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<stephaniestmartin@y...>" <stephaniestmartin@y...> wrote:
i pray for those who have hurt you and pray that you can forgive
from The Testimony of Truth
No one knows the God of truth except solely the man who will forsake
all of the things of the world, having renounced the whole place,
having grasped the fringe of his garment. He has set himself up as a
power;he has subdued desire in every way within himself...
...and how many powers does he have? And who is the one who has bound
him? And who is the one who will loose him? And what is the light?
And what is the darkness? And who is the one who has created the
earth? And who is God? And who are angels? And what is a soul? And
what is a spirit? And where is the voice? And who is the one who
speaks? And who is the one who hears? Who is the one who gives pain?
And who is the one who suffers? And who is it who has begotten
corruptible flesh? And what is governance? And why are some lame, and
some blind and some... and some..., and some rich, and some poor? And
why are some powerless, some brigands...
...he having...as he again..., fighting against thoughts of the
archons and the powers and the demons, not giving them a place in
which to rest. But he struggled against their passions..., he
condemned their error. He cleansed his soul from the transgressions
which he had committed with an alien hand. He stood up, being upright
within himself, because he exists in the midst of both of them. And
when he had received the power, he turned towards the parts of the
right, and he entered into truth, having forsaken all things
pertaining to the left, having been filled with wisdom, with counsel,
with understanding, and with insight and an eternal power. And he
broke open his bonds. Those who had formed the whole place, he
condemned. But they did not find... hidden within him.
And he gave command to himself; he began to know himself and to speak
with his mind, which is the father of the truth, concerning the
unbegotten aeons, and concerning the virgin who brought forth the
light. And he thinks about the power which flowed over the whole
place, and which takes hold of him. And he is a disciple of his mind,
which is male. He began to keep silent within himself until the day
when he should become worthy to be received above. He rejects for
himself loquacity and disputations, and he endures the whole place;
and he bears under them, and he endures all of the evil things. And
he is patient with every one: he makes himself equal to every one,
and he also separates himself from them. And that which someone
wants, he brings to him, in order that he might become perfect(and)
holy. When the..., he grasped him, having bound upon... and he was
filled with wisdom. He bore witness to the truth...the power. and he
went into Imperishability, the place whence he came forth,having left
the world, which has the appearance of night, and those that whirl
the stars in it. This, therefore, is the true testimony: When man
comes to know himself and God, who is over the truth, he will be
saved, and he will crown himself with the crown unfading.