This is a WordPress repost of an excellent article originally authored by Logan Judy at clearlens.org The Gnostic Gospels play a noteworthy role in the history of the Christian Church and every Christian should be aware of their significance and their ultimate rejection.
Skeptic criticism says the church cast out the Gnostic texts to retain control over dogma and to suppress minority voices. History and thoughtful textual criticism, however, says otherwise.
Although it may be surprising to some, exactly what books are part of scripture, particularly New Testament scripture, has not always been a clear-cut case. There have been debates, arguments, and councils on the topic as soon after the lives of the apostles as Irenaeus, who writes in the second century against certain Gnostic texts. Even certain approved books of the New Testament canon are sometimes called into question, such as Jude, which is drawn up as suspect by some for quoting the apocryphal Book of Enoch.
So if this is the case, what actually caused certain books to be accepted and others to be rejected? Were they reasons according to consistent Christianity, or were they political reasons? In particular, what about books such as the Gospel of Judas or the Gospel of Thomas which present a different side of Jesus? Are they equally valid books suppressed by controlling church fathers?
To read the rest of this excellent overview on the Gnostic Gospels please click on the following link: https://clearlens.org/why-did-the-church-reject-the-gnostic-gospels/