Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Gospel of Judas

I have received several questions in the past week about the "discovery" of the "New" Gospel of Judas, which supposedly is going to make us all rethink our understanding of the Bible and Jesus.

This is just the latest in long history of attacks against the historicity of the Bible. This so-called Gospel is a gnostic writing which dates to the late second century, more than one hundred years after virtually all the writings of the New Testament. Remember, the NT was written by eyewitnesses, and is corroborated by mountains of historical textual evidence. These "gnostic" writings which have been popularized by the DaVinci Code, do not have an ounce of historical authenticity. The appeal is to people who have a predetermined bias against Christianity and the Church, so these texts give them a basis for their skepticism. However, if folks will apply the same historical research methods to these texts that they seek to apply to other areas of history, they will find that it is the NT, and not the gnostic writings, which stands up under trial.

For more information, please read Al Mohler's commentary on the Gospel of Judas at http://www.albertmohler.com/commentary_read.php?cdate=2006-04-07 .

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