Sex, Control and Power
Thomas 22: Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, “These nursing babies are like those who enter the (Father’s) kingdom”
They said to him, “Then shall we enter the (Father’s) kingdom as babies?”
Jesus said to them, “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom].”
Aspects of Thomas 22 relate to the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), a well-published philosophical scholar. Although some of his works have been contentious, several of his theories are still worthy of our attention. Steiner saw a gap in the knowledge conventional science could attain to. He practised something he called a science of the spirit, which drew on knowledge derived from a psychic memory of events long past. The gap can be identified in the following way: conventional science hypothesises that creation is a combination of chance and natural selection, but this thesis does not stand up to logic. Let us suppose that by chance chemicals were created and they combined to form a ‘primordial soup’ and, given the appropriate environment, life was created, in the form of single cell organisms. Science has not explained where the chemicals came from in the first instance and what made the chemicals combine to create an organism. Defining these events as chance would seem more remote when one considers the complexities of the human brain. What isthought; where does it start? Conventional science would refer to a series of complex neurological processes, involving chemicals and electrical impulses, but this does not explain their existence or their motivation to do what they do. Steiner successfully demonstrates that there is indeed a gap in knowledge. In his book, ‘Cosmic Memory: Prehistory of Earth and Man’ (Steinerbooks, 1987), he describes the influences of the realm of the Father/Source (Steiner does not use the term ‘Father’ or ‘Source’) upon the creation of everything we know in this universe. Unfortunately, the Gospel of Thomas was discovered twenty years after Steiner’s death; it certainly would have been of immense interest and value to his work. Thomas 22 reflects much of what Steiner established before the discovery of the Gospel of Thomas. This demonstrates that he truly was linked to a psychic memory, which he admitted could not always be accurate, because of the foggy nature of this information. Steiner describes the process by which the sexes came about stating: ‘For only in the course of time did the forms of man and woman develop from older, basic form in which human beings were neither the one nor the other, but rather were both at once. [emphasis added]’ Ibid p.84.
In Thomas 22, Jesus tells us it is our perception of who we really are that needs to be transfigured in order for us to enter the kingdom. This saying gives us the best indication of why Jesus gave up His body to be destroyed by those people representing earthly power—the lion in Thomas 7. His sacrifice teaches us about the true nature of what we are and why our sins are negated—because we are above them. Emotions and desires driven by the physical world are the catalyst of all sin.
For example, sexual desires have been an issue for many generations, particularly for those who share the Old Testament edicts. Masturbation was considered a sin because of morality narratives in the Old Testament. At the forefront is the story of Onan, a minor biblical character in Genesis 38:1-10. Onan made the decision not to impregnate his brother’s widow, spilling his seed on the ground. The story asserts that Onan died prematurely because of his actions. We know that these stories were designed to encourage the growth of populations within that culture, yet religious groups continue to use this narrative to cause people guilt and shame. This guilt hinders the individual from understanding their true nature. This is what Thomas 22 seeks to dismiss from people’s minds—we are not bound by the needs and limitations of the flesh. Guilt gives the flesh power over the soul. It is a device used by those in darkness to keep souls tied to this realm. It is also the poverty blinding people from the wealth—what they are.
Perhaps the sin Onan brought upon his conscience was that he left his sister-in-law childless—according to the story, because the children would not be considered his. However, it is likely he did not want his children to have to split their inheritance with another half-sibling. Onan would have felt duty-bound to support this woman and child. Ironically, or perhaps predictably, people have looked to the physical act of spilling seed on the ground as the sin, rather than the act of pride and greed.
Thomas 22 alludes to a stripping of gender and, by association, sexuality too. In this realm, the procreation of life requires a male and female union of reproductive cells. This physical act, supposedly instigated by God, has caused significant damage to people who are born with desires for the same sex, or both. Since most of our understanding of the nature of God is dictated by what we can observe in this world, people have mistakenly come to the conclusion that it is the intention of God to have only heterosexual unions. All other unions must therefore be a sin or wrong. People chose to ignore that homosexual activity occurs in nature too; there are many examples of animals of the same sex coupling. This is not a choice they have made.
Although a number of cultures have accepted homosexuality, at the infancy of the twenty-first century, there are still places where groups actively discriminate against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex individuals. The people who vilify the LGBTQI community do not see that they damage their own potential to realise what they truly are, as is evident in Thomas 22. By hurting the soul of those whom they subordinate, they damage their own soul, for we are all connected. This is the tragedy of the generations that have been misled by people who are ruled by fear—where there is fear, Satan thrives. Those who create such dogma and perpetuate it are in error. They are incapable of transfiguring their perceptions away from their physical form.
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