Simon Peter said to them, “Make Mary leave us, for females don’t deserve life.” Jesus said, “Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males.
For every female who makes herself male will enter the domain of Heaven.” A glance at the ancient text reproduced above immediately tells the reader that the author knew little, if anything, of biblical teaching concerning the roles of men and women, and of the fact that both men and women were created in the image of God.
Such false teaching comes plainly from Gnostic sources that vilified the body and exalted the spirit, and in the process often denigrated the feminine and exalted the masculine.
The early church struggled long and hard against Gnosticism, which constantly threatened her.
The large majority of scholars date The Gospel of Thomas to the middle of the second century. The religious beliefs and concepts that came into vogue the New Testament period deeply influenced this work.
Strange, esoteric doctrines and beliefs appear throughout Thomas.
As a result, headlines proclaiming that scholars have “discovered” that Jesus never said He’d return (so He won’t), and the like, are common fare.The answer goes to the very heart of what the Jesus Seminar is all about: the re-creation of the Christian faith in a mold more pleasing to the leaders of the group (Robert Funk in particular).Funk’s dislike of confessional, historical Christian belief is easily documented in his writings.These two factors together obviously make Thomas a late and secondary work.So why has the Jesus Seminar made such an issue of Thomas?