Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What I'm reading:

Secret Gospels: Essays on Thomas and the Secret Gospel of Mark

The followers said to Jesus, "Tell us how our end will be." Jesus said, "Have you discovered the beginning then, so that you are seeking the end? For where the beginning is the end will be."
That's from the Gospel of Thomas. Profound as fuck.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gospel of Thomas full of the 'this is black, so its white' type of lingo, unreadable.

7:21 PM  
Blogger steven andresen said...

to anonymous,

On this point, where Jesus talks about the importance of beginnings, I do not agree.

Here's an analogy: If we start out thinking we'd like to go to the store, but, instead of walking out the door and heading in the direction of where the store is, we head for the basement. Once there, we find ourselves confined by the walls of our basement foundation. So, we start digging. And that's where our family finds us.

The point being, if in trying to get somewhere, we don't start out in the right direction with an idea of how we can get to our destination, we will become lost.

Another analogy: we want to build a house. But, we are careless. We build the foundation for our house on sand. Next to an often flooding river. Well, we build our house. But, when the river floods it washes our house built on sand away. Our family is harmed.

The point here is much the same. We have to start out with a solid foundation to whatever we are going to build.

The organization of the biblical writing does not show that there are connections to be made between when Jesus says this thing and then when he talks about some other thing. It's put together so that you get some kind of story, but, I'm afraid, not one that makes sense.

I think the point of talking about the importance of beginnings has to do with the fact that others put too much weight on endings, and is 'the ends justify the means.'

It's all about an argument which is being hidden from us.

11:26 AM  

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