"(16) Jesus said, 'Men think, perhaps,
that it is peace which I have come to cast upon the world.
They do not know that it is dissension which I have come to
cast upon the earth: fire, sword, and war. . . '"1a
"(51) His [Jesus's] disciples said to
him, 'When will the repose of the dead come about, and when will
the new world come?'
He said to them, 'What you look forward to has already come,
but you do not recognize it.'"1b
"(64) Jesus said, ' . . . Businessmen
and merchants [will] not enter the places of
"(95) [Jesus said], 'If you have money,
do not lend it at interest, but give [it] to one from whom
you will not get it back.'"1d
" . . . [T]he greatest
[struggle] has to do with the prostitution of the
soul. From it arises the prostitution of the body as well.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood . . . but against
the world rulers of this darkness and the spirits of
"(73) [Judas] said, 'Tell me Lord, what
the beginning of the path is.'
(74) He said, 'Love and goodness. For if one of
these existed among the governors, wickedness would
never have come into existence.'"1f
[Trismegistus to Asclepius] "And a new
law will be established. . . [The] wicked angels will
remain among men, . . . (and) lead them into wicked things
recklessly, as well as into atheism, wars, and plunderings,
by teaching them things contrary to nature."1g
" . . . Adam was a laughingstock . . .
And Abraham and Isaac and Jacob were a laughingstock . . . Solomon
was a laughingstock . . . Moses . . . was a laughingstock . . .
For they had a doctrine of angels to observe dietary laws and
bitter slavery, since they never knew truth, nor will
they know it. For there is a great deception upon
their soul making it impossible for them ever to find a Nous of
freedom in order to know him, until they come to know the Son
of Man. . .
For the Archon was a laughingstock because he said, 'I am God . .
. I am a jealous God, who brings the sins of the
fathers upon the children for three and four generations.'"1h
"Do not trust anyone as a
friend, for this whole world has come into being deceitfully
. . . All things [of] the world are not profitable, but
they happen in vain. There is no one, not even a brother,
(who is trustworthy), since each one is seeking his own advantage."1i
"For everything which is visible is a copy
of that which is hidden."1j
"Entrust yourself to reason and
remove yourself from animalism."1k