posted on Feb, 6 2011 @ 02:38 AM
reply to post by Skippy1138
That is taken from the Gospel of Thomas, an apocryphal book from around the 1st to the 2nd century AD. In it someone who claims to have been a
disciple of Jesus writes about the supposed true messages of Jesus. The book was written sometime after jesus' death, alongside many other apocrypha
books such as the Gospel of Mary, and many others which were considered by the church as heresy and were excluded from the bible.
There is a growing consensus among scholars that the Gospel of Thomas – discovered over a half century ago in the Egyptian desert – dates to the
very beginnings of the Christian era and may well have taken first form before any of the four traditional canonical Gospels. During the first few
decades after its discovery several voices representing established orthodox biases argued that the Gospel of Thomas (abbreviated, GTh) was a
late-second or third century Gnostic forgery. Scholars currently involved in Thomas studies now largely reject that view, though such arguments will
still be heard from orthodox apologists and are encountered in some of the earlier publications about Thomas.
Today most students would agree that the Gospel of Thomas has opened a new perspective on the first voice of the Christian tradition. Recent studies
centered on GTh have led to a stark reappraisal of the forces and events forming "orthodoxy" during the second and third centuries. But more
importantly, the Gospel of Thomas is awakening interest in a forgotten spiritual legacy of Christian culture. The incipit (or "beginning words") of
Thomas invite each of us "who has ears to hear" to join in a unique quest:
There is a big controversy behind these gospels, but one thing is for certain, they are not forgeries. They do date to around the first, or late
second century after Christ' death. However they are considered Gnostic books from a branch of Christianity which was different than what the
orthodox church was trying to teach.
Gnosticism predates Christianity, and it is believed that books like the Gospel of Thomas were a merging of both Gnosticism and Christianity.
Here is how the Gospel of Thomas starts according to Lambdin's translation.
Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin
(Visit the Gospel of Thomas Collection for additional information)
These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.
(1) And he said, "Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death."
(2) Jesus said, "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be
astonished, and he will rule over the All."
(3) Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you,
'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves,
then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell
in poverty and it is you who are that poverty."
BTW, Didymos Judas Thomas is claimed to have been Jesus' twin brother, or some other family member.
edit on 6-2-2011 by ElectricUniverse because: errors.