|—||Joseph Elliot (via magicunicorndick)|
|—||Una Chaudhuri, Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama (1998), p. 18 (via ianthe)|
“These infants being suckled are like those who enter the
They said to Him, “Shall we then, as children, enter the
Jesus said to them, “When you make the two one, and when you
make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside,
and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the
female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the
female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye,
and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and
a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter [the
|—||Gospel of Thomas, Verse 22 (via aluminados)|
I will be loving to others and respect their property; I will not hoard or steal.
I will have compassionate and wise relationships; I will not abuse or use others in lust.
I will be forthright, peaceful and honest; I will not deceive.
I will keep the temple of my body and mind righteous and pure; I will not overindulge its desires or endanger its health.
I will cultivate serenity and goodness; I will not gossip or engage in idle chit-chat.
I will be humble and helpful to those in need; I will not belittle or live off others.
…I will not grumble or give in to envy.
I will be mentally focused and calm; I will not give way to distraction and anger.
|—||From the “Tenfold Vow,” in Gnostic Prayer Book, by Davied Asia Israel (via cosmic-rebirth)|
There is such a thing as religious addiction. Some people can get so wrapped up in religion and trying to be so absolutely perfect that they loose sight of the true meaning of Christianity. If we are so focused in being the sight of perfection that we can never attain due to our humanity, then we can loose sight of the community that we have been called to be a part of. Tippens often refers to the dangers of Gnosticism; he tells us that we cannot do everything on our own. Tippens goes on to explain that a communal way of life will be “a long, sometimes bumpy, circuitous, and risky adventure.” He explains by the use of the African proverb that we will get further if we live in a more communal way of life. Christianity requires the unity of people in order to be effective.
Many Christians are disconnected from the world around them. I have a perfect example of this. One of my neighbors a few years ago came over to my home. He told me that because I did not attend his church, I have “built a stronghold around” my family; and on Judgment Day, we would “all be left behind.” I told him that I did not attend his church, because I had been there and I did not take kindly to the hypocrisy in his church. Needless to say we were not welcomed kindly in the church, and I never felt so uncomfortable in my life. This man had a twelve-foot cinderblock fence around his entire yard. Not only was his church disconnected from Christ’s message of community, but he had also literally disconnected his family from the world around him.