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Core Christianity: Tough Questions Answered

Are the Stories of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas True?

host Adriel Sanchez aired June 23, 2021

Episode 734 Show Notes 

From the Show

Remember that the church did not decide upon the canon of scripture, but the church received it. Some of the criteria to discern if these writings are inspired by God are 1) Catholicity, did the entire church accept these writings? 2) Apostolicity, were they written firsthand by Jesus’s apostles, and 3) Antiquity, how old are the letters?

–Adriel Sanchez

Are the Stories of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas True?

Questions in this Episode

  1. If God cannot be in the presence of sin, why is Satan allowed to stand in God’s presence in the book of Job?
  2. Do you know anything about the supposed letters about Jesus’s childhood? These stories are from other Gospels not in the Bible, and in them, Jesus’s father, Joseph, tells Jesus to stop using his powers because he was making living sparrows out of clay. What do you think of these stories?
  3. God tells us not to lie or bear false witness, but isn’t this what Moses does when he tricks Pharoah in Exodus 5?
  4. An atheist friend of mine is getting a heart defibrillator put in and I am wondering if God blesses those who do not believe in him? If I prayed for him would God bless his health procedure?
  5. I noticed in Luke 15-16 that Jesus says Satan inflicted an individual with a disease. How do we know when Satan is the one inflicting illnesses and which ones come about through other means?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their five children.

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