Lather may not be solid enough.
The non-canonical gospel "of the apostle Thomas" has become less of a maverick in Bible scholar circles. It contains sayings of Jesus that few had heard or read for centuries and never thought to live up to. That could be very good for them, since.
To decide in murky matters: First study and sort the evidence; then decide on what to do.
As for the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas, is it teeming with Forbidden Teachings (put in the mouth of Jesus, for non-Jews), like the four gospels in the Bible? Yes. As a non-Jew, you don't do right if you read Jesus, but disregards his teachings, according to canoncal gospels.
It may be best to stay away from Jesus sayings unless one is a Jew that is ill (read: depraved). There are many Jesus sayings in the gospels that are summed up thus, pretence aside. [Evidence]
If you should miss some of his teachings, some may be detected in older Jewish writings, like the Old Testament and further. [More], [More], and [More]. So don't despair. And once set free this way, what is there to go for? May I suggest ◦Transcendental Meditation and the overarching Nyingma philosophy in Tibetan Buddhism.
Here are some comments on gospel statements of Thomas, in addition to: "Where I grew up, people did not need it at all."
"Fulfillment steps" that Maslow postulated, to be read from bottom and up:
The first four of these stages he called deficit needs, or D-needs. B-needs (Being-needs) above relates to Self-actualization desires and yearnings. [More]
Lack of culture, lack of tact may be seen as forms of poverty too. There is poverty of expression, lack of a fulfilling, traditional rooting, poverty of self-actualisation, poverty of satisfaction and of non-calculative contacts - even among frustrated multi-millionaires. So some rich people can be understood as being poor in many ways, and other millionaires not. It depends on how holistic one's wealth is - one's inner wealth and outer wealth, for example. Some very rich people find it good to give generously to some good causes - or seemingly good causes. If all goes well, giving of one's surplus at least means a lot for a decent and OK fare.
Look after who really benefits from gifts, how the gifts are put to use, and the direction or flow of the benefits. If in doubt, win the trick, Edmund Hoyle puts it. [Dq]
1. Wake up to something more relevant and worthwhile than gospel rattling out of tune
"Jesus had a big belly which burst open - is that how the universe came into being?" (Thomas, 77). Such claims are hard to document.
Time well spent is good.
Also, find out who are your real friends too. That could be good. There are criteria
2. Have awareness to stay in control enough over your body too
Look to the good side of all the self-maiming teachings of Jesus and be happy: they are for deranged ones among Jews only. Such sayings are found in canonised gospels. [Have look; find such sayings]
Jesus said his teachings are for Jews only, for the depraved ones among them. (Matthew 15:24; 10:5-8; Vermes 2012)
3. Most Christians appear to call themselves followers of Jesus by trickeries. That is unsound. True followers were to be Jewish only, and do miracles. [Faith Certificate]
Watch out along the road of life, so that you do not get waylaid by false doctrine. Take care of your health in a wide sense, then.
Do not put your health and life at stake. (1) The teachings of Jesus in the four canonical gospels were not for non-Jews, he said, and was very strict about keeping Gentiles out. The Bible scholar Geza Vermes confirms it. (2010:37-41). (2) Besides, many of the words of Jesus were not taken care of for centuries and longer. There is good evidence to conclude that way in the light of recent findings of scrolls. (3) Pretentious Jesuans (who maintain to be followers of Jesus) nowhere seem able to make mountains cast themselves into the sea by their word alone. What a shame.
Experts can become good at what they are doing by not pretending over and over.
As a Gentile follower - a non-Jewish guy - you don't have to make yourself poor on the word of Jesus for Jews (Matthew 5), but can go for being of sound moral, mind, and body, for example according to Acts 15 and Acts 21:25 [Cf. WP, "The Apostles' Creed"]. If you [Cf. Mark 2:17]. There was very likely no missionary command given to legitimise the spread of teachings for Jews outside the ranks of Jews: the missionary command (outreach to non-Jews) is a later added forgery according to Joseph Wheless and the Jesus scholar Geza Vermes (2012)
Vermes, Geza. The Real Jesus: Then and Now. Minneapolis, MI: Fortress Press, 2010.
Vermes, Geza. The Authentic Gospel of Jesus. London: Penguin, 2005.
Vermes, Geza. "From Jewish to Gentile: How the Jesus Movement Became Christianity." Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) 38:06, Nov/Dec 2012.
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