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News Hypes Judas "Gospel" ^ | 04/07/2006 | Tom Pauken

Posted on 04/08/2006 12:33:37 AM PDT by

It seems like every year right before Easter the mainstream media highlights a major "new discovery" which discredits the central Christian beliefs about the betrayal, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. One year it was an ostensible Christian theologian proclaiming "the death of God" In other years it has been academics "proving" that Christ was only a man and/or that the Resurrection never happened. Of course, this is the year of the "gnostic gospels". The best-selling novel, The DaVinci Code, is about to be made into a movie. The novel seeks to make the case that Christ didn’t die on the cross but instead married Mary Magdalene. All of this is supposed to be proved by the discovery of a "gnostic gospel".

Thus, it is appropriate that a new "gnostic gospel" is headlined this Easter season which seeks to rehabilitate the apostle Judas who betrayed Jesus by turning Him over to the high priests for thirty pieces of silver. Leave it to the Dallas Morning News to hype this "new" revelation of the "Gospel of Judas" in a front page story in Friday’s paper.

While the News has totally ignored the story of the UT professor who has called for the extermination of 90% of the human race, it prominently features on the top left hand side of its front page a one-sided story by Randolph Schmidt of the AP highlighting this "new discovery" of the "Gospel of Judas". The article, in effect, suggests that this new gospel should be taken at face value, and its writings accepted as credible.

First of all, this is old news which has previously been reported on by Richard Ostling of the AP in a much more objective fashion. In an article entitled "Expert Doubts ‘Gospel of Judas’ Revelation", Ostling quotes America’s leading expert on "ancient religious texts from Egypt," James Robinson, as describing the new manuscript a "dud" as far as discovering anything new about Judas.

An expert on ancient Egyptian texts is predicting that the "Gospel of Judas" a manuscript from early Christian times that’s nearing release amid widespread interest from scholars will be a dud in terms of learning anything new about Judas.

James M. Robinson, America’s leading expert on such ancient religious texts from Egypt, predicts in a new book that the text won’t offer any insights into the disciple who betrayed Jesus. His reason: While it’s old, it’s not old enough.

"Does it go back to Judas? No," Robinson told The Associated Press on Thursday.

This so-called "Gospel of Judas" was apparently written long after the other four gospels which are accepted by Christians as the word of God. These "gnostic gospels" were part of the writings of a heretical sect known as the Cainites, and the "gospel of Judas" was believed to have been written somewhere between 120 and 170 a.d. by someone (obviously) other than Judas. This phony Gospel was attacked as a fraud by Bishop Irenaeus of Lyons around A.D. 180. Again the previous AP story by Richard Ostling is illuminating:

Irenaeus said the writings came from a "Cainite" Gnostic sect that jousted against orthodox Christianity. He also accused the Cainites of lauding the biblical murderer Cain, the Sodomites and Judas, whom they regarded as the keeper of secret mysteries.

Surely, the editors of the News could have discovered all of this themselves since they did make reference in a sidebar on page 2 to Bishop Irenaeus’ denunciation of the "Gospel of Judas". But, that didn’t stop the News from giving front page coverage to a highly questionable claim that the Gospel of Judas should be included alongside the Gospels of Matthews, Mark, Luke and John.

The Houston Chronicle had a much more balanced story on the controversy. It quoted two biblical scholars who were not impressed with the discovery:

"It is a rewriting of history by a heretical group," said Jim Hamilton, associate professor of Biblical Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Houston campus. "This is not a true historical account of what took place." … The text released Thursday by the National Geographical Society, will not change the perception of Judas. The idea that Jesus asked Judas to betray him is "completely fiction", said the Rev. Daniel Callam, associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic university in Houston.

It makes on wonder who is making editorial and news decisions down at the Dallas Morning News these days.

TOPICS: Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: gospelofjudas; judas

1 posted on 04/08/2006 12:33:38 AM PDT by
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There is another thread on here today about the discovery of an ossuary dated to 1 AD that mentions James the Brother of Jesus. The left never tires of trying to destroy faith..

2 posted on 04/08/2006 2:20:23 AM PDT by cardinal4 (Cynthia McKinney- the true face (hairstyle) of the Democrats...)
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To: cardinal4
Let's suppose the manuscript the media calls Gospel of Judas is the real McCoy. So what? If Judas wrote it, wouldn't he spin it to make himself look like a good guy? Sorta like Bill Clinton's library which calls his fighting off the impeachment rap as "defending the constitution.
3 posted on 04/08/2006 5:28:44 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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The "Gospel of Judas", the "DaVinci Code" are what, in Christian writings of the book of Revelations, the disciples and the prophets warned Christians about. Satan's influence in the media is catastrophic. Satan himself cannot disprove Christ (if he did, then he'd disprove himself), so he allows mankind to disprove Christ. IF this is ever fully accomplished, mankind will perish fully. Some food for thought.

4 posted on 04/08/2006 7:54:18 AM PDT by VigilantGuardian (IF Christ is ever fully disproved, Satan and his legions, win.)
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