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April 10, 2006

The Gospel (of Judas?)

The National Geographic is all agog over a newly discovered "Gospel of Judas." It totally changes our view of history's greatest traitor, or so goes the TV promotions. It's almost funny. When was the last time the Geographic crowd found scripture inerrant? This latest farce comes at the same time as the media hype for Dan Brown's beach blanket bestseller, The Da Vinci Code. It's yet another production in the theater of the absurd. So, we are now supposed to believe that Judas betrayed Jesus on orders from Jesus? The "Gospel of Judas" text may be new, but its existence has been known for only about two millennia. It was condemned as a fraud by the early Church fathers. So were many other productions of the sect called the Gnostics. Gnosis is a Greek word meaning secret. There has always been an appeal for such secret news. Grassy knoll conspiracy theorists have been around since the Monday morning after that first Easter Sunday. G. K. Chesterton, the great English writer, explains the reason for all these Jesus-light productions. "Christianity," he said, "has not been tried and found wanting. It has been tried and found difficult." One thing you might notice in all this hype: Those of us who believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ will not be burning down publishing houses, bookstores, or television studios even as we deplore these unceasing assaults on our faith. We won't be issuing any fatwas calling for the beheading of these infidels. Despite two thousand years of doubters and shouters, His Truth goes marching on.

Source: FRC Newsletter

Posted by Blogorithm at April 10, 2006 02:43 PM

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