Perhaps the Gospel of Thomas was a proto-gospel or even a source for our canonical gospels.
In that case, it would be the only first-century Gnostic Christian text—virtually all other Christian texts whose goal is are from the second or third centuries.
(Recall in how the great religious ceremony was ritualized fornication.)These gnostic groups composed their writings, and labeled them with titles, such as “The Gospel of Thomas” or “The Gospel of Philip” or “The Acts of Peter.” Of course none of these works can be traced to the apostolic times or apostolic authorship.The gnostics appended the names of the saints to these bogus writings to give them some credibility. Saunders is pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Potomac Falls and professor of catechetics and theology at Christendom’s Notre Dame Graduate School in Alexandria.