Monday, February 27, 2006
Who Cares about the "Gospel of Judas"?
The media coverage is heating up for a new controversy in Christianity: "The Gospel of Judas." On Saturday, the Washington Post published, "Another Take on Gospel Truth About Judas: Manuscript Could Add to Understanding of Gnostic Sect." Time magazine has also recently released an article, "A Kiss for Judas: A long-lost 2nd century 'Gospel' may portray Jesus' betrayer as closer to a hero than a heel." According to this report:

It could be a passion story as co-written by Mick (Sympathy for the Devil) Jagger and The Matrix's mess-with-your-metaphysics Wachowski brothers: Judas Iscariot, vilified in the Gospels as Jesus' great betrayer, was not merely an Apostle--he was perhaps Christ's closest confidant. Technically speaking, he did drop a dime on Jesus. But there were extenuating circumstances, some having to do with the belief that the God of the Old Testament was not the ultimate God, that this world is not what it seems and ... well, for a full explanation, you'll just have to see the movie.

Er, rather, see the 31-page papyrus tractate. Provocatively titled The Gospel of Judas, the alleged Coptic Egyptian translation of a 2nd century manuscript promises to be a kind of Da Vinci Code--style everything-you-know-is-wrong thrill ride. According to its holders, the text will be unveiled this spring for the first time in at least 1,500 years. If your Coptic is rusty, there will be an official translation, and a National Geographic TV special in late April, they say. (Geographic declines comment.) You'll have eminent co-viewers: scholarly interest reaches up to the Vatican.


Personally, while I can understand the scholarly interest, I see no reason for concern here. First, its validity has not been firmly established. Second, even if it is what some claim it to be, it is a "gospel" of a heretical gnostic sect. Gnosticism in early Christianity is nothing new, so I do not see any dangers in learning more about what this errant group believed. They do not speak for the historic and orthodox Christian faith. They are simply another example of those who twist the truth to justify their sinful rebellion against God. There is no good news (gospel) according to Judas.
 
posted at 10:45 AM  
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4 Comments:
At 1:19 PM, Blogger Sophia Sadek said...

Before you judge others as "errant," you might want to find the errors in your own perceptual framework. The apostolic truth that you espouse is full of errors that you haven't yet discovered. Don't forget that the children of the Apostolic Fathers burned people at the stake for denying the obvious truth of a flat and immobile Earth.

You perceive others as being opposed to divinity, yet you close your own mind to the divine Logos.

 
At 10:34 PM, Blogger Peter D. Nelson said...

Well isn't that nice we had a token "gnostic" post a comment. Nothing of substance just a little ad hominem for a Monday.

In the end however John is correct nothing new is learned here just the same old heresy getting a face lift.

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Sophia Sadek said...

John, many apologies if you accept Peter's interpretation of my comment as an ad hominem. I did not intend a condemning tone.

We teach a paradigm of truth that is based on shifting perceptual frameworks. The first truth we learn is typically false. For example, we learn that the Sun rises and that the Sun sets. When we learn a different truth, we shift our framework to see things from the other side of the frontier. So, we percieve the Earth from the perspective of the Sun. We come to know that it is actually the rotation of the Earth that causes the Sun to appear to rise and set.

Christ spoke of the Logos and how there are those with minds like rock. They do not receive the Logos because their minds are solid and infertile. When we fail to project our consciousness to the other side of the frontier, we fail to see the deceptions on our own side. We close our mind to the Logos and to a higher truth.

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger John said...

Sophia,

Christ did more than speak of the Logos, He is the Logos: "In the beginning was the Word [Logos], and the Word [Logos] was with God, and the Word [Logos] was God.... And the Word [Logos] became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:1, 14).

Your understanding of the Logos and wisdom is simply not what our Creator has revealed to us as truth. Without turning away from your rebellion against your Creator and embracing Jesus Christ as the One who took the punishment you deserve onto Himself, you will not know the Logos (Jesus Christ) or the truth.

 

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