Ancient writings

February.4. 2017

Ancient writings fascinate me.

I see them as repositories of wisdom, ancient knowledge from a distant past.

Imagine getting into the minds of people who lived two, three, or even five thousand years ago by reading their writings or teachings.

The problem is that of making sense of them.

At first glance, many of them can easily pass for wishful fantasies, folklore, fairy tales, primitive attempts to explain the world around them.

There is one particular ancient story, however, that has had me perplexed for a while.

A paradise on earth where there’s no pain, no sadness and then through some unfortunate twist of fate and thanks to the machinations of one intruder into this paradise, the fall and forced exit from the paradise.

And then a redeemer who had to undergo unimaginable pain and suffering so that you and I and the rest of mankind can regain that paradise.

Who came up with that convoluted story? (My guess is some power committee operating in secrecy back in the day.)

The other day, quite out of the blue, the answer came to me.

Yes, of course.

It makes perfect sense.

It’s not just a fanciful story but a powerful way to explain the human condition and how we can bring ourselves back to the Garden.

I won’t go into the details but I’ll give a hint.

To get at the answer, you’ll have to read the Gospel of Thomas.

Once you get the central theme of that gospel, which is that the Kingdom of Heaven is here and now (and not the hereafter), the rest of the pieces will fall into place.

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