From the great central fact of the universe in regard to which we have agreed, namely, this Spirit of Infinite Life that is back of all and from which all comes, we are led to inquire as to what is the great central fact in human life. From what has gone before, the question almost answers itself.
The great central fact in human life, in your life and in mine, is the coming into a conscious, vital realization of our oneness with this Infinite Life, and the opening of ourselves fully to this divine inflow. This is the great central fact in human life, for in this all else is included, all else follows in its train. In just the degree that we come into a conscious realization of our oneness with the Infinite Life, and open ourselves to this divine inflow, do we actualize in ourselves the qualities and powers of the Infinite Life.
And what does this mean? It means simply this: that we are recognizing our true identity, that we are bringing our lives into harmony with the same great laws and forces, and so opening
ourselves to the same great inspirations, as have all the prophets, seers, sages, and saviours in the world’s history, all men of truly great and mighty power. For in the degree that we come into this realization and connect ourselves with this Infinite Source, do we make it possible for the higher powers to play, to work, to manifest through us. (more…)
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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Matthew McGeeIn order to understand the Bible, one must study dispensationally, that is, rightly divide the scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15). But what does it mean to study dispensationally or to rightly divide? On the most basic level: It is reading a Bible passage and asking, “Am I in the group of people being spoken to here?” That is, “Is this passage speaking to Christians?” Most commonly, we are taught that the entire Bible is written to us. But that is not entirely correct. The whole Bible is written for us, for our learning, but not all of it is addressed to us.
For example: When God gave the law to the people of Israel through Moses in about 1500 BC, one of the laws was to do no work on the Sabbath. The Sabbath lasts from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. When a man was found picking up sticks on the Sabbath in Numbers 15:32-36, God commanded the people of Israel to put him to death by stoning. Now does that mean if we see our neighbor mowing his grass on Saturday morning that he is committing a sin? Should we round up the whole neighborhood and kill him? Of course not. We must realize that the children of Israel were not Christians. We are not under the law of Moses like they were then. They lived in a different dispensation from us. (more…)
The holy book of Islam. Also referred to in English as “Quran”, or “Qur’an“. The latter is the correct transliteration, but in Contents we use the common “Koran”.
The exact meaning of the word “Koran” is not clear for us today, but the three main theories. It may either be connected to the word for ‘collect’; or to the word for ‘tie together’; or perhaps best to the most commonly used word for “read” or “recite,” which is an important verb in the book itself.
The Koran as a book is the result of:
1. Alleged revelations to Muhammad in the period 610-632 (Muhammad’s death).
2. Writing down of these revelations by people around Muhammad in a period probably starting some years after 610, and ending a couple of years after 632.
3. Compilation of these writings stretching from mid-630’s and perhaps until mid-650’s.
4. Stories relating to Muhammad, largely stories in which he communicates with God, usually concerning contemporary matters.
5. Vowelling and dotting of the text. Ancient Arabicwas written without dots, leaving some letters look identical. And in many cases the lack of vowels would make two different words look identical.
Prior to the 5th stage, it was, therefore, up to the memories of the learned to remember what was the correct meaning of every word. But as these learned people died, the early Muslim community found it important to save the exact meaning once and for all, before it was too late. (more…)