Question Seven: What is the Thomasine's Defining Characteristic?

Question:  What is the defining characteristic of the Thomasine tradition's approach to the cultivation of Gnosis?


Within the Gospel of Thomas two things pop up again and again as their signposts to gnosis.  The first is:  "Know yourself."   The second is:  "Know/Remember where you came from."


Really, these two things are one thing.  We are challenged to know that we are sons and daughters of God.  We are called to remember our Original Innocence in the proverbial Garden.  The message of the Gospel of Thomas is not original sin, it is not that we are damned.  It is that we were made in the image and likeness of God.  So all of us are sons and daughters of God.  Every last one of us.  Some have just forgotten who they are.  Therefore our lives should reflect this, through authenticity, protecting our brothers and sisters, and living a real life.. an awake life.



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