As most Christians know, there are many versions of the Bible today. Most fascinating, however, are the biblical books (known as canons), which are not included in our modern Bible. I wondered why and what the purpose was to get rid of them. These gospels were a collection of around 50 ancient texts from the 2nd to 4th centuries AD. The Jews and Christians already knew these so-called lost books and enjoyed their stories in ancient times. Yet they are being held back by today’s public.
After doing some research, I discovered several reasons for their removal from the Bible:
- The books are not meant to be the word of God
- They contained non-biblical concepts or serious historical inaccuracies
- They were not written by Jewish prophets or Christian apostles
Despite their removal, there is an increase in Christians who prefer that the additional books known as the Apocryphal or Apocryphal Books be included in our current Bible. In this four-part series we will examine five of the disregarded books.
The Gospel of Thomas
This book was written between AD 60 and 140 and discovered in 1945. These are the sayings of Jesus that were documented by Didymos Judas Thomas, known as Thomas the Apostle. It was discovered in 1945 and contains the parables and brief dialogues of Jesus.
To refresh your memory, Thomas asked to see the nail marks in Jesus’ hand and page at the crucifixion before believing he was the Son of God. When he witnessed his resurrection, Thomas said: “My Lord and my God! (John 20:28). Thomas was also one of the disciples to whom Jesus appeared on the shore of Galilee.
There are so many secret sayings in this book that it is impossible to share them all on this blog. But let me reveal some of the interpretations translated by Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer:
Jesus said, “Happiness is the lion that man will eat so that the lion may become human. And bad is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion will still become human. “
Jesus said, “I have thrown fire on the world and look, I will guard it until it burns.”
Jesus said to them, “If you fast you will bring sin upon you, and if you pray you will be judged, and if you give to charity you will harm your spirits.
If you go to a region and run around the country when the people take you in, you eat what they serve you and heal the sick among them.
After all, what goes in your mouth won’t stain you. Rather, what comes out of your mouth will stain you. “
His disciples said to him: When will the rest take place for the dead and when will the new world come? He said to them: “What you are happy about has come, but you do not know it.”
In the summary of the Gospel of Thomas it seems to destroy the Church and invalidate everything that man holds to be true. It was ignored in the Bible because scholars considered it a Gnostic text. Gnosticism was a religious movement that began before the time of Christ and continued into the first centuries of the Christian era. They viewed Christ as an illusion and an evil. This movement is in some ways similar to the beliefs of today’s New Age movement.
The early Church never considered the gospel of Thomas a scripture because the character of Jesus looked too strange and unfamiliar to Christians. The book is more of a description of the various religious movements that will compete with each other after Jesus leaves earth. Sounds like a good reason not to include it in our Bible!
Next Sunday we will move on to another book that has been deleted from the Bible. I hope you come back and then come to us!
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