The Gospel of Judas
From Traitor to Hero?
Headlines around the world are annoucing the publication of a “long lost” and “suppressed” ancient document, known as The Gospel of Judas.
The National Geographic Society announced the publication at a major event on Thursday, just in time to boost publicity for its last Sunday nights special on the National Geographic Channel.
“In the mid- to late 1970s hidden for more than fifteen hundred years, an ancient text emerged from the sands of Egypt. Near the banks of the Nile River, some Egyptian peasants, fellahin, stumbled upon a cavern. In biblical times, such chambers had been used to bury the dead. The peasants entered the cave, seeking ancient gold or jewelry, anything of value that they could sell. Instead, amoung a pile of human bones, they discovered a crumbling limestone box. Inside it, they came upon an unexpected find – a mysterious leather-bound book, a codex.”
The most revealing statement in the entire text of The Gospel of Judas records Jesus saying to Judas, “But you will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me.”
In other words, Judas would perform a service to Jesus by betraying Him to those who would crucify Him.
This is a direct conflict with the Christian gospel and the New Testament, that Jesus came in order to die for sinners – willingly accepting the cross and dying as a substitute sacrifice for sin.
This is why it was rejected by the early Christian leaders in about the year 180 AD.
The truth of the Gospel stands, and Christians will retain firm confidence in the authenticity of the New Testament and, in particular, of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
I’ve only taken bits and pieces from Albert Mohler’s responce which you can find by clicking here.
I tried to find out what a Gnostic was aswell (you’ll find the word a lot in his responce) – I know for sure that they’re not biblical and their teachings should be kept well away.
I believe it’s a kind of Jewish or Greek mysticism which says that in order to get saved there are keys and passwords (sounds like a PlayStation game!) and that Jesus was just a spirit and it only looked like he suffered on the cross (?!).
If you have a better meaning and understanding of Gnosticism please comment.
Don’t forget to check out the full responce – it’s very interesting.