Flaming Jesus!

Jesus said, "Anyone who is near me is near the fire, and whoever is far from me is far from the kingdom."  Gospel of Thomas 82

Here Jesus speaks very much akin to a type of Guru or Eastern Teacher.  Once one takes Jesus (or Isa as he is called in the east) as ones teacher...one seeks to become like that teacher.  Thus that is why you have verses in the New Testament about counting the cost first...you even have such sayings in the Gospel of Thomas.  If you choose to become a disciple or student of Jesus, you agree to wear his yoke.  His way is not a totally do it yourself way... This is no different from Buddha, Krishna, or even the traditional role of a rabbi in Judaism (see this link for some great info:  Covered in the Dust of Your Rabbi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DswAPdgfRMs ) 

To come near the teacher is to come near to God...to come near to the fire.  I believe this is why Jesus has us become his twin.  Jesus the messenger of God, the awakened one wants to guide any who would follow him into this same awakening.  He does not teach a way of "do what I say, but not what I do" but rather a do as I do...in other words, "This is the way I awakened..allow me to show you that way"  Those who deviate from the instructions of their spiritual teacher after being accepted by him often show an amount of pride and self absorption or if nothing else a bit of flakiness.  To take a teacher is to emulate them....to become them.  For Thomasines we see this as a way of following Jesus, allowing his words to be life...to become Jesus, to be his twin. 


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