other words, Roman emperor Nerva selected this group of sixty-one sayings and with the help of Agrippa the Greats son Julius Agrippa and Saulus, Nerva and probably others architected the Christian New Testament Gospels, adding miracles along the way.

Whilst not a saying, for completeness I have included the opening verse from the Gospel of Thomas, some comments and a related Biblical reference.

“These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.”

From the Bible’s John 20:24

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came . 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

This biblical recount makes a special mention of the “doubting” Thomas. Is it merely coincidence that Thomas is portrayed as the doubting disciple in the Bible and the collator of the Jesus sayings in the Gospel of Thomas. Or is it further evidence of an elaborate corruption by the Flavians in order to claim this Jewish sect to serve Rome’s authoritarian agenda.

If Thomas was still alive when the Gospels were formulated, and he was out of reach in India, Rome’s authors could rightly have assumed he, or the people of the empire he came in contact with, would dispute Rome’s Gospel version of events. Taking the initiative and casting him as a controversial figure may have been a pre-emptive strike on Thomas’ integrity.

As an aside, this style of pre-emptively addressing suspected controversy in a text instead of refuting after publication, is also a feature we see in the works of Flavius Josephus. Also from this period. Another repeating pattern. For now though, let’s continue with the examination of what Jesus may have said. And while you read each saying consider if it’s personally knowable or does it require faith. If knowable, is it insightful? And if you get the bigger picture how does it affect you?

And he said, “Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 1

If the Gospel of Thomas is an authentic work, this promise must eventuate for all the people that read and gain an understanding of these 114 sayings. Simple enough test of authenticity. Thus the ultimate validation of the authenticity of these Jesus sayings may only depend on whether they deliver on this simple promise. And because Jesus is recognized as the author, both in the biblical and Thomas gospels, shouldn’t that also validate his existence.

We have our simple test then. Grasp an authentic understanding of these short sayings, and possibly through the sincere application and knowing of that philosophy, one may come to notice an unexpected loss of the “experience”, or fear perhaps, of death.

In a similar vein, the following quote comes to us from Book V1 of Plato’s, The Republic some 400 years earlier than the times of Jesus.

“Then how can he who has magnificence of mind and is the spectator of all time and all existence, think much of human life?

He cannot.

Or can such a one account death fearful?

No, indeed.

Then the cowardly and mean nature has no part in true philosophy?”

In truth, the test of a debate between the authenticity of a knowledge vs a faith based tradition may not necessarily lie in books or opinions but within an authentic awareness of our own innate capacities, perhaps. The ultimate test being the philosophies application. How else do you test something of a philosophical nature?

Perhaps, there is, when it’s all said and done, no more suitable test of a spiritual reality than a personal assessment and the associated spiritual outcomes in the experiences that follow. Kind of like love and peace really. You could talk about them till the cows come home, but nothing will compare to the actual experience.

If you can achieve this understanding, Jesus is talking about, you may be better prepared to accept or critically analyse the 5 corruptions theory, the roles and ambitions of empire and those “potentially” fraudulent notions of biblical prophecy and miracles.

Each Biblical Match will be marked and numbered as follows and include the relevant biblical references for the preceding GOT saying. Then will come the next GOT saying and so on.

In some limited cases the Biblical context will be available in this book.

Biblical Match(s) #1

Mark 9:1

1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Mathew 16:28

28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

John 8: 48

Jesus’ Claims About Himself

48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? 49 Jesus answered , I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. 50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth . 51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. 52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead , and the prophets; and thou sayest , If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead ? and the prophets are dead : whom makest thou thyself? 54 Jesus answered , If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say , that he is your God: 55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say , I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad . 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was , I am . 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Comment: The key difference between this Gospel of Thomas saying and it’s biblical equivalents, is the connection to an afterlife scenario. The biblical references requires a believers perspective. In the Gospel of Thomas this connection isn’t mentioned, yet we supposedly have enough information, in the remaining sayings, to reach our goal. Time will tell.

Jesus said, “The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 4

Could spirituality be available to all age ranges? The old person that would ask this of such a young child, knowing verbally they can’t respond, may know this, and therefore is said to be enlightened. Lives authentically.

The old person knows the perfect innate connection the child has with spirituality. This may be the reason that (enlightened) elders and children seek each other out and naturally enjoy each other’s company. No ego’s to contend with, perhaps.

Many of us will resolve our spiritual identity (become one and the same) but it can, unfortunately take a lifetime. Many of the first will become last even though our spiritual reality (and potential) is with us the entire living experience.

Here are two places in the bible that use the first/last reference but the context is quite different. In the bible, both tie the statement to the resurrection concept. Resurrection, along with miracles and prophecies, are those things called MAGIc that we have to have faith in. Simply ask someone to walk on water for you to prove that faith is the only way these magical things can be reconciled.

Biblical Match(s) #2

Luke 13:22

The Narrow Door

22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching , and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved ? And he said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in , and shall not be able . 25 When once the master of the house is risen up , and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying , Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are : 26 Then shall ye begin to say , We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But he shall say , I tell you, I know you not whence ye are ; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. 29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And, behold , there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children” ~ Mahatma Gandhi (Wiki)

Matthew 19:16 onwards

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

… 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Jesus said, “Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you . For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 5

If you want to know something pay attention to the patterns and shapes and the bigger picture. And this also goes beyond the physical to include behavioural patterns, perhaps.

What is in our sight? Certainly not our own spirituality. However the spirituality or behaviours of others is.

And spirituality is a common phenomenon, perhaps. For example, we can from time to time share that tear of joy or sadness. The truth can never be hidden. In time, conscience and/or past history all is revealed. If you just take the time to pay attention and look for the patterns. If you seek and find, instead of choosing to simply believe.

Biblical Match(s) #3

Luke 12:1

Warnings and Encouragements

Matthew 10:24

And he said, “The man is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish. Among them the wise fisherman found a fine large fish. He threw all the small fish back into the sea and chose the large fish without difficulty. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 8

Life presents many trivialities – small pleasures – novelties -distractions, but when we come to know our true nature, or perhaps divine essence, we easily choose that large fish (discovered) over the small fish (trivialities once regarded as so important). Knowable?

Don’t we often see or hear how people placed in a difficult situation such as the loss of a loved one or a life threatening episode and how the experience causes them to re-evaluate what is important. Most often, things that appeal to self-interest or are material in nature, lose their appeal.

This saying, is one, where we see an interesting and perhaps telling variation to the biblical presentation.

As you read, the following Biblical Match, note how the mystical aspects are the difference between the two versions. Events such as “end of age” and “angels” are featured. Have these concepts ever been proven in a living context? Are they important to spiritual understanding? Isn’t their reality based, for many, on faith in the author or tradition? And “fiery furnace” etc. bring a requirement to have faith with consequences. Not unlike the style first introduced by Cyrus the Great when he corrupted Judaism. Again we’re looking for repeating patterns.

Biblical Match(s) #4

Matthew 13:47

The Parable of the Net

47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full , they drew to shore, and sat down , and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth , and sever the wicked from among the just, 50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. 52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Jesus said, “Now the sower went out, took a handful (of seeds), and scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came and gathered them up. Others fell on the rock, did not take root in the soil, and did not produce ears. And others fell on thorns; they choked the seed(s) and worms ate them. And others fell on the good soil and it produced good fruit: it bore sixty per measure and a hundred and twenty per measure.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 9

Here is a potentially knowable saying. If you perform go(o)d deeds and scatter them liberally and equally some will not be valued but they will eventually find people who will benefit. Those who benefit, may follow your lead, further benefiting others from the original planting (personal effort). Don’t let your way be discouraged by the failures, could also be Jesus message.

Biblical Match(s) #5

Mark 4:1

1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. 2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, 3 Hearken ; Behold , there went out a sower to sow : 4 And it came to pass , as he sowed , some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up . 5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up , because it had no depth of earth: 6 But when the sun was up , it was scorched ; and because it had no root, it withered away . 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. 9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

From Plato’s the Republic.

“Then how can you be justified in saying that cities will not cease from evil until philosophers rule in them, when philosophers are acknowledged by us to be of no use to them?

You ask a question, I said, to which a reply can only be given in a parable.”

Luke 8:1

The Parable of the Sower

Matthew 13:1

The Parable of the Sower

GOT #10 Jesus said, “I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I’m guarding it until it blazes.”

Jesus has brought a knowledge to his era and his actions (his living example of this knowledge) were guarding and at the same time popularizing (causing to blaze) this fresh perspective of what some call spirituality. Seems to be true to the perception and his early popularity.

Biblical Match(s) #6

Luke 12:49

Not Peace but Division

49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I , if it be already kindled ? 50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with ; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished ! 51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided , three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

From Against Heresies (CCEL) by Church Father Irenaeus, the fire analogy is also used.

Jesus said to them, “If you fast, you will give rise to sin for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned; and if you give alms, you will do harm to your spirits. When you go into any land and walk about in the districts, if they receive you, eat what they will set before you, and heal the sick among them. For what goes into your mouth will not defile you, but that which issues from your mouth – it is that which will defile you.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 14

Who may have regretted something said. Go quietly about your business of enriching people’s lives by giving an insight into their true spirituality through your own example. That may be enough. Acts of consequence to others, rather than conscious of the role of ourselves in the deed.

The more subtle reality, is that people won’t have your full context and this can innocently lead to confusion and even escalate to arguments when egos and immaturity are involved.

When we act selflessly, we give and receive true benefit without Javert‘s (Wiki) pride.

Biblical Match(s) #7

Luke 10:1

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy or Two

Mark 7:1

That Which Defiles

Matthew 15:1

That Which Defiles

Jesus said, “Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to cast upon the world. They do not know that it is dissension which I have come to cast upon the earth: fire, sword, and war. For there will be five in a house: three will be against two, and two against three, the father against the son, and the son against the father. And they will stand solitary.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 16

Enlightenment being a personal (stand alone) quest / responsibility / realization does not come to all in the same moment hence the risk of perpetual conflict. Try expressing your beliefs, perhaps, to gain a sense of the opportunity for conflict, even in the same house. This could be in tune with common etiquette that advises not to talk about politics, sex, religion, or money.

When you present people with a proposition that challenges their fundamental beliefs or interests, conflict can follow. Notice how angry some people can get in defence of their beliefs in relation to spiritual matters(which should be, theoretically, peaceful in nature). This, in my opinion, may be the ego and immaturity at work and not true spirituality. These conflicts could also happen within a family, as maturity progresses through its phases. Those that have compassion and respect for others as their equal handle these conflicts better. Here I thought of two modern TV series as examples. The SuperNanny and World’s Strictest Parents (Wiki)

However, if we don’t talk about things like politics and religion, isn’t that against the notion of becoming knowledgeable. Sounds more like Jesus is recommending to have the debate . When you match this with other sayings it’s a respectful and persistent debate that seeks knowledge. That would have to be good for at least politics.

Biblical Match(s) #8

Matthew 10:34

34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

Luke 12:49

Not Peace but Division

Jesus said, “I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 17

The gift may be the knowledge of a spiritual reality that touches all humanity, if we all but knew, perhaps. Too boring and simple. What else could Jesus be trying to say?

Biblical Match(s) #9

Here we see that Paul(Saul) is also attributed with a knowledge of the sayings and gives what may be a good interpretation of the issues.

1 Corinthans 2:6

Wisdom From the Spirit

Isaiah 64:4

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. 5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry.

Isaiah (Wiki) is interesting. Scholars have concluded since the 19th century, and if you take the time to read all of Isaiah you’ll see what they mean, that Isaiah has three distinct sections.

Chapters 1 to 39 (First Isaiah, Proto-Isaiah or Original Isaiah): the work of the original prophet Isaiah, who worked in Jerusalem between 740 and 687BCE. I am now of the opinion that Proto-Isaiah may have related to the Assyrians rather than a prediction of Jesus and may also be later than first thought. Recall my theory.

Chapters 40 to 55 (Second Isaiah or Deutero-Isaiah): by an anonymous author who lived in Babylon near the end of the Babylonian captivity (Wiki).

Chapters 56 to 66 (Third Isaiah or Trito-Isaiah): the work of anonymous disciples committed to continuing Isaiah’s work in the years immediately after the return from Babylon. This section includes visions of new heavens and new earth(Other scholars suggest that chapters 55–66 were written by Deutero-Isaiah after the fall of Babylon.)

Christianity holds that Isaiah predicts the savoir. I feel it establishes an undeserved guilt by design. And not Go(O)d’s design either. The guilt I would attribute to First Isaiah.

If I had to guess a theme for Second Isaiah, it would be about creating a relationship between Judaism’s Go(o)d, Cyrus as their saviour, the Jewish peoples servitude to Cyrus and the establishment of a Jewish front, governed by satraps loyal to Cyrus, that supported Cyrus aspirations to extend his empire to Egypt and Greece. Given the strategic location of Israel. The bonus for Cyrus is that he increases his population with fanatically loyal people strengthened by their “renewed” faith. It’s also in second Isaiah that Yahweh get’s promoted or introduced as the universal God  that sits enthroned atop ” the firmament”. The firmament was how ancient folks viewed the sky.  They perceived the world to be a flat disc covered by a dome that was the sky or firmament. Kind of like those “snow domes” you see in souvenir shops.

Third Isaiah, is about establishing control and consequence for not following the new ways established by Cyrus, in my view. After all, if you investigate the Cyrus Cylinder (Wiki), we learn that this is exactly what Cyrus did to the Babylonians just two years earlier.

The Book of Isaiah, in my opinion, has been responsible for some significant misinterpretations for spirituality. These misinterpretations can be laid squarely at the feet of Cyrus the “Great”.

It’s also in Isaiah and Psalm19 that we first see the use of father to refer to God, as distinct from the human parental context, and the term Holy Spirit is also first used. Both these concepts are used in Zoroastrian’s Yasna (Wiki).

The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us how our end will be.”

Jesus said, “Have you discovered, then, the beginning, that you look for the end? For where the beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning; he will know the end and will not experience death.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 18

When we find our true self and that which delivers an authentic joy for the gift of life (perhaps not experienced in line with selfishness) then we have found our beginning, humanities essence. We see this spirituality’s potential all around and consistently through the ages. The spontaneous and simple joys and delights of childhood are recalled. An essence or theme without beginning or end. Death no longer holds our attention for it has its own fleeting moment at an unknown point in time. The moment to be known and embraced is now, with a quite mind filled with innate creativity, compassion, love and inspiration. Harnessing all previous experience but salting that experience with an innate wisdom, possibly. When I think of wisdom now, it’s like a universal collection of truthful insights that are commonly and easily recognized as such.

Biblical – Similar Topic, Differing theme

Mark 13:1

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

Luke 21:5

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

Matthew 24:1

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what the kingdom of heaven is like.” He said to them, “It is like a mustard seed. It is the smallest of all seeds. But when it falls on tilled soil, it produces a great plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 20

Let’s say that heaven’s kingdom (inner and outer – see GOT #3) is equal to our modern definition of spirituality (Wiki). Is this saying talking about the enlightenment experience and its benefits that protect and preserve spiritual well being and the benefits that flow to others from this personal experience? Is the seed, authentic selflessness, perhaps? Providing protection or shelter through a never ending love for thy neighbours as thy self.

Biblical Match(s) #10

Mark 4: 30

The Parable of the Mustard Seed.

Luke 13:18

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

Matthew 13:31

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

Mary said to Jesus, “Whom are your disciples like?” He said, “They are like children who have settled in a field which is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, ‘Let us have back our field.’ They (will) undress in their presence in order to let them have back their field and to give it back to them. Therefore I say, if the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming, he will begin his vigil before he comes and will not let him dig through into his house of his domain to carry away his goods. You, then, be on your guard against the world. Arm yourselves with great strength lest the robbers find a way to come to you, for the difficulty which you expect will (surely) materialize. Let there be among you a man of understanding. When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 21

Jesus talks of his followers and their spiritual immaturity. Make haste with your enlightenment for your time is not long and may end abruptly missing the opportunity to realize your innate potential and the chance of true joy in life, perhaps. If, Jesus died soon after this saying, it could explain why the likes of John and Peter are associated with views that are closer to Zoroastrian and Jewish traditions than to the Gospel of Thomas. Could some of the apostles lacked the clarity of understanding and conviction of Jesus?

In the Nag Hammadi’s Apocryphon of John (Gnosis), we find that John’s interpretation is based on a visionary discussion with Jesus which follows a discussion with a Pharisee priest and sometime John spends in the desert. The context seems to be shortly after Jesus death. John’s interpretation may be closer to the believer’s position than the knowing request we have from Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas. There is something intriguing about John though. Particularly after seeing that both the Apocryphon of John (Gnostics) and the Book of Revelation (Bible) are both attributed to him. Both amongst the strangest spiritual books your likely to find.

Biblical Match(s) #11

Mark 4:26

26 And he said , So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 And should sleep , and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up , he knoweth not how. 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 29 But when the fruit is brought forth , immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come

Matthew 24:36

The Day and Hour Unknown

Luke 12:35

Watchfulness

Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples, “These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom.”

They said to him, “Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?”

Jesus said to them, “When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter the kingdom.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 22

A reference to the innate nature of our shared spiritual reality and its presence in innocence. When you become whole, when the inner (conscience/mind) and outer (works/actions) merge as one, when realizing the spiritual essence resides in all and when you see things as they truly are. When hypocrisy and duality end.

Biblical – Similar Topic, Differing theme

Mark 9:42

Causing to Stumble

Matthew 5:27

Adultery

Luke 18 :15

The Little Children and Jesus

Matthew 18:1

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

GOT #24 His disciples said to him, “Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek it.”

He said to them, “Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 24

Enlightenment and its relationship to the light that is joy. Know what is in front of your faces.

Biblical Match(s) #12

Matthew 6:19

Treasures in Heaven

Luke 11:33

The Lamp of the Body

Zoroastrian similarity – Ashem Vohu (invocation of Asha)

Holiness (Asha) is the best of all good: it is also happiness. Happy the man who is holy with perfect holiness!

Jesus said, “Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 25

Selflessness is akin to authentic spirituality. What moment of true and self-fulfilling joy was ever born out of an egos delight or desire? Treat your friends with the greatest respect. Hints to equal worth and the relationship of compassion to spiritual wellbeing.

This saying is similar to one held by many religions and deemed to be of utmost importance. In my opinion, it’s this recommendation of being selfless, without ego that is so telling that there is indeed a common theme that permeates all spirituality and religions.

From the Dead Sea Scrolls Community Rule from those Josephus called the Essenes, perhaps.

I will pay to no man the reward of Evil;

I will pursue him with goodness.

For Judgement of all the living is with God

And it is He who will render to man his reward

The last line is akin to Karma and its relationship to our choices.

Biblical Match(s) #13

Mark 12:28

The Greatest Commandment

28 And one of the scribes came , and having heard them reasoning together , and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear , O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this , Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Luke 10:25

25 And, behold , a certain lawyer stood up , and tempted him, saying , Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou ? 27 And he answering said , Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

And possibly in the same vein…

Luke 6:27

Love for Enemies

Matthew 19:16

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

Matthew 5:43

Love for Enemies

Jesus said, “You see the mote in your brother’s eye, but you do not see the beam in your own eye. When you cast the beam out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to cast the mote from your brother’s eye.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 26

A common behaviour exhibited in immaturity. The bitchiness factor.

Biblical Match(s) #14

Luke 6:37

Judging Others

Matthew 7:1

Judging Others

Jesus said, “If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath, you will not see the father.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 27

Sabbath(n.) Fig.: A time of rest or repose; intermission of pain, effort, sorrow, or the like.

The importance of meditation in preserving spiritual integrity, perhaps.

From Josephus, the alleged 1st Century historian’s works comes this definition.

“And as for this grammatical translation of the word Sabbath, it either contains an instance of his great impudence or gross ignorance; for the words Sabbo and Sabbath are widely different from one another; for the word Sabbath in the Jewish language denotes rest from all sorts of work; but the word Sabbo, as he affirms, denotes among the Egyptians the malady of a bubo in the groin”

Is it the day or the rest then, that’s important?

Biblical Match(s) #15 (debatable)

Luke 23:55

55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after , and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid . 56 And they returned , and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

There are other Biblical references to the topic of the Sabbath, but it is a completely different context. They are more about a conflict with the Jewish view of the Sabbath and Jesus claim of authority/power over the Sabbath concept, in my opinion.

Refer also to Mark 2:23 (Bible), Mark 3:1, Luke 6:1, Luke 13:10, Luke 14:1, Matthew 12:1, John 5:8, John 5:16

Jesus said, “Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 30

Jesus is with humanity. The two or one. Whether they be divided ,i.e. duality of the ego, or whole, enlightened.

Biblical Match(s) #16

Matthew 18:18

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask , it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Jesus said, “No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 31

Do we cast a greater impression upon those that know us personally or those that don’t? Because people are not entangled in preconceptions about a speakers early history/mistakes and can focus/reflect more on the message, perhaps, they accept the new information more readily. Also people form assessments early or based on the history of their interactions with a person. If that person has a spiritual experience it takes time for these changes to be trusted. Perhaps as it should be. Some prophets, like those coaches of the suicide bombers urge us to consider who we take guidance from carefully. Not all prophets may put this thing called Go(o)d ahead of themselves.

Biblical Match(s) #17

Mark 6:1

1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 2 And when the sabbath day was come , he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished , saying , From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary , the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 4 But Jesus said unto them , A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. 5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

Or equally it could be a way to introduce a concept of miracles that may be more of a notion than a reality and still have an answer for a home town that never witnessed theses so called miraculous events.

Luke 4:23

John 4:43

Jesus Heals an Official’s Son

Jesus said, “A city built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 32

I’m supposing that the subject matter is usually spiritual so, here the discussion may be about integrity of actions based on authentic knowing of spirit. A strong foundation that is constantly and consistently applied.

Biblical Match(s) #18

Matthew 5:14

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid . 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Jesus said, “Preach from your housetops that which you will hear in your ear. For no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel, nor does he put it in a hidden place, but rather he sets it on a lampstand so that everyone who enters and leaves will see its light.

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 33

In coming to know your spirituality put it on display but not boastfully. This may be the reason for the odd reference of proclaiming from an ear. Display in humble action not voiced bravado, such as a bragger or hypocrite, who is more talk than action. Let your example be your lesson to others, not your words, and don’t be afraid to wear your heart on your sleeve.

Biblical Match(s) #19

Mark 4:21

A Lamp on a Stand.

Luke 8:16

A Lamp on a Stand

Luke 11:33

The Lamp of the Body

Matthew 5:14

Matthew 10:24

Jesus said, “If a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into a pit.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 34

Be responsible for discriminating who will lead you. If you do not choose someone who is authentic (genuinely and selflessly interested in only your spiritual well being) in their knowledge you, as well as that leader, will fail. Perhaps another pointer to the personal responsibility entwined in the spiritual quest.

Biblical Match(s) #20

Luke 6:37

Judging Others

Matthew 15:1

That Which Defiles

Jesus said, “It is not possible for anyone to enter the house of a strong man and take it by force unless he binds his hands; then he will (be able to) ransack his house.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 35

Another reference to the importance of personal responsibility. We all have the same potential (strong persons) but if we permit our hands to be tied we will surely risk being taken advantage of. I think again of the corruption of suicide bombers by their mentors and other examples of abused innocents through history.

Parable of the strong man (Wiki)

Biblical Match(s) #21

Mark 3:23

Jesus Accused by His Family and by Teachers of the Law

23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand . 25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand . 26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided , he cannot stand , but hath an end. 27 No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. 28 Verily I say unto you , All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme : 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: 30 Because they said , He hath an unclean spirit.

Luke 11:14

Jesus and Beelzebul

Matthew 12:29

29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

Jesus said, “Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 36

It’s your spirituality and the knowing of it that will add to your well being and comfort.

Biblical Match(s) #22

Matthew 6:25

Do Not Worry

Luke 12:22

Do Not Worry

We can always improve a situation by our capacity to give

Jesus said, “The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 39

The religious leaders and scholars in Jesus time have been corrupted by prestige and/or power, possibly. Jesus calls them out, saying that they are failing their own community and the spiritual quest of their followers. Notice though that he is crediting the Pharisees with knowledge, suggesting he may appreciate aspects of Judaism.

This from Book 15 Chapter 1, The Works of Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews (Bible), an alleged Jewish historian from the time of Jesus – AD 37-100.

“1. HOW Sosius and Herod took Jerusalem by force; and besides that, how they took Antigonus captive, has been related by us in the foregoing book. We will now proceed in the narration. And since Herod had now the government of all Judea put into his hands, he promoted such of the private men in the city as had been of his party, but never left off avenging and punishing every day those that had chosen to be of the party of his enemies. But Pollio the Pharisee, and Sameas, a disciple of his, were honored by him above all the rest; for when Jerusalem was besieged, they advised the citizens to receive Herod, for which advice they were well requited. But this Pollio, at the time when Herod was once upon his trial of life and death, foretold, in way of reproach, to Hyrcanus and the other judges, how this Herod, whom they suffered now to escape, would afterward inflict punishment on them all; which had its completion in time, while God fulfilled the words he had spoken. “

This relates to Herod the Great who was the father of Herod Antipas, whom Jesus ran into trouble with. However it lends support to a behaviour that Jesus suggests. Jesus advises the listener to be careful in these matters. If we look to history, it is littered with examples of how those besotted with power and privilege treat anyone who challenges them. Same also for people with inflated egos. Jesus and his death may be more evidence of this issue of self-interests being put ahead of the lives or welfare of others.

If we also read Book 18 Chapter 1, The Works of Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews (Bible), you’ll see that there were at least three flavours of Judaism in Jesus time.

Also there’s an interesting comment regarding a comparison between the Jewish Essene Sect and the Greek Pythagoreans in Book 15 Chapter 10 (Bible). This also about the Greek influence (Bible). At Nag Hammadi, a key part of Plato’s republic was included. Its topic is egos impact on good, perhaps.

Internet Link: http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/plato.html (Gnosis)

And finally a rare historical reference to Jesus himself and the esteem he was held in by both the Jewish community and the gentiles from Book 18 Chapter 3 (Bible). A record, I am suggesting was written within 30-40 years of the death of Jesus. To be credible as a work, surely Jesus must have been known, you would have thought. Otherwise, why mention him.

Biblical Match(s) #23

Luke 11:37

Woes on the Pharisees and the Experts in the Law

Matthew 10:16

Jesus said, “A grapevine has been planted outside of the father, but being unsound, it will be pulled up by its roots and destroyed.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 40

The strength is in knowing our innate spirituality. Ideals built on innate spirituality will not perish.

Biblical Match(s) #24

Matthew 15:1

That Which Defiles

Jesus said, “Whoever has something in his hand will receive more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little he has.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 41

If you embrace your true spiritual identity, you will receive even more peace and joy. Here, think of the example of good mothers, fathers, firemen, volunteers and the like. The more you give the more you receive. However if you have no good spirit (are self-obsessed) you may risk being deprived of the little peace and joy you have.

Biblical Match(s) #25

Mark 4:21

A Lamp on a Stand.

21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? 22 For there is nothing hid , which shall not be manifested ; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad . 23 If any man have ears to hear , let him hear . 24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear : with what measure ye mete , it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given . 25 For he that hath , to him shall be given : and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath .

Luke 8:16

A Lamp on a Stand

Luke 19:11

The Parable of the Ten Minas

Matthew 25:14

The Parable of the Bags of Gold

Jesus said, “Whoever blasphemes against the Father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either on earth or in heaven.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 44

When you come to know your spiritually identity, you are obliged to follow your conscience or new awareness, perhaps. When you know the path and choose not to follow there may be no recourse. Perhaps knowing is not enough? Actions must harmoniously follow.

The concept of the Holy Spirit is something shared with Zoroastrianism. It also appears in the Old Testament in Psalms and Isaiah, but not before them. The same can be said for the term father and it’s use to relate to Go(o)d. This tradition also starts after Isaiah. Prior to that father was the human paternal relationship. Search the bible and you’ll see.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amesha_Spenta (the possible birth of the label Holy Spirit.) (Wiki)

But I have another explanation. The Essenes and Jesus may not have been fans of Cyrus the Great, that whore of Babylon. Cyrus was known as “the father”. The Apocryphon of John’s (John Zebedee or apostle John) reference and the way the Pharisees tried to hide the Chariot story suggest that the Persian connections where known by at least the Pharisees of Jesus times. Cyrus was also the first saviour of the Jewish people and also referred to as the anointed one.

Is it possible that Jesus, an Essene Jew, is saying Lying against this Cyrus or any false ideas of a Messiah is fine, but fraudulently misrepresenting or inner spirituality is something we will be never forgiven for, because it harms another person’s efforts to know themselves authentically. Such deceitful behaviour is unforgivable. Particularly given the mandate to love thy neighbour.

Biblical Match(s) #26

Mark 3:20

Jesus Accused by His Family and by Teachers of the Law

Luke 12:1

Warnings and Encouragements

Matthew 12:22

Jesus and Beelzebul

Jesus said, “Grapes are not harvested from thorns, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they do not produce fruit. A good man brings forth good from his storehouse; an evil man brings forth evil things from his evil storehouse, which is in his heart, and says evil things. For out of the abundance of the heart he brings forth evil things.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 45

If you live a life of self indulgence or you hold as important the lower desires, they become like a store in “your heart” and may ultimately produce the circumstances often classified as evil. Instead practise meditation and hold as precious good notions of a selfless nature to increasingly bear good fruits. It’s important to live the good lesson and build up to your outcomes and not entertain ideas that are self serving. Maybe also related to jealousy and similar negative behaviours.

Biblical Match(s) #27

Luke 6:43

A Tree and Its Fruit

Matthew 7:15

True and False Prophets

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits . Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down , and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Jesus said, “Among those born of women, from Adam until John the Baptist, there is no one so superior to John the Baptist that his eyes should not be lowered (before him). Yet I have said, whichever one of you comes to be a child will be acquainted with the kingdom and will become superior to John.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 46

A child filled with innocence has a mind that’s in the moment (consider the purity of innocence). The spiritual quest is to find that which brings peace and joy. The reality and truth are both obvious and simple, perhaps. As John Lennon said, “Let it be”. “Whoever among you…” talks to the common shared nature of spirituality. Just like a tear of joy or sorrow provides the physical evidence. If we let go of our ego and it’s perceptions, do we return to a childlike state of being or an innate and pure spirituality?

Biblical Match(s) #28

Matthew 11:1

Jesus and John the Baptist

Luke 7:18

Jesus and John the Baptist

Jesus said, “It is impossible for a man to mount two horses or to stretch two bows. And it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters; otherwise, he will honor the one and treat the other contemptuously. No man drinks old wine and immediately desires to drink new wine. And new wine is not put into old wineskins, lest they burst; nor is old wine put into a new wineskin, lest it spoil it. An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, because a tear would result.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 47

One can’t serve two masters. Spirituality should be respected in its own right.

“These days, in our materialistic culture, many people are led to believe that money is the ultimate source of happiness. Consequently, when they don’t have enough of it they feel let down. Therefore, it is important to let people know that they have the source of contentment and happiness within themselves, and that it is related to nurturing our natural inner values. ~ Dalai Lama

Biblical Match(s) #29

Mark 2:21

21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. 22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.

Luke 5:33

Jesus Questioned About Fasting

Matthew 6:19

Treasures in Heaven

Matthew 9:14

Jesus Questioned About Fasting

Jesus said, “If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, ‘Move Away,’ and it will move away.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 48

Jesus said, “When you make the two one, you will become the sons of man, and when you say, ‘Mountain, move away,’ it will move away.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 106

It is a great moment when two make peace with each other. However Jesus may mean the unity between spirit and action. The outer becoming like the inner. The human that matures and becomes whole. Still two nations working together would be a great sight. A possible reference to the spiritual benefits and importance of the often illogical acts of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Biblical Match(s) #30 and 31

Matthew 17:14

Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy

14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying , 15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick , and sore vexed : for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17 Then Jesus answered and said , O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart , and said , Why could not we cast him out ? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove ; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 54

In poverty there is one less hurdle to achieve a successful relationship with our spirituality. Although spirituality is available to all it may be a blessing in particular to the materially poor, perhaps.

Biblical Match(s) #32

Matthew 5:3

The Beatitudes

Luke 6:17

Blessings and Woes

A Zoroastrian reference to this topic.

The will of the Lord is the law of righteousness. The gifts of Vohu-mano to the deeds done in this world for Mazda. He who relieves the poor makes Ahura king.

Jesus said, “Whoever does not hate his father and his mother cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not hate his brothers and sisters and take up his cross in my way will not be worthy of me.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 55

Your spiritual choices may have to transcend the family relationship if there is a conflict in spirit. Again, a message to the individual nature and personal responsibilities aligned with spirituality, perhaps. I recall reading somewhere that hate may not have had the same meaning in Jesus times. Being more like estranged from.

Biblical Match(s) #33

Luke 14:25

The Cost of Being a Disciple

Matthew 10:37

Jesus said, “The kingdom of the father is like a man who had good seed. His enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the good seed. The man did not allow them to pull up the weeds; he said to them, ‘I am afraid that you will go intending to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them.’ For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be plainly visible, and they will be pulled up and burned.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 57

Everything is apparent at the end of the day and has inevitable outcomes. Akin to Karma. Do not expend your energy unnecessarily and stay true to yourself. Trust that self-interest will be evident in the long run.

Biblical Match(s) #34

Matthew 13:24

The Parable of the Weeds

Jesus said, “Two will rest on a bed: the one will die, and the other will live.”

Salome said, “Who are you, man, that you … have come up on my couch and eaten from my table?”

Jesus said to her, “I am he who exists from the undivided. I was given some of the things of my father.”

…”I am your disciple.”

… “Therefore I say, if he is destroyed, he will be filled with light, but if he is divided, he will be filled with darkness.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 61

Devoid of ego, one is enlightened whole and full of light (life/joy). If one is divided, outwardly go(o)d bit inwardly bound to desire, they are filled with darkness. I first wondered if this Salome may be the one mentioned as a consort of Antipas, Herod’s son, known for his role in events that led to Jesus execution.

Later I found, this reference that said the mother of the sons of Zebedee (Wiki), the apostles James and John, was Salome. Maybe she is more likely to be this Salome. But once again, we are confronted by the common names dilemma that persists with this history, making it difficult to align people and historic episodes. Behaviour patterns are a more reliable means of getting to the truth.

Biblical Match(s) #35

Luke 17:20

The Coming of the Kingdom of God

Jesus said, “It is to those who are worthy of my mysteries that I tell my mysteries. Do not let your left (hand) know what  your right (hand) is doing.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 62

Jesus discerns how he teaches. Perhaps conscious of the pitfalls and levels of readiness/maturity. Take the greatest care of or with his gift. Here Matthew 6:1 provides a go(o)d and true example.

Everything is incredible (runtime 10 minutes)

Internet Link: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3552

Biblical Match(s) #36

Matthew 6:1

Giving to the Needy

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 13:11, Mark 4:9-12 and Luke 8:10 may be relevant. They all follow this theme from Mark 4:9, perhaps.

9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear , let him hear . 10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see , and not perceive ; and hearing they may hear , and not understand ; lest at any time they should be converted , and their sins should be forgiven them.

Interestingly the notion of a left hand / right hand relationship also appears in works attributed to the “Gnostics”.

“1. There being thus three kinds of substances, they declare of all that is material (which they also describe as being “on the left hand”) that it must of necessity perish, in as much as it is incapable of receiving any afflatus [Inspiration] of incorruption. As to every animal existence (which they also denominate “on the right hand”), they hold that, in as much as it is a mean between the spiritual and the material, it passes to the side to which inclination draws it.”

source : http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.ix.ii.vii.html (CCEL)

Jesus said, “There was a rich man who had much money. He said, ‘I shall put my money to use so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouse with produce, with the result that I shall lack nothing.’ Such were his intentions, but that same night he died. Let him who has ears hear.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 63

The best laid plans of mice and men… Invest spiritually in the moment to lack nothing.

Biblical Match(s) #37

Luke 12:13

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Jesus said, “A man had received visitors. And when he had prepared the dinner, he sent his servant to invite the guests.

He went to the first one and said to him, ‘My master invites you.’ He said, ‘I have claims against some merchants. They are coming to me this evening. I must go and give them my orders. I ask to be excused from the dinner.’

He went to another and said to him, ‘My master has invited you.’ He said to him, ‘I have just bought a house and am required for the day. I shall not have any spare time.’

He went to another and said to him, ‘My master invites you.’ He said to him, ‘My friend is going to get married, and I am to prepare the banquet. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused from the dinner.’

He went to another and said to him, ‘My master invites you.’ He said to him, ‘I have just bought a farm, and I am on my way to collect the rent. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused.’

The servant returned and said to his master, ‘Those whom you invited to the dinner have asked to be excused.’ The master said to his servant, ‘Go outside to the streets and bring back those whom you happen to meet, so that they may dine.’ Businessmen and merchants will not enter the places of my father.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 64

In spiritual matters one cannot have two competing priorities. To live joyfully one must be true to their spirituality above all else.

Biblical Match(s) #38

Luke 14:15

The Parable of the Great Banquet

Matthew 22:1

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

He said, “There was a good man who owned a vineyard. He leased it to tenant farmers so that they might work it and he might collect the produce from them. He sent his servant so that the tenants might give him the produce of the vineyard. They seized his servant and beat him, all but killing him. The servant went back and told his master. The master said, ‘Perhaps he did not recognize them.’ He sent another servant. The tenants beat this one as well. Then the owner sent his son and said, ‘Perhaps they will show respect to my son.’ Because the tenants knew that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they seized him and killed him. Let him who has ears hear.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 65

Be careful what you give in good faith as you may have to accept that it is not returned in kind. In spirituality one should not ignore the reality of the persistent nature of each generations struggle with spiritual immaturity. Your enlightenment does not change the fact that others may still live in darkness or immaturity. We have a responsibility to ourselves to take care.

Biblical Match(s) #39

Mark 12:1

The Parable of the Tenants

Luke 20:9

The Parable of the Tenants

Matthew 21:33

The Parable of the Tenants

Jesus said, “Show me the stone which the builders have rejected. That one is the cornerstone.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 66

Even the seemingly unworthy are most worthy, (We are spiritually equal in potential regardless of appearances, perhaps). Jesus is referring to the relationship between temples and humanity. In his day people were placing value on the temple and rejecting some people(s).

Here’s an equivalent real world expression that relates to an issue in current economic understanding

“In the U.S. primary materials account for 3.5% of GDP, and half of that is petroleum products. Other advanced countries are similar.”

Imagine the standard of living if raw materials become increasingly rare. What value would an economic growth theory or money have in circumstances where there was a shortage of raw materials?

Biblical Match(s) #40

Mark 12:1

The Parable of the Tenants

Luke 20:9

The Parable of the Tenants

Matthew 21:33

The Parable of the Tenants

Psalm 118:22 The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;

Psalms 118-22 (Bible)

GOT #69 Jesus said, “Blessed are they who have been persecuted within themselves. It is they who have truly come to know the father. Blessed are the hungry, for the belly of him who desires will be filled.”

The persecution (personal effort) of reconciling the ego to the true self. Likened to selfless sacrifice.

Biblical Match(s) #41

Matthew 5:3

The Beatitudes

Luke 6:17

Blessings and Woes

A man said to him, “Tell my brothers to divide my father’s possessions with me.”

He said to him, “O man, who has made me a divider?”

He turned to his disciples and said to them, “I am not a divider, am I?”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 72

Jesus is a unifier and not concerned with material disputes. His aim, is to bring an awareness to a common innate reality that will benefit all.

Biblical Match(s) #42

Luke 12:13

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Jesus said, “The harvest is great but the laborers are few. Beseech the Lord [or Harvest Boss perhaps], therefore, to send out laborers to the harvest.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 73

Humanities potential awaiting enlightenment. A call to the genuinely spiritually mature to meet their obligations to immaturity, perhaps.

Biblical Match(s) #43

Luke 10:1

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two

Matthew 9:35

The Workers Are Few

Jesus said, “The kingdom of the father is like a merchant who had a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a pearl. That merchant was shrewd. He sold the merchandise and bought the pearl alone for himself. You too, seek his unfailing and enduring treasure where no moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 76

Seek and find the pearl that is your spiritual reality. The source of a tear of joy, and genuine sorrow, often shared. This is similar in design to Saying 8 and relates to Plato’s multi-headed beast in comparison to the divine qualities or treasures of the Philosopher King.

Also notice how in the bible, this one saying is spread over the bible, as if either the Gospel of Thomas or the Bible was the source of the other. This may be one of the reasons Q source theory was born. Could the Gospel of Thomas be that source that’s supports the Q source theory (Wiki). Remember that Q source theory was devised almost 100 years before the 1900’s discoveries of the Gospel of Thomas.

Which is more probable as the source of the other? For mine, all the evidence favours the Gospel of Thomas as the source document. And that’s before we consider the question of whether Magic is real or not.

Biblical Match(s) #44

Matthew 13:44

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

Matthew 6:19

Treasures in Heaven

Luke 12:22

Do Not Worry

Jesus said, “Why have you come out into the desert? To see a reed shaken by the wind? And to see a man clothed in fine garments like your kings and your great men? Upon them are the fine garments, and they are unable to discern the truth.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 78

People searching but not knowing what they are looking for nor their personal role in the quest.

Biblical Match(s) #45

Matthew 11:7

Luke 7:18

Jesus and John the Baptist

A woman from the crowd said to him, “Blessed are the womb which bore you and the breasts which nourished you.”

He said to her, “Blessed are those who have heard the word of the father and have truly kept it. For there will be days when you will say, ‘Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not given milk.'”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 79

There are those among us that we may momentarily come to wish they had not be born. However the main thing is, know your spiritual reality and truly keep it.

Biblical Match(s) #46

Luke 11:14

Jesus and Beelzebul

Luke 23:26

The Crucifixion of Jesus

Jesus said, “The foxes have their holes and the birds have their nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head and rest.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 86

Distinguishing a special case for humanity. Not necessarily of a higher order, perhaps.

Many spiritual pursuits recommend meditation as a technique to rest an over active mind(head).

Biblical Match(s) #47

Luke 9:57

The Cost of Following Jesus

Jesus said, “Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you not realize that he who made the inside is the same one who made the outside?”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 89

The inner cleansing is important, as well as the outer actions and/or representations, perhaps.

Biblical Match(s) #48

Luke 11:37

Woes on the Pharisees and the Experts in the Law

Matthew 23:25

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Jesus said, “Come unto me, for my yoke is easy and my lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves.

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 90

Compassion and patience are his offerings as well as the gift of knowing that which we seek, our peace, is within us, perhaps.

Biblical Match(s) #49

Matthew 11:25

The Father Revealed in the Son

They said to him, “Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you.” He said to them, “You read the face of the sky and of the earth, but you have not recognized the one who is before you, and you do not know how to read this moment.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 91

Zen! Ah, all rivers do run to the ocean, perhaps.

Does Jesus speak of the single shared spirituality witnessed through time and given various brands? Meditation, wisdom, oneness, rest, compassion, peace, joy ,light. All existing in the fleeting moments of a living reality.

Biblical Match(s) #50

Luke 12:54

Interpreting the Times

John 9:35

Spiritual Blindness

Jesus said, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, lest they throw them on the dung-heap. Do not throw the pearls to swine, lest they […] it […].”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 93

Expect that your gifts of good spirit may meet with disdain. Forgive them for they know not what they do. Ego and its companion jealousy may be at work. If not why would you attract such attention from genuine good intentions? Be careful and mindful of hypocrisy, though.

Biblical Match(s) #51

Matthew 7:1

Judging Others

Jesus said, “He who seeks will find, and he who knocks will be let in.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 94

Something attainable and knowable with a bit of effort, perhaps.

Biblical Match(s) #52

Luke 11:1

Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer

Jesus said, “If you have money, do not lend it at interest, but give it to one from whom you will not get it back.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 95

In spirituality you are served well by donating without obligation. Authentic volunteers are such joyful people.

Biblical Match(s) #53

Luke 6:27

Love for Enemies

Luke 14:1 ends with a similar theme.

Jesus at a Pharisee’s House

Jesus said, “The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman. She took a little leaven, concealed it in some dough, and made it into large loaves. Let him who has ears hear.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 96

We have an awesome potential based on a (hidden) reality. When we know this reality it is something that grows naturally with our sincere efforts to abide this reality. Like a genuine volunteers joy. Or a mother’s love.

Biblical Match(s) #54

Luke 13:18

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

Matthew 13:31

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

The disciples said to him, “Your brothers and your mother are standing outside.”

He said to them, “Those here who do the will of my father are my brothers and my mother. It is they who will enter the kingdom of my father.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 99

The brother and sisterhood of humanity, perhaps. In the Bible the word sister is added.

Biblical Match(s) #55

Mark 3:31

Matthew 12:46

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, “Caesar’s men demand taxes from us.” He said to them, “Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give God what belongs to God, and give me what is mine.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 100

The coins had the emperor’s image and are a material concern. Don’t concern yourself with that because it’s off topic for Jesus, perhaps. Be true to your inner spirituality and as for Jesus and other go(o)d folk, return their gifts of compassion and love.

Biblical Match(s) #56

Mark 12:13

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

Luke 20:20

Paying Taxes to Caesar

Jesus said, “Whoever does not hate his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not love his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. For my mother […], but my true mother gave me life.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 101

If hate were to mean estranged, from that perspective, this may be clearer. Our spirituality requires a personal knowing, meaning, that for some, we may have to turn away from the expectations both presumed and otherwise of our parents to find that true meaning. Yet the very nature of our true spirituality is to love humanity included in which are our parents. Again a reference to mother and a special distinction for his true mother and that special relationship known widely regardless of nations and cultures.

Biblical Match(s) #57

Luke 14:25

25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned , and said unto them, 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Matthew 10:37

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

They said to Jesus, “Come, let us pray today and let us fast.” Jesus said, “What is the sin that I have committed, or wherein have I been defeated? But when the bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber, then let them fast and pray.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 104

No need to fast and pray unless you are still seeking, perhaps.

Biblical Match(s) #58

Matthew 9:14

Jesus Questioned About Fasting

From Against Heresies (CCEL) by Irenaeus, the bridal analogy is also used.

Jesus said, “The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety-nine sheep and looked for that one until he found it. When he had gone to such trouble, he said to the sheep, ‘I care for you more than the ninety-nine.’

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 107

Human spirituality can appear to have many facets. With an effort to understand what seems to be lost, when found, we will stand out from the rest as our authentic self. Seek and you will find, perhaps. Worth comparing with other “kingdom is like” sayings.

Biblical Match(s) #59

Luke 15:3

3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying , 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost , until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing . 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost . 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth , more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Matthew 18:12

Jesus said, “The kingdom is like a man who had a hidden treasure in his field without knowing it. And after he died, he left it to his son. The son did not know (about the treasure). He inherited the field and sold it. And the one who bought it went plowing and found the treasure. He began to lend money at interest to whomever he wished.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 109

The father’s kingdom, authentic human spirituality perhaps, can be present in a lifetime and never discovered generation to generation. When it is found, through the effort of seeking, it is something we want to share, because of the joy (interest) it returns to those who choose to share with others. If this is true we should be able to observe this in others within our communities. However, perhaps we should also remember the reformed smoker or the overzealous preacher.

Biblical Match(s) #60

Matthew 13:44

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

His disciples said to him, “When will the kingdom come?” Jesus said,  “It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying ‘here it is’ or ‘there it is.’ Rather, the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 113

Consider the kingdom as human spirituality. Associated with things like caring, joy and compassion. In thinking, people are looking, analysing and examining but cannot see this spirituality. It is only in the acts, experiences or the moments without thought or judgement, just attentiveness, that we see perhaps.

Biblical Match(s) #61

Luke 17:20

The Coming of the Kingdom of God

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