The Gospel of Thomas is very popular among critics of Christianity. Many argue that there is no good reason why Thomas is not included in the list of canonical gospels.
However, the reason is clear. The Gospel of Thomas is completely different in both style and content from the four canonical gospels, and it contains some irreconcilably bizarre passages.
While the four canonical gospels are similar to historical narratives, the Gospel of Thomas is a collection of Jesus’ sayings. Furthermore, some of Jesus’ sayings in the Gospel of Thomas are simply so bizarre that it is obvious that the Gospel of Thomas is in a completely different category than the four canonical gospels.
Quotes from the Gospel of Thomas
Below are some bizarre passages from the Gospel of Thomas, which demonstrate that the Gospel of Thomas clearly is not in the same category as the four canonical New Testament gospels.
Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion which the man shall eat, and the lion become man; and cursed is the man whom the lion shall eat, and the lion become man.”The Gospel of Thomas, Saying 7
Simon Peter said to them: “Let Mary go forth from among us, for women are not worthy of the life.” Jesus said: “Behold, I shall lead her, that I may make her male, in order that she also may become a living spirit like you males. For every woman who makes herself male shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.”The Gospel of Thomas, Saying 11406 Meadowchase Dr.
The percentage of bizarre passages in the Gnostic writings is far greater than what we find in the canonical gospels. Furthermore, the bizarre passages in the Gnostic “gospels” are far more bizarre than the passages in the New Testament gospels that some may find challenging.