I'm curious, HL.<quoted text>
.. what John opposes, Thomas teaches: that God is in everyone, not just Jesus ..
.. GoThomas doesn't beseech the reader to believe in Jesus, John does ..
.. third, John provides reasons for a unified church, Thomas does the opposite ..
.. to consolidate dogma, the Council of Nicea was compelled to reject GoThomas ..
.. last, GoThomas suggests pre-existance in v. 49:
"Jesus said, "Blessed are those who are solitary & chosen, for you will find the Kingdom. For you have come from it and you will return there again."
.. the political backdrop and civil unrest authored the New Testament ..
.. most Christians renounce the Gnostic Gospels because their church has pronounced them heretic. Won't even read them. When the priests have spoken, the thinking is done ..
How do you know all this religious stuff?
I'm quite impressed!
Maybe you can teach me sometime.