The Gospel of Philip, Part 3

This section gets into the name of the father, the truth, the rulers, the forces. It gets interesting. And it’ll be an eventful ride. Enjoy!

The Name of the Father

Only one name isn’t pronounced in the world, the name the father gave the son. (This lines up with Jewish traditions. Only the high priest knew the true name of God. The regular everyday Jews had several other ways of naming God. Like the Tetragrammaton.) It’s the name above all; it’s the father’s name. For the son wouldn’t have become the father if he hadn’t put one father’s name. Those who have this name understand it bout don’t speak it. Those who don’t have it cannot even understand it.

Truth Brought Forth Names

Truth brought forth names in the world for us, & no one can refer to truth without names. Truth is one & many, for us, to teach about the one, in love, through the many. (This is a theme throughout religious texts of many religions/faiths. Names having power. Or meaning something, or doing something.)

The Rulers

The rulers wanted to fool people, since they saw that people have a kinship with what is truly good. They took the names of the good & assigned theme to what’s not good, to fool people with names & link the names to what isn’t good. So, as if they’re doing people a favor, they take names from what’s not good & transfer them to the good, in their own way of thinking. For they wished to take free people & enslave them forever. (We can see this in this in our own time. Curse/cuss words that are no long “bad” but are now are considered “good.”)

The Forces

There are forces that do favors for people. (Sounds like making deals with the devil to me.) They don’t want people to come to salvation, but they want their own existence to continue.  For if people come to salvation, sacrifice will stop…& animals will not be offered up to the forces.  In fact, those to whom sacrifices were made animals. The animals were offered up alive, & after being offered they died. But a human being was offered up to God dead, & the human being alive.

In gnostic texts, the forces are among the rulers of this world. Here they’re identified with ancient gods & goddesses, to whom sacrifices were made. Ancient gods & goddesses were often depicted as animals. Perhaps humankind in general, or perhaps Christ. And in some circles, Jesus was the sacrifice to God. In the sense that you would sacrifice an animal to God.

Christ Brought Back

Before Christ came there was no bread in the world, just as paradise, where Adam lived, had many trees for animal food but no wheat for human food, & people ate like animals. Be when Christ, the perfect human, came, he brought bread from heaven, that humans might be fed with human food. (Check out Exodus 16:4; Psalms 78:23-34; & John 6:31.) (This makes me think of the Eucharist. Jesus’ body was the bread. And because he’s God’s son that would make him the “bread from heaven.”)

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