saying-57; cultivating the good.

 

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saying- 57; cultivating the good.

 

 

 

Jesus says,

The Kingdom of the father is like a man who had [good] seed.

His enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the good seed.

The man did not allow them to pull up the weeds;

he said to them, 'I am afraid that you will go intending to pull up the weeds

and pull up the wheat along with them.'

For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be plainly visible,

and they will be pulled up and burned.

 

 

 

 

Comments:

 

The kingdom is compared to a person again. The saying is about how the kingdom seeker is

to deal with evil, especially that which is trying to move him off track in his seeking.

The saying warns against turning one's primary objective into a fight against evil, rather than

seeking the kingdom. Although he is set on doing good things, the seeker cannot but

accept evil all around him, as he cannot undo this world from it. Undoing evil would imply undoing

the world itself, as all things exist by their opposite (Ecclesiastes, chapter 3)

(Tao Te Ching; Mitchell , 1999), together creating one, non-dual reality.

However, finding the kingdom does not depend on the absence of evil in the world, and one

who has realized the kingdom (the day of the harvest) is beyond the state of good and evil,

and evil can no longer affect him.

 

Thomas' Jesus does not appear as a short-sighted idealist preaching the creation of an ideal

society, nor turning the current one into an immanent kingdom of heaven by rooting out all evils.

Instead, he was sharply realistic about the fundamental presence of evil in whatever society.

Therefore, diminishing evil in society/the world starts with a decrease in the number of

evil people in it, which depends on strictly personal decisions.

Today we would say that trying to diminish 'evil in society' it is more

fundamentally attacked by ‘improving’ as many people as possible by means of proper

education, care, housing, etc., than to combat every evil deed wherever and whenever it arises.

The last alternative would likely leave us with no remaining means at all to do anything good,

proper education included (I have no idea how much tax money goes to internal and

foreign ‘security’ compared to 'social' security including education).

 

Therefore, the potential effects of Jesus' message on a societal level were already lost when

people decided to live together according to his teachings. From that moment on 'societal evil'

entered their midst, and only looking at history makes us wonder where the very institutes

that were founded in Jesus' name eventually differ from the world at large.

 

However, to say that Thomas Jesus' teachings are unrealistic is at the least a denial of man’s

possibility to make choices, and in the worst case a pessimistic concession of man's basic

nature being just evil. I think the sayings opt for the first alternative.

 

The weed here mentioned is likely darnel, the grains of which contain a strong toxin.

( citation by Crossan, 1992), which makes the comparison with evil even stronger. Quispel (2004) also

takes darnel to be the weed, and motivates the waiting for 'pulling up the weeds' that only

after both the grain and darnel have ripened, can they more easily be differentiated from each other.

 

 

Also in:

Matthew 13:24.