Historical dating for the gospels

Lost to history ever since, a copy of this 'gospel' was found in Egypt in the 1970s, consisting of 26 pages of manuscript in Coptic.

It belongs to a whole series of apocryphal, that is fictional, writings which are well-known.

In the Church, we trust in the judgements of nearly 2,000 years of saints, whose judgements have been formed by the Holy Spirit, not in games with numbers on the part of a contemporary commentator.

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For instance, the Russian philosopher Berdiaiev was not only an elitist intellectual, but among other things, he hated to see a woman pregnant. The so-called gospel of Judas is a fictional work written down in the mid-second century by a Gnostic writer.

It was first mentioned in about 180 by the well-known Church Father, St Irineius of Lyons, in his work 'Against Heresies'.

It shocked them that Christ did not say that salvation was only for the elite.

Unike the Gnostics, He said that it is the pure in heart who will see God and purity of heart is possible for everyone through repentance. That was why they denied Christ's bodily resurrection. Now since Judas betrayed Christ and caused his death, in other words, caused his soul to depart from his body, for the Gnostics Judas was a hero. For them therefore, Judas' betrayal was not a betrayal, but a positive act of heroism, for Judas was the reason why Christ lost his body.

As regards this so-called 'gospel of Judas', it was only found in the 1970s, since when it has changed private owners several times. It has taken years to read, translate and conserve, because the manuscript is in very poor condition.

The present owner, a Swiss Jewess, who has decided to publish it, has only had the manuscript since 2000. Why would the Gnostics have been interested in Judas?He said that even if all the copies of Holy Scripture in the world were to disappear, it would not matter, for holy people would rewrite them through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.The Holy Spirit inspires people to write the Holy Scriptures. This so-called gospel of Judas is simply one of these human writings, much as any novel. Is it true that the Church has tried to conceal the 'gospel' of Judas and other apocryphal texts? Anyone can read the apocryphal writings, which have been edited in many languages, including Russian, over the centuries and published in scholarly editions. I have to tell you that they have never been very popular, simply because they are rather dull and clearly untrue.Yes, of course, that would contradict the rest of the Holy Scriptures and all the Church Tradition down 2,000 years, as well as the teachings of the Old Testament. This is the sin of Judas, whom our Lord Himself calls 'the son of perdition'. One of the participants of the National Geographic documentary, 'gospel of Judas', suggests that St Irenaeus, the first Christian writer to list all four canonical Gospels (of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) as divinely-inspired, included these four Gospels, and left all other Gospels out only because of the ancient belief that "four" is the number of the organized world: four elements, four seasons, four winds, four corners of the earth.But since this 'gospel of Judas' is not a Christian document, that is not surprising. In the Book of John, Jesus tells Judas at the Last Supper: 'Do quickly what you are going to do'. Throughout the Gospel, and this is well-known, there are places where Christ speaks in His human nature, and others where He speaks in His divine nature. Nobody, including God, forced Judas to act as he did. He did not believe in God's mercy, fell into despair and destroyed himself. Was that really the reason for including only four, now canonical Gospels, into the New Testament?The number four simply tells us that only four of the Apostles wrote Gospels.

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