Gnosticism (Wikipedia link) has enjoyed a resurgence in modern entertainment. It is responsible for Dan Brown’s The Davinci Code and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. I want to be clear that I don’t base any of my writings on the Gnostic gospels.
I expect this to be an issue because I have chosen to refer to Thomas as Judas Thomas in my novel series, and he was referred to as such by the Gnostic writers. I talk about my reasons for doing so in my post on the subject.
Suffice it to say that my beliefs are orthodox. The books I am writing strive for scriptural and historical accuracy but paint an alternate history where Thomas acts as an Detective, investigating mysteries. It’s a fun series set in the world that Jesus knew. The books are thrillers full of mystery, suspense, and tragic romance.
In my tale, Thomas is no saint when he meets Jesus, but that’s why Jesus came. He said the healthy don’t need a doctor; sick people do. Paul hunted Christians before his encounter with Christ. Moses killed a man in his early days, and don’t forget David was guilty of adultery and then the death of his lover’s husband. Because we know so little about Thomas, it’s easy to want to make his backstory pure and perfect, but that is not the image the Bible paints of the world that Jesus came to save. None are righteous, no not one, and that includes the men who followed Christ.