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Re: Gospel of Thomas not Gnostic???

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  • lady_caritas
    Hello, Terje. Just a note to support your comments regarding salvation ~ Ernst mentions that �����in Nag Hammadi, there are writings that showed
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 6, 2002
      Hello, Terje.<br><br>Just a note to support your
      comments regarding salvation ~ <br><br>Ernst mentions that
      �in Nag Hammadi, there are writings that showed the
      definite �Gnostic� theology such as the Gospel of
      Truth.�<br><br>We can at least say that these writings are
      attributed to Valentinian sources. This sermon emphasizes
      the salvific theme of Gnosis, acquaintance with the
      Father. �Error� was responsible for becoming angry and
      persecuting Jesus Christ and nailing him to a tree. This
      �event� becomes symbolic in that Jesus becomes the �fruit
      of the father�s acquaintance,� and thus those who
      �ate of it,� discovered the Christ within themselves.
      As Terje suggests, a human sacrifice of blood, Jesus
      dying for our �sins,� was a Judeo-Christian
      interpretation. At most, Gnostics might view �sin� as ignorance,
      but Christ�s message wasn�t necessarily dependent on
      his death and resurrection in a physical way.
      <br><br>This is supported in another Valentinian text,
      _Treatise on Resurrection_, specifically dealing with the
      subject. Jesus� �suffering on the cross� might not refer
      to biological death, but rather to the Christ�s
      suffering upon being in this illusory world of matter. This
      treatise emphasizes a resurrection already possible in
      this lifetime. �Therefore do not concentrate on
      particulars, O Rheginus, nor live according to (the dictates
      of) this flesh; do not, for the sake of unity.
      Rather, leave the state of dispersion and bondage, and
      then you already have resurrection. For if the dying
      part (flesh) 'knows itself,' and knows that since it
      is moribund it is rushing toward this outcome
      (death) even if it has lived many years in the present
      life, why do you (the intellect) not examine your own
      self and see that you have arisen?�<br><br>So, to
      state �the GTh has no elaborate Christological
      speculation as soteriology� seems a bit premature. In
      addition to Terje�s comments, we certainly see the theme
      of �acquaintance� available in our present lives in
      this collection of sayings, such as in Logions 3 and
      113, which seem to agree with Valentinian theology.
      So, I remain unconvinced that an �elaborate�
      Christology emphasizing death and resurrection is necessary,
      except as a way of symbolic illustration. <br><br>Cari
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