Abiding Questions

In working on my conference paper on lightworld visitors to Jerusalem in the Mandaean Book of John, I've been looking up related passages in the Nag Hammadi texts. Below is a passage from “The Sophia of Jesus Christ,” which always strikes me, because the response of Philip on behalf of the disciples describes something that would sound just as apt on the lips of any seeker after truth today.

And he said: “Peace be to you, My peace I give you!” And they all marveled and were afraid. The Savior laughed and said to them: “What are you thinking about? Are you perplexed? What are you searching for?”

Philip said: “For the underlying reality of the universe and the plan.”

The underlying reality of the universe – and the plan (many would add, “if there is one”). Doesn't that sum up the human quest to understand just as well today as ever?

The answers change. But our quest to understand seems to persist.


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  • Gary

    Good stuff. “For some of them say about the world that it is directed by itself. Others, that it is providence (that directs it). Others, that it is fate”. I like Meyer’s translation. “Some of them say that the world governs itself, others say that divine forethought governs it, still others that fate is in charge.” So is it maybe desists, theists, and atheists? Better yet, “none of them come close to the truth”…mere human opinion”.
    Per the pearl, found it interesting in”on the origin of the World”, about Phoenixes, WaterSerpents, and Bulls of Egypt, “These great images have appeared only in Egypt, not in other lands, indicating that Egypt is like God’s paradise”.