The Gospel of Thomas

The first 33 paragraphs of the Gospel of Thomas are presented here, slightly edited for clarity. This is one of thirteen ancient codices containing over fifty texts discovered hidden in a jar in upper Egypt in 1945. These documents tell a different story from the New Testament. In fact, the Roman Bible is the Warren Commission Report on Christianity, full of rabbit holes and misdirections. This is my own translation and takes a few liberties, but if you compare this with the Gospel of Philip, you’ll discover considerable word-for-word overlap, although Philip is more clear on the importance of the holy anointing oil to uncovering the truth, and while Thomas skirts the issue,  just keep in mind all critics of the status quo can be charged with sedition and instantly tortured unto death, which is why Jesus spoke in parables. And the oil was his secret weapon for healing the sick, so many disciples wanted to keep it secret.

These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded.

  1. “Whoever uncovers these truths will not taste sickness nor suffering.”
  2.  “Those seeking the truth should not stop seeking until they find it and when they find, they will be disturbed. They will refuse to see the truth.”
  3. “If the heavenly kingdom is in the sky, then the birds of the sky precede you. Rather, the kingdom is within you and without you. When you know yourselves, you know you are children of the earth and sky and spirit. But if you do not know yourselves, you’ll live in poverty.”
  4. “The person old in days won’t hesitate to ask a little child seven-days-old about the place of life. For many of the first will be last, and all will become a single one.”
  5. “Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed. There is nothing hidden that cannot be revealed. And nothing buried that cannot be raised.”
  6. His disciples asked him, “Do you want us to fast? How should we pray? Should we give to charity? What diet should we observe?” Jesus said, “Let your ceremonies flow from your heart. Don’t lie, cheat, steal, use violence, carry weapons, eat meat, or covet thy neighbor’s wife. Keep investigating the truth. Nothing covered-up stays covered-up forever.”
  7.  Jesus said, “Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human. And foul is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion still will become human. Do not foul yourself with animal flesh.”
  8. And he said, “The person is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisherman discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and easily chose the large fish. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen! If you want things to change, go for the big fish!”
  9.  Jesus said, “Look, the sower went out, took a handful of seeds, and scattered them. Some fell on the road, and the birds ate them. Others fell on rock, and they didn’t take root. Others fell on thorns, and they choked the seeds and worms ate them. And others fell on good soil, and produced a good crop yielding one hundred twenty per measure.
  10.  Jesus said, “I have cast fire upon the world, and I’m guarding the tinders until it blazes.”
  11.  Jesus said, “This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?”
  12.  The disciples said to Jesus, “We know that you are going to leave us. Who will be our leader?” Jesus said to them, “No matter where you are, look to James the Just.”
  13.  Jesus said to his disciples, “Compare me to something and tell me what I am like.” Simon Peter said to him, “You are like a just messenger.” Matthew said to him, “You are like a wise philosopher.” Thomas said to him, “Rabbi, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are.” Jesus said, “Don’t call me Rabbi. Because once you have drunk from the spring I have tended you enter the kingdom.” And he took him, and withdrew, and spoke three sayings to him. When Thomas came back to his friends they asked him, “What did Jesus say to you?” Thomas said, “If I tell you one what he spoke to me, you will pick up rocks and stone me, and fire might burst from the rocks and devour you.”
  14.  Jesus said to them, “If you fast, you will weaken, and if you pray, you will be visible, and if you give to charity, you will draw predators. Whenever you go, blend in with the people who take you in, eat what they serve you. The oil will heal any sick among them. Don’t worry about what goes in your mouth, that will not defile you; rather, it’s what comes out of your mouth that defiles you.”
  15. Jesus said, “When you see one who was not born of woman, fall on your faces and worship. That one is your Father.”
  16.  Jesus said, “Perhaps people think I have come to cast peace upon the world because I am non-violent. They do not realize the truth will manifest conflict and possibly fire, sword, and war. There will be five in a house, and three will turn against two and two against three, father against son, and son against father.”
  17.  Jesus said, “I will give you what no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, no hand has touched, what has never been felt in a human heart.”
  18.  The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us, how will our end come?” Jesus said, “You found the beginning, why look for the end? The end will be next to the beginning. Hail those who stand at the beginning, they will know the end, and never fear death.”
  19.  Jesus said, “Hail to those who figure out the truth without me. If you become my disciple and pay attention to what I am saying, the sacred oils will serve you. There are five trees in Paradise; they do not change, summer or winter, and their leaves never fall. Whoever knows their secrets will not taste pain nor sickness.”
  20.  The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what the kingdom is like.” He said to them, “It’s like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on living soil, it becomes a home for birds of the sky.”
  21.  Mary said to Jesus, “What are your disciples like?” He said, “They are like little children living in a field that is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, ‘Give us back our field.’ They take off their clothes in front of them in order to give it back to them, and they return their field to them. For this reason I say, if the owners of a house know that a thief is coming, they will be on guard before the thief arrives and will not let the thief break into their house and steal their possessions. As for you, be on guard against the world. Prepare yourselves with great strength, so the robbers can’t find a way to get to you, for the trouble we expect will come. Let there be among you a person who understands the truth. When the hemp ripens, come quickly carrying a sickle and harvest it. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!”
  22.  Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, “These nursing babies are like those who enter the kingdom.” They said to him, “Is it ok for babies to enter the kingdom?” Jesus said, “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will be ready to enter the kingdom.”
  23. Jesus said, “I shall choose you, one from a thousand and two from ten thousand, and they will stand as a single one.”
  24.  His disciples said, “Show us the place where you are, for we must seek it.” He said to them, “Anyone here with two ears had better listen! There is light within a person of light, and it shines on the whole world. If it does not shine, it is dark.”
  25.  Jesus said, “Love your friends like your own soul, protect them like the pupil of your eye.”
  26.  Jesus said, “You see the sliver in your friend’s eye, but you don’t see the timber in your own eye. When you take the timber out of your own eye, then you will see well enough to remove the sliver from your friend’s eye.”
  27.  “If you do not fast from the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the sabbath as a sabbath you will not see the Father.”
  28.  Jesus said, “I took my stand in the midst of the world, and in flesh I appeared to them. I found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came into the world empty, and they also seek to depart from the world empty. But meanwhile they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they will change their ways.”
  29.  Jesus said, “If the flesh came into being because of spirit, that is a marvel, but if spirit came into being because of the body, that is a marvel of marvels. Yet I marvel at how this great wealth has come to dwell in this poverty.”
  30.  Jesus said, “Where there are three deities, they are divine. Where there are two or one, I am with that one.”
  31.  Jesus said, “No prophet is welcome on his home turf; shamans don’t cure those who know them.”
  32.  Jesus said, “A city built on a high hill and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden.”
  33.  Jesus said, “What you will hear in your ear, in the other ear proclaim from your rooftops. After all, no one lights an oil lamp and puts it under their bed, nor does one hide the lamp. Rather, one puts it on a stand so that all who come and go will see its light and breathe its incense.”

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