In the year 367 A.C. Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, ordered all the books he considered heretic or Gnostic destroyed. Fortunately, some monks didn’t agree and buried several ones in a jar in a hillside near the city of Nag Hammadi in Egypt. In 1945. They were unearthed, and the Gospel of Thomas was one of the pearls recovered. It contains 114 precious sayings of Jesus.
The Gospel of Thomas is not easy to understand. Being very spiritual, it does not conform with the materialist view that prevails in the world today. That is why I place these sayings among the enigmatic sayings of Jesus.
These are the hidden words that the living Jesus spoke, And Didymus Judas Thomas wrote them down:
And he said: “Whoever finds the meaning of these words will not taste death.”
All of us have a soul – better to say, are a soul – and this soul is immortal. But we, Westerners, do not recognize it. The Eastern religions, which preach reincarnation, says that the body is only a temporary clothing that our soul carries for this life on earth.
Jesus always gave high priority to the soul, being the body only a temporary carrier of the soul. He preached absolute priority for the soul, the immortal soul.
Whoever finds the meaning of these words will not taste death. The body will die, will decompose, its molecules may enter other organisms, but we – the soul – are immortal, will not taste death.
Roberto Lima Netto believes that our objective in life is to be happy, and that Spirituality and Jungian psychology, his main areas of interest, can help us in this search for happiness. He is the author of several books, including “The Little Prince for Grown-ups” and “The Jungian Bible” . His blog is www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org.
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