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"That Gnosticism was, at least briefly, in the mainstream of Christianity is witnessed by the fact that one of its most influential teachers, Valentinus, may have been in consideration during the mid-second century for election as the Bishop of Rome.3 Born in Alexandria around 100 C.E., Valentinus distinguished himself at an early age as an extraordinary teacher and leader in the highly educated and diverse Alexandrian Christian community. In mid-life he migrated from Alexandria to the Church's evolving capital, Rome, where he played an active role in the public affairs of the Church. A prime characteristic of Gnostics was their claim to be keepers of sacred traditions, gospels, rituals, and successions – esoteric matters for which many Christians were either not properly prepared or simply not inclined. Valentinus, true to this Gnostic predilection, apparently professed to have received a special apostolic sanction through Theudas, a disciple and initiate of the Apostle Paul, and to be a custodian of doctrines and rituals neglected by what would become Christian orthodoxy.4 Though an influential member of the Roman church in the mid-second century, by the end of his life Valentinus had been forced from the public eye and branded a heretic by the developing orthodoxy Church."
The Lost Sayings Gospel Q

As far as the "Gospel of Thomas" is concerned, it is no surprise it is not part of "the churches established by Thomas," as Thomas is no more likely to have founded them than Peter the Roman Catholic Church. "(3) Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty." If Jesus said this, why would a disciple found a church, when clearly one is not necessary. If Thomas made it up, would he deliberately appear, for all the world to see, as a hypocrite who rejected Jesus' teaching?

Yes, as the Roman Catholics argue, the earliest written parchments of the "Gospel of Thomas" are 2nd and 3rd Century AD. That is also true of the entire New Testament.

As a group, mainstream or fundamentalist Christians have been predicting the "Second Coming" at least since 70 AD. Such a poor track record should at least humble you enough to accept the possibility that there is more to the story of the Christ than taught in Sunday School