Spirituality Is Where it is At


"Jesus said, 'The person old in days won't hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live.  For many of the first will be last, and will become a single one.'" -Gospel of Thomas 4

This is such an interesting saying.  An old man...a man who is an elder.. who has his place in Jewish society as an elder, a wise one will ask an infant, but not just any infant...but one who is uncircumcised (Jews circumcise on the 8th day), one who is not part of the covenant about the place of life... the seventh day could also refer to the Sabbath, dating back to the first Sabbath, the day of rest, the day God rested in the creation story.

So we have an elder, established in the covenant and tradition asking one who is not established in it for the place of life.  It seems in the Gospel of Thomas, the Wisdom Jesus does not teach a religion...Jewish nor any fledgling Christianity that we know of today.  Instead he seems to point to a living vital spirituality, of realizing who we are in the Divine and Divine Order of things.

However, I am not advocating that one cannot be spiritual within religion.  I know too many deeply spiritual folks in many of the world religions.  However I also know many who have been lulled into a state of false security believing simply being a part of religion and believing the right things is enough.  Rather I say it is an awakening, a conversion of mind and heart that is continual that Jesus advocates in The Gospel of Thomas.  What do you think?

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