Gospel of Thomas: Saying Seven - The Inner Lion

7. Jesus said, "Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human. And foul is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion still will become human."

Jesus is not literally talking about eating loins.  The Lion is symbolism of our inner selves and the battle we have with our inner beast.  When I read this saying I picture the early Christians fighting lions in the Colosseums of the Roman Empire.

The lonely man is given a weapon, let's say, a sling and a stone.  He steps on to the platform and is raised into the Colosseum in front of a blood thirsty crowd.  The meek gladiator faces off with the lion, clad only in his tunic and sandals.  Weak is the worrier that faces the lion at first.  We can picture ourselves as the warrior and our sling carries the stones of inner will to battle the lion.

When we face down the internal lions of fear, greed and hatred, we will be lucky if we are able to defeat them at first.  We have one advantage over the loin: the sling of time.  We have unlimited chances to defeat the lion.  Every time we stand up to the lion, we learn different methods of attack.  Perhaps the lion can be tamed.  Maybe we do not have to face it at all by hiding.  If we run in the face of the lion, the lion will eat us alive and the foulness of its nature will take us over.

Lions have differing meanings in Gnosticism, so feel free to conquer you own internal symbolism.  Perhaps your lion is Nene from the Real Housewives, or Agent Smith from the Matrix.  It does not matter.  Stand your ground and fight with all your might.  If you fail, get up and fight again.