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The Thomas Gospel

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The Thomas Gospel

Introduction

Thomas Gospel

Thomas Gospel

The Thomas Gospel contains some of the esoteric sayings of Jesus. The three main religions of the Western World have two types of teachings. The exoteric one, for the masses, and the esoteric or secret teachings for the inner core. Islamism has Sufism, Judaism, Kabbalah.

In the initial centuries after Christ, Gnosticism flourished, but, during the reign of Emperor Constantine, when Christianity was enthroned as the official religion of the Roman Empire, all the Gnostic texts were considered heretics. In the year 367 A.C. Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, ordered all the heretic books be destroyed. Fortunately, some monks didn’t agree and buried several 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.

The Thomas Gospel contains some of the esoteric teachings of Jesus. It contains 114 sayings of Jesus, many repeated in the canonical Gospels but others entirely unique.

The Gospel of Thomas is not easy to understand. Being truly spiritual, it does not conform to the materialist view that prevails in the world today.

We will present these sayings and our understanding based on the concepts of Jungian psychology. Although psychology did not exist as a science at the time of Jesus, some of the most mysterious sayings can be explained with the assistance of the Jungian concepts.

The two Gospels, The Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of John were written probably at the same time, at the end of the first century or the beginning of the second. The Gospel of John was accepted in the New Testament, but not without many discussions and objections. The Gospel of Thomas was considered heretical, although Thomas, as well as John, was one of the twelve apostles. It is true that these gospels, attributed to these apostles, were probably not written by them, but by their followers.

These two gospels have much in common, but also significant differences. The main one being that John clearly points Jesus as the only son of God and Thomas records a saying of Jesus affirming that the image of God is hidden in every human being, although most people remain unaware of its presence. Contrary to John, the Gospel of Thomas teaches that the light of God shines not only in Jesus but, potentially, in every human being.

This saying calls attention to a Jungian concept. Jung claims that there is an archetype – the Self – inside the psyche of every human being. Jung said that God, this Major Force that created the universe is well above human understanding. We cannot have access to this Major Force, but we can talk, using the method of Active Imagination, with the archetypes inside our psyche, including the Self that he also called the Image of God.

In summary, we cannot talk to God, but we can communicate with the Image of God inside our psyche. Maybe the mystics can talk to God, but human language is imperfect and they cannot convey their experience to us.

Sayings of such depth allow for multiple interpretations. What follows are  interpretations based on the concepts of Carl Jung.

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Thomas Gospel #1 – Video

Thomas Gospel #2 – Video

Thomas Gospel #3 – Video

Thomas Gospel #4

Thomas Gospel #5

The interpretation of the other sayings will be posted when ready.

Stories of the Bible with Jungian interpretation

Stories of the Bible with Jungian interpretation

I am Roberto Lima Netto, a writer who seeks to present, in easy words, the ideas of Carl Jung and of notable mystics and sages. I also write fiction, always trying to convey lessons of life. After all, Jesus taught us that the stories are the best way to present ideas. Some of my books are: The Little Prince for Grownups, The Jungian Bible, The Amazon Shaman and In Search of Happiness.

 

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

Updated: 15/06/2014 — 2:29 pm

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  1. I am very excited about what you have written and excited about reading some or all of your work. I am a student of A Course in Miracles and one of the people I read and listen to alot is Ken Wapnic, especially his book on Forgiveness and Jesus. IF you havn’t read it I recommend it highly. If you have read it you know what I mean already.
    Looking forward to videos and your writings.
    Carolyn H

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