Laws in Authoritative Teaching

Gluttony cannot mix with moderation. For if the chaff is mixed with the wheat, the chaff is not contaminated, but the wheat. – Authoritative Teaching, Codex VI, 3

Before anything came into being, the Father alone existed, and nothing came into being without His wish. – Authoritative Teaching, Codex VI, 3

Our hearts are set on the things that exist, but there is a great strength hidden within us. – Authoritative Teaching, Codex VI, 3

As the soul learns about her Light, as she goes about stripping off this world, while her true garment clothes her within; her bridal clothing is placed upon her in beauty of mind, not in pride of flesh. – Authoritative Teaching, Codex VI, 3

The ignorant do not teach God, and scorn those who do. – Authoritative Teaching, Codex VI, 3

The rational soul learns about God. – Authoritative Teaching, Codex VI, 3

The rational soul labors with inquiring, enduring distress in the body, learning about the Inscrutable One. – Authoritative Teaching, Codex VI, 3

Authoritative Teaching is the Nag Hammadi Library Codex VI, 3. The Nag Hammadi Codices, a set of fifty-two religious and philosophical texts, are so named because a peasant found them near Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Unfortunately, his family burned an unknown number of them as fuel before discovering they were valuable. They languished in the Coptic Museum at Cairo for years until a scholar came searching. See the full history at:
www.nag-hammadi.com/

Nag Hammadi Library Codex VI, 3, Authoritative Teaching, was written in approximately 150-255 A.D., as a description of the life of the soul, its origin, condition, struggle and ultimate bliss. We have used the MacRae translation.

References

MacRae, George W., Trans. Douglas M. Parrott, Ed. "Authoritative Teaching." The Nag Hammadi Library. Ed. James M. Robinson. San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1981. 278-283.

Peter Kirby has formulated an impressive collection of early Christian documents and links available at: www.earlychristianwritings.com

The text of Authoritative Teaching is available online at: www.gnosis.org/...


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