Three Against Two and Father Against Son

The Gospel of Thomas is thought to preserve many authentic sayings of Jesus. No intact copies of it had survived until the discovery of a cache of Gnostic manuscripts in 1945, at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Like the other so-called Gnostic Gospels, the Gospel of Thomas sees the true Christian laboring to understand intellectually the truth revealed by Jesus.

Jesus said, “Perhaps people think that I have come to cast peace upon the world. They do not know that I have come to cast conflicts upon the earth: fire, sword, war. For there will be five in a house: there’ll be three against two and two against three, father against son and son against father, and they will stand alone.” Jesus said, “I will give you what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand has touched, what has not arisen in the human heart,” The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us, how will our end come?” Jesus said, “Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death.”

Thomas 16–18