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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What Jesus Said To Thomas*

To: Professor Rubén René Dupertuis, Ph.D.
      Associate Professor of Religion
      Trinity University
      San Antonio, Texas

Re: What Jesus Said to Thomas

From: Michael

Sir,

Perhaps, if that woman had not said “We get your point; can we move on?”, I would have offered to explain—after the “Jesus Seminar On the Road” conference was over (on September 29; interestingly enough, the Roman Catholic feast of “Michael the archangel”) and only to those who were really interested—what Jesus said to Thomas.

In any case, the opportunity did not present itself, so this is an edited version of a note that was previously sent to the Before It’s News website on March 18, 2012:

From The Nag Hammadi Library, Edited by James Robinson, pg. 127-128:

“Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Compare me to someone and tell me whom I am like.’

Simon Peter said to him ‘You are like a righteous angel.’

Matthew said to him, ‘You are like a wise philosopher.’

Thomas said to him, ‘Master, my mouth is wholly incapable of saying whom you are like.’

Jesus said, ‘I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring which I have measured out.’

And he took him and withdrew and told him three things. When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, ‘What did Jesus say to you?’

Thomas said to them, ‘If I tell you one of the things he told me, you will pick up stones and throw them at me; a fire will come out of those stones and burn you up.’ (Saying #13 of the Gospel of Thomas)


In order to know—and, then, understand—what the three things are that Jesus said to Thomas, it is necessary to understand, first of all, the context in which that Teaching was conveyed.

To begin with, by asking the question, Jesus is testing his disciples to determine which of them, if any, is deserving of additional Teaching. And, of the three, Jesus determines that Thomas alone has ‘passed the test’; since, after all, Saying #13 is found in, specifically, the Gospel of Thomas, rather than any other Gospel.

And, in order to understand why Thomas ‘passed the test’, it is necessary to understand the differences between the consciousness of Jesus—that is, the consciousness Created ‘by and in the image of God’ (Genesis 1:27)—and the ‘fallen’ consciousness of his disciples.

The ‘fallen’ consciousness is comprised of the “beast of the sea” (Revelations 13:1) consciousness of the “self” and the “beast of the earth” (Revelations 13:11 and Sura 27:82 of the Quran) consciousness of the ‘thinker’; the principal function of the consciousness of the “self” being the creation of images [the first image created by the “self” being an image of the “self” itself as a 3-dimensional ‘curved spatiality’ of consciousness which has been created by the (“dragon”) ‘movement’ of self-reflection]; and the principal function of the consciousness of the ‘thinker’ being the extension and preservation of that ‘curved spatiality’ of consciousness in time through the creation of thought (the first thought being the thought of the ‘thinker’).

Thus, what Jesus is determining (by asking the question) is whether his disciples have any understanding at all of the quite serious limitations of the ‘fallen’ consciousness in apprehending, through image, or explaining, through thought, either the consciousness Created by God itself or the Knowledge of the Truth. And, from his reply, it is quite clear that Thomas does have at least a minimal understanding of such limitations.

Thus, Jesus tells Thomas three things:

1) The conflict between the consciousness Created by God and the ‘fallen’ consciousness of the “self” and the ‘thinker’ is a conflict between the Knowledge of Truth and both the images of Truth created by the “self” and the thoughts about Truth created by the ‘thinker’; those images and thoughts being symbolized as “stones” which are thrown at the Truth for the purpose of destroying it;

2) The images and thoughts created by the ‘fallen’ consciousness in order to destroy both the consciousness Created by God and the Knowledge of Truth originate in the “fire” of fear and desire [which is the origin of both the ‘movement’ of self-reflection (the “self”) and the postulation of the thought of the ‘thinker’]; and,

3) The confrontation between the Knowledge of Truth and the images and thoughts which are created by the ‘fallen’ consciousness of the “self” and the ‘thinker’ results in the time-reversal ‘resolution’ of those images and thoughts—into the “fire” from which they originated—to the very annihilation of both the “self” and the ‘thinker’ themselves; as must occur prior to the receiving of the Vision of the “Son of man”.

For more than 33 years, however, the “dragon”-media and the “false prophet” Jewish and Christian religious ‘authorities’ (Revelations 16:13)—including, since 1986, the Jesus Seminar—have censored and suppressed what Jesus said to Thomas; choosing to publish, instead, numerous commentaries (“their name is legion”) on the Gospel of Thomas written by people who, incredibly, were not even involved in the conversation between Jesus and Thomas in the first place…

Michael (Chapter 12:1 of the Book of Daniel, Sura 2:98 of the Quran)

And


Sarah-->Elijah-->Daniel-->John the Baptist-->Mohammed-->Elizabeth


For

Hagar-->the apostle Mary-->Danielle (1982)

And

Isaac-->the apostle John-->Robin (1986)

Ishmael-->the apostle Peter-->Cindy (1992)

Jacob-->the apostle Thomas-->Linda (1987)

Esau-->the apostle, Judas-->Susan (1970)

Isaiah’s wife-->the apostle James-->Kimberly (2000)

*First sent to this blog on September 30, 2012

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