Disclaimer: About This Blog

THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Thomas on the Kingdom

I'm not sure if I agree with all gnosticism, or if the Gospel of Thomas should be viewed as an equal to the other gospels. However I am pleased to discover that verse 3 of the Gospel of Thomas lines up very well with a theme I see in the other gospels:
  • the good news of the kingdom of God or kingdom of Heaven
  • that we must be born again - a new spiritual birth
  • that we are children of God
  • that God is our Father
  • that God wants to be our Lord/King

Gospel of Thomas vs. 3
Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father's) kingdom is within you and it is outside you.
When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty."

So do you know who you are? Do you live it?

When I recognize I am a child of God, I should consider his wishes since I am 'living under his roof' so to speak.

If I think I'm just a child of my earthly parents, now living on my own, my own selfish desires will rule.

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