Dozens asked me this question. Peter and Paul symbolize the irrepressible duo, which defines the human entity. It is expressed in the saying:
“Many are called but few are chosen”.
In the historical context Peter stands for the chosen few. The few upon whose ‘shoulders’ the church was to be built. The word ‘church’, symbolizes the mindset, which adds up to the Hebraic nephesh, translated by biblical scholars as ‘soul’, which we know as the subconscious.
Paul, on the other hand, stands for the masses, “the ocean of thoughts”, or for the many that are called. Thoughts originate from past experiences as well as from the unconscious, i.e. the field of infinite potential. Yet the matter is not that simple. Without the masses regimented by Paul, Peter would have a hard time finding ‘the few’. Ergo, we (our tumultuous thoughts) are all indispensible. The cooperation between the two, between Peter and Paul, could be compared to a selective process. First get to all who show the slightest interest. Then get them more interested. Finally, those “chosen few” take it upon themselves to continue the good works. And what are the good works? They are a conscious commitment to the search for the infinite potential welling within us. They are the mindset that affirms the Psalmist’s statement: “ye are gods”.
It is a journey that ends in infinity.
Of course, the good works results mostly from restoring the balance. When we are told to feed the hungry, heal the sick, help the poor, it is not to become “holier-than-thou”. We may be feeding their bodies, but we hope that our ministrations will restore their faith in their purpose—that it will restore the balance in their minds.
Sooner or later we shall all learn that altruism is not an attribute of a generous person, but a trait necessary for our survival. Why, you ask?
Paul knew that, but he didn’t know why. Peter did.
Peter knew that at the very core of our existence we are all one. By giving to others, we enrich ourselves. We enrich our subconscious, i.e. our soul.
This above is NOT a sermon. It is a statement that pertains to our survival. The consciousness we now display will remain in our subconscious forever. Or… be deemed unsavory, not worth saving, erased. It would be as though we haven’t lived.
It would be lost forever.
And that, my friends, is a very, very long time. Our true nature is revealed in the Gospel of Thomas, which I discussed in my book, Key to Immortality. You might enjoy it.