By Ron Miller
The Gospel of Thomas—a publication of sayings and knowledge of Jesus compiled as early or previous to the recent testomony gospels—can remodel your non secular lifestyles. there are lots of educational commentaries at the Gospel of Thomas, yet this e-book has a unique objective. it truly is intended to be a guidebook, that's, a translation of the sayings into day-by-day perform. The aim of such perform is to develop into Jesus’s dual. this doesn't, after all, suggest turning into an olive-skinned, bearded Mediterranean peasant donning sandals. it's extra approximately manifesting in our lives an identical Christ awareness published within the individual we all know as Jesus of Nazareth. —from the creation within the many years for the reason that its discovery, the Gospel of Thomas has intrigued humans of all faiths world wide. laying off new gentle at the origins of Christianity, the Gospel of Thomas increases questions on no matter if the hot Testament’s model of Jesus’s teachings is completely exact and entire. within the Gospel of Thomas we see Jesus as a wisdom-loving sage, sharing aphorisms concerning the worth of the current and every person’s function within the production of the dominion of God the following on the earth. yet those inspiring sayings can go away you brooding about, "What next?" you can now the right way to begin utilizing Jesus’s knowledge on your personal life—and, in flip, to the realm round you. This specified guidebook leads you thru Thomas, delivering practices that assist you translate Jesus’s knowledge right into a extra enjoyable, enriching lifestyle, together with: * turning into a non secular grownup * checking out the previous and the hot * Being a therapeutic Presence * bold to Be a urban on a Hill * God’s Reign demands prepared fingers * Spirituality isn't really Skygazing * and lots more and plenty more...
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O n e can, however, use forms that have been part of healing traditions for centuries. We read, for example, in the Letter of James 5:14-15 that believers can anoint the sick with oil and pray for them. " During my years of clerical ministry, I found this a very beautiful way to bring healing to the sick. I spent the summer after my ordination in a parish and my mornings were filled with visits to hospitals and nursing homes, administering this sacrament to countless people who needed spiritual comfort and healing.
H e is going back again to that primordial time before historical time, that mythic state of nondualistic consciousness in which the Sabbath first appears. In the first creation story, God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, "because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation" (Genesis 2:3). This demonstrates the holiness both of work and of rest. Spiritual teachings come in pairs. Work is good; and yet, our society distorts the goodness of work in the lives of so many workaholics.
In this sense, all Thomas Believers should play in the field of the world. And true play is an expression of true peace. We also note in saying 21a that the field does not belong to the children. They are passersby, not investing themselves in the transient show of this world. W h e n they are asked to give the field back, they go a step further and leave not only the field but their clothes. They want to be encumbered by nothing. I have a special friend and when I'm at his apartment, I never say that I like anything there.