The Gospel of Philip - Part 27
- This is Volume One Number 92
July 5, 2005
Please take the time to investigate the Order of
Mary and Intentional Prayer. I'd lioke to know
what you think of both of them:
For my text I'm using the Gospel of Philip from
In my opinion, the best translation of the Gospel
of Philip is done by Jean-Yves LeLoop (2002) (ISBN
1-59477-022-0) published by Inner Traditions
Rochester, VT. http://InnerTraditions.com
"27. Those who have gone astray, whom the spirit
begets, usually go astray also because of the
There are many interpretations of this statement.
One thought is that we can do nothing of ourselves
but Spirit can do anything through us. Thus
Spirit can accomplish good or evil through us and
we can only go along with whatever Spirit decides
to do. This is the complete opposite of free
The free choice explanation is that Spirit
empowers each of us with a part of Itself. Thus
we are a small piece of the Spirit and we can do
what we want to do. Thus we can go astray and it
is our very own Spirit that led us astray. This
is the free choice explanation.
The Tree of Life easily explains this second
interpretation because the first world of the
Kaballah is the World of Spirit. This is followed
by the second, third and fourth worlds which are
the Worlds of Soul, Ego and Persona in that order.
In the World of Spirit we are empowered with free
will and the ability to create our own lives. As
a Child of the Divine we have the right and the
freedom to go astray.
"Thus, by one and the same breath, the fire blazes
and is put out."
The Breath of God is a term used to describe the
life force within us. This is the Fire that gives
us life. When the life force removes itself from
our body we die to this world. It is therefore
said that our light has gone out or that our Fire
We'll continue our discussion of the Gospel of
Philip next week. In the meantime, may the Gospel
of Philip speak to your heart.
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