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By the way, if you purchase the book, I recommend the print edition. Its format, with each page of the translated text facing a page of notes, is easy to read. The ebook edition, according to reviews, is less user-friendly.

Michael,
It must have been over 50 years ago that I tried to read the Nag Hammadi texts but I had the same problem that apparently you did in trying to guess what the missing parts were. I quickly gave up and have maybe looked at them one more time over those years. What I did understand is that I was wasting my time trying to figure them out.

You have wisely said that, " It was, in short, a very different world from our own, and we ought to be wary of accepting any of this ancient knowledge just because it is very old. Lots of ideas are very old, and also very wrong, and even outright silly."

I think that that applies not only to very old writings but also to the not-so-old writing of today. I take everything with a grain of salt, meaning that I never accept anything on face value and I question everything any human says. The idiocy of people today provides evidence that most people are stupid and tend to promote their own beliefs either with or without evidence to back them up.

I have read a lot of things purporting to be evidence supporting a spirit world or life after death of the physical form. However some of it does seem silly to me and only makes me question more that which doesn't seem silly. I am getting to the point that the more I read of it the less I believe any of it.

I think that only personal experience will convince me of an etheric world. Let others have their belief systems, I will cultivate my own without referencing something somebody else said either in the newest e-book from Amazon or from some ancient fragile documents found in some clay jars in the desert of Arabia. - AOD

That certainly explains how God could allow evil in the world - he doesn't! He's like the preoccupied parent oblivious to the kids fighting in the other room.

I suppose this would also be compatible with NDEs, too. When one dies, they return to the "real God."

Also, I've always been in interested in these texts, so thanks for the great summary.

Michael, thanks for this thought provoking essay. Might I suggest the following- “The Hermeneutics of Vision: C. G. Jung and Liber Novus, by Lance S. Owens. Late in the essay there is this-

“In the end, Jung did not proclaim a new religion. Instead, and with in- creasing focus during his last years, he turned his vision to revealing the living stream from which the myths, rituals and symbols of Christianity took source. He said we stood beside a great river. If a bridge over it was to be built, it must start from the ground where we stand. And we stood upon a great wealth and we did not see. The discarded and forgotten but still precious stone from the past would be the cornerstone of that bridge to the future. But first, humankind must return to the source, find the imaginative fire from which experience wrought the myths and images of old. In that molten basalt emerging in imaginative channels from ageless depths, our destiny would crystallize.
In an interview coinciding with the publication of Liber Novus, Dr. Sonu Shamdasani was ask to prophesy on ways the Red Book would affect Jung’s image in coming years. By way of answer, Shamdasani references the immensely important collection of Gnostic texts rediscovered in 1945 and first published in 1977 as the Nag Hammadi Library—texts widely recog- nized to be long lost primary documents of the ancient Gnosis. Looking to the future, he replied:
“The publication will be seen to mark a caesura comparable to the effect of the publication of the Nag Hammadi library on the study of Gnosticism—finally, one is in the position to study the genesis of Jung’s work and what took place in him during this critical period, on the basis of primary documents....“——

Jung’s journey described in Liber Novus brought him to this conclusion-

“God needs man in to become conscious, just as he needs limitation in time and space. Let us therefore be for him limitation in time and space an earthly tabernacle. Carl Jung, Letters, Volume 1, Page 65.

Thanks again, H

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