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The reason I say that people cannot begin to understand who they are or why they are here until they allow for the possibility that everything they believe may be wrong is that what they believe hasn’t given them the answers for these questions.
Understanding that I am ignorant makes me want to know the things I don’t have the ability to comprehend, so I try to understand why there are other people who seem to have grasped the meaning of life. However, it is also my understanding that Jesus is the only being in the last two millennia who understood the who, what, where, when, and why of existence and by so doing, he was able to elevate his physical body to the next realm. There is nothing in existence which I can use as a reference to prove that Jesus actually achieved that understanding. There is such a body of written information on his ascension that I am willing to accept there must be some truth in the story. Whose truth is it? My truth? No. It is certainly not true to the Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and religions other than the Christians. However, the Christians have deified Jesus and, rather than learn what he was teaching, they say that he was the “Son of God” and simply worship him.
So why do I think it might be true? Because I have a need for it to be true. I need to believe that if I can comprehend what Jesus learned, then I too can ascend. As a result of this need, I have read all the purported sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas. There are 114 of these sayings in that gospel. I am reasonably sure that I understand at least five of them.