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Jesus on Sin, Fasting and Praying

The word “sin” as a verb was a simple military word meaning to miss the mark, as a noun the distance of the miss, and in more general use the meaning is to miss the mark in terms of understanding or concept. The lynchpin for understanding much of what Jesus has to say is to realize that when Jesus used the word “sin”, he overwhelmingly used it to apply to our concept of God, and consequently to ourselves as children of God. He came to free us from sin, this misunderstanding or misconception, and not some of it but all of it. The passage below−one of the most important ever written−is from the eyewitness John, and it makes this unequivocally clear. “Sin” as a verb used by him would be to do anything that impaired your ability to understand God.

{pl} indicates the plural.

John 15:18-27  "If the world has a mean perception of you{pl}, understand that it has misperceived me before you{pl}.  If you{pl} were of the world, the world would have loved its own; not that you{pl} are not of the world, but I picked you{pl} out of the world, therefore the world misperceives you{pl}.  Remember the adage that I said to you{pl}, 'A servant is not greater than his lord.'*  If they persecuted me, they also will persecute you{pl}; if they pay attention to my message, they will pay attention to yours also.  But all this they will do to you{pl} in my name, because they do not understand the one sending me.
      "Unless I came and spoke to them, they would not have guilt; but now they have no excuse for their sin.  The one misperceiving me misperceives my Father also.  If I did not the deeds among them which no one else did, they would not have guilt; but now they have seen and misperceived both me and my Father.  It is that the message may be fulfilled that is written in their own canon,
      'They have despised me without a cause.'
But when the Paraclete comes, whom I will send to you{pl} from the Father, even the spirit of loving the truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about ME; and you{pl} also witness, because you{pl} have been with me from the beginning."

Thomas 28. Jesus said, "I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh.  I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty.  And my life <psyche> became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world.  But for the moment they are intoxicated.  When they shake off their wine, then they will repent."
      See Jn 9:35-41, 12:37-43, Mt 13:10-17, Mk 4:10-12, Lk 8:9,10

Commentary: Men are spiritually intoxicated with nonsensical concepts and beliefs that were developed by ancient planet-god worshipping men, and building this mythology in a state of psychological trauma from the great catastrophes. The old paradigm of god as being transcendent and superior to human, being the law giver and punisher, is incompatible and absolutely precludes the restoration that Jesus came to inaugurate. Equally debilitating are mystical ideas that have no foundation and blur the distinction between physical and spiritual reality. How can it be so hard for us to let go of irrational, illogical, and unreasonable beliefs?

Thomas 43. His disciples said to him, "Who are you, that you should say these things to us?"  Jesus said to them, "You do not realize who I am from what I say to you, but you have become like the Jews, for they either love the tree and hate its fruit or love the fruit and hate the tree."

Commentary: Being spiritually blind and mind-heart hardened, most of Jesus disciples misunderstood his message and mission, and  missed the significance and the great redemption that Jesus came to inaugurate. They became spiritually schizophrenic and unable to enter the kingship of the heavens.

Thomas 13. Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to someone and tell me whom I am like."
      Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a righteous angel."
      Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher."
      Thomas said to him, "Master, my mouth is wholly incapable of saying whom you are like."
      Jesus said, "I am not your master.  Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring which I have measured out."  And he took him and withdrew and told him three things.  When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, "What did Jesus say to you?"  Thomas said to them, "If I tell you one of the things which he told me, you will pick up stones and throw them at me; a fire would come out of the stones and burn you up."
      See Jn 4:13,14, 7:37,38

Commentary: Note that Jesus said, "I am not your master.”  The other things that Jesus told Thomas would have been considered heretical or blasphemous as well, but Jesus essentially answers their question in the next few verses.

Evidently, without giving them the direct answers Thomas told them enough to initiate their questioning of Jesus on these issues.

Thomas 6. His disciples questioned him and said to him, "Do you want us to fast?  How shall we pray? Shall we give alms?  What diet shall we observe?"  Jesus said, "Do not be dishonest<deceive yourself>, and do not do these things you dislike, for all things are plain in the sight of heaven.  For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered."
       See Thomas 6,14,27,104, Mt 6:1-18

Thomas 14. Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will give rise to sin for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned; and if you give alms, you will do harm to your spirits. 

Commentary: This is the first answer to the disciples' question directed at Thomas, for which they would have vehemently disagreed had Thomas been the one to tell them.  This answer coming from Jesus they could then mystify and disregard, based on their paradigm of the transcendental God (Who can know thy ways?)

What is being hereby communicated is that when we put our faith in these things, practice these things, we make an even greater investment in and commitment to the wrong concepts of the old paradigm of God, and ourselves as underlings who must do these things to influence the great controller, the overlord of the universe, or even to placate the nightmare in the sky. We thus harden ourselves in sin.

Because they didn’t have a clue, if Thomas had told the old-paradigm-believing disciples the above things, they would have been inclined to at least shun him, for in their minds these things were the very essence of being a good, God-fearing man. Such sentiments strike at the very roots of the convictions with which we have been programmed.

Matthew 18:19  Again I say to you, if any two of you on earth agree upon everything that matters, whatsoever they ask it shall be done for them by my heavenly Father.

We have billions of “sincere”—does that word mean separated from or without sin?−people praying, pleading, supplicating, begging God for certain favors, large and small, petty or grandiose, in order to make this life more bearable, in order to help us cope with the vicissitudes of life in this veil of tears! This is the greatest travesty of all! Cope? When we should be triumphing and taking our rightful place among the supreme citizens of the universe. What should be happening is that we could be following god’s instructions and answering God’s prayer, the one in John 17 calling for unity in the most emphatic, profound way. What irony!

Thomas 104. They said to Jesus, "Come, let us pray today and let us fast."
      Jesus said, "What is the sin <mistake> that I have committed, or wherein have I been defeated?  But when the bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber, then let them fast and pray."

Thomas 27. Jesus said, "If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingship.  If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath <Holiday>, you will not see <understand> the father."
      See Thomas 6,14,104, Mt 12:1-14, Mk 2:23-28, Mk 3:1-6, Lk 6:1-11, 13:10-17, 14:1-6

Commentary: This is another way of saying that when we catch the big vision of the big win, the lesser dreams of this world will be sloughed off.  Any observance of any “holy” day has no significance to God, whatsoever. Specifically, if we do not drop all concepts of obligatory observance of the Sabbath, we are not there yet in our understanding.

It is important to understand the concept that the various versions or canons of the “Bible” were never authorized by God, and we have no reason to believe that the compilers of these canons were infallible or had any special measure of the “holy spirit” while they were culling these document out of a two to three thousands of others that were extant at the time of canon formation. For whatever reason, these committees left out the Gospel of Thomas, one of the eyewitness accounts that were written. The Gospel of Thomas has come down to us from several sources, and has been authenticated from a scholarly viewpoint probably more than any other document pertaining to the life and message of Jesus. This Gospel is also even more authenticated in that it has the same good news as the book of John. One other point is that, just as it is for the other gospels, we can have no assurance that the verses in Thomas are in any chronological order.

* Since he said he came to serve and not to be served, this should be turned in our thinking to realize that Jesus is hereby the servant and we are the lords, and we can expect the same kind of psychological persecution that he suffered.

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