Gnostic Doctrine

Thursday, 1 November 2018

The Nature of Adultery The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

The Nature of Matter 
The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene 
The Nature of Adultery 







The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene:  



Chapter 4

(Pages 1 to 6 of the manuscript, containing chapters 1 - 3, are lost. The extant text starts on page 7...)

. . . Will matter then be destroyed or not?

22) The Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots.
23) For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone.
24) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
25) Peter said to him, Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?
26) The Savior said There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.
27) That is why the Good came into your midst, to the essence of every nature in order to restore it to its root.
28) Then He continued and said, That is why you become sick and die, for you are deprived of the one who can heal you.
29) He who has a mind to understand, let him understand.
30) Matter gave birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from something contrary to nature. Then there arises a disturbance in its whole body.
31) That is why I said to you, Be of good courage, and if you are discouraged be encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature.
32) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.


Will matter then be destroyed or not

Matter (hyle) and nature (physis)

All nature dissolve into its own Root that is a resolution into dust. 


The word root is used three times in the text. in verses 22, 23 and 27 


the word Root here denotes origin and the triad of all natures all formations all creatures designates  the totality of all that exists and has been created in its present mutually interwoven condition. (The Apocryphal Gospels: An Introduction)


25) Peter said to him, Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?

26) The Savior said There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.

27) That is why the Good came into your midst, to the essence of every nature in order to restore it to its root.

The closing words of Jesus's reply show that the starting point of Peter's question are his preceding reflections on mater nature and origin these conceptions are picked up in the word root (The Apocryphal Gospels: An Introduction)


27) For this reason, the Good came among you, pursuing (the good) which belongs to every nature. It will set it within its root.


Here the root of perishable mater is contrasted with the proper root of a person's true spiritual nature which the good will establish

Sin is described as the nature of adultery
25) Peter said to him, Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?
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the sin of the world about which Peter asks is defined by Jesus as the nature of adultery or the essence of fornication terms which are meant as metaphors 

26) The Savior said There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.


"There is no sin" that is there is no such thing as the transgression of the law

"but it is you who make sin" the disciples themselves produce or make sin by acting in accordance with the nature of adultery


To produce sin means that physical principle of the animal nature, which is the cause of all its diseases, death, and resolution into dust. Inasmuch as this physical principle pervades every part of the flesh, the animal nature is styled 'sinful flesh'. that is, 'flesh full of sin'... Sin, I say, is an equivalent expression for human nature'


The flesh produces sin which brings forth death


This is why you get sick and die: because [you love] what deceives [you]. [Anyone who] thinks should consider (these matters)!


"This is why you get sick and die" those physical effects produced by sin which Paul calls ‘sin that dwelleth in me,’


People's own material bodies deceive them and lead them to a fatal love of perishable material nature which is the source of the passions as well as physical suffering and death. True knowledge can never be based upon unreliable senses



30) Matter gave birth to a passion which has no Image because it derives from what is contrary to nature.


(40) Jesus said, "A grapevine has been planted outside of the father, but being unsound, it will be pulled up by its roots and destroyed."

To say that passion has no image means that it is not part of the Father' planting or not a true reflection of the good


Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing.



Ps 5:4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

Ps 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.


Because the passions are tied to suffering and deception and because no evil or falsehood belongs to the Good no divine image of passion can really exist because it lacks a heavenly origin. Everything which is true and good is an image and is contrary to the true

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