Best Of The Sons Of Men
Translated By Notovitch
2 For they have tortured and there put to death the great and just Issa, in whom dwelt the soul of the universe,
3 Which was incarnate in a simple mortal in order to do good to men and to exterminate their evil thoughts
4 And in order to bring back man degraded by his sins to a life of peace, love, and happiness and to recall to him the one and indivisible Creator, whose mercy is infinite and without bounds.
5 Hear what the merchants from Israel relate to us on this subject. (more…)
- Gospel of Thomas Prologue – Jesus spoke and Thomas wrote
- Gospel of Thomas Saying 1 – Importance of interpreting the obscure sayings
- Gospel of Thomas Saying 2 – Seek until you find
- Gospel of Thomas Saying 3 – The kingdom is within us
- Gospel of Thomas Saying 4 – The first will be last
- Gospel of Thomas Saying 5 – The obscure will become disclosed
- Gospel of Thomas Saying 6 – True fasting, prayer, and charity
- Gospel of Thomas Saying 7 – The lion and the human being
- Gospel of Thomas Saying 8 – A parable of an intelligent fisherman
- Gospel of Thomas Saying 9 – A parable of a sower
- Gospel of Thomas Saying 10 – Jesus has cast fire
- Gospel of Thomas Saying 11 – The living will not die
- Gospel of Thomas Saying 12 – The disciples will come to James
The tradition of Gnosis has taken on innumerable forms throughout the centuries; one of those forms is popularly assumed to be the totality of Gnosis: a diverse and often conflicting collection of traditions loosely centered around the Mediterranean Sea many centuries ago. Here are some example writings from that time and place, and an illustration of the true nature of the Gnostic teachings, which is far more ancient and wide-spread than humanity realizes, and is very much alive today.
This website has many articles and lectures that explain the most famous and widely known Gnostic scriptures: the books of Moses and the Gospels of Christianity. Kabbalah of Genesis reveals many of the mysteries of the book of Genesis.
A one-sentence description of Gnosticism: a religion that differentiates the evil god of this world (who is identified with the god of the Old Testament) from a higher more abstract God revealed by Jesus Christ, a religion that regards this world as the creation of a series of evil archons/powers who wish to keep the human soul trapped in an evil physical body, a religion that preaches a hidden wisdom or knowledge only to a select group as necessary for salvation or escape from this world.
The term “gnostic” derives from “gnosis,” which means “knowledge” in Greek. The Gnostics believed that they were privy to a secret knowledge about the divine, hence the name. (Huxley coined “agnosticism” on the basis that all knowledge must be based on reason. We cannot rationally claim to have access to knowledge that is beyond the powers of the intellect.)
|1. On the day I was guarding the gods of my father Terah and the gods of my brother Nahor, while I was testing (to find out) which god is in truth the strongest,|
|2. I (then) Abraham, at the time when my lot came, when I was completing the services, of my father Terah’s sacrifice to his gods of wood, of stone, of gold, of|
|3. silver, of copper, and of iron, having entered their temple for the service, I found a god named Marumath, carved from stone, fallen at the feet of the iron god|
|4. Nakhin. And it came to pass, that when I saw it my heart was perplexed and I thought in my mind that I, Abraham, could not put it back in its place alone,|
|5. because it was heavy, (being made) of a big stone. But I went and told my father,|
|6. and he came in with me. And when we both lifted it to put it in its place, its head|
|7. fell off, even while I was holding it by its head. And it came to pass, when my father saw that the head of his god Marumath had fallen, he said to me, “Abraham!:|
|8. And I said, “Here I am!” And he said to me, “Bring me the axes and chiselsfrom the house. “And I brought them to him|
|9. from the house. And he cut another Marumath from another stone, without a head, and he smashed the head that had fallen off Marumath and the rest of Marumath.
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