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A Thomasine Incarnation

The Gospel of Thomas has no birth narrative.  In fact it hardly has any narrative at all in it about the life of Jesus.  However it does speak to the mystery of Jesus.  Yet I firmly believe a Thomasine Christian could celebrate Christmas with all the awe and mystery that comes from contemplating the season.  We find in the Gospel of Thomas:


(28) Jesus said, "I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent."
(29) Jesus said, "If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am amazed at how this great…

Apocalyptic 2012

The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us how our end will come to pass." Jesus said, "Then have you laid bare the beginning, so that you are seeking the end? For the end will be where the beginning is. Blessed is the person who stands at rest in the beginning. And that person will be acquainted with the end and will not taste death."
-The Gospel of Thomas 18

I do not get too worked up with the end of days.  The Gospel of Thomas would be the bane of those who spend their lives trying to find verses to support their Rapture/Revelation studies.  Jesus does not seem to be concerned with the end of days, but rather challenges us to know ourselves as we were at the beginning.  There are two ways of thinking about that actually.  It could be referencing to the unified Adam in the beginning.. the original child of God.  It is a calling to know yourself as a son or daughter of God and to rest in that.  Whatever comes, I am a child of God.
The other way of understanding this is t…

God?

Even as I go back and read my past post, I do not know if I believe it or just speaking the Gnostic party line.      With this tragedy of these children being killed, I ask myself "Where is God?".
Why did God not intervene?
I am left with several possibilities.


God could have but did not.God could not.There is no God.In considering the first idea, that God could have intervened and saved those kids, but for whatever reason did not, I am disgusted.  This answer is not satisfying.  I expect morality of God.  Now, when I say God here, honestly I am looking at the biblical God who claims to be moral.  Would I be moral if I saw someone harming kids, and could save them and stop the harm (even with no harm coming to myself as in the case of God) but did not - That would be an immoral act.  I say the same would be true of a God who could have saved those kids from such a traumatic end, but did not.  I cannot honor nor worship such a God.

There is the possibility that God could not.  I…

Where is God in the Face of Tragedy?

Gnosticism speaks of a half-maker, a mixed-bag psuedo-wanna be deity called the Demiurge.  It is he who traps us in this world.  He sings the lullaby and we fall asleep.  He is also the deity who demanded the murder and massacre of people in the Old Testament.  He is the God of this World.  The Demiurge and Archons are active and alive in our world today.  With the loss of those children and teachers, the God of this World sought to stake his claim.  Yet the true God is not of this world.  This is not his domain. This temporal world merely hides the fullness of God.  And yet God comes to us in the aeons who work subterfuge to free us from the hideous shackles of this mixed-bag life.  We get glimpses of grace even as it fades and is temporal in this life.  I pray for those who have died.  I pray for their families.  I pray for all those affected.  May we be free, Oh God above Gods.  Come awaken us!

Emanations Cosmology

God emanated from Godself life.  All things come from the light.  Hidden within this temporal creation is the spark of God.  Some of the sparks of God are hidden under dung, while others can almost be seen in crystalline purity, yet all are there for those who will wake up and see through the matrix which we call life.  Just as these sparks spread out so too are they called back home.  Like the out breath and in breath...what has been poured forth will be pulled back into God.

This means that for you and I, we are invited to wake up and return to the source...God.  The Gospel of Thomas puts it that we are called to realize that we are Sons and Daughters of the Living Father.  We need to realize who we are and put on the robes of faith, love, and compassion as we are resurrected into new life...sparks returning home once again.

4-Point Plane

When the Palm Tree Garden Forums went down we suffered a loss.  One of those losses was being able to access the information there.  The four point plane I hold to is derived from something that was discussed many times there.  It was created by Jesse aka Spark. In my opinion it does an excellent job  describing some core common parts in this enigma of groups we call Gnosticism.

http://www.palmtreegarden.org/2010/05/what-is-the-four-point-plane/

1) Emanations Cosmology. The heavenly and phenomenal worlds are ultimately the effect of God’s process of “emanation,” or pouring forth from itself.

2) Immanent Pneumatology. God’s spirit fills the heavenly and phenomenal worlds. God is right here, right now.

3) Gnostic Soteriology. Gnosis, which can also be called insight, plays the most important role in the salvation of the Gnostic.

4) Sacramental Praxis. Gnosis can be facilitated by symbolic ritual.

Advent and the Gospel of Thomas

Jesus said, "It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the all. From me did the all come forth, and unto me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there." Gospel of Thomas 77

Jesus said, "I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent." Gospel of Thomas 28

Jesus identifies with the fullness of God from which all came forth.  And yet we also find that he came to earth.  The Divine Presence came to earth.  The Light came here in this world that is such a mixed bag.  Jesus sees our emptiness and seeks to share his fu…

Advent

I love Advent.  I have since I first discovered it.  This silent waiting.. this anticipation..this magnificent pleading for God to come-to help us, to walk with us is simply something that can shake me to my core.  With my father dying earlier in the year, the realization has been driven home that this body and my place in this world is not eternal.  My friends, loved ones, job are not here forever.  As I age, my body aches and I am more aware of my own weaknesses.  And so it is that I sing those Advent hymns and pray the prayers of  Advent.

God, please come.
Please come to us, walk with us and in us.
This ocean is so big and my boat is so small.
Please come.
Send your light into the world.
Send your word and we will be healed.
Come in a way we can touch.
The ways of this world have trampled so many of us underfoot.
Come and be with us God.
Remind us that this world is transitory, and only that which is eternal matters.
Come quickly, Lord.