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Relationship

The Gospel of Thomas reveals a God of relationship...not one of any religion.  The God Jesus reveals is a Mother and Father...he himself is a big brother.  He shows a God not interested in our behavior whether religious or not.  Rather a relationship with family.  Humanity is our brothers and sisters, and we are all children of the same Mother/Father.  He has no interest in holding the Jewish Law nor the Christian practices of prayer and fasting.

Knowledge of What?!

Scholars have argued back and forth whether The Gospel of Thomas is or is not a Gnostic text.  Part of it is due to the disagreement what qualifies as Gnostic.  If one means the Demiurge and a full aeons, Sophia type text...then no it is not.  And honestly it can be approached either way in my humble opinion.  We know that later groups that were Gnostic did make use of the Gospel of Thomas.  It is also used by mainstream Christians as a contemplative text and even used for inclusion within the New Testament.

The Gospel of Thomas uses language with which many modern mainstream Christians would feel totally comfortable.  There are also concepts that Gnostic Christians would also be totally comfortable with as well.

The Gospel of Thomas calls us to follow Jesus.  He is presented as fully man and yet somehow proceeding from the Father as well.  One even gets a taste of the kernals of the the Trinity in some of the sayings in the Gospel of Thomas.  Humanity is called to follow God and to h…

The Gospel of Thomas as Contemplative Text

One could easily find inspiration within the Gospel of Thomas even if they do not accept it as scripture.  In fact it could even be a great manual for spiritual life to mainstream Christians.  The main message of the Gospel of Thomas is to know God and who we are in God.  We are called to be twins of Christ or as Martin Luther said, "a race of Christs".  We are called to truly know God and not get caught up in the world's systems.

God - Wrestling

I have been reading through The Gospel of Thomas very very slowly lately.  Really taking the time to think on and contemplate each saying.  Something strange that I notice is while there are some radical differences with mainstream Christianity there are some things that will definitely not keep those who shuck spiritual authority, and stability from feeling uncomfortable.  Jesus really expected those who choose to follow him to do just that...be his student..his disciple.  And he seems to think not everyone will get it.  While thankfully the Gospel of Thomas does not do a lot of speculating about the afterlife, Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas does seem to think that his words are not easy and following him will not be easy.  This god-wrestling is not a one time decision nor necessarily an easy task.

Finding Faith

My bishop and I have been talking.  Well writing is more like it.  Anyone who knows me, knows I am not much of a phone person.  I prefer face to face, then if not face to face then in writing.  I am odd that way.

So we have been talking about religion.  Both of us would describe ourselves as universalists.  We believe that all people will eventually achieve a life changing revelation knowledge of God, which we call gnosis.  But we have also talked about our journeys.  We both come from fundamentalist backgrounds with all its mixed baggage.  In our lives we have also witnessed and even been a part of what Ramakrishna describes of digging many shallow wells.  We follow whim in our exploration of religions but not digging too deep.  His deep love is Sethianism (often called a type of Gnosticism) and I the Thomasine path.  However we both felt that we were directed to something more.  We needed a foundation to keep us grounded and from bouncing all around.  For him as well as for me, it ha…