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The Gospel of Thomas 13 Christian Gnostic

Coptic Gospel of Thomas P) These are the mysterious sayings whichJesus, the Living One, spoke, and which Didymos Judas, who is called Thomas, wrote. 1) And He said, quot;Whoever hears these words(and) discovers their meaning will not ever taste of death.quot; 2) Jesus said, quot;The one who seeks should notleave off, (but) keep on seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will be troubled(and) will marvel. When he is troubled (and) when he marvels, then he will be surprised,(for) he will reign (and) rule over the All.

And when he rules then he will rest.quot; 3) Jesus said, quot;Should those who lure (and)lead you say, 'Behold, the Kingdom is up in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will beatyou to it. If they should tell you, 'It is under the earth, (or) in the sea,' then thefish of the sea will beat you to it. It is rather that the Kingdom is both within youand without. Those of you who know yourselves will find out that this is true. When youfind out who you are, you will then become known, and will recognize that you who arethe sons of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, you dwell in povertyand you are yourselves that poverty.quot;

4) Jesus said, quot;Let the man who is old indays not hesitate to ask a small child of seven days about the place of life, and hewill come alive. For many who are first will become last, and the last, first. They willindeed become one and the same.quot; 5) Jesus said, quot;Know what is before your faceand what is concealed from you will be revealed to you. For nothing is hidden that will notbe revealed, nor is anything buried that will not be raised.quot; 6) His disciples asked Him and said to Him,quot;How do you want us to fasté How shall we prayé How shall wegive almsé What diet

shall we observeéquot;Jesus said, quot;Do not tell lies, or do what you hate, for all things are plain in thesight of Heaven, all things are disclosed before truth. For nothing is hidden that willnot be made manifest, and nothing has been covered up that will not be uncovered.quot; 7) Jesus said, quot;Blessed is the lion that becomesman when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whomthe lion consumes, and the lion becomes man.quot; 8) And He said, quot;The Kingdom is like a wisefisherman who cast

his net into the sea and drew it up from thesea full of small fish. Among them the wise fisherman found a finelarge fish. He threw all the small fish back into the sea and chosethe large fish without difficulty. Whoever has ears to hear,let him hear.quot; 9) Jesus said, quot;Now the sower went out, tooka handful (of seeds), and scattered them. Some fell on theroad; the birds came and gathered them up. Others fell on the rock,did not take root in the soil, and did not produce ears. Andothers fell on thorns;

they choked the seed(s) and worms ate them.And others fell on the good soil and produced good fruit: itbore sixty per measure and a hundred and twenty per measure.quot; 10) Jesus said, quot;I have cast fire upon theworld, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes.quot; 11) Jesus said, quot;This heaven will pass away,and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive,and the living will not die. In the days when you consumed whatis dead, you made it

Gnosticism and its influence on Christianity FULL UNLEARN

The term “gnosticism� is derived from theGreek word gnosis, meaning “knowledge�, because secret knowledge was so importantto the Gnostics. Gnosticism forced its way into prominence during the first few centuries,and the Apostles and early Christian leaders opposed this heresy. In fact, much of theearly Christian writings were focused on addressing the threat of Gnosticism. It is important for us to understand the Gnosticsand their relationship to early Christianity because it will help us to better understandcertain New Testament verses that are written in direct opposition to Gnosticism. It isalso important to understand this heresy,

so that we can identify it's influence onthe modern Church, and so that we can avoid repeating their mistakes. The Gnostics were a heretical movement basedin early JudeoChristian beliefs, and did not usually refer to themselves as “Gnostics�,but simply thought of themselves as Christians, followers of Jesus, or enlightened ones. Historiansand scholars have sought to find its origins but with no consensus. Some suggest Hellenismand Greek thought, while others say it is rooted in Babylonian thought. Jewish gnosticismpredates Christianity by hundreds of years, and Judaism was in close contact with BabylonianPersianand Hellenistic ideas for hundreds of years,

which led into Gnostic Jewish beliefs. The term Gnosticism is used with a varietyof meanings and is often used broadly to include Valentinians, Sethians, Marcionites, and followersof Basilides among others. The Early Church father, Irenaeus, who wrote a five volumebook on the subject called “Against Heresies�, believed that all heresies were rooted inGnosticism, and thus any heretic was deemed a Gnostic. Most Gnostics hold to the belief in two deities,one who is perfectly good and the other who is perfectly evil. They taught that the evilgod was the creator of the world and all matter,

and was also the god of the Jews. In fact,they viewed the serpent in Eden as a good character who tried to help Adam and Eve findknowledge and escape the created world. These christian gnostics believed in Jesus (Yeshua),but taught that He was the son of the good deity, and he was sent to oppose the evilCreator God of the Old Testament. The Apostle John wrote against the Gnosticswhen he spoke about the spirit of the antichrist, saying: “He is antichrist who denies the Fatherand the Son.� (1John 2:22) The Gnostics rejected the God of the Old Testament,claiming that Jesus was a different and unrelated

God from that of creation (denying the Fatherand Son). In fact, one of the leading Gnostic teachers, Marcion, taught that Jesus cameto rescue mankind from the material world so that we could live eternally in heaven. Marcion was originally a Christian bishop,but around the year 144 AD, he concluded that the teachings of Jesus were incompatible withthe actions of the God in the Old Testament, and developed a dualistic belief system thathe used to reconcile the supposed contradictions he saw between the Hebrew Scriptures and theteachings of Jesus and Paul. His beliefs led him to completely reject the Hebrew Scripturesand the God of the Jews, claiming the Creator

was a vengeful and violent being. Like manyGnostics, he taught that Jesus did not come in the flesh, but that His incarnation andsufferings were merely appearance only. This was the exact heresy that John was writingabout when he said: “and every spirit that does not confessthat Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of theAntichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.� (1John4:3) The Gnostics believed that Jesus (Yeshua)was not actually human, and that he did not really die and resurrect. They argued thatJesus was a divine spirit that appeared to

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