It has been suggested by Adjensen
Perhaps we should convene an ATS research team to go through Thomas, line by line, in an attempt to discern what's what.
So my friends, I welcome you to the First Synod of ATS...
Here we will discuss the contents of The Gospel of Thomas, and how the sayings within the book relate to the Jesus known within the Gospels of the
The Gospel of Thomas
Since its discovery its the validity of this book has been debated... the dating of what exists is speculated to be anywhere between 40 CE and 350CE,
though most are in favor of a later dating. Though many of the verses are strikingly similar to what is found in the gospels of the bible.
My personal opinion is that Thomas is a book of collected sayings directly from the followers of Jesus... mainly because I have problems with
believing a man that had literally thousands of followers, only 3 of them were smart enough to write something down about him...
Perhaps the Author wasn't Thomas the disciple... but how many books within the bible are from unknown authors?
Lets take a look at a few of the parallels between Thomas and the rest of the biblical Gospels...
1 And He said, "Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death."
Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death."
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."
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
In the gospels it is repeatedly said people were astonished by the doctrine of Jesus... and some were troubled, for example the man who was told to
sell all of this things and "follow me"... and some that came to understand his words eventually "ruled over their own congregation.
Jesus said, "If those who lead you say, '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."
Matthew 6 (The creatures will precede you)
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is
not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much
better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye
of little faith?
Luke 17 (inside YOU)
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Luke 11 (Outside YOU)
40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?
John 10 (children of the Father)
34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
(referenceing Psalm 82)
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many who are first will
become last, and they will become one and the same."
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus said, "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not
So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?
22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
Jesus said, "Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of Heaven. For nothing hidden will not become
manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered."
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false
Other reference covered in Thomas 5
Jesus said, "Blessed is the lion which becomes man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man."
Jesus is called the Lion in some sects of Christianity... the son of God who became a man... And Jesus' words "consumed" those who did not
understand him... so to speak.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
And He said, "The Kingdom is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish. Among them the wise
fisherman found a fine large fish. He threw all the small fish back into the sea and chose the large fish without difficulty. Whoever has ears to
hear, let him hear."
(reference the parable of the precious pearl)
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all
that he had, and bought it.
That is only the first 8 sayings within Thomas...
Only a few hundred left...
The parallels within all five of these texts are astounding, but some are vague, and others require a deeper understanding of what Jesus said within
And while they are not first hand testimonies as the gospels may be... I believe without a doubt that there is a definite connection between Thomas
and the Jesus that walked the earth 2000 years ago...
This discussion is officially open to anyone who is interested in this text... but please refrain from comments unless you have something to add to
the discussion of the topic, so as not to derail this thread.
It is preferred that any contributors to this thread MUST have read Thomas at least once
Please leave bias comments and trolling efforts at the door...
Thanks for reading...
To be continued when I have more time...
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