From: Norman Kostuck
It came to pass whereby the disciples asked of Jesus, “When will the kingdom come?” And Jesus answered, “It will not come by waiting for it, it will not be a matter of saying here it is or there it is, rather the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth and people do not see it.” - Tom 1:13
Three hundred years after the death of Our Savior, Holy Rome canonized the gospels of Matt, Mark, Luke and John. These four gospels, all written decades after the death of Jesus Christ, became the core of the Holy Bible, NKJV, and depicts the Jesus Christ you and I know of today. All other nostic and apocryphal gospels, along with interpretations of Holy Scripture were banned by Holy Mother Church.
In 1965, the Second Vatican Council reversed centuries of intellectual, theologian, suppression. Holy Scripture, new archaeological discoveries and findings, and church instituted and inspired dogmatic assumptions, were now not only open to debate and critic, but actually encouraged by Holy Mother Church.
In 1985, one-hundred-and-fifty high ranking theologians and biblical scholars met and convened in Berkley, Calif. They called themselves “The Jesus Seminar.” Using the NKJV Bible as their basis of inquiry, every act and verbal utterance by Jesus Christ was put to a vote. Their mode of inquiry was highly controversial to say the least. Some even referred to it as an attack on the divine. However, for twelve long years this seminar assembled, convened, discussed, debated, voted, etc., but not all agreed, they could not come to a consensus. Metaphor or fact, the established end result of this Jesus Seminar remains controversial. It did, however, bring about one major contribution. It provoked and invigorated the quest for knowledge concerning Jesus’ formative years, those years between His age of twelve and thirty when He commenced His ministry. Where did He obtain His wisdom, His philosophy, His principles of life? This is not a new question. “And He went out from thence; and came into his own country; and His disciples follow Him.” And when the Sabbath Day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing Him were astonished; saying, From whence hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by His hands?” “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Jo’-ses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him.” - Mark 6:1-3
The nostic, non-canonical gospel of St. Thomas was not available for scrutiny and possible canonization back in the third century. It was discovered along with numerous other papyrus writings in the upper regions of the Egyptian village, Nag Hamaddi in 1947. It is of the first century and as early or earlier than the core gospels of Matt, Mark, Luke, and John. This fact in conjunction with the knowledge that St. Thomas (Doubting Tom)who was the most skeptical of the twelve disciples, provides reason to believe that this gospel may carry more credibility than any one of the core four. The ramifications of this newfound knowledge and permissive scrutiny concerning the historic Jesus remains tantalizing.