When you look at the person; ignore the story and see the soul.
When the New Testament was written by the
Universal (Catholic) Church
there were many Gospels excluded for various reasons. Some of the
excluded Gospels have been referred to as Gnostic Gospels.
The term "Gnostic" has been misused and misunderstood for years.
It refers to having direct knowledge or experience of the divine, and the Gnostic Gospels were an attempt
to convey that knowledge, good news, to the readers.
Jesus said, "If two make peace with each other in a
they will say to the mountain, 'Move from here!' and it will move."
His disciples said to him, "When will the kingdom come?"
"It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Rather, the Father's kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people don't see it."
Thomas, believed to be a Gnostic Gospel (worth looking at)
You will see similarities to some of the sayings in the canonical gospels, but it is thought by some
that this pre-dates them. Others have said that it gives a view of how early "Christians"
(the Christian Community 0-300ce)
viewed their connection with Jesus and the divine.
"But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" - Jesus of Nazareth, as recorded in Matthew 5:44 (NIV translation)
PEACE IS THE WAY
And one of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He
had answered them well, asked Him, "What commandment is the foremost of all?"
Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord;
and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your
soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' "The second is this,
'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment
greater than these." (NAS, Mark 12:28-31)
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (NIV, John 13:34-35)
Jesus of Nazareth
~PEACE THEOLOGY ~
"There is no way to Peace.
Peace is the Way."
A. J. Muste
Saadi Shirazi, Sheikh Mosleh al-Din
Saadi was born in Shiraz around 1200. He died in Shiraz around 1292.
He lost his father in early childhood. With the help of his uncle, Saadi completed his early education in Shiraz. Later he was sent to study in Baghdad at the renowned Nezamiyeh College, where he acquired the traditional learning of Islam.
Quotes From Holy Quran
If they seek peace, then seek you peace. And trust in God for He is the One that heareth and knoweth all things. [8:61]
O mankind! We created
you from a single soul, male and female, and made you into nations and tribes,
so that you may come to know one another. Truly, the most honored of you in Gods
sight is the greatest of you in piety. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware. [49:13]
"There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in GOD has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient.". [2:256]
Hold to forgiveness,
command what is right; but turn away from the ignorant." [7:199]
"Have patience with what they say, and leaves them with noble (dignity)." [73:10]
"And the servants of Allah . . . are those who walked on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say 'Peace'" [25:63]
"Allah is with those who restrain themselves." [16: 128]
"And if you punished, let your punishment be proportionate to the wrong that has been done to you; but if you show patience, that is indeed the best course. [16:126]
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it
does not boast, it is not proud.
1 Corinthians 13
The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
compassion, care and love must extend to all living things. We share a common
future with our fellow creatures of the earth.
WE ARE ALL EARTHLINGS
(*graphic and disturbing content that we all should be aware of)
*from the "FOUR QUARTETS" by T.S. Eliot
you are irritated by every rub,
will your mirror be polished?
Rumi, Mathnawi I, 2980
TRUE LOVER ~ ATTAR
What is reality? Isn't it a relative perception.
If it is daytime for you right now, that is your "reality", but the "reality" for someone on the other side of the earth is night.
Remember that our way of perceiving something is just one way, one reality.
"The world in which you were born is just one model of
reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique
manifestations of the human spirit."