Gospel of Thomas - Chapter 041
- (39) Jesus said, "The pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves."
In saying 5 we saw that the keys to the kingdom, the keys to the new teaching of peace were the hidden pictures of Christ in the Old Testament. The Pharisees hid them... they intentionally changed the methods of interpretation so that Jews who read their own scripture would not see Christ.
How often have you heard that Hebrew does not have vowels, Yet the rabbis teach among their own that יהוה Yahweh, consists solely of vowels and that we discern that God is Spirit since it is pronounced with only the breath.
The first century saw the invention of several formalized Jewish hermeneutics. PaRDeS was introduced, Kaballah was promoted so much that Greek Gnostics adopted its interpretations. The cross of Christ has become an offense to nearly every other religion because of it's exclusive claim that God alone is God. Yet it is this claim that offers hope. We merely need to acknowledge God as God in order to enter into an intimate relation with him.