The Gnostic Gospels

February 06, 2009

“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take anything from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” – Deuteronomy 4:2

The Gnostic gospels received widespread attention after they were referred to in the novel and movie, The Da Vinci Code. These works triggered great interest and thrust the Gnostic writings into pop culture. This has caused a lot of conflict and confusion as people wonder why these “lost gospels” were not included within our Bible.

Let’s look at the answer to that. The gospels in the Bible were all written within twenty to sixty years after of the life of Jesus – soon enough so that the actual witnesses to Jesus’ words and deeds were available as a primary source. The Gnostics, however, were written in the second century, long after Jesus’ contemporaries had died. To give credibility to their stories, the Gnostics falsely attached the names of people who had long been dead, such as Thomas, Mary, and Phillip. So, not only was The Gospel of Thomas not written by Thomas, it wasn’t even written by someone who had ever met Thomas!

Also, here’s something I find interesting. The Gnostics are sometimes referred to as the “secret gospels.” (Now there is an oxymoron!) If God is going to inspire a gospel, He most certainly isn’t going to allow it to be kept secret! Also, because most were discovered in 1945, they have been called the “lost gospels.” Again, why would God inspire something only to allow it to be lost? Think about it.