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The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 6:22pm

Incipit:

These are the hidden sayings that the Living Jesus spoke and that Didymus Judas Thomas wrote down.

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 6:23pm

Jesus said:

"People think, perhaps, that I have come to throw peace upon the world. They don't know that I have come to throw Disagreement upon the World, and Fire, and Sword, and Struggle."

Jesus said:

"I have thrown Fire on the world. Look! I watch It until It blazes."

Jesus said:

"Whoever is near Me is near The Fire. Whoever is far from Me is far from The Kingdom."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 6:24pm

Jesus Said:

"The Pharisees and the Scribes have taken the Keys to Knowledge and have hidden Them. They did not go in, and They did not permit Those desiring to go in to enter."

Jesus Said:

"Woe to the Pharisees. Like a Dog dozing in a food trough for Cattle, They neither eat nor do They let the Cattle eat."

Jesus Said:

"For nobody lights a lamp and puts it underneath a bushel basket or in a hidden place. Rather, it is placed on a lamp stand so that All who go in and out may see the Light."

Jesus Said:

"What You hear in Your ears, preach from Your Housetops."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 6:25pm

Jesus Said:

"Love Your brother as Your own Soul. Protect Him as You protect the pupil of Your own eye."

Jesus Said:

"You see the splinter that is in Your Brother's eye, but You do not see the log that is in Your own eye. Remove the log from Your own eye, and then You can clearly see to remove the splinter from Your Brother's eye."

Jesus Said:

"If a Blind Person leads another Blind Person , both of Them will fall into a ditch."

Jesus Said:

"One who knows everything else but who does not know Himself knows nothing."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 6:26pm

Salome asked him:

"Who are You, Man? As though coming from Someone, You have come onto My couch and eaten from My table."

Jesus replied:

"I am He who comes into being from Him who is the same. Some of the things of My Father have been given to Me."

Salome said:

"I am Your Disciple."

Jesus Said:

"Blessed are Those who have been persecuted within Themselves. They have really come to know The Father."

A Good Man brings good things out of His storehouse, but a bad Man brings bad things from His storehouse (which is in His Heart). And He says bad things. For out of the surplus in His Heart He brings out bad things.

Jesus said:

"Blessed is a Lion that a Man eats, because that Lion will become Human. Cursed is a Man that a Lion eats, because that Lion will become Human."

When You ate Dead Things, You made Them alive. When You arrive into Light, what will You do?

When You were One, You became Two. When You become Two, what will You do?

For what goes into Your mouth will not defile You, but what comes out of Your mouth can defile You.

Jesus Said:

"Whoever blasphemes against The Father will be forgiven. Whoever blasphemes against The Son will be forgiven. But whoever blasphemes against The Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, neither on Earth nor in Heaven."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 6:36pm

His Disciples asked Him:

"Who are You to say these things to Us?"

Jesus replied:

"Don't You recognize who I am from what I say to You? You have become like the Jews who like The Tree but loathe It's Fruit, or They like The Fruit but loathe The Tree."

They said to Him:

"Tell us who You are so that We can believe in You."

He replied:

"You analyze the appearance of the Sky and the Earth, but You don't recognize what is right in front of You, and You don't know the nature of the present time."

Jesus said:

"Recognize what is right in front of You, and that which is hidden from You will be revealed to You. Nothing hidden will fail to be displayed."

They said to him:

"Twenty-four Prophets spoke to Israel, and They all spoke of You."

He responded to Them:

"You have deserted The Living One who is with You, and You spoke about The Dead."

Jesus said:

"Where there are three Gods they are Gods. Where there are two or one, I am with Him."

Jesus Said:

"Two will lie down on one bed, One will die and The Other will live."

Jesus said:

"This Sky will cease to be. And the Sky above It will cease to be."

Jesus said:

"The Earth and the Sky will roll up right in front of You. Anyone living from The Living will not die."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 6:40pm

They saw a Samaritan going into Judea carrying a lamb.

He asked his disciples:

"What do you think he will do with that lamb?"

They replied:

"He'll kill it and eat it."

He said to them:

"As long as it remains alive he will not eat it; only if He kills it and it becomes a corpse."

They said:

"Otherwise He won't be able to do so."

He said to them:

"You too must seek a place for rest, or You may become a corpse and be eaten."

Jesus Said:

"Foxes have holes and Birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay down His head and rest."

Jesus Said:

"Come to Me. My yoke is easy. My mastery is gentle, and You will find rest for Yourselves."

If You do not Fast from the World You will not find The Kingdom.

If You do not keep the Sabbath as a Sabbath You will never see the Father.

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 6:49pm

They said to Jesus:

"Come, lets pray; lets fast."

Jesus responded:

"What sin have I commited? How have I been overcome? Rather, when the Groom leaves The Bridal Suite, then They should fast and pray."

His disciples questioned Him:

"Should We fast? In what way should We pray? Should We give to charity? From which foods should We abstain?"

Jesus responded:

"Do not lie. If there is something that You hate, do not do it, for everything is revealed beneath Heaven. Nothing hidden will fail to be displayed. Nothing covered will remain undisclosed."

Jesus said to them:

"If You fast You will bring sin to Yourselves, and if You pray You will be condemned, and if You give to charity You will damage Your spirits."

Blessed are those who are hungry in order to fill the bellies of the needy.

Jesus Said:

"Blessed are The Poor, for Yours is the Kingdom of Heaven."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 6:55pm

They showed Jesus a gold coin and said:

"Caesar's Agents demand that we pay His taxes."

He replied:

"Give to Caesar what is Caesar's. Give to God what is God's. And give Me what is Mine."

You should be as clever as Snakes and as Innocent as Doves.

Do not let Your left hand know what Your right hand is doing.

Jesus Said:

"Be one of Those who pass by."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 6:57pm

His disciples asked Him:

"Is circumcision useful or not?"

He replied:

"If it were useful, then They would be born already circumcised. On the other hand, true circumcision in the Spirit is entirely beneficial."

Jesus Said:

"Woe to the Flesh dependent on the Soul; Woe to the Soul dependent on the Flesh."

Jesus Said:

"Whoever has come to know the World has found The Body. Whoever has found that Body, the World is not worthy of Him."

Jesus Said:

"Wretched is a Body depending on a Body, and wretched is a Soul depending on These Two."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 6:59pm

Jesus Said:

"Once there was a rich Man who had lots of money, and He said, "I will invest My money so that I can sow, reap, plant, and fill up My silos with crops so that I won't lack anything." So He thought, but that night He died. He who has ears, let Him ear."

Jesus Said:

"Whoever possesses some will be given more. Whoever posesses virtually nothing will have what little He does possess taken away."


"Why wash the outside of The Cup? Don't You know that The One who made The Inside also made The Outside?"

Jesus Said:

"Why did You go into the desert? Did You expect to see Reeds shaken by the Wind? To see People clothed in elegant garments like your Kings and Courtiers? They wear elegant garments and cannot know the Truth."

Jesus Said:

"Do not worry from morning to evening or evening to morning about what You are going to wear."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:09pm

Jesus said:

"A man entertained guests. When dinner was ready he sent a servant to invite his guests. The servant went to the first one and said, "My master invites you," but he replied, "I have to collect money from some merchants, and they are due to arrive this evening. Therefore I have to do business with them, and I must be excused from the dinner." The servant went to another and said, "My master invites you," but he said, "I have just bought a house, and I have to spend a day there, so I cannot come. I must be excused." He went to the next and said, "My master invites you." This one replied, "My friend is about to be married, and I must organize the dinner. I can't come. I must be excused." Again he went and said to another, "My master invites you." He replied, "I have just bought a village, and I have to go collect the rent. I can't come and must be excused." The servant reported back to his master, "Those whom you invited to the dinner are unable to come." The master said, "Go to the roads outside and invite anybody you can find to the dinner."

Jesus said:

"One person cannot ride two horses at once, nor stretch two bows, nor can a servant serve two masters, as He will respect one and despise the other."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:14pm

Jesus Said:

"Look, there was a man who came out to sow seed. He filled His hand with seed and threw it about. Some fell onto the road, and birds ate it. Some fell onto rocks and could not root and produced no grain. Some fell into patches of thorny weeds that kept it from growing, and grubs ate it. Some fell upon good soil and grew and produced good grain. It was 60 units per measure and 120 units per measure."

Jesus said:

"The harvest is great, but there are only a few Workers. Ask the Master to send more Workers for the harvest."

He said:

"Master, there are many around the drinking barrel, but there is nobody in the well."

Jesus Said:

"I stood in the midst of the World. I came to Them in the flesh [sarx]. I found all of Them drunk. I found not One of Them to be thirsty. My soul was saddended by The Sons of Men for They are mentally blind. They do not see that They have come into the world empty and They will go out of the world empty. But now They are drunk. When They sober up They will repent."

No one drinks vintage wine and immediately wants to drink fresh wine.

Fresh wine is not put into old wineskins because they might burst. Vintage wine is not put into new wineskins because it might be spoiled.

A patch of old cloth is not sewn onto a new garment because it would tear.

When You understand Yourselves You will be understood. And You will realize that You are the Sons of the living Father. If You do not know yourselves, then You exist in poverty and You are that poverty.

Jesus Said:

"If flesh [sarx] came into being because of Spirit, it is wonderful. If Spirit came into being because of the body, it is exceedingly wonderful. I am amazed that this great wealth has appeared in this poverty."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:17pm

Jesus asked His Disciples:

"Make a comparison; what am I like?"

Simon Peter replied:

"You are like a righteous Messenger."

Matthew replied:

"You are like an intelligent lover of wisdom."

Thomas replied:

"Teacher, I cannot possibly say what You are like."

Jesus said to Thomas:

"I am not Your teacher; You have drunk from and become intoxicated from the bubbling water that I poured out."

Jesus took Thomas and they withdrew. Jesus said three things to Him.

When Thomas returned to the other Disciples, They asked Him:

"What did Jesus tell you?"

Thomas replied:

"If I tell you even one of the sayings that He told Me, You would pick up Stones and throw Them at Me, and Fire would come out of Those Stones and burn You up."

Jesus said:

"I tell My Mysteries to People worthy of My Mysteries."

Jesus said:

"He who drinks from My Mouth will become like I am, and I will become He. And the Hidden Things will be revealed to Him."

Jesus said:

"I will give You that which eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, hands did not touch, and minds have not concieved."

If You become My Disciples and listen to Me, these stones will serve You.

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:22pm

Mary asked Jesus:

"Who are your disciples like?"

He replied:

"They are like little Children in a field that does not belong to Them. When the field's Owners come They will say: "Give Our field back." They will strip naked in the Owners' presence and give it back, returning Their field to Them."

Jesus replied:

"When You strip naked without shame and trample Your clothing underfoot just as little Children do, then You will look at The Son of The Living One without being afraid."

Jesus Said:

"The Messengers are coming to You with the Prophets, and They will give You what is properly Yours. You then should give Them what You have. Say to Yourselves: "When will They come and take what is Theirs?"

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:25pm

Simon Peter said to them:

"Mary should leave Us because Women are not worthy of the life."

Jesus Responded:

"Look, I'll lead Her in order to make Her Male so that She can become a Living Spirit as You Males are. For each Woman who makes Herself Male will enter the Kingdom Of Heaven."

Jesus responded:

"When You make the Two into One, and when You make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the upper like the lower and the lower like the upper, and thus make the Male and the Female the same, so that the Male isn't Male and the Female isn't Female. When You make an eye to replace an eye, and a hand to replace a hand, and a foot to replace a foot, and an Image to replace an Image, then You will enter The Kingdom."

Jesus Said:

"Blessed are You when They hate and persecute You. No place will be found where They persecuted You."

Jesus Said:

"Show me The Stone that The Builders rejected. It is The Cornerstone."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:26pm

Jesus said:

"No prophet is accepted in His own village. No physician heals the people who know him well."

When You go into a region and walk around in the rural areas, whenever People receive You, eat whatever They provide for You, and heal Their sick.

Jesus Said:

"If They ask You, "Where are You from?" reply to Them, "We have come from the place where Light is produced from Itself. It came and revealed Itself in Their image."

If They ask You, "Are You it?" reply to Them, "We are His Sons. We are chosen ones of The Living Father."

If They ask You, "What is the sign within You of Your Father?" reply to Them, "It is movement." "It is rest."

Jesus Said:

"You are pleased when you see Your own likeness. When You see Your Images that came into being before You did, immortal and invisable Images, how much can You bear?"

Jesus Said:

"The images are revealed to People. The Light within Them is hidden in the Image of the Fathers Light. He will be revealed. His Image is hidden in His Light."

"He who has ears let Him hear. There is light within a man of light, and He lights up all of the world. If He is not alight there is darkness."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:30pm

His Disciples told Him:

"Your Brothers and Your Mother are standing outside."

He responded:

"These here who do The Will of My Father are My Brothers and My Mother. These are The Ones who will enter The Kingdom of My Father."

Jesus Said:

"He who doesn't hate His Father and Mother cannot be a Disciple of Mine. He who doesn't hate His Brothers and Sisters and bear His Cross as I do will not be worthy of Me."

Jesus Saw Infants being suckled.

A Woman in The Crown said to Him:

"Blessed are the womb that bore You and the breasts that nourished You."

He replied:

"Blessed are Those who have listened to The Word of The Father and really done It."

For The Days are coming when You will say "Blessed are the womb that has never conceived and the breasts that have never given milk."

Jesus Said:

"When You see someone not born from a Woman, prostrate Yourselves and worship Him; He is Your Father."

Jesus said:

"Blessed is one who existed before coming into Being."

He said to His Disciples:

"These Infants taking milk are like Those who enter The Kingdom."

His Disciples asked Him:

"If We are Infants will We enter the Kingdom?"

Jesus Said:

"Adam came into Being from enormous power and wealth, but He was never worthy of You, for had He been worthy of You He would not have died."

Jesus Said:

"From Adam to John the Baptist, no one born of a Woman is above John the Baptist, so that He should not lower His eyes."

But I have said:

"Whoever among You becomes like an Infant will know the Kingdom and be greater than John."

Jesus Said:

"The Old Man will not hesitate to ask a seven-day-old Baby about the place of Life, and He will live."

"My Mother has...but true She gave Me Life."

Jesus Said:

"One who knows His Father and His Mother will be called the Son of a ***** ."

Jesus Said:

"Anyone who doesn't hate His Father and His Mother as I do cannot be a Disciple of Mine. And Anyone who doesn't love His Father and His Mother as I do cannot be a Disciple of Mine."





Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:33pm

A Man said to Him:

"Talk to my Brothers so that They will divide my Fathers property with Me."

Jesus replied:

"Man, who made Me a divider? He turned to his Disciples and asked Them: Really, am I a divider?"

"For there will be five in one House. Three will oppose Two. Two will oppose Three. The Father will oppose His Son and the Son oppose His Father. And They will stand up and They will be alone."

Jesus Said:

"I will destroy This House, and No One will be able to build It again."

Jesus Said:

"When You give rise to that which is within You, what You have will save You. If You do not give rise to it, what You do not have will destroy You."

Therefore I say that if One is unified One will be filled with Light. But if One is divided One will be filled with Darkness.

Jesus said:

"If two can make peace between Themselves in a single house, They can say to a Mountain, "move!" and It will move."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:47pm

The Disciples said to Jesus:

"Tell Us what The Kingdom of Heaven is like."

He replied:

"It is like a Mustard Seed, the smallest of all. However, when It falls into Worked Ground It sends out a Large Stem, and It becomes a Shelter for The Birds Of Heaven."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:48pm

Jesus said:

"The kingdom of The Father is like a Man with good seed. His enemy came at night and scattered the seed of weeds in with the good seed. The Man did not let Them pull out the weeds but said, Don't do it. You might pull out the grain along with the weeds. During the harvest the weeds will be obvious, and then they can be removed and burned."

"After the grain had ripened, He quickly came, carrying His sickle, and He harvested it."

He who has ears to hear, let Him hear.

And He said:

"The Man is like a thoughtful fisherman who threw his net into the sea and pulled it out full of little Fish. Among all the little Fish, that thoughtful Fisherman found one fine large Fish that would be beneficial to Him and, throwing all the little Fish back into the sea, He easily chose to keep the large one. Whoever has ears to hear let Him hear."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:53pm

Jesus Said:

"The Kingdom is like a Man with a Treasure of which He is unaware hidden in His Field. He died and left the Field to His Son. His Son knew nothing about It and, having received the field, sold It. The new Owner came and, while plowing, found the Treasure. He began to lend money at interest to Anybody He wished."

Jesus Said:

"If You have some money, don't lend it out at interest but give it to Someone who will not return it to You."

Merchants and salesmen will not enter the places of my Father.

Jesus Said:

"Whoever has known the World has found a Corpse; Whoever has found that Corpse, the World is not worthy of Him."

Jesus Said:

"Whoever has found the World and become rich should renounce the World."

Jesus Said:

"Whoever has become rich should rule. Whoever has power should renounce it."

Doesn't Jesus say that the World is not worthy of One who finds Himself?

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:57pm

Jesus Said:

"The Kingdom of The Father is like a Merchant with goods to sell who found a Pearl. The Merchant was thoughtful. He sold the merchandise and bought Himself the Pearl."

Jesus Said:

"You too should seek for long-lasting Treasures that do not decay, where Moths do not come to eat them or Grubs to destroy Them."

Jesus said:

"Seek and You will find."

He said:

"A good Man had a vineyard that He arranged for Tenant Farmers to take care of for Him in return for a portion of the produce. He sent a Servant to collect the grapes. Tenants seized the Servant and beat Him nearly to death. That Servant reported back to His Master, but His Master responded, "Perhaps They did not recognize Him." And so He sent another Servant; the Tenants beat Him too. Then the Owner sent His own son, saying, "Perhaps They will show some respect for My Son." Since the Tenants were aware that He would inherit the vineyard, They seized Him and then killed Him. He who has ears let Him hear."

Jesus Said:

"Do not give Holy Things to Dogs, for They might carry Them off to the dung heap. Do not give pearls to Pigs, for They might trample Them underfoot."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:58pm

Jesus Said:

"The Kingdom is like a Shepard with one hundred Sheep. One of those Sheep, the largest, wandered off. He left the ninety-nine Others behind and went looking for the Other One until he found It. Having exausted Himself, He said to the Sheep, "I love You more than the Other ninety-nine."

Jesus Said:

"Blessed is One who has labored and found Life."

Jesus said:

"The Seeker should not stop until He finds. When He does find, He will be disturbed. After having been disturbed, He will be astonished. Then He will reign over everything."

Jesus said:

"Whoever seeks will find. Whoever knocks, It will be opened."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:59pm

Jesus said:

"The Kingdom of The Father is like a Man who intended to kill a powerfull Man. He drew out His sword in His own House and stabbed it into the wall to test His strength. Then He killed the powerfull Man."

Jesus said:

"It is not possible for Anyone to enter a strong Man's House and take it over forcefully unless He first ties His hands. Then He can steal from that House."

Jesus Said:

"A city built and fortified atop a tall Hill, cannot be taken, nor can It be hidden."

Therefore I say: "If a HouseHolder knows a Thief is coming, He will keep watch and not let Him break into His House (of His Kingdom) and steal His Goods."

Jesus said:

"Blessed is One who knows where (or when) Bandits are going to attack, so that He can prepare, assemble His forces, and arm Himself before The Bandits enter."

You must keep watch against the World, preparing Yourselves with power so that Thieves will not find any way to come upon You.

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 8:00pm

Jesus Said:

"The Kingdom of the Father is like a Woman who was carrying a jar full of grain. As She walked along a handle of Her jar broke off and grain trickled out, but She didn't notice. When She arrived in Her house, She put the jar down and found it empty."

Jesus said:

"Look at The Living One while You live, for if You die and then try to see Him You will not be able to do so."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 8:01pm

They asked Him:

"When is the kingdom coming?"

He replied:

"It is not coming in an easily observable manner. People will not be saying, Look, it's over here. Look, it's over there. Rather, the Kingdom of The Father is already spread out on the earth, and People aren't aware of it."

Jesus Said:

"If Your leaders say to You Look! The Kingdom is in the sky! Then the Birds will be there before You are. If they say that the Kingdom is in the sea, then the Fish will be there before You are. Rather, the Kingdom is within You and it is outside of You."

Jesus Said:

"The Kingdom of The Father is like a Woman who took a little Leaven and concealed It in Dough. She made large loaves of bread. He who has ears let Him hear."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 8:03pm

His disciples said to Him:

"Show us the place you are, for it is essential for us to seek it."

Jesus said:

"You often wanted to hear the words I am speaking to You. You have no one else from whom You can hear them. The days will come when You will seek Me and You will not be able to find Me."

He said: "In the past I did not answer the questions you asked. Now I am willing to answer, but you do not ask."

His disciples said to Jesus:

"We know You will leave us. Who will be Our leader then?"

Jesus responded:

"Wherever You are, turn to Jacob [James] the Just, for whos sake the Sky and Earth came into being."

The situation You are expecting will come. Let a Person who understands be with You.

His Disciples asked him:

"When will You appear to Us? When will We see You?"

Jesus Said:

"I am the light above everything. I am everything. Everything came forth from me, and everything reached me. Split wood and I am there, Lift up a rock, You will find me there."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 22nd, 2008, 8:05pm

The Disciples asked Jesus:

"Tell Us about Our end. What will it be?"

Jesus replied:

"Have You found the Beginning so that You now seek the End? The place of the Beginning will be the place of the End."

In Paradise there are Five Trees that do not change between summer and winter, and Their leaves never fall. Anyone who comes to know Them will not die.

Jesus Said:

"I will choose one of You out of a thousand and two of You out of ten thousand. They will stand up and They will be alone."

Blessed is Anyone who will stand up in the Beginning and thereby know the End and never die.

For there are Many who are First who will become Last. They will be a Single One.

Jesus said:

"There are Many standing by The Door, but only The Single will enter The Bridal Suite."

Jesus Said:

"Blessed are the Single Ones and the Chosen Ones, for You will find The Kingdom. Because You emerged from It You will return to It."

And He said:

"Whoever finds the correct interpretation of these sayings will never die."

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 25th, 2008, 4:57pm

The Gospel of Thomas is a collection of traditional Sayings
(logoi) of Jesus. It is attributed to Didymos Judas Thomas, the
"Doubting Thomas" of the canonical Gospels.

We have two versions of the Gospel of Thomas today. The
first was discovered in the late 1800's among the Oxyrhynchus
Papyri, and consists of fragments of a Greek version, which has
been dated to c. 200. The second is a complete version, in
Coptic, from Codex II of the Nag Hammadi finds. Thomas was
probably first written in Greek (or possibly even Syriac or
Aramaic) sometime between the mid 1st and 2nd centuries.

There has been much speculation on the relationship of
Thomas to the canonical Gospels. Many Sayings in Thomas have
parallels with the New Testament Sayings, especially those found
in the synoptic Gospels. This leads many to believe that Thomas
was also based on the so-called "Q" Document, along with Matthew,
Luke, and Mark. Indeed, some have speculated that Thomas may in
fact be "Q". Unlike the synoptic Gospels, and like "Q", the
Gospel of Thomas has no narrative connecting the various Sayings.
In form, it is simply a list of 114 Sayings,
which were originally found mixed up and in no particular
order. Comparison with New Testament parallels show that Thomas
contains either more primitive versions of the Sayings, or
developments of more primitive versions. Either way, Thomas seems
to preserve earlier traditions about Jesus than the New
Testament.

Although it is not possible to attribute the Gospel of
Thomas to any particular sect, it is clearly Gnostic in nature.
As the preamble indicates, these are "secret sayings", and are
intended to be esoteric in nature. The Sayings are not intended
to be interpreted literally, as their New Testament parallels
often are, but to be interpreted symbolically, as attested by
Saying #1. While a literal interpretation may make sense, only by
understanding the deeper meanings of the Sayings can one truly
understand them.

Keep in mind that true understanding of this text
was meant to come from PERSONAL contact with the Divine,
inspiration from within.

Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 27th, 2008, 2:03pm

The Gospel of Thomas is a manuscript containing a collection of sayings of Jesus that was discovered among a hoard of ancient manuscripts at Nag Hammadi in Egypt in 1945. There are references to the work in early Christian writings, but historians assumed it had been lost. The writing is not a "gospel" in the strictest sense, because there is no connecting narrative about the life of Jesus, no summaries of his teachings, and no theological interpretations and commentary, as for example in the Gospel of John. Thomas is simply a list of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus (called logoi, "words") not arranged in any chronological or topical order. Some of the sayings closely parallel sayings that appear in the Gospels, some are similar, and nearly half appear nowhere in Scripture.

The writing is attributed to Didymos Judas Thomas or "Thomas the Twin." In the Gospel accounts, Didymos Thomas was one of the disciples of Jesus, better know as "Doubting Thomas" (Jn 20:24-25).

Some scholars place the actual date of composition of Thomas somewhere between AD 70 and 150, which would make it nearly contemporary with the canonical Gospels. In this case, the sayings of Jesus could be from the same tradition that was used to compile the Gospels. Because of the close relationship between the Gospels, especially the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) many New Testament scholars have posited some common sources for the materials that are shared among the gospels (see The Synoptic Problem). If accurate, this suggests that there was a Jesus tradition in either oral or written form, or perhaps both, that circulated among followers of Jesus before the Gospels were actually written in the last half of the first century. Among these sources, scholars supposed that there was a collection of sayings of Jesus preserved from which the New Testament writers drew in writing the Gospels. They gave this posited "sayings source" the designation Q, an abbreviation for the German word Quelle, "source" (see A Proposed Reconstruction of "Q").

Because of the close parallel between many of the sayings in Thomas and the Gospels, some scholars have suggested that Thomas is also based on the Q source or is actually Q itself. Of course, these remain only hypotheses since there is no conclusive proof that a Q source ever existed. Still, the existence of a collection of sayings of Jesus as early as the dates proposed for Thomas suggests that there did exist such a collection in the early church. That gives the hypotheses more credibility.

We simply do not know the answers to the questions of date and origin. It is entirely possible that Thomas represents a very early authentic tradition of the sayings of Jesus, although processed through the concerns of a particular community.

The manuscript itself is written in Coptic, a form of writing used in Egypt in which the Egyptian language was written with modified Greek characters, just as ancient Hebrew had come to be written in Aramaic characters. Thomas actually exists in two versions, the complete Egyptian Coptic version and a fragmentary Greek version. The Greek version is among a group of manuscripts and fragments know as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri. These date to about the beginning of the third century AD. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri were discovered in the 1800ís, but since Thomas was only in fragments scholars were not aware of what it was until after the discovery of the Coptic version. The Greek version contains about 16 of the 114 sayings in the Coptic version, plus one not found there. There are some minor variations in the sayings but they are essentially the same.

The cache of Coptic manuscripts discovered at Nag Hammadi represented a particular version of Christianity known as Gnosticism, derived from the Greek word gnosis, "knowledge." Gnosticism blended Christianity with a form of philosophically based mysticism in which followers sought internal enlightenment or gnosis. This was secret knowledge imparted only to those who had sought to purify themselves to receive this enlightenment. It became little more than a religious philosophy based on platonic dualism in which there was a distinction between the physical and spiritual planes of existence. The goal in Gnosticism was to shed the limits of the physical plane of existence, and try to reach the spiritual level through gnosis.

There is debate whether Thomas was actually a gnostic writing, or was simply valued by the Gnostics and adapted into their belief system. While most of Thomas presents little that most early Christians would find objectionable, there are some parts that reflect a more clearly gnostic perspective (e.g., the Preamble and saying 114). Yet, scholars who see the writing as an authentic Jesus tradition understand those places to be later additions by the gnostic community in Egypt to adapt the writing to their own views. That is entirely possible, although there is no direct evidence either way. However, the basic perspective of Jesus as presented in Thomas, that the Kingdom of God is not a future expectation but something that can be achieved in the present time, could easily be accepted by the Gnostics. That view is also presented in the canonical Gospels, although there it is much more directly tied to ethics than to the spiritual and esoteric quest for enlightenment that the Gnostics promoted.
Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Aug 28th, 2008, 3:50pm

Human history has allowed precious few ancient religious writings to survive the onslaught of the more aggressive and powerful religious forces, which seek only to gain territory and wealth. Genocide and cultural eradication always go hand in hand with missionary zeal. In many cases every trace of the conquered society's religious writings, practices, icons, and even buildings were destroyed, in the name of conversion from worship of gods considered evil, and religious customs labeled as heresies. What generally results from past crusades is the conqueror's religion replacing or predominantly blending with the conquered culture's former religious practice, making its religion almost unrecognizable. Christianity falls into the latter category, having been the victim of the Roman Empire, under the Emperor Constantine, who blended the Christian Church with the institutionalized "pagan" practices of Rome and eliminated any semblance of either the Jewish religious influence or the first church Jesus established during his ministry.

After solidifying his position to gain complete control of the western portion of the empire in 312, the Emperor Constantine instituted the Edict of Milan, a "Magna Carta of religious liberty," which eventually changed the Empires religion and put Christianity on an equal footing with paganism. Almost overnight the position of the Christian Church was reversed from persecuted to legal and accepted. Constantine began to rely on the church for support, and it on him for protection. The Church and the Empire formed an alliance, which remains to this day. Very rapidly, the laws and policies of the Empire and the doctrine of the Church became one with Constantine as the interpreter of both law and policy. This was accomplished by eliminating hundreds of books thought to be against "Church" doctrine and watering down what remained by blending Christian beliefs and practice with long established Roman sanctioned pagan worship.

Constantine believed that the Church and the State should be as close as possible. Constantine tolerated pagan practices, keeping pagan gods on coins and retaining his pagan high priest title "Pontifex Maximus" in order to maintain popularity with his former subjects. In 330 he began an assault on paganism but used a clever method of persuasion to force people to follow the laws by combining pagan worship with Christianity. He made December 25th, the birthday of the pagan Unconquered Sun god, the official holiday now celebrated as the birthday of Jesus. He also replaced the weekly day of worship by making rest on Saturday unlawful and forcing the new religion to honor the first, not the seventh day, as a day of rest. As a way of defining his concept of the new universal religion he simply classified everything "Jewish" to be an abomination. Considering almost every aspect of the Bible is "Jewish" by association, every doctrinal biblical principle was changed or eliminated. After 337 Constantine increased his purging of the more obvious aspects of paganism.

Through a series of Universal Councils, he and his successors completely altered doctrine without regard to biblical edict, set up a church hierarchy of his own design, and established a set of beliefs and practices, which are the basis for all mainstream Bible-based churches. The separation of the Protestants and the Roman Church caused a physical split but the beliefs and practices established by Constantine remained almost identical. Very little has changed since the 4th century Councils changed the face of Christianity. An effective practice instituted was the purging of any book in the formerly accepted biblical works, over 80% of the total, that church leaders felt did not fit within their new concept of Christianity. The doctrines and practices remaining in the surviving books were effectively eradicated by simply changing them by replacing clear scripture with Church-sanctioned doctrine.

Constantine began what was to become a centuries long effort to eliminate any book in the original Bible that was considered unacceptable to the new doctrine of the church. At that time, it is believed there were up to 600 books, which comprised the work we now know as the Bible. Through a series of decisions made by the early church leadership, all but 80 of those books, known as the King James Translation of 1611, were purged from the work, with a further reduction by the Protestant Reformation bringing the number to 66 in the "Authorized" King James Bible.

What we now have in Bible-based religion, whether labeled as "Catholic", or Protesting Catholic, known as Protestant", is unrecognizable form either the Hebrew religion, now known as the Jewish religion, or the church established at Jerusalem by the Apostles and disciples of Jesus. The practices of this first church are not practiced by any major religion and they are almost unknown, despite being clearly outlined in the existing New Testament. In its place are doctrines and practices first established in the first "true" Reformation of Christianity begun by Constantine.

There is much controversy over how many books the Bible should actually contain but considering the depth and scope of those few works remaining in the "accepted" Bible, we see but a fragment of incredible wisdom and history. A study of the Lost Books of the Bible is incomplete without a clear understanding that this is not a matter of simple loss, but a campaign by the Roman Catholic Church to purge books variously classified as heretical, dangerous, and corruptive. To the public they are lost; to the Church they are forbidden. Although the exact number of books purged is known only to the Church, and not shared knowledge, some can be determined by the discovery of their presence in the church prior to the reformation resulting in what became known as the Roman "Universal" Church.

One of the more obvious forms of discovery comes from the surviving books themselves, which sight works not present in the existing collection. Also many do not know that the Apocryphal books were actually included in the King James translation until they were officially purged by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1885. Other writings also connect many books to the first church. Whatever the number before the purge by the formation of Catholicism by Constantine; even one lost book is a great loss indeed.
Re: The Gospel Of Thomas Unscrambled In Full
Post by OrangeCandle on Sep 13th, 2008, 01:20am

In the Catholic Church, the Bible is the Douay Bible consisting of 73 books. In the Protestant church only the 66 books that were approved by the Synod of Dordrecht in 1618 are in what is known as the Authorized King James Bible.

Though there is no specific list or accounting of all the books that made up the complete Bible in scripture, there are over 20 books mentioned in the Bible, but not found there. This is proof that many have been removed and there is evidence that many more fell under the same fate.