“The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of Knowledge and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed those to enter who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”
“Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.”
“Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest.”
“…the Kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it. …the Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known. … But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me.”
If you think you understood all of the preceding, then what do you ‘think’ is meant by the following phrase said by the same person who made the previous ones?
Jesus said, “Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to cast upon the world. They do not know that it is dissension which I have come to cast upon the earth: fire, sword, and war.” [The Gospel of Thomas (II,2). Introduced by Helmut Koester. Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin, at 128.]
Thinking for ourselves is not a new concept, just one that many apparently can’t seem to comprehend, let alone master. From higher educational universities, to politics, to religion, we are taught to think a certain way, act a certain way, be a certain way. Bet most of you were never taught that Jesus came to wreck havoc, eh?
Climb out of that box and look around you. Once you fully see what it is outside, take a look inside and unlearn what you have learned and teach yourself to truly think.