St. Thomas: The Gnostic Christians

‘I am the All. The All came forth from Me…and attained in Me’

From the St. Thomas Gospel, a principal Gnostic text [CE 100]:

The Kingdom of God is inside of you and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will be known..realize that you are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves you live in poverty..

The Kingdom of God is spread out upon the Earth and men do not see it..when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, then you will enter [the Kingdom].’

‘You read the face of the Sky and of the Earth, but you do not recognize the one before you and you do not know how to read this moment..

I am the All. The All came forth from Me…and attained in Me.’

You can find the categorical claim: ‘I am Brahman‘ repeatedly in the Upanshadic verses.

St. Thomas died in southern India, a few days of a bullock-cart ride from Kanchipuram, a center of Brahminical Orthodoxy.

Compare his teachings with those of St. Peter, crucified in Rome and the parallels of Vatican Authority to that of classical Roman administration [‘Tu es Petrus…regni caelorum’]. The Roman Church lost no time in labeling the Gnostics heretics.

The Gospel long preceded the arrival of Christianity in the West and of course the later colonial extensions. As I recall, the services are still in Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus of Nazareth.