For fans of all the gospels, and the real roots of Christianity (and gnosis), I'd like to suggest that the good news may be that it's possible a certain kind of "Second Coming" has already taken place.
In 1945, an Egyptian shepherd discovered a collection of ancient manuscripts in a place called Nag Hammadi. There were all kinds of texts hidden away there. They are texts that had been considered "heresy" by the early Christian church fathers, but many of which really carry equal validity as the canonical gospels do – and may even be considered, in a sense, purer, having avoided centuries of being manipulated for all the inevitable reasons.
One of the texts, The Gospel of Thomas, describes a different kind of Jesus, named (the original Aramaic) Yeshua here – one who had been concealed for nearly two thousand years. This teacher's lessons being returned into our consideration leads me to suggest a kind of Second Coming that has already been fulfilled.
"The Kingdom is inside you, and it is outside you."
from Logion 3, The Gospel of Thomas
There's no narrative in this gospel, just these beautiful, pithy lessons from a much more "eastern," almost Buddhist teacher, who suggests that "The Kingdom," or heaven, or what in India may be called moksha, or in Tibet, nirvana, is within everyone – and accessible to all who seek it. He also suggests that the discovery, and transcendence of our troublesome "delusion of separateness" is something of a simple personal revolution – and revelation.
"When they find, they will be disturbed; and being disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over All."
from Logion 2
"Stop lying. Do not do that which is against your love. You are naked before heaven. What you hide will be revealed, whatever is veiled will be unveiled."
from Logion 6
There are a lot of familiar things said here, but many of them said in a fresher, more direct way, unconstrained by the narrative interpretation and dogmatic context of the New Testament and its guardians. The result can be a whole new take on Yeshua's profound spiritual life advice, with an imme-diacy that foreshadows all contemporary psychological understanding:
"When you bring forth that within you, then that will save you. If you do not, then that will destroy you."
These statements avoid all of the imaginary colorings of personality, and deliver a sense of eternal wisdom that call to mind the past Hindu Upanishads, and carry straight through to the scientific magic of Quantum Physics:
"I am the All. The All came forth from me and the All came into me. split the wood, and I am there. Turn over the stone, and you will find me."
from Logion 77
Like a great swami, or Zen roshi, our teacher simply points us beyond our self-imposed obstacles, toward the reality of our multi-faceted existence, freeing us to discover the mystery for ourselves:
"The Kingdom of the Father is spread out over the whole earth, but people do not see it."
from Logion 13
And there are one hundred and fourteen of these wonderfully wise, educational, and eternally up-to-date little sayings! All spoken in a clear, direct voice that transcends an inconsistent mythology. A voice that wasn't heard for nearly two thousand years, but now has returned:
"Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me, and I will become them; and what was hidden from them will be revealed."
These are particularly meaningful and easy lessons to share, when we all become as one.
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