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GNOSTIC GOSPELS OF HOLY CHRISTIAN BIBLE- Chapter 53- KALKI GAUR 

 

Chapter 53

Gnostic Bible

“Clash of World Religions” Kalki Gaur © 2006 Copyrights. http://kalkigaur.blogstream.com/

Chapter 53 -Gnostic Bible, 53(1) Talk Points

53(2) Gospel of Judas 53(3) Gospel of Thomas

53(4) Gospel of Philip 53(5) Gospel of Mary Magdalene

53(6) Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ53(7) Gospel of Truth

53(8) True Christianity of Gnostic Gospels

53(1) Talk Points -53(2) Text Gospel of Judas

THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL ACCORDING TO APOSTLE JUDAS ISCARIOT

(1) EARTHLY MINISTRY OF JESUS: The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot, three days before Jesus celebrated Passover. The Earthly Ministry of Jesus. When Jesus appeared on earth, he performed miracles and great wonders for the salvation of humanity. And since some walked in the way of righteousness while others walked in their transgressions, the twelve disciples were called. Jesus began to speak with them about the mysteries beyond the world and what would take place at the end. Often Jesus did not appear to his disciples as himself, but Jesus was found among 12 disciples as a child.”

(Gospel of Thomas) - Commentary: Child is a spiritual father of a man, as the soul of a child not adulterated by material world as much as that of a man. A spiritual man maintains the childlike non-attachment to the material world.

(2) SCENE 1, JESUS DIALOGUES WITH HIS DISCIPLE: The prayer of Thanksgiving or the Eucharist. One day Jesus was with his disciples in Judea, and he found them gathered together and seated in pious observance. When he approached his disciples, gathered together and seated and offering a prayer of thanksgiving over the bread, he laughed. The disciples said to Jesus, “Master, why are you laughing at our prayer of Thanksgiving? We have done what is right.” Jesus answered and said to them, “I am not laughing at you. You are not doing this because of your own will but because it is through this that your god will be praised.” The 12 disciples said, “Master, you are the son of our God.” Jesus said to them, “How do you know me? Truly I say to you, no generation of the people that are among you will know me.”

 

Gospel of Judas - Commentary: The religious rituals useful to please (or praise) the demigods or angels. One may know the body of the master by material senses, but to know the real one inside the master require spiritual insight.

 

(3) THE DISCIPLES BECOME ANGRY: When his disciples heard this, they started getting angry and infuriated and began blaspheming against him in their hearts. When Jesus observed their lack of understanding, he said to them, “Why has this agitation led you to anger? Your god, who is within you, has provoked you to anger within your souls. Let any one of you who is strong enough among human beings, to bring out the perfect human and stand before my face.” They all said, “We have the strength.” But their spirits did not dare to stand before him, except for Judas Iscariot. Judas was able to stand before him, but he could not look him in the eyes, and he turned his face away. Judas said to Judas, “I know who you are and where you have come from. You are from the immortal realm of Barbelo. And I am not worthy to utter the name of the one who has sent you.

 

Gospel of Judas - Commentary: There is a spiritual realm of Barbelo. Only a strong human being can bring out the perfect human inside him.

 

(4) JESUS SPEAKS TO JUDAS PRIVATELY: Knowing that Judas was reflecting upon something that was exalted, Jesus said to him, “Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries of the kingdom. It is possible for you to reach it, but you will grieve a great deal. For someone else will replace you, in order that the twelve disciples may again come to completion with their God.” Judas said to Judas, “When will you tell me these things, and when will the great day of light dawn for the generation?” But when Judas said this, Jesus left him.

 

(5) SCENE 2, JESUS APPEARS TO THE DISCIPLES AGAIN: The next morning, after this happened, Jesus appeared to his disciples again. The disciples said to Jesus, “Master, where did you go and what did you do when you left us?” Jesus said to them, “I went to another great and holy generation.” His disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, what is the great generation that is superior to us and holier than us, that is not now in these realms?” When Jesus heard this, he laughed and said to them, “Why are you thinking in your hearts about the strong and holy generation? Truly I say to you, no one born of this Aeon (eternal realm or higher spiritual planets) will see that generation, and no host of angels of the stars will rule over that generation, and no person of mortal birth can associate with it, because that generation does not come from which has become. The generation of people among you from the generation of humanity power, which the other powers by which you rule.” When his disciples heard this, they each were troubled in spirit. They could not say a word.

 

Gospel of Judas - Commentary: There is a strong and holy generation, and no one born now in the generation of humanity will see any person from that holy and strong generation. No angel or demigod will rule over that great holy generation. No person of mortal birth can associate with that strong and holy generation.

 

(6) THE DISCIPLES SEE THE TEMPLE AND DISCUSS IT: Another day Jesus came up to them. They said to Jesus, “Master, we have seen you in a vision, for we have had great dreams night.” Jesus said, “Why have you, when you have gone into hiding?” The disciples said, “We have seen a great house with a large altar in it, and twelve men they are the priests, we would say and a name; and a crowd of people is waiting at that altar, until the priests and receive the offerings. But we kept waiting.” Jesus said, “What are the priests like?” Disciples said, “Some two weeks; some sacrifice their own children, others their wives, in praise and humility with each other; some sleep with men; some are involved in slaughter; some commit a multitude of sins and deeds of lawlessness. And the men who stand before the altar invoke your name, and in all the deeds of their deficiency, the sacrifices are brought to completion.” After disciples said this, they were quiet, for they were troubled.

 

Gospel of Judas -Commentary: Gnostics believe that the Priests should have personal piety before the Sacrament would become effective. Catholic Church and Orthodox Church believed that Sacrament would have the potency even when the priests lack personal piety and may commit multitude of sins and deeds of lawlessness.

 

(7) JESUS OFFERS AN ALLEGORICAL VISION OF THE TEMPLE: Jesus said to them, “Why are you troubled? Truly I say to you, all the priests who stand before that altar invoke my name. Again I say to you, my name has been written on this of the generations of the stars through the human generations. And they have planted trees without fruit, in my name, in a shameful manner.” Jesus said to them, “Those you have seen receiving the offerings at the altar that is who you are. That is the god you serve, and you are those twelve men you have seen. The cattle you have seen brought for sacrifice are the many people you lead astray before that altar. The Angel will stand and make use of my name in this way, and generations of the pious will remain loyal to him. After this another man will stand there from the fornicators, and another will stand there from the slayers of children, and another from those who sleep with men, and those who abstain, and the rest of the people of pollution and lawlessness and error, and those who say, ‘We are like angels’; they are the stars that bring everything to its conclusion. For to the human generations it has been said, ‘Look, God has received your sacrifice from the hands of a priest,’ that is, a minister of error. But it is the Lord, the Lord of the universe, who commands, ‘On the last day they will be put to shame.’” Jesus said to them, “Stop sacrificing, which you have over the altar, since they are over your stars and your angels and have already come to their conclusion there. So let them be ensnared before you, and let them go generations. A baker cannot feed all creation under heaven, and to them and to us. Jesus said to them, “Stop struggling with me. Each of you has his own star, and everybody in who has come spring for the tree of this Aeon (eternal realm) for a time but he has come to water God’s paradise, and the generation that will last, because he will not defile the walk of life of that generation, but for all eternity.”

 

Gospel of Judas Commentary. The sacrifices that you make to the priests may help you please only the demigods. Any priest that claims to be like angels or demigods is a minister or error. Every one has his own spiritual destiny and must find his own path of salvation. By rituals and sacrifices you gain the favors of demigods or angles only and you water the tree for this Aeon (eternal realm) for a time.

 

(8) JUDAS ASKS JESUS ABOUT THAT GENERATION AND HUMAN GENERATIONS: Judas said to Jesus, “Rabbi, what kind of fruit does this generation produce?” Jesus said, “The souls of every human generation will die. When these people, however, have completed the time of the kingdom and the spirit leaves them, their bodies will die but their souls will be alive, and they will be taken up.” Judas said, “And what will the rest of the human generations do?” Jesus said, “It is impossible to sow seed on rock and harvest its fruit. This is also the way the defiled generation and corruptible Sophia the hand that has created mortal people, so that their souls go up to the eternal realms above. Truly I say to you, angel power will be able to see that these to whom holy generations.” After Jesus said this, he departed.

 

Gospel of Judas -Commentary: People go to heaven and spend their time in heaven and the time depends on their actions and deeds. However, after the exhaustion of their time at heaven their spirit leaves them and their body in heaven dies. Just as it is impossible to sow seed on rock and harvest the fruit of the seed, similarly defiled generation cannot go to the heaven. The corruptible demigoddess Sophia has created the mortal people. The demigods and angle power will be able to see these souls that go to higher heavens.

 

(9) SCENE 3: JUDAS RECOUNTS A VISION AND JESUS RESPONDS: Judas said, “Master, as you have listened to all of them, now also listen to me. For I have seen a great vision.” When Jesus heard this, he laughed and said to him, “You thirteenth spirit, why do you try so hard? But speak up, and I shall bear with you.” Judas said to Jesus, “In the vision I saw myself as the twelve disciples were stoning me and persecuting me severely. And I also came to the place where after you, I saw a house, and my eyes could not comprehend its size. Great people were surrounding it, and that house had a roof of greenery, and in the middle of the house was a crowd, saying, ‘Master, take me in along with these people.’” Jesus answered and said, “Judas, your star has led you astray.” Jesus continued, “No person of mortal birth is worthy to enter the house you have seen, for that place is reserved for the holy. Neither the sun nor the moon will rule there, nor the day, but the holy will abide there always, in the eternal realm with the holy angels. Look, I have explained to you the mysteries of the kingdom and I have taught you about the error of the stars; and send it on the twelve Aeon (eternal realm).”

 

Gospel of Judas -Commentary: The Higher Heaven is a place reserved for the holy. That higher Heaven is lit neither by the light of the sun nor moon and it has neither days nor night, and once you attain that higher heaven, you live there for eternity along with holy angels.

 

(10) JUDAS ASKS ABOUT HIS OWN FATE: Judas said, “Master, could it be that my seed is under the control of the rulers?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Come, that I but that you will grieve much when you see the kingdom and all its generation.” When Judas heard this, Judas said to Jesus, “What good is it that I have received it? For you have set me apart for that generation.” Jesus answered and said, “You will become the thirteenth, and you will be cursed by the other generations and you will come to rule over them. In the last days they will curse your ascent to the holy generation.”

 

(11) JESUS TEACHES JUDAS ABOUT COSMOLOGY: THE SPIRIT AND THE SELF-GENERATED: Jesus said, “Come that I may teach you about secrets no person has ever seen. For there exists a great and boundless realm, whose extent no generation of angels has seen, in which there is a great invisible Spirit, which no eye of an angel has ever seen, no thought of the heart has ever comprehended, and it was never called by any name. And a luminous cloud appeared there. Jesus said, ‘Let an angel come into being as my attendant.’ “A great angel, the enlightened divine Self-Generated, emerged from the cloud. Because of him, four other angels came into being from another cloud, and they became attendants for the angelic Self-Generated. The Self-Generated said, ‘Let come into being,’ and it came into being. And he created the first luminary to reign over him. He said, ‘Let angels come into being to serve him,’ and myriads without number came into being. He said, ‘Let an enlightened Aeon (eternal realm) come into being,’ and he came into being. He created the second luminary to reign over him, together with myriads of angels without number, to offer service. That is how he created the rest of the enlightened Aeon (eternal realm). He made them reign over them, and he created for them myriads of angels without number, to assist them.

 

(Gospel of Judas) – Almighty God is a great invisible Spirit, which no angel or demigod has ever seen, which is incomprehensible by any mind or heart, and which is not called by any name. The angels or demigods served Jesus. The great-angel the enlightened divine Self-Generated manifested on its own. The Great Angel, who was a Self-Generated as well as Enlightened created other Angels or Demigods.

 

(12) ADAMAS AND THE LUMINARIES: “Adamas was in the first luminous cloud that no angel has ever seen among all those called ‘God.’ He that had the image and after the likeness of this angel, he made the incorruptible generation of Seth appear the twelve the twenty-four. He made seventy-two (72) luminaries appear in the incorruptible generation, in accordance with the will of the Spirit. The seventy-two (72) luminaries themselves made three hundred sixty luminaries appear in the incorruptible generation, in accordance with the will of the Spirit, that their number should be five for each. “The twelve (12) Aeon (eternal realm) of the twelve (12) luminaries constitute their father, with six (6) heavens for each Aeon (eternal realm), so that there are seventy-two (72) heavens for the seventy-two (72) luminaries, and for each of them five (5) firmaments, for a total of three hundred sixty (360) firmaments. They were given authority and a great host of angels without number, for glory and adoration, and after that also virgin spirits, for glory and adoration of all the Aeon (eternal realm) and the heavens and their firmaments.

 

(Gospel of Judas) – Commentary: Jesus introduced the concept of “Adamas” as senior god. Jesus introduced the concept of demigods of generation of “Seth” the demigod of Pharaoh’s religion. Luminaries are the self-illuminating beings.

 

(13) THE COSMOS, CHAOS, & UNDERWORLD: “The multitude of those immortals is called the cosmos that is, perdition by the Father and the seventy-two (72) Luminaries who are with the Self-Generated and his seventy-two (72) Aeon (eternal realm). In him the first human appeared with his incorruptible powers. And the Aeon that appeared with his generation, the aeon in whom are the cloud of knowledge and the angel, is called “El.” Aeon after that said, ‘Let twelve (12) angels come into being to rule over chaos and the underworld.’ And look, from the cloud there appeared an angel whose face flashed with fire and whose appearance was defiled with blood. His name was “Nebro,” which means ‘Rebel’; others call him “Yaldabaoth.” Another angel, Saklas, also came from the cloud. So Nebro created six angels as well as “Saklas” to be assistants, and these produced twelve angels in the heavens, with each one receiving a portion in the heavens.

 

(Gospel of Judas) – Commentary: Jesus introduced the concept of demigods “Nebro,” “Yaldabaoh” and “Saklas.”

 

(14) THE RULERS AND ANGELS: “The twelve rulers spoke with the twelve angels: ‘Let each of you and let them generation angels’: The first is Seth, who is called Christ. The second is Harmathoth, who is. The third is Galila. The fourth is Yobel. The fifth is Adonaios. These are the five who ruled over the underworld, and first of all over chaos.

 

(Gospel of Judas) – Commentary: Jesus introduced the concepts of “Seth,” “Christ,” “Harmaloth,” “Galia,” “Yobel,” and “Adonaios.”

 

(15) THE CREATION OF HUMANITY: “Then Saklas said to his angels, ‘Let us create a human being after the likeness and after the image.’ They fashioned Adam and his wife Eve, who is called, in the cloud, Zoe. For by this name all the generations seek the man, and each of them calls the woman by these names. Now, Sakla did not command except the generations this. And the ruler said to Adam, ‘You shall live long, with your children.”

 

(Gospel of Judas) –Commentary: Demigod Saklas and his wife Eve or Zoe created man and woman. Almighty God did not create man and woman.

 

(16) JUDAS ASKS ABOUT THE DESTINY OF ADAM AND HUMANITY: Judas said to Jesus, “What is the long duration of time that the human being will live?” Jesus said, “Why are you wondering about this, that Adam, with his generation, has lived his span of life in the place where he has received his kingdom, with longevity with his ruler?” Judas said to Jesus, “Does the human spirit die?” Jesus said, “This is why God ordered Michael to give the spirits of people to them as a loan, so that they might offer service, but the Great One ordered Gabriel to grant spirits to the great generation with no ruler over it that is, the spirit and the soul, therefore, the rest of the souls.

 

(Gospel of Judas) – Commentary: God ordered demigod Michael to give spirits to people as a loan so that man and woman might offer service. But the Great One ordered demigod Gabriel to grant spirits to the great generation with no ruler over it, that is Spirit and the Soul.

 

(17) JESUS DISCUSSES THE DESTRUCTION OF THE WICKED WITH JUDAS AND OTHERS: Light around let spirit that is within you dwells in this flesh among the generations of angels. But God caused knowledge to be given to Adam and those with him, so that the kings of chaos and the underworld might not lord it over them.” Judas said to Jesus, “So what will those generations do?” Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, for all of them the stars bring matters to completion. When Saklas completes the span of time assigned for him, their first star will appear with the generations, and they will finish what they said they would do. Then they will fornicate in my name and slay their children and they will and my name, and he will your star over the thirteenth aeon.” After that Jesus laughed. Judas said, “Master, why are you laughing at us?” Jesus answered and said, “I am not laughing at you] but at the error of the stars, because these six stars wander about with these five combatants, and they all will be destroyed along with their creatures.”

 

(Gospel of Judas) – Commentary: God caused the knowledge, which demigods had withheld from man and woman to be imparted to them through the allegorical intermediacy of snake in the Garden of Eden, so that the demigods of the underworld may not lord over man and woman. With the knowledge that snake allegedly imparted to the man and woman in the Garden of Eden, mankind would not have known how to differentiate the right action from the wrong action, and would have been at the mercy of the kings of chaos and the underworld and they priests over lands.

 

(18) JESUS SPEAKS OF THOSE WHO ARE BAPTIZED, AND JUDAS’S BETRAYAL: Judas said to Jesus, “Look, what will those who have been baptized in your name do?” Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, this baptism my name to me. Truly I say to you, Judas, those who offer sacrifices to Saklas God everything that is evil. But you will exceed all of them, for you will sacrifice the man that clothes me. Already your horn has been raised, your wrath has been kindled, your star has shown brightly, and your heart has. “Truly your last become, grieve the ruler, since he will be destroyed. And then the image of the great generation of Adam will be exalted, for prior to heaven, earth, and the angels, that generation, which is from the eternal realms, exists. Look, you have been told everything. Lift up your eyes and look at the cloud and the light within it and the stars surrounding it. The star that leads the way is your star.” Judas lifted up his eyes and saw the luminous cloud, and he entered it. Those standing on the ground heard a voice coming from the cloud.

 

(19) CONCLUSION: JUDAS BETRAYS JESUS: Their high priests murmured because he had gone into the guest room for his prayer. But some Jewish scribes were there watching carefully in order to arrest Judas during the prayer, for these Jewish scribes were afraid of the people, since Judas was regarded by all as a prophet. The Jewish scribes approached Judas and said to him, “What are you doing here? You are Jesus’ disciple.” Judas answered them as they wished. And he received some money they handed him over. The Gospel of Judas- Ends.

 

53(3) Gospel of Judas Commentary

Gnostic Christian Teaching of Judas

(1) New Creation Story in Gospel of Judas.

The Gospel of Judas' text begins: “The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot.” The text of the Gospel of Judas also offers a new creation story, depicting the evil world as the product of a bloodthirsty, foolish lower deity, rather than the higher, true God. This duality is the Gospel of Judas was never be accepted by Orthodox Christianity. The Gospel of Judas contains a radically different creation story, with the world created by Angels.

 

(2) Freedom from Mortal body.

The Gospel of Judas: “The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot.” Jesus tells Judas: “You will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me.” The statement meant Jesus needed to be freed from his human body and wanted this to be done by a friend rather than an enemy. So Jesus asks Judas, who is his friend, to sell him out, to betray him. It’s treason to the general public, but between Jesus and Judas it’s not treachery. In another section, Jesus singles Judas out for special status, telling him: Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries of the kingdom. Look, you have been told everything. Lift up your eyes and look at the cloud and the light within it and the stars surrounding it. The star that leads the way is your star.

 

(3) God became man in Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of Judas and other Gnostic Scriptures challenge the central Christian notion that God became man in Jesus Christ. The books like The Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood, Holy Grail show that secularists find more plausible than the central Christian notion that God became man in Jesus Christ.

 

(4) Special Knowledge Gives Salvation

Salvation comes through special knowledge imparted by Christ. The Gospel of Judas could revolutionize people's understanding of early Christianity. The Catholic Church of today rejects the Gospel of Judas, just as it did in the early centuries of Christianity. These Gospel of Judas and other Gnostic Gospels emphasize knowledge that initiates have and others do not. The main reason is that the text of the Gospel of Judas asserts that salvation comes through special knowledge imparted by Christ to select people during his time on earth. The reclaimed Gospel of Judas ''turn everything on its head. Many Christians have been promoting rediscovered early gospels that say salvation is based in knowledge, rather than on the death and resurrection of Christ, as ''spirituality for the 21st century. The Gnostic Gospels do not involve knowledge in the modern sense, but complicated mythology and metaphysics.

 

Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism believe that salvation comes through the death and resurrection of Jesus. ''Jesus made a wide-open gift of salvation to humanity. In Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism Salvation comes through faith. The Pharisees went to Judas and told him “although you are evil in this place, you are Jesus' true disciple.” And Judas answered them as Pharisees wanted him to. And Judas received the money. And he surrendered Jesus. This is the end of the Gospel of Judas. Without Judas's help, Jesus would not have been crucified and God's plan to redeem mankind would not have been fulfilled, the Gospel of Judas suggests.

 

(5) Gospel of Mary Magdalene.

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene responds to a debate about female leadership in the Church. The Gospel of Thomas responds to certain questions about the nature of the Kingdom of Heaven. So in question of reliability of talking about Jesus' life, some of Gnostic Gospels don't have very much to offer. In terms of reconstructing second century Christianity, Gnostic Gospels are very vital. Gospel of Judas describes a very central part of Jesus' life and death, so this is likely to set off a real re-think about Catholic and Orthodox Christianity by laity. The Gospel of Judas is going to set off a real re-think in terms of how Christians understand Jesus' life. The Jesus that comes out of the Gospel of Judas can't really be reconciled with the Jesus of the Canonical four Gospels. Either one or other of them must be a distortion of reality.

 

(6) Jesus Forgave Judas.

That Jesus would have forgiven Judas is certain, because the heart of Jesus is of forgiveness, of mercy for everyone. Jesus forgave Peter who had also denied him. Jesus was certainly ready to forgive Judas. According to Catholic scriptures and tradition, Judas went out and hanged himself that doesn't mean Judas went to Hell either. Catholic tradition suggests that one of the few people that Church think may be in Hell would be Judas.

 

(7) Judas was the Chief Apostle of Jesus.

The Gospel of Judas says that, far from being Jesus' enemy, Judas was his Chief Apostle - who betrayed Jesus to the authorities at the actual request of his master in order to fulfill a divine ordinance for the salvation of the world. Judas, alone of the disciples, understood the true significance of Jesus' teachings - because Jesus told him, “You will exceed all of them, Jesus tells the main man in the key passage in the text, for you will sacrifice the man that clothed me.” Thus Apostle Judas, the individual whose name has entered the English language as a synonym for traitor, for selling his master for 30 pieces of silver, the amount for which the law of Moses specified an Israelite could buy or sell a slave, was the Secret Hero of early Christianity and Chief Apostle, instead of being the big villain. The authors of Gospel of Judas believe that Judas the Betrayer was fully informed of these things and that he alone, knowing the truth as no others did, fulfilled the secret of betrayal that confused all things, both in heaven and on earth.

 

(8) Resurrection Not Mentioned

Gospel of Judas does not mention Resurrection. How is it different and what does Jesus say about Judas in the Gospel of Judas? First of all, Judas and Jesus are meeting in some nether land possibly after the Resurrection. There's no direct mention of the Resurrection. Judas is a different kind of character. He's the person who is asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. And that sacrifice is to sacrifice the life of Jesus in order that Jesus may attain eternity and immortality. And Judas is the one who enables all of us to help find that inner spark within ourselves. The Gospel of Judas Iscariot is actually a very reverent document coming from approximately the 2nd century, well after the four gospels accepted as the canonical gospels were actually written. One can’t really know 100 percent that the Gospel of Judas is Judas' account. We know that a writer in the 2nd century told this story, which is the story of the encounter between Judas Iscariot and Jesus some time after the Resurrection. Judas is actually Jesus' best friend. Judas is the one who enables Jesus to fulfill his mission, to die and to release that inner spark within himself and within all of us that is the divine. And that is the concept of this absolutely rare 2nd-century document, which is just coming to light.

 

(9) An Abrupt End:

The Gospel of Judas ends abruptly. They [the arresting party] approached Judas and said to him, 'What are you doing here? You are Jesus' disciple.' Judas answered them as they wished. And he received some money and handed him over to them. No mention is made of the Crucifixion or Resurrection. Scholars hope one thing may prove true: The new version of the story could help mend fences between Christians and Jews. For centuries, Judas has symbolized Jews' rejection of Jesus. That has been the elephant in the room. The Judas story has been the basis for an enormous amount of anti-Semitism.

 

(10) Canaanites

The Gospel of Judas text was the work of a sect called the Canaanites who were so determined to accentuate the positive that they saw Cain (the Old Testament's first murderer) as a hero too. Some academics suggest that Bishop Irenaeus took as his source Justin Martyr which would date the Gospel of Judas 120AD. The Cainaanites were part of a movement known as the Gnostics, a sect often described as Christian heresy but which was a syncretistic tendency that picked-and-mixed elements from many different religions. What was common to Gnostic or Cainaanites was the notion that salvation was to be achieved by the acquisition of secret or arcane knowledge (gnosis in Greek). The Gospel of Judas suits their purposes admirably. The spiritualism of Gnostics or Cainaanites is very useful for the modern society. The modern world is not big on salvation - though our obsession with personal fulfillment is an attenuated version of the notion - but we are still terribly keen on secrets. The persistence of Gnosticism through the centuries is testimony to that, surfacing in everything from medieval heresies to modern romanticism - it is there in William Blake, in theosophy, Aleister Crowley, Jung and most recently in the work of Philip Pullman. Gnostics wrote Gospel of Judas. Gnostics, the group of people that their enemies called Gnostics, those who know. It's alleged that the Canaanites were - a group called the Canaanites - were the authors of this particular document. But as to who exactly wrote it, we don't really know. We can only look at the theology and the doctrine and project back from that to the sort of community that would've used it.

 

(11) Judas is Highest Apostle Not Peter

What is in this lost gospel about Judas and what does it say about Judas Iscariot? Jesus in this account instructs Judas to betray him, it is implied in some words in the actual canonical New Testament, but in the Gospel of Judas, it is quite explicit. Jesus is asking Judas to make the ultimate sacrifice, to sacrifice himself and to enable Jesus to fulfill his mission on Earth. Judas is actually in a totally revised relationship to Jesus. Judas is Jesus' favorite disciple and Judas is the person who enables Jesus to reach the heavens, and Judas himself is a star in the sky, according to the words of Jesus. This is not the Judas Iscariot that we know from the Bible. In the Bible, Judas betrays Jesus, but the Gospel of Judas tells a different story –the Apostle Judas' version of what happened. A new Apostle Judas emerges from rediscovered Manuscript offers new view on Jesus and Apostle Judas, in the Judas gospel. The New Testament includes only four gospels – Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

 

(12) Judas Will Exceed All of Them

“The star that leads the way is your star, Jesus said to Judas. You will exceed all of them for you will have sacrificed the man that clothes me.” Commentary: Meaning you will turn me over to the Romans, and they will crucify me and my spirit will move from the body my soul. What he means, as the scholars interpret it, is the soul of Jesus will be liberated from the body that entraps him. His soul is now liberated to come to heaven. The Gospel of Judas presents a lost version of the last days of Jesus, using dramatic recreations to portray and clarify the complex story of intrigue and politics of the earliest days of Christianity. The gospel reframes Judas as the disciple closest to Jesus, who committed his act of betrayal at Jesus' behest. The Gospel of Judas turns Judas' act of betrayal into an act of obedience.'' Judas kiss was no betrayal, the lost gospel reveals. Judas was not a traitor but a close friend of Jesus who was only doing his bidding when he turned him in with a kiss, a newly translated ancient document unveiled in the US suggests.

 

(13) Sacrifice the Man Who Clothes Me

Jesus said to Judas: You will exceed all of them (the other disciples) for you will sacrifice the man who clothes me.

 

Commentary: The gospel suggests that Judas was a trapped spirit. And salvation comes when we escape the materiality of our existence and Judas is the one who makes it possible for him to escape by allowing for his body to be killed. The key passage comes when Jesus tells Judas: You will exceed all of them, for you will sacrifice the man that clothed me. Scholars said this indicates that Judas would help liberate the spiritual self by helping Jesus get rid of his body. Garcia said the codex enhances our knowledge of the history and theological viewpoints of the early Christian period.

 

(14) Salvation Via Secret Mystic Knowledge

The Gospel of Judas belonged to Gnostics, who believed that the way to salvation was through secret knowledge given by Jesus to his inner circle. The author of the gospel of Judas believed that Judas Iscariot alone understood the true significance of Christ's teachings. Judas is actually in a totally revised relationship to Jesus. He is Jesus' favorite disciple, he is the person who enables Jesus to reach the heavens, and he himself is a star in the sky, according to the words of Jesus. First of all, Judas and Jesus are meeting in some nether land possibly after the Resurrection. There's no direct mention of the Resurrection. Judas is a different kind of character. He's the person who is asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. And that sacrifice is to sacrifice the life of Jesus in order that Jesus may attain eternity and immortality. And Judas is the one who enables all of us to help find that inner spark within ourselves. I think that the gospel of Judas Iscariot is actually a very reverent document coming from approximately the 2nd century -- well after the four gospels accepted as the canonical gospels were actually written. We don't really know 100 percent that it's Judas' account. We know that a writer in the 2nd century told this story, which is the story of the encounter between Judas Iscariot and Jesus some time after the Resurrection. Judas is actually Jesus' best friend. Judas is the one who enables Jesus to fulfill his mission -- to die and to release that inner spark within himself and within all of us that is the divine. And that is the concept of this absolutely rare 2nd-century document, which is just coming to light.

 

(15) Christianity of Gospel of Judas is a Different Christianity

The Gospel of Judas contains a radically different creation story, with the world created by angels. In several places in the text Judas singled out for special treatment by Jesus: “Step away from the others and I shall tell you the secret of the kingdom. It is possible for you to reach it but you will grieve a great deal. Look, you have been told everything. Lift up your eyes and look at the cloud and the light within it and the stars surrounding it. The star that leads the way is your star.” If Gnostics could acquire the same secret knowledge given by Jesus to his inner circle, they would be saved too. What was common to Gnostic or Canaanites was the notion that salvation was to be achieved by the acquisition of secret or arcane knowledge (gnosis in Greek).

 

53(4) Role of Judas in Christianity

(1) Discovery of Gospel of Judas

Lost for almost 1700 years, The Gospel of Judas, an ancient Coptic text tells a very different story of Judas and his relationship with Jesus. The Gospel of Judas could be one of the most important texts in history, claiming that Judas of Iscariot was acting on Jesus’ request when he handed Jesus over to Roman authorities. The dramatic discovery of an ancient biblical text enhances our knowledge of the history and theological viewpoints of the early Christian period. The long journey of the codex Gospel of Judas that ended up in safe deposit box No. 395 of City Bank branch on North Broadway, Hicksville New York for 16 years from 1984 to 2000, began in the caves along the Nile River in Egypt in 1970s when peasants discovered leather-bound papyrus. Caves in the area north and east of El Minya, Egypt, near where the manuscript containing the Gospel of Judas was found. The manuscript had been found in Egypt in El Minya on the Nile in 1978 - though when it was offered to potential buyers previously it was to have been found elsewhere in Egypt in 1947, during the 1960s, in the mid-70s, and in 1980. It was first shown to academics in a seedy hotel room in Geneva in 1983. They turned down the $3 million asking price for the smuggled book. There was at least one other known attempt to sell it in the 1990s after which it languished in a safe deposit box in New York where the condition of the papyrus deteriorated.

 

A Cairo-based antiquities dealer Hanna sold it to a Swiss dealer Ms Frieda Nussberger-Tchacos for $300,000. The Gospel of Judas came out of the Gnostic Christianity sect that differed from Orthodox Christian leaders of the time. Scholars said the 26-page document was written on 13 sheets of papyrus leaf in ancient Egyptian, or Coptic, and was bound as a book, known as a codex. It is one of dozens of sacred texts from the Christian Gnostics, who believed salvation came through secret knowledge conveyed by Jesus. Its author was anonymous. Its publication makes available a significant text in Christian cultural heritage. National Geographic, said it authenticated the codex through radiocarbon dating, ink analysis and study of the script. And despite a murky history, no scholar has suggested the document is a forgery, a problem that has dogged several recent finds, most notably the bone box, or ossuary, purported to have contained the remains of Jesus' brother James. There is another copy of the unauthorized gospel - in the Vatican Library, which the Church of Rome has for centuries refused to publish. It is highly logical that the Catholic Church would have kept a copy of the forbidden gospels. In 2004 Professor Rudolf Kasser caused a stir at a conference of Coptic specialists in Paris by announcing that he was working on translating the text from the same Sahidic dialect of Coptic used in the 46 different apocryphal texts discovered in 1945 near Nag Hammadi in Egypt - books such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, and the Gospel of Truth which had prompted a major re-evaluation of early Christian history. The rumor was that the National Geographic had bought the Gospel of Judas manuscript, which also contained several other works.

 

(2) Gospel of Judas is Authentic

The text's existence has been known since it was denounced as heresy by the bishop of Lyon in A.D. 180, but its contents had remained an almost total mystery. It describes conversations between Jesus and Judas Iscariot in the last week of their lives in which Jesus tells Judas secrets no other person has ever seen. The other apostles pray to a lesser God, Jesus says, and reveals to Judas the mysteries of the kingdom of the true God. Jesus asks Judas to help him return to the kingdom, but to do so, Judas must help him abandon his mortal flesh: “You will sacrifice the man that clothes me,” Jesus tells Judas, and acknowledges that Judas will be cursed by the other generations. The Gnostics were a sect that emphasized knowledge [gnosis], but not the kind we think of today. They were interested in the spiritual knowledge of God and the essential oneness of the inner self with God. The Gospel of Judas will provide into the exceptionally turbulent period when competing ideologies sought to stake their own claims to the Jesus story, battling in oral stories and written texts until a single faction won out. As an authentic ancient Gnostic text, the Gospel of Judas is certain to spark a Tsunami of interest by both theologians and the faithful, and it is clear that the Gospel of Judas will prompt a re-evaluation of the authenticity of Orthodox Christian Bible as well as Roman Catholic Bible that denounced Judas in the Gospel of Matthew for betraying Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. At one level the [New Testament] gospels already see the betrayal as a mysterious part of God's plan. The Gospel of Judas will produce a long-term significant impact on the lives of laity Christian believers.

There was no doubt that a Gospel of Judas had once existed. That much was clear from the writings of a second-century Bishop, Saint Irenaeus of Lyons, who condemned it in his work “Adversus Haereses” (Against the Heresies) written around 180AD. Bishop Irenaeus even set out what it said. The authors of Gospel of Judas believe that Judas the Betrayer was fully informed of these things and that he alone, knowing the truth as no others did, fulfilled the secret of betrayal that confused all things, both in heaven and on earth.

 

This gospel is written on papyrus, this ancient Egyptian form of paper. It probably dates from about the year 300 (AD). How was it re-discovered? It lay hidden for about 1,700 years? It was buried in a burial cave in a place called Kararra, which is on the eastern side of the Nile. Some Egyptian peasants discovered it was sold to a dealer in Cairo and made the journey from Kararra. Then it began a really incredible 30-year journey, through the world of antiquities dealers, people not really knowing what it was, and all the time in a state of constant progressing deterioration. People didn't know what it was, because it's written in this ancient Coptic language, and even though they knew that had a valuable ancient document, they didn't know how valuable. The leather-bound papyrus codex, believed translated from the original ancient Greek to the Coptic language around 300 AD, was found in the 1970s in a cave in the desert near El Minya, Egypt. It then circulated among antiquities traders, moving from Egypt to Europe to the United States. The codex languished in a safe deposit box on Long Island, N.Y., for 16 years before being bought in 2000 by Zurich-based antiquities dealer Frieda Nussberger-Tchacos. When attempts to resell the manuscript fell through, Tchacos - alarmed by the codex’s rapidly deteriorating state, transferred it to the Maecenas Foundation for Ancient Art in Basel, Switzerland, in February 2001 for conservation and translation. Rodolphe Kasser, one of the world’s leading Coptic scholars, was recruited to reconstruct the manuscript and to transcribe and translate the text. The 66-page manuscript contains not only the Gospel of Judas but also a text titled James (also known as First Apocalypse of James), a letter of Peter to Philip and a fragment of a fourth text scholars for now are calling the Book of Allogenes. The National Geographic Society unveiled the only known copy of the Gospel of Judas. A page from the restored gospel begins: The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot during a week, three days before he celebrated Passover.

 

(3) All 30 Gnostic Gospels are Canonical

The Gospel of Judas deserves to be the part of Christian Bible, along with the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Very soon this gospel might be included in the Christian New Testament by Christians of India, China and South America. No body can possibly doubt that The Gospel of Judas already became a part of the New Testament, as New Testament included almost most of the Jewish Old Testament. In early Christianity, there were at least 30 potential gospels floating around, and there were dozens and dozens if not hundreds of original documents, which were winnowed down at an early stage in the 3rd and 4th centuries, which became the New Testament and the basis of the new religion called Christianity. Every apocryphal document will now be accepted in the canon of modern Christianity. Gospel of Judas opens us up into a whole world of history that Christians had not been able to fully appreciate before, and it gives a new and different interpretation of both Judas and his relationship to Jesus. The fact is that document called “The Gospel of Judas” was rejected by Irenaeus in the year approximately 180. Bishop Irenaeus argued that the Canaanites, of Gnostic sect, produced a fictitious history of this kind, which they style the Gospel of Judas. So he rejected it the Gospel of Judas, out of hand, without even describing the message of Gospel of Judas. Most of Christians are aware of the four gospels of the New Testament. One can count over 30 documents from antiquity that have the name 'gospel' attached to them and some of them are narrative documents, like our Canonical documents, some of them are sayings gospels, like the Gospel of Thomas, and some of them are more dialogue gospels like this new one that we have.

 

(4) Apocryphal Document is Canonical

An apocryphal document, such as Gospel of Judas is automatically accepted as the canon of the Christian Bible, which shall include many other documents floating around in early Christianity that scholars read today that were writings of Apostles and accepted by Asian Christians as divine revelation. The Gospel of Judas is this going to change our understandings of early Christianity? I think that the gospel of Judas -- the lost gospel -- opens up the history of the 2nd and 3rd centuries, where we really do not know a lot about early Christianity. Early Christianity was a very diverse movement. The split from Judaism was just occurring. There were remnants from Jewish Messianic. In the gospel of Judas, one see a whole potential history beginning to unfold, one that we have not really been able to appreciate because the 2nd and 3rd centuries have remained in considerable obscurity over the years.

 

(4) Gospel of Judas is True Christian Bible

How to view the Judas manuscript in relation to the Christian Bible they were taught. ''People are wondering; people have questions. ''Clearly it behooves priests to address this. Interest is also boiling in academic and theological circles. Some scholars say they are certain that the text will have a major impact, at the least in forcing a revision in thinking about the arch villain of the New Testament, a man so reviled in the Christian mind throughout the centuries that he is portrayed in Dante's Inferno being eaten by Satan at the lowest level of Hell. In the Gospel of Judas, Judas is portrayed as a favored disciple of Christ who turned him over to the Romans for execution at Christ's urging.

 

It's very exciting, a real boon. It makes a difference in the way teachers teach seminarians, and they are very interested. The influential early Christian theologian Irenaeus of Lyon, a formative influence in the church's canonization of the four gospels, tried to make the authors and groups that embraced other gospels appear heretical and ridiculous. Because the Judas text and others of the same era have been discovered, Irenaeus will increasingly be viewed as just one of many sources on the beliefs of early Christianity, rather than the definitive source. Most of religious Catholics were already questioning the depiction of Judas in the Bible.  'Didn't Judas get a bad rap?'  ''Wouldn't Jesus be sympathetic with him? Didn't he do a great deed, because Jesus had to die for salvation to happen?' Modern portrayals such as the film ''The Last Temptation of Christ and the Broadway hit show ''Jesus Christ Superstar conveyed the idea that Judas was in league with Jesus and that there was a closer relationship between them than tradition has portrayed, a major theme of the newly authenticated Gospel of Judas.

 

(6) Gospel of Judas is New Testament

One of the leading international authorities on the gospels that disappeared in the early centuries of Christianity is James M. Robinson, professor emeritus of religion at Claremont Graduate University. Robinson was offered the Judas manuscript in 1983, but was unable to meet the price demanded by the antiquities dealer who possessed it at the time. One is convinced the document is not a forgery. But one also disputes assertions that it provides new information about what happened on Good Friday, or Easter.

 

The Gospel of Judas is more or less equally valid with the gospels of the New Testament and contains things that could pull the rug out from under the Christianity, as we know it. '' Robinson's new book on the Judas gospel is due out next week and will be in competition with two other new volumes authored by scholars associated with the National Geographic effort. A principal reason the manuscript was kept secret until this week's mega-promotion effort was so that revenue from the books, the May National Geographic magazine, and a television documentary to be broadcast tomorrow night ''would allow them to recoup the $1 million they had to pay for exclusive rights. The documentaries on Gospel of Judas helps Christians her to read documents like the Gospel of Judas that make Jesus more accessible. It strengthens laity’s faith to see Jesus portrayed as more human than he is in the gospels. It makes it lots easier for laity to connect to Jesus and Apostle Judas.

 

(7) Impact of Judas Gospel Revelations

Judas gospel sparks interest among Christian scholars and they discuss the possible impact of Judas Gospel revelations. The academic community has known about this for much longer than the general public and b) because it's the sort of thing that you'd expect to find in a text like this. How much of a shock would it be for members of your congregation to hear that Judas may in fact have been a supremely obedient disciple and not a traitor after all? This year we have not one, but three. This is one of three new findings, one that he walked not on water but on ice, etc. It sounds like you greet this with great skepticism. With great skepticism. Not the authenticity of the document at all. We have now a new historical finding, an ancient document and these are always to be welcomed that we discover what the Gnostics were writing. This was a Gnostic sect that produced this document, the Gospel of Judas. It's always of interest to find out what they were writing and so for that, in that sense, we welcome it, but as far as the story and Judas' role we don't think this is going to change anything in the Church's views.

 

(8) Judas Archetype of Treachery

All that, and the post-Freudian urge to uncover psychological motivation, explains the attraction of Judas to our time. For the past 100 years, the figure of Judas who was for two millennia been the archetype of treachery has been far more likely to be accorded sympathetic treatment than in the days when he was seen as the personification of betrayal. Edward Elgar in his oratorio, The Apostles, depicted Judas's betrayal as an attempt to force Jesus to declare his divinity and establish the kingdom on earth. One of Jorge Luis Borges' short stories in Three Versions of Judas concluded that Judas is the true savior of humanity. The film The Last Temptation Of Christ drew on the notion that the crucifixion of Christ was a conscious re-enactment of biblical prophecy in which Judas acted with Jesus' full knowledge. The musical Jesus Christ Superstar shows Judas as a man who believes in and loves Jesus, but wants a lasting charity organization rather than a new religion. Judas is even to get an empathetic portrayal in next week's BBC extravaganza, The Manchester Passion, which dramatizes the final hours of the life of Christ with songs from local rock groups, including Oasis, Joy Division, New Order and M People - Judas will sing The Smiths' Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now. And after that one of the Holy Blood, Holy Grail authors is to produce a new book alleging that it was Judas rather than Jesus who died on the Cross. (Not that there is anything new in that either, by the way; a similar claim is to be found in the medieval Gospel of Barnabas whose author won't at least sue in the High Court for plagiarism). All of which seems to have left the foundations of Christianity - currently with 1.6 billion believers worldwide, and growing - looking decidedly unshaken.

 

Scholars are enthusiastic about the addition of the Gospel of Judas to the Gnostic canon. This is transforming understanding of early Christianity. These discoveries are exploding the myth of a monolithic religion, along with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi library. But this document was absolutely unique, and it is the only remaining testament that we know of a document that was originally written in the 2nd century. And how do the scholars actually know this is authentic, was really written in the 2nd century? Bishop Saint Irenaeus, who lived in the city that is now Lyon, France, wrote a condemnation of this particular document in the year 180 AD, so we know that original document written in Greek was a valid document and that it was in currency in the early Christian world. It was part of disputes that were flaming within early Christianity. Are we sure that it dates from 300 AD and what does it mean to be a Gnostic text? The text itself, the manuscript we have certainly dates to around the fourth century. The handwriting, radio carbon dating, ink analysis, all confirmed that. The deeper question is how long before the manuscript we have been the original manuscript written? We know that in 180, around 180 AD a great church father, Irenaeus, inveighed against the text called the Gospel of Judas, which is clearly this one. So we can say that it was this text goes back to a Greek text from the second century AD, but beyond that we're not able to say too much further how early it should be dated, except that because it seems to respond to the canonical gospels it's probably after them, so it comes to the second century AD.

 

(9) Gospel of Judas is Definitely Christian

The Gospel of Judas is Definitely Christian document. It is definitely a Christian scripture in that the position that Jesus holds in this makes it through and through a Christian document, but Christian in the sense of this huge broad spectrum of Christianity that existed in the early church. Now religion is of course about faith, but how important is historical fact in the teaching of Christianity? The Gospel of Judas Codex is very important manuscript and is an original scripture in unadulterated form. Many of the gospels contain the facts of Jesus' birth, of his life, his teachings, his death, his crucifixion, his resurrection. All of that is important, but we must remember that in the early church, there were many different documents. Even in what are called gospels, there are four that are regarded as canonical, that is inspired by God and accepted by the Church. There are perhaps dozens of other ones, some of them Gnostic or of other origins that the Church never accepted and they will contain allegations of facts and those are to be sifted, of course, in the light of tradition especially, teachings of the church, the authenticity of the documents themselves. So yes, fact is important. Given that, is it important that you are able to change the story based on new revelations from historical documents like this one? Well, once one has ascertained that a document is truly Christian, it was written, let's say, by people of the Church at that time. If they have statements that they make, they have facts that they allege that are accepted and by us, we would have to change the story. Most of the non-canonical gospels respond not to events in Jesus' life, but to the daily lives of second century Christians.

 

(10) Early Christianity

History of Early Christianity: The Gospel according to Judas Yesterday, a 62-page codex, written from the point of view of the man who betrayed Christ said to date from the 3rd or 4th century, was unveiled in Washington. The “The Gospel of Judas” is a seismic moment for the Catholic Christian church. It will shake Christianity to its foundations. A 3rd or 4th-century document called the Gospel of Judas was launched upon an unsuspecting world yesterday by no less a biblical authority than the National Geographic magazine in Washington. Its contents are explosive and when the heat faded from the television lights at the press conference, has 2000 years of orthodox Christianity will be overturned. The Gospel of Judas is going to set off a re-think into the way that early Christians understood the significance of Jesus' life, and Asian Christians going to rewrite the life of Jesus based on this document. Asian Christians wants to see Judas being made a Saint. Asian laity can you imagine when Judas may be made a Saint. Catholic Church is worried about potentially true teachings that surface like this, in these sorts of documents. There would be an effort to rehabilitate Judas and Biblical scholars are in favor of some move to rehabilitate Judas. Half of the 62-page codex, written in Coptic script, is devoted to an account of the final days of Jesus Christ written from the viewpoint of the man who has for two millennia been excoriated as Christ's deadly betrayer. And though the manuscript of the Gospel of Judas  has been carbon-dated to around 300AD, it is likely to be a copy of an earlier Greek manuscript written around the year 150AD, in the same period when the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John were also written down. So, the new discovery is serious competition, the National Geographic people implied, for the official version.

 

(11) Four Canonical Gospels

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John make up the four accepted Gospels of the Christian New Testament. A new Gospel of Judas unveiled by the National Geographic Society, one that focuses on the story of Judas Iscariot. To most Christians, Judas is seen as a traitor, the disciple who betrayed Jesus to the Romans for 30 pieces of silver. But a newly restored papyrus document dating to the 2nd century AD portrays a very different man. Judas is shown as Jesus' best friend, asked by Jesus himself to betray his identity to fulfill the prophecy and liberate his soul to ascend to heaven. The codex containing the Gospel of Judas was torn and crumbling before conservation work began. But they were just buying an ancient document and they didn't know that this was the gospel of Judas. They didn't know it was the gospel of Judas. It was not really identified as the gospel of Judas until the year 2000. That's when a Swiss dealer actually bought it out of a bank vault out on Long Island, which is quite a long story of how it got there, but it lay there for about 16 years. She takes it to Yale and a scholar there says: “This is an unbelievable discovery. I can read this it says on the last page, 'This is the gospel of Judas.' There was such a thing as the gospel of Judas, there absolutely was. What we have is a Coptic copy of that Greek original document. Greek and Coptic are written with the same essential lettering but the document had deteriorated considerable. The calligraphy was such that it was almost inevitably judged at first sight by the experts to be a genuine document. National Geographic, as soon as it got it set up a filming date near Geneva, Switzerland. It filmed the document being examined. Carbon 14 dating estimated this document as coming from an average year of 280, give or take 60 years on either side

 

The gospel of Judas has been translated and it still in the process of conservation, most of it is kind of stabilized. The Gospel of Judas will be available for viewing by the public. There's going to be an exhibition that National Geographic is mounting which will also feature aspects of 2nd and 3rd century history and the whole history of how Christianity split from Judaism and evolved into a separate and distinct religion. At the end of the day, the Maecenas Foundation in Switzerland, which is the owners of the document, will be donating the document to the government of Egypt, which is where it was found, and will be housed eventually in the Coptic museum in Cairo. Discovered by chance in the 1970s, sold twice and stolen once, the gospel's condition had deteriorated severely. The race is now on to preserve its pages before they turn to dust. The Gospel of Judas, which dates from around 300 AD and was discovered in Egypt in 1970, may shed new light on the relationship between Christ and the apostle reviled for so long.

 

The four New Testament gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John depict Judas Iscariot as a back-stabber who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, identifying him to Roman soldiers with a kiss so he could be captured and crucified. Lost Gospel bears witness to something completely different from what was said about Judas in the Bible. You will be cursed by the other generations - and you will come to rule over them, Jesus tells his disciple in the 26-page papyrus text, which is in the Coptic language and is said to be a copy of an earlier Greek version. It really would be a miracle if Judas was the author of this document, because he died at least 100 years before it was written. The National Geographic Society on Thursday released the first modern translation of the ancient Gospel of Judas, which depicts the most reviled villain in Christian history as a devoted follower who was simply doing Jesus' bidding when he betrayed him.

 

It was also the first time that most Christians had ever heard about the Gnostics — Christian communities in the second through fourth centuries whose scriptures and spiritual beliefs barely resemble what is now thought of as traditional Christianity. But the Gospel of Judas, another piece of Gnostic scripture, has been released in a very different era. It is a time when many Christians have been bombarded by competing claims about their faith and its history, and some are grappling with how to absorb it all. Gnosticism has become practically a household word, largely thanks to the novel The Da Vinci Code, as well as to scholars of early Christianity like Elaine Pagels, who write for a popular audience. Many more Gnostic Gospels have been translated and distributed — Mary Magdalene, Philip, Thomas and even The Gospel of Truth. Some churches are holding study groups to pick over books on the historical Jesus. The Gospel of Judas is only the latest crumbling parchment to surface in the sands of Egypt like an ancient time capsule. Even before its formal introduction at a National Geographic Society news conference yesterday, scholars have been part of a debate that will soon be echoing in churches, on the Web and in Christian publishing. The real debate is whether the text says anything historically legitimate about Jesus and Judas. This manuscript should prompt a reassessment of Judas. In it, Jesus speaks privately to Judas, telling him he will share with Judas alone the mysteries of the kingdom. Jesus asks Judas to turn him over to the Roman authorities so that his body can be sacrificed.

 

Some of the dialogue between Jesus and Judas may have been spoken in private, and so did not make its way into the New Testament Gospels, which are more likely to treat Jesus' public statements. It is possible that the Gospel of Judas preserves an old memory that Jesus had actually instructed Judas in private, and the other disciples did not know about it. The discoveries of the Gospel of Judas and other Gnostic texts were exploding the myth of a monolithic Christianity. The Gospel of Judas is interesting and presents a great challenge to the New Testament. The manuscript tells us nothing about the historical Jesus or the historical Judas. It tells us a lot about a group that were labeled heretics in their own day.

 

Scholars on all sides agree that the text was probably produced by a scribe in a Gnostic community of Cainaanites, early Christians who regarded the traditional villains of the Bible, including Cain and Judas, as heroes. There is no evidence that any of these documents represented mainstream Christianity. The Cainaanites were always on the fringes of their own movement. Unlike the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, which were written in Christianity's first century, Gnostic works were produced in the second century and afterward. The Gnostic gospels could undermine Christianity only if many Christians were to adopt the kind of conspiracy thinking that under-girds The Da Vinci Code: that an orthodox elite of early church authorities suppressed the freethinking, spiritual Gnostics for the sake of uniformity and conformity.

 

The Vatican was unlikely to regard the Gospel of Judas as a threat. The Roman Catholic Church's likely response would be to affirm the canonical texts in the New Testament, rather than seeking to refute each new discovery. If the Gospel of Judas suddenly became something that hundreds of thousands of Christians were claiming as their revelation and scripture, perhaps the church would come out with some kind of statement. Gospel of Judas' gives new view of Jesus' betrayer Judas Iscariot, vilified as Christ's betrayer, acted at Jesus' request in turning him over to the authorities that crucified him, according to a 1,700-year-old copy of the Gospel of Judas. In an alternative view to traditional Christian teaching, the Judas gospel shows the reviled disciple as the only one in Jesus' inner circle who understood his desire to shed his earthly body. Judas is the good guy in this portrayal. Judas is the only apostle who understands Jesus. The Judas gospel's introduction says it is the secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot.

 

The document reveals the diversity and vitality in early Christianity. The question becomes, does this Gnostic tradition, this alternative story, if you like, in the gospel of Judas have a claim that in some sense is equal to the rival claim of the gospel tradition? A 66-page manuscript questions Christian biblical history, as we know it. A section of the 1,700-year-old text claims to show that Judas Iscariot was not the villain he was made out to be. Far from being a traitor who handed over Jesus to the authorities, it seems it was all part of a plan devised by Jesus and Judas. A newly translated document says Judas was acting on the orders of Jesus in identifying him to his Roman tormentors, potentially undermining 2,000 years of Christian teaching.

 

53(5) Text Gospel of Thomas

THE TEXT OF THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL ACCORDING TO APOSTLE THOMAS

(1) The “Gospel of Thomas:” Here are the secret sayings which Jesus the Living spoke, and which Didymus Jude Thomas wrote down.

 

(2) “He who penetrates the meaning of these words will not taste death.” Let him who seeks not cease to seek until he finds when he finds, he will become troubled. When he is troubled, he will wonder, and he will reign over the All.”

 

(3) “If those who lead You say to You: 'See, the Kingdom is in heaven!', then the birds of the sky will be there before You. If they say to You, 'It is in the sea!', then the fish will be there before You. But the Kingdom is inside You and outside You. When You know yourselves, then You will be known, and You will know that You are the children of the Living Father. But if You do not know yourselves, then You dwell in poverty; then You are that poverty.”

 

(4) “A person old in days will not hesitate to ask a child of seven days 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.”

 

(5) “Know that what is before your face, and what is hidden from You will be revealed to You. For nothing hidden will fail to be revealed.”

 

(6) His disciples asked and said to Jesus: “Do You want us to fast? How shall we pray and give alms? What diet shall we observe?” Jesus said: “Tell no lie and do not do what You hate, for all things are plain in the face of Heaven. For nothing hidden will fail to be revealed, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered.”

 

(7) “Fortunate is the lion which the man eats so that the lion becomes a man; and cursed is the man whom the lion eats so that the man becomes a lion.”

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

 

(9) “See, the sower went out, filled his hand, and scattered the seed. Some fell on the road; birds came and gathered them. Others fell on rocky ground, did not take root in the soil, and did not give ears of corn. And others fell among thorns; they choked the seeds and worms ate them. And others fell on good soil and gave good fruit: it bore sixty per measure and a hundred and twenty per measure.”

 

(10) “I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I watch over it until it blazes up.”

 

(11) “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 death, You made death 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?”

 

(12) The disciples said to Jesus: “We know that You will leave from us. Who is to be our leader?” Jesus said to them: “From where You stand now, You are to go to James the Just, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being.”

 

(13) “Compare Me 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 what You are like.” Jesus said: “Your Master, because You have drunk, I am not; You have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring of living water which I have measured out.” And He took him aside and spoke three words to him. When Thomas came back to his companions, they asked him: “What did Jesus say to You?” Thomas answered them: “If I tell You one of the words He said to me, You will take up stones and throw them at me and fire will come out of the stones and burn You.”

 

(14) “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 harm your spirit and when You enter any land and travel over the country, 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 what comes out of your mouth will defile You.”

(15) “When You see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship. That one is your Father.”

 

(16) “Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to bring to the world. They do not know that I have come to bring to the earth: discord, fire, sword, and war. Indeed, if there are 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 alone.”

 

(17) “I shall give You what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what never arose in the heart of man.”

 

(18) The disciples said to Jesus: “Tell us how our end will be.” Jesus said: “So have You discovered the beginning, that You look for the end? For where the beginning is, there the end will be. Fortunate is he who stands at the beginning he will know the end and will not taste death.”

 

(19) “Fortunate is he who was before he became. If You become My disciples and listen to My words, these stones will serve You. For there are five trees for You in Paradise that remains unshaken summer and winter and their leaves do not fall. He who knows them will not taste death.”

 

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

 

(21) Mary said to Jesus: “What 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 our field back.' When they will let them have the field back they will stand naked in their presence. Therefore I say to You, if the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming, he will stay awake till he comes and will not let him break in the house of his domain to carry away his goods. You, then, be on your guard against the world. Gird your loins with great strength so that the robbers find no way to come to You, for they will find the advantage that You expect. Let there be among You a smart man. When the fruit was ripe, he quickly came with his sickle in his hand and harvested it. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

 

(22) Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to His disciples: “These infants who suck are like those who enter the Kingdom.” They said to Him: “Shall we then enter the Kingdom as infants?” 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, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female; and when You fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in the place of a likeness; then will You enter the Kingdom.”

 

(23) “I shall choose You, one from a thousand, and two from ten thousand, and they shall be as a single one.”

 

(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: “He who 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, there is darkness.”

 

(25) “Love your brother like your own soul, watch over him like the apple of your eye.”

 

(26) “You see the mote in your brother's eye, but You do not see the beam in your own eye. When You cast out the beam of your own eye, then You will see clearly enough to cast out the mote from your brother's eye.”

 

(27) “If You do not fast as regards the world, You will not find the Kingdom. If You do not observe the Sabbath as Sabbath, You will not see the Father.”

 

(28) “I took My place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found them all drunk. I found none of them thirsty. And My soul ached for the sons of men, because they are blind in their heart and do not see that they came empty into the world, and empty they seek to leave it. But for the moment they are drunk. When they have slept off their wine, they will repent.”

 

(29) “If the flesh came into being for the sake of the spirit, it is a wonder. But if the spirit came into being for the sake of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I marvel at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty.”

 

(30) “Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him.”

 

(31) “No prophet is accepted in his own town; no physician heals those who know him.”

 

(32) “A fortified city built on a high mountain cannot fall, nor can it be hidden.”

 

(33) “Preach from your roof-tops 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 lamp-stand so that all who come in and go out will see its light.”

 

(34) “When a blind man leads another blind man both fall into a ditch.”

 

(35) “It is not possible for anyone to enter the house of a strong man and take him by force unless he binds his hands; then one can ransack his house.”

 

(36) “Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what You will put on.”

 

(37) His disciples said: “When will You reveal yourself to us and when will we see You?” Jesus said: “When You strip without being ashamed and take up your clothes and place them under your feet like little children and trample on them, then You will see the Son of the Living One, and You will not fear.”

 

(38) “Often You has 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 seek Me and will not find Me.”

 

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

 

(40) “A vine shoot is planted away from the Father. Because it is not fastened, it will be plucked up from its roots and perish.”

 

(41) “To him who has something will be given. And from him who has nothing will be taken away even the little he has.”

 

(42) “Be passers-by.”

 

(43) His disciples said to Him: “Who are You, that You say these things to us?” Jesus said to them: “From what I say to You, You do not realize who I am. But You have become like the Jews, for they like the tree and hate its fruit and like the fruit and hate the tree!”

 

(44) “He who blasphemes against the Father will be forgiven, and he who blasphemes against the Son will be forgiven, but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven either on earth or in heaven.”

 

(45) “Grapes are not harvested from thorns, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they do not give fruit. But someone good brings forth good things from his storehouse; someone evil brings forth evil things from the evil storehouse, which is in the heart, and says evil things. For if one's heart is filled with that, one brings forth evil things.”

 

(46) “Among those born of women, from Adam until John the Baptist, there is none greater than John the Baptist that his eyes should not be lowered before him. Yet I have said, that if one of You becomes like a child he will know the Kingdom and be higher than John.”

 

(47) “It is impossible for a man to mount two horses nor draw two bows. And it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters; otherwise, he will honor the one and insult the other. No man drinks old wine and desires at the same instant to drink new wine. And new wine is not put into old wineskins, lest they should burst; nor is old wine put into a new wineskin, lest it should spoil it. An old patch is not sown onto a new garment, for a tear would result.”

 

(48) “When two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move!' and it will move.”

 

(49) “Fortunate are You, the alone and the elect, for You will find the Kingdom. Because You came from it, You will also return to it again.”

 

(50) “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 of itself, established itself and revealed itself in their image. If they say to You: 'Who are You?', say: 'We are its sons. 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 rest.'

 

(51) His disciples said to Him: “On what day will the rest come to those who are dead, and on what day will the new world come?” He said to them: “What You expected has come, but You do not recognize it.”

 

(52) His disciples said to Him: “Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel, and all of them spoke about You.” He said to them: “You have passed over the Living One who stands before You and have spoken of the dead.”

 

(53) His disciples said to Him: “Is circumcision useful or not?” He said to them: “If it were useful, their Father would beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit is in all ways useful.”

 

(54) “Fortunate are the poor, for yours is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

 

(55) “He who does not hate his father and his mother cannot be My disciple. And he who does not hate his brothers and sisters and take up his cross as I do will not be worthy of Me.”

 

(56) “He who has come to know the world has found a corpse, and he who has found a corpse, the world is not worthy of him.”

 

(57) “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 out the weeds; he said to them: 'Do nothing; so that You do not pull out the wheat along with the weeds.' For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be recognizable, and they will be pulled out and burnt.”

 

(58) “Fortunate is the man who has suffered; he found Life.”

 

(59) “Look to the Living One while You are alive, lest You die and then seek to see Him and are unable to see.”

 

(60) They saw a Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to Judea. He said to His disciples: “Why does that man carry the lamb around?” They said to Him: “So that he may kill it and eat it.” He said to them: “He will not eat it as long as it is alive, but only if he kills it and it has become a corpse.” They said to Him: “He cannot do so otherwise.” He said to them: “But You, seek for a place for yourselves to rest, lest You become a corpse and be eaten.”

 

(61) “Two will rest on a bed: the one will die, and other will live.” Salome said: “Who are You, man? You have taken a seat on my couch and have eaten at my table.” Jesus said to her: “I am He who exists from the undivided. I was given some of the things of My Father.” Salome said: “I am your disciple.” Jesus said to her: “Therefore I say, if somebody is one, he will be full of light, but if he is divided, he will be full of darkness.”

 

(62) “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 about to do.”

 

(63) “There was a rich man who had a lot of money. He said: 'I shall put all my wealth to use so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my barn with harvest, with the result that I shall lack nothing.' Such were the thoughts of his heart, but during that night he died. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

 

(64) “A man had guests. 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 out into the streets and those whom You happen to find, and bring in those that want to dine.' Buyers and merchants will not enter the places of My Father.”

 

(65) “There was an honorable man who owned a vineyard. He leased it to tenant farmers so that they might work it and he might collect the fruit from them. He sent his servant so that the tenants might give him the fruit 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 they did not recognize him.' 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 he was the heir to the vineyard, they seized him and killed him. Let him who has ears hear.”

 

(66) “Show Me the stone which the builders have rejected. It is the cornerstone.”

 

(67) “He who believes to know the All but not himself falls completely short.”

 

(68) “Fortunate are You when You are hated and persecuted. Where You were persecuted they will find no place.”

 

(69) “Fortunate are those who are persecuted in their hearts. It is they who have truly come to know the Father. Fortunate are those who are hungry, for they will satisfy their bellies.”

 

(70) “If You bring forth what is within You, what You have will save You. If You do not have that within You, what You do not have within You will kill You.”

 

(71) “I will destroy this construction, and no one will be able to rebuild it again.”

 

(72) A man said to Him: “Tell my brothers to divide my father's possessions with me.” He said to him: “Man, who has made Me a divider?” He turned to His disciples and said to them: “I am not a divider, am I?”

 

(73) “The harvest is great but the laborers are few. Pray the Lord to send out laborers for the harvest.”

 

(74) He said: “Lord, many are around the water-spring but nobody is in the well.”

 

(75) “Many stand outside at the door, but it is the solitaries who will enter the bridal chamber.”

 

(76) “The Kingdom of the Father is like a man, a merchant, who owned goods and discovered a pearl. This merchant was clever. He sold the merchandise and bought the pearl alone. You also seek his enduring treasure where no moth comes near to eat and no worm destroys.”

 

(77) “I am the Light that falls on all things. I am the All. From Me the All has gone out and to Me the All came back. Cleave a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up a stone, and You will find Me there.”

 

(78) “Why did You go out into the desert? To see a reed shaken by the wind? To see a man clothed in fine garments? Your kings and your great men are the ones clothed in fine garments, and they are not able to know the truth.”

 

(79) A woman from the crowd said to Him: “Fortunate is the womb which bore You and the breasts which fed You.” He said to her: “Fortunate are those who have heard the Word of the Father and kept it. For days are coming when You will say: 'Fortunate the womb that has not conceived and the breasts which have not given suck.'

 

(80) “He who knew the world has mastered the body, but he who has mastered the body is superior to the world.”

 

(81) “He who has grown wealthy will rule, and he who possesses power will renounce it.”

 

(82) “Whoever is near Me is near the fire, and whoever who is far from Me is far from the Kingdom.”

 

(83) “Images are visible to man, and the light which is in them is hidden in the image of the Light of the Father. He will reveal Himself and His image is hidden by His light.”

 

(84) “When You see your own likeness, You rejoice. But when You see the images of yourselves which came into being before You, which do not die nor become visible, how much then will You be able to bear?”

(85) “Adam came into being from a great power and a great wealth, and he did not become worthy of You. For had he been worthy of You, he would not have experienced death.”

 

(86) “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.”

 

(87) “Wretched is the body which depends on a body, and wretched is the soul dependent on these two.”

 

(88) “The angels and the prophets will come to You and give You what is yours. You, give them what is in your hands, and ask yourselves: 'On which day will they come to receive what is theirs?'

 

(89) “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?”

 

(90) “Come to Me, for My yoke is easy and My Lordship is mild, and You will find rest for yourselves.”

 

(91) They said to Him: “Tell us who You are so that we may believe in You.” He said to them: “You examine the face of the sky and of the earth, but You have not recognized He who stands in front of You, and You do not know how to examine this moment.”

 

(92) “Seek and You will find. Yet, what You asked Me about in former times and which I did not tell to You then, I now desire to tell You, but You do not ask after it.”

 

(93) “Do not give what is holy to the dogs, lest they throw it on the dunghill. Do not cast pearls to swine, lest they grind them {to bits}.”

 

(94) “He who seeks will find, and he who knocks will be let in.”

 

(95) “If You have money, do not lend it at interest, but give it to someone from whom You will not get it back.”

 

(96) “The Kingdom of the Father is like a woman who put a little yeast in some flour, and made some big loaves with it. He who has ears, let him hear!”

 

(97) “The Kingdom of the Father is like a woman who was carrying a jar full of meal. While she was walking on a far road 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 put the jar down and found it empty.”

 

(98) “The Kingdom of the Father is like a 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 would be firm enough. Then he slew the powerful man.”

 

(99) The disciples said to Jesus: “Your brothers and your mother are standing outside.” Jesus said to disciples: “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.”

 

(100) They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to Him: “Caesar's men demand taxes from us.” Jesus said to them: “Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give Elohim what belongs to Elohim, and give Me what is Mine.”

 

(101) Jesus said, “He who does not hate his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to Me. And he who does not love his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to Me. For My mother {gave Me death}, but My true {Mother} gave Me life.”

 

(102) Jesus said, “Damn 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.”

 

(103) “Fortunate is the man who knows where the robbers are going to enter, so that he may get up, gather his house, and girds his loins before they enter.”

 

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

 

(105) “He who knows his father and mother will he be called son of a harlot?”

 

(106) “When You make the two one, You will become Sons of Man, and if You say: 'Mountain, move!', it will move.”

 

(107) “The Kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety-nine and looked for that single sheep until he found it. When he had gone to such trouble, he said to the sheep: 'I love You more than the ninety-nine.'

 

(108) “He who will drink from My mouth will become like Me. I myself shall become like him, and the hidden will be revealed to him.”

 

(109) “The Kingdom is like a man who had a treasure hidden 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 accepted 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 those who wanted it.”

 

(110) “He who has found the world and become rich, let him renounce the world.”

 

(111) “The heavens and the earth will be rolled up before You. And whoever is living from the Living One will not see death.” Jesus says this: “He who finds himself, the world is not worthy of him.”

 

(112) “Damn the flesh that depends on the soul; damn the soul that depends on the flesh.”

 

(113) His disciples said to Jesus: “When will the Kingdom come?”  Jesus said, “It does not come by expecting it. It will not be a matter of saying: 'See, it is here!' or: 'Look, it is there!'. Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is spread over the earth and men do not see it.”

 

(114) Simon Peter said to them: “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life.” Jesus said, “Look, I will guide her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit like You males. For every female who will make herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

THUS ENDS THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF GOSPEL OF THOMAS.

 

53(6) Gnostic Teachings of Thomas

(1) GOSPEL OF THOMAS- Excerpts & Commentary

The “Gospel of Thomas:” Here are the secret sayings which Jesus the Living spoke, and which Didymus Jude Thomas wrote down.

 

(2) SELF-REALIZE THE MEANING OF WORD:  “He who penetrates the meaning of these words will not taste death.” Let him who seeks not cease to seek until he finds when he finds, he will become troubled. When he is troubled, he will wonder, and he will reign over the All.”

 

(Secret Sayings (2) Gospel of Thomas)- Commentary: Jesus said that the goal of a Christian seeker is to attain immortality to overcome the cycle of birth and death. The human can attain immortality by means of spiritual understanding that one finds by penetrating the esoteric knowledge revealed in the Gospel of Thomas. The Gospel of John also states, that, “ In the beginning was the Word.”

 

(3) KINGDOM OF GOD INSIDE HEART OF A MAN: If those who lead You say to You: “See, the Kingdom is in heaven, then the birds of the sky will be there before You.” If they say to You, “It is in the sea,” then the fish will be there before You. But the Kingdom is inside You and outside You. When You know yourselves, then You will be known, and You will know that You are the children of the Living Father. But if You do not know yourselves, then You dwell in poverty; then You are that poverty.”

 

(Secret Sayings (3) Gospel of Thomas)- Commentary: Jesus revealed that the Kingdom of God is inside you and it resides as soul in your heart. In order to realize the soul residing in your heart, a human should undertake spiritual penance to understand and penetrate the meaning of the Holy Scripture. The priests are not the gatekeepers to the Kingdom of God. If you can know the god residing in your heart, only then you would reach the Kingdom of God. A Christian need not depend on the intermediacy of a Priest, Bishop, Pope or Arch Bishop to reach God. Every man can directly reach god without the intermediacy of the organized Church. Kingdom of God is inside You and outside You. When You know yourselves, then You will be known and You will know that You are the children of the Living Father.

 

(4) CIRCUMCISION IS UNCHRISTIAN:

His disciples said to Jesus: “Is circumcision useful or not?” Jesus said to them: “If it were useful, their Father would beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit is in all ways useful.”

 

(Secret Sayings (53) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: Jesus Christ and Christianity had rejected the Judaic tradition of circumcision as non-Christian practice. On the matter of circumcision Christianity hold similar opinion as that of Hindus and Buddhists.

 

(5) WHO ARE YOU?

His disciples said to Jesus: “Who are you that you say these things to us?” Jesus said to them: “From what I say to You, You do not realize who I am. But you have become like the Jews, for they like the tree and hate its fruit and like the fruit and hate the tree.”

 

(Secret Sayings (43) Gospel of Thomas)- Commentary: Jesus revealed that when you follow a master take the master as a whole person, which includes his personality as well as his teachings. If you like the tree you should also like the fruit of that tree. If you like the fruit then you should also like the tree. To answer the question, Who are you, one must include the totality of the personality and his teachings.

 

(6) LAITY SHOULD ASSERT:

“Fortunate is the lion which the man eats so that the lion becomes a man; and cursed is the man whom the lion eats so that the man becomes a lion.”

 

(Secret Sayings (7) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: Jesus teaches his followers that Christians should not allow priest-lions to eat them and mislead them.

 

(7) APOSTLE JAMES THE JUST:

The disciples said to Jesus: “We know that You will leave from us. Who is to be our leader?” Jesus said to them: “From where You stand now, You are to go to James the Just, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being.”

 

(Secret Sayings (12) Gospel of Thomas)- Commentary: Jesus had designated James the Just, his elder brother as the leader of the Christian Church after his death. Jews high priest stoned to death apostle James in 62 AD.

 

(8) TRUE DISCIPLES WILL NOT TASTE DEATH: “Fortunate is he who was before he became. If You become My disciples and listen to My words, these stones will serve You. For there are five trees for You in Paradise that remain unshaken summer and winter and their leaves do not fall. He who knows them will not taste death.”

 

(Secret Sayings (19) Gospel of Thomas)- Commentary: Jesus said that the purpose of Christian teaching is to overcome the cycle of birth and death. One can overcome the cycle of death and rebirth by penetrating into the meaning of the esoteric knowledge revealed by Jesus and by becoming a true follower and disciple of Jesus. The words that Jesus revealed, has power to help disciples overcome death and they shall not taste death and become immortal after the death of this body.

 

(9) KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE A MUSTARD SEED:

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

 

(Secret Sayings (20) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, it germinates spiritually in the heart of the disciples and when it finds the fertile spiritual grounds in the heart, it blossoms into a large tree or reaches the cosmos. A disciple can reach the cosmos by contemplating on the Kingdom of Heaven located inside the Heart.

 

(10) KEYS OF KNOWLEDGE: “The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge and hidden them. They have not entered, nor have they allowed those who wish so to enter. You, however, be as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves.” “The Pharisees and the Jew Scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed entry to those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”

 

(Secret Sayings (39) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: Philosopher Friedrich Hegel followed the teaching of Jesus and argued that Philosophers should interpret Scriptures as philosophers have greater intellectual caliber than priests to truthfully interpret Christian Bible. Jesus opposed the claims of Jewish Rabbis and Pharisees that they alone understand the true meaning of the Scriptures. Jesus gave the keys of knowledge to every one so that they need not depend on the priests to understand what is wrong and what is right. Jesus rejected the Jewish tradition of the Garden of Eden, where god banished Adam and Eve for eating the apple of knowledge at the instigation of the Snake. Jesus complimented the Snake for revealing to the Adam and Eve that they should eat the Apple of Knowledge to directly gain knowledge without the intermediacy of demigods or priests.

 

(11) ALMIGHTY HOLY SPIRIT:

“He who blasphemes against the Father will be forgiven, and he who blasphemes against the Son will be forgiven, but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven either on earth or in heaven.”

 

(Secret Sayings (44) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The priests and clergy that blaspheme against the Almighty Holy Spirit will lose the heaven as well as the earth.

 

(12) WHERE LIGHT CAME INTO BEING ITSELF: 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 of itself, established itself and revealed itself in their image. If they say to You: Who are You? say: 'We are its sons. 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 rest.'

 

(Secret Sayings (50) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The enlightened disciples of Jesus have realized that their soul came from the place where light came into being of itself, established itself and revealed itself in their image. The soul residing in your heart is the same light from that esoteric place where the light came into being, established itself and revealed itself in the heart of every human being as its soul or light of its soul. The soul of every individual is the same as the soul of the Light, where the light came into being itself and revealed itself in their image. If the gatekeeper of the heaven asks you, where did you come from? Reply that you came from the light, and you came from the place where the light came into being of itself, established itself and revealed itself in their image.

 

(13) JESUS IS HE WHO EXISTS FROM THE UNDIVIDED:

“Two will rest on a bed: the one will die, and other will live.” Salome said: “Who are You, man? You have taken a seat on my couch and have eaten at my table.” Jesus said to her: “I am He who exists from the undivided. I was given some of the things of My Father.” Salome said: “I am your disciple.” Jesus said to her: “Therefore I say, if somebody is one, he will be full of light, but if he is divided, he will be full of darkness.”

 

(Secret Sayings (61) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: Jesus revealed that god, gave him some powers, some things of My Father. Jesus says that he is who exists from the undivided. Almighty God is the Undivided. Human beings have a body and a Soul or Self. At the time of death, the physical body dies and the Soul of Self remains and lives forever. The Human soul is from the Undivided God.

 

(14) YOU COME TO DWELL IN LIGHT: “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 death, You made death 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?”

 

(Secret Sayings (11) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The heavens are not immortal. This lower heaven as well as the heaven above is subject to death and birth. Those who die do not come back alive at the Second Coming of Jesus or at the time of Apocalypse or Rapture. Those who have realized the truth about light residing in their heart their spiritual body will not die at the time of the death of their physical body. On the day you consumed the death you became two, the physical body died and the spiritual body did not die. Teachings of Jesus helps you understand what your spiritual body should do after its physical body dies. When the spirit of the spiritually realized person dwell in the light, this teaching of Jesus would come handy, not what the Pope tells you.

 

(15) TRUTH CAUSES DISCORD FIRE SWORD WAR:

“Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to bring to the world. They do not know that I have come to bring to the earth: discord, fire, sword, and war. Indeed, if there are 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 alone.”

 

(Secret Sayings (16) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The religious truth causes discords and, war in the world, as truth makes a son go against the teachings of the father, religious truth cause discords in the family as new disciples challenge the family beliefs. The religious discords cause war, discords, fie and sword in the world, as new religions and new truths challenge the older religions and older truths.

 

(16) TEACHING ABOUT WHAT IS UNSEEN UNTOUCHED UNHEARD UNFELT: “I shall give You what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what never arose in the heart of man.”

 

(Secret Sayings (17) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The esoteric teachings of Jesus revealed knowledge of the impersonal almighty Being that no eye has seen and no ear has heard and no hand has touched and what is not felt in any hear. The Almighty supreme Being is what can neither be seen, nor heard nor touched nor felt by any man, woman or Angel or demigod.

 

(17) BEGINNING OR END OF BEINGS: The disciples said to Jesus: “Tell us how our end will be.” Jesus said: “So have You discovered the beginning, that You look for the end? For where the beginning is, there the end will be. Fortunate is he who stands at the beginning he will know the end and will not taste death.”

 

(Secret Sayings (18) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: only by discovering the beginning of the soul can one understand the end of the soul. Those who can understand the beginning of the soul also shall be able to understand the end of the soul. Those who stand at the beginning and understand the beginning, their spiritual body will not taste death, because they realize that soul of any human does not die.

 

(18) FIVE TREES OF HEAVEN:

“Fortunate is he who was before he became. If You become My disciples and listen to My words, these stones will serve You. For there are five trees for You in Paradise that remain unshaken summer and winter and their leaves do not fall. He who knows them will not taste death.”

 

(Secret Sayings (19) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: Jesus describes the five eternal trees of Heaven and he who know the spiritual meaning of these trees will not taste death and become immortal after the death of this physical body.

 

(19) MAKE MALE AND FEMALE ONE:

Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to His disciples: “These infants who suck are like those who enter the Kingdom.” They said to Him: “Shall we then enter the Kingdom as infants?” 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, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female; and when You fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in the place of a likeness; then will You enter the Kingdom.”

 

(Secret Sayings (22) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: Those who are same inside as outside, same above as below and where women are equal to men in every sphere, they only can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

(20) FIRE OF KNOWLEDGE: “Whoever is near Me is near the fire, and whoever who is far from Me is far from the Kingdom.”

 

(Secret Sayings (82) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: Jesus says that knowledge is like a fire and being near to the Master allows you the knowledge of fire and those who are not disciples of Jesus would not have the benefit of fire and may not be able to enter Kingdom of Heaven.

 

(21) IMAGE OF GOD HIDDEN BY THE EFFULGENCE OF HIS LIGHT:

“Images are visible to man, and the light which is in them is hidden in the image of the Light of the Father. He will reveal Himself and His image is hidden by His light.”

 

(Secret Sayings (83) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The physical bodies and its images can be seen by five senses of humans, but the light hidden in the heart of humans cannot be seen by the five senses. The bright effulgence of the God hides the image of the God that is why one cannot see the God with five senses. God reveals himself to man and to angels. The light of the soul is hidden in the image of the Light of God.

 

53(7) The Gospel of Philip -Text

(1) A Hebrew makes another Hebrew, and such a person is called “proselyte”. But a proselyte does not make another proselyte. Just as they and make others like themselves, while others simply exist. The slave seeks only to be free, but he does not hope to acquire the estate of his master.

 

(2) But the son is not only a son but lays claim to the inheritance of the father. Those who are heirs to the dead are themselves dead, and they inherit the dead. Those who are heirs to what is living are alive, and they are heirs to both what is living and the dead. The dead are heirs to nothing. For how can he who is dead inherit? If he who is dead inherits what is living he will not die, but he who is dead will live even more. The Gentile does not die, for he has never lived in order that he may die.

 

(3) He who has believed in the truth has found life, and this one is in danger of dying, for he is alive. Since Christ came, the world has been created, the cities adorned, the dead carried out. When we were Hebrews, we were orphans and had only our mother, but when we became Christians, we had both father and mother.

 

(4) Those who sow in winter reap in summer. The winter is the world, the summer the other Aeon (eternal realm). Let us sow in the world that we may reap in the summer. Because of this, it is fitting for us not to pray in the winter. Summer follows winter. But if any man reaps in winter he will not actually reap but only pluck out, since it will not provide a harvest for such a person. It is not only that it will come forth, but also on the Sabbath is barren.

 

(5) Christ came to ransom some, to save others, to redeem others. He ransomed those who were strangers and made them his own. And he set his own apart, those whom he gave as a pledge according to his plan. It was not only when he appeared that he voluntarily laid down his life, but also he voluntarily laid down his life from the very day the world came into being. Then he came first in order to take it, since it had been given as a pledge. It fell into the hands of robbers and was taken captive, but he saved it. He redeemed the good people in the world as well as the evil.

 

(6) Light and Darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable. Because of this neither are the good, nor evil evil, nor is life life, nor death death. For this reason each one will dissolve into its earliest origin. But those who are exalted above the world are indissoluble, eternal.

 

(7) Names given to the worldly are very deceptive, for they divert our thoughts from what is correct to what is incorrect. Thus one who hears the word “God” does not perceive what is correct, but perceives what is incorrect. So also with “the Father” and “the Son” and “the Holy Spirit” and “life” and “light” and “resurrection” and “the Church (Ekklesia)” and all the rest - people do not perceive what is correct but they perceive what is incorrect, unless they have come to know what is correct. The names, which are heard are in the world deceive. If they were in the Aeon (eternal realm), they would at no time be used as names in the world. Nor were they set among worldly things. They have an end in the Aeon.

 

(8) One single name is not uttered in the world, the name, which the Father gave to the Son; it is the name above all things: the name of the Father. For the Son would not become Father, unless he wore the name of the Father. Those who have this name know it, but they do not speak it. But those who do not have it do not know it.

 

(9) But truth brought names into existence in the world for our sakes, because it is not possible to learn it (truth) without these names. Truth is one single thing; it is many things and for our sakes to teach about this one thing in love through many things. The rulers (archons) wanted to deceive man, since they saw that he had a kinship with those that are truly good. They took the name of those that are good and gave it to those that are not good, so that through the names they might deceive him and bind them to those that are not good. And afterward, what a favor they do for them! They make them be removed from those that are not good and place them among those that are good. These things they knew, for they wanted to take the free man and make him a slave to them forever.

 

(10) These are powers, which man not wishing him to be saved, in order that they may. For if man is saved, there will not be any sacrifices and animals will not be offered to the powers. Indeed, the animals were the ones to whom they sacrificed. They were indeed offering them up alive, but when they offered them up, they died. As for man, they offered him up to God dead, and he lived.

 

(11) Before Christ came, there was no bread in the world, just as Paradise, the place were Adam was, had many trees to nourish the animals but no wheat to sustain man. Man used to feed like the animals, but when Christ came, the perfect man, he brought bread from heaven in order that man might be nourished with the food of man. The rulers thought that it was by their own power and will that they were doing what they did, but the Holy Spirit in secret was accomplishing everything through them as it wished. Truth, which existed since the beginning, is sown everywhere. And many see it being sown, but few are they who see it being reaped.

 

(12) Some said, “Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit.” They are in error. They do not know what they are saying. When did a woman ever conceive by a woman? Mary is the virgin whom no power defiled. She is a great anathema to the Hebrews, who are the apostles and the apostolic men. This virgin whom no power defiled the powers defile themselves. And the Lord would not have said “My Father who is in Heaven, unless he had had another father, but he would have said simply “My father”.

 

(13) The Lord said to the disciples, “Bring into the house of the Father from every house. But do not take (anything) in the house of the Father nor carry it off.”

 

(14) “Jesus” is a hidden name, “Christ” is a revealed name. For this reason “Jesus” is not particular to any language; rather he is always called by the name “Jesus”. While as for “Christ”, in Syriac it is “Messiah”, in Greek it is “Christ”. Certainly all the others have it according to their own language. “The Nazarene” is he who reveals what is hidden. Christ has everything in himself, whether man, or angel, or mystery, and the Father.

 

(15) Those who say that the Lord died first and (then) rose up are in error, for he rose up first and (then) died. If one does not first attain the resurrection, he will not die. As God lives, he would. No one will hide a large valuable object in something large, but many a time one has tossed countless thousands into a thing worth a penny. Compare the soul. It is a precious thing and it came to be in a contemptible body.

 

(16) Some are afraid lest they rise naked. Because of this they wish to rise in the flesh, and they do not know that it is those who wear the flesh who are naked. It is those who to unclothe themselves who are not naked. “Flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God”. What is this, which will not inherit? This, which is on us.

 

(17) But what is this, too, which will inherit? It is that which belongs to Jesus and his blood. Because of this he said “He who shall not eat my flesh and drink my blood has not life in him. What is it?

 

(18) His flesh is the word, and his blood is the Holy Spirit. He who has received these has food and he has drink and clothing. I find fault with the others who say that it will not rise. Then both of them are at fault. You say that the flesh will not rise. But tell me what will rise, that we may honor you.

 

(19) You say the Spirit in the flesh, and it is also this light in the flesh. (But) this too is a matter, which is in the flesh, for whatever you shall say, you say nothing outside the flesh. It is necessary to rise in this flesh, since everything exists in it. In this world, those who put on garments are better than the garments. In the Kingdom of Heaven, the garments are better than those that put them on.

 

(20) It is through water and fire that the whole place is purified - the visible by the visible, the hidden by the hidden. There are some things hidden through those visible. There is water in water and there is fire in chrism.

 

(21) Jesus took them all by stealth, for he did not appear as he was, but in the manner in which they would be able to see him. He appeared to them all. He appeared to the great as great. He appeared to the small as small. He appeared to the angels as an angel, and to men as a man. Because of this, his word hid itself from everyone. Some indeed saw him, thinking that they were seeing themselves, but when he appeared to his disciples in glory on the mount, he was not small. He became great, but he made the disciples great, that they might be able to see him in his greatness.

 

(22) Jesus said on that day in the thanksgiving, “You who have joined the perfect light with the Holy Spirit, unite the angels with us also, as being the images.” Do not despise the lamb, for without it, it is not possible to see the king. No one will be able to go in to the king if he is naked.

 

(23) The heavenly man has many more sons than the earthly man. If the sons of Adam are many, although they die, how much more the sons of the perfect man, they who do not die but are always begotten. The father makes a son, and the son has not the power to make a son. For he who has been begotten has not the power to beget, but the son gets brothers for himself, not sons. All who are begotten in the world are begotten in a natural way, and the others are nourished from the place whence they have been born. It is from being promised to the heavenly place that man receives nourishment, him from the mouth. And had the word gone out from that place, it would be nourished from the mouth and it would become perfect. For it is by a kiss that the perfect conceive and give birth. For this reason we also kiss one another. We receive conception from the grace, which is in one another.

 

(24) There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and Mary, her sister, and Mary Magdalene, the one who were called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary.

 

(25) “The Father” and “the Son” are single names; “the Holy Spirit” is a double name. For they are everywhere: they are above, they are below; they are in the concealed, they are in the revealed. The Holy Spirit is in the revealed: it is below. It is in the concealed: it is above. The saints are served by evil powers, for the Holy Spirit into thinking blinds them that they are serving a ordinary man whenever they do so for the saints.

 

(26) Because of this, a disciple asked the Lord one day for something of this world. He said to him, “Ask your mother, and she will give you of the things which are another's.”

 

(27) The apostles said to the disciples, “May our entire offering obtain salt.” They called Sophia “salt”. Without it, no offering is acceptable. But Sophia is barren, without child. For this reason, she is called “a trace of salt”. Wherever they will in their own way, the Holy Spirit, and her children are many.

 

(28) What the father possesses belongs to the son, and the son himself, so long as he is small, is not entrusted with what is his. But when he becomes a man, his father gives him all that he possesses.

 

(29) Those who have gone astray, whom the spirit begets, usually go astray also because of the Spirit. Thus, by one and the same breath, the fire blazes and is put out.

 

(30) Echamoth is one thing and Echmoth, another. Echamoth is Wisdom simply, but Echmoth is the Wisdom of death, which is the one who knows death, which is called “the little Wisdom”.

 

(31) There are domestic animals, like the bull and the ass and others of this kind. Others are wild and live apart in the deserts. Man ploughs the field by means of the domestic animals, and from this he is nourished, he and the animals, whether tame or wild.

 

(32) Compare the perfect man. It is through powers, which are submissive that he ploughs, preparing for everything to come into being. For it is because of this that the whole place stands, whether the good or the evil, the right and the left. The Holy Spirit shepherds everyone and rules all the powers, the “tame” ones and the “wild” ones, as well as those that are unique. For indeed he shuts them in, in order that wish, they will not be able to escape.

 

(33) He who has been created is beautiful, but you would not find his sons noble creations. If he were not created, but begotten, you would find that his seed was noble. But now he was created and he begot. What nobility is this? First, adultery came into being, afterward murder. And he was begotten in adultery, for he was the child of the Serpent. So he became a murderer, just like his father, and he killed his brother. Indeed, every act of sexual intercourse, which has occurred between those unlike one another is adultery.

 

(34) God is a dyer. As the good dyes, which are called “true”, dissolve with the things dyed in them, so it is with those whom God has dyed. Since his dyes are immortal, they become immortal by means of his colors. Now God dips what he dips in water.

 

The Lord went into the dye works of Levi. He took seventy-two different colors and threw them into the vat. He took them out all white. And he said, “Even so has the Son of Man come as a dyer.”

 

(35) It is not possible for anyone to see anything of the things that actually exist unless he becomes like him or her. This is not the way with man in the world: he sees the sun without being a sun; and he sees the heaven and the earth and all other things, but he is not these things.

This is quite in keeping with the truth. But you saw something of that place, and you became those things. You saw the Spirit, you became spirit. You saw Christ, you became Christ. You saw the Father, you shall become Father. So in this place you see everything and do not see yourself, but in that place you do see yourself - and what you see you shall become.

 

(36) Faith receives, love gives. No one will be able to receive without faith. No one will be able to give without love. Because of this, in order that we may indeed receive, we believe, and in order that we may love, we give, since if one gives without love, he has no profit from what he has given. He who has received something other than the Lord is still a Hebrew.

 

(37) The apostles who were before us had these names for him: “Jesus, the Nazorean, Messiah”, that is, “Jesus, the Nazorean, the Christ”. The last name is “Christ”, the first is “Jesus”, that in the middle is “the Nazarene”. “Messiah” has two meanings, both “the Christ” and “the measured”. “Jesus” in Hebrew is “the redemption”. “Nazara” is “the Truth”. “The Nazarene” then, is “the Truth”. “Christ” has been measured. “The Nazarene” and “Jesus” are they who have been measured.

When the pearl is cast down into the mud, it becomes not greatly despised, nor if it is anointed with balsam oil will it become more precious. But it always has value in the eyes of its owner. Compare the Sons of God: wherever they may be, they still have value in the eyes of their Father.

 

(38) If you say, “I am a Jew,” no one will be moved. If you say, “I am a Roman,” no one will be disturbed. If you say, “I am a Greek, a barbarian, a slave, a free man,” no one will be troubled. If you say, “I am a Christian,” the will tremble. Would that I might like that - the person whose name will not be able to endure hearing.

 

(39) God is a man-eater. For this reason, men are sacrificed to him. Before men were sacrificed, animals were being sacrificed, since those to whom they were sacrificed were not gods.

 

(40) Glass decanters and earthenware jugs are both made by means of fire. But if glass decanters break, they are done over, for they came into being through a breath. If earthenware jugs break, however, they are destroyed, for they came into being without breath.

 

(41) An ass that turns a millstone did a hundred miles walking. When it was loosed, it found that it was still at the same place. There are men who make many journeys, but make no progress towards any destination. When evening came upon them, they saw neither city nor village, neither human artifact nor natural phenomenon power nor angel. In vain have the wretches labored.

 

(42) The Eucharist is Jesus. For he is called in Syriac “Pharisatha,” which is “the one who is spread out,” for Jesus came to crucify the world.

 

(43) As for the Wisdom who is called “the barren,” she is the mother of the angels. And the companion of the Mary Magdalene, loved her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on her mouth.

 

(44) The rest of the disciples said to Jesus, “Why do you love her more than all of us?” The Savior answered and said to them, “Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.”

 

(45) The Lord said, “Blessed is he who is before he came into being. For he who is, has been and shall be.”

 

(46) The superiority of man is not obvious to the eye, but lies in what is hidden from view. Consequently, he has mastery over the animals, which are stronger than he is and great in terms of the obvious and the hidden. This enables them to survive. But if man is separated from them, they slay one another and bite one another. They ate one another because they did not find any food. But now they have found food because man tilled the soil.

 

(47) If one goes down into the water and comes up without having received anything, and says “I am a Christian,” he has borrowed the name at interest. But if he receives the Holy Spirit, he has the name as a gift. He who has received a gift does not have to give it back, but of him who has borrowed it at interest, payment is demanded. This is the way it happens to one when he experiences a mystery. Great is the mystery of marriage! For without it, the world would not exist. Now the existence of the world and the existence of marriage. Think of the relationship, for it possesses power. Its image consists of a defilement.

 

(48) The forms of evil spirit include male ones and female ones. The males are they that unite with the souls, which inhabit a female form, but the females are they that are mingled with those in a male form, though one who was disobedient. And none shall be able to escape them, since they detain him if he does not receive a male power or a female power, the bridegroom and the bride. One receives them from the mirrored bridal chamber. When the wanton women see a male sitting alone, they leap down on him and play with him and defile him. So also the lecherous men, when they see a beautiful woman sitting alone, they persuade her and compel her, wishing to defile her. But if they see the man and his wife sitting beside one another, the female cannot come into the man, nor can the male come into the woman. So if the image and the angel are united with one another, neither can any venture to go into the man or the woman.

 

(49) He who comes out of the world, and so can no longer be detained on the grounds that he was in the world, evidently is above the desire of the and fear. He is master over, He is superior to envy. If comes, they seize him and throttle him. And how will this one be able to escape the great powers? How will he be able to. There are some who say, “We are faithful” in order that the unclean spirits and the demons. For if they had the Holy Spirit, no unclean spirit would cleave to them. Fear not the flesh nor love it. If you fear it, it will gain mastery over you. If you love it, it will swallow and paralyze you.

 

(50) And so he dwells either in this world or in the resurrection or in the middle place. God forbid that I be found in there! In this world, there is good and evil. Its good things are not good, and its evil things not evil. But there is evil after this world, which is truly evil - what is called “the middle”. It is death. While we are in this world, it is fitting for us to acquire the resurrection, so that when we strip off the flesh, we may be found in rest and not walk in the middle. For many go astray on the way. For it is good to come forth from the world before one has sinned.

 

(51) There are some who neither will nor have the power to; and others who, if they will, do not profit; for they did not act since makes them sinners. And if they do not will, justice will elude them in both cases: and it is always a matter of the will, not the act.

An apostolic man in a vision saw some people shut up in a house of fire and bound with fiery, lying flaming, them in faith. And he said to them, “able to be saved?” “They did not desire it. They received punishment, what is called 'the darkness', because he.

 

(52) It is from water and fire that the soul and the spirit came into being. It is from water and fire and light that the son of the bridal chamber (came into being). The fire is the chrism, the light is the fire. I am not referring to that fire which has no form, but to the other fire whose form is white, which is bright and beautiful, and which gives beauty.

 

(53) Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images. The world will not receive truth in any other way. There is a rebirth and an image of rebirth. It is certainly necessary to be born again through the image. Which one? Resurrection. The image must rise again through the image. The bridal chamber and the image must enter through the image into the truth: this is the restoration. Not only must those who produce the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, do so, but have produced them for you. If one does not acquire them, the name (“Christian”) will also be taken from him. But one receives the unction of the of the power of the cross. This power the apostles called “the right and the left.” For this person is no longer a Christian but a Christ.

 

(54) The Lord did everything in a mystery, a baptism and a chrism and a Eucharist and a redemption and a bridal chamber. He said, “I came to make the things below like the things above, and the things outside like those inside. I came to unite them in the place.” Here through types and images.

 

(55) Those who say, “There is a heavenly man and there is one above him” are wrong. For it is the first of these two heavenly men, the one who is revealed, that they call “the one who is below”; and he to whom the hidden belongs is that one who is above him. For it would be better for them to say, “The inner and outer, and what is outside the outer”.

 

Because of this, the Lord called destruction the “the outer darkness”: there is not another outside of it. He said, “My Father who is in secret”. He said, “Go into your chamber and shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father who is in secret”, the one who is within them all. But that which is within them all is the fullness.

 

(56) Beyond it, there is nothing else within it. This is that of which they say, “That which is above them”. Before Christ, some came from a place they were no longer able to enter, and they went where they were no longer able to come out. Then Christ came. Those who went in, he brought out, and those who went out, he brought in. When Eve was still with Adam, death did not exist. When she was separated from him, death came into being. If he enters again and attains his former self, death will be no more.

 

(57) “My God, my God, why, O Lord, have you forsaken me?” It was on the cross that he said these words, for he had departed from that place. Who has been begotten through him who from God. The from the dead, to be, but now perfect. flesh, but this is true flesh, is not true, but only possess an image of the true.

 

(58) A bridal chamber is not for the animals, nor is it for the slaves, nor for defiled women; but it is for free men and virgins. Through the Holy Spirit we are indeed begotten again, but we are begotten through Christ in the two. We are anointed through the Spirit.

 

(59) When we were begotten, we were united. None can see him either in water or in a mirror without light. Nor again can you see in light without mirror or water. For this reason, it is fitting to baptize in the two, in the light and the water. Now the light is the chrism.

 

(60) There were three buildings specifically for sacrifice in Jerusalem. The one facing the west was called “The Holy”. Another, facing south, was called “The Holy of the Holy”. The third, facing east, was called “The Holy of the Holies”, the place where only the high priest enters. Baptism is “the Holy” building. Redemption is the “Holy of the Holy”.

 

(61) “The Holy of the Holies” is the Bridal Chamber. Baptism includes the Resurrection and the Redemption; the redemption (takes place) in the bridal chamber. But the bridal chamber is in that which is superior to you will not find are those who pray Jerusalem who Jerusalem, those called the “Holy of the Holies” the veil was rent, bridal chamber except the image above. Because of this, its veil was rent from top to bottom. For it was fitting for some from below to go upward. The powers do not see those who are clothed in the perfect light, and consequently are not able to detain them. One will clothe him in this light sacramentally in the union.

 

(62) If the woman had not separated from the man, she should not die with the man. His separation became the beginning of death. Because of this, Christ came to repair the separation, which was from the beginning, and again unite the two, and to give life to those who died as a result of the separation, and unite them. But the woman is united to her husband in the bridal chamber. Indeed, those who have united in the bridal chamber will no longer be separated. Thus Eve separated from Adam because it was not in the bridal chamber that she united with him. The soul of Adam came into being by means of a breath. The partner of his soul is the spirit. His mother is the thing that was given to him.

 

(63) His soul was taken from him and replaced by a spirit. When he was united (to the spirit), he spoke words incomprehensible to the powers. They envied him spiritual partner hidden opportunity for themselves alone bridal chamber, so that. Jesus appeared Jordan - the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven. He who was begotten before everything, was begotten anew. He who was once anointed, was anointed anew. He who was redeemed, in turn redeemed (others).

 

(64) Indeed, one must utter a mystery. The Father of everything united with the virgin who came down, and a fire shone for him on that day. He appeared in the great bridal chamber. Therefore his body came into being on that day itself. It left the bridal chamber as one who came into being from the bridegroom and the bride. So Jesus established everything in it through these. It is fitting for each of the disciples to enter into his rest.

 

(65) Adam came into being from two virgins, from the Spirit and from the virgin earth. Christ therefore, was born from a virgin to rectify the Fall that occurred in the beginning.

 

(66) There are two trees growing in Paradise. The one bears animals, the other bears men. Adam ate from the tree that bore animals. He became an animal and he brought forth animals. For this reason the children of Adam worship animals. The tree fruit is increased, ate the fruit of the bears men, man. God created man. Men create God. That is the way it is in the world - men make gods and worship their creation. It would be fitting for the gods to worship men!

 

(67) Surely what a man accomplishes depends on his abilities. For this reason, we refer to one’s accomplishments as “abilities”. Among his accomplishments are his children. They originate in a moment of ease. Thus his abilities determine what he may accomplish, but this ease is clearly evident in the children. You will find that this applies directly to the image. Here is the man made after the image accomplishing things with his physical strength, but producing his children with ease.

 

(68) In this world, the slaves serve the free. In the Kingdom of Heaven, the free will minister to the slaves: the children of the bridal chamber will minister to the children of the marriage. The children of the bridal chamber have just one name: rest. Altogether, they need take no other form, because they have contemplation. They are numerous in the things the glories.

 

(69) Those go down into the water, out (of the water), will consecrate it, they who have in his name. For he said, “Thus we should fulfill all righteousness.” Those who say they will die first and then rise are in error. If they do not first receive the resurrection while they live, when they die they will receive nothing. So also when speaking about baptism they say, “Baptism is a great thing,” because if people receive it they will live.

 

(70) Philip the apostle said, “Joseph the carpenter planted a garden because he needed wood for his trade. It was he who made the cross from the trees that he planted. His own offspring hung on that which he planted. His offspring was Jesus, and the planting was the cross.” But the Tree of Life is in the middle of the Garden. However, it is from the olive tree that we got the chrism, and from the chrism, the resurrection.

 

(71) This world is a corpse-eater. All the things eaten in it themselves die also. Truth is a life-eater. Therefore no one nourished by truth will die. It was from that place that Jesus came and brought food. To those who so desired, he gave life that they might not die.

 

(72) God garden. Man garden. Their and of God. The things which are in I wish. This garden is the place where they will say to me, “eat this or do not eat that, just as you wish.” In the place where I will eat all things is the Tree of Knowledge. That one killed Adam, but here the Tree of Knowledge made men alive. The law was the tree. It has power to give the knowledge of good and evil. It neither removed him from evil, nor did it set him in the good, but it created death for those who ate of it. For when he said, “Eat this, do not eat that”, it became the beginning of death.

 

(73) The chrism is superior to baptism, for it is from the word “Chrism” that we have been called “Christians,” certainly not because of the word “baptism”. And it is because of the chrism that “the Christ” has his name. For the Father anointed the Son, and the Son anointed the apostles, and the apostles anointed us. He who has been anointed possesses everything. He possesses the resurrection, the light, and the cross, the Holy Spirit. The Father gave him this in the bridal chamber; he merely accepted (the gift). The Father was in the Son and the Son in the Father. This is the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

(74) The Lord said it well: “Some have entered the Kingdom of Heaven laughing, and they have come out because a Christian. And as soon as went down into the water, he came everything (of this world), because he a trifle, but full of contempt for this the Kingdom of Heaven If he despises, and scorns it as a trifle, out laughing. So it is also with the bread and the cup and the oil, even though there is another one superior to these.

 

(75) The world came about through a mistake. For he who created it wanted to create it imperishable and immortal. He fell short of attaining his desire. For the world never was imperishable, nor, for that matter, was he who made the world. For things are not imperishable, but sons are.

 

(76) Nothing will be able to receive imperishability if it does not first become a son. But he who has not the ability to receive, how much more will he be unable to give?

 

(77) The cup of prayer contains wine and water, since it is appointed as the type of the blood for which thanks is given. And it is full of the Holy Spirit, and it belongs to the wholly perfect man. When we drink this, we shall receive for ourselves the perfect man. The living water is a body.

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(78) t is necessary that we put on the living man. Therefore, when he is about to go down into the water, he unclothes himself, in order that he may put on the living man.

 

(79) A horse sires a horse, a man begets man, and a god brings forth a god. Compare the bridegroom and the bride. They have come from the. No Jew has existed. And from the Jews. Christians these are referred to as “The chosen people of,” and “The true man” and “Son of Man” and “the seed of the Son of Man”. This true race is renowned in the world that the sons of the bridal chamber dwell.

 

(80) Whereas in this world the union is one of husband with wife - a case of strength complemented by weakness - in the Aeon (eternal realm), the form of the union is different, although we refer to them by the same names. There are other names, however; they are superior to every other name that is named and are stronger than the strong. For where there is a show of strength, there those who excel in strength appear. These are not separate things, but both of them are this one single thing. This is the one that will not be able to rise above the heart of flesh.

 

(81) Is it not necessary for all those who possess everything to know themselves? Some indeed, if they do not know themselves, will not enjoy what they possess. But those who have come to know themselves will enjoy their possessions.

 

(82) Not only will they be unable to detain the perfect man, but they will not be able to see him, for if they see him, they will detain him. There is no other way for a person to acquire this quality except by putting on the perfect light and he too becoming perfect light. He who has put it on will enter. This is the perfect that we become before we leave. Whoever receives everything hither be able that place, but will the Middle as imperfect. Only Jesus knows the end of this person.

 

(83) The priest is completely holy, down to his very body. For if he has taken the bread, he will consecrate it. Or the cup or anything else that he gets, he will consecrate. Then how will he not consecrate the body also?

 

(84) By perfecting the water of baptism, Jesus emptied it of death. Thus we do go down into the water, but we do not go down into death, in order that we may not be poured out into the spirit of the world. When that spirit blows, it brings the winter. When the Holy Spirit breathes, the summer comes.

 

(85) He who has knowledge of the truth is a free man, but the free man does not sin, for “He who sins is the slave of sin” (Jn 8:34). Truth is the mother, knowledge the father. Those who think that sinning does not apply to them are called “free” by the world. Knowledge of the truth merely makes such people arrogant, which is what the words, “it makes them free” mean. It even gives them a sense of superiority over the whole world. But “Love builds up. In fact, he who is really free, through knowledge, is a slave, because of love for those who have not yet been able to attain to the freedom of knowledge. Knowledge makes them capable of becoming free. Love never calls something its own, it possess. It never says, “This is yours” or “This is mine,” but “All these are yours”. Spiritual love is wine and fragrance. All those who anoint themselves with it take pleasure in it. While those who are anointed are present, those nearby also profit (from the fragrance).

 

(86) If those anointed with ointment withdraw from them and leave, then those not anointed, who merely stand nearby, still remain in their bad odor.

 

(87) The Samaritan gave nothing but wine and oil to the wounded man. It is nothing other than the ointment. It healed the wounds, for “love covers a multitude of sins”.

 

(88) The children a woman bears resemble the man who loves her. If her husband loves her, then they resemble her husband. If it is an adulterer, then they resemble the adulterer. Frequently, if a woman sleeps with her husband out of necessity, while her heart is with the adulterer with whim she usually has intercourse, the child she will bear is born resembling the adulterer. Now you who live together with the Son of God, love not the world, but love the Lord, in order that those you will bring forth may not resemble the world, but may resemble the Lord.

 

(89) The human being has intercourse with the human being. The horse has intercourse with the horse, the ass with the ass. Members of a race usually have associated with those of like race. So spirit mingles with spirit, and thought consorts with thought, and light shares with light.

 

(90) If you are born a human being, it is the human being who will love you. If you become a spirit, it is the spirit that will be joined to you. If you become thought, it is thought which will mingle with you. If you become light, it is the light that will share with you. If you become one of those who belong above, it is those who belong above who will rest upon you. If you become horse or ass or bull or dog or sheep, or another of the animals that are outside or below, then neither human being nor spirit nor thought nor light will be able to love you. Neither those who belong above nor those who belong within will be able to rest in you, and you have no part in them.

 

(91) He who is a slave against his will, will be able to become free. He who has become free by favor of his master, and has sold himself into slavery, will no longer be able to be free.

 

(92) Farming in the world requires the cooperation of four essential elements. A harvest is gathered into the barn only as a result of the natural action of water, earth, wind and light. God's farming likewise has four elements - faith, hope, love, and knowledge. Faith is our earth, that in which we take root. And hope is the water through which we are nourished. Love is the wind through which we grow. Knowledge, then, is the light through which we ripen. Grace exists in four ways: it is earthborn; it is heavenly; the highest heaven in.

 

(93) Blessed is the one who on no occasion caused a soul. That person is Jesus Christ. He came to the whole place and did not burden anyone. Therefore, blessed is the one who is like this, because he is a perfect man. For the Word tells us that this kind is difficult to define. How shall we be able to accomplish such a great thing? How will he give everyone comfort? Above all, it is not proper to cause anyone distress - whether the person is great or small, unbeliever or believer - and then give comfort only to those who take satisfaction in good deeds. Some find it advantageous to give comfort to the one who has fared well. He who does good deeds cannot give comfort to such people, for he does not seize whatever he likes. He is unable to cause distress, however, since he does not afflict them. To be sure, the one who fares well sometimes causes people distress - not that he intends to do so; rather, it is their own wickedness that is responsible for their distress. He who possesses the qualities (of the perfect man) bestows joy upon the good. Some, however, are terribly distressed by all this.

 

(94) There was a householder who had every conceivable thing, be it son or slave or cattle or dog or pig or corn or barley or chaff or grass or meat and acorn. Now he was a sensible fellow, and he knew what the food of each one was. He served the children bread. He served the slaves and meal. And he threw barley and chaff and grass to the cattle. He threw bones to the dogs, and to the pigs he threw acorns and slop. Compare the disciple of God: if he is a sensible fellow, he understands what discipleship is all about. The bodily forms will not deceive him, but he will look at the condition of the soul of each one and speak with him. There are many animals in the world that are in a human form. When he identifies them, to the swine he will throw acorns, to the cattle he will throw barley and chaff and grass, to the dogs he will throw bones. To the slaves he will give only the elementary lessons, to the children he will give the complete instruction.

 

(95) There is the Son of Man and there is the son of the Son of Man. The Lord is the Son of Man, and the son of the Son of Man is he who creates through the Son of Man. The Son of Man received from God the capacity to create. He also has the ability to beget. He who has received the ability to create is a creature. He who has received the ability to beget is an offspring. He who creates cannot beget. He who begets also has power to create. Now they say, “He who creates begets”. But his so-called “offspring” is merely a creature. Because of birth, they are not his offspring but. He who creates works openly, and he himself is visible. He who begets, begets in private, and he himself is hidden, since image. Also, he who creates, creates openly. But one who begets, begets children in private.

 

(96) No one can know when the husband and the wife have intercourse with one another, except the two of them. Indeed, marriage in the world is a mystery for those who have taken a wife. If there is a hidden quality to the marriage of defilement, how much more is the undefiled marriage a true mystery! It is not fleshly, but pure. It belongs not to desire, but to the will. It belongs not to the darkness or the night, but to the day and the light. If a marriage is open to the public, it has become prostitution, and the bride plays the harlot not only when another man impregnates her, but even if she slips out of her bedroom and is seen. Let her show herself only to her father and her mother, and to the friend of the bridegroom and the sons of the bridegroom. These are permitted to enter every day into the bridal chamber. But let the others yearn just to listen to her voice and to enjoy her ointment, and let them feed from the crumbs that fall from the table, like the dogs.

 

(97) Bridegrooms and brides belong to the bridal chamber. No one shall be able to see the bridegroom with the bride unless he become such a one. When Abraham that he was to see what he was to see, he circumcised the flesh of the foreskin, teaching us that it is proper to destroy the flesh.

 

(98) Most things in the world, as long as their inner parts are hidden, stand upright and live. If they are revealed, they die, as is illustrated by the visible man: as long as the intestines of the man are hidden, the man is alive; when his intestines are exposed and come out of him, the man will die. So also with the tree: while its root is hidden, it sprouts and grows. If its root is exposed, the tree dries up. So it is with every birth that is in the world, not only with the revealed but with the hidden. For so long as the root of wickedness is hidden, it is strong. But when it is recognized, it is dissolved. When it is revealed, it perishes. That is why the Word says, “Already the axe is laid at the root of the trees. It will not merely cut - what is cut sprouts again - but the ax penetrates deeply, until it brings up the root. Jesus pulled out the root of the whole place, while others did it only partially. As for ourselves, let each one of us dig down after the root of evil which is within one, and let one pluck it out of one's heart from the root. It will be plucked out if we recognize it. But if we are ignorant of it, it takes root in us and produces its fruit in our heart. It masters us. We are its slaves. It takes us captive, to make us do what we do not want; and what we do want, we do not do. It is powerful because we have not recognized it. While it exists it is active.

 

(99) Ignorance is the mother of all evil. Ignorance will result in death, because those who come from ignorance neither were nor are nor shall be. Will be perfect when all the truth is revealed. For truth is like ignorance: while it is hidden, it rests in itself, but when it is revealed and is recognized, it is praised, inasmuch as it is stronger than ignorance and error. It gives freedom. The Word said, “If you know the truth, the truth will make you free. Ignorance is a slave. Knowledge is freedom. If we know the truth, we shall find the fruits of the truth within us. If we are joined to it, it will bring our fulfillment.

 

(100) At the present time, we have the manifest things of creation. We say, “The strong who are held in high regard are great people. And the weak who are despised are the obscure.” Contrast the manifest things of truth: they are weak and despised, while the hidden things are strong and held in high regard. The mysteries of truth are revealed, though in type and image. The bridal chamber, however, remains hidden. It is the Holy in the Holy. The veil at first concealed how God controlled the creation, but when the veil is rent and the things inside are revealed, this house will be left desolate, or rather will be destroyed. And the whole (inferior) godhead will flee from here, but not into the holies of the holies, for it will not be able to mix with the unmixed light and the flawless fullness, but will be under the wings of the cross and under its arms. This ark will be their salvation when the flood of water surges over them. If some belong to the order of the priesthood, they will be able to go within the veil with the high priest. For this reason, the veil was not rent at the top only, since it would have been open only to those above; nor was it rent at the bottom only, since it would have been revealed only to those below. But it was rent from the top to bottom. Those above opened to us the things below, in order that we may go in to the secret of the truth. This truly is what is held in high regard, (and) what is strong! But we shall go in there by means of lowly types and forms of weakness. They are lowly indeed when compared with the perfect glory. There is glory, which surpasses glory. There is power, which surpasses power. Therefore, the perfect things have opened to us, together with the hidden things of truth. The holies of the holies were revealed, and the bridal chamber invited us in.

 

(101) As long as it is hidden, wickedness is indeed ineffectual, but it has not been removed from the midst of the seed of the Holy Spirit. They are slaves of evil. But when it is revealed, then the perfect light will flow out on every one. And all those who are in it will receive the chrism. Then the slaves will be free and the captives ransomed. “Every plant which my father who is in heaven has not planted will be plucked out.” Those who are separated will unite and will be filled. Every one who will enter the bridal chamber will kindle the light, for just as in the marriages that happen at night. That fire only at night, and is put out. But the mysteries of that marriage are perfected rather in the day and the light. Neither that day nor its light ever sets. If anyone becomes a son of the bridal chamber, he will receive the light. If anyone does not receive it while he is here, he will not be able to receive it in the other place. He who will receive that light will not be seen, nor can he be detained. And none shall be able to torment a person like this, even while he dwells in the world. And again when he leaves the world, he has already received the truth in the images. The world has become the Aeon (eternal realm), for the Aeon is fullness for him. This is the way it is: it is revealed to him alone, not hidden in the darkness and the night, but hidden in a perfect day and a holy light.

THUS ENDS THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PHILIP.

 

53(8) Gnostic Teachings of Philip

(1) HEIR TO WHAT IS LIVING:

Those who are heirs to what is living are alive, and they are heirs to both what is living and the dead. The dead are heirs to nothing. For how can he who is dead inherit? If he who is dead inherits what is living he will not die. A Gentile does not die, for he has never lived in order that he may die. He who has believed in the truth has found life, and this one is in danger of dying, for he is alive. Since Christ came, the world has been created, the cities adorned, the dead carried out. When we were Hebrews, we were orphans and had only our mother, but when we became Christians, we had both father and mother.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Only he who believed in the truth has found life, and he is in danger of dying because he is living now. Those who are the disciples of the Living Master are heirs to both what is living and also what is dead. The sons of the Holy Father has stake in the property or knowledge of the father unlike the slaves who do not have any claim for the property of the masters.

 

(2) GOOD & EVIL ARE INSEPARABLE BROTHERS:

Light and Darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable. Because of this neither are the good good, nor evil evil, nor is life life, nor death death. For this reason each one will dissolve into its earliest origin. But those who are exalted above the world are indissoluble, eternal.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: There is neither absolute evil nor absolute good, neither absolute light nor absolute darkness, neither absolute life nor absolute death, neither absolute right nor absolute left, and light life and right are brothers of darkness, death and left respectively. Those spiritually advanced persons that are able to rise above the material world become indissoluble at the time of the dissolution of the universe and become eternal immortal beings after their physical death in this earth.

 

(3) TRUE MEANING OF GOD HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH LIGHT LIFE:

Names given to the worldly are very deceptive, for they divert our thoughts from what is correct to what is incorrect. Thus one who hears the word “God” does not perceive what is correct, but perceives what is incorrect. So also with “the Father” and “the Son” and “the Holy Spirit” and “life” and “light” and “resurrection” and “the Church (Ekklesia)” and all the rest - people do not perceive what is correct but they perceive what is incorrect, unless they have come to know what is correct. The names that are heard are in the world deceive. If they were in the Aeon (eternal realm), they would at no time be used as names in the world. Nor were they set among worldly things. They have an end in the Aeon.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: The true meaning of the terms, namely, God, the Holy Spirit, the Father, the Son, the Light, The Resurrection, and the Church is very different, some diametrically opposed to what Jews, Catholics, Muslims think these terms mean, because of the loaded imagery of their languages and cultural traditions. The Jesus used these terms, in manner totally opposed to what Jews defined them or organized religions may use them in the 21st Century. 

 

(4) EACHMOTH IS KNOWLEDGE OF DEATH: Echamoth is one thing and Echmoth, another. Echamoth is Wisdom simply, but Echmoth is the Wisdom of death, which is the one who knows death, which is called “the little Wisdom”.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Jesus imparted the Eachmoth, the Wisdom of Death and the Big Wisdom. The world religions define themselves by their doctrine of death, as what happens when one dies on this earth. The Christian doctrine of Eachmoth preached by Jesus and Gnostic Christian Church radically different from the doctrines practiced by Catholic Church and Orthodox Church.

 

(5) HOLY LIGHT IS PERFECT LIGHT:

Jesus said on that day in the thanksgiving, “You who have joined the perfect light with the Holy Spirit, unite the angels with us also, as being the images.” Do not despise the lamb, for without it, it is not possible to see the king. No one will be able to go in to the king if he is naked.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Disciples of Jesus spiritually sought to realize the union of the Perfect Light with the light of the Holy Spirit, and by doing so also gained the blessing of the Angels also, as the Christian Angels or demigods are the inferior images of the Perfect Light or Holy Spirit. Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Church presently worship Angels who are just the inferior images of the Perfect Light or Holy Spirit

 

(6) HOLY NAME IS A DOUBLE NAME:

“The Father” and “the Son” are single names; “the Holy Spirit” is a double name. For they are everywhere: they are above, they are below; they are in the concealed, they are in the revealed. The Holy Spirit is in the revealed: it is below. It is in the concealed: it is above. The saints are served by evil powers, for they are blinded by the Holy Spirit into thinking that they are serving an ordinary man whenever they do so for the saints.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: The single names of the Father and the Son re single names and they are everywhere, they are above, they are below, they are concealed and they are revealed. Many Christian saints could be serving evil powers that have disguised themselves as ordinary man leaders.

 

(7) WATER FIRE VISIBLE HIDDEN:

It is through water and fire that the whole place is purified - the visible by the visible, the hidden by the hidden. There are some things hidden through those visible. There is water in water and there is fire in chrism.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Water, Fire, Visible and Invisible purify the place. Visible purifies the visible and hidden purifies the hidden.

 

(8) HIDDEN WORD OF JESUS:

Jesus took them all by stealth, for he did not appear as he was, but in the manner in which they would be able to see him. He appeared to them all. He appeared to the great as great. He appeared to the small as small. He appeared to the angels as an angel, and to men as a man. Because of this, his word hid itself from everyone. Some indeed saw him, thinking that they were seeing themselves, but when he appeared to his disciples in glory on the mount, he was not small. He became great, but he made the disciples great, that they might be able to see him in his greatness.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Jesus gave true hidden esoteric knowledge to Apostle Judas, Apostle Mary Magdalene, Apostle Thomas, Apostle Philip and Apostle James. Jesus gave his teachings to Jews in the traditions of the Jewish Laws so that they may understand it. Jesus gave the esoteric Gnostic teaching to Canaanites and Gentiles, because they were not corrupted by the iconoclast patriarchal religious views of Jews. The organized Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Christian Church failed to understand the spirituality of the hidden word of Jesus, which were readily accessed through the unorganized religious institutions of Gnostic Arias Apostolic Christianity.

 

(9) GOD IS A DYER:

God is a dyer. As the good dyes, which are called “true”, dissolve with the things dyed in them, so it is with those whom God has dyed. Since his dyes are immortal, they become immortal by means of his colors. Now God dips what he dips in water.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: True teachings like true dyes dissolve in the things dyed in them and colors them by leaving their culture and civilization intact. The God dyes dissolve and changes the color of the Soul residing in the heart of the man, and when a man dies the died Soul transmigrates. Only the dye or fragrance transmigrates with the Soul after death.

 

(10) POWER OF ENLIGHTENMENT:

It is not possible for anyone to see anything of the things that actually exist unless he becomes like those things. This is not the way with man in the world: Man sees the sun without being a sun. Man sees the heaven and the earth and all other things, but Man is not heaven and earth.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Jesus revealed that by spiritually realizing the true nature of Soul, one acquires many attributes of the Soul. In ancient Egyptian religion it is believed that if one knows the true hidden name of any demigod, than the knower of that hidden name acquire the spiritual powers of that demigod. One cannot understand the real nature of any thing, without becoming like that. When one is able to really see anything that exists, he becomes like that thing or acquires the powers or attributes of that thing.

 

(11) MAN CAN BECOME SPIRIT OR CHRIST OR FATHER:

This is quite in keeping with the truth. But you saw something of that place, and you became those things. You saw the Spirit and you became spirit. You saw Christ and you became Christ. You see the Father and you shall become Father. So in this place you see everything and do not see yourself, but in that place you do see yourself - and what you see you shall become.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Jesus believed that by following Gnostic spiritual practices the believers can really understand the true nature of the Spirit, Christ or Father and once they are able to comprehend the their true nature by self-realization and enlightenment then they can acquire many attributes of the Spirit or Christ or Father. The Christianity of Jesus Christ is Dualism, which states though man is different from Spirit, Christ or Holy Father, he is in the image of the Spirit or Christ or Holy Father and by means of self-realization of the Soul or the true nature of the Spirit, Christ of Holy Father can acquire many spiritual powers.

 

(12) MALE EVIL SPIRITS & FEMALE EVIL SPIRITS:

The forms of evil spirit include male ones and female ones. The males are they, which unite with the souls that inhabit a female form, but the females are they that are mingled with those in a male form, though one who was disobedient. And none shall be able to escape them, since they detain him if he does not receive a male power or a female power, the bridegroom and the bride. One receives them from the mirrored bridal chamber. When the wanton women see a male sitting alone, they leap down on him and play with him and defile him. So also the lecherous men, when they see a beautiful woman sitting alone, they persuade her and compel her, wishing to defile her. But if they see the man and his wife sitting beside one another, the female cannot come into the man, nor can the male come into the woman. So if the image and the angel are united with one another, neither can any venture to go into the man or the woman.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: The male evil spirits unites with such souls that inhabit a female form. The female evil spirits unites with such male souls as are disobedient. Every man or a woman is subject to the influence of these male/female evil spirits, who detain any human being that does not receive either a male evil power or female evil power.

 

(13) RESURRECTION AND RESTORATION:

Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images. The world will not receive truth in any other way. There is a rebirth and an image of rebirth. It is certainly necessary to be born again through the image. Which one? Resurrection. The image must rise again through the image. The bridal chamber and the image must enter through the image into the truth: this is the restoration. Not only must those who produce the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, do so, but have produced them for you. If one does not acquire them, the name (“Christian”) will also be taken from him. But one receives the unction of the power of the cross. The apostles called this power “the right and the left” powers. For this person is no longer a Christian but a Christ.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: The religious truth manifests in the world in the languages, traditions and imagery of the contemporary culture and civilizations, otherwise world would fail to receive the Truth. Truth is revealed to different cultures and civilizations in different types and images. The religious Truth undergoes rebirth and undergo the changes in the images of rebirth. Religious Truth needs to be reborn again through the religious images for the world to understand the religious truth of Holy Spirit and Holy Father.

 

(14) JESUS HAD A HUMAN FATHER:

Some said, “Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit.” They are in error. They do not know what they are saying. When did a woman ever conceive by a woman? Mary is the virgin whom no power defiled. She is a great anathema to the Hebrews, who are the apostles and the apostolic men. This virgin whom no power defiled the powers defile themselves. And the Lord would not have said “My Father who is in Heaven, unless he had had another father, but he would have said simply “My father”. 

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Gnostic Christians do not believe in the Catholic doctrine of Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary. Jesus’ mother Mary was not defiled by any power, human or Angel. Jesus acknowledged that he had a human father, as he talked about “My Father who is in Heaven” and if he didn’t have a human father he would have said “My Father” instead.

 

(15) FLESH & BLOOD SHALL NOT INHERIT KINGDOM OF GOD:

Some are afraid lest they rise naked. Because of this they wish to rise in the flesh, and they do not know that it is those who wear the flesh who are naked. It is those who to unclothe themselves who are not naked. “Flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God”.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God. It means that only soul shall enter the kingdom of God not this material body of flesh and blood.

 

(16) JESUS’ BLOOD IS HOLY SPIRIT:

What is this, which will not inherit? That which is on us, but what is this, which will inherit? It is that which belongs to Jesus and his blood. Because of this Jesus said “He who shall not eat my flesh and drink my blood has no life in him. What is it? His flesh is the word, and his blood is the Holy Spirit. He who has received these has food and he has drink and clothing. I find fault with the others who say that it will not rise. Then both of them are at fault. You say that the flesh will not rise. But tell me what will rise, that we may honor you. You say the Spirit in the flesh, and it is also this light in the flesh. (But) this too is a matter, which is in the flesh, for whatever you shall say, you say nothing outside the flesh. It is necessary to rise in this flesh, since everything exists in it. In this world, those who put on garments are better than the garments. In the Kingdom of Heaven, the garments are better than those that put them on.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: In the Kingdom of Heaven the garments are better than the souls that put them on, while in this world those who put on the garments are better than the garments. The Jesus’ flesh is the word and Jesus’ blood is the Holy Spirit.

 

53(9) Gospel of Mary Magdalene

GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE TEXT

 

(1) Sin of the World

The Savior said, “All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots. For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone. He who has ears to hear let him hear.”

 

Peter said to him, “Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?” The Savior said, “There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.”

 

That is why the Good came into your midst, to the essence of every nature in order to restore it to its root. Then Jesus continued and said, That is why you become sick and die, for you are deprived of the one who can heal you. He who has a mind to understand, let him understand. Matter gave birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from something contrary to nature. Then there arises a disturbance in its whole body. That is why I said to you, “Be of good courage, and if you are discouraged be encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” When the Blessed One had said this, Jesus greeted them all, saying, Peace be with you. Receive my peace unto yourselves.

 

Beware that no one lead you astray saying Lo here or lo there! For the Son of Man is within you. Follow after Him! Those who seek Him will find Him. Go then and preach the gospel of the Kingdom. Do not lay down any rules beyond what I appointed you, and do not give a law like the lawgiver lest you be constrained by it. When He said this He departed.

 

But they were grieved. They wept greatly, saying, How shall we go to the Gentiles and preach the gospel of the Kingdom of the Son of Man? If they did not spare Him, how will they spare us? Then Mary stood up, greeted them all, and said to her brethren, Do not weep and do not grieve nor be irresolute, for His grace will be entirely with you and will protect you. But rather, let us praise His greatness, for He has prepared us and made us into Men. When Mary said this, she turned their hearts to the Good, and they began to discuss the words of the Savior.

 

Peter said to Mary, “Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman. Tell us the words of the Savior, which you remember, which you know, but we do not, nor have we heard them.” Mary answered and said, “What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you.” And she began to speak to them these words: Mary said, she saw the Lord in a vision and Mary said to Jesus, Lord I saw you today in a vision. He answered and said to me, “Blessed are you that you did not waver at the sight of Me. For where the mind is there is the treasure.”

 

Mary said to Jesus, “Lord, how does he who sees the vision see it, through the soul or through the spirit?” The Savior answered and said, “He does not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind that is between the two that is what sees the vision.”

 

(2) Archons Cosmic Prison Wardens- Fear is 1st Archon-Desire is 2nd Archon

ARCHONS- DARKNESS- DESIRE- IGNORANCE- EXCITEMENT OF DEATH-KINGDOM OF FLESH- FOOLISH WISDOM OF FLESH- WRATHFUL WISDOM: This gospel describes Mary’s vision of the soul’s ascent beyond the “powers” including the powers of fear. For the Gnostics, these “powers” are the Archons, which act as cosmic prison wardens, attempting to prevent souls ascending to the True God. “It (the soul) has to overcome the powers of fear and the powers that threaten it as it proceeds into a life beyond death.” And desire said, “I did not see you descending, but now I see you ascending. Why do you lie since you belong to me?” The soul answered and said, “I saw you. You did not see me nor recognize me. I served you as a garment and you did not know me.” When it said this, it (the soul) went away rejoicing greatly.

 

(3) Ignorance 3rd Archon

Again Soul came to the third power, which is called ignorance. The ignorance power questioned the soul, saying, “Where are you going? In wickedness are you bound, but you are bound, do not judge.”  And the soul said, “Why do you judge me, although I have not judged? I was bound, though I have not bound. I was not recognized. But I have recognized that the All is being dissolved, both the earthly things and the heavenly.”

 

(4) Wrath is 4th Archon- Wrath’s 7 Powers

When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, which took seven forms. The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven powers of wrath. The Wrath power asked the soul, “Whence do you come slayer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space?” The soul answered and said, “What binds me has been slain, and what turns me about has been overcome, and my desire has been ended, and ignorance has died. In a aeon I was released from a world, and in a Type from a type, and from the fetter of oblivion that is transient. From this time on will I attain to the rest of the time, of the season, of the aeon, in silence.”

 

(5) Andrew & Peter Challenge Mary

When Mary had said this, she fell silent, since it was to this point that the Savior had spoken with her. But Andrew answered and said to the brethren, Say what you wish to say about what she has said. I at least do not believe that the Savior said this. For certainly these teachings are strange ideas. Peter answered and spoke concerning these same things. Peter questioned them about the Savior: Did Jesus really speak privately with a woman and not openly to us? Are we to turn about and all listen to her? Did He prefer her to us? Then Mary wept and said to Peter, My brother Peter, what do you think? Do you think that I have thought this up myself in my heart, or that I am lying about the Savior? Levi answered and said to Peter, Peter you have always been hot tempered. Now I see you contending against the woman like the adversaries. But if the Savior made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her? Surely the Savior knows her very well. That is why He loved her more than us. Rather let us be ashamed and put on the perfect Man, and separate as He commanded us and preach the gospel, not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the Savior said. And when they heard this they began to go forth to proclaim and to preach. The Gospel According to Mary- Ends.

 

 

(7) Risen Christ & Disciples Dialogue

The Gospel of Mary can easily be divided into two parts. The first section (7,1-9,24) describes the dialogue between the risen Christ and the disciples. Jesus answers their questions concerning matter and sin. “Christ teaches that sin is not a problem of moral ignorance so much as a manifestation of imbalance of the soul.” “Christ then encourages the disciples to spread his teachings and warns them against those who teach of spirituality as an external concept rather than as an internal, Gnostic experience.” After he departs, however, the disciples are grieved and in considerable doubt and consternation. Mary Magdalene comforts them and turns their hearts toward the Good and a consideration of Christ’s words.

 

(8) Jesus’ Special Revelations to Mary

The second section of the text (10,1-23; 15,1-19,2) contains a description by Mary of special revelation given to her by Christ. At Peter’s request, she tells the disciples about things that were hidden from them. The basis for her knowledge is a vision of the Lord and a private dialogue with Him. This fragment of the gospel describes Mary’s vision of the soul’s ascent beyond the “powers” including the powers of fear. For the Gnostics, these “powers” are the Archons, which act as cosmic prison wardens, attempting to prevent souls ascending to the True God. “It (the soul) has to overcome the powers of fear and the powers that threaten it as it proceeds into a life beyond death.”

 

After Mary finishes recounting her vision to the disciples, Andrew and then Peter challenge her on two grounds. First of all, Andrew says, these teachings are strange. Secondly, Peter questions, would Christ really have told such things to a woman and kept them from the male disciples. Levi admonishes Peter for contending with the woman as against their adversaries and acknowledges that Christ loved her more than the other disciples. He entreats them to be ashamed, to put on the “perfect man”, and to go forth and preach as Christ had instructed them to do. They immediately go forth to preach and the text ends.

 

This confrontation between Mary and Peter is well documented in a number of Gnostic scriptures. Mary Magdalene exposes the small mindedness and superficiality of Peter and Andrew who find it difficult to comprehend, let alone accept, the deeper spiritual understanding Mary Magdalene acquired through her personal experience and closer relationship with Christ. Indeed Peter and Andrew seem to prefer the very thing against which Christ warned them, a religion based on arbitrary ideas, in this case represented by Peter’s male chauvinism and Andrew’s ignorance. And yet many of their ideas have shaped modern Christianity while, paradoxically, Mary Magdalene’s spirituality, which here seems more consistent with the teachings of Christ, is unheard of today.

 

The Gnostic picture of Mary Magdalene departs – in some ways, dramatically – from the historical and biblical image of perhaps the most significant female follower of Jesus. The second-century Gospel of Mary was found in the late 19th century by archaeologists but remained largely ignored and un-translated for 50 years. It is the only account named for a woman and offers a different view of Christianity – one that describes an “interior spirituality.” Gospel of Mary of Magdalene is part of Christian Bible and Mary Magdalene was the First Woman Apostle. The Gospel of Mary is a commentary on the text, which was discovered in 1896, nearly 50 years before the Gnostic Gospels at Nag Hammadi were found. Papyrus Berolinensis 8502 was acquired by a German scholar, Dr. Carl Reinhardt, in Cairo in 1896 (the codex is variably referenced in scholarly writings as the “Berlin Gnostic Codex”, the “Akhmim Codex”, PB 8502, and BG 8502). It contains Coptic editions of three very important Gnostic texts: the Apocryphon of John, the Sophia of Jesus Christ, and the Gospel of Mary. Despite the importance of the find, several misfortunes (including two world wars) delayed its publication until 1955. By then the Nag Hammadi collection had also been recovered, and two of the texts in the PB 8502 codex -- the Apocryphon of John, and the Sophia of Jesus Christ, were also found included there. The PB 8502 versions of these two texts were used to augment translations of the Apocryphon of John and the Sophia of Jesus Christ as they now appear in the Nag Hammadi Library. Importantly, the codex preserves the most complete surviving copy of the Gospel of Mary (as the text is named in the manuscript, though it is clear this named Mary is the person we call Mary of Magdala). Two other small fragments of the Gospel of Mary from separate Greek editions were later also unearthed in archaeological excavations at Oxyrhynchus in Northern Egypt. (Fragments of the Gospel of Thomas were also found at this ancient library site. Unfortunately, the extant manuscript of the Gospel of Mary is missing pages 1 to 6 and pages 11 to 14, pages that included sections of the text up to chapter 4, and portions of chapter 5 to 8.

 

The complete extant text of the Gospel of Mary Ends. THUS ENDS THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE.

 

53(10) Mary Magdalene Teachings

(1) Taoist Buddhist Ideas in Gospel of Mary

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene has Taoist and Buddhist concepts presented in first century Christian Semantics. Jesus is quoted as saying that “All natures, all formed things, all creatures exist in and with one another and will again be resolved into their own roots, because the nature of matter is dissolved into the roots of its nature alone.” This is very similar to the Taoist concept of Oneness as expressed in of Tao Teh Ching, Speaking of the Tao it says, “All things derive their life from it [Tao] All things return to it, and it contains them.”

 

(2) Tibetan Book of Dead ideas

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene describes a soul's journey after death and the challenges it overcomes. These passages are much like The Tibetan Book of the Dead that reveals the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities a soul encounters during its journey after it has separated from the body at death. This is very similar to this portion of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, “ When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, which took seven forms. The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven powers of wrath.”

 

(3) Religion based on Arbitrary Ideas.

This confrontation between Mary and Peter is well documented in a number of Gnostic scriptures. Mary Magdalene exposes the small mindedness and superficiality of Peter and Andrew who find it difficult to comprehend, let alone accept, the deeper spiritual understanding Mary Magdalene acquired through her personal experience and closer relationship with Christ. Indeed Peter and Andrew seem to prefer the very thing against which Christ warned them, a religion based on arbitrary ideas, in this case represented by Peter’s male chauvinism and Andrew’s ignorance. And yet many of their ideas have shaped modern Christianity while, paradoxically, Mary Magdalene’s spirituality, which here seems more consistent with the teachings of Christ, is unheard of today. Roman Catholic Christianity as well as Orthodox Christianity is a religion based on the arbitrary ideas of priests and religious institutions. Gnostic Christianity, Apostle Thomas, Apostle Judas, Apostle Mary Magdalene and Apostle Sophia adopted the Oriental, Hindu and Buddhist approaches to religious investigations and rejected the idea of Christianity religion based on arbitrary ideas of priests and organized Church.

 

(4) No Salvation From External Savior

In the Mary Magdalene account, “salvation is not something that comes from an external Savior. One has to seek salvation within.” Thus, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene depicts Jesus as a teacher rather than as a savior who dies to atone for humanity’s sins.

 

(5) No Original Sin in the World

Peter said to him, “Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?” The Savior said, “There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.” (Gospel of Mary Magdalene) – Commentary: Jesus rejected the Jewish concept of the sin of the world. Jesus rejected the Jewish concept of original sin of Adam such as eating the apple of knowledge in the Garden of Eden.

 

(6) Mind sees Vision when between Soul and Spirit

Mary Magdalene saw Jesus in a vision and said to Jesus, “Lord I saw you today in a vision.” Jesus answered and said to Mary, “Blessed are you that you did not waver at the sight of Me. For where the mind is there is the treasure.” Mary Magdalene said to Jesus, “Lord, how does he who sees the vision see it, through the soul or through the spirit?” The Savior answered and said, “He does not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind that is between the two that is what sees the vision.” (Gospel of Mary Magdalene) – Commentary: (Gospel of Mary Magdalene) – Commentary: When the mind is in the state that is between soul and the spirit, in the unconscious mind that one see the visions.

 

(7) Sin is Moral Ignorance-Sin is Imbalance of Soul

The Gospel of Mary can easily be divided into two parts. The first section (7,1-9,24) describes the dialogue between the risen Christ and the disciples. Jesus answers their questions concerning matter and sin. “Christ teaches that sin is not a problem of moral ignorance so much as a manifestation of imbalance of the soul.” “Christ then encourages the disciples to spread his teachings and warns them against those who teach of spirituality as an external concept rather than as an internal, Gnostic experience.” After he departs, however, the disciples are grieved and in considerable doubt and consternation. Mary Magdalene comforts them and turns their hearts toward the Good and a consideration of Christ’s words.

 

(8) Archons are Cosmic Prison Wardens

The Archons power of fear act as cosmic prison wardens attempt to prevent souls ascending to the True God. The second section of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene text (10,1-23; 15,1-19,2) contains a description by Mary of special revelation given to her by Christ. At Peter’s request, she tells the disciples about things that were hidden from them. The basis for her knowledge is a vision of the Lord and a private dialogue with Him. This gospel describes Mary’s vision of the soul’s ascent beyond the “powers” including the powers of fear. For the Gnostics, these “powers” are the Archons, which act as cosmic prison wardens, attempting to prevent souls ascending to the True God. “It (the soul) has to overcome the powers of fear and the powers that threaten it as it proceeds into a life beyond death.”

 

(9) Andrew & Peter Dispute Mary

After Mary finishes recounting her vision to the disciples, Andrew and then Peter challenges her on two grounds. First of all, Andrew says, these teachings are strange. Secondly, Peter questions, would Christ really have told such things to a woman and kept them from the male disciples. Levi admonishes Peter for contending with the woman as against their adversaries and acknowledges that Christ loved her more than the other disciples. Levi entreats them to be ashamed, to put on the “perfect man”, and to go forth and preach as Christ had instructed them to do. Apostles immediately go forth to preach and the text ends.

 

(10) Dissolution of Illusory Chaos

“World is passing away, not toward a new creation or a new world order, but toward the dissolution of an illusory chaos of suffering, death, and illegitimate domination. The Savior has come so that each soul might discover its own true spiritual nature, its ‘root’ in the Good, and return to the place of eternal rest beyond the constraints of time, matter, and false morality.”

The Gospel of Mary communicates a vision that the world is passing away, toward the dissolution of an illusory chaos of suffering, death, and illegitimate domination. The Savior has come so that each soul might discover its own true spiritual nature.

 

(11) Apostle Salome & Mary Magdalene

The Gospel of Thomas reveals that women were disciples of Christ. However the New Testament only includes gospels written by men and distinguishes between the women of Christ’s life, and the ‘disciples,’ who are all male. “You find in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas that six disciples are named: Matthew and Thomas, James and Peter, Mary Magdalene and Salome.” In the Gospel of Thomas as well as the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Apostle Mary Magdalene seen as an evangelist and a teacher, somebody who is gifted with revelations and teachings from Jesus which are very powerful and which enable her to be a spiritual inspiration to others.” The Gnostics honored equally the feminine and masculine aspects of divinity and Almighty God. Christian Gnostic women enjoyed a far greater degree of social and ecclesiastical equality than their orthodox sisters.

 

(12) Role of Mary Magdalene in Christianity

Along with several other women, Mary Magdalene ministered to Christ and witnessed his death on the Cross. Mary Magdalene was there when his body was placed in the tomb, when the stone was rolled away to reveal an empty chamber, when an Angel announced that Christ had risen from the dead – and when Jesus made his first post-Resurrection appearance to the living. Mary Magdalene brought the news of his Resurrection to the other disciples.

 

(9) Mary Author of Fourth Gospel of John

Mary Magdalene was the author of the Fourth Gospel (the Gospel of John) in the New Testament. Most biblical scholars today assert that the Fourth Gospel was authored by an anonymous follower of Jesus referred to within the Gospel text as the Beloved Disciple. In an earlier tradition of the Fourth Gospel's community, the now “anonymous” Beloved Disciple was known to be Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene is the true founder and hero of what has come to be known as the Johannine Community. Mary Magdalene was one of the original apostolic founders and leaders of the early Christian church. The Fourth Gospel, once universally believed authored by John of Zebedee, was actually authored by Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene was the Beloved Disciple of the Fourth Gospel and, therefore, the founder and leader of what has come to be known as the Johannine Community. There is more evidence pointing to Mary Magdalene authorship of the Fourth Gospel than there ever was pointing to authorship by John.

 

MARY AS BELOVED DISCIPLE: In ancient Gnostic communities, Mary Magdalene was thought of as having been the “Beloved Disciple” and the companion of the Lord. She is repeatedly singled out as the disciple whom Jesus loved the most. This would seem to contradict the assertion in the Fourth Gospel that the male founder of the Johannine Community is “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). How can there be two strong traditions each identifying two different people as the disciple whom Jesus loved the most? This begins to make sense only if we explore the possibility that, in reality, both of these traditions are referring to the same disciple. The writers of the Gnostic Gospels were influenced by the portrait of Mary Magdalene as an extraordinary revealer of the Resurrected Christ. This portrait of Mary Magdalene sparked the Gnostic writers to make her the disciple whom Jesus loved most and the chief recipient of post-Resurrection Revelation. In other words, the Gnostic writers spawned a tradition naming Mary Magdalene as the Beloved Disciple in response to what they had read in the Fourth Gospel. In this scenario, the canonical Fourth Gospel predates the traditions revealed in the writings of Nag Hammadi. The pre-canonical version of the Fourth Gospel clearly named Mary Magdalene as the disciple whom Jesus loved, just as the Gnostic writings still do. The Gnostic writings reflect a dependency on the pre-Gospel text, which the “Secessionists” brought to the Gnostic groups after the schism. The rest of the community, “Apostolic Christians,” also had the same pre-Gospel text. Apostolic Christians They, however, redacted their text in order to make it more acceptable to the emerging institutional church, which they wished to join. They quashed references to Mary Magdalene as having been their founder. They, instead, made references in the text to a “Beloved Disciple,” but turned the disciple into an anonymous male. The majority of the Johannine Community (the Secessionists) took a pre-canonical version of the Fourth Gospel with them to the Docetists, the Montanists, and the Gnostics. In addition to this, as we have seen, the Fourth Gospel was very popular among Gnostics well before its acceptance and canonization by the institutional church. And Brown points out that there is “abundant evidence of familiarity with Johannine ideas” in the Gnostic writings of Nag Hammadi. There was obviously much contact between the Johannine Community and Gnostic groups very early on. Therefore, it cannot be mere coincidence that Mary Magdalene is cited in the Gnostic writings as the “disciple whom Jesus loved” in much the same way as the anonymous male disciple is cited as such in the Fourth Gospel. The similarities are too striking to dismiss as unrelated.

 

BIBLE NEVER CALLED MARY MAGDALENE PROSTITUTE: The Bible never explicitly says that Mary Magdalene was ever a prostitute at any point in her life. Luke does not name her in his narrative about the “penitent whore” who washes the feet of Jesus with her hair. Nor is she named as the woman who was caught in the act of adultery and saved from being stoned to death by Jesus. She is identified as once having been demon-possessed. However, the assumption that her sinful past consisted primarily of sexual sin is a presumption that is not usually made about the men who are identified as former sinners.  That women, especially Mary Magdalene, were essential witnesses to the Risen Christ. The prominent role of female disciples was an early and firmly entrenched piece of tradition, which quickly became an embarrassment to the male leaders of the emerging institutional church. There was a concerted effort on the part of the male leadership of the early church to suppress the knowledge of any major contributions made by female disciples. It is asserted here that much of Mary Magdalene's legacy fell victim to this suppression.

 

FOURTH GOSPEL AUTHORED BY ANONYMOUS FOLLOWER OF JESUS: The Fourth Gospel was authored by an anonymous follower of Jesus referred to in the Gospel text as the Beloved Disciple. This Beloved Disciple knew Jesus personally and was in the originating group of the Johannine Community. The Fourth Gospel was based on this disciple's own eyewitness account. Brown identifies several phases in the development of the Fourth Gospel: 1) the initial pre-Gospel version authored by the Beloved Disciple; 2) the pre-Gospel work produced by “the evangelist” or main writer; and, 3) the final version written by a redactor after the death of the Beloved Disciple.  Mary Magdalene's contribution to the writing of the Fourth Gospel took place within the first phase of development i.e., the initial pre-Gospel version. The Gospel went through several phases of modification. The end result of these modifications was the eventual suppression of her role as author of this Gospel and leader of their community. The reason that the Beloved Disciple was turned into a man in the text was because this disciple was clearly the founder and hero of the community that produced this Gospel. At some point after the death of Jesus, the emerging male leadership of that community simply became embarrassed about having a female founder. Jesus apparently did not object to men and women sharing power and positions of leadership. Some of his successors, however, were not courageous enough to be so radical. So, in the case of the Gospel of John, the female Beloved Disciple had to become male. The history of the Johannine Community led to the dissemination of the pre-canonical version of the Fourth Gospel to both “heterodox” and “orthodox” Christians.

 

SECESSIONIST GNOSTICS: Many Gnostic groups practiced radical egalitarianism. They believed that God acted and spoke through both men and women. Both men and women were known to be leaders and/or prophets in their communities. Many men, including those in the church, felt threatened by them. There was a schism early in the history of the Johannine Community. The community divided in two due to an internal christological disagreement. The majority of the community, the Secessionists, defended the community's high Christology and moved toward Docetism, Montanism, and Gnosticism. The Secessionists, the majority of the Johannine Community, were quickly labeled as “heretics” by the institutional church because they did not make any such modifications. This schism took place before the final canonical redaction of the Fourth Gospel. The final redaction of Gospel of John is the work of an editor belonging to the group that aligned itself with the institutional church. Both groups, however, took their pre-canonical version of the Fourth Gospel with them after the schism and claimed it as their own. At the time of the schism, this pre-canonical version of the Fourth Gospel clearly identified Mary Magdalene as the Beloved Disciple. The Secessionists, preserved the tradition of the Magdalene as the Beloved Disciple, the founder and hero of their community. The Secessionists brought their tradition with them to several Gnostic groups. This explains Mary Magdalene's identification as the Beloved Disciple in several ancient Gnostic documents from a corpus of literature known as the Nag Hammadi Library.

 

FIRST STAGE OF FOURTH GOSPEL: (mid-50s to late 80s A.D.): The originating group of the Gnostic community led by Mary Magdalene. She is highly esteemed as the primary witness to the Resurrection of Christ. She is known, very early on, as the companion of Jesus, and the disciple whom Jesus loved. An essential part of their proclamation of the gospel is the fact that Mary Magdalene was the first to see the Risen Christ.

 

APOSTOLIC CHRISTIANS: The rest of the community, the Apostolic Christians amalgamated into the emerging institutional church. The Apostolic Christians became accepted as “orthodox” believers because they were willing to modify their Christological beliefs in order to conform to the teachings of the emerging church hierarchy. The Apostolic Christians, on the other hand, gravitated toward the institutional church and were pressured into suppressing, among other things, their tradition claiming that a woman was their founder and former leader. The end result of this suppression is the Fourth Gospel as we have it today.

 

SECOND STAGE OF FOURTH GOSPEL: (c. 80-90 A.D.): At this point, the community has a version of their Gospel, either written or oral, which includes the tradition that Mary Magdalene was their founder, hero, and leader. Mary Magdalene is probably deceased by this time. There is a schism in the Gnostic community, which is most likely the result of an internal dispute about their high Christology. The community is divided into two groups, the Secessionists, and the Apostolic Christians. The Secessionists: They are the larger of the two groups. They hold on to their tradition, which cites Mary Magdalene as the Beloved Disciple of Jesus. Many members of this community take this tradition to various Gnostic groups. Their identification of Mary Magdalene as the disciple whom Jesus loved is reflected in the Gnostic Christian writings of Nag Hammadi, the Gospel of Philip and the Gospel of Mary.

 

THIRD STAGE OF FOURTH GOSPEL: (c. 90-100 A.D.): The Apostolic Christians: As the church becomes a more organized institution, this group is fearful of ostracism and persecution. They seek amalgamation with the leaders of the emerging institutional church. The claim that a female disciple of Jesus had been their community's first leader and hero quickly becomes an embarrassment. They need to obscure that fact if they are to be accepted by the male leadership of the growing organized church. A redactor in this community reworks their Gospel in order to make it consistent with this obscuration. The result of this redaction is the canonical Fourth Gospel as we have it today.

 

53(11) Sophia of Jesus Christ Gospel

(1) Great Angel of Light

The Gnostic Gospel of Sophia (Wisdom) of Jesus Christ. After Jesus rose from the dead, his twelve disciples and seven women continued to be his followers, and went to Galilee onto the mountain called “Divination and Joy”. When they gathered together and were perplexed about the underlying reality of the universe and the plan, and the holy providence, and the power of the authorities, and about everything the Savior is doing with them in the secret of the holy plan. The Savior appeared, not in his previous form, but in the invisible spirit. And his likeness resembles a great angel of light. But his resemblance I must not describe. No mortal flesh could endure it, but only pure, perfect flesh, like that which he taught us about on the mountain called “Of the Olives” in Galilee. And Savior said: “Peace be to you. My peace I give you.” And they all marveled and were afraid. (Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Divine beings reveal to the man in form of a great angel of light.

 

(2) Underlying Reality of Universe – Holy Plan –Holy Providence

The Savior laughed and said to them: “What are you thinking about? Are you perplexed? What are you searching for?” Philip said: “For the underlying reality of the universe and the plan.” The Savior said to them: “I want you to know that all men are born on earth from the foundation of the world until now, being dust, while they have inquired about God, who he is and what he is like, have not found him. Now the wisest among them have speculated from the ordering of the world and its movement. But their speculation has not reached the truth. For it is said that the ordering of the world, is directed in three ways by all the philosophers and they do not agree. For some of them say about the world that it is self-directed by itself. Others, that it is providence that directs the world. Others say that it is fate that directs the world. But it is none of these. Again, of the three voices I have just mentioned, none is close to the truth, and they are from man. But I, who came from Infinite Light, I am here for I know him, the Infinite Light - that I might speak to you about the precise nature of the Truth. For whatever is from itself is a polluted life; it is self-made. Providence has no wisdom in it. And fate does not discern. But to you it is given to know; and whoever is worthy of knowledge will receive it, whoever has not been begotten by the sowing of unclean rubbing but by First Who Was Sent, for he is an immortal in the midst of mortal men.”

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Jesus said that it is wrong to believe that world is self-directed by itself, because whatever is from itself is a polluted life and is self-made. Jesus said that it is wrong to believe that Providence directs the world, because Providence has no wisdom in it. Jesus said that it is wrong to believe that fate directs the world, because fate does not discern. Jesus is immortal in the midst of mortal men. Jesus came from Infinite Light. Jesus knows about Infinite Light.

 

(3) Nature of Almighty

Matthew said to him: “Lord, no one can find the truth except through you. Therefore teach us the truth.” The Savior said: “He Who is ineffable. No principle knew him, no authority, no subjection, nor any creature from the foundation of the world until now, except he alone, and anyone to whom he wants to make revelation through him who is from First Light. From now on, I am the Great Savior. For he is immortal and eternal. Now he is eternal, having no birth, for everyone who has birth will perish. He is unbegotten, having no beginning; for everyone who has a beginning has an end. Since no one rules over him, he has no name; for whoever has a name is the creation of another.” He is not malleable. He has no human form; for whoever has human form is the creation of another. “And he has a semblance of his own - not like what you have seen and received, but a strange semblance that surpasses all things and is better than the universe. It looks to every side and sees itself from itself. Since it is infinite, he is ever incomprehensible. He is imperishable and has no likeness to anything. He is unchanging good. He is faultless. He is eternal. He is blessed. While he is not known, he ever knows himself. He is immeasurable. He is untraceable. He is perfect, having no defect. He is imperishability blessed. He is called 'Father of the Universe. (Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Jesus is the Great Savior. Absolute God is Ineffable, Immortal, Eternal, Unbegotten, not malleable, Without a Beginning, Without a Name and Formless.

 

(4) How God appeared to Jesus?

Philip said: “Lord, how, then, did he appear to the perfect ones?” The perfect Savior said to him: “Before anything is visible of those that are visible, the majesty and the authority are in him, since he embraces the whole of the totalities, while nothing embraces him. For he is all mind. And he is thought and considering and reflecting and rationality and power. They all are equal powers. They are the sources of the totalities. And their whole race from first to last was in his foreknowledge, that of the infinite, unbegotten Father.” (Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Absolute God embraces whole of totalities, while nothing embraces him. Absolute God is all Mind, Thought, Rationality, Power to Consider, and Power to Reflect, and they are all equal powers. Almighty God is Infinite and Unbegotten.

 

(5) Why God Revealed Himself?

Thomas said to him: “Lord, Savior, why did these come to be, and why were these revealed?” The perfect Savior said: “I came from the Infinite that I might tell you all things. Spirit-Who-Is was the begetter, who had the power of a begetter and a form-giver nature, that the great wealth that was hidden in him might be revealed. Because of his mercy and his love, he wished to bring forth fruit by himself, that he might not enjoy his goodness alone, but that other spirits of the Unwavering Generation might bring forth body and fruit, glory and honor, in imperishableness and his infinite grace, that his treasure might be revealed by Self-begotten God, the father of every imperishableness and those that came to be afterward. But they had not yet come to visibility. Now a great difference exists among the imperishable.” He called out, saying: “Whoever has ears to hear about the infinities, let him hear!”; and “I have addressed those who are awake.” Still he continued and said: “Everything that came from the perishable will perish, since it came from the perishable. But whatever came from imperishableness does not perish but becomes imperishable. So, many men went astray because they had not known this difference and they died.” (Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: God because of his mercy and his love, he wished to bring to mankind the hidden wealth, so that he might not enjoy his goodness alone, but that other spirits of the Unwavering Generation might bring forth body and fruit, glory and honor, in imperishableness and his infinite grace.

 

(6) How Can We Know God?

Mary said to him: “Lord, then how will we know that?” The perfect Savior said: “Come you from invisible things to the end of those that are visible, and the very emanation of Thought will reveal to you how faith in those things that are not visible was found in those that are visible, those that belong to Unbegotten Father. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear. “The Lord of the Universe is not called 'Father', but 'Forefather', the beginning of those that will appear, but he the Lord is the without beginning Forefather. Seeing himself within himself in a mirror, he appeared resembling himself, but his likeness appeared as Divine Self-Father, and as Confronter over the Confronted ones, First Existent Unbegotten Father. He is indeed of equal age with the Light that is before him, but he is not equal to him in power. “And afterward was revealed a whole multitude of confronting, self-begotten ones, equal in age and power, being in glory (and) without number, whose race is called 'The Generation over Whom There Is No Kingdom' from the one in whom you yourselves have appeared from these men. And that whole multitude over which there is no kingdom is called 'Sons of Unbegotten Father, God, Savior, Son of God,' whose likeness is with you. Now he is the unknowable, who is full of ever-imperishable glory and ineffable joy. They all are at rest in him, ever rejoicing in ineffable joy in his unchanging glory and measureless jubilation; this was never heard or known among all the aeons and their worlds until now.”

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Absolute God is without beginning Forefather, and he appears as Divine Self-Father, which is the image of the without beginning Forefather, but which is not equal to the former in power.

 

(7) God as Man-Woman Immortal

Matthew said to him: “Lord, Savior, how was Man revealed?” The perfect Savior said: “I want you to know that he who appeared before the universe in infinity, Self-grown, Self-constructed Father, being full of shining light and ineffable, in the beginning, when he decided to have his likeness become a great power, immediately the principle or beginning of that Light appeared as Immortal Androgynous Man, that through that Immortal Androgynous Man they might attain their salvation and awake from forgetfulness through the interpreter who was sent, who is with you until the end of the poverty of the robbers. (Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Infinite, Self-grown, Self-constructed God decided to have his likeness become a great power, immediately appeared Immortal Androgynous Man, so that through that through that Immortal Androgynous Man and through the interpreter the universe might attain their salvation.

 

GODDESS GREAT SOPHIA & OGDOAD: “And his consort is the Great Sophia, who from the first was destined in him for union by Self-begotten Father, from Immortal Man, who appeared as First and divinity and kingdom, for the Father, who is called 'Man, Self-Father', revealed this. And he created a great aeon, whose name is 'Ogdoad', for his own majesty. “He was given great authority, and he ruled over the creation of poverty. He created gods and angels, and archangels, myriads without number for retinue, from that Light and the tri-male Spirit, which is that of Sophia, his consort.

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Goddess Great Sophia is the consort of the Immortal Androgynous Man. The Immortal Androgynous Man created “Ogdoad,” gods, angels, archangels, tri-male spirit Sophia. The tri-male spirit is Goddess Sophia.

 

For from this, God originated divinity and kingdom. Therefore he was called 'God of gods' and 'King of kings'. “First Man has his unique mind, within, and thought - just as he is it thought - and considering, reflecting, rationality, power. All the attributes that exist are perfect and immortal. In respect to imperishableness, they are indeed equal. But in respect to power, they are different, like the difference between father and son, and son and thought, and the thought and the remainder. As I said earlier, among the things that were created, the Monad is first.

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary:

 

“And after everything, all that was revealed appeared from his power. And from what was created, all that was fashioned appeared; from what was fashioned appeared what was formed; from what was formed, what was named. Thus came the difference among the unbegotten ones from beginning to end.”

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary:

 

(8) Goddess Sophia is Mother of Universe

Then Bartholomew said to him: “How is it that he was designated in the Gospel 'Man' and 'Son of Man'? To which of them, then, is this Son related?” The Holy One said to him: “I want you to know that First Man is called 'Begetter, Self-perfected Mind'. He reflected with Great Sophia, his consort, and revealed his first-begotten, androgynous son. His male name is designated 'First Begetter, Son of God', his female name, 'First Begetter Sophia, Mother of the Universe'. Some call her 'Love'. Now First-begotten is called 'Christ'. Since he has authority from his father, he created a multitude of angels without number for retinue from Spirit and Light.”

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: The First Man is called “Begetter, Self-perfected Mind.” The First Man reflected with Great Sophia, his consort and revealed his first-begotten son, Androgynous Son, having a male name as “First Begetter, Son of God” and having a female name as “First Begetter Sophia, Mother of the Universe, also called Love.

 

(9) Adam & Man

His disciples said to him: “Lord, reveal to us about the one called 'Man', that we also may know his glory exactly.” The perfect Savior said: “Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear. First Begetter Father is called 'Adam, Eye of Light,' because he came from shining Light, and his holy angels, who are ineffable and without shadows, ever rejoice with joy in their reflecting, which they received from their Father. The whole Kingdom of Son of Man, who is called 'Son of God,' is full of ineffable joy and unchanging jubilation and shadowless, they rejoicing over his imperishable glory, which has never been heard until now, nor has it been revealed in the aeons that came afterward, and their worlds. I came from Self-begotten and First Infinite Light, that I might reveal everything to you.”

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: First Begetter Father is called Adam, the Eye of Light, because he came from shining light. Son of Man is called Son of God.

 

(10) Immortal’s Descent to Mortal Man

Again, his disciples said: “Tell us clearly how they came down from the invisibilities, from the immortal to the world that dies?” The perfect Savior said: “Son of Man consented with Sophia, his consort, and revealed a great androgynous light. His male name is designated 'Savior, Begetter of All Things'. His female name is designated 'All-Begetter Sophia'. Some call her 'Pistis'.

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: The Son of Man reflected with Sophia his consort and revealed a great Androgynous Light, whose male name is “Savior, Begetter of All things,” and whose female name is “All-Begetter Sophia also known as Pistis.”

 

“All who come into the world, like a drop from the Light, are sent by him to the world of Almighty, that they might be guarded by him. And the bond of his forgetfulness bound him by the will of Sophia, that the matter might be revealed through it to the whole world in poverty, concerning his Almighty's arrogance and blindness and the ignorance that he was named. But I came from the places above by the will of the great Light, I who escaped from that bond; I have cut off the work of the robbers; I have awakened that drop that was sent from Sophia, that it might bear much fruit through me, and be perfected and not again be defective, but be joined through me, the Great Savior, that his glory might be revealed, so that Sophia might also be justified in regard to that defect, that her sons might not again become defective but might attain honor and glory and go up to their Father, and know the words of the masculine Light. And you were sent by the Son, who was sent that you might receive Light, and remove yourselves from the forgetfulness of the authorities, and that it might not again come to appearance because of you, namely, the unclean rubbing that is from the fearful fire that came from their fleshly part. Tread upon their malicious intent.” (Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Goddess Sophia sent the drop of female Light, through the Saviors, male as well as female Saviors, so that her sons might not become defective but might attain honor and glory and go up to their Father and know the words of the masculine Light.

 

(11) Aeons of Immortals

Then Thomas said to him: “Lord, Savior, how many are the aeons of those who surpass the heavens?” The perfect Savior said: “I praise you because you ask about the great aeons, for your roots are in the infinities. Now when those whom I have discussed earlier were revealed, Self-begetter Father very soon created twelve aeons for retinue for the twelve angels. All these are perfect and good.

 

Thus the defect in the female appeared.” (Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Self-Begetter Father created 12 celestial realms for the retinues of twelve Angels, the Demigods. Thus the defect in the female appeared. 

 

And Thomas said to him: “How many are the aeons of the immortals, starting from the infinities?” The perfect Savior said: “Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear. The first aeon is that of Son of Man, who is called 'First Begetter', who is called 'Savior', who has appeared. The second aeon  is that of Man, who is called 'Adam, Eye of Light'. That which embraces these is the aeon over which there is no kingdom, the aeon of the Eternal Infinite God, the Self-begotten aeon of the aeons that are in it, (the aeon) of the immortals, whom I described earlier, the aeon above the Seventh, that appeared from Sophia, which is the first aeon. (Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Son of Man is called First Begetter, or Savior. Man is called ‘Adam, Eye of Light.’ There are heavens of Eternal Infinite God. There are heavens of the Immortals. There is a heaven of Sophia.

 

(12) Androgynous God, Life-Assembly, Female-Male

“Now Immortal Man revealed aeons and powers and kingdoms, and gave authority to all who appear in him, that they might exercise their desires until the last things that are above chaos. For these consented with each other and revealed every magnificence, even from spirit, multitudinous lights that are glorious and without number. These were called in the beginning, that is, the first aeon and the second and the third. The first is called 'Unity and Rest'. Each one has its own name; for the third aeon was designated 'Assembly' from the great multitude that appeared: in one, a multitude revealed themselves. Now because the multitudes gather and come to a unity we call them 'Assembly of the Eighth.' It appeared as androgynous and was name partly as male and partly as female. The male is called 'Assembly', while the female is called 'Life', that it might be shown that from a female came the life for all the aeons. And every name was received, starting from the beginning.

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: The third Aeon named as “Assembly” is a Androgynous partly a male and partly a female. The male is called the “Assembly” and the female is called ‘Life’. From a female came the life for all the aeons.

 

(13) Goddess Sophia Mother of Universe

“For from his concurrence with his thought, the powers very soon appeared who were called 'gods'; and the gods of the gods from their wisdom revealed gods; and the gods from their wisdom revealed lords; and the lords of the lords from their thinking revealed lords; and the lords from their power revealed archangels; the archangels from their words revealed angels; from them, semblances appeared, with structure and form and name for all the aeons and their worlds. “And the immortals, which I have just described, all have authority from Immortal Man, who is called 'Silence', because by reflecting without speech all her own majesty was perfected. For since the imperishabilities had the authority, each created a great kingdom in the Eighth, and also thrones and temples and firmaments for there own majesties. For these all came by the will of the Mother of the Universe.” (Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Through the will of the Goddess Sophia, the Mother of the Universe, the Immortals and imperishabilities created Kingdoms, thrones, temples and firmaments for their own majesties.

 

(14) Immortal Man God – Goddess Sophia

Then the Holy Apostles said to him: “Lord, Savior, tell us about those who are in the aeons, since it is necessary for us to ask about them.” The perfect Savior said: “If you ask about anything, I will tell you. They created hosts of angels, myriads without number, for retinue and their glory. They created virgin spirits, the ineffable and unchangeable lights. For they have neither sickness nor weakness but it is will. And they came to be in an instant. Thus the aeons were completed quickly in the heavens and the firmaments in the glory of Immortal Man and Sophia, his consort, the area from which every aeon and the world and those that came afterward took their pattern for their creation of likenesses in the heavens of chaos and their worlds. And all natures, starting from the revelation of chaos, are in the Light that shines without shadow, and joy that cannot be described, and unutterable jubilation. They ever delight themselves on account of their unchanging glory and the immeasurable rest, which cannot be described among all the aeons that came to be afterward, and all their powers. Now all that I have just said to you, I said that you might shine in Light more than these.”

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: The entire creation was made in the likeness of Immortal Androgynous Man and Goddess Sophia. Man on the earth after he gains the knowledge can also shine in the light similar to that of Heaven.

 

(15) Goddess Sophia & Defect of Female

Mary said to Jesus: “Holy Lord, where did your disciples come from, and where are they going, and what should they do here?” The Perfect Savior said to them: “I want you to know that Sophia, the Mother of the Universe and the consort, desired by herself to bring these to existence without her male consort. But by the will of the Father of the Universe, that his unimaginable goodness might be revealed, he created that curtain between the immortals and those that came afterward, that the consequence might follow every aeon and chaos - that the defect of the female might appear, and it might come about that Error would contend with her. And these became the curtain of spirit.

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Goddess Sophia, Mother of the Universe and the consort of the Immortal Man, desired by herself to bring into existence the universe without her male consort. The male father of the Universe created the curtain between the Immortals and those that came afterwards, so that his unimaginable goodness might be revealed and that the defect of female might appear and it might come about that Error would contend with her. In Christianity the Goddess, the female principle of God is a creator. In Christianity the male principle of the God is the revealer, so that his unimaginable goodness might be revealed.

 

(16) Yaldabaoth Arch Begetter

From the aeons above the emanations of Light, as I have said already, a drop from Light and Spirit came down to the lower regions of Almighty in chaos, that their molded forms might appear from that drop, for it is a judgment on him, Arch-Begetter, who is called 'Yaldabaoth'. That drop revealed their molded forms through the breath, as a living soul. It was withered and it slumbered in the ignorance of the soul. When it became hot from the breath of the Great Light of the Male, and it took thought, then names were received by all who are in the world of chaos, and all things that are in it through that Immortal One, when the breath blew into him. But when this came about by the will of Mother Sophia - so that Immortal Man might piece together the garments there for a judgment on the robbers - he then welcomed the blowing of that breath; but since he was soul-like, he was not able to take that power for himself until the number of chaos should be complete, that is, when the time determined by the great angel is complete.

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: God Yaldabaoth is the god Arch-Begetter.

 

(17) Knowledge of Immortal

“Now I have taught you about Immortal Man and have loosed the bonds of the robbers from him. I have broken the gates of the pitiless ones in their presence. I have humiliated their malicious intent, and they all have been shamed and have risen from their ignorance. Because of this, then, I came here, that they might be joined with that Spirit and Breath, and might from two become one, just as from the first, that you might yield much fruit and go up to Him Who Is from the Beginning, in ineffable joy and glory and honor and grace of the Father of the Universe.

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: The clergy of the organized Church that withheld the knowledge of God from laity, lost, when the Savior broke open the locked gates of the knowledge and allowed laity the direct access to the knowledge of god.

 

(18) Pure Knowledge leads to Unbegotten Father

“Whoever, then, knows the Father in pure knowledge will depart to the Father and repose in Unbegotten Father. But whoever knows him defectively will depart to the defect and the rest of the Eighth. Now whoever knows Immortal Spirit of Light in silence, through reflecting and consent in the truth, let him bring me signs of the Invisible One, and he will become a light in the Spirit of Silence. Whoever knows Son of Man in knowledge and love, let him bring me a sign of Son of Man that he might depart to the dwelling-places with those in the Eighth.

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: Man attains the heaven of the Father by means of mystic pure knowledge that allows the Man to know the father. Whosoever has the defective knowledge of God depart to the defect and the rest of the Eighth celestial regions after death. 

 

(19) You are Sons of Light

“Behold, I have revealed to you the name of the Perfect One, the whole will of the Mother of the Holy Angels, that the masculine multitude may be completed here, that there might appear in the aeons, the infinities and those that came to be in the untraceable wealth of the Great Invisible Spirit, that they all might take from his goodness, even the wealth of their rest that has no kingdom over it. I came from First Who Was Sent, that I might reveal to you Him Who Is from the Beginning, because of the arrogance of Arch-Begetter and his angels, since they say about themselves that they are gods. And I came to remove them from their blindness, that I might tell everyone about the God who is above the universe. Therefore, tread upon their graves, humiliate their malicious intent, and break their yoke and arouse my own. I have given you authority over all things as Sons of Light, that you might tread upon their power with your feet.”

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: The Real Religion is the knowledge about the Almighty, who is without beginning, that knowledge rejects the claims of the Angels and demigods and Arch-Begetter and his Angles, since they say about themselves that they are gods. 

 

(20) God the Eternal Imperishable Spirit

These are the things the blessed Savior said, and he disappeared from them. Then all the disciples were in great, ineffable joy in the spirit from that day on. And his disciples began to preach the Gospel of God, the eternal, imperishable Spirit. Amen. The Sophia of Jesus, End.

 

(Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ) – Commentary: First. The Gnostic Christianity believed in the God as a Woman concept of Goddess Great Sophia, the Mother of the Universe. The Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Christian Church rejected the feminine aspect of Almighty God and rejected the mystics’ direct approach to the Divine, without the intermediacy of the Clergy and Church, as it would have eroded the profits of the Catholic and Orthodox Church and Clergy. Second. Shiite Muslims adopted Gnostic mysticism and it evolved into the Sufism. The Sufi Mystics of Iran and India meditate on the feminine aspect of the Allah, the Goddess Sophia, and the Mother of the Universe.

 

53(12) Gnostic Gospel of Truth

(1) Gospel of Truth Commentary

Gnostic Christianity is similar to mysticism of Kabbalah. Gnostic Christianity believes in the Hindu Upanishad concept of Unknowable Imperishable Brahman. The Gospel of Truth is one of the ancient texts discovered along with the Gospel of Thomas in 1945 at Naj Hammadi at the Jabal al-Tarif mountain in Egypt. Gnostic Gospels describe architecture of reality similar to the teachings of the Kabbalah. The Aeons it speaks of are eternal realms much like the Serifot in the Kabbalah.

 

(2) Gnostic Dualism

The Gospel of Truth speaks of a Pleroma. A Pleroma is a Divine emanation such as the Aeons, the “Eternities” or “Worlds”, which become the transcendental Pleromas or realms of Light. Creation is a reflection of a perfect Pleromal Realm. Gnostic Theology is based on the duality between the transcendent Absolute Spiritual Reality, which includes the manifest and unmanifest and the imperfect psychic and physical reality, the “Cosmos”. The cosmos is considered a lower or imperfect reflection or copy of the higher perfect order of the Pleroma, which contains the Absolute Realms. This is consistent with the Hindu concept of Brahman, the ineffable All.

 

(Gnostic Gospel of Truth)- Commentary: Jesus Christ, Apostle Mary Magdalene, Apostle Thomas, Apostle Philip, and Gospel of Sofia of Jesus Christ, totally rejected the iconoclast patriarchal monotheist Judaism, and opposed the inclusion of Judaic Old Testament in Christian Holy Bible. Christianity of Apostles Thomas, Philip, James and Mary Magdalene totally rejected Judaism and the Real Christianity for them had roots in the ancient Egyptian religion and in Buddhism and Hinduism and had no roots in Judaism.

 

(3) Gift of Knowing Father of Truth

The Gnostic Gospel of Truth is joy to those who have received from the Father of truth the gift of knowing him by the power of the Logos, who has come from the Pleroma and who is in the thought and the mind of the Father; he it is who is called “the Savior,” since that is the name of the work which he must do for the redemption of those who have not known the Father. For the name of the gospel is the manifestation of hope, since that is the discovery of those who seek him, because the All sought him from whom it had come forth. All had been inside of him, that illimitable, inconceivable one, who is better than every thought.

 

(4) Ignorance Begets Terror & Fear

This ignorance of the Father brought about terror and fear. And terror became dense like a fog that no one was able to see. Because of this, error became strong. But it worked on its hylic (material) substance vainly, because it did not know the truth. It was in a fashioned form while it was preparing, in power and in beauty, the equivalent of truth. This then, was not a humiliation for him, that illimitable, inconceivable one. For they were as nothing, this terror and this forgetfulness and this figure of falsehood, whereas this established truth is unchanging, unperturbed and completely beautiful.

 

(5) Knowledge Destroys Forgetfulness Error

For this reason, do not take error too seriously. Thus, since it had no root, it was in a fog as regards the Father, engaged in preparing works and forgetfulness and fears in order, by these means, to beguile those of the middle and to make them captive. The forgetfulness of error was not revealed. It did not become light beside the Father. Forgetfulness did not exist with the Father, although it existed because of him. What exists in him is knowledge, which was revealed so that forgetfulness might be destroyed and that they might know the Father, Since forgetfulness existed because they did not know the Father, if they then come to know the Father, from that moment on forgetfulness will cease to exist.

 

(6) Fruit of the Knowledge of Father

That is the gospel of him whom they seek, which he has revealed to the perfect through the mercies of the Father as the hidden mystery, Jesus the Christ. Through him he enlightened those who were in darkness because of forgetfulness. He enlightened them and gave them a path. And that path is the truth, which he taught them. For this reason error was angry with him, so it persecuted him. It was distressed by him so it made him powerless. He was nailed to a cross. He became a fruit of the knowledge of the Father. He did not, however, destroy them because they ate of it. He rather caused those who ate of it to be joyful because of this discovery. And as for him, them he found in himself, and him they found in themselves, that illimitable, inconceivable one, that perfect Father who made the all, in whom the All is, and whom the All lacks, since he retained in himself their perfection, which he had not given to the all.

 

(7) Father God is Not a Jealous God

The Father was not jealous. What jealousy, indeed, is there between him and his members? For, even if the Aeon had received their perfection, they would not have been able to approach the perfection of the Father, because he retained their perfection in himself, giving it to them as a way to return to him and as knowledge unique in perfection. He is the one who set the All in order and in whom the All existed and whom the All lacked. As one of whom some have no knowledge, he desires that they know him and that they love him. For what is it that all lacked, if not the knowledge of the Father?

 

(Gnostic Gospel of Truth)- Commentary: Gnostic Christian concept of god is not a jealous god of Jews. Gnostic Christian concept is not a vengeful god of Greeks and Romans. Gnostic concept of god is similar to the Hindu concept of god that is not jealous.

 

(7) Jesus a Guide Quite & in Leisure

He became a guide, quiet and in leisure. In the middle of a school he came and spoke the Word, as a teacher. Those who were wise in their own estimation came to put him to the test. But he discredited them as empty-headed people. They hated him because they really were not wise men. Then after all these came little children that possessed the knowledge of the Father. When these little children became strong they were taught the aspects of the Father's face. They (little children) came to know and they were known. They (little children) were glorified and they gave glory.

 

(8) Living Book of the Living Manifests

In their heart, the living book of the Living was manifest, the book that was written in the thought and in the mind of the Father and, from before the foundation of the All, is in that incomprehensible part of him. This is the book, which no one found possible to take, since it was reserved for him who will take it and be slain. No one was able to be manifest from those who believed in salvation as long as that book had not appeared. For this reason, the compassionate, faithful Jesus was patient in his sufferings until he took that book, since he knew that his death meant life for many. Just as in the case of a will which has not yet been opened, for the fortune of the deceased master of the house is hidden, so also in the case of the All which had been hidden as long as the Father of the All was invisible and unique in himself, in whom every space has its source. For this reason Jesus appeared. He took that book as his own. He was nailed to a cross. He affixed the edict of the Father to the cross.

 

(Gnostic Gospel of Truth)- Commentary: Gnostic Christians believe that scriptures reveal itself in the minds of the mystics. Hindus believe that throughout ages when Vedas were lost, Vedas self-manifested in the minds of the mystics.

 

(9) Direct Access of Divine Knowledge

Oh, such great teaching. He abases himself even unto death, though he is clothed in eternal life. Having divested himself of these perishable rags, he clothed himself in incorruptibility, which no one could possibly take from him. Having entered into the empty territory of fears, he passed before those who were stripped by forgetfulness, being both knowledge and perfection, proclaiming the things that are in the heart of the Father, so that he became the wisdom of those who have received instruction. But those who are to teach the living, those who are inscribed in the book of the living, learn for themselves, receiving instructions from the Father, turning to him again.

 

(Gnostic Gospel of Truth)- Commentary: Gnostic Christians believe that spiritual knowledge remove the Fear of the unknown during lifetime and in the after life. Disciples directly access the knowledge of God directly from the Father directly.

 

(10) Ascend to Father to get your knowledge

PERFECTION OF ALL IN GOD FATHER: Since the perfection of the All is in the Father, it is necessary for the All to ascend to him. Therefore, if one has knowledge, he gets what belongs to him and draws it to himself. For he who is ignorant, is deficient, and it is a great deficiency, since he lacks that which will make him perfect. Since the perfection of the All is in the Father, it is necessary for the All to ascend to him and for each one to get the things, which are his. He registered them first, having prepared them to be given to those who came from him.

 

Those whose name he knew first, was called last, so that the one who has knowledge is he whose name the Father has pronounced. For he whose name has not been spoken is ignorant. Indeed, how shall one hear if his name has not been uttered? For he who remains ignorant until the end is a creature of forgetfulness and will perish with it. If this is not so, why have these wretches no name, why do they have no sound? Hence, if one has knowledge, he is from above. If he is called, he hears, he replies, and he turns toward him who called him and he ascends to him and he knows what he is called. Since he has knowledge, he does the will of him who called him. He desires to please him and he finds rest. He receives a certain name. He who thus is going to have knowledge knows whence he came and whither he is going. He knows it as a person who, having become intoxicated, has turned from his drunkenness and having come to himself, has restored what is his own.

 

He has turned many from error. He went before them to their own places, from which they departed when they erred because of the depth of him who surrounds every place, whereas there is nothing that surrounds him. It was a great wonder that they were in the Father without knowing him and that they were able to leave on their own, since they were not able to contain him and know him in whom they were, for indeed his will had not come forth from him. For he revealed it as a knowledge with which all its emanations agree, namely, the knowledge of the living book which he revealed to the Aeons at last as his letters, displaying to them that these are not merely vowels nor consonants, so that one may read them and think of something void of meaning; on the contrary, they are letters which convey the truth. They are pronounced only when they are known. Each letter is a perfect truth like a perfect book, for they are letters written by the hand of the unity, since the Father wrote them for the Aeons, so that they by means of his letters might come to know the Father.

 

(11) Wisdom Meditates on Logos

While his wisdom mediates on the logos, and since his teaching expresses it, his knowledge has been revealed. His honor is a crown upon it. Since his joy agrees with it, his glory exalted it. It has revealed his image. It has obtained his rest. His love took bodily form around it. His trust embraced it. Thus the logos of the Father goes forth into the All, being the fruit of his heart and expression of his will. It supports the All. It chooses and also takes the form of the All, purifying it, and causing it to return to the Father and to the Mother, Jesus of the utmost sweetness. The Father opens his bosom, but his bosom is the Holy Spirit. He reveals his hidden self, which is his son, so that through the compassion of the Father the Aeons may know him, end their wearying search for the Father and rest themselves in him, knowing that this is rest. After he had filled what was incomplete, he did away with form.

 

(12) Completeness in Unity

The form of it is the world that which it served. For where there is envy and strife, there is incompleteness; but where there is unity, there is completeness. Since this incompleteness came about because they did not know the Father, so when they know the Father, incompleteness, from that moment on, will cease to exist. As one's ignorance disappears when he gains knowledge, and as darkness disappears when light appears, so also incompleteness is eliminated by completeness. Certainly, from that moment on, form is no longer manifest, but will be dissolved in fusion with unity. For now their works lie scattered. In time unity will make the spaces complete. By means of unity each one will understand itself. By means of knowledge it will purify itself of diversity with a view towards unity, devouring matter within itself like fire and darkness by light, death by life.

 

(13) Knowledge Makes Error Empty

Certainly, if these things have happened to each one of us, it is fitting for us, surely, to think about the All so that the house may be holy and silent for unity. Like people who have moved from a neighborhood, if they have some dishes around that are not good, they usually break them. Nevertheless the householder does not suffer a loss, but rejoices, for in the place of these defective dishes there are those that are completely perfect. For this is the judgment that has come from above and which has judged every person, a drawn two-edged sword cutting on this side and that. When it appeared, I mean, the Logos, who is in the heart of those who pronounce it - it was not merely a sound but it has become a body - a great disturbance occurred among the dishes, for some were emptied, others filled: some were provided for, others were removed; some were purified, still others were broken. All the spaces were shaken and disturbed because they had neither composure nor stability. Error was disturbed not knowing what it should do. It was troubled; it lamented, it was beside itself because it did not know anything. When knowledge, which is its abolishment, approached it with all its emanations, error is empty, since there is nothing in it. Truth appeared; all its emanations recognized it. They actually greeted the Father with a power which is complete and which joins them with the Father. For each one loves truth because truth is the mouth of the Father. His tongue is the Holy Spirit, who joins him to truth attaching him to the mouth of the Father by his tongue at the time he shall receive the Holy Spirit.

 

(14) Man Stem from God as Children from Perfect Man

This is the manifestation of the Father and his revelation to his Aeons. He revealed his hidden self and explained it. For who is it who exists if it is not the Father himself? All the spaces are his emanations. They knew that they stem from him as children from a perfect man. They knew that they had not yet received form nor had they yet received a name, every one of which the Father produces. If they at that time receive form of his knowledge, though they are truly in him, they do not know him. But the Father is perfect. He knows every space that is within him. If he pleases, he reveals anyone whom he desires by giving him a form and by giving him a name; and he does give him a name and cause him to come into being. Those who do not yet exist are ignorant of him who created them. I do not say, then, that those who do not yet exist are nothing. But they are in him who will desire that they exist when he pleases, like the event which is going to happen. On the one hand, he knows, before anything is revealed, what he will produce. On the other hand, the fruit which has not yet been revealed does not know anything, nor is it anything either. Thus each space that on its part is in the Father comes from the existent one, who, on his part, has established it from the nonexistent. He who does not exist at all will never exist.

 

(15) Knowledge of God is Dawn After Sleep

What, then, is that which he wants him to think? “I am like the shadows and phantoms of the night.” When morning comes, this one knows that the fear that he had experienced was nothing. Thus they were ignorant of the Father; he is the one whom they did not see. Since there had been fear and confusion and a lack of confidence and double mindedness and division, there were many illusions which were conceived by him, the foregoing, as well as empty ignorance - as if they were fast asleep and found themselves a prey to troubled dreams. Either there is a place to which they flee, or they lack strength as they come, having pursued unspecified things. Either they are involved in inflicting blows, or they themselves receive bruises. Either they are falling from high places, or they fly off through the air, though they have no wings at all. Other times, it is as if certain people were trying to kill them, even though there is no one pursuing them; or, they themselves are killing those beside them, for they stained by their blood. Until the moment when they who are passing through all these things - I mean they who have experienced all these confusions - awake, they see nothing because the dreams were nothing. It is thus that they who cast ignorance from them as sheep do not consider it to be anything, nor regard its properties to be something real, but they renounce them like a dream in the night and they consider the knowledge of the Father to be the dawn. It is thus that each one has acted, as if he were asleep, during the time when he was ignorant and thus he comes to understand, as if he were awakening. And happy is the man who comes to himself and awakens. Indeed, blessed is he who has opened the eyes of the blind. And the Spirit came to him in haste when it raised him. Having given its hand to the one lying prone on the ground, it placed him firmly on his feet, for he had not yet stood up. He gave them the means of knowing the knowledge of the Father and the revelation of his son. For when they saw it and listened to it, he permitted them to take a taste of and to smell and to grasp the beloved son.

 

(16) Savior Informs them of the Father

He appeared, informing them of the Father, the illimitable one. He inspired them with that which is in the mind, while doing his will. Many received the light and turned towards him. But material men were alien to him and did not discern his appearance nor recognize him. For he came in the likeness of flesh and nothing blocked his way because it was incorruptible and unrestrainedly. Moreover, while saying new things, speaking about what is in the heart of the Father, he proclaimed the faultless word. Light spoke through his mouth, and his voice brought forth life. He gave them thought and understanding and mercy and salvation and the Spirit of strength derived from the limitlessness of the Father and sweetness. He caused punishments and scourging to cease, for it was they caused many in need of mercy to astray from him in error and in chains - and he mightily destroyed them and derided them with knowledge. He became a path for those who went astray and knowledge to those who were ignorant, a discovery for those who sought, and a support for those who tremble and purity for those who were defiled.

 

(17) Shepherd of Lost Sheep

He is the shepherd who left behind the ninety-nine sheep that had not strayed and went in search of that one which was lost. He rejoiced when he had found it, for ninety-nine is a number of the left hand that holds it. The moment he finds the one, however, the whole number is transferred to the right hand. Thus it is with him who lacks the one, that is, the entire right hand that attracts which is deficient, seizes it from the left side and transfers it to the right. In this way, then, the number becomes one hundred. This number signifies the Father. He labored even on the Sabbath for the sheep which he found fallen into the pit. He saved the life of that sheep bringing it up from the pit in order that you may understand fully what that Sabbath is, you who possess full understanding. It is a day in which it is not fitting that salvation be idle, so that you may speak of that heavenly day which has no night and of the sun that does not set because it is perfect. Say then in your heart that you are this perfect day and that in you the light that does not fail dwells. Speak concerning the truth to those who seek it and of knowledge to those who, in their error, have committed sin. Make sure-footed those who stumble and stretch forth your hands to the sick. Nourish the hungry and set at ease those who are troubled. Foster men who love. Rise up and awaken those who sleep, for you are this understanding that encourages. If the strong follow this course, they are even stronger.

 

(18) Meditate Inward Not Outward

Turn your attention to yourselves. Do not be concerned with other things, namely, that which you have cast forth from yourselves, that which you have dismissed. Do not return to them to eat them. Do not be moth-eaten. Do not be worm-eaten, for you have already shaken it off. Do not be a place of the devil, for you have already destroyed him. Do not strengthen your last obstacles, because that is reprehensible. For the lawless one is nothing. He harms himself more than the law. For that one does his works because he is a lawless person. But this one, because he is a righteous person, does his works among others. Do the will of the Father, then, for you are from him.

 

(19) Aroma of God

For the Father is sweet and his will is good. He knows the things that are yours, so that you may rest yourselves in them. For by the fruits one knows the things that are yours that they are the children of the Father, and one knows his aroma, that you originate from the grace of his countenance. For this reason, the Father loved his aroma; and it manifests itself in every place; and when it is mixed with matter, he gives his aroma to the light; and into his rest he causes it to ascend in every form and in every sound. For there are no nostrils which smell the aroma, but it is the Spirit which possesses the sense of smell and it draws it for itself to itself and sinks into the aroma of the Father. He is, indeed, the place for it, and he takes it to the place from which it has come, in the first aroma that is cold. It is something in a psychic form, resembling cold water that is in soil that is not hard, of which those who see it think, “It is earth.” Afterwards, it becomes soft again. If a breath is taken, it is usually hot. The cold aromas, then, are from the division. For this reason, God came and destroyed the division and he brought the hot Pleroma of love, so that the cold may not return, but the unity of the Perfect Thought shall prevail.

 

(20) Finding of the Pleroma

This is the word of the Gospel of the finding of the Pleroma for those who wait for the salvation that comes from above. When their hope for which they are waiting, is waiting - they whose likeness is the light in which there is no shadow, then at that time the Pleroma is about to come. The deficiency of matter, however, is not because of the limitlessness of the Father who comes at the time of the deficiency. And yet no one is able to say that the incorruptible One will come in this manner. But the depth of the Father is increasing, and the thought of error is not with him. It is a matter of falling down and a matter of being readily set upright at the finding of that one who has come to him who will turn back.

 

(21) Repentance

For this turning back is called “repentance”. For this reason, incorruption has breathed. It followed him who has sinned in order that he may find rest. For forgiveness is that which remains for the light in the deficiency, the word of the pleroma. For the physician hurries to the place in which there is sickness, because that is the desire that he has. The sick man is in a deficient condition, but he does not hide himself because the physician possesses that which he lacks. In this manner the deficiency is filled by the Pleroma, which has no deficiency, which has given itself out in order to fill the one who is deficient, so that grace may take him, then, from the area which is deficient and has no grace. Because of this a diminishing occurred in the place which there is no grace, the area where the one that is small, who is deficient, is taken hold of.

 

(22) Pleroma finding of the light of Truth

He revealed himself as a Pleroma, namely, the finding of the light of truth that has shined towards him, because he is unchangeable. For this reason, they who have been troubled speak about Christ in their midst so that they may receive a return and he may anoint them with the ointment. The ointment is the pity of the Father, who will have mercy on them. But those whom he has anointed are those who are perfect, for the filled vessels are those that are customarily used for anointing. But when an anointing is finished, the vessel is usually empty, and the cause of its deficiency is the consumption of its ointment. For then a breath is drawn only through the power that he has. But the one who is without deficiency, one does not trust anyone beside him nor does one pour anything out and whichever is deficient is filled again by the perfect Father. He is good. He knows his plantings because he is the one who has planted them in his Paradise. And his Paradise is his place of rest.

 

This is the perfection in the thought of the Father and these are the words of his reflection. Each one of his words is the work of his will alone, in the revelation of his Logos. Since they were in the depth of his mind, the Logos, who was the first to come forth, caused them to appear, along with an intellect that speaks the unique word by means of a silent grace. It was called “thought,” since they were in it before becoming manifest. It happened, then, that it was the first to come forth - at the moment pleasing to the will of him who desired it; and it is in the will that the Father is at rest and with which he is pleased.

 

(23) God’s Will is Incomprehensible

Nothing happens without him, nor does anything occur without the will of the Father. But his will is incomprehensible. His will is his mark, but no one can know it, nor is it possible for to concentrate on His will in order to possess it. But that which he wishes takes place at the moment he wishes it, even if the view does not please anyone: it is God’s will. For the Father knows the beginning of them all as well as their end. For when their end arrives, he will question them to their faces.

 

(24) All Return to Father in end

The end, you see, is the recognition of him who is hidden, that is, the Father, from whom the beginning came forth and to whom will return all who have come from him, because they were made manifest for the glory and the joy of his name.

 

(25) Name of Father is Son

And the name of the Father is the Son. It is he who, in the beginning, gave a name to him who came forth from him - he is the same one - and he begat him for a son. He gave him his name that belonged to him - he, the Father, who possesses everything that exists around him. He posses the name; he has the son. It is possible for them to see him. The name, however, is invisible, for it alone is the mystery of the invisible about to come to ears completely filled with it through the Father’s agency. Moreover, as for the Father, his name is not pronounced, but it is revealed through a son. Thus, then, the name is great.

 

Who, then, has been able to pronounce a name for him, this great name, except him alone to whom the name belongs and the sons of the name in whom the name of the Father is at rest, and who themselves in turn are at rest in his name, since the Father has no beginning? It is he alone who engendered it for himself as a name in the beginning before he had created the Aeons, that the name of the Father should be over their heads as a lord - that is, the real name, which is secure by his authority and by his perfect power. For the name is not drawn from lexicons nor is his name derived from common name giving, but it is invisible. He gave a name to himself alone, because he alone saw it and because he alone was capable of giving himself a name. For he who does not exist has no name. For what name would one give him who did not exist? Nevertheless, he who exists also with his name and he alone knows it, and to him alone the Father gave a name. The Son is his name. He did not, therefore, keep it secretly hidden, but the son came into existence. He himself gave a name to him. The name, then, is that of the Father, just as the name of the Father is the Son. For otherwise, where would compassion find a name - outside of the Father? But someone will probably say to his companion, “Who would give a name to someone who existed before himself, as if, indeed, children did not receive their name from one of those who gave them birth?”

 

Above all, then, it is fitting for us to think this point over: What is the name? It is the real name. It is, indeed, the name that came from the Father, for it is he who owns the name. He did not, you see, get the name on loan, as in the case of others because of the form in which each one of them is going to be created. This, then, is the authoritative name. There is no one else to whom he has given it. But it remained unnamed, unuttered, `till the moment when he, who is perfect, pronounced it himself; and it was he alone who was able to pronounce his name and to see it. When it pleased him, then, that his son should be his pronounced name and when he gave this name to him, he who has come from the depth spoke of his secrets, because he knew that the Father was absolute goodness. For this reason, indeed, he sent this particular one in order that he might speak concerning the place and his place of rest from which he had come forth, and that he might glorify the Pleroma, the greatness of his name and the sweetness of his Father.

 

Each one will speak concerning the place from which he has come forth, and to the region from which he received his essential being, he will hasten to return once again. And he want from that place - the place where he was - because he tasted of that place, as he was nourished and grew. And his own place of rest is his Pleroma. All the emanations from the Father, therefore, are Pleromas, and all his emanations have their roots in the one who caused them all to grow from his self. He appointed a limit. They, then, became manifest individually in order that they might be in their own thought, for that place to which they extend their thoughts is their root, which lifts them upward through all heights to the Father. They reach his head, which is rest for them, and they remain there near to it so that they say that they have participated in his face by means of embraces. But these of this kind were not manifest, because they have not risen above themselves. Neither have they been deprived of the glory of the Father nor have they thought of him as small, nor bitter, nor angry, but as absolutely good, unperturbed, sweet, knowing all the spaces before they came into existence and having no need of instruction. Such are they who possess from above something of this immeasurable greatness, as they strain towards that unique and perfect one who exists there for them. And they do not go down to Hades in the Hell.

 

They have neither envy nor moaning, nor is death in them. But they rest in him who rests, without wearying them selves or becoming involved in the search for truth. But, they, indeed, are the truth, and the Father is in them, and they are in the Father, since they are perfect, inseparable from him who is truly good. They lack nothing in any way, but they are given rest and are refreshed by the Spirit. And they listen to their root; they have leisure for themselves, they in whom he will find his root, and he will suffer no loss to his soul.

 

Such is the place of the blessed; this is their place. As for the rest, then, may they know, in their place, that it does not suit me, after having been in the place of rest to say anything more. But he is the one in whom I shall be in order to devote myself, at all times, to the Father of the All and the true brothers, those upon whom the love of the Father is lavished, and in whose midst nothing of him is lacking. It is they who manifest themselves truly since they are in that true and eternal life and speak of the perfect light filled with the seed of the Father, and which is in his heart and in the Pleroma, while his Spirit rejoices in it and glorifies him in whom it was, because the Father is good. And his children are perfect and worthy of his name, because he is the Father. Children of this kind are those whom he loves.

 

53(13) Gnosticism in Early Church

(1) Mary As Beloved Disciple

In ancient Gnostic communities, Mary Magdalene was thought of as having been the “Beloved Disciple” and the companion of the Lord. She is repeatedly singled out as the disciple whom Jesus loved the most. This would seem to contradict the assertion in the Fourth Gospel that the male founder of the Johannine Community is “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). How can there be two strong traditions each identifying two different people as the disciple whom Jesus loved the most? This begins to make sense only if we explore the possibility that, in reality, both of these traditions are referring to the same disciple. The writers of the Gnostic Gospels were influenced by the portrait of Mary Magdalene as an extraordinary revealer of the Resurrected Christ. This portrait of Mary Magdalene sparked the Gnostic writers to make her the disciple whom Jesus loved most and the chief recipient of post-Resurrection Revelation. In other words, the Gnostic writers spawned a tradition naming Mary Magdalene as the Beloved Disciple in response to what they had read in the Fourth Gospel. In this scenario, the canonical Fourth Gospel predates the traditions revealed in the writings of Nag Hammadi. The pre-canonical version of the Fourth Gospel clearly named Mary Magdalene as the disciple whom Jesus loved, just as the Gnostic writings still do. The Gnostic writings reflect a dependency on the pre-Gospel text, which the “Secessionists” brought to the Gnostic groups after the schism. The rest of the community, “Apostolic Christians,” also had the same pre-Gospel text. Apostolic Christians They, however, redacted their text in order to make it more acceptable to the emerging institutional church, which they wished to join. They quashed references to Mary Magdalene as having been their founder. They, instead, made references in the text to a “Beloved Disciple,” but turned the disciple into an anonymous male. The majority of the Johannine Community (the Secessionists) took a pre-canonical version of the Fourth Gospel with them to the Docetists, the Montanists, and the Gnostics. In addition to this, as we have seen, the Fourth Gospel was very popular among Gnostics well before its acceptance and canonization by the institutional church. And Brown points out that there is “abundant evidence of familiarity with Johannine ideas” in the Gnostic writings of Nag Hammadi. There was obviously much contact between the Johannine Community and Gnostic groups very early on. Therefore, it cannot be mere coincidence that Mary Magdalene is cited in the Gnostic writings as the “disciple whom Jesus loved” in much the same way as the anonymous male disciple is cited as such in the Fourth Gospel. The similarities are too striking to dismiss as unrelated.

 

(2) Bible Never Called Mary Prostitute

The Bible never explicitly says that Mary Magdalene was ever a prostitute at any point in her life. Luke does not name her in his narrative about the “penitent whore” who washes the feet of Jesus with her hair. Nor is she named as the woman who was caught in the act of adultery and saved from being stoned to death by Jesus. She is identified as once having been demon-possessed. However, the assumption that her sinful past consisted primarily of sexual sin is a presumption that is not usually made about the men who are identified as former sinners.  That women, especially Mary Magdalene, were essential witnesses to the Risen Christ. The prominent role of female disciples was an early and firmly entrenched piece of tradition, which quickly became an embarrassment to the male leaders of the emerging institutional church. There was a concerted effort on the part of the male leadership of the early church to suppress the knowledge of any major contributions made by female disciples. It is asserted here that much of Mary Magdalene's legacy fell victim to this suppression.

 

(3) Secessionist Gnostic Church

Many Gnostic groups practiced radical egalitarianism. They believed that God acted and spoke through both men and women. Both men and women were known to be leaders and/or prophets in their communities. Many men, including those in the church, felt threatened by them. There was a schism early in the history of the Johannine Community. The community divided in two due to an internal Christological disagreement. The majority of the community, the Secessionists, defended the community's high Christology and moved toward Docetism, Montanism, and Gnosticism. The Secessionists, the majority of the Johannine Community, were quickly labeled as “heretics” by the institutional church because they did not make any such modifications. This schism took place before the final canonical redaction of the Fourth Gospel. The final redaction of Gospel of John is the work of an editor belonging to the group that aligned itself with the institutional church. Both groups, however, took their pre-canonical version of the Fourth Gospel with them after the schism and claimed it as their own. At the time of the schism, this pre-canonical version of the Fourth Gospel clearly identified Mary Magdalene as the Beloved Disciple. The Secessionists preserved the tradition of the Magdalene as the Beloved Disciple, the founder and hero of their community. The Secessionists brought their tradition with them to several Gnostic groups. This explains Mary Magdalene's identification as the Beloved Disciple in several ancient Gnostic documents from a corpus of literature known as the Nag Hammadi Library.

 

(4) First State of Fourth Gospel

First State of Fourth Gospel (mid-50s to late 80s A.D.): The originating group of the Gnostic community led by Mary Magdalene. She is highly esteemed as the primary witness to the Resurrection of Christ. She is known, very early on, as the companion of Jesus, and the disciple whom Jesus loved. An essential part of their proclamation of the gospel is the fact that Mary Magdalene was the first to see the Risen Christ.

 

(5) Apostolic Christianity

The rest of the community, the Apostolic Christians amalgamated into the emerging institutional church. The Apostolic Christians became accepted as “orthodox” believers because they were willing to modify their christological beliefs in order to conform to the teachings of the emerging church hierarchy. The Apostolic Christians, on the other hand, gravitated toward the institutional church and were pressured into suppressing, among other things, their tradition claiming that a woman was their founder and former leader. The end result of this suppression is the Fourth Gospel as we have it today.

 

(6) Second Stage of Fourth Gospel

Second Stage of Fourth Gospel (c. 80-90 A.D.): At this point, the community has a version of their Gospel, either written or oral, which includes the tradition that Mary Magdalene was their founder, hero, and leader. Mary Magdalene is probably deceased by this time. There is a schism in the Gnostic community, which is most likely the result of an internal dispute about their high Christology. The community is divided into two groups, the Secessionists, and the Apostolic Christians. The Secessionists: They are the larger of the two groups. They hold on to their tradition, which cites Mary Magdalene as the Beloved Disciple of Jesus. Many members of this community take this tradition to various Gnostic groups. Their identification of Mary Magdalene as the disciple whom Jesus loved is reflected in the Gnostic Christian writings of Nag Hammadi, the Gospel of Philip and the Gospel of Mary.

 

(7) Third Stage of Fourth Gospel

Third Stage of Fourth Gospel (c. 90-100 A.D.): The Apostolic Christians: As the church becomes a more organized institution, this group is fearful of ostracism and persecution. They seek amalgamation with the leaders of the emerging institutional church. The claim that a female disciple of Jesus had been their community's first leader and hero quickly becomes an embarrassment. They need to obscure that fact if they are to be accepted by the male leadership of the growing organized church. A redactor in this community reworks their Gospel in order to make it consistent with this obscuration. The result of this redaction is the canonical Fourth Gospel as we have it today.

 

(8) Theodosius (r. 379-395)

The declaration of war of religions by Christian Church against Hinduism would result in the demise of Church as a religion. Roman Emperor Theodosius (r. 379-395) declared Christianity as the only religion allowed. Theodosius condemned the worshippers of God Jupiter and Goddess Venus as Satan worshippers. Theodosius died in 395 AD, and exactly fifteen years later the Visigoths, under Alaric ravaged Rome.

 

(9) Church of Alexandria, Byzantium, Rome

Alexandria, Constantinople, and Rome were the three centers of Christianity. Alexandria represented the Arian Christianity and Black Gnostic Christianity. Constantinople represented Eastern Christianity. Rome represented White Western Christianity. During the first six centuries, before the conquest by Islam, the Alexandria Church was the dominant seat of Christianity. Until the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, the Eastern Byzantine Church was the seat of Christianity. The rise of Western Roman Catholic became predominant only after the Counter Reformation Wars. The role of Ethiopian Church and Alexandria Church would become predominant in the twenty-first Century when Africans and Asians would reject the White Christianity and White Islam imposed by slave traders. Hindu civilization would support Ethiopian Church against Protestant and Catholic Churches.

 

(10) Goddess Worship in Christianity

Roman Emperor Theodosius II summoned the First Council in the year 431 at Ephesus. Ephesus was the city in Asia Minor that for millenniums before Christian era had been the chief temple site of the great Asian goddess Artemis, mother of the world and of the ever-dying Asian goddess Artemis. In the Ephesus Council of 431, the Virgin Mother Mary was declared the Mother of God. It was presided over by the great bishop Cyril of Alexandria.

 

(11) Nature of Incarnation of Jesus

Emperor Theodosius called Second Council in 449, at Ephesus, presided by Dioscurous, the bishop of Alexandria. Abbot Eutyches stated his belief that Christ had been of two natures (god and man) before their union in the Incarnation but of one nature thereafter. The Second council declared Abbot Eutches orthodox and reinstated him.

 

(12) Coptic Monophysite

Thus arose the independent Coptic Monophysite (One nature) branch of the rapidly separating Living Body of Christ. The multitudes of hermits who, since the period of Saint Anthony (251-356), had in Egyptian deserts practiced the austerities. Stylists and Dendrites, yogis of India, practiced perpetual immobility, the former sitting atop columns left among the ruins of old temples, the latter perched on the branches of trees. Browsers fed like animals on grass. More chained themselves to rocks. Some bore on their shoulders heavy yokes. Multitudes were available for mob scenes, shouting mantras such as "One nature! One Nature!" when Alexandria theologians required conspicuous support. 

 

(13) Third Council of Chalcedon

The Coptic Monophysite Church after the Schism of Third Council of Chalcedon, developed outside the pale of European concern. The Coptic Monophysite Church was linked to the civilization that arose in the lands around the Arabian Sea, Abyssinia, Somaliland, Hadramut, Bombay and Malabar. The life and times of the forty-odd monolithic churches of Ethiopian Lalibela related to the cave-temples of Ajanta. The legendary serpent king of nearby Axum, from whom slayer of the present Nahas or Negus (Nagas), Haile Selassie of Ethiopia descended. The backgrounds of the legends of Issa (Jesus) and of the kings of Persia and Rome could be traced through the Sudan as far West as to the Niger. The virtual loss of Africa and Southern Asia to White Christianity was not the only calamity of the Third Council of Chalcedon. The split began to appear as well between Byzantium and Rome. Christianity split into three parts after the Third Council of Chalcedon, the White Western Christianity of Rome, the Eastern Byzantium Christianity, and the Black African Christianity. The See of Peter had played almost no role in the First and Second Church Councils. First, Second and Third Councils had been summoned by emperors, held in Levantine cities, and attended by literally hundreds of bishops of the Orient with scarcely half a dozen from the West. The pope's high claim to the dignity of Peter had been simply discarded.  

 

(14) Arianism

During Emperor Constantine (r.324-337) the followers of Arius, maintained that Christ was neither True God nor True Man. God, they averred, is absolutely unknowable and alone. Christ though preexistent to his incarnation, is a created being and therefore not truly god, though worshipful as the creator of all other creatures. In his incarnation as Jesus, the son had assumed a human body but not a human soul. Hence, Jesus was neither True god nor True man.

 

(15) Council of Nicea of 325

The Council of Nicea of 325 sat the date for Easter and anathematizes the Arian. In the reign of Constantine Christianity was accorded equal rights with the other religions of the Empire. Half a century later, in the reign of Theodosius (r.379-395), Christianity declared to be the only religion allowed. That inaugurated by imperial decree the Dark Ages.

 

(16) Single Energy Two Nature Theory

In the reign of Emperor Heraclius (r.610-641), patriarch of Constantinople Sergius, proposed the theory of a single energy in Christ behind his two natures and operating through each. Monophysites of Alexandria accepted it. The patriarch Sophronius of Jerusalem, declared that the Single Energy Theory to be tantamount to Monophyssitism. In 638, the Emperor Heraclius through his Patriarch Segius proclaimed the orthodoxy of the doctrine of Single Will. It prohibited the use of the term 'One Energy" as well as the doctrine of "Two Wills."

 

(17) Two Nature Doctrine in 6th Council of 680

The Sixth Ecumenical Council of 680, the doctrine of "Two Natures" was confirmed. It condemned the 'one will' compromise and great Monophysites.

 

(18) Edict of Emperor Theodosius

Emperor Theodosius (d. 415) declared the rites of Pagan superstitions and act of sacrificing as highly crime of high treason against state, which can be expiated only by the death of the guilty. Edward Gibbons describes the destruction of the Hindu temples of God Jupiter and Goddess Venus. Christian Roman Emperor rang down the curtain on the Age of Great Classics, by his decree to destroy the Hindu temples of Gods and Goddess of Jupiter, Zeus, and goddess Artemis, Isis in Greece, Italy, Syria, Levant, and Egypt. The Edicts of Emperor Theodosius resulted in the sack of Rome by barbarian Visigoth ruler Alaric. Similarly, the recent edict of Southern Baptists could result in the ravaged Western Christendom in early decades of the New Millennium. Black Ethiopian Christianity, Arianism and Gnosticism, and Alexandrian Coptic Church may replace Protestant as well as Catholic Churches as the dominant form of Christianity. White barbarians conquered Rome after the edict of Emperor Theodosius. Black Africans and Brown Asians would reject Catholicism and Protestantism to user new life to Ethiopian and Alexandrian Coptic Orthodox Church. Black Africans and Brown Asians would soon declare that the Catholicism and Protestantism is the false Christianity promoted by the uncivilized barbarian conquerors of Roman Empire, after the devilish edicts issued by Emperor Theodosius.

 

(19) Easter is Babylonian not Christian Festival

The name Easter may have come from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and from the Teutonic festival of spring called Eastur. The worship of a goddess Mother and her divine son can be traced to Babylon. The origin of that mother was Semiramis, worshipped as Rhea. The feast of Astarte or Ishtar, was observed on the First Sunday after the full moon following the full moon after the Spring Equinox. The Vernal Equinox occurred when the sun in its elliptical revolution passes the Equator, made in the form of a cross in the shape of a constellation of Aries or the Lamb. This was taken as the triumph of the Sun god, whose virgin queen had succeeded her only begotten sun, who had sacrificed his life to the powers of darkness to save the humanity and sent him to heaven to look after his believers. Therefore, he became the Aries or the lamb of the Heavens. This event was celebrated with hot-cross buns. The round bun represents the sun and the cross on it is the magical sign made by the sun, which saved the savior from the imprisonment of the forces of darkness. Easter rites start with Lent. Lent was observed 2,000 years before Christ. Bible is silent about lent. None of the apostles celebrated it, not even Paul or Peter. The triumph of the Sun God was ascribed to the influence of Aries, the lamb of the heavens. The Lamb thus became the symbol of the Rising Savior and his passage from the underworld into the height of heaven. It suggests that the Christian religion is the developed form of ancient religion of Goddess. The festival of Easter is the negation of patriarchal Judaism and Old Testament and supports the Religion of Goddess and her divine son who sacrificed his life to the power of darkness to save humanity. Goddess sent her divine son Jesus to heaven to look after his believers. True Christianity, the Black Gnostic Christianity of Alexandria and Ethiopia rejects Old Testament and patriarchal interpretation of White Christianity. The Easter festival negates the patriarchal religion of Catholics and Protestants. Black Gnostic Christianity of Alexandria and Addis Ababa would expunge Old Testament from Christian Bible, and erase all Judaic traditions from True Christianity.

 

Easter Egg is a Persian and Egyptian custom. The ancient Egyptians and Persians often dyed eggs in spring colors and gave them as gifts. Early Christians of Mesopotamia were first to use colored eggs for Easter. It was at Rome that not only Easter but also lent entered the Church. Barbarian rulers of Western Europe imposed Judaic traditions on Christianity, which had been the negation of Judaic patriarchal religion.

 

(20) Jews Hijacked Christian Church in 379AD

The Jews who murdered Jews were also responsible for the desecration destruction of the temples of Zeus and Jupiter in Greece, Italy, Syria, Babylon, Egypt and other parts of Roman Empire. Almost in every province of the Roman world, during the reign of Emperor Theodosius, an army of fanatics, without authority and without discipline, invaded the peaceful inhabitants. The ruin of the fairest structures of antiquity still displays the ravages of those barbarians who alone had time and inclination to execute such laborious destruction. Jews destroyed the temples of God Zeus, Jupiter, Goddess Artemis, Venus, Isis and other Gods and Goddess. Jews murdered Jesus Christ and then Jews destroyed the temples of Goddess that influenced the religion of Jesus Christ. Only after the destruction of the temples of Gods and Goddess could Jews force the Christian leadership to adopt anti-Goddess, patriarchal, iconoclast doctrines of Old Testament into Christian Bible. Christianity is the total negation of Judaism. Jews hijacked the Real Christianity of Alexandria Church, who distorted the religion preached by Jesus Christ, by imposing Old Testament into Christian Holy Bible.

 

(21) Rise of Coptic & Ethiopian Church

The Christianity as practiced during first four centuries was the negation of Judaism and imbibed the religious traditions of goddess religions. In the Ephesus Council of 431, the Virgin Mother Mary declared the Mother of God. It was presided over by the great bishop Cyril of Alexandria. Second Council in 449, at Ephesus, presided by Dioscurous, the bishop of Alexandria, decreed that Christ had been of two natures (god and man) before their union in the Incarnation but of one nature thereafter. The Coptic Monophysite Church after the Schism of Third Council of Chalcedon, developed outside the pale of White Christianity. Arius, maintained that Christ was neither True God nor True Man. God, is absolutely unknowable and alone. Christ though pre-existent to his incarnation, is a created being and therefore not truly god, though worshipful as the creator of all other creatures. In his incarnation as Jesus, the son had assumed a human body but not a human soul. Hence, Jesus was neither True god nor True man. During first five centuries, the Christian doctrine was similar to Hinduism, and ancient religions of Egypt, Greece and Rome. The Christianity of Alexandrian Church was true Christianity. The White Christianity of Rome, is the negation of the ancient Christianity. Hindu civilization would help resurrect Black Gnostic Christianity, the Ethiopian Church and Egypt's Coptic Christianity. The Southern Baptist Protestants have waged the civilizational war against Hinduism, could face eradication, once Ethiopian and Coptic Christianity resurrects to overthrow the domination of the White Christianity. Ethiopian Christianity is more advance a religion than Catholic as well as Protestant Christianity, simply because while German Visigoths were uncivilized barbarians when they conquered Rome under the leadership of Alaric in 410 AD. The Brown Ethiopians and Egyptians created the earliest human civilizations. How can the religion of the newly civilized white races be superior to the religion of black and brown civilizations, which became civilized many Millenniums earlier?

 

(22) Common Front of Goddess Religions

The people of God should not align with Devil's Evil Communist Empire to score theological and proselytizing victory over fellow Religion, the Buddhism. The precedent of Devil's ban on Buddhist Falun Gong in China could justify the Devil's ban on Christian Church in China, in future. China rejects Papal control over Chinese Catholic Church. President Reagan aligned with Pope John Paul II to join the forces of Catholic Church and CIA for the overthrow of the Communist regime in Poland. China could prosecute Chinese Catholics for high treason, for their alleged co-operation with CIA for the overthrow of the Communism, the new version of Reagan-Pope conspiracy. The very laws that Communists use to destroy Falun Gong Buddhism would suppress and destroy Chinese Christianity in future. The Christian support to the Communist suppression of Buddhist Falun Gong would result in the suppression of Christianity in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, South Korea and India. Devil conspires and divides the God's peoples to destroy the World Religions. The looming Civilizational War of religions orchestrated by Devil to destroy the power of world Religions. Civilizational War of Religions helps Devil and weakens the forces of God.

 

(23) Clash of Oriental Vs Occidental Religions

Religions that expand by sword perish by sword. Religions of God do not require sword for propagation. Indian civilization expanded to spread Indianized religions in China, Far East and Southeast Asia without resorting to any use of force. The Oriental World differs from the Occidental world in the manner they propagate Religions. The religions in the Oriental world propagated peacefully without resorting to force. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Shintoism, and Sikhism propagated peacefully only. The religions in the occidental world had traditionally propagated by sword. The Occidental Religions, namely, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Mazdakism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Communism had been propagated by sword. The Occidental Religions are Iconoclasts, and believe in the existence of Devil. All Oriental Religions worship Almighty Goddess. All Oriental Religions took birth in India. All Occidental Religions trace their roots to the philosophy of Persia. Prophet Zoroaster was the Prophet of Prophets. Persia is the mother of Occidental Religions. The theologies of Judaism, Christianity and Islam based on Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and Mazdakism. Occidental religions are patriarchal, anti-Goddess and iconoclast religions. The ancient religions of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Greece and Rome were part of Oriental Religions and classified as Hindus. The ancient Hinduism of pre-Aryan era was the Goddess religion of Dravidian race of Deccan Plateau. Indus Valley maritime civilization traded with Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon by Sea. The pre-Aryan maritime civilization of Indus valley, worshiped Goddess Kali, and its manifestations, Goddess Isis worshipped in Egypt, Goddess Innanna worshipped in Babylon, Goddess Astarte worshipped in Assyria, and Goddess Artemis worshipped in Greece. The brown Dravidian race ruled the entire ancient civilized southern world that extended from India, to Pharaoh's Egypt, Babylon and Assyria, and even North and South America. The nomadic shepherd Aryans originated in North Indian Punjab, and Iran. Aryans had perfected the Stirrup and War Chariots. The innovation of war chariots resulted in Aryan conquest of brown Dravidian Goddess worshipping civilization in India. Aryan charioteers conquered Babylon, Assyria, and Pharaoh's Egypt. Aryan Vedic religion worshipped male Gods. The religion of ancient Greece, and ancient Rome was Aryan's Vedic Hinduism. The philosophy of Greece based on Hindu Upanishads. Zoroastrian Zend Avestha is similar to ancient Hindu Rig-Veda. The Aryans of Iran-Punjab split into two camps. Punjabi Aryans worshipped Deva and Iranian Aryans worshipped Asura. Iranian Aryan condemned Hindu demigod Deva and called them evil. Hindu Aryans began condemning Asura, whom Iranians worshipped. Hindus condemned Asura as persons with demoniac tendencies. Hindus do not have any concept of permanent evil. The concept of Angra Manyu evolved into Devil. The term Devil derived from Hindu term for Goddess, 'Devi.'  The history of the civilized world can be explained in terms of conflict between god worshipping brown Dravidians of South India and the fair Vedic Aryans of Punjab-Iran. The history of Oriental and Occidental Religions can be explained in terms of competition of Indian Aryan worshippers of Deva and Persians worshippers of Asura. The historical line separating the Oriental and Occidental world now lies on the borders separating India and Pakistan.

 

53(14) Gnostic Christianity

(1) New Creation Story in Gospel of Judas.

Gnostic theory of Creation is that the higher true God did not create the world. The world created by a bloodthirsty foolish lower deity. The Gnostic Christianity believes in the dualism, the separation of the god and its creation.

 

The text of the Gospel of Judas offers a new creation story, depicting the evil world as the product of a bloodthirsty, foolish lower deity, rather than the higher, true God. This duality is the Gospel of Judas was never be accepted by Orthodox Christianity. The Gospel of Judas contains a radically different creation story, with the world created by Angels.

 

(2) Freedom from Mortal body.

Gnostic Christianity believes in the Hindu Buddhist concept that the real self is the Atma or soul and the body is just the cloth that the Soul wears during transmigrations.

 

Jesus tells Judas: “You will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me.” The statement meant Jesus needed to be freed from his human body and wanted this to be done by a friend rather than an enemy. So Jesus asks Judas, who is his friend, to sell him out, to betray him. It’s treason to the general public, but between Jesus and Judas it’s not treachery.

 

In another section, Jesus singles Judas out for special status, telling him: Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries of the kingdom. Look, you have been told everything. Lift up your eyes and look at the cloud and the light within it and the stars surrounding it. The star that leads the way is your star.

 

(3) God became man in Jesus Christ.

Gnostic Christianity does not believe that God became a man in Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Judas and other Gnostic Scriptures challenge the central Christian notion that God became man in Jesus Christ. The books like The Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood, Holy Grail show that secularists find more plausible than the central Christian notion that God became man in Jesus Christ.

 

(4) Special Knowledge Gives Salvation

Gnostic Christianity believes that Salvation comes through special mystical knowledge imparted by Christ. The Gnostic Christianity does not accept the belief of the Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism that Salvation comes through faith. Gnostic Christianity does not believe that Jesus made a wide-open gift of salvation to humanity. Gnostic Christianity believes Salvation is based in knowledge, rather than on the death and resurrection of Christ.

 

The Gospel of Judas could revolutionize people's understanding of early Christianity. The Catholic Church of today rejects the Gospel of Judas, just as it did in the early centuries of Christianity. These Gospel of Judas and other Gnostic Gospels emphasize knowledge that initiates have and others do not. The main reason is that the text of the Gospel of Judas asserts that salvation comes through special knowledge imparted by Christ to select people during his time on earth. The reclaimed Gospel of Judas ''turn everything on its head.

 

Many Christians have been promoting rediscovered early gospels that say salvation is based in knowledge, rather than on the death and resurrection of Christ, as ''spirituality for the 21st century. The Gnostic Gospels do not involve knowledge in the modern sense, but complicated mythology and metaphysics.

 

Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism believe that salvation comes through the death and resurrection of Jesus. ''Jesus made a wide-open gift of salvation to humanity. In Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism Salvation comes through faith. The Pharisees went to Judas and told him “although you are evil in this place, you are Jesus' true disciple.” And Judas answered them as Pharisees wanted him to. And Judas received the money. And he surrendered Jesus. This is the end of the Gospel of Judas. Without Judas's help, Jesus would not have been crucified and God's plan to redeem mankind would not have been fulfilled, the Gospel of Judas suggests.

 

(7) Judas was the Chief Apostle of Jesus.

The Gospel of Judas says that, far from being Jesus' enemy, Judas was his Chief Apostle - who betrayed Jesus to the authorities at the actual request of his master in order to fulfill a divine ordinance for the salvation of the world. Judas, alone of the disciples, understood the true significance of Jesus' teachings - because Jesus told him, “You will exceed all of them, Jesus tells the main man in the key passage in the text, for you will sacrifice the man that clothed me.” Thus Apostle Judas, the individual whose name has entered the English language as a synonym for traitor, for selling his master for 30 pieces of silver, the amount for which the law of Moses specified an Israelite could buy or sell a slave, was the Secret Hero of early Christianity and Chief Apostle, instead of being the big villain. The authors of Gospel of Judas believe that Judas the Betrayer was fully informed of these things and that he alone, knowing the truth as no others did, fulfilled the secret of betrayal that confused all things, both in heaven and on earth.

 

In several places in the text Judas singled out for special treatment by Jesus: “Step away from the others and I shall tell you the secret of the kingdom. It is possible for you to reach it but you will grieve a great deal. Look, you have been told everything. Lift up your eyes and look at the cloud and the light within it and the stars surrounding it. The star that leads the way is your star.” If Gnostics could acquire the same secret knowledge given by Jesus to his inner circle, they would be saved too. What was common to Gnostic or Cainaanites was the notion that salvation was to be achieved by the acquisition of secret or arcane knowledge (gnosis in Greek).

 

First of all, Judas and Jesus are meeting in some nether land possibly after the Resurrection. There's no direct mention of the Resurrection. Judas is a different kind of character. He's the person who is asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. And that sacrifice is to sacrifice the life of Jesus in order that Jesus may attain eternity and immortality. And Judas is the one who enables all of us to help find that inner spark within ourselves.

 

The Gospel of Judas Iscariot is actually a very reverent document coming from approximately the 2nd century, well after the four gospels accepted as the canonical gospels were actually written. One can’t really know 100 percent that the Gospel of Judas is Judas' account. We know that a writer in the 2nd century told this story, which is the story of the encounter between Judas Iscariot and Jesus some time after the Resurrection. Judas is actually Jesus' best friend. Judas is the one who enables Jesus to fulfill his mission, to die and to release that inner spark within himself and within all of us that is the divine. And that is the concept of this absolutely rare 2nd-century document, which is just coming to light.

 

(8) Resurrection Not Mentioned

Gospel of Judas does not mention Resurrection. No mention is made of the Crucifixion or Resurrection. Scholars hope one thing may prove true: The new version of the story could help mend fences between Christians and Jews. For centuries, Judas has symbolized Jews' rejection of Jesus. That has been the elephant in the room. The Judas story has been the basis for an enormous amount of anti-Semitism.

 

(10) Cainaanites

What was common to Gnostic or Cainaanites was the notion that salvation was to be achieved by the acquisition of secret or arcane knowledge (gnosis in Greek). The Cainaanites were part of a movement known as the Gnostics, a sect often described as Christian heresy but which was a syncretistic tendency that picked-and-mixed elements from many different religions. The persistence of Gnosticism through the centuries is testimony to that, surfacing in everything from medieval heresies to modern romanticism - it is there in William Blake, in theosophy, Aleister Crowley, Jung and most recently in the work of Philip Pullman. Gnostics wrote Gospel of Judas.

 

Gnostics are the group of people that their enemies called Gnostics meaning those who know. It's alleged that the Canaanites were - a group called the Canaanites - were the authors of this particular document. The Gospel of Judas text was the work of a sect called the Cainaanites who saw Cain, the Old Testament's first murderer as a hero too. Some academics suggest that Bishop Irenaeus took as his source Justin Martyr which would date the Gospel of Judas 120AD.

 

The Gospel of Judas suits their purposes admirably. The spiritualism of Gnostics or Cainaanites is very useful for the modern society. The modern world is not big on salvation - though our obsession with personal fulfillment is an attenuated version of the notion - but we are still terribly keen on secrets. But as to who exactly wrote it, we don't really know. We can only look at the theology and the doctrine and project back from that to the sort of community that would've used it.

 

(11) Judas is Highest Apostle Not Peter

What is in this lost gospel about Judas and what does it say about Judas Iscariot? Jesus in this account instructs Judas to betray him, it is implied in some words in the actual canonical New Testament, but in the Gospel of Judas, it is quite explicit. Jesus is asking Judas to make the ultimate sacrifice, to sacrifice himself and to enable Jesus to fulfill his mission on Earth. Judas is actually in a totally revised relationship to Jesus. Judas is Jesus' favorite disciple and Judas is the person who enables Jesus to reach the heavens, and Judas himself is a star in the sky, according to the words of Jesus. This is not the Judas Iscariot that we know from the Bible. In the Bible, Judas betrays Jesus, but the Gospel of Judas tells a different story –the Apostle Judas' version of what happened. A new Apostle Judas emerges from rediscovered Manuscript offers new view on Jesus and Apostle Judas, in the Judas gospel. The New Testament includes only four gospels – Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

 

(12) Judas Will Exceed All of Them

“The star that leads the way is your star, Jesus said to Judas. You will exceed all of them for you will have sacrificed the man that clothes me.” Commentary: Meaning you will turn me over to the Romans, and they will crucify me and my spirit will move from the body my soul. What he means, as the scholars interpret it, is the soul of Jesus will be liberated from the body that entraps him. His soul is now liberated to come to heaven. The Gospel of Judas presents a lost version of the last days of Jesus, using dramatic recreations to portray and clarify the complex story of intrigue and politics of the earliest days of Christianity. The gospel reframes Judas as the disciple closest to Jesus, who committed his act of betrayal at Jesus' behest. The Gospel of Judas turns Judas' act of betrayal into an act of obedience.'' Judas kiss was no betrayal, the lost gospel reveals. Judas was not a traitor but a close friend of Jesus who was only doing his bidding when he turned him in with a kiss, a newly translated ancient document unveiled in the US suggests.

 

(13) Sacrifice the Man Who Clothes Me

Gnostic Christians preach that man must realize that you are the Soul not the body. The body is just the cloth that the soul wears during its stay. Jesus said to Judas: “You will exceed all of them (the other disciples) for you will sacrifice the man who clothes me.”

 

Commentary: The gospel suggests that Judas was a trapped spirit. And salvation comes when we escape the materiality of our existence and Judas is the one who makes it possible for him to escape by allowing for his body to be killed. The key passage comes when Jesus tells Judas: You will exceed all of them, for you will sacrifice the man that clothed me. Scholars said this indicates that Judas would help liberate the spiritual self by helping Jesus get rid of his body. Garcia said the codex enhances our knowledge of the history and theological viewpoints of the early Christian period.

 

(14) Salvation Via Secret Mystic Knowledge

The Gospel of Judas belonged to Gnostics, who believed that the way to salvation was through secret knowledge given by Jesus to his inner circle. The author of the gospel of Judas believed that Judas Iscariot alone understood the true significance of Christ's teachings. Judas is actually in a totally revised relationship to Jesus. He is Jesus' favorite disciple, he is the person who enables Jesus to reach the heavens, and he himself is a star in the sky, according to the words of Jesus. First of all, Judas and Jesus are meeting in some nether land possibly after the Resurrection. There's no direct mention of the Resurrection. Judas is a different kind of character. He's the person who is asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. And that sacrifice is to sacrifice the life of Jesus in order that Jesus may attain eternity and immortality.

 

(14) Four Canonical Gospels

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John make up the four accepted Gospels of the Christian New Testament. A new Gospel of Judas unveiled by the National Geographic Society, one that focuses on the story of Judas Iscariot. To most Christians, Judas is seen as a traitor, the disciple who betrayed Jesus to the Romans for 30 pieces of silver. But a newly restored papyrus document dating to the 2nd century AD portrays a very different man. Judas is shown as Jesus' best friend, asked by Jesus himself to betray his identity to fulfill the prophecy and liberate his soul to ascend to heaven.

 

(15) Seek the Meanings of Mystic Words

Gnostic Christianity preaches that seekers that penetrate the meaning of the Mystic words will not taste death. Jesus said, “He who penetrates the meaning of these words will not taste death.” Let him who seeks not cease to seek until he finds when he finds, he will become troubled. When he is troubled, he will wonder, and he will reign over the All.”

 

(Secret Sayings (2) Gospel of Thomas)- Commentary: Jesus said that the goal of a Christian seeker is to attain immortality to overcome the cycle of birth and death. The human can attain immortality by means of spiritual understanding that one finds by penetrating the esoteric knowledge revealed in the Gospel of Thomas. The Gospel of John also states, that, “ In the beginning was the Word.”

 

(16) Kingdom of God Inside Your Heart

Gnostic Christianity preaches that the Kingdom of God is inside your heart and you need neither go to a Church nor bribe the priest to enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you: See, the Kingdom is in heaven, then the birds of the sky will be there before you. If they say to you, It is in the sea,” then the fish will be there before you. But the Kingdom is inside you and outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will know that you are the children of the Living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you dwell in poverty; then you are that poverty.”

 

(Secret Sayings (3) Gospel of Thomas)- Commentary: Jesus revealed that the Kingdom of God is inside you and it resides as soul in your heart. In order to realize the soul residing in your heart, a human should undertake spiritual penance to understand and penetrate the meaning of the Holy Scripture. The priests are not the gatekeepers to the Kingdom of God. If you can know the god residing in your heart, only then you would reach the Kingdom of God. A Christian need not depend on the intermediacy of a Priest, Bishop, Pope or Arch Bishop to reach God. Every man can directly reach god without the intermediacy of the organized Church. Kingdom of God is inside You and outside You. When you know yourselves, then you will be known and you will know that you are the children of the Living Father.

 

(17) Circumcision is Unchristian

Gnostic Christianity rejected the Judaic practice of circumcision. His disciples said to Jesus: “Is circumcision useful or not?” Jesus said to them: “If it were useful, their Father would beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit is in all ways useful.”

 

(Secret Sayings (53) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: Jesus Christ and Christianity had rejected the Judaic tradition of circumcision as non-Christian practice. On the matter of circumcision Christianity hold similar opinion as that of Hindus and Buddhists.

 

(19) Who are You?

Gnostic Christianity believes that you are not only the Tree but also the fruit, not only your personality but your beliefs also. His disciples said to Jesus: “Who are you that you say these things to us?” Jesus said to them: “From what I say to You, You do not realize who I am. But you have become like the Jews, for they like the tree and hate its fruit and like the fruit and hate the tree.”

 

(Secret Sayings (43) Gospel of Thomas)- Commentary: Jesus revealed that when you follow a master take the master as a whole person, which includes his personality as well as his teachings. If you like the tree you should also like the fruit of that tree. If you like the fruit then you should also like the tree. To answer the question: Who are you? one must include the totality of the personality and his teachings.

 

(20) Laity Should Assert

Gnostic Christianity believes that Christians should assert for their rights. Jesus said, “Fortunate is the lion which the man eats so that the lion becomes a man; and cursed is the man whom the lion eats so that the man becomes a lion.”

 

(Secret Sayings (7) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: Jesus teaches his followers that Christians should not allow priest-lions to eat them and mislead them.

 

(21) Apostle James the Just

Gnostic Christians followed Apostle James, the elder brother of Jesus after the crucifixion of Jesus. Apostle James the Just was stoned to death at the orders of the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem in 64 AD. The disciples said to Jesus: “We know that You will leave from us. Who is to be our leader?” Jesus said to them: “From where you stand now, you are to go to James the Just, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being.”

 

(Secret Sayings (12) Gospel of Thomas)- Commentary: Jesus had designated James the Just, his elder brother as the leader of the Christian Church after his death. Jews high priest stoned to death apostle James in 62 AD.

 

(21) Five Eternal Trees of Paradise

Jesus said, “Fortunate is he who was before he became. If You become My disciples and listen to My words, these stones will serve You. For there are five trees for You in Paradise that remain unshaken summer and winter and their leaves do not fall. He who knows them will not taste death.”

 

(Secret Sayings (19) Gospel of Thomas)- Commentary: Jesus said that the purpose of Christian teaching is to overcome the cycle of birth and death. One can overcome the cycle of death and rebirth by penetrating into the meaning of the esoteric knowledge revealed by Jesus and by becoming a true follower and disciple of Jesus. The words that Jesus revealed, has power to help disciples overcome death and they shall not taste death and become immortal after the death of this body. Jesus describes the five eternal trees of Heaven and he who know the spiritual meaning of these trees will not taste death and become immortal after the death of this physical body.

 

(22) Kingdom of Heaven is Mustard Seed

Gnostic Christianity preaches that the Kingdom of Heaven is in your own heart and it is like a mustard seed, when that small tree falls on the fertile ground inside your hear, it grows into a big plant that becomes a shelter even for those that fly in the sky.

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

 

(Secret Sayings (20) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, it germinates spiritually in the heart of the disciples and when it finds the fertile spiritual grounds in the heart, it blossoms into a large tree or reaches the cosmos. A disciple can reach the cosmos by contemplating on the Kingdom of Heaven located inside the Heart.

 

(23) Keys of Knowledge

Gnostic Christianity preaches that the Gnostic mystic practices are the keys of Knowledge (gnosis) that allows you to enter into Kingdom of Heaven located inside your heart. Be as wise as serpents and be as innocent as doves.

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

 

(Secret Sayings (39) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: Philosopher Friedrich Hegel followed the teaching of Jesus and argued that Philosophers should interpret Scriptures as philosophers have greater intellectual caliber than priests to truthfully interpret Christian Bible. Jesus opposed the claims of Jewish Rabbis and Pharisees that they alone understand the true meaning of the Scriptures. Jesus gave the keys of knowledge to every one so that they need not depend on the priests to understand what is wrong and what is right. Jesus rejected the Jewish tradition of the Garden of Eden, where god banished Adam and Eve for eating the apple of knowledge at the instigation of the Snake. Jesus complimented the Snake for revealing to the Adam and Eve that they should eat the Apple of Knowledge to directly gain knowledge without the intermediacy of demigods or priests.

 

(24) Honor the Holy Spirit

Gnostic Christianity preaches that those that blaspheme against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven on earth or in heaven.

Jesus said, “He who blasphemes against the Father will be forgiven, and he who blasphemes against the Son will be forgiven, but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven either on earth or in heaven.”

 

(Secret Sayings (44) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The priests and clergy that blaspheme against the Almighty Holy Spirit will lose the heaven as well as the earth.

 

(25) You came from Light

Gnostic Christianity preaches that the soul residing in your heart came from the light, and from the place where the light same into being of itself, established itself and revealed itself in their image. You are the son and the elect of the Living father.

 

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 of itself, established itself and revealed itself in their image. If they say to You, Who are You, say to them, We are its sons. 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 rest.”

 

(Secret Sayings (50) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The enlightened disciples of Jesus have realized that their soul came from the place where light came into being of itself, established itself and revealed itself in their image. The soul residing in your heart is the same light from that esoteric place where the light came into being, established itself and revealed itself in the heart of every human being as its soul or light of its soul. The soul of every individual is the same as the soul of the Light, where the light came into being itself and revealed itself in their image. If the gatekeeper of the heaven asks you, where did you come from? Reply that you came from the light, and you came from the place where the light came into being of itself, established itself and revealed itself in their image.

 

(26) Jesus exists from the Undivided

Gnostic Christianity preaches that body dies but soul residing in the body is eternal. Jesus is he, who exists from the Undivided and he was given something of his Father in the heaven. Those seekers that have realized the perishable nature of the human body and imperishability of the soul will be full of light of knowledge

 

Apostle Salome said: “Who are you, man? You have taken a seat on my couch and have eaten at my table.” Jesus said to her: “I am He who exists from the undivided. I was given some of the things of My Father.” Disciple Salome said: “I am your disciple.” Jesus said to her: “Therefore I say, if somebody is one, he will be full of light, but if he is divided, he will be full of darkness.” “Two will rest on a bed: the one will die, and other will live.” (Secret Sayings “61” Gospel of Thomas) Commentary: Jesus revealed that god, gave him some powers, some things of My Father. Jesus says that he is who exists from the undivided. Almighty God is the Undivided. Human beings have a body and a Soul or Self. At the time of death, the physical body dies and the Soul of Self remains and lives forever. The Human soul is from the Undivided God.

 

(27) Heavens will Pass Away & Die

Gnostic Christianity preaches that the body dies at the time of death and will not ever become alive and the soul residing in your heart is eternal and will not die and it shall dwell in light after the death. The heavens are also not eternal and residents of heaven also die and are reborn after the exhaustion of their karma.

 

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 death, you made death 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?”

 

(Secret Sayings (11) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The heavens are not immortal. This lower heaven as well as the heaven above is subject to death and birth. Those who die do not come back alive at the Second Coming of Jesus or at the time of Apocalypse or Rapture. Those who have realized the truth about light residing in their heart their spiritual body will not die at the time of the death of their physical body. On the day you consumed the death you became two, the physical body died and the spiritual body did not die. Teachings of Jesus helps you understand what your spiritual body should do after its physical body dies. When the spirit of the spiritually realized person dwell in the light, this teaching of Jesus would come handy, not what the Pope tells you.

 

(28) Truth Causes Discord Fire Sword War

Gnostic Christianity preaches that purpose of Jesus was to preach a new religion that would cause in earth discord, fire, sword and war. The religious discords can disturb peace on the earth.

Jesus said, “Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to bring to the world. They do not know that I have come to bring to the earth: discord, fire, sword, and war. Indeed, if there are 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 alone.” (Secret Sayings “16” Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The religious truth causes discords and, war in the world, as truth makes a son go against the teachings of the father, religious truth cause discords in the family as new disciples challenge the family beliefs. The religious discords cause war, discords, fie and sword in the world, as new religions and new truths challenge the older religions and older truths.

 

(29) He is Unseen Unheard Untouched Unfelt

Gnostic Christianity seeks the ultimate reality that no eyes can see, no ear can hear, no hand can touch and no heart can feel. 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 never arose in the heart of man.”

 

(Secret Sayings (17) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The esoteric teachings of Jesus revealed knowledge of the impersonal almighty Being that no eye has seen and no ear has heard and no hand has touched and what is not felt in any hear. The Almighty supreme Being is what can neither be seen, nor heard nor touched nor felt by any man, woman or Angel or demigod.

 

(30) Soul goes to where it came from

Gnostic Christianity preaches that we shall go from this earthly existence to the place we cam from at the time of the birth.

The disciples said to Jesus: “Tell us how our end will be.” Jesus said: “So have you discovered the beginning that you look for the end? For where the beginning is, there the end will be. Fortunate is he who stands at the beginning he will know the end and will not taste death.”

 

(Secret Sayings (18) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: only by discovering the beginning of the soul can one understand the end of the soul. Those who can understand the beginning of the soul also shall be able to understand the end of the soul. Those who stand at the beginning and understand the beginning, their spiritual body will not taste death, because they realize that soul of any human does not die.

 

(31) Make Male and Female One

Gnostic Christianity preaches that we as adults should have the equanimity of an infant that does have the same inside as outside, that makes male and female one so that male is not a male and female is not a female, then you enter the Kingdom of God.

Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to His disciples: “These infants who suck are like those who enter the Kingdom.” They said to Him: “Shall we then enter the Kingdom as infants?” 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, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female; and when You fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in the place of a likeness; then will You enter the Kingdom.”

 

(Secret Sayings (22) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: Those who are same inside as outside, same above as below and where women are equal to men in every sphere, they only can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

(32) Fire of Knowledge

Gnostic Christianity preaches that one enters the Kingdom of God with the fire of knowledge gained by association with the disciples of the Savior.

Jesus said, “Whoever is near Me is near the fire, and whoever who is far from Me is far from the Kingdom.” (Secret Sayings (82) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: Jesus says that knowledge is like a fire and being near to the Master allows you the knowledge of fire and those who are not disciples of Jesus would not have the benefit of fire and may not be able to enter Kingdom of Heaven.

 

(33) Father reveals himself hidden in Light

Gnostic Christianity preaches that the image of Father is hidden in his bright effulgence. The light of soul that resides hidden in the images visible to man is hidden in the image of the light of the Father, whose image is hidden in his effulgence. God Father reveals himself and reveals his image through the light of the soul that resides in our heart.

Jesus said, “Images are visible to man, and the light which is in them is hidden in the image of the Light of the Father. He will reveal Himself and His image is hidden by His light.”

 

(Secret Sayings (83) Gospel of Thomas)-Commentary: The physical bodies and its images can be seen by five senses of humans, but the light hidden in the heart of humans cannot be seen by the five senses. The bright effulgence of the God hides the image of the God that is why one cannot see the God with five senses. God reveals himself to man and to angels. The light of the soul is hidden in the image of the Light of God.

 

(34) Heirs to what is living are alive

Gnostic Christianity preaches that only such Hebrew as follow Jesus have father as well as mother. He who has believed in the truth has found life and this one is in danger of dying. Those living human beings that do no seek Truth are actually living dead and their soul has not awakened or become alive.

 

Those who are heirs to what is living are alive, and they are heirs to both what is living and the dead. The dead are heirs to nothing. For how can he who is dead inherit? If he who is dead inherits what is living he will not die. A Gentile does not die, for he has never lived in order that he may die. He who has believed in the truth has found life, and this one is in danger of dying, for he is alive. Since Christ came, the world has been created, the cities adorned, the dead carried out. When we were Hebrews, we were orphans and had only our mother, but when we became Christians, we had both father and mother.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Only he who believed in the truth has found life, and he is in danger of dying because he is living now. Those who are the disciples of the Living Master are heirs to both what is living and also what is dead. The sons of the Holy Father has stake in the property or knowledge of the father unlike the slaves who do not have any claim for the property of the masters.

 

(35) Good & Evil are inseparable brothers

Gnostic Christianity preaches that life and death, light and darkness are not absolute and coexist with one another and are inseparable. There is no absolute good, no absolute evil and no absolute death.

 

Gospel teaches, Light and Darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable. Because of this neither are the good good, nor evil evil, nor is life life, nor death death. For this reason each one will dissolve into its earliest origin. But those who are exalted above the world are indissoluble, eternal.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: There is neither absolute evil nor absolute good, neither absolute light nor absolute darkness, neither absolute life nor absolute death, neither absolute right nor absolute left, and light life and right are brothers of darkness, death and left respectively. Those spiritually advanced persons that are able to rise above the material world become indissoluble at the time of the dissolution of the universe and become eternal immortal beings after their physical death in this earth.

 

(36) Holy Spirit God Father Son

Gnostic Christianity preaches that the reality of the Holy Spirit differs from what the name Holy spirit conveys to the humans through five senses.

 

Gospel says, Names given to the worldly are very deceptive, for they divert our thoughts from what is correct to what is incorrect. Thus one who hears the word “God” does not perceive what is correct, but perceives what is incorrect. So also with “the Father” and “the Son” and “the Holy Spirit” and “life” and “light” and “resurrection” and “the Church (Ekklesia)” and all the rest - people do not perceive what is correct but they perceive what is incorrect, unless they have come to know what is correct. The names that are heard are in the world deceive. If they were in the Aeon (eternal realm), they would at no time be used as names in the world. Nor were they set among worldly things. They have an end in the Aeon.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: The true meaning of the terms, namely, God, the Holy Spirit, the Father, the Son, the Light, The Resurrection, and the Church is very different, some diametrically opposed to what Jews, Catholics, Muslims think these terms mean, because of the loaded imagery of their languages and cultural traditions. The Jesus used these terms, in manner totally opposed to what Jews defined them or organized religions may use them in the 21st Century. 

 

(37) Eachmoth is the Wisdom of Death

Gnostic Christianity teaches how to acquire the Wisdom of Death, the Echmoth.

Echamoth is one thing and Echmoth, another. Echamoth is Wisdom simply, but Echmoth is the Wisdom of death, which is the one who knows death, which is called “the little Wisdom”.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Jesus imparted the Eachmoth, the Wisdom of Death and the Big Wisdom. The world religions define themselves by their doctrine of death, as what happens when one dies on this earth. The Christian doctrine of Eachmoth preached by Jesus and Gnostic Christian Church radically different from the doctrines practiced by Catholic Church and Orthodox Church.

 

(38) Join Perfect Light with Holy Spirit

Jesus said on that day in the thanksgiving, “You who have joined the perfect light with the Holy Spirit, unite the angels with us also, as being the images.” Do not despise the lamb, for without it, it is not possible to see the king. No one will be able to go in to the king if he is naked.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Disciples of Jesus spiritually sought to realize the union of the Perfect Light with the light of the Holy Spirit, and by doing so also gained the blessing of the Angels also, as the Christian Angels or demigods are the inferior images of the Perfect Light or Holy Spirit. Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Church presently worship Angels who are just the inferior images of the Perfect Light or Holy Spirit

 

(39) Taoist Buddhist Ideas in Gospel of Mary

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene has Taoist and Buddhist concepts presented in first century Christian Semantics. Jesus is quoted as saying that “All natures, all formed things, all creatures exist in and with one another and will again be resolved into their own roots, because the nature of matter is dissolved into the roots of its nature alone.” This is very similar to the Taoist concept of Oneness as expressed in of Tao Teh Ching, Speaking of the Tao it says, “All things derive their life from it [Tao] All things return to it, and it contains them.”

 

(40) Tibetan Book of Dead ideas

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene describes a soul's journey after death and the challenges it overcomes. These passages are much like The Tibetan Book of the Dead that reveals the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities a soul encounters during its journey after it has separated from the body at death. This is very similar to this portion of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, “ When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, which took seven forms. The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven powers of wrath.”

 

(41) Religion based on Arbitrary Ideas.

This confrontation between Mary and Peter is well documented in a number of Gnostic scriptures. Mary Magdalene exposes the small mindedness and superficiality of Peter and Andrew who find it difficult to comprehend, let alone accept, the deeper spiritual understanding Mary Magdalene acquired through her personal experience and closer relationship with Christ. Indeed Peter and Andrew seem to prefer the very thing against which Christ warned them, a religion based on arbitrary ideas, in this case represented by Peter’s male chauvinism and Andrew’s ignorance. And yet many of their ideas have shaped modern Christianity while, paradoxically, Mary Magdalene’s spirituality, which here seems more consistent with the teachings of Christ, is unheard of today. Roman Catholic Christianity as well as Orthodox Christianity is a religion based on the arbitrary ideas of priests and religious institutions. Gnostic Christianity, Apostle Thomas, Apostle Judas, Apostle Mary Magdalene and Apostle Sophia adopted the Oriental, Hindu and Buddhist approaches to religious investigations and rejected the idea of Christianity religion based on arbitrary ideas of priests and organized Church.

 

(42) No Salvation From External Savior

In the Mary Magdalene account, “salvation is not something that comes from an external Savior. One has to seek salvation within.” Thus, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene depicts Jesus as a teacher rather than as a savior who dies to atone for humanity’s sins.

 

(43) No Original Sin in the World

Gnostic Christianity rejected the Jewish concept of the Original Sin in the world. Peter said to Jesus, “Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?” The Savior said, “There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.”

 

(Gospel of Mary Magdalene) – Commentary: Jesus rejected the Jewish concept of the sin of the world. Jesus rejected the Jewish concept of original sin of Adam such as eating the apple of knowledge in the Garden of Eden.

 

(44) Mind sees Vision when between Soul and Spirit

Mary Magdalene saw Jesus in a vision and said to Jesus, “Lord I saw you today in a vision.” Jesus answered and said to Mary, “Blessed are you that you did not waver at the sight of Me. For where the mind is there is the treasure.” Mary Magdalene said to Jesus, “Lord, how does he who sees the vision see it, through the soul or through the spirit?” The Savior answered and said, “He does not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind that is between the two that is what sees the vision.”

 

(Gospel of Mary Magdalene) – Commentary: (Gospel of Mary Magdalene) – Commentary: When the mind is in the state that is between soul and the spirit, in the unconscious mind that one see the visions.

 

(45) Sin is Moral Ignorance-Sin is Imbalance of Soul

The Gospel of Mary can easily be divided into two parts. The first section (7,1-9,24) describes the dialogue between the risen Christ and the disciples. Jesus answers their questions concerning matter and sin. “Christ teaches that sin is not a problem of moral ignorance so much as a manifestation of imbalance of the soul.” “Christ then encourages the disciples to spread his teachings and warns them against those who teach of spirituality as an external concept rather than as an internal, Gnostic experience.” After he departs, however, the disciples are grieved and in considerable doubt and consternation. Mary Magdalene comforts them and turns their hearts toward the Good and a consideration of Christ’s words.

 

(46) Archons are Cosmic Prison Wardens

The Archons power of fear act as cosmic prison wardens attempt to prevent souls ascending to the True God. The second section of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene text (10,1-23; 15,1-19,2) contains a description by Mary of special revelation given to her by Christ. At Peter’s request, she tells the disciples about things that were hidden from them. The basis for her knowledge is a vision of the Lord and a private dialogue with Him. This gospel describes Mary’s vision of the soul’s ascent beyond the “powers” including the powers of fear. For the Gnostics, these “powers” are the Archons, which act as cosmic prison wardens, attempting to prevent souls ascending to the True God. “It (the soul) has to overcome the powers of fear and the powers that threaten it as it proceeds into a life beyond death.”

 

(47) Andrew & Peter Dispute Mary

After Mary finishes recounting her vision to the disciples, Andrew and then Peter challenges her on two grounds. First of all, Andrew says, these teachings are strange. Secondly, Peter questions, would Christ really have told such things to a woman and kept them from the male disciples. Levi admonishes Peter for contending with the woman as against their adversaries and acknowledges that Christ loved her more than the other disciples. Levi entreats them to be ashamed, to put on the “perfect man”, and to go forth and preach as Christ had instructed them to do. Apostles immediately go forth to preach and the text ends.

 

(48) Dissolution of Illusory Chaos

“World is passing away, not toward a new creation or a new world order, but toward the dissolution of an illusory chaos of suffering, death, and illegitimate domination. The Savior has come so that each soul might discover its own true spiritual nature, its ‘root’ in the Good, and return to the place of eternal rest beyond the constraints of time, matter, and false morality.”

The Gospel of Mary communicates a vision that the world is passing away, toward the dissolution of an illusory chaos of suffering, death, and illegitimate domination. The Savior has come so that each soul might discover its own true spiritual nature.

 

(49) Apostle Salome & Mary Magdalene

The Gospel of Thomas reveals that women were disciples of Christ. However the New Testament only includes gospels written by men and distinguishes between the women of Christ’s life, and the ‘disciples,’ who are all male. “You find in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas that six disciples are named: Matthew and Thomas, James and Peter, Mary Magdalene and Salome.” In the Gospel of Thomas as well as the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Apostle Mary Magdalene seen as an evangelist and a teacher, somebody who is gifted with revelations and teachings from Jesus which are very powerful and which enable her to be a spiritual inspiration to others.” The Gnostics honored equally the feminine and masculine aspects of divinity and Almighty God. Christian Gnostic women enjoyed a far greater degree of social and ecclesiastical equality than their orthodox sisters.

 

(50) Role of Mary Magdalene in Christianity

Along with several other women, Mary Magdalene ministered to Christ and witnessed his death on the Cross. Mary Magdalene was there when his body was placed in the tomb, when the stone was rolled away to reveal an empty chamber, when an Angel announced that Christ had risen from the dead – and when Jesus made his first post-Resurrection appearance to the living. Mary Magdalene brought the news of his Resurrection to the other disciples.

 

(51) Mary Author of Fourth Gospel of John

Mary Magdalene was the author of the Fourth Gospel (the Gospel of John) in the New Testament. Most biblical scholars today assert that the Fourth Gospel was authored by an anonymous follower of Jesus referred to within the Gospel text as the Beloved Disciple. In an earlier tradition of the Fourth Gospel's community, the now “anonymous” Beloved Disciple was known to be Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene is the true founder and hero of what has come to be known as the Johannine Community. Mary Magdalene was one of the original apostolic founders and leaders of the early Christian church. The Fourth Gospel, once universally believed authored by John of Zebedee, was actually authored by Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene was the Beloved Disciple of the Fourth Gospel and, therefore, the founder and leader of what has come to be known as the Johannine Community. There is more evidence pointing to Mary Magdalene authorship of the Fourth Gospel than there ever was pointing to authorship by John.

 

Mary Magdalene Wrote Gospel of John

Apostle Mary Magdalene wrote the Gospel of John. Apostle John never wrote the Gospel of John. The Fourth Gospel of the New Testament, was authored by an anonymous follower of Jesus referred to in the Gospel text as the Beloved Disciple. This Beloved Disciple knew Jesus personally and was in the originating group of the Johannine Community. The Fourth Gospel was based on this disciple's own eyewitness account. Brown identifies several phases in the development of the Fourth Gospel: 1) the initial pre-Gospel version authored by the Beloved Disciple; 2) the pre-Gospel work produced by “the evangelist” or main writer; and, 3) the final version written by a redactor after the death of the Beloved Disciple.  Mary Magdalene's contribution to the writing of the Fourth Gospel took place within the first phase of development i.e., the initial pre-Gospel version. The Gospel went through several phases of modification. The end result of these modifications was the eventual suppression of her role as author of this Gospel and leader of their community. The reason that the Beloved Disciple was turned into a man in the text was because this disciple was clearly the founder and hero of the community that produced this Gospel. At some point after the death of Jesus, the emerging male leadership of that community simply became embarrassed about having a female founder. Jesus apparently did not object to men and women sharing power and positions of leadership. Some of his successors, however, were not courageous enough to be so radical. So, in the case of the Gospel of John, the female Beloved Disciple had to become male. The history of the Johannine Community led to the dissemination of the pre-canonical version of the Fourth Gospel to both “heterodox” and “orthodox” Christians.

 

(52) Christians Lost the Original Bible

Gnostic Holy Christian Bible that includes Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Philip and Gospel of Mary Magdalene as the canonical Gospels is the Original Christian Bible that Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Christian Church and Evangelical Church lost. The Christian Church lost the Original Christian Bible, the original Gnostic Gospels, when Church burnt all available copy of all original Christian manuscripts in Egypt, Syria. Christian laity beginning to believe that the entire notion of Jesus divinity conjured up in 325 AD when Roman Emperor Constantine created the Council of Nicaea, which consolidated various Christian and pagan sects into the unified Catholic Church. Apostle Mary Magdalene was the Apostle-in-Chief in early Christianity. Apostle Judas was the favorite disciple of Jesus and Judas identified Jesus to Roman s at the request of Jesus himself. Christian Church, Orthodox as well as Catholic spent millennia from AD 325 to the start of the Renaissance Age ruthlessly establishing and then trying to maintain its status as a world power. Christian Church developed Christianity based on a lie, about the immaculate conception of Mary and the conjured up notion of Jesus divinity. Jesus of Nazareth had rejected Judaic Law and Torah and didn’t want the Jewish scriptures to be part of the Christian Bible. Jesus of Nazareth preached the feminine aspect of god, and patriarchal Jews made the original matriarchal Mystical Christianity into a patriarchal monotheist Christianity. Philosophers can help Christian laity find Real Bible, Real Gospels and Real Christianity, the Christianity that Jesus of Nazareth taught to his disciples in the Holy Land. The real roots of Christianity preached by Jesus of Nazareth lie in Hinduism or Buddhism more than in Judaism.

 

(53) Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ Wife

Gnostic Christianity and Early Christianity accept that Mary Magdalene was the wife of Jesus of Nazareth and had children, whose descendants live in the world. Jesus of Nazareth was a powerful prophet with royal blood. Jesus had a natural birth out of the union of his parents. Apostle Mary Magdalene sat at the right hand of Jesus as his closest disciple and very possibly his wife. Mary Magdalene was actually the common law wife of Jesus. Apostle Mary Magdalene got rotten deal from the founders of Christianity. The Gospel of John was earlier called the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. The figure at the right hand of Jesus in “The Last Supper” is actually Mary Magdalene, rather than a male disciple. Jesus not only married Mary Magdalene, but their progeny still live in modern day France. Gnostic apocryphal Gospels are canonical Gospels for Gnostic Christians and for them apocryphal stories are part of New Testament. There are 30 missing years in the life of Jesus of Nazareth and Christians want to know what was going on in these 30 years.

 

(54) Laity Wants to Know Jesus and his Life

Holy Koran openly declares that Christians lost the original Bible. Holy Koran believes that the original Bible that Christians lost was the Gnostic Bible. Christian laity wants to know whether Christian Church based on a Lie? Christian laity wants to know whether Church burnt the Original Bible of Christianity and replaced it with a counterfeit Judaic Bible? Christian laity wants to know whether Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Philip and Gospel of Sophia of Jesus represent true and original Christian Bible that Christian lost? Christian laity wants to know if the Christian Church based on lie than on what truth should Church stand? Christian laity wants to know whether Jesus of Nazareth wanted to build Christian Church on the bedrock of Apostle Mary Magdalene and that Mary Magdalene was Apostle-in-Chief and presided over Passover Feat after the death of Jesus? Christian laity wants to know whether the entire notion of Jesus divinity was conjured up in 325 AD when Roman Emperor Constantine created the Council of Nicaea? Christian laity wants to know whether Christians lost its original Bible, as what Holy Koran declares and if so then how to retrieve the original Christian Bible? Christian laity wants to know whether Jesus of Nazareth spent many years of his life in India, Burma and Afghanistan the seat of religion in his times? Christian laity wants to know whether Judaic Old Testament expunged from Holy Christian Bible? Christian laity wants to revisit the heresies that Orthodox and Catholic Church condemned as heretical.

 

(55) Jews Murdered Jesus & Apostle James

Gnostic Christianity rejected Jewish Law, Jewish scriptures and rejected Jewish dietary practices and rejected Jewish practice of circumcision. Gnostic Christians, Early Christianity and Apostolic Christianity refused to include Jewish Scriptures, the Old Testament as part of the Christian Bible or New Testament. Jews murdered Jesus of Nazareth. Jews stoned to death Apostle James the elder brother of Jesus in 62 AD, in Jerusalem to take over the leadership of the rising Christian Church to remold it in the image of Judaism. Jews used the Jews-led Christianity to loot the ancient riches of the ancient world and to destroy the knowledge of the ancient world and to burn the ancient world civilizations, culture, language and scripts. Jews reedited Christian Bible and expunged the Apostolic and Gnostic Gospels and imposed Old Testament in Bible. Jews rewrote Christian Bible and burnt the original Christian Bible and Gospels. From 375 AD onwards, Jews led the Christian looting of the Hindu temples of ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Syria and Libya. Jews and Orthodox Christian Church used sword and fire to burn the Gnostic and Apostolic Christian Scriptures and Clergy and ancient scholars of religions in Egypt, Syria and Libya. Christianity of Jesus was anti-Judaism and rejected all what is now contained in the Old Testament. Hellenic Jews used sword to impose Old Testament over Christian New Testament in Holy Bible.

 

(56) 30 Missing years of Jesus Life

Gnostic Gospels that number 30 manuscripts detail the early life of Jesus and fill in the blank the 30 missing years of Jesus’ life on earth. Catholic Church can no longer ignore Catholic sociology. Post-crisis Catholics question celibacy and marginalization of women by the Catholic Church. Christians want to know Jesus, how he lived during 30 missing years – Jesus from the age of 3 to 32- and people want to know what religious experience and religious training he had during this period. It is a task easily accomplished through the Gospels, which are proclaimed and preached at Mass every day. Catholics in particular and Non-Denominational Christians in general want to gain a secular glimpse of the Holy through historical writings and Gnostic Gospels. Catholic laity disillusioned by the priest sex-abuse scandal, worn by the clergy crisis and conflicts between culture and Church teachings, Catholic laity look towards secular writings about Early Christianity for hope and healing. It might be a futile attempt to replace faith, but nonetheless a sign that broken hearts still wants to believe. Christians are responding en masse to the idea that Jesus had a partner, a soul mate and a spouse. Post-crisis Catholics, clergy as well as laity, are questioning the necessity of celibacy as a charism for the Catholic priesthood today and questioning the appointment of Cardinals by Pope, that allows the Pope to determine his successor, like any tyrannical King, without any input from the Catholic clergy or laity. Catholics laity and clergy demanding direct elections of Catholic Cardinals, Bishops and Pope by Catholic Laity and Clergy.

 

(57) Marriage or Celibacy for Priests

Gnostic Christianity accepts the concept of married priests and allows women priests to hold high positions in the Christian Church. For centuries, Catholic priests, like the disciples, were married. The motivation to mandate celibacy in the Middle Age had more to do with property and power than prayerful leadership. Catholics are buying into the possibility that a married Jesus could mean a married clergy and more priests to serve the increasing number of Catholics. There is no question that the Risen Lord first appeared first, not to one of the 12 male apostles, by to female apostle Mary Magdalene, who was trusted to proclaim the Good News of the Resurrection, because Mary was the Apostle-in-Chief. Catholic laity is questioning, why women in early Church were marginalized, why male saints 7-1 outnumbered female saints and why most women were canonized as virgins. Jesus loved women, trusted them to bring God’s plan to fruition. When innocent children dehumanized by pedophile clergy the image of God in which we are all made, is compromised.

 

(58) Eucharist is Hindu Concept Soham

Disillusioned by priest sex-abuse and clergy crisis, the Catholic laity doubt the Catholic Church teaching that the clergy are ontologically changed at ordination, set apart not simply to act in Jesus’ name but to be Jesus “in personal Christi.” When consecrating the Eucharist, the priest does not say, “This is the body of Christ.” He says, “This is my body.” In the confessional, the priest says, “I absolve you of your sins,” not “Jesus absolves you of your sins.” This is very similar to Upanishad concept: “Soham” or “I am Brahma” or “I am god.” The Marcion have argued that the Theology of Christianity is the negation of Judaism and Christian Bible should not include Old Testament.

 

(59) Christian Council of Washington

There are four major sects in Christianity, namely, Gnostic Christianity, Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholic Christianity and Protestant Christianity. Just as the reigning Monarch Roman emperor Constantine created the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, the reigning Christian monarch of 21st Century, the President residing at the White House, should convene a Universal Christian Council or Synod to consolidate various Christian sects - Catholicism, Protestantism, Orthodoxy, Non-Denominational Christians – into eclectic tolerant Universal Christian Church with a Common New Testament, Gospels, Dogmas and Theology. Christian laity should directly elect for a fixed period of five years, the leadership of Roman Catholic Church, Protestant Church, Orthodox Church and all other Christian Churches of all sects and denominations. United States should undertake Crusades of Democracy and Democratic Nation building in Christian Church including the Vatican. Perhaps a retiring US President, President Bush, Clinton or Carter should serve as Pope for a period of five years to reform Christianity. The constitutional wall that separates the Church and the State in the United State should open a door for the retiring President to contest for the post of the President of the Vatican or Protestant Church and let the Christian laity decide, under the principle one-person one-vote, every four years, the top leadership of the Christian Church of every sect and denominations.

 

(60) Church led Kulturcide of Civilizations

Unlike the Orthodoxy and Catholicism the Gnostic Christianity is not a religion of Sword. Orthodox and Catholic Church were responsible for the demise of Greek civilization, Egyptian civilization, Roman Empire and Roman Civilization. Papacy was responsible for the burning and destruction of the entire written records of ancient knowledge of ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Incas, Mayas and Aztecs. Papacy looted burnt and destroyed the ancient temples and deities of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Asia Minor, Incas, Mayas and Aztecs. Papacy burnt as Witches tens of million men, women and children believers of non-Catholic faiths during Inquisitions. So thorough was the Papal destruction of books and records of the ancient worlds that not even one original copy survived of any Greek philosophers, not even one copy of the Gospel of Judas and Gnostic gospels and no manuscripts records survived of ancient Incas, Mayas and Aztecs. It raises the fundamental philosophical question: Whether Roman Catholic Church represents the force of barbarians or of civilizations? Christian God does not need Sword to propagate the knowledge of God or the message of Christianity.

 

(61) Burnt the Books of Ancient World

Orthodox Church and Church of Rome burnt all the Gnostic Bibles and Gnostic Gospels including all copies of Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Mary Magdalene and burnt on stakes millions of European followers of Gnostic Christianity. The Church of Rome burnt the entire knowledge of the ancient world, the written records of the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, Egypt, Inca, Maya and Aztecs, including the library of Athens. That is why not even a single Greek original manuscript of the Greek thinkers exists in the world. The Catholic Inquisition burned and killed many dozen million Gnostic Christians, Apostolic Christians and worshippers of Hindu goddess Isis and Astarte and Hindu gods Zeus and Jupiter and Mithra in Western Europe to impose Roman Catholicism by sword. Papacy was responsible for the demise of Greek civilization, Egyptian civilization, Roman Empire and Roman Civilization. Papacy was responsible for the burning and destruction of the entire written records of ancient knowledge of ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Incas, Mayas and Aztecs. Papacy looted burnt and destroyed the ancient temples and deities of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Asia Minor, Incas, Mayas and Aztecs. So thorough was the Papal destruction of books and records of the ancient worlds that not even one original copy survived of any Greek philosophers, not even one copy of the Gospel of Judas and Gnostic gospels and no manuscripts records survived of ancient Incas, Mayas and Aztecs. Museum of Antiquities burnt by zealots at the start of the 2003 Iraq War.

 

(62) Promote Religion through Elections

Gnostic Christian Church seeks to develop theological alliance with Reformed Christianity and Non-Denominational Christian Church to convene a World Christian Council in the Washington to redraft Christian Bible, Christian Gospels to unite the divisive Christian sects. Gnostic Christianity does not threaten the WASP dominance of the United States. The WASPs, Neoconservatives and the Bob Jones University fear that the foreign Potentate Pope may implant his agent as a President in the White House, who may misuse the discretionary Presidential powers to partition the United States along Catholic-Protestant divide to carve out a Papal fiefdom in form of Catholic United States of America. The great danger of the 21st Century is that foreign conspirators may successfully elect a Roman Emperor Theodosius I (died 315 AD) type President of the United States, who might misuse the discretionary powers of the White House to destroy the tolerant inclusive Protestant character of the dominant Christian civilization of the world. United States is as vulnerable to disintegration without any foreign stimulus as the Soviet Union was. It would not harm if Protestants, NeoCons and WASPs remain ever vigilant in this age of deception brinkmanship newspeak and doublethink and the Benedict Arnold Syndrome. Like beauty, treason is in the eye of the beholder. If America ends up no longer able to defend itself against its enemies, the autopsy will have to read: Death by Offended Self-Esteem. The razor thin majority and the American primary nomination process makes American presidential election vulnerable to Papal manipulation. Unless Protestant hegemon enforces the democratic election of Papal Cardinals by direct elections of the Catholic laity, the American presidential elections shall remain vulnerable to Papal manipulations because of the growing power of the Pulpit to influence voting behavior of the congregation.

 

(63) Threat of Secession of Catholic USA

The Gnostic Christian Church shall join forces to foil any Papal schemes to partition the United States on religious ethnic divide to carve out the Catholic United States in the Catholic majority states of the United States. The White House as the seat of the Protestant hegemon of the world is under threat. The Papacy may conspire to partition the secular Christian United States to form two separate states, namely Catholic United States and Protestant United States. There is no Catholic World power in the world and no world power is pro-Papacy. Papacy destroyed the Roman Empire and Roman Civilization by entering into an alliance with the barbarian enemies of the Rome. The alliance of the CIA and the Vatican during Reagan era expedited the demise of Communism in Poland and Eastern Europe and Church played an important role in the demise of the Soviet Union, as it played important role in the secession of Ireland from Britain. Unless Protestants are vigilant the United States could disintegrate like the 1991 disintegration of the Soviet Union.

 

(64) Apocalyptic Teleological Eschatology

Gnostic Christian Church does not believe in Catholic end of time doctrines, and apocalyptic teleological eschatology. The Catholic doctrines of End of Time, Apocalypse, Armageddon, Rapture, Fatima Prophecy, Pro-life, rule of priest-king could all be a part of wider conspiracy to disintegrate the WASP-led United States and Canada to carve out a new Catholic United States in North America by uniting Catholics of North America. Protestant United States is not immune to the divisive forces that caused the demise of the Soviet Union, albeit the same forces that disintegrated the Soviet Union in 1991 are working towards the disintegration of the United States in 2006. It never harms to be a bit careful and watchful for hidden conspirators in an open tolerant inclusive society such as the United States. It is not in the interest of American civilization to permit the forces of intolerance exclusion and totalitarianism to misuse the freedom of Protestant Democracy to destroy the tolerant Protestant character of the democracy itself.

 

(65) WASP Remain Vigilant

Gnostic Christian Church shall work hand in hand to keep the multi-ethnic character of the United States and the continued domination of the WASPs. United States is as vulnerable to disintegration without any foreign stimulus as the Soviet Union was. It would not harm if Protestants, NeoCons and WASPs remain ever vigilant in this age of deception brinkmanship newspeak and doublethink and the Benedict Arnold Syndrome. Like beauty, treason is in the eye of the beholder. If America ends up no longer able to defend itself against its enemies, the autopsy will have to read: Death by Offended Self-Esteem. The WASPs, Neoconservatives and the Bob Jones University fear that the foreign Potentate Pope may implant his agent as a President in the White House, who may misuse the discretionary Presidential powers to partition the United States along Catholic-Protestant divide to carve out a Papal fiefdom in form of Catholic United States of America.

 

(66) Retiring US President to Lead Church

The Protestant White House should use its unique position in history as the sole super power of the world to impose Reformation on Papacy and Roman Catholic Church. United States as the hegemon Christian king of its time, has a political duty and moral responsibility to guide, supervise and lead the intolerant exclusive iconoclast Church of Rome, Prophetic Christians and Evangelical Christians towards the path of democracy inclusion tolerance diversity, Democratic Utopia and democratic religious institutional building. It is the responsibility of the White House to guarantee that the Apocalyptic literature do not bring about the Apocalypse and Armageddon in the world and result in the descent of the new global dark age in the world in 21st Century, just as it happened in the Roman Empire of the 5th Century. It is not in the interest of the world civilizations that United States meets the 1991 fate of the Soviet Union or 415AD fate of the Roman Empire.

 

(67) Victory of Protestantism in 1990s

Gnostic Christian Church shall join forces with Protestant Church and Non Denominational Church to help propagate Protestantism in Hispanic South America. The 1991 Demise of Soviet Union and Communism means the victory of moderate liberal inclusive tolerant eclectic Protestant Reformed Christianity over intolerant exclusive fundamentalist extremist Orthodoxy and Catholicism. White House is the seat of the Hegemon Christian King on earth and White House shall exercise control over Christian Church that includes Roman Catholic Church, Protestant Church and Orthodox Church. Reformation has won the battle over Counter Reformation. The White House shall provide leadership to produce new Universal Christian Bible that includes Gnostic Gospels as canonical Gospels. The unprecedented rise of secular inclusive tolerant Protestant United States heralds the victory of Protestant Reformation over Catholicism as well as Orthodoxy in the ongoing Counter Reformation Wars.

 

(68) Did Jesus worship God as a Woman?

Gnostic Christianity preaches that Jesus of Nazareth preached the Holy Spirit as feminine aspect of God. To Jesus God was a Man as well as a Woman. Gnostic Christianity rejects iconoclast patriarchal monotheist Judaic concept of God as a man only. Gnostic Christianity does not accept the Judeo concept of God as a jealous god.

 

The Clash of Gnostic Christian Church with those of Orthodoxy and Catholic Church is a battle for the leadership of the Christianity. The Clash of Religions between Occidental and Oriental Religions is a real Clash. It is a clash between concept of God as man only and an androgynous concept of God as man and woman. It is a battle inside the religion for the leadership of the religion. Religion defines a Civilization. Throughout history a cosmic war waged between the worshippers of Goddess and the worshippers of God as well as a war between two concepts of God, god as an Androgynous Male/Female versus God as a Man only.

 

(69) Jesus taught Direct approach to Divine

Gnostic Christian Church preaches that Salvation is attained by mystical religious practices, meditations and secret knowledge that Jesus of Nazareth imparted to its disciples. Gnostic Christian Church preaches that laity can direct reach divine by meditations and prayers without the intermediacy of the Church priests. Patriarchal iconoclast monotheist religions believe that God can be reached only through priest, Church and revealed scripture. The eclectic polytheist matriarchal religions believe that god divinity directly realized by the laity by spiritualism, mysticism and worship of the Goddess.

 

(70) Pope Sez Buddhism Not a Religion

Gnostic Christian Church preaches that Buddhist and Hindu provide deep religious insight and Gnostic Christianity drew heavily on Hindu Upanishads and Buddhist logic more than Jewish scriptures and Torah. Roman Catholic Church declares that Buddhism is not a religion because it has philosophical concept of God. Buddhism Jainism and Taoism argues that Catholicism and Islam may not be a religion of god as they are wrongly based on the power of a Sword, as omnipotent god does not need swords to convince the mankind of god’s glory and there are infinite paths to divinity just as there is an infinite world.

 

(71) Eclectic Vs Purist Clash

Gnostic Christianity is an eclectic religion and it rejects the purist point of view, as there are multitude paths to divine. Gnostic Christian Church shall join forces with eclectic Non Denominational Church to compete with purist church for the souls of the believers. Clash of Civilizations is a clash of eclectic tolerance and purist intolerance. The United States as well as India is democratic liberal tolerant diverse eclectic inclusive democratic civilization. The Clash of civilization is the clash of a compassionate god and a jealous god. The clash of civilization unless checked by counter measures could ignite World War Three. In the 21st Century the Sword of eclectic tolerant inclusive Religion and liberal Ideology is mightier than the rival Sword of purist exclusive intolerant iconoclast patriarchal Religion and murderous extremist fundamentalist Ideology. Christian Mystic Gnosticism, Jewish Kabbalah Mysticism and Islamic Mystic Sufism are matriarchal Religions of Tolerance and Inclusion and mightier than their counterpart iconoclast patriarchal monotheist Religions of Swords, respectively. In the 21st Century a global alliance of the swords of inclusive tolerant religions and eclectic ideologies shall break the swords of exclusive intolerant religions and murderous ideologies, to give deathblows to forces of extremism, fundamentalism, murderous intolerance and tyrannies.

 

(72) Jews Imposed Old Testament on Bible

Early Christianity and Gnostic Christian Church had emphatically rejected the Jewish Law, Jewish Scriptures and did not want the Old Testament to be part of the Christian Bible. Jews murdered Jesus and Apostle James the elder brother of Jesus in 62 AD to take over the leadership of the rising Christian Church. In second century there were around 6 million Jews and only 100,000 Christians. Jews joined the nascent Christian Church and took over the leadership of the Early Christian Church and by sword imposed Jewish scriptures in form of the Old Testament in the Holy Christian Bible. Jews murdered Jesus and Apostle James the elder brother of Jesus in 64 AD to take over the leadership of the rising Christian Church to remold it in the image of Judaism. Jews used Jews-led Christianity to loot the ancient riches of the ancient world and to destroy the knowledge of the ancient world and to burn the ancient world civilizations, culture, language and scripts. Jews reedited Christian Bible and expunged the Apostolic and Gnostic Gospels and imposed Old Testament in Bible. Jews rewrote Christian Bible and burnt the original Christian Bible and Gospels. From 375 AD onwards, Jews led the Christian looting of the Hindu temples of ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Syria and Libya. Jews and Orthodox Christian Church used sword and fire to burn the Gnostic and Apostolic Christian Scriptures and Clergy and ancient scholars of religions in Egypt, Syria and Libya. Christianity of Jesus was anti-Judaism and rejected all what is now contained in the Old Testament. Hellenic Jews used sword to impose Old Testament over Christian New Testament in Holy Bible.

 

(73) Jews Burnt Prophet era Manuscripts

Prophet Mohammad was born in Mecca in 570, fled to Medina (Yathrib) in 622 known as Hegira, returned to Mecca and occupied it in 630 and he died in 632 at the age of 62. Prophet was circumcised at the age of 45 in 615. In 632 Abu Bakr was elected Caliph, and he ruled as Muslim ruler 634 to 644. Caliph Ali ruled from 656 to 661 and conquered Iran. The Caliph Othman, who ruled from 644 to 656, ordered the first official edition of Koran. Parts of Koran resemble the Bible, the Apocrypha and the Talmud. The Koran contains many stories about the prophets that appear in the Old Testament. Jews reedited the Holy Koran and introduced Jewish perspective of Islam in Holy Koran, 2 to 12 years after the death of Prophet Mohammed and burnt all old manuscripts that recorded the original teachings of the Prophet in leather. Technically Jews wrote the Holy Koran and burnt the original Koran written in the Prophet-era leather manuscripts. From 640 AD onwards, Damascus Jews financed for a share of the loot the Arab Muslim invasions of ancient civilizations of Egypt, Syria and Persia.

 

(74) Return of Christianity to Middle East

Gnostic Church and Gnostic Christianity dominated Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria and Lebanon at 630 AD when the Islamic invasions began. The Gnostic Church wants to make a come back in the Middle East following he footsteps of Israelis, who made a come back in the Holy Land after 2000+ years. If Jews could return to the Islamic Middle East after 2000 years, then it is also possible that the ancient religion of Astarte and Innanna may return to Mecca and Medina after it was taken over by Muslims 1400 years ago in 630 AD. The return of Jews to Israel in 1948, after the Diaspora of 2000+ years signaled that Hindus and Buddhists could also reclaim Indonesia and Malaysia from Islam, as Indonesia and Malaysia were Hindu-Buddhist nations before 1500 AD. The return of Jews to Israel in 1948, after the Diaspora of 2000+ years signaled that Inca, Maya and Aztec civilizations shall make a come back in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Central America and Mexico.

 

The return of Jews and rise of Israel in the Holy Land after 2000+ years of Diaspora signals that the ancient civilizations, religions, gods and goddesses shall return to the Middle East led by the secular sword of pagan Oil-god. The return of Jews to Israel signals that return of pre-Christian gods and goddesses in the Middle East is not far behind. The religions of sword that expanded by sword shall perish by sword. The Middle East shall become Gnostic Christian again. Iran shall become Zoroastrian Persia again. God Ahura Mazda shall rule Persia again. Goddess Isis, Astarte, Innanna and Nut shall reign again in the lands of Egypt, Syria and Babylon. In the age of Petro-Imperialism it is in the national, religious and civilization interests of Jews and Israel that ancient religions are resurrected in the lands of the Middle East to complement the rise of Israel after 2000 years in the Holy Land.

 

(75) Protestants Win Reformation War

Gnostic Christian Church casts its lot with Non Denominational Protestant Church. The 21st Century is Century of Reformed Christianity. This is the Protestant Century. Just as United States dominates Russia the Reformed Christianity or Protestantism shall dominate over Orthodoxy. Just as United States dominates Catholic Italy, France, Germany and Brazil, the Protestantism shall dominate Roman Catholicism in 21st Century. The 1989 demise of East European communism, 1991 demise of the Soviet Union and failure of European Union Constitution heralded the victory of tolerant inclusive Protestantism in the ongoing Counter Reformation Wars or Clash inside Christian Civilization.

 

(76) On Heresies and Gnostic Gospels

Gnostic Christian Church accepts many if not the most heresies that Orthodox Church and Church of Rome declared heretical and banned. Throughout first Millennium Gnostic Christian Church competed with Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church for the soul of the Christian believers. While Catholic Church and Orthodox Church dominated the cities and urban areas the Gnostic Christian Church dominated the rural areas where vast majority of the European and Mediterranean population lived. Reformed Christianity Protestantism may accept Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Philip, Gospel of Sophia of Jesus and other Gnostic Gospels as canonical Gospels. Reformed Christianity Protestantism shall revisit the heresies that Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism declared heretical, to find out whether heresies represent the true Christianity as preached by Jesus of Nazareth?  The rise of Protestant United States, Hindu India and China heralds a turning point in the history as the Sword of moderate liberal tolerant inclusive Religions is now mightier than the Sword of extremist fundamentalist intolerant exclusive iconoclast patriarchal monotheist Religions. Neo-Conservatism wants the Christian hegemon at the White House to enforce that Gnostic Apostolic Gospels, such as Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Philip, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Gospel of Sofia of Jesus Christ and Gospel of Truth are recognized as canonical Gospels in the Universal Christian Holy Bible. The Gospel of Judas resurfaced first time in 2006, more than 1700 years after it was suppressed around the same time that for the first time the Protestant King is the preponderant Christian King of the world.

 

(77) Jesus had a human Father

Gnostic Christian Church preaches that Jesus has a normal birth out of the union of his parents and that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had children with her. Gospel of Philip emphatically rejected the notion that Jesus was conceived by Mary by union with the Holy Spirit. Gnostic Christian Church rejects the conception of Immaculate Conception of Mary.

 

Gospel of Philip states, Some said, "Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit." They are in error. They do not know what they are saying. When did a woman ever conceive by a woman? Mary is the virgin whom no power defiled. She is a great anathema to the Hebrews, who are the apostles and the apostolic men. This virgin whom no power defiled the powers defile themselves. And the Lord would not have said "My Father who is in Heaven, unless he had had another father, but he would have said simply "My father".  (Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Gnostic Christians do not believe in the Catholic doctrine of Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary. Jesus’ mother Mary was not defiled by any power, human or Angel. Jesus acknowledged that he had a human father, as he talked about “My Father who is in Heaven” and if he didn’t have a human father he would have said “My Father” instead.

 

(78) Philosophers to Interpret Scripture

Gnostic Christian Church agrees with philosopher Hegel that philosophers are better suited to interpret Scripture than priests. The philosophers are better suited than priests to interpret the Scripture. The legislators are better suited than priests to decide on doctrinal controversies. The dictatorship of the priests is an evil concept. The sovereign states and sovereign empires have totalitarian powers and exercise political control over religion, religious clergy, religious scriptures and religious dogmas.

 

(79) White House to Lead Christian Church

Gnostic Christian Church believes that Christian King of the 21st Century, President George Bush representing the most powerful Christian King of his time is ideally suited to lead the Christian Church of all sects and denominations. The political Christian king residing at the White House and the Legislators at the Capitol Hill should lead control and supervise Christian Clergy, Christian Church and decide on issues related to Christian Dogma, Christian Creed, Christian Bible and Christian Gospels. In 21st Century the Sword of inclusive tolerant Religions and democratic Ideologies is stronger than the Sword of exclusive intolerant iconoclast religions and murderous ideologies. In the 21st Century the civilization's Sword of diversity inclusion and tolerance namely, the Sword of Protestant America and the Sword of Hindu India in 2006 mightier than the Sword of Papacy as well as the Sword of Islam. Neo-conservatism advocates that the King of Reformed Christianity residing at the White House must leverage the might of Sword of inclusive tolerant Christianity to enforce reforms in Papacy, Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Christian Church and Protestant Church to make Christianity inclusive tolerant religion again, as it was during the times of Jesus, Apostles and Gnostic Apostolic Christianity, to avert the specter of Apocalypse and Armageddon in the 21st Century. Neo-Conservatism seeks to amend the US Constitution, to modify the Constitutional wall separating the State and the Church in favor of the State, so that President residing at the White House recognized as the titular Christian King and Head of Western Christianity and Universal Christian Church of all sects and denominations, including Catholic Church, Protestant Church and Non-Denominational Church. The White House should have a final say on all aspects of Christian theology, liturgy, dogmas, canonical Gospels and contents of the Christian Bible.

 

(80) Holy Spirit is Below in Revealed State

Gnostic Christianity preaches that the Holy Spirit is a double name and Holy Spirit is below in the revealed state and Holy Spirit is above in the concealed state. The Saints that have realized the Holy Spirit in the concealed state are able to use evil powers for good purpose because the evil powers do not realize that the person they are serving is a Saint who has realized Holy Spirit in the concealed form.

 

Jesus said, “The Father” and “the Son” are single names; “the Holy Spirit” is a double name. For they are everywhere: they are above, they are below; they are in the concealed, they are in the revealed. The Holy Spirit is in the revealed: it is below. Holy Spirit is in the concealed: it is above. The saints are served by evil powers, for these evil powers blinded by the Holy Spirit into thinking that they are serving an ordinary man whenever they do so for the saints.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: The single names of the Father and the Son re single names and they are everywhere, they are above, they are below, they are concealed and they are revealed. Many Christian saints could be serving evil powers that have disguised themselves as ordinary man leaders.

 

(81) Jesus Angel to Angels, a man to men

Gnostic Christian Church peaches that Jesus made his disciples great, so that they may be able to see Jesus in his greatness.

 

Gnostics say, “Jesus took them all by stealth, for he did not appear as he was, but in the manner in which they would be able to see him. He appeared to them all. He appeared to the great as great. He appeared to the small as small. He appeared to the angels as an angel, and to men as a man. Because of this, his word hid itself from everyone. Some indeed saw him, thinking that they were seeing themselves, but when he appeared to his disciples in glory on the mount, he was not small. He became great, but he made the disciples great, that they might be able to see him in his greatness.”

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Jesus gave true hidden esoteric knowledge to Apostle Judas, Apostle Mary Magdalene, Apostle Thomas, Apostle Philip and Apostle James. Jesus gave his teachings to Jews in the traditions of the Jewish Laws so that they may understand it. Jesus gave the esoteric Gnostic teaching to Canaanites and Gentiles, because they were not corrupted by the iconoclast patriarchal religious views of Jews. The organized Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Christian Church failed to understand the spirituality of the hidden word of Jesus, which were readily accessed through the unorganized religious institutions of Gnostic Arias Apostolic Christianity.

 

(82) God is a Dyer

Gnostic Christian Church conceives of God as a dyer, just as good dyes dissolve in the things dyed in them, the god dissolves in the devotees whom God has died. Dyes are immortal and last thousands of years, the devotees become immortal by dipping into Holy Water where God has dissolved his love as dye.

 

Gnostic Gospel says, “God is a dyer. As the good dyes, which are called “true”, dissolve with the things dyed in them, so it is with those whom God has dyed. Since his dyes are immortal, they become immortal by means of his colors. Now God dips what he dips in water.”

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: True teachings like true dyes dissolve in the things dyed in them and colors them by leaving their culture and civilization intact. The God dyes dissolve and changes the color of the Soul residing in the heart of the man, and when a man dies the died Soul transmigrates. Only the dye or fragrance transmigrates with the Soul after death.

 

(83) Seeking Mystic Union with Divine

Gnostic Christian Church preaches that only when you become one with what you want to see or realize then only see that thing clearly. Gnostics want to realize a union with the God via mystic practices so that they may develop a real insight into God.

 

Gospel of Philip says, “It is not possible for anyone to see anything of the things that actually exist unless he becomes like those things. This is not the way with man in the world: Man sees the sun without being a sun. Man sees the heaven and the earth and all other things, but Man is not heaven and earth.”

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Jesus revealed that by spiritually realizing the true nature of Soul, one acquires many attributes of the Soul. In ancient Egyptian religion it is believed that if one knows the true hidden name of any demigod, than the knower of that hidden name acquire the spiritual powers of that demigod. One cannot understand the real nature of any thing, without becoming like that. When one is able to really see anything that exists, he becomes like that thing or acquires the powers or attributes of that thing.

 

(84) You see Spirit You become Spirit

Gnostic Christian Church preaches that whatever you can self-realize in truth you become than.

Gospel says, “This is quite in keeping with the truth. But you saw something of that place, and you became those things. You saw the Spirit and you became spirit. You saw Christ and you became Christ. You see the Father and you shall become Father. So in this place you see everything and do not see yourself, but in that place you do see yourself - and what you see you shall become.”

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Jesus believed that by following Gnostic spiritual practices the believers can really understand the true nature of the Spirit, Christ or Father and once they are able to comprehend the their true nature by self-realization and enlightenment then they can acquire many attributes of the Spirit or Christ or Father. The Christianity of Jesus Christ is Dualism, which states though man is different from Spirit, Christ or Holy Father, he is in the image of the Spirit or Christ or Holy Father and by means of self-realization of the Soul or the true nature of the Spirit, Christ of Holy Father can acquire many spiritual powers.

 

(85) Jesus had a Human Father

Gnostic Christian Church emphatically declares that Jesus of Nazareth had a normal birth out of the union of his parents. Gnostic argument is that Holy Spirit is feminine aspect of divine and being feminine cannot impregnate feminine Mary. Jesus of Nazareth never said that he was offspring of Holy Spirit, because then he would have said, My Father, rather than ‘My father who is in Heaven.’ Apostle Philip had rejected the Catholic notion of the Immaculate conception of Virgin Mary.

 

Some said, “Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit.” They are in error. They do not know what they are saying. When did a woman ever conceive by a woman? Mary is the virgin whom no power defiled. She is a great anathema to the Hebrews, who are the apostles and the apostolic men. This virgin whom no power defiled the powers defile themselves. And the Lord would not have said “My Father who is in Heaven, unless he had had another father, but he would have said simply “My father”. 

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Gnostic Christians do not believe in the Catholic doctrine of Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary. Jesus’ mother Mary was not defiled by any power, human or Angel. Jesus acknowledged that he had a human father, as he talked about “My Father who is in Heaven” and if he didn’t have a human father he would have said “My Father” instead.

 

 

(86) Flesh can’t enter Kingdom of God

Gnostic Christian Church preaches that only the soul goes to the heaven not this body of flesh and blood. Gospel says, Some are afraid lest they rise naked. Because of this they wish to rise in the flesh, and they do not know that it is those who wear the flesh who are naked. It is those who to unclothe themselves who are not naked. “Flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God”.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God. It means that only soul shall enter the kingdom of God not this material body of flesh and blood.

 

(87) Word is Flesh & Holy Spirit is Blood

Gnostic Christian Church preaches that flesh of Jesus is his word and blood of Jesus is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that he who shall not eat Jesus’ flesh (words) and drink Jesus’ blood (Holy Spirit) has no life in him/

 

Gospel says, What is this, which will not inherit? That which is on us, but what is this, which will inherit? It is that which belongs to Jesus and his blood. Because of this Jesus said “He who shall not eat my flesh and drink my blood has no life in him. What is it? His flesh is the word, and his blood is the Holy Spirit. He who has received these has food and he has drink and clothing. I find fault with the others who say that it will not rise. Then both of them are at fault. You say that the flesh will not rise. But tell me what will rise, that we may honor you. You say the Spirit in the flesh, and it is also this light in the flesh. (But) this too is a matter, which is in the flesh, for whatever you shall say, you say nothing outside the flesh. It is necessary to rise in this flesh, since everything exists in it. In this world, those who put on garments are better than the garments. In the Kingdom of Heaven, the garments are better than those that put them on.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: In the Kingdom of Heaven the garments are better than the souls that put them on, while in this world those who put on the garments are better than the garments. The Jesus’ flesh is the word and Jesus’ blood is the Holy Spirit.

 

(88) Purification by Water and Fire

Gospel says, It is through water and fire that the whole place is purified - the visible by the visible, the hidden by the hidden. There are some things hidden through those visible. There is water in water and there is fire in chrism.

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: Water, Fire, Visible and Invisible purify the place. Visible purifies the visible and hidden purifies the hidden.

 

(89) On Male & Female Evil Spirits

Gnostic Christian Church preaches that both male and female evil spirits and male evil spirits unite with disobedient female souls and vice versa.

 

Gospel says, “The forms of evil spirit include male ones and female ones. The male evil spirits are they, which unite with the souls that inhabit a female form, but the female evil spirits are they, which are mingled with those in a male form, though one who was disobedient. And none shall be able to escape them, since they detain him if he does not receive a male power or a female power, the bridegroom and the bride. One receives them from the mirrored bridal chamber. When the wanton women see a male sitting alone, they leap down on him and play with him and defile him. So also the lecherous men, when they see a beautiful woman sitting alone, they persuade her and compel her, wishing to defile her. But if they see the man and his wife sitting beside one another, the female cannot come into the man, nor can the male come into the woman. So if the image and the angel are united with one another, neither can any venture to go into the man or the woman.”

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: The male evil spirits unites with such souls that inhabit a female form. The female evil spirits unites with such male souls as are disobedient. Every man or a woman is subject to the influence of these male/female evil spirits, who detain any human being that does not receive either a male evil power or female evil power.

 

(90) Resurrection & Restoration

Gnostic Christian Church rejects the conception of Resurrection of Jesus Christ after crucifixion. Gnostic Christianity uses the resurrection more as a form of restoration. Gnostics use the term Resurrection as rebirth and image of rebirth.

 

Gospel says, “Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images. The world will not receive truth in any other way. There is a rebirth and an image of rebirth. It is certainly necessary to be born again through the image. Which one? Resurrection. The image must rise again through the image. The bridal chamber and the image must enter through the image into the truth: this is the restoration. Not only must those who produce the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, do so, but have produced them for you. If one does not acquire them, the name (“Christian”) will also be taken from him. But one receives the unction of the power of the cross. The apostles called this power “the right and the left” powers. For this person is no longer a Christian but a Christ.”

 

(Gospel of Philip) – Commentary: The religious truth manifests in the world in the languages, traditions and imagery of the contemporary culture and civilizations, otherwise world would fail to receive the Truth. Truth is revealed to different cultures and civilizations in different types and images. The religious Truth undergoes rebirth and undergo the changes in the images of rebirth. Religious Truth needs to be reborn again through the religious images for the world to understand the religious truth of Holy Spirit and Holy Father.

 

53(15) Gnostic Bible Conclusion

(1) Da Vinci Code Disturbed Faith

A fiction and a movie, Da Vinci Code, written in a detective style, has the potential to bring down Roman Catholic Church as well as Orthodox Church as it challenged the foundations of the Church. Unless historians work overtime and recover the lost the Original Early Christian Bible that Catholic Church and Orthodox Church purportedly burnt or destroyed, the Christian laity might lose faith in Christianity itself. Catholic Church as well as Orthodox Church must radically redefine Christian faith and expunge it of artificial notions that stand exposed as farce or outright forgery in the 21st Century. New Christian Church must arise to take in as new converts hundreds of millions of Catholic and Orthodox laity who felt betrayed by the falsehood that Church peddled to them during millennia that are now either exposed or insinuated by the thriller Da Vinci Code.

 

(2) New Bible may Amend Old Dogmas

The New Bible may accept that Jesus had a natural birth out of the union of his parents and that the notion of Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary is a false notion. The New Bible may accept that Mary Magdalene was the wife of Jesus of Nazareth and had children from Jesus whose descendants still roam the earth. The New Bible may accept that Salvation is possible by the performance of mystic meditations and prayers. The new Bible may accept that Jesus of Nazareth had been to India during the unknown 30 years of his life that Christian Bible is silent about and Jesus had adopted many Hindu and Buddhist religious concepts and mystic practices. The new Bible may accept that woman held the highest positions in the Early Christian Church and they may do so in the 21st Century again. The new Bible may accept that Apostle Judas didn’t betray Jesus and on the contrary identified him to Romans at the request of Jesus himself. The new Bible may accept that Jesus and Apostles had rejected the Jewish Law and Jewish scriptures and opposed the inclusion of Jewish scriptures in the Christian Bible. The new Christian Bible may include as canonical Gospels the Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Philip, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ and Gospel of Truth. The new Bible may accept that Father or God of Jesus Christ was man and a woman an androgynous concept. The new Bible may accept that the real roots of Christianity lie more in Hinduism and Buddhism than its roots in Judaism. The new Bible may accept that Holy Ghost is feminine manifestation of the Almighty and represents Goddess.

 

(3) Future of Gnostic Christian Church

A fictional thriller Da Vinci Code sold more than 40 million copies and permanently disturbed the religious beliefs of Catholics, Orthodoxy and Protestants. Around the same time a copy of Gospel of Judas resurfaced in America after it was buried 1700 years ago. It is strange that it took Da Vinci Code to highlight the lies that Catholic and Orthodox Church propagated for 1700 years and discovery of Gospel of Judas and other Gnostic Gospels could verify the claims of Da Vinci code to the theological certainty. Whatever Da Vinci Code alleged is convincingly proved by the historical proof that the Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Philip, Gospel of Sophia of Jesus Christ and Gospel of Truth provides to substantiate the fictional allegations of the Da Vinci Code. Since in the 21st century the Catholic Church and Orthodox Church lack the Power of Sword and Fire that they had used during last 1700 years to suppress the counter view or Gnostic view of Christianity, the Christian laity have to take the matter in their hands and rewrite Christian Bible and include Gnostic Gospels and other materials. In 21st Century the Protestant United States is the Christian King of the world that resides at the White House. Just as Emperor Constantine convened the First Council in 325AD and Emperor Theodosius II convened the Second Council in 449AD, it is a moral imperative that Christian King of the 21st Century, President George W. Bush should convene a Universal Christian Council in Washington DC to produce a New Christian Bible and decide on all heresies that Church of Rome and Eastern Church had declared heretical using their power of sword during last 1700 years. President Bush and Secretary Rice should undertake Crusades of Democracy to Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Church and Protestant Church to develop democratic institutions in the Church that would allow Christian Laity to elect the local, national and world leadership of Christian Churches of all denominations, including Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Church and Protestant Church.

 

 

 

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