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Our Forefather Adam

Chapter 85 of the Gospel of Thomas for Awakening

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Jesus said, Adam came into being from a great power and a great wealth, but he did not become worthy of you. For had he been worthy, he would not have experienced death. (85)

Just as an oak tree has an organic connection with the very first oak tree of its genealogy, in the same way we all have a living connection with our first human foreparent. Whether the human race has several foreparents or only one, by looking at our present situation we can see that they all ended up the same: undergoing death.

All the lifeforms in the universe are a result of evolution. Either the forms themselves evolved or the Creator Mothers, the Elohim, made those forms exactly for the embodiment of spirits of a vast range of evolutionary progress. However it may be, the first human being in this creation cycle has been given the designation: Adam. So to make things easier I am going to assume that we are all descendants of Adam.

To reach the evolutionary level of humanity is a tremendous accomplishment, the result of millions of births in millions of bodies, each one reflecting a rung of the evolutionary ladder as we slowly moved upward toward humanity. It was no small thing to master each form so we could move on to the next one. Therefore both Adam and we have “come into being from a great power and a great wealth.” We have become what we are because of the divine impulse within each one of us. The power of God has carried us onward in the stream of our many lives. And the accomplishments made in so many births is a great wealth indeed. God has placed at our disposal all the powers of creation.

Glorious as this was, Adam failed in his initial birth in Paradise, the astral realm just one step up from the earth plane. Allowing delusion to grip his mind and heart he “died” to Paradise and fell back to the material world where he began to inhabit the physical human form God had mercifully provided for him and Eve (Genesis 3:21), a form subject to continual birth and death until enough evolution had been attained that he could again rise to Paradise. (See Robe of Light.)

According to a Hebrew book, the Nishmath Chaim, a writing contemporary with Jesus: “The sages of truth remark that [the name] Adam contains the initial letters of Adam, David, and Messiah; for after Adam sinned, his spirit passed into David, and the latter having also sinned, it passed into the Messiah” (Folio 152, column 2). Therefore the first Christians believed that Jesus was the reincarnation of Adam and David returned to earth to make atonement for his failure as Adam which plunged all humanity into the sentence of death through untold ages.

When it is said that Jesus “died for the sins of the world” we have to understand it in this perspective. He was paying a karmic debt, not dying as a blameless sacrifice in place of others so their sins would be freely and effortlessly forgiven as has been taught for centuries. And in doing so he became indeed a savior, a great siddha or master, truly an avatara, an incarnation of divine consciousness. This is his greatness; and to substitute the theological mythologies of exoteric Christianity regarding him is to deny and insult him. For the truth is always greater than fiction–even official religious fiction.

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Chapters in The Gospel of Thomas for Awakening

  1. The Open Secrets
  2. Seeking Is More Than Just Finding
  3. Seeking the Kingdom Realistically
  4. The One Goal
  5. From the Seen to the Unseen
  6. What Jesus Wants Us To Do
  7. Eat Or Be Eaten
  8. Fishing Wisely
  9. The Inner Field
  10. Guarding the Flame
  11. What Will You Do?
  12. Who Shall Lead?
  13. The Unspeakable
  14. When Virtue is Vice
  15. Father in Heaven; Father on Earth
  16. Divine Discord
  17. The Divine Gift
  18. The Origin is the End
  19. Original Being
  20. A Mustard Seed
  21. Disciples of Jesus
  22. How to Enter the Kingdom
  23. Unity of Vision
  24. Where is Christ?
  25. Love and Protect
  26. Seeing
  27. The Fasting and Sabbath of the Spirit
  28. How Jesus Saw the World
  29. Hidden Treasure
  30. One
  31. The Power of Unbelief
  32. Spiritual Strength
  33. Speak It Out
  34. The Blind
  35. The Secret of Spiritual Security
  36. Live Carefree
  37. Unashamed Before God
  38. At the Source
  39. The Religion of Ignorance
  40. Within God
  41. Spiritual Gain and Loss
  42. Move On
  43. Challenging the Master
  44. The Source of Good and Evil
  45. Great in the Kingdom
  46. Impossible Duality
  47. Peace That Moves Mountains
  48. Back to the Source
  49. Children of the Light
  50. Here and Now
  51. Seeing Yet Blind
  52. Outer Ritual or Inner Growth?
  53. Infinite Transcendence
  54. “Hate”
  55. True Understanding
  56. Wheat and Weeds
  57. Finding Life
  58. Live and Die Not
  59. “Lest Thou Also…”
  60. Who Will Die; Who Will Live
  61. The Path of Unknowing
  62. Awakened by Death
  63. Turning Ourselves Away
  64. Gullibility
  65. The Rejected is Truly Accepted
  66. All–and Nothing
  67. The Blessings of Persecution
  68. Life or Death Lie Within
  69. Admission
  70. Not a Divider
  71. Seeking the Harvest
  72. Thirsting in Vain
  73. Who Shall Enter?
  74. Unfailing Treasure
  75. The All Speaks
  76. Well-dressed Ignoramuses
  77. True Blessedness
  78. A Duplication
  79. Balancing the Inner and the Outer
  80. Near and Far
  81. Seeing the Unseeable
  82. Seeing Your Unknown Side
  83. Our Forefather Adam
  84. Blessed Homelessness
  85. Doubly Wretched
  86. Onward and Upward
  87. Twofold Life
  88. The Yoke of Christ
  89. Knowing the Unknown
  90. Asking and Hearing
  91. Give Not…
  92. Seeking and Knocking
  93. Right Generosity
  94. The Expanding Kingdom
  95. The Fulfilled Universe
  96. Taking Stock
  97. The Spiritual Family
  98. Three Debts
  99. Father and Mother
  100. Exoteric Religion
  101. Ready for Invasion
  102. Penitential Discipline, Anyone?
  103. Daring to Know
  104. Ending Duality
  105. “I Love You More…”
  106. At the Source
  107. Finding the Hidden Treasure
  108. Having Come to the End
  109. Immortal and Above the World
  110. Body and Soul
  111. Where is the Kingdom?
  112. Male and Female?
  113. In Conclusion
  114. Glossary
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