There was a short-lived discussion on the Gospel of Thomas over in the Christianity Forum, but it devolved pretty quickly into a discussion on authority and whether it was older than the canonical gospels and so on. I'm interested in discussing the concepts in the Gospel of Thomas and am hoping we can do that without arguing about it. The Gospel exists, it has something to say, and perhaps we can talk about what it means to us.
The first lines of the Gospel read:
These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.
1. And he said, "Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death".
What this means to me is that finding the underlying meaning of the symbols given in these teachings will liberate one from the cyclic births and deaths we know as reincarnation. You?
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