The long lost Jesus Sayings rejected by Rome

Here’s were scholarship is at, in relation to the Gospel of Thomas. Oh my Goodness! 

To me, the infancy Gospel of Thomas is a clear fabrication due to its “magical” tales about a young Jesus. In my opinion, If one were to read my conclusions, it would be easy to determine which of the Thomasine literature was genuine and which was a fabrication.

True spirituality is a personal journey. At times aided by sincere friends whose  only interest is your personal enlightenment. This description fits Jesus the Righteous Leader of the Essen Jews from Qumran.

49 Jesus said, “Congratulations to those who are alone and chosen, for you will find the kingdom. For you have come from it, and you will return there again.”

The following 53 Gospel of Thomas sayings are the sayings I could not find adequate matches in the Bible. Although I may have missed some, but certainly not many.

If I was to guess at an overarching theme that separates this group of sayings from the other 61 , of the 114 Gospel of Thomas sayings, included in the Bible, these 53 sayings seem to talk more of the personal independent nature and relationship associated with this quest to understand Go(o)d or Spirituality. This innate concept of an inner father’s kingdom and a knowable reality rather than a believed and questionable “reality”.

In this article, I offer an explanation as to why these Jesus sayings may have been excluded from the Bible. My explanations are based on the following assumptions

  • Q source theory, were it is proposed that the Jesus sayings found in the Bible were drawn from another sayings source, is a valid theory.
  • That the Gospel of Thomas is the Q source
  • That my 5 “great” corruptions theory, found in my Book is valid.

 

Just As I did with my analysis of the 61 sayings found in the New Testament Gospels, I also consider whether they fit the criteria of knowable.

Here are those 53 sayings from the Gospel of Thomas, not included in the Bible:

Jesus said, “Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.” [And after they have reigned they will rest [peace].]

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 2

Let him[or those] who seek Not everyone needs to seek or perhaps wants to seek. Some people get this thing called Go(o)d and as if by instinct or conviction alone, just choose to lead what could be commonly defined as good and simply lives. I can think of a number of people like this.

If you are looking for something, know that there is something to be found, continue seeking until it is found. Once found you will disturbed, then you will marvel and will reign over all, and then rest.

In life, many search for meaning/purpose. In this context, Jesus may be saying, keep searching there is something to be found. Never give up. But what? And why will we be troubled. What if, there was something blocking the discovery? We can expect to be disturbed by our find. This suggests a pre-condition that will get a shakeup perhaps.

Let’s assume that the barrier or pre-condition is our ego, our intellectual sense of who we are. Those ideas that when challenged cause us to be embarrassed or upset. Our perception of identity.

It’s in the troubling phase, that anger becomes your true friend. Born out of the fear the ego has for its own false identity being threatened, anger becomes a guide or warning sign of egoic thinking.

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control ~ Proverbs 29.11.

What then do we make of religious persecutors and egotistical leaders? Self-serving ego’s or serving authority instead of go(o)d. Anger will be evident when egoic power is threatened. Such is the way of the bully. If we give way to this anger or believe the ego’s false notions of supremacy, power is gifted to the egoic tendency. The evil wolf is indulged. Unfortunately, as is the nature of egoic things, the lust for power can be insatiable.

Ever been a part of that awkward moment when a brave soul steps up to point out someone’s personal behavioural flaws. Ego’s can be such delicate entities and easily upset. These events can be initially quite disturbing, but upon reflection, sometimes at a later time, people will marvel at how they hadn’t seen that in themselves before, assuming innocent self-deception. If they take the advice to heart and it’s an accurate assessment, maturity follows. Some people mistakenly class this as levels, when it is the same phenomenon.

Be prepared to make changes to align to a new personal perspective, perhaps.

You’ll come to know the importance of forgiveness. Including forgiveness for yourself. And why and how immaturity is a part of the human condition. The futility of such things, as regret, guilt, blame and revenge.

Here is another story I came across online. It is about an African tribe that shows how forgiveness can be applied and given the opportunity to work its miracle.

When someone does something hurtful and wrong, the tribal leaders take the person to the centre of town, and the entire tribe comes and surrounds him. For two days they’ll tell the man every good thing he has ever done. They do not stone him or cut of his hands or the like as some religious interpretations prescribe.

The tribe believes that every human being comes into the world as go(o)d, each of us desiring safety, love, peace, happiness.

But sometimes in the pursuit of those things people make mistakes. The community sees misdeeds as a cry for help.

They band together for the sake of their fellow man to hold him up, to reconnect him with his true nature, to remind him who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth from which he’d temporarily been disconnected: “I am go(o)d”.

We are this is what we are. I am that, I am.

But reigning over all? Perhaps Jesus is referring to a larger more enlightening moment. A moment where a person gains an insight into how they and others tick. A shared human condition is recognized. An insight into why greed, lust, joy and sorrow occur. That these conditions are, at least in potential, shared. A oneness at the inner spiritual level is witnessed. Could understanding at this scale be seen by Jesus as reigning over all? Now, with these dilemmas resolved does an individual gain peace of mind (rest)?

 

The classic Ten Ox-Herding Pictures of Zen Buddhism

Internet Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Bulls

As an aside, how do we know authentic spiritual maturity or more importantly what it is? Isn’t the hallmark of good advice, the authenticity of the advisor’s interest in our wellbeing, with no material benefit for themselves? They should also have an authentic understanding of what brings true peace and joy. Their go(o)d living example and personal peacefulness should be evidence of this understanding. Hardly the profile of a suicide bombers mentor or a womanizing preacher. Authentic maturity, will hold no anger and will exhibit compassion continually. Think of Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and many a go(o)d mother and father as examples. If it takes a while to discern authentic maturity shouldn’t that time be taken? Be concerned if people are overly impatient when you are genuine, perhaps.

I digressed because it seemed obvious that this reigning concept could be dangerous in the wrong hands. My thoughts again, are drawn to those young people that “chose” to become suicide bombers and how we see far too often, the self-interests of some people, can bring great harm to the immature and innocent. I’m also, reminded of people who falsely assume they are Go(o)d or Jesus and the harm some of them have done to others over history.

Another real issue and risk associated with spirituality seems to occur when those who chose to make their living from teaching spirituality to others and may not fully understand what a significant responsibility that entails. Not to mention the conflict of interests that this arrangement can present. They may not fully grasp that it is a commitment to serve. Not to be served. Just like any go(o)d governor or council should understand. These things are about service.

Without a single agreed definition, it becomes almost impossible to set standards to protect the innocent people from those that are really only serving their own interests. If Go(o)d is truly about Love and Peace then you ‘d expect to see people that work for Go(o)d uniting against atrocity and interpretations that related to anger, abuse or conflict. Yet this has not been the case historically, even if you only use the history of religious persecutions (Wiki) as the one form of evidence.

Imagine for a moment that wisdom is not something we create, but rather it’s innate. Then it becomes a matter of discovery rather than development. Natural. Aware. More a realization and unveiling than a matter of creation and numerous levels.

GOT #15 talks to this topic both elegantly and specifically. One divine essence to be treasured and never another human being to be worshipped. This saying may also be the definitive statement on the authentic nature of a spiritual equality. It’s a personal and innate experience.

Jesus said, “When you see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship him. That one is your father.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 15

If Jesus, is accurately describing the human condition we need to be careful in discerning the level of self and selflessness in those we take guidance from.

And to prove that this self-interest is a knowable issue here’s a list of people that have toyed with the idea that they were a Go(o)d. They can’t all be, can they? And if the answer where yes, then why can’t we all?

List of people who have been considered deities (Wiki)

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

If I think of volunteers, they give genuinely. Both they and those they aid gain significantly. Often their genuineness is evident in their manner. The light will be in their eyes and smiles. They have an air of integrity about themselves and enjoy good and true friendships. There manner is consistent through time. They have compassion, patience and understanding.

Is this a saying that is valid and therefore knowable?

Saying #2 can be found in the non-canonical Gospel to the Hebrews, from the first half of the second century. And that is a telling reference indeed. This saying also shows a potential relationship between this saying and the earlier Jewish wisdoms of Sirah and Solomon. Evidence of Jesus study and awareness of Jewish wisdoms. Interestingly Sirah and Wisdom have not been accepted by the reformers of the Jewish Bible. Both were found in the Old Testament collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls though. If Jesus was the righteous teacher at Qumran then these may be the source material for his deliberations, perhaps.

I had often wondered during this exercise, was there a source prior to Jesus for his sayings? Can one find a correlation between the wisdoms of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the sayings of the Gospel of Thomas? Work for the next book. But we have a start with the very important, Saying #2, perhaps.

Source: Gospel of the Hebrews (Wiki)

4a.He that has marveled shall reign, and he that has reigned shall rest.

4b.He that seeks will not rest till he finds, and he that has found shall marvel; and he that has marveled shall reign, and he that has reigned shall rest. (Clement, Stromateis 2.9.45.5 and 5.14.96.3)

Consider, whether you think there is a connection between Sirach 6 and Wisdom 6. Who, why and when were they considered Apocrypha (of questionable authority) for the Jewish Bible?

Why then, do we not see this saying in the Bibles?

This saying points to a liberating realization for an individual. It makes religion deeply personal. It may have been seen as too much like anarchy if someone like a Roman Emperor or other fan of authority had any influence, perhaps. Or perhaps church leaders felt that the spiritual path needed teachers and they did not have the confidence in people being able to fathom their spiritual potential without guidance. What is it that makes being go(o)d complex?

Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 3

And power loses its appeal, perhaps.

In this saying, Jesus talks about an inner and outer condition. A part of us, not in the sky or sea. A reference to leaders who promote the Go(o)ds Apollo or Titan and Neptune, perhaps. He asks the listener to take on the personal responsibility and quest to come to know their authentic self to find this thing called Go(o)d.

Jesus is not offering instruction to a specific individual (leaders must have followers). Perhaps his target is nonspecific. This may, again talk to a kingdom with shared access.

If we cannot know ourselves we will be the poorer? If this related to maturity or enlightenment would it make sense? Is immaturity a persistent condition for some that leaves them spiritually poorer?

Outer could refer to a spirituality that exists environmentally or simply to the spirituality on display from our fellow humanity or the conflict between our inner thoughts and outer actions. Which makes sense? And if there is sense does that make it knowable?

Ever had that special feeling of meaning when you’re in a pristine outdoor settings? Is it created or do we become aware of something. If it was a creation, one should be able to manufacture the feeling when required.

Children of a living father that’s both inside and outside us. Just words describing the intangible, perhaps. A Go(o)d concept that is not apart from us, rather a part of us. The following biblical saying, whilst a possible match, presents a dilemma. In the Synoptic Gospel of Luke we have the following.

Luke 17:20

20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come , he answered them and said , The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say , Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold , the kingdom of God is within you.

This saying aligns with GOT #3 by saying that the kingdom of god is within us. This appears inconsistent with the general biblical sense of an independent omnipotent God. Why then the inconsistency?

Possible reasons for exclusion:

A god that is a part of us, directly accessible, to be known not believed. This doesn’t provide the same opportunity to claim a special relationship between the throne of authority and the Go(o)ds. In choosing between faith and knowledge, perhaps faith works better for people like Constantine and/or the aims of the evangelical religious leaders of antiquity. And it’s not only Constantine that saw the benefit to power that religions offered. Cyrus the great is another ruler that saw the political benefits as evident in the recorded writings of the Cyrus Cylinder.(refer to the Chapter 3)

Here is an interesting position from a church insider.

John A.T.Robinson (Wiki)

His disciples questioned him and said to him, “Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?”

Jesus said, “Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of heaven. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 6

If one acts in accord with spirituality (e.g. compassionate, authentically selfless and caring etc.), nothing is left to be done. All in conscience is known and cannot be hidden from ourselves. This saying seems to be an invitation to live every moment in accord with what makes us authentically happy. As we get older the theme is that there are consequences for our actions and with self-control hopefully we learn our lessons and avoid the pitfalls. Unfortunately, not always though, perhaps.

What gives a human authentic satiable joy? Distinct from the insatiable nature of desire. Contrary to the biblical rendering, here Jesus doesn’t advocate for ritual or prayer. If many people just simply decided to choose to be authentically go(o)d and true, what impact would that have on communities? Apply this to any scenario you care to and imagine that scenario if the person followed this guidance. Could one do better than this and if so how? How does that Pinocchio story go again?

“My religion says that only he who is prepared to suffer can pray to God” ~ M. Ghandi

Possible reasons for exclusion:

The issue here may relate to the impact this advice would have on the relationship between the old and new testaments. Ritual was important to the earlier religions, obviously this would not have been suitable if they had any influence. A simple matter of just being go(o)d , how could that benefit anyone? And what would that teaching mean to the way religions operated in those days.

Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion which becomes man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 7

Perhaps if we substitute ‘ego’ for lion and ‘eat’ with consume. The difference being the quality of human we are left with in each scenario.

But now add Plato’s comments from 400 years earlier.

“Yes, said Glaucon, far worse — I will answer for him.

Has not the intemperate been censured of old, because in him the huge multiform monster is allowed to be too much at large?  [the ego and wild desires, perhaps]

Clearly.

And men are blamed for pride and bad temper when the lion and serpent element in them disproportionately grows and gains strength?

Yes.”

Now, the human is lucky when they devour pride, and foul when pride devours them.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Being one of the more challenging sayings, it may not have made sense to the authors of the bible or they could not find a suitable fit within their interpretation.

Jesus said, “This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. In the days when you consumed what is dead, you made it what is alive. When you come to dwell in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 11

Death is an inevitable part of life. Spirituality is, perhaps, about the living experience. In consumption we take life to preserve a life. In life, in the light, we should choose to live in go(o)d spirit. At one point you were in union with spirit (the period of innocence), then you became two (the birth of ego due to a natural worldly immaturity).

When you become two what will you do? Possibly spend a lifetime resolving to one. Seeking to restore the harmony and live in good spirits. Hopefully not that long though.

For those that have found the living spirit, in life and death they are immortal in the spiritual context, perhaps. If you’re in the light, full of compassion, your spirit is for the well being of others. From this point of view, when a good person passes, they only want those they’ve left in life to do well and live in that same way. A continuum of the go(o)d life. Think of Jesus, Gandhi and many a good father and mother passed and the memory of their spiritual example. The spiritual example that is their legacy. Is this a form of immortality?

Depending on your own experience and view of spirituality, could this possibly be a knowable proposition.

These 3 biblical extract use a similar phrase but not the same context.

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

Possible reasons for exclusion:

The duality of the individual may not have been seen to fit in with the orthodox interpretation.

Although in Luke 20:37 we do have a similar context.

37 Now that the dead are raised , even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living : for all live unto him.

Note: The Essenes saw the Jewish Revolt AD 66-70 as the final end time battle. And for their sect it was indeed. More evidence, of Rome using Jesus sayings and the events around AD 70 to weave a prophecy of events recently passed, perhaps. (Refer to the corruptions theory in Chapter 3)

List of dates predicted for apocalyptic events (Wiki)

The disciples said to Jesus, “We know that you will depart from us. Who is to be our leader?”

Jesus said to them, “Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 12

Jesus anoints James his brother as his successor. He subtly infers our equal and significant individual importance and potential again, perhaps. In later sayings (for example GOT #15) there are clear references not to worship/attach to the messenger.

James the Just was said to be both an apostle and an early Christian Leader and possibly Jesus’ brother. He was also one of the many “Christian” bishops put to death under Nero’s rule and shortly after the Pisonian conspiracy was uncovered by future Emperor Nerva. Again refer to the corruptions theory in Chapter 3.

According to 1 Corinthians 15:7 James is hinted at as a leader in Jerusalem’s Christianity, perhaps. Could this be the succession plan for the Qumran community?

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Contradicts the view that Peter was the Rock, perhaps.

Jesus said to his disciples, “Compare me to someone and tell me whom I am like.”

Simon Peter said to him, “You are like a righteous angel.”

Matthew said to him, “You are like a wise philosopher.”

Thomas said to him, “Master, my mouth is wholly incapable of saying whom you are like.”

Jesus said, “I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring which I have measured out.”

And he took him and withdrew and told him three things. When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, “What did Jesus say to you?”

Thomas said to them, “If I tell you one of the things which he told me, you will pick up stones and throw them at me; a fire will come out of the stones and burn you up.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 13

Jesus is their brother in spirit. A person with a deep conviction and compassion for their wellbeing. In other sayings in the Gospel of Thomas we see that he may have no interest in them raising him up. Could it be that Thomas knows and Jesus confirms their shared equality? This may be an affront to either the immature minds of the other apostles, there understanding regarding the elevated position of spiritual leaders or their need to believe in a saviour. Many spiritual followers fail to achieve their independence. They remain drunk with inspiration rather than taking on the full responsibility and personal relationship with their spirituality. Meaning, to walk in Jesus footsteps, if you like. Their jealously, ignorance or fear, other signs of spiritual immaturity, could inspire them to strike out at Thomas, as others of their era did for similar reasons, and this action would eventually damage or harm their spirits greatly.

Like tears of joy we also share the capacity for jealousy. Another intangible but known capacity, perhaps.

Also isn’t it a common response to authentic significant experiences, “I cannot find words to describe this experience.” or “words will fail me…” In contrast, in a similar line of inquiry the biblical rendering supports the Messiah proposition. In the corruptions theory, I show how the Messiah proposition was a fraudulent invention of Cyrus the Great, carried through history by the Pharisees as a fake future prediction.

Mark 8:27

27 And Jesus went out , and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am ? 28 And they answered , John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets. 29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am ? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. 30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

Evidence of speculation that had no basis in reality. So the story teller invents a cover up.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Casts Thomas as the enlightened one ahead of Peter and Matthew, perhaps.

Jesus said, “When you see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship him. That one is your father.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 15

Do not worship others. Respect and follow the inner (and outer) truth, a reality that is to be known. Your innate spiritual mysterious humanity, perhaps.

The only thing a true spiritual leader should be interested in is, the awareness, the gift of knowledge/wisdom brings. And then that leader has no function least of all being an object of worship. This makes more sense than worshiping someone who in essence is your equal in potential.

Following this advice, also subtly aids the death of another person’s ego and avoids the pride trap, perhaps. No human worshipping.

But could this saying also be the reason why the Roman’s felt the need or were comfortable with a virgin birth. One could then say Praise God Jesus Christ, because the Roman model had Jesus equal to God. Was it this saying and Saying 44, that gave rise to the notions of a “holy” trinity as well.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Doesn’t leave room for worshiping your fellow man. Wouldn’t work for ancient rulers, perhaps.

However, Matthew 23 conveys the same meaning. A possible match, perhaps.

Jesus said, “Blessed is he who came into being before he came into being. If you become my disciples and listen to my words, these stones will minister to you. For there are five trees for you in Paradise which remain undisturbed summer and winter and whose leaves do not fall. Whoever becomes acquainted with them will not experience death.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 19

This parable from the Dead Sea Scrolls also relates wisdom, trees and the seasons.

The Parable of the Bountiful Tree

Paradise, for Jesus, maybe within the context of our life. In meditation perhaps you should be silent in thought but alert to the five senses, smell, touch, sight, hearing and taste. How do the sense functions change in relation to the seasons? Being masters of the moment relieves us of the fear (or taste) of death. A reference perhaps to the importance of a real presence of sensing reality in the spiritual mix. Masters of meditation may be able to shed some light here.

That taste (of food) is divine. That music sounds heavenly. The view of nature is perfect. That massage feels so good, it’s out of this world. The comfort of caresses and hugs. The scent of those flowers is to die for.

Are there other “divine” moments that relate separately or collectively to the senses?

Could the five treasures in paradise relate to Pythagorean Philosophy?

Pythagoreanism Cosmology

“The Pythagoreans are known for their theory of the transmigration of souls, and also for their theory that numbers constitute the true nature of things. They performed purification rites and followed and developed various rules of living which they believed would enable their souls to achieve a higher rank among the gods. Much of their mysticism concerning the soul seems inseparable from the Orphic tradition. The Orphics included various purifactory rites and practices as well as incubatory rites of descent into the underworld. Apart from being linked with this, Pythagoras is also closely linked with Pherecydes of Syros, the man ancient commentators tend to credit as the first Greek to teach a transmigration of souls. Ancient commentators agree that Pherecydes was Pythagoras’s most “intimate” teacher. Pherecydes expounded his teaching on the soul in terms of a pentemychos (“five-nooks,” or “five hidden cavities”) — the most likely origin of the Pythagorean use of the pentagram, used by them as a symbol of recognition among members and as a symbol of inner health (eugieia Eudaimonia). Pherecydes’ book is in some sources said to have been titled “Pentemychos” translated as five (p??te) “recesses” or alternatively, “the five sanctuaries”,[9] in some sources said to have been titled “Heptamycho” translated as “seven (?pt?) recesses”. There seems to be no complete agreement among scholars on which sources to trust regarding the title of Pherecydes’ book, the standard survey reference on the Presocratic philosophers by Kirk, Raven and Schofield, opts for “Heptamychos”.[10] The author of the only modern scholarly book devoted entirely to Pherecydes, Hermann S. Schibli, argues that “Pentemychos” was the true title.[11] In this work, Pherecydes taught his philosophy through the medium of mythic representations. Although it is lost, the fragments that survive are enough to reconstruct a basic outline.”

Another expression of five elements associated with spirituality can be found in the Pistis Sophia, an important Gnostic Text.

Another Pistis Sophia reference.

I’ll take this opportunity to offer a theory on how the resurrection concept was conceived. And also offer an alternate theory. Here you see, once again many different interpretations and how important coming to terms with the notion of death has been for humanity. Another reason for the order of the Gospel of Thomas sayings, perhaps. Saying 1 promises you’ll lose the “experience” of death.

This discussion was brought about because the term transmigration of souls is another way of saying Reincarnation. And the concept of Jesus’ reincarnation is a key foundation for Christianity even though Jesus may not have valued it himself. Assuming the Gospel of Thomas sayings are in fact a go(o)d interpretation.

Jesus said, “Take heed of the living one while you are alive, lest you die and seek to see him and be unable to do so.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 59

Reincarnation

Reincarnation (transmigration of souls) is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions. This doctrine is a central tenet of the Indian religions and is a belief that was held by such historic figures as Pythagoras, Plato and Socrates. It is also a common belief of other religions such as Druidism, Spiritism, Theosophy, and Eckankar and is found in many tribal societies around the world, in places such as Siberia, West Africa, North America, and Australia.

Although the majority of sects within the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam do not believe that individuals reincarnate, particular groups within these religions do refer to reincarnation; these groups include the mainstream historical and contemporary followers of Kabbalah, the Cathars, and the Shia sects such as the Alawi Shias and the Druze and the Rosicrucians. The historical relations between these sects and the beliefs about reincarnation that were characteristic of Neoplatonism, Orphism, Hermeticism, Manicheanism and Gnosticism of the Roman era, as well as the Indian religions has been the subject of recent scholarly research.

In recent decades, many Europeans and North Americans have developed an interest in reincarnation. Contemporary films, books, and popular songs frequently mention reincarnation. In the last decades, academic researchers have begun to explore reincarnation and published reports of children’s memories of earlier lives in peer-reviewed journals and books. Skeptics are generally incredulous about this and any other claims of life after death.

My theory thus far for this thing called Go(o)d is, something that is constant, eternal and shared.

Let’s extend that idea to embrace a notion of a single soul as well. Like, wisdom, love and nous could also be part of this thing people have been calling Go(o)d. All shared, all go(o)d in nature.

By getting rid of the notion of identity as important or real, we now have an essence that we can experience yet it has a life after our own physical passing. Something go(o)d,  a selfless person would wish upon each passing generation. Or something like that.

Not many souls, but rather one thing called a soul, that is shared. Like animals have instincts that see them behave in common to survive. No words spoken, yet an intelligence moving from generation to generation.

The promise from the Jesus, in GOT #1 and #3, is similar to the promise of Plato if we wish to escape the fear of death, knowledge, rather than faith or belief is perhaps the key.

“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?”

Possible reasons for the exclusion of Saying 19:

If it were possible that someone would gain an understanding that would lead to them losing the fear of death they become less easy to influence perhaps.

Jesus said, “I shall choose you, one out of a thousand, and two out of ten thousand, and they shall stand as a single one.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 23

Spirituality knows not the boundaries of nation, race or culture. Randomly selecting one from a thousand and then two from ten thousand will still deliver people with equal potential in a spiritual context. So perhaps in enlightenment we stand as one. A hint again to the equality/oneness of our shared spirituality. Science, in its search for a unified theory, experiences or senses clues to a connected reality, perhaps.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Perhaps the authors of the Bible didn’t want to encourage independence. People like Roman leaders, children of the roman cults or religious leaders may have preferred that the common people did not think that they (the common folk) were indeed the special ones.

Jesus said, “I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 28

The power that ego holds over many of us is akin to drunkenness. As we age and mature we challenge the worth of self-importance. Some can get it early though.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

If they shake of their bad habits and change their ways the need for support and ritual may also go.

Jesus said, “If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 29

Unenlightened persons are so impoverished. Equally, for Jesus he marvels at the great mystery that is our spirituality, perhaps. Why do we choose to live below our potential? Such is the power of self-interest, perhaps.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Having divinity as a part of the individual may not have been the view held by the Biblical authors.

His disciples said, “When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see you?”

Jesus said, “When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then will you see the son of the living one, and you will not be afraid”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 37

Stripped of ego you find your authentic self. Knowing this is the authentic reality for all, you witness it in Jesus and realize your potential and equality. Fear of Jesus or God are not found in authentic spiritual understanding, perhaps.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Doesn’t fit in with the resurrection concept and leads to independence.

Jesus said, “Many times have you desired to hear these words which I am saying to you, and you have no one else to hear them from. There will be days when you will look for me and will not find me.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 38

There must come a time of personal responsibility for the spiritual outcomes our soul desires, perhaps.

This Biblical saying has some similarities.

Mark 2:19

19 And Jesus said unto them , Can the children of the bridechamber fast , while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast . 20 But the days will come , when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

The biblical version suggests an awareness of his pending death. In the Gospel of Thomas it could just relate to a message about standing on your own two feet as we all should do at some stage in life.

Jesus said, “Become passers-by.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 42

Abandon ego, don’t be boastful, let the adventure that is life unfold. Don’t buy into other’s transgressions. It’s personal.

From Plato’s the republic, Book 10 (X) we see the use of the term passers-by.

”The Story, Glaucon, would take too long to tell; but the sum was this: — He said that for every wrong which they had done to any one they suffered tenfold; or once in a hundred years — such being reckoned to be the length of man’s life, and the penalty being thus paid ten times in a thousand years. If, for example, there were any who had been the cause of many deaths, or had betrayed or enslaved cities or armies, or been guilty of any other evil behavior, for each and all of their offences they received punishment ten times over, and the rewards of beneficence and justice and holiness were in the same proportion. I need hardly repeat what he said concerning young children dying almost as soon as they were born. Of piety and impiety to gods and parents, and of murderers, there were retributions other and greater far which he described. He mentioned that he was present when one of the spirits asked another, “Where is Ardiaeus the Great?” (Now this Ardiaeus lived a thousand years before the time of Er: he had been the tyrant of some city of Pamphylia, and had murdered his aged father and his elder brother, and was said to have committed many other abominable crimes.) The answer of the other spirit was: “He comes not hither and will never come. And this,” said he, “was one of the dreadful sights which we ourselves witnessed. We were at the mouth of the cavern, and, having completed all our experiences, were about to reascend, when of a sudden Ardiaeus appeared and several others, most of whom were tyrants; and there were also besides the tyrants private individuals who had been great criminals: they were just, as they fancied, about to return into the upper world, but the mouth, instead of admitting them, gave a roar, whenever any of these incurable sinners or someone who had not been sufficiently punished tried to ascend; and then wild men of fiery aspect, who were standing by and heard the sound, seized and carried them off; and Ardiaeus and others they bound head and foot and hand, and threw them down and flayed them with scourges, and dragged them along the road at the side, carding them on thorns like wool, and declaring to the passers-by what were their crimes, and that they were being taken away to be cast into hell.” And of all the many terrors which they had endured, he said that there was none like the terror which each of them felt at that moment, lest they should hear the voice; and when there was silence, one by one they ascended with exceeding joy. These, said Er, were the penalties and retributions, and there were blessings as great.”

Possible reasons for exclusion:

In the bible, ritual and prayer are encouraged. This saying may have led to confusion and again may not have not been a fit with the views of the Biblical authors.

But then again, we do have this from the Bible’s gospel of John 8: 59

Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

His disciples said to him, “Who are you, that you should say these things to us?”

Jesus said to them, “You do not realize who I am from what I say to you, but you have become like the Jews, for they (either) love the tree and hate its fruit (or) love the fruit and hate the tree.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 43

In this saying, Jesus talks about the innate spirit that resides within all. Why then can they not see that? He is critical of the Judeans for their contradiction between the philosophy (the tree) and their actions (the fruits). Perhaps a reference to the inner/outer conflict.

Is the philosophical group Jesus refers to the one mentioned in Book 18 Chapter 3 (Bible) from historian Flavius Josephus?

In the Gospel of John there may (or may not) be something similar.

John 8:21

Dispute Over Who Jesus Is

Possible reasons for exclusion:

That will depend on which of the two above rings true.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you will find the kingdom. For you are from it, and to it you will return.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 49

Stand tall even though you may be alone in your view. If you are genuine you will find your spiritual reality because it is innate, real and persistent, perhaps.

“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” -Orson Welles (1915-1985)

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Independence again.

Jesus said, “If they say to you, ‘Where did you come from?’, say to them, ‘We came from the light, the place where the light came into being on its own accord and established itself and became manifest through their image.’ If they say to you, ‘Is it you?’, say, ‘We are its children, we are the elect of the living father.’  If they ask you, ‘What is the sign of your father in you?’, say to them, ‘It is movement and repose [rest].'”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 50

The evidence is apparent when you are quietly attentive in mind, meditation, and when you act in accord with your authentic spirituality, perhaps

To understand this thing called spirituality it may not be about becoming. It could be about being. For in being you surpass theory and combine both action and theory in to one living condition. Devoid of hypocrisy.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

A personal spiritual reality. Eventually no place for church and certainly no place for state.

His disciples said to him, “When will the repose of the dead come about, and when will the new world come?”  He said to them, “What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 51

The significance of the saying may be great.

Which is of more value, peace in this life or the particular promise of peace when we pass. Something we can know to be true in life or something that we must believe in and only experience in our passing. Some religions place great emphasis on acceptance of the word and belief above knowledge. This requires faith. Absolute faith is something that can be corrupted and taken advantage of. I would be reasonably confident that there are ample historical examples. Again a recent damaging application and abuse of blind faith has been suicide bombings. Alternatively something that we can personally know is unassailable and would be the cornerstone of personal liberty.

In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus says what we seek is with us.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Doesn’t support the resurrection/judgement day interpretation or could create confusion for that topic.

His disciples said to him, “Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel, and all of them spoke in you.”

He said to them, “You have omitted the one living in your presence and have spoken (only) of the dead.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 52

Again a reference to the importance of the living context of spirituality, perhaps.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Devaluing the prophet and contrary to the values in the Old Testament. The orthodox view favours an acknowledgement of the Old Testament. Even when we see that modern study points to a fabrication of Isaiah by Cyrus the Great.

His disciples said to him, “Is circumcision beneficial or not?” He said to them, “If it were beneficial, their father would beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become completely profitable.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 53

It’s all about spirit. Rituals may be a false proposition if there is no authentic spiritual context.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Against ritual and the prevailing interpretation of the Old Testament.

Jesus said, “Whoever has come to understand the world has found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 56

A carcass is a body without life/spirit. Whoever understands this relationship between body, spirit and life has attained understanding/knowledge, perhaps.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Raises an individual’s status too high, perhaps.

Jesus said, “Blessed is the man who has suffered and found life.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 58

Seek and you shall find. It’s ultimately not about belief, it’s about finding, effort, consequences [karma], awareness and application perhaps.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

A reward in life instead of the afterlife.

Jesus said, “Take heed of the living one while you are alive, lest you die and seek to see him and be unable to do so.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 59

An obvious truth, perhaps. Spirituality is a living experience and truth.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Against the concept of punishment and reward on judgement day. May undermine the value of an afterlife scenario/proposition.

“They saw a Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to Judea. He said to his disciples, “That man is round about the lamb.”

They said to him, “So that he may kill it and eat it.”

He said to them, “While it is alive, he will not eat it, but only when he has killed it and it has become a corpse.”

They said to him, “He cannot do so otherwise.” He said to them, “You too, look for a place for yourself within repose, lest you become a corpse and be eaten.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 60

Find peace (a place to rest, to meditate) whilst alive. If not, you may be devoured by life’s desires.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

May undermine the value of the afterlife scenario. Also the Samaritans were not popular because they felt that their religion had been stolen or corrupted by the Babylonians.

Jesus said, “If one who knows the all still feels a personal deficiency, he is completely deficient.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 67

 

What you come to know must be applied/practiced to have an effect. The being of go(o)dness.

Words must mean something… No, Actions must speak louder than words

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Maybe it was not considered possible for a human to know all. That may have been seen as God’s domain. Just like the dependency on pharmaceuticals has established a good economy and having faith (via marketing) in pharmaceuticals, supports demand. But what does it do for personal responsibility for one’s wellbeing and are the outcome/costs good for the community.

Paul also promoted faith over deeds in Romans. This may have been seen as a contradiction. The old question of faith vs. knowledge/actions, keeps popping up.

We cannot focus upon the weaknesses of one another and evoke strengths. You cannot focus upon the things that you think they are doing wrong, and evoke things that will make you feel better. You’ve got to beat the drum that makes you feel good when you beat it. And when you do, you’ll be a strong signal of influence that will help them to reconnect with who they are. ~Abraham Hicks (Ester Hicks) (Wiki)

Another form of interpretation. Where we can overlook the message because of the messenger

Jesus said, “Blessed are you when you are hated and persecuted. Wherever you have been persecuted they will find no place.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 68

Although you may be hated and persecuted because you hold a true knowledge, internally/personally, where the harshest persecution occurs, there will be no persecution.

Luke and Matthew may (or may not) have something similar

Matthew 5:10

Luke 6:20

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Maybe it wasn’t excluded.

Jesus said, “That which you have will save you if you bring it forth from yourselves. That which you do not have within you will kill you if you do not have it within you.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 70

If you live in accord with your innate spirituality you will be “saved”. If you cannot reconcile with what is within you {and bring it forth} it will kill you. The reference becomes less ominous, if you acquaint life to spirit and the killing is to your spiritual potential, perhaps. But then again, the inference could be to the seriousness one should take for theirs and others spiritual wellbeing.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

A personal spiritual reality.

Jesus said, “I shall destroy this house, and no one will be able to build it […].”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 71

The significance of the personal role, [I will …], in spirituality, perhaps. This may be based on the same theme, but I don’t see it?

Mark 14:57

Possible reasons for exclusion:

That will depend on which of the above two rings true

He said, “O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 74

People look to the well for salvation when it may be an inner reality with a personal responsibility. Jesus was critical of the Pharisees so could he be referring to the Jewish temple and its role.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Doesn’t fit in with the orthodox tradition

Jesus said, “Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 75

A reference again, to the personal nature and responsibility of spiritual enlightenment, perhaps.

In Matthew 22: 1 there is a connection between wedding and being allowed to enter the bridal suite/banquet.

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Refers to the solitary nature of the spiritual journey. Interestingly, this sayings intent can be found in the Epistle of Barnabus. Now if this epistle was authentically written by Barnabus and the Gospel of Matthew was later than AD 70 then what was the source for Barnabus. The Gospel of Thomas perhaps or a Jesus sayings source.

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

Jesus said, “It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the all. From me did the all come forth, and unto me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 77

The pervasiveness of the inner outer reality of spirituality, perhaps. We are not only in awe of humanities potential but an awe of nature occurs in special moments. Our spirits can be lifted through the mere observation of the beauty of our natural world.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Perhaps the authors of the bible couldn’t relate to its meaning.

Jesus said, “He who has recognized the world has found the body, but he who has found the body is superior to the world.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 80

An adaption of an earlier saying meaning perhaps you need the two for understanding. When you know the world (everything – inner and outer) the world is not worthy.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Provides an opportunity for anyone to claim status, perhaps.

Jesus said, “Let him who has grown rich be king, and let him who possesses power renounce it.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 81

Power, because of its emphasis on inequality, a false premise, distinct from wealth is an issue and should be renounced. History has plenty of examples that correlate power with a sense of superiority or at least false feelings of difference or in some cases indifference. Often this is the root of much trouble and tragedy. Consider at least the mind set of those that advocated slavery. From Jesus perspective rich may also refer to a spiritual wealth. Like Plato’s references to a philosopher king.

The Berkeley Study that explains this issue and its reality (YouTube)

Internet Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuqGrz-Y_Lc#at=373

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Those that saw a role for authority in spirituality, would have seen this differently.

Jesus said, “He who is near me is near the fire, and he who is far from me is far from the kingdom.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 82

Jesus provides a living example. Those that are with him, living as he does in spirit, are on track, those that are not, are not.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Like many of the excluded sayings, this one offers the opportunity of being in Jesus company to all and sundry. It was deemed by the authors, better that the masses worship someone, perhaps.

Jesus said, “The images are manifest to man, but the light in them remains concealed in the image of the light of the father. He will become manifest, but his image will remain concealed by his light.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 83

People can see images of others but the spiritual intent is hidden in the source of spirituality. When you understand, you will see this shared spirituality at work but there is no image to be seen. This wisdom is disclosed in action but there is no image/ figure to be observed with it. Our awareness is purely intangible in experience, perhaps.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Either it was not understood, didn’t suit the author’s interpretation or did not represent their understanding of a god in heaven.

Jesus said, “When you see your likeness, you rejoice. But when you see your images which came into being before you, and which neither die not become manifest, how much you will have to bear!”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 84

When you remember your past actions (“when you see your images that came into being before you”) how much will you have to bear, in conscience perhaps. This may tie into this comment from GOT #2 – “When they find, they will be disturbed”

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Probably, wasn’t seen to have a fit within the Biblical interpretation.

Jesus said, “Adam came into being from a great power and a great wealth, but he did not become worthy of you. For had he been worthy, he would not have experienced death.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 85

The relationship is between you and what is both within and outside of you. The reference to a sole personal responsibility/effort may also be reflected in what Jesus says in Gospel of Thomas’s 16,49,75 or even 87. Spirituality has nothing what soever to do with power or wealth.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Raises the personal status too high and inspires too much liberation for the day, perhaps.

GOT #87 Jesus said, “Wretched is the body that is dependant upon a body, and wretched is the soul that is dependent on these two.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 87

Stand alone and depend on your innate spirituality. Another reference to the sole nature of the spiritual understanding, perhaps.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Independence again.

Jesus said, “The angels and the prophets will come to you and give to you those things you (already) have. And you too, give them those things which you have, and say to yourselves, ‘When will they come and take what is theirs?'”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 88

The spiritual quest is for something that already belongs to you. Your innate spiritual potential, perhaps. They have nothing to collect from you or if they do they are false “prophets”. What is a volunteer’s reward for their service?

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Devaluing the prophet and contrary to the values in the Old Testament.

Jesus said, “Seek and you will find. Yet, what you asked me about in former times and which I did not tell you then, now I do desire to tell, but you do not inquire after it.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 92

The challenge of personal responsibility is not being met. Seek and you will find.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Doesn’t support the requirement of faith and belief.

Jesus said, “The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman who was carrying a jar full of meal. While she was walking on the road, still some distance from home, the handle of the jar broke and the meal emptied out behind her on the road. She did not realize it; she had noticed no accident. When she reached her house, she set the jar down and found it empty.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 97

Be attentive.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Didn’t meet the requirements of the authors of the bible.

Jesus said, “The kingdom of the father is like a certain man who wanted to kill a powerful man. In his own house he drew his sword and stuck it into the wall in order to find out whether his hand could carry through. Then he slew the powerful man.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 98

It is in the application of the knowledge that the experience is assured.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

If a Great Leader had any say…?

Jesus said, “Woe to the Pharisees, for they are like a dog sleeping in the manger of oxen, for neither does he eat nor does he let the oxen eat.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 102

 

Repetition of GOT #39 and the issue of abuse that stems from the lust for power and privilege.

Mark 12:38 talks to the same topic but not a match in wording.

Warning against the Teachers of the Law

38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, 39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: 40 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers : these shall receive greater damnation

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Perhaps it wasn’t.

Jesus said, “Fortunate is the man who knows where the brigands will enter, so that he may get up, muster his domain, and arm himself before they invade.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 103

When we come to know ourselves we have a better appreciation of the motives of others and our interpersonal skills and confidence improve. We are better prepared to deal with immaturity.

Luke 12:35 talks to the same topic but not a match in wording.

Watchfulness

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Perhaps it wasn’t.

Jesus said, “He who knows the father and the mother will be called the son of a harlot.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 105

In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus seems, in my opinion, to refer to the knowable inner reality or spiritual nature as the father in other sayings. Mother could represent the physical reality. In a spiritual context we cannot serve, two masters. The personal choice is required or we risk adverse influence from the physical reality. This could denigrate the spiritual experience, perhaps.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Deemed unsuitable and contradictory.

Jesus said, “He who will drink from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 108

Could the living example of Jesus be available (at least the potential) to everyone. A reference to the oneness of the human spirituality, again. “Whoever” is after all, all inclusive? Do the likes of John Lennon, The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, some mothers, some fathers and volunteers show the same signs?

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Gave too much authority away.

Jesus said, “Whoever finds the world and becomes rich, let him renounce the world.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 110

Renounce the (material) world to find your true wealth.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Not welcoming of material wealth gatherers at the table.

GOT #111 Jesus said, “The heavens and the earth will be rolled up in your presence. And the one who lives from the living one will not see death.” Does not Jesus say, “Whoever finds himself is superior to the world?”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 111

Doesn’t Jesus say, “Those who have found themselves, of them the world is not worthy”?

In the face of a significant event, such as the destruction of everything we know, heaven and earth, if one lives true to the innate spiritual reality they will not know death. People of great compassion tend to live in the moment and devote themselves to others. They are often remembered for their courage in some of the direst circumstances. I think of the reflections of the leader of a group of fire fighters (YouTube), Jay Jonas, as just one possible evidence to this truth. His team were in the World Trade’s Centre second tower as it collapsed.

Note the reference to slow motion and reflect on Dr. Taylors observations. This is a phenomena, I know is part of our authentic reality.

Internet Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-jill-bolte-taylor/neuroscience_b_2404554.html

Last Viewed 7th February 2014

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Raises the personal standing too high.

Jesus said, “Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 112

Avoid conflict between matters of the spiritual reality and matters of the physical reality. The left and the right hand conflicts.

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Independence again.

[Saying added to the original collection at a later date:]

Simon Peter said to him, “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life.”

Jesus said, “I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Gospel of Thomas – Saying 114

The final word is for womankind and equality, perhaps, as it should be. Jesus is being subtle in declaring the equality in spiritual potential of males and females. My experience is that women, collectively speaking, are better examples of spiritual maturity than men, assuming spirituality is founded on selflessness and compassion. My wife taught me this. And on learning it, I’ve seen it often.

And if you’re not convinced yet, that we may be reading from the wrong hymn book, consider this from Dustin Hoffman. (Google)

Possible reasons for exclusion:

Female equality was not thought to be accurate or appropriate by some in antiquity.

If you also weigh in the theory, that Emperor Nerva wrote the Biblical gospels for the military minded Flavians and then reflect on the negative roles of Nero and Caligula’s mothers, the mother daughter Agrippina’s, it may be no surprise that women were given the back seat. Inappropriately though.

Possibly at the birth of religion this spiritual equality between genders has been known and unfortunately suppressed.

It’s time. Women are the first to grasp the spiritual nature of our reality and hold the deepest understanding of selflessness.

This from Hinduism

Rishi (Wiki)

These things called Love or Go(o)d are what remain in those moments we lose sight of ourselves.

Perhaps authentic peace belongs to those who are courageous enough to face the truth about the reality of our enduring human condition or spirituality. Not willing to rely on beliefs or assumptions. These people then become the ones who make informed choices, not guesses, to reconcile to that reality and are able to accept their mistakes with integrity. It’s this reconciliation between what one thinks and how one chooses to knowingly act that ends the hypocrisy and lies. In some spiritual contexts you might say ends duality.

Fortunately more people than not, may already make some fine decisions in this regard. The journey to maturity may be well underway for many. However, our opportunities for both personal and global peace may be as fleeting as our attention is to atrocities and our personal challenges. The denial factor.

GOT# 63 Jesus said, There was a rich person who had a great deal of money. He said, “I shall invest my money so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouses with produce, that I may lack nothing.” These were the things he was thinking in his heart, but that very night he died. Anyone here with two ears had better listen!

A fundamental threat to peace is selfishness and the untruths that self interested behaviours give rise to.

Love and peace are experiences beyond words. Be the Go(o)dness, that’s in us, each and everyone.

Peace.

Now that’s something worth fighting for. No weapons though. Choose a go(o)d life, not a great one :-)

“Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Test of Three.”  …

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither (1) true nor (2) good nor (3) even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

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