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Spiritual Science interpretation of the Gospel of Thomas

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The Gospel of Thomas has proven to be one of the most important Christian apocryphal texts, especially because it emerged relatively early and shares a tremendous amount of material with the Synoptic Gospels of the New Testament. The gospel teaches:

He said, "Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death." In this line, Jesus states that death is only needed for those that do not achieve the Gnosis. Death is necessary for humans to learn and evolve but once we achieve a certain level of evolution, death is not longer needed. This statement implies reincarnation of the soul as humans die but the gospel reveals the knowledge required to stop the reincarnation process. According to Prophet & Prophet (1997), Gnosticism taught reincarnation. With this statement, Jesus reveals that the secret to immortality is in the evolution of the soul that learns as part of its evolution process. The reincarnation for the evolution of the human soul has been an issue of discussion by many spiritual scientists (Goswami 2013). Death is a consequence of our lack of perfection, when we reach a high level of perfection, we will stop death (Valverde 2019 a).

Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will rule over all." Spiritual knowledge is a personal quest, the mysteries of life are not written in one particular book, but they are embedded in different elements of life such as events, experiences, symbols, books, etc. However, these mysteries are waiting for us to discover, when we discover them, first we will be disturbed because they will break our present paradigm of thought but then we will be marvel because what once did not make sense to us, it will become clear when we reach the Gnosis. There is perfection in the Universe, but it is only when we discover it, that we will realize this truth of life.
Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) imperial rule is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father's) imperial rule is inside you and outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty."

The gospel teaches us to search for the Divine within, a fraction of the father lives within us and it is this fraction of the divine that we need to find in order to discover out true divinity. The search of GOD starts within, by learning about ourselves we will be able to learn about GOD (Valverde 2018a). The goal of life is to learn about ourselves and our potential, it is only when we realize the wonderful we are that we will realize that we are one of the children of the Universal father. If we don’t realize this very basic fact, our life will be a waste and we will not be able to fulfill our mission of life that is to understand our purpose and potential.

Jesus said, "Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that won't be revealed." This is a powerful teaching; life is full of signs that are there to reveal to us the mysteries of the Universe. Our consciousness is connected to the Universe and the Universe talks to us in the form of signs. The true teacher is life, it is only when you learn to interpret the symbols around us that we will understand the meaning of life. Jung (1997) thought that synchronicities are the way the university talks to us, these are signals that get our attention for us to focus on certain things that are there to reveal to us important things to raise our level of consciousness.

Jesus said, "Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human. And foul is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion still will become human." The ego (Lion) that is of animal origin should be dominated in order to evolve and become a full human. Only those that can control their ego would be able to become full conscious humans. Our ego represents the animal part of us that needs to be dominated. The lion represents many of our emotions such as anger, envy and jealously. This relates to the quantum consciousness paradigm that explains that the brain and consciousness are two different elements (Valverde 2018b). The ego that is part of our brain represents the animal part of the human, it needs to be dominated by your higher consciousness for evolution purposes (Vancini., Vancini-Campanharo, Barbosa, & Arida 2016).

Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to something and tell me what I am like."Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a just angel". Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher." Thomas said to him, "Teacher, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like." Jesus said, "I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended." And he took him, and withdrew, and spoke three sayings to him. When Thomas came back to his friends, they asked him, "What did Jesus say to you?" Thomas said to them, "If I tell you one of the sayings he spoke to me, you will pick up rocks and stone me, and fire will come from the rocks and devour you." Revealing the secrets of the Universe to others can be challenging, in particular those with religious dogmas and blinded by other paradigms such as scientific, political, cultural, etc. The first reaction of humans is to attack and ridicule anyone that tries to break these paradigms. Jesus teachings were about breaking established paradigms (Galvin 1994).

Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, "These nursing babies are like those who enter the (Father's) domain." They said to him, "Then shall we enter the (Father's) domain as babies?" Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the (Father's) domain]."

The goal of life is to learn about your true nature, once you realize that you are the son or daughter of the living father, you will no longer have to die and the reincarnation process will stop and the human will evolve into a new level of existence.

The modern men are in need of a more humanistic and less dogmatic view of Christianity. Man is looking for a better understanding of his purpose and relationship with the creation. The Gospel of Thomas has the potential to shed light to the individual that is looking for answers to the mysteries of life such as death, suffering and illness. The Gospel empowers men by revealing their divine nature that gives them the potential to find the answers to all their existential questions. The discovery of the GOD within is the secret to connect to the creation and reach immortality. Reaching immortality is part of the evolution process of men and only reachable trough the perfection of the human soul.

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