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Corinthians, Gospel of Thomas, Jude, sin, God, knowledge, and divine mystery

excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas

 

                                                  

 

“He who seeks, let him not cease seeking until he finds;

and when he finds he will be troubled,

and if he is troubled he will be amazed...”

Gospel of Thomas

 

 

          What we are striving to accomplish is a release from the limited context of the manifest, of the flesh, of ‘knowing’. We are seeking to return to the freedom and limitlessness of the soul before the fall, when all was divine, mysterious, and mercurial in nature. It is within this living mystery that union occurs between parts no longer seen as separate. That is when mankind and God shall no longer be divided. That is when God is...“Unknown and yet well known.” (2 Corinthians 6:9) Unknown because God remains a mystery; known because we are intimate with that mystery.

           And that is when “We are fools for Christ's sake...” (1 Corinthians 4:10), as St. Paul advised; to be a fool so as not to be divided from the great enigma. For there is one thing we can be certain of- the mind is not the savior, the mind is the trap.

            Hence we are admonished that we ought never commit the sin of imagining we ‘know’, for that only perpetuates the Fall, and does not reunite the whole. As it is stated: “And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.” (1 Corinthians 8:2)

This type of castigation is also found in the Old Testament, which contends: “These people, however, revile what they do not understand, while whatever they do know sensually as reasonless brutes, by those things they are destroyed.” (Jude 1:10)

It is the reviling of the enigma that is the problem. Therefore we might better understand why the English word ‘mystery’ is a direct translation from the original Greek word for ‘sacred’. For the essential characteristic of the sacred is its secrecy, its mysteriousness.

The unfortunate outcome of the ‘Fall’, however, is our utter dependence on the mind which makes us ‘think we know’, and therefore pitifully transforms the secret sacred into the prosaic profane.

To return to the acceptance of not-knowing is to return to ourselves before the fall.

Hence we are beckoned back to God when we are empty of all that is not-God, and if God is Unknowable, then not-God is simply everything known.

 

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way of wonder, sacred geometry, sri yantra

 

 

THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer

 

 

 

      

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