Put Down Your Pitchforks

On numerous occasions on this very blog, I have admitted that I am no Biblical scholar.  But, just because I am not one, nor am I a pastor, priest, or rabbi, that does not exclude me from finding variations and such from the Bible fascinating.

Take, for example, the widely accepted premise that Judas betrayed Jesus.  This belief was accepted, of course, because it appears in the Bible, and people like to point out that everything in the Bible is true and accurate.  However, it seems that Judas may not have betrayed Jesus after all, so it might be time to put down the pitchforks, people.

According to scientific evidence (those are like swear words to some people), there is a Gospel of Judas that was excluded from the Bible that appears in its present form.  Sort of like the Gospel of Thomas, it was omitted because somebody did not like what it portrayed and because it differed from what “mainstream” Christianity was at the time.

But, how can that be?  I thought the Bible was God’s word, and that it was true and accurate.

It is reported that, “A “Gospel of Judas” was first mentioned around A.D. 180 by Bishop Irenaeus of Lyon, in what is now France. The bishop denounced the manuscript as heresy because it differed from mainstream Christianity.” (source)  But how can one person decide which of God’s words are to be included, and which are to be left out?  Weird.

If, as the science suggests, the Gospel of Judas is legit, wouldn’t Christianity basically be turned upside down?

A lot of people balk at the suggestion that the Bible may actually be incomplete, but I do not understand why.  It is like they are scared to question anything, and would rather stand firm in thinking that the Bible is 100% complete.  I do not fall into that camp.  I believe that the Bible is but a fraction of what it could and should be, and that we are doing ourselves an injustice by not seeking more.  While time has most likely eroded away a vast majority of what was excluded, the stuff that is out there, like Thomas and Judas, should be considered for inclusion going forward.  It does not make me “un-Christian” or a non-believer or “lost” to hold a view that there is more out there and that someone can have a right relationship with God without going to church on Sunday; the folks who see my view as a bad thing do more damage to Christianity than they imagine.

I hope the Gospel of Judas, and that of Thomas are legit, and I hope they are included in future publishings of the Bible; their inclusion will only serve to give people more insight and allow them to open their minds even more.  Of course, there are some who wouldn’t want that.

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5 Responses to Put Down Your Pitchforks

  1. Sammy says:

    Food for thought. If we don’t question, no matter the subject, we will never get answers. I would be interested in reading the Book of Judas. Jesus picked him for a reason and until I can judge for myself then I guess I have to go with what is in front of me.

    Have you read it yourself? If so what are your thoughts on the subject.

    • TommyK says:

      I am right there with you. If we take everything at face value or are just content to take someone’s word for it, are we really encouraging ourselves to become better?

      No, I have not read it, but I might have to pick it up and read it.

  2. dylanbennettraines says:

    Man people within Christianity don’t question, perhaps for good reason, as throughout history the church brutally murdered countless numbers of “questioners” for heresy. Perhaps that is one place that fear of asking questions begins?

  3. dylanbennettraines says:

    I also find it fascinating that Christians believe the Bible is the Word of God, when even the “Word of God” doesn’t make that claim (one reason being it didn’t exist when the books and letters were written). But the Bible does say how we can define “Word of God” in the Book of John, which says “In the beginning was the Word… the Word is God… all things were made through God…” Therefore, all things with life and that have been made, are the definition that the “Word of God” gives us for what the “Word of God” is = evreything.

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