Many skeptics are painting a case that the Gospel of Thomas should be excluded from the New Testament. There is clear evidence that Thomas was written much later, but in this article, I want to talk about how Thomas is different than the other Gospels.
In Thomas, Jesus teaches a more mystical understanding of the world and that we need to free ourselves from it. While in the New Testament, Jesus says to live in the world but not be of it.
In the Thomas texts, the world is completely unredeemable. Additionally, Thomas is very anti-women. For example, take this saying in the Gospel of Thomas:
Simon Peter said to them, “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life.” Jesus said, “I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven.”GOSTHOM 114
The Bible, however, says that all of us are equal:
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.Galatians 3:28
Finally, there are clear differences in that the Gospel of Thomas doesn’t even see Jesus as a savior of our sins. This is perhaps the biggest contrast.
The New Testament is clear on who Jesus is, while the Gospel of Thomas gives a very contradictory account.
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