The Gospel of Thomas, used by followers of Jesus in the early centuries but rejected by the Church, was lost to the ages until a 1945 discovery of its full text, buried in a jar under the Egyptian sand for 1600 years. Told by Jesus to his disciple Didymos Judas Thomas, scholars consider this gospel one of Christianity’s great discoveries, some believing it may be older than any of the four New Testament gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Composed of a list of 114 sayings of Jesus,…Continue
Recorded in the New Testament gospels are stories of Jesus telling of the “Son of Man” to be treated badly and crucified, rising on the third day. The term “son of man” was originally an Old Testament term, Jews making distinction between the sons of ordinary men and the sons of Adam, the father of a new kind of man, cognizant of and giving obedience to a one God, manifested in the phrase: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that…Continue
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Dogma, defined as a point of view put forward as authoritative without adequate grounds, is typically an element in religious doctrine. Among the believers, a belief is viewed as truth, but stepping outside of their church group, a doctrine unsupported by fact can be obvious. It is not that such a belief is not true, but that it is questionable, dubious, even doubtful, improbable, or impossible. A foundation of the Christian Church is the Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, the shedding of…Continue
Nothing is more amazing than a realization of the Self, itself. The Self is the center of your world; without the Self nothing whatsoever can exist. With the Self, what is within the sphere of the Self exists, and what is not within the sphere of the Self does not.
Through observation of other such “selves” we know that our world, this world, will continue to exist upon our exit from it. But subjectively, without you, there is no anything. So who is this “I” of whom is us, and of whom…Continue
The Eastern religions have a basis for answering the question of where man comes from and to where he will go, yet the West generally cannot accept it. The term is “reincarnation”, an incarnating by the entity again and again until he comes into self-awareness and escapes the prison of an illusory world. For those of us inconsolably wedded to the storyline of the reality that we presently are embedded in, it is a harsh term.
If reincarnation is true, then our “Garden of Eden” is…Continue
The Mystery of “I”
By Arthur Telling
The Question of Old
Since recorded time, man has grappled with the big questions of what life is and who we are, dating to ancient Greece and the Chinese and ancient Mesopotamia and beyond, and there have formed many theories, ideas, and truths too, yet the nature of the self remains elusive. Who is this “I” speaking to you, and who is this “I” the reader?
“I” cannot be seen, or heard, or touched; yet “I”…Continue