What is the gospel of thomas about?

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  • That he came to die and resurrect, to save sinners, and offer a pathway to eternal life ( John 3:16 ). The Gospel of Thomas, like a cult or secret society, promotes the idea that followers of Jesus have to attain certain enlightenment through uncovering secrets, undiscoverable by most men ( 3, 39, 70 ).

Introduction. The Gospel of Thomas is an early Christian gospel comprising 114 sayings and parables of Jesus organized into a simple list. It has no narrative structure and says virtually nothing about Jesus' life, his death, or his resurrection.

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AnswerThe Gospel of Thomas is considered to be a sayings gospel. It contains many sayings of Jesus that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke also include, but also sayings that apparently derive from a different tradition. Elaine Pagels (Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas) believes the author of the Gospel of John probably knew what this gospel taught, even if he did not know of the actual text. In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus performs no physical miracles, discloses no fulfilment of prophecy, announces no apocalyptic kingdom that will disrupt the world order, and dies for no one's sins. Instead, he reveals wisdom and knowledge so that people may be enlightened. The sole reference to the cross occurs in saying 55, where the image of one bearing a cross seems to be used in a metaphorical sense. (Euan Cameron, The Secret Gospels of Jesus: The Definitive Collection of Mystical Gospels and Secret Books About Jesus of Nazareth).The Gospel of Thomas was never seriously considered for inclusion in the New Testament canon.

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