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The Gospel of Judas?

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I'm not exactly sure if there's a thread on this already, and I apologize if there is. But, I'm sure I'm not the only one who's heard about this.

Wikipedia: The Gospel of Judas is a Gnostic gospel purported to document conversations between apostle Judas Iscariot and Jesus Christ. The document is not claimed to have been written by Judas himself, but rather by Gnostic followers of Jesus. It exists in an early fourth century Coptic text, though it has been proposed, but not proven, that the text is a translation of an earlier Greek version. The Gospel of Judas is probably from no earlier than the second century, since it contains theology that is not represented before the second half of the second century, and since its introduction and epilogue assume the reader is familiar with the canonical Gospels. The original Coptic document has been carbon dated to plus or minus 60 years of 280 AD.

According to the canonical Gospels of the New Testament, (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), Judas betrayed Jesus to Jerusalem's Temple authorities, which handed Jesus over to the prefect Pontius Pilate, representative of the occupying Roman Empire, for crucifixion. The Gospel of Judas, on the other hand, portrays Judas in a very different perspective than do the Gospels of the New Testament, according to a preliminary translation made in early 2006 by the National Geographic Society: the Gospel of Judas appears to interpret Judas's act not as betrayal, but rather as an act of obedience to the instructions of Jesus. This assumption is taken on the basis that Jesus required a second agent to set in motion a course of events which he had preplanned in advance. In that sense Judas acted as a catalyst. The action of Judas, then, was a pivotal point which interconnected a series of simultaneous pre-orchestrated events.

This portrayal seems to conform to a notion, current in some forms of Gnosticism, that the human form is a spiritual prison, and that Judas thus served Christ by helping to release Christ's spirit from its physical constraints. The action of Judas allowed him to do that which he could not do directly. The Gospel of Judas does not claim that the other disciples knew gnostic teachings. On the contrary, it asserts that the disciples had not learned the true Gospel, which Jesus taught only to Judas Iscariot.

To me, this sounds like a lie, seems to me that the people who don't agree with the Gospel made this up, Judas was the ONLY one who knew the true Gospel? Ugh, it's upsetting really, and not at all surprising that something like this would rear it's head during the end times. What do you guys think of this?
 
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Ghost stories

When this rediculous thing came out, I felt obligated to read it just to see what it said and how long it would take me to find something wholly unscriptural in its pages.

But I honestly couldn't get past the big huge lie on the title page. Normally I won't speak on something I haven't read, but in this case I will make an exception.

The Gospel of Judas is not gospel. There is nothing good in the "news" it puts forth.

The Gospel of Judas was not written by him....he never got a chance to leave us his memoirs.

People who *read* the Bible know exactly what place the "Gospel of Judas" should hold:

Judas Iscariot dies by his own suicidal hand less than a day after betraying Jesus Christ. Matthew gives us a nice brief account of how he hanged himself, and the author of Acts goes into rather graphic detail about what happened to the body afterwards.

Dead men don't write.

And even with this ignored, it's pretty unlikely that Judas Iscariot knew how to both read and write. Ancient Hebrew culture was a good bit more literate than some others, but actually *writing* was considered an artisen level profession. Most folks could do little more than scribble their own "mark" (a sort of signature). So he never had time to write anything...and even if he did:

I did find *one* thing about the whole book that might be a grain of truth.

There is a good deal of controvery surrounding the NG Society's translation of the text because they pretty much wrote their own story in the process.

For example, the word used many times to describe Judas is "daimon." The NG says this word is translated to mean "spirit." But the word used commonly for spirit is "pneuma" and even in all the other famous Gnostic texts, "daimon" is always taken to mean...demon.

Is there Scripture to support the idea of Judas Iscariot as a demon?

Jesus answered them, "Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" (John 6:70, KJV)

If Jesus wasn't speaking of Judas Iscariot in this verse...which of the other 11 do you think He meant?

So ask yourself -- do you really want to read a "Gospel" where the author refers to himself as a demon, and whom our own Lord calls a devil?

For my part, I'll pass.
 
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