Hey all, first of all, I didn't think Thomas was in the Apocrypha, so I posted here. Sorry if it's not supposed to be here.
I completely lost my faith years ago, but I started studying the 'red' words of Christ out of curiosity. I started trying to follow his teachings when no one was looking. I started reading the bible in a way I hadn't read it before.
Christ led me to Daniel, and from then I started seeing things differently--quite differently from what I had been taught. I started forming my own thoughts on what Christ meant, and then I found Thomas, and things made much more sense to me. I found out G__, whatever he is, I think is real now.
It also scared me. I've only had one person since 2009 ever really talk about my Christian beliefs---no real Christian even thinks I'm a Christian. I found blue letter bible, and I found awk/grep handy tools to study the word. I found early Christian writings like the gospel of Philip describing my world.
I thought I was alone in my beliefs. Christians=> Jews and Jews=>Christians, and I'm some where in the middle I guess.
I got all that from Thomas really, or it verified what I already had learned from just following the sermon on the mount.
So I'm wondering where Thomas fits in with your views here?
I'm always just looking for where I am wrong, and I have no interested in leading others anywhere. I'm just trying to find my way.
I think the kingdom of Heaven might be just a dream, and here are a couple examples of what G_ wants:
Jeremiah 7:5: For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings;
if you thoroughly execute justice between a man and his neighbor;
Jeremiah 7:6: if you don’t oppress the foreigner, the fatherless,
and the widow, and don’t shed innocent blood in this place, neither
walk after other gods to your own hurt: Jeremiah 7:7: then will I
cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your
fathers, from of old even forevermore.
Zechariah 8:16: These are the things that you shall do: speak
every man the truth with his neighbor. Execute the judgment of
truth and peace in your gates, Zechariah 8:17: and let none of
you devise evil in your hearts against his neighbor, and love
no false oath: for all these are things that I hate,” says
When I started to follow Jesus, seen through Thomas, that's pretty much what I see in front of me as a good direction. I'm not sure how much more there is to it for me. I think the 7th day might be quite important, but I haven't made that leap yet.
Just curious how others feel about him?