Gnostic Doctrine

Thursday, 1 November 2018

meditating about death gospel of thomas saying 63

59. Jesus said, "Look to the living one as long as you live, otherwise you might die and then try to see the living one, and you will be unable to see."

63 Jesus said, "There was a rich person who had a great deal of money. He said, 'I shall invest my money so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouses with produce, that I may lack nothing.' These were the things he was thinking in his heart, but that very night he died. Anyone here with two ears had better listen!"

The majority of human beings seem to spend little time meditating about death, or about their own nature, which is death's fundamental cause. Such lack of self-examination leads to a lack of self-knowledge, and therefore people drift along through life, making their decisions according to the thinking of their own natural desires.

There is a refusal - all be it heavily masked - to take on board the fact that life is so short that all too soon the certainty of death will be upon us. "What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.". "We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again.".

"In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew; Toward evening it fades and withers away." (James 4:14; 2 Sam. 14:14; Ps. 90:5,6).

Moses, a truly thoughtful man, recognized this, and pleaded to God: "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Ps. 90:12). Therefore, in view of life's shortness of time, we should make our acquisition's of true wisdom a number one priority.

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