Why a Thomasine? Pt 1

I should start out by saying that I am a Christian.  I am a follower of Jesus.  However I am a Thomasine Christian.  The scripture I try to follow is the Gospel of Thomas.  While I am inspired by the Bible as a bit of insight into what the Hebrews thought about God in what is commonly called the Old Testament and find a lot to inspire and even be compatible with the GoT in the New Testament, I cannot believe nor even give a kind of gentle nod to much of the Bible.  The genocide, treatment of women, GLTB people, other races and religions in the Old Testament and the idea of exclusivism, the idea of God requiring a sacrifice as well as more sexism, homophobia, and supporting of slavery in the New keep me from returning to Christianity as I knew it.

I know and love many progressive Christians who have been able to move past these stories as well as literalism, however when I left that old fundamentalist paradigm I did not embrace the progressive mainstream view initially as because so much was purely social justice with none of the mysticism.  I feel a close kinship with them and may be a progressive Christian myself as I cannot help but be inspired by folks such as Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Matthew Fox, Bede Griffiths and Cynthia Bourgeault.  Those scholars and mystics who are exploring what is commonly called "The Wisdom Jesus" often share love of the Gospel of Thomas. It is here that I find myself.  I try to delve into the Bible and the GoT daily, and often read the mainstream Gospels through Thomasine eyes.  The Gospel of Thomas does not fill you with hard to believe miracle stories, nor stories of sacrificial death of Jesus, or of ancient Hebrews attacking cities.  Rather the Gospel of Thomas engages my heart and mind.  It presents Jesus as a living spiritual teacher who challenges us.  


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