I wish to give my advice to people who read these books. I suggest that you finish the Bible first before reading the said books so we will not be confused. It is good that we have information from other books but read the Bible first.
I finished reading the Bible first before reading the Book of Mormons, Qur’an and other books.
Now, why should we not use these books (GNOSTIC GOSPELS) in teaching the truth? Why must we not consider these as inspired words of GOD? Why must we not become affected after reading these books?
First, because they are not in the Christian canon.
Second, because they seem to have been produced by isolated communities later than the canonical four.
Third, because they were not accepted as central or binding by the first generation(s) of Christians, thus not in the canon.
I read the Gospel of Thomas and the Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas who is different from the Jesus of New Testament gospels.
The Gospel of Thomas claims to document secret or hidden words that Jesus said privately to Thomas and other disciples. Thomas is the favored disciple who understands Jesus more compared to other disciples. He writes the words of Jesus. The Jesus in this Gospel encourages his followers not to stop seeking until they find. They need to discover themselves if what is hidden will be disclosed to them. On the other hand, Jesus in NT gospels tells his followers to have faith, in saying 1 the gospel of Thomas encourages his disciples to find “the interpretation of these words.” If they do, they “will not taste death.”
With regards to need for faith, the synoptic gospels encourage disciples to ask, seek and knock. They will receive good things from God if they do this (Matthew 7:7-11). The Jesus of the Gospel of Thomas promises his disciples that if they search for until they find, they will be astonished, reign, and find solace.
The text in the Gospel of Thomas is very different from what is written in the Bible.
The contradictory saying of Jesus on peace and sword is a good example. There are familiar forms of this proverb in English translations of the Greek New Testament. It is followed by the parallel saying in the gospel of Thomas:
Greek Matthew 10:34: “Do not think that i have come to bring peace to the earth, i have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
Greek Luke 12:51: “Do you think that i have come to bring peace to the earth? No, i tell you, but rather division!”
Gospel of Thomas 16a: “They do not know that it is division i have come to cast upon the earth: fire, sword, and war.”
Syriac Matthew 10:34b: “I came not to bring peace but division of minds and a sword.”
It is very obvious that the Gospel of Thomas is very different.
In recent writings like Dan Brown’s popular novel – “The Da Vinci Code” , there were speculations Jesus and Mary were lovers or married. Those who hold this believe this refer to the Gospel of Mary, where is. It says: “Sister, we know that you were much loved by the Savior, as no other woman.” Meanwhile, the Gospel of Philip says: “The Savior’s companion is Mary Magdalene.
[Christ loved] her more than the other disciples [and used to] kiss her [often] on her […]” (NHC 18.104.22.168-36). Some translations restore the text to read , “He used to kiss her often on her mouth,” which is just an assumption.
In any case, there is no basis that in the Gospels of Mary and Philip, Jesus and Mary were lovers. It is not written in the text. There is no proof from olden times about this.
Many academic portraits regarding Jesus are unclear based on documents with suspicious historical value. Three out of five extracanonical gospels (Chapters 3 and 4) came out during the second century. These were the Gospels of Thomas and Mary as well as Egerton Papyrus. Quotes from the secret Gospel of Mark, inserted in the long-lost letter by Clement of Alexandria, is a prank. It does not offer critical scholarship with Christian origins, emergence of Jesus and the gospel tradition.
The Bible has strong evidence that will prove Jesus Christ did not have any sexual relationship with any woman here on earth.
“They have kept themselves as pure as virgins, following the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been purchased from among the people on the earth as a special offering to God and to the Lamb.”(Revelation 14:4)
It is written in the Bible that there are men who do not wish to have any relationship with women since they are following the Lamb.
Does this mean that the lamb is their example.
Who is this Lamb?
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”(John 1:29)
It is very clear that Jesus Christ is being referred to as the Lamb.
If the people mentioned in Revelation 14:4 did not have any relationship with any women, the more with Jesus, who is the Lamb whom they followed and become an example?
The Da Vinci Code of Dan Brown released a lot of lies and one of this is the sexual relationship of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene wherein there are people who believe this instead of listening to the Bible.
This happening reinforces the Bible is the true Word of God since the Apostle Paul mentioned these things to Timothy more than 2,000 years ago.
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”(2 Timothy 4:3-4)