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Children Born of God

Born of God: “The vast multitudes of humankind are evidently unaware of being Children of the Most High.”
Thomas Paterson Brown, PhD 1938-2012

Originally entitled “Theogenesis,” this essay is written by Thomas Paterson Brown, professor of philosophy, who left us in 2012. Paterson spent the better part of a life working with the Coptic gospels discovered in 1945 at Nag Hammadi. His works include brilliantly annotated and hyperlinked translations of the gospels of Thomas, Phillip and Truth (English/Spanish). These may be browsed and downloaded from FreelyReceive. ‌

The canonical Gospels teach that the disciple per se is born of God rather than of human parents: ‘To all who received him … he gave power to be generated children of God; who were born, not of … the will of a human, but born of God’ (Jn 1:12-13); ‘You are all Brothers and Sisters. Do not call anyone on earth father, for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.’ (Mt 23:8-9). Hence the Savior’s astonishing assertion in the Thomas Gospel: ‘My mother (the Virgin) bore me, but my true Mother (the Sacred Spirit) gave me the life.’ (Th 101, interlinear).

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Genesis 1 Creation Model Diagram

Genesis 1 creation model from Hebrew creation story. Drawing by Andrew Michael

Diagram: Genesis 1 Creation Model

When based on the ancient texts, this drawing resembles the image of a womb. In the Genesis 1 creation model, the mothering spirit of God bears the “child.” Similar to an unborn infant, a layer of fresh water surrounds creation. Entering via rainwater and springs, the Holy Spirit (Hebrew: Rúakh HaKodesh, feminine gender) nourishes the world. Most telling, though, is that creation exists in both darkness and light.

Drawing by Andrew Michael