I was recently watching some videos by pastor Anderson. He makes many good points about many issues.
But unfortunately, when he sets out to defame the Gospel of Thomas, he does himself and Jesus a disservice.
Paster Anderson overlooks that in the early stages of the Vatican’s rule, it waged holy war on authentic Christian sects. These were aware of the teachings Jesus gave his initiates, which were different from what he told the multitude.
These texts were lost because of this long term repression.
Anderson is limited by the ungodly notion that the Bible is the Word of God. Jesus Christ is the Word of God, not the Bible.
He thus cannot rationally discuss how the Bible came about, or that it was at the time what the Vatican pressed on the Christian world with pure power politics and the manufacturing of ‘consensus’.
In this vid Anderson sets out to ‘destroy’ Jesus’ sayings in the Gospel of Thomas and he does so in a way showing his utter lack of real spiritual knowledge.
Let’s mention them point for point:
verse 114: “Simon Peter said to him, Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life. Jesus said: I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so she too may become a living spirit like you males. For every woman who makes herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven’.
Jesus here refers to the earthly nature of women, who therefore have more difficulty observing Source, consciousness, Him. They are more obsessed with passion and desire and this is the main enemy of spiritual awareness. However, women can learn to overcome this ‘by becoming male’, less identified with the lower chakras.
Verse 15. Jesus said: when you see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your face before him, and worship him. That one is your father.’
The idea here is, that he who is reborn in the Spirit, is no longer of the flesh and thus ‘not born of woman’. He who knows the Spirit, knows the Father.
Verse 30: Jesus said: where there are three Gods, they’re Gods. When there are two or one, I’m with them.
This one I don’t completely understand. I do have an idea though: Christianity knows two Gods, who are basically one: The Father, who is in heaven, and the Son, the Word, Logos, who is the Creator (at the behest of the Father) and is in His Creation and who is known as our Lord Jesus Christ.
More than two Gods (father and son) is the polytheism of antiquity.
Verse 37: His disciples said: When will you become revealed to us, and when shall we see you? Jesus said: When you disrobe, without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them.
This harkens back to Krishna, who in the Baghavad Gita said that death is nothing but putting off old clothes.
Our Garments here represent self. The human condition is, that identification with self (mind, emotion, desire, body) hinders our view of the Spirit.
Verse 42: Jesus said: become passers by.
Anderson sadly really laughs hard about this one, making fun of such a ‘meaningless’ statement.
What is said here is the same as ‘be in this world, but not of it’.
Those how live in the Spirit are not identified with the material, which just flows through them without them clinging to it.
Verse 53: His disciples said to him: is circumcision beneficial or not? Jesus said: if it were beneficial, their Father would beget them already circumcised from their mother.
Well, it couldn’t be more clear, really. And this is fully congruent with the New Testament too, so I don’t really understand why Anderson would make fun of this.
Jesus said: He who drinks from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become he. And the things that are hidden will become revealed to him.
It’s really sad Anderson mocks this, because this is the profound promise of the Spirit. ‘Drinking from my mouth’ is similar figure of speech like ‘eat my bread, drink my water’ etc.
What this refers to is that he that lives with the Spirit, silencing self, just being with Him, in the Holy Place, will be ‘reformed’ (like Paul wrote) and will receive the fruit of the Spirit. Profound insight comes to those who go deeper and deeper into the Mystery of the Spirit in personal surrender and communion. This is an eternal path, as the Spirit is endless and shares His endless bounty with those who go all the way in shedding their Garments and become like little Children.
So it’s not all so incredibly complicated. These are fundamental spiritual realities and most can be directly linked to things Jesus said in the New Testament.
The Gospel of Thomas doubtlessly provides the honest seeker with good wisdom to contemplate in prayer and meditation.