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DID JESUS REALLY SAY?? Startling Sayings Attributed to Jesus in Non-Canonical and Gnostic Gospels

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DID JESUS REALLY SAY?? Startling Sayings Attributed to Jesus in Non-Canonical and Gnostic Gospels
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  1. DID JESUS REALLY SAY?? Startling Sayings Attributed to Jesus in Non-Canonical and Gnostic Gospels By Louis Sefer Copyright © 2023
  2. Terms and Conditions LEGAL NOTICE Copyright © 2023 All Rights Reserved. The Publisher has strived to be as accurate and complete as possible in the creation of this report, notwithstanding the fact that he does not warrant or represent at any time that the contents within are accurate due to the rapidly changing nature of the Internet. While all attempts have been made to verify information provided in this publication, the Publisher assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein. Any perceived slights of specific persons, peoples, or organizations are unintentional. Readers are cautioned to rely on their own judgment about their individual circumstances and beliefs and to act accordingly. This book is not intended for use as a source of legal, health, business, accounting, or financial advice. All readers are advised to seek the services of competent professionals in legal, business, health, and finance fields.
  3. Table of Contents Introduction................................................. 5 Gospel of Thomas ........................................ 9 Gospel of Philip.......................................... 15 Gospel of Mary Magdalene ........................ 20 Gospel of the Nazarenes ............................ 23 About The Author ...................................... 27 Books by Louis Sefer.................................. 28
  4. Introduction Jesus of Nazareth is arguably the most influential figure in human history. As the founder of Christianity, his life, teachings, and death have shaped the course of Western civilization and continue to inspire billions of people around the world. Yet, despite the enormous impact he has had on the world, much about Jesus remains shrouded in mystery and debate. One of the most pressing questions that scholars and believers alike seek to answer is: What did Jesus really say? The canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John provide a wealth of information about Jesus' life and teachings. However, there are also a number of ancient non-canonical texts that contain sayings and stories attributed to Jesus that are not found in the canonical gospels. These texts include the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of the Nazarenes, the Gospel of the Ebionites, and the Gospel of the Egyptians, among others. The sayings and stories found in these texts are often strikingly different from those found in the canonical gospels. Some are more mystical or esoteric, while others emphasize Jesus' humanity rather than his divinity. Many of these texts were likely written by early Christian communities that had different beliefs and practices than those reflected in the canonical gospels. For this reason, they offer important insights into the diversity of early Christian thought and the various ways in which Jesus' teachings were interpreted and applied.
  5. However, the non-canonical texts also present a challenge for scholars and readers alike. Without the authority of the Church to validate their authenticity, it can be difficult to determine which sayings and stories are genuinely attributable to Jesus and which are later additions or inventions. Moreover, because many of these texts were written decades or even centuries after Jesus' death, they may reflect the beliefs and concerns of their own time rather than the teachings of the historical Jesus. Despite these challenges, studying the non- canonical texts is essential for anyone seeking to understand the full breadth and depth of Jesus' teachings. By examining all of the available sources, we can gain a more complete picture of who Jesus was and what he stood for. We can also better appreciate the diversity of Christian thought and practice that existed in the early centuries of the faith. In this book, we will examine a number of ancient non-canonical texts that contain sayings attributed to Jesus. We will explore the context in which these texts were written, the communities that produced them, and the themes and messages they convey. By doing so, we hope to provide readers with a deeper appreciation of Jesus' teachings and a fuller understanding of the complex and multifaceted history of Christianity. As we delve into the non-canonical texts that contain sayings attributed to Jesus, we must keep in mind the complexity of interpreting and understanding these texts. Scholars must navigate questions of authorship, context, and
  6. historical accuracy, while also grappling with the fact that many of these texts were written centuries after Jesus' death and may reflect the beliefs and concerns of their own time rather than the teachings of the historical Jesus. Despite these challenges, studying the non- canonical texts can provide us with important insights into the diversity of early Christian thought and the various ways in which Jesus' teachings were interpreted and applied. These texts offer a window into the complexities and nuances of early Christian communities and the range of beliefs and practices that existed within them. By examining these texts, we can gain a deeper appreciation for the rich and varied history of Christianity and the legacy of Jesus' teachings. One important theme that emerges from the non-canonical texts is the role of wisdom in Jesus' teachings. In the Gospel of Thomas, for example, Jesus is depicted as a wise teacher who imparts knowledge and understanding to his followers. The sayings attributed to him in this text often take the form of enigmatic riddles or paradoxical statements that challenge the listener to think deeply and critically. Other non-canonical texts, such as the Gospel of Mary, emphasize the importance of personal spiritual experience and insight, suggesting that Jesus' teachings were not just a set of doctrines or beliefs, but a path of personal transformation and growth. Another theme that emerges from the non- canonical texts is the relationship between Jesus and the early Christian communities that produced these texts. Some of these texts, such as the Gospel of the Nazarenes, suggest that
  7. Jesus' teachings were closely tied to the Jewish tradition from which he came, and that the early Christian communities saw themselves as part of a larger Jewish movement. Other texts, such as the Gospel of the Egyptians, suggest a more syncretic approach, drawing on a variety of religious traditions and incorporating elements of Gnosticism and other esoteric philosophies. Studying the non-canonical texts can also shed light on the ways in which early Christian communities grappled with questions of power, authority, and hierarchy. Some of these texts, such as the Gospel of the Ebionites, emphasize the importance of following Jewish law and tradition, and suggest a more egalitarian approach to religious leadership. Others, such as the Gospel of Thomas, suggest a more mystical or esoteric approach, with Jesus' teachings being seen as a path of personal enlightenment rather than a set of rules or commandments to be followed. Ultimately, studying the non-canonical texts is an essential part of understanding the history and legacy of Christianity. By examining these texts, we can gain a more nuanced and multifaceted understanding of Jesus' teachings, the diversity of early Christian thought and practice, and the ways in which these traditions continue to shape our world today. While questions of authorship and historical accuracy may never be fully resolved, the insights and perspectives offered by these texts remain a valuable resource for scholars, believers, and seekers of all kinds.
  8. Gospel of Thomas The Gospel of Thomas is a non-canonical text that is believed to have been written in the mid-2nd century. It is a collection of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus, and unlike the canonical gospels, it does not contain a narrative of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. The Gospel of Thomas was discovered in 1945 near the town of Nag Hammadi in Egypt, among a collection of ancient manuscripts that were buried in a jar. It is believed that the text was originally written in Greek, although the only surviving copy is in Coptic. The Gospel of Thomas has long been a subject of interest among scholars, theologians, and the general public, in part because of the unique perspective it offers on Jesus and his teachings. Many of the sayings in the Gospel of Thomas are similar to those found in the canonical gospels, but there are also significant differences. Some scholars argue that the Gospel of Thomas represents an early form of Christianity that was distinct from the orthodox version of the faith that developed in the centuries after Jesus' death. Others suggest that the text was influenced by Gnostic or other philosophical traditions.
  9. Regardless of its origins, the Gospel of Thomas remains a fascinating and important document that offers valuable insights into the life and teachings of Jesus. Its emphasis on the importance of inner spiritual transformation, rather than external observances or ritual, continues to resonate with many people today. Sayings Attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas 1. "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty." 2. "I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there." 3. "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you
  10. do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." 4. "When you see one who was not born of woman, fall on your face and worship him. That one is your father." 5. "Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven." 6. "Whoever drinks from my mouth will become as I am; I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to him." 7. "If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the sabbath as a sabbath, you will not see the father." 8. "If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move Away,' and it will move away." 9. "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." 10. "Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you will find the kingdom; because you came from it, and to it you will return."
  11. 11. "I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become drunk from the bubbling spring which I have measured out." 12. "Whoever finds interpretation of these sayings will not taste death." 13. "The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves." 14. "The kingdom of the father is like a merchant who had a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a pearl. That merchant was shrewd. He sold the merchandise and bought the pearl alone for himself. You too, seek his unfailing and enduring treasure where no moth comes near to devour and where no worm destroys." 15. "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
  12. hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter the kingdom." 16. "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on prepared soil, it produces a great plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky." 17. "Blessed are those who are persecuted in their heart. They are the ones who have truly come to know the father." 18. "Blessed are those who are alone and chosen, for you will find the kingdom. Because you have come from it, you will go there again." 19. "Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear." 20."The disciples said to Jesus, 'Tell us, how will our end come?' Jesus said, 'Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is.'" These are just a few examples of the sayings attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas. There are many more sayings contained in this
  13. text, so I encourage you to continue your research and explore them in more detail.
  14. Gospel of Philip The Gospel of Philip is a non-canonical text discovered in 1945 as part of the Nag Hammadi library. It is believed to have been written in the 3rd century and is a Gnostic gospel that contains teachings on the nature of Jesus, the universe, and the human condition. The text is written in Coptic and consists of a collection of sayings and teachings attributed to Jesus, as well as discussions on spiritual and philosophical topics. The Gospel of Philip is significant for its insights into the early Christian community and their beliefs, as well as its unique perspective on the life and teachings of Jesus. Sayings Attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of Philip 1. "The one who drinks from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to him." 2. "Those who say that they will die first and then rise are in error. If they do not first receive the resurrection while they live, when they die they will receive nothing."
  15. 3. "The Lord did everything in a mystery, a baptism and a chrism, and a Eucharist and a redemption and a bridal chamber." 4. "The Lord revealed to me that which I was able to comprehend, and I saw the Lord in a vision and said to him, 'Lord, I saw you today in a vision.' He answered and said to me, 'Blessed are you that you did not waver at the sight of me. For where the mind is, there is the treasure.'" 5. "The Lord said, 'Blessed is he who is before he came into being. For he who is, has been and shall be.'" 6. "The Lord said, 'I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes.'" 7. "The Lord said, 'Do not seek the truth only in one form, for the truth is like a tree with many branches. Seek it in the root, for there is the source from which all branches grow.'" 8. "The Lord said, 'Blessed is he who came into being before he came into being. If you become my disciples and listen to my words, these stones will minister to you. For there are five trees in paradise which minister to God. They are the tree
  16. of life, the tree of knowledge, the tree of creation, the tree of wisdom, and the tree of perception. Therefore, whoever knows them shall never taste death.'" 9. "The Lord said, 'One must sow in the world that one may reap in the place where one has come to rest. Blessed are the ones who have worked and found life.'" 10. "The Lord said, 'Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber.'" 11. "Light and darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable." 12. "Whoever has known the world has found a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse, of that person the world is not worthy." 13. "If the female had not separated from the male, she would not die with the male. His separation became the beginning of death. Because of this, Christ came to repair the separation that was from the beginning and unite the two, and to give life to those who died as a result of the separation and unite them."
  17. 14. "There are some who say: We are faithful, and they do good works. But the tree is known by its fruit. If they say: We are Israelites, and we worship the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, but he is not their God, then they are not Israelites. But if they say: We are Gentiles, and we worship their God, then they are Israelites." 15. "He who drinks from my mouth will become like me; I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him." 16. "Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images. One will not receive truth in any other way." 17. "Those who say that the Lord died first and then rose up are in error, for he rose up first and then died. If someone does not first receive resurrection, they will not die. For just as God lives forever, so does the person who receives resurrection from him." 18. "The Lord did everything in a mystery, a baptism and a chrism and a eucharist and a redemption and a bridal chamber."
  18. 19. "The one who has knowledge of the truth is a free person." 20."The Lord said, 'He who is near me is near the fire, and he who is far from me is far from the kingdom.'"
  19. Gospel of Mary Magdalene The Gospel of Mary, also known as the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, is a non-canonical text that was discovered in the late 19th century in Egypt. The text is believed to have been written in the early 2nd century CE and consists of several fragmentary manuscripts written in Coptic. The Gospel of Mary contains a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples, including Mary Magdalene, who plays a prominent role in the text. The text provides an alternative perspective to the canonical gospels and emphasizes the importance of spiritual insight and the unity of all things. The text has gained attention in recent years due to its portrayal of Mary Magdalene as a prominent disciple who is given privileged access to Jesus' teachings. The Gospel of Mary has also been the subject of much scholarly debate, particularly with regard to its relationship to Gnosticism and its portrayal of gender roles in early Christianity. Sayings Attributed to Jesus from the Gospel of Mary Magdalene 1. "Blessed are you who weep and mourn, for you will be comforted."
  20. 2. "Every nature, every modeled form, every creature exists in and with each other. They will dissolve again into their own proper root. For the nature of matter is dissolved into what belongs to its nature." 3. "Do not lay down any rules beyond what I appointed you, and do not give a law like the lawgiver, lest you be constrained by it." 4. "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'." 5. "My mother gave me birth, but my true mother gave me life." 6. "If the flesh came into being because of spirit, that is a marvel, but if spirit came into being because of the body, that is a marvel of marvels." 7. "The one who seeks will find, and for the one who knocks, it will be opened." 8. "Whoever has come to understand the world has found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world."
  21. 9. "Every woman who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven." 10. "Become complete and full by receiving grace and by paying attention to the light." 11. "The visible came into being in order to reveal the invisible." 12. "The Father's kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people do not see it."
  22. Gospel of the Nazarenes The Gospel of the Nazarenes is a non- canonical gospel that is believed to have been used by a sect of Jewish Christians known as the Nazarenes. It is also sometimes referred to as the Gospel of the Hebrews. Unfortunately, no complete copies of the text have survived to the present day, but fragments and quotations of it have been found in various writings of the Church Fathers. The Gospel of the Nazarenes was likely written in the Aramaic language, which was the common language of the Jews at the time of Jesus. The text appears to have been heavily influenced by the Gospel of Matthew, but with some significant differences. For example, the Gospel of the Nazarenes places more emphasis on Jewish customs and observances, such as the Sabbath and the keeping of Jewish dietary laws. The exact date of the composition of the Gospel of the Nazarenes is not known, but it is generally believed to have been written in the first or second century CE. The text was considered authoritative by the Nazarene sect, but it was not accepted into the canon of the New Testament by the broader Christian church. Despite its relative obscurity, the Gospel of the Nazarenes provides valuable
  23. insights into the beliefs and practices of early Jewish Christianity. Sayings Attributed to Jesus from the Gospel of the Nazarenes 1. "Behold, I have come to do thy will, O God, and thy law is within my heart." 2. "If ye do not fast from the world, ye shall not find the Kingdom of God; if ye keep not the Sabbath with solemnity, ye shall not see the Father." 3. "The man that hath wondered shall reign, and he that hath reigned shall rest." 4. "If ye desire to be perfect, go and sell that ye have, and give to the poor, and come, follow me." 5. "I am come to abolish the sacrifices, and if ye cease not from sacrificing, the wrath of God shall not cease from you." 6. "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord." 7. "Blessed are the poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God."
  24. 8. "He that is near me is near the fire, and he that is far from me is far from the Kingdom." 9. "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved." 10. "Be ye good changers of money and reject the vessels of deceit. END OF SAMPLE
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  26. About The Author Louis ‘Lou’ Sefer is a dedicated occult, spiritual, and metaphysical student. He has studied the teachings of different esoteric, magickal, and mystical schools and practices over the years, as well as hundreds of books on the subjects. Lou is obsessed with gathering, researching, and assimilation of ancient knowledge in search of the truth. He has an honorary Doctor of Divinity from one institution. He is also an ordained minister. He prefers to remain anonymous. Author of the Best Seller ‘Sacred Secrets of Esoteric Christianity’ and ‘Mysteries of the Soul’ both available for sale on major retail outlets. Visit www.louissefer.com and join the Esoteric Evolution blog where you can find several articles and resources into esoteric Christianity, Hermeticism and more. You can also access free previews of Lou’s books.
  27. Books by Louis Sefer Sacred Secrets of Esoteric Christianity eBook version | print version Mysteries of the Soul eBook version | print version Hermeticism Simplified: A Beginner's Guide to the Key Principle and Practices eBook version | print version The Art of Hermetic Enochian Magic: Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe eBook version | print version Money Like Magic: Unlocking the Secrets of Wealth Creation eBook version | print version Seven Sacred Days: Exploring the Esoteric and Occult Correspondences for Each Day of the Week eBook version only Compendium of Occult Knowledge: A Generative AI Experiment and Exploration Into Occult Philosophy eBook version | print version The Alchemist’s Journey: Exploring the Timeless Wisdom of the Ancients eBook version only
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