Jesus and the Art of War

Jesus said, "The Father's kingdom is like a someone who wanted to kill someone powerful. While still at home he drew his sword and shoved it through the wall to see if his hand would go in. Then he killed the powerful one." Gospel of Thomas 98

This is one of the more shocking sayings of the Gospel of Thomas.  I actually think it is meant to be.  It is meant to jar the reader to really contemplate what is being talked about.  I believe that this is the perfect explanation of the spiritual life.  We must struggle and count the cost of what it means to live as a child of God.  The primary message of the Gospel of Thomas is to realize that we are sons and daughters of God.  But with the title comes the responsibility to live a holy life..in many ways a lonely life.  Our lives are given to the world but are called to be separate from it.  We must consider what this looks like.  What does it mean to protect your neighbor like the pupil of your eye.  What does it mean to escape the brainwashing of the world, with is directions how to look, how to judge by appearance, to buy and sell to be one of the haves and not the have nots?  What does it mean that we may not fit in with the mainstream religion?  To truly take an authentic step into the light, we must consider what it means.  This is the message of Jesus.  Are we ready?

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