A “new-age” relative of mine was very eager to lend me this non-canonical gospel, once she figured out that I was reading The Holy Bible.
After having read “The Gender Agenda” by Lis Goddard & Clare Hendry., I decided to take a look at it before publishing my Old Testament review.
If you are going to write about religious texts you should preferably know what you are talking about since religion is so vital to those who believe and can be potentially life-changing for those who discover the power of it.
Yet in today’s political and cultural environment you can easily find yourself confused, which is probably the point. This morning I read a very good interview with Bishop Rachel, the 1st female bishop in the church of England, and even though the interview was very good, I couldn’t help but wonder about the presence of women in such high positions. This has nothing to do with my personal preferences; it has everything to do with the Bible texts themselves. Before you know it I’ll re-read the entire Bible just to double-check, since modern church practises clashes so monumentality with what the Bible is explicitly saying. Of course it will make you wonder what you’ve potentially missed. Yet when I re-opened my Bible while reading The Gender Agenda, my impression of what the Bible actually states, was not changed.
It would probably be better for people who fundamentally disagree with Christianity to find some other outlet for their spirituality rather than trying to change the Christian faith to fit with their own preferences….
I do posses a gigantic book about the history of Christianity, which I will certainly read soon I believe. I have too many questions, and a lot of times you can find what you are looking for by going back into the past…
“The Gospel of Thomas” has its relevancy in a very popular conspiracy, where it is claimed that women were especially targeted by the Christian church in the name of oppression. I have debunked parts of that myth as old pre-Christian mythology/spiritual practises do not come across as particularly egalitarian.
Yet it seems like there are forces so desperate to establish a certain new-ideology and/or political order, that history has to be re-written, especially anything that has to do with religious practices. In that spirit I recommend reading this: Ancient Greek Myths – The Universe, The Gods, And Mortals told by Jean-Pierre Vernant.
I guess the reason as to why my “new-age/spiritualist” relative was so very eager to lend me “The Gospel of Thomas” is that it undermines the very structures of the Church and can therefore be seen as a good document for subversion.
She also appears to have some big problems with the Church herself, due to her own fixation on gay’s rights. Last time we visited her she proclaimed that the greatest perpetrators in history have been “white Christian men.”
On that note I’ll zoom in on the gospel itself…
The story goes that this gospel among others was cut out of The New Testament to cover up the social egalitarianism in the early churches and throw women under the bus in order to establish the “evil-Christian-patriarchy.” The non-canonical gospels were excluded in order to hijack Jesus and keep the real-truth from the world, such as Mary Magdalene being his favourite disciple.
The foreword/preface to this translated edition is repetitive but very informative and good. It creates a great built up, addressing the controversy surrounding this non-canonical text, but it all falls flat when you finally get to the actual gospel.
To call it a dethronement of Jesus would be laughable, as you’ll feel like you’ve just read the words of a fortune-cookie-prophet reminiscent of Jaden Smith.
It is all in all a pretty bland text, so I sincerely hope that this is indeed “ancient-fake-news.”
If they do reflect the truth they are evidence of the greatest fraud in history, where an average prophet or cult leader, had some of his quotes inserted into an epic fantasy story, creating division and controversy in the Jewish world and eventually re-setting the spirituality meter all across Europe…
Considering the enormous personal sacrifice and hardships that his disciples put themselves under though, I sincerely doubt that. There is a thread that can be followed, historically speaking, and this in combination with the quality of the writing in The New Testament refutes the “conspiracy.”
It is of great importance to address it though, because this is what critics of the Christian faith will hold on to and bring up in order to debunk and ridicule the faith.
In “The Gospel of Thomas” Jesus speaks of duality coming to an end with “women becoming men, while men become women, so that all can become one” to paraphrase.
Jesus will lead Mary Magdalene “to turn her into a man, so that she can become a living spirit, that is like the spirit of men, for any woman who makes herself a man shall be allowed entry into the Kingdom of Heaven.”
“The Gospel of Thomas” is a quick read and is not the bombshell that people will have you believe. The text itself is mediocre at best, but it is still worth a read, so that you know what “the haters” are going on about!
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