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Why a Secret? Part Two

January 20, 2013


Ikon Archangel Michael

L. Thiel Hewlings

Part One left off with clemency. It’s meaning: mercy. How does this apply to the words from Jesus in The Secret Book of James?  I look to 1 Corinthians 6.2, where it states:

Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

Saints shall judge the world. This is a pretty rich piece of Christ work. Who is Saint? It would be natural to go to the time period when this piece of scripture originates – Paul and the apostles called by Jesus. Are all of these saints? According to the story, we know one betrayed Jesus, and sold him for money. Is he a saint? What about the others? What story do these tell? How do they tell it? Some we never hear from again, and therefore we can’t assume are saints. We find some writings years later, hidden in a cave. These were from apostles like Andrew, Philip, Thomas, John, James and Peter. Why were these hidden? Much of Religion has claimed these as false writings. I suppose a good way to establish the intent in this would be to look at the product, and look at it thoroughly.

So let’s play saint and judge.

What would be the product originating from the authority on these? Answer: Acts and Religion. But let’s narrow this down to believers in Jesus as Christ. Who are we and what have we done to fulfill what Christ taught? Again, let’s look at Acts and Religion.  Let’s go back to the early formations of followers. How did they establish themselves? How did they put forth the Christ message, and how did these affect society?

We could stop right here and say, “Have you picked up a history book – ever?” Unfortunately, history hasn’t been completely true, because very often Religion writes what it wants people to read. Still, there is enough factual information to say: “Case closed. The product on Acts of Religion is guilty.”

I can hear the door slamming shut by those of Religion. This would be nothing new. For, this is what Religion has done to its people;  shut the door on truth. Religion does not want to hear its own story. It does not want to thoroughly examine its deeds in the name of God. So what happens when religion does not want to read its own story – when it does not want to reflect? To look back to see where it’s come?

One of the first things I learned in Greek Orthodox theology that made absolute perfect sense was self-knowledge. Self-criticism. Self-renewal. A very important something called metanoia. This would be a continuous gignnesthai – an unremitting spiritual experience in becoming, and “The more perfect one becomes, the more one is aware of one’s own imperfections.”  Constantelos (Understanding the Greek Orthodox Church) So, 2,000+ years in the making, how have we done in the Christ arena? What does that Church found in Matthew 16.18 look like?

And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it.

How does this church look? I don’t have to read a single book of religious history to be aware of hades prevailing within its ranks. What Acts have to happen next before the Religious get the picture? Do we blame Saint Peter for this?

As I said in Part One of this essay, let’s work backyards … in that sowing of seeds. Product – is it good or bad? If many members have suffered, the  fruit is not good. Retrace those steps, and go back to the beginning. This beginning has a group of disciples, followers of Jesus the Christ, writing texts. The Secret Book of James states:

“The word is like of grain of wheat. When someone sowed it, he had faith in it, and when it sprouted, he loved it, because he saw many grains instead of just one. And after he worked, he was saved because he prepared it as food and he still kept some out to sow.”  

He still kept some out to sow.

If my hearing is correct, that some kept out to sow was hidden for safe keeping, and it was saved for when the time was ripe.


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