if you want to experience what he meant
saying-6 ; don't lie + golden rule.
(latest update: 04-12-2018)
Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate.
(for all things are plain in the sight of heaven.
For nothing hidden will not become manifest,
and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered.= a later accretion)
There is also a Pap. Oxyrh. version, the second sentence of which be translated as:
for all things are plain in view of the truth
("which likely was original" - Plisch, 2008).
A mind emptied from all concepts, combined with cognitive knowledge of one’s character
is not enough. Also our conduct should be aligned with our quest for
finding the kingdom. Various interpreters of the Gospel of Thomas state that what the kingdom
exactly is and what the seeking exactly signifies, is not made clear in Thomas.
However, there is many a solid advice on what the seeking practically means.
Here is an issue related to behavior: do not tell lies, or, just don’t lie! Lying is not the Way!
On the positive side we are asked to speak the truth, to be truthful.
Being untruthful will prevent any hidden things to manifest themselves, as lying implies
a mind tight up with strong and wrong ideas, whereas we should aim to make our minds just
as plain as heaven. The sacred cannot enter otherwise.
That’s one, which may be taken as a particular to illustrate the categorical, which is:
the golden rule. Meyer remarks that the negative formulation of the golden rule is common
in Jewish and Christian literature (Meyer, 1992; DeConick, 2006). Theissen (1992) states
that “The golden rule was formulated by the Sophists toward the end of the fifth century B.C.E.
It made its way into Judaism in the second century B.C.E.”
The rule, however, is common in many
traditions (see below).
In case you want discussion about the relativity of the concept of lying and the moral sides
of the Golden Rule: “in the sight of heaven” these are plain, and non-extendable concepts!
The Coptic word for 'heaven' can be translated for 'truth' from Greek(!) (Meyer,1992;
Plisch (2008). Plisch argues that the word for heaven and truth are rather similar in Coptic,
explaining a false translation. So, in fact nothing supra-natural may be invoked here,
whereas the saying may underline that the truth is unequivocal.
So, these things should be reflected in the behavior of him who finds himself a
seeker of the kingdom.
However, the common taking of the golden rule (that utilitarian narcissism - Breech,1983)
as to summarize Jesus' ethical stance is far too simplistic, and does not do justice to the
deep compassion towards one's fellowmen as he proclaimed,
which is a lot more!
If you wonder how to seek the kingdom, then is this a clear answer:
treat your fellowmen as you would like to be treated; for example,
be truthful to them!
Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31.
Concerning the golden rule: ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule):
Rushworth Kidder notes that the Golden Rule can be found in many
religions, including "Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, and the rest of the world's
major religions". According to Greg M. Epstein, " 'do unto others' ... is a concept that
essentially no religion misses entirely." Simon Blackburn also states that the Golden Rule
can be "found in some form in almost every ethical tradition". All versions and forms of the
proverbial Golden Rule have one aspect in common: they all demand that people treat others
in a manner in which they themselves would like to be treated.