“All that is composed shall be decomposed.”

Omega Swan Nebula, Credit: NASA, ESA and J. Hester (ASU)

Omega Swan Nebula, Credit: NASA, ESA and J. Hester (ASU)

In the traditional or canonical gospels found in the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus or Yeshua, his Aramaic name, gives us a wonderful way of looking at spirituality and how to live a truly spiritual life. There are other records of the teachings of Yeshua that were excluded from the Bible. They are referred to collectively as the Gnostic gospels. I found three: The Gospel of Phillip, The Gospel of Thomas, and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene.

After reading all three, the first thing that struck me was that they were almost completely devoid of stories about miracles. Instead they were composed of what we might call the wisdom or sayings of Yeshua. I saw nothing heretical about them; rather, they provided additional teachings to compliment those in the Bible. The three gospels provided a great deal of food for thought concerning spirituality.

None more so than the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. It was frustrating to learn that ten of the pages are missing. Frustrating because the missing pages are adjacent to what I feel are some of the most mysterious passages. What happened to the missing pages? Were they removed by someone to withhold certain secrets of spirituality, or simply damaged or lost? What do we not know in their absence?

The first ten lines from the Gospel of Mary Magdalene that follow had an especially powerful effect on me. The six pages that preceded these passages are missing from the documents that were found.

[…] “What is matter?
Will it last forever?”
The Teacher answered:
“All that is born, all that is created,
all the elements of nature
are interwoven and united with each other.
All that is composed shall be decomposed;
everything returns to its roots;
matter returns to the origins of matter.
Those who have ears, let them hear.”

The basic ideas in these passages are not new to me, but my reaction to them was totally unexpected. When I read these lines in the gospel, it felt like primal memories buried deep in my soul came crashing forward revealing a fundamental, profound truth. The feelings were so powerful that I felt a little disoriented and confused by the effect they had on me.

These passages spoke to me on a very deep level. The words were both mysterious and wonderful. All of creation is interwoven and united—YES! All that is composed shall be decomposed—that is, all that is physical is transitory. Everything shall return to the Source.

We are drawn to the Source. It is a force of nature that transcends belief. It is that inexplicable yearning for meaning and purpose unique to the human condition. It is the search for our spirit-self and its birthplace.

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4 comments on ““All that is composed shall be decomposed.”

  1. For those who are interested in reading any of the gospels mentioned in this blog, you should know that the Gospel of Mary Magdalene is only nine pages long. The others are a lot longer. There are many books available that discuss these gospels. I chose the books by Jean-Yves Leloup who translated the gospels from the original Coptic and provides discussion and interpretation. He is a religious scholar and many of his discussions are very inspiring. However, Leloup’s commentary, at times, may seem a bit too academic for some readers.

  2. From the Gospel of Mary Magdalene

    29) He who has a mind to understand, let him understand.

    30) Matter gave birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from something contrary to nature. Then there arises a disturbance in its whole body.

    31) That is why I said to you, Be of good courage, and if you are discouraged be encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature.

    32) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

    33) When the Blessed One had said this, He greeted them all,saying, Peace be with you. Receive my peace unto yourselves.

    To me this says: Have the courage to listen, have the courage to understand then peace will be with you even when there are disturbances in nature. Essentially the opposite of sticking your head in the sand to find happiness! Cheers to all.

    • Thanks Charlie. There is so much good stuff in the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. It has a tone and drift noticeably different from what we see in the New Testament. I find it to be both mysterious and compelling.

  3. […] Note: The last paragraph above relates to my blog article of August 2, 2013 titled All That Is Composed Shall Be Decomposed. […]

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