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April 06, 2006
The rest of the story?

So, I'm sure we all remembering reading the stories, some time back, about how the Catholic Church was "rehabilitating" Judas? (Too lazy to go look for a link now.)

Struck me as odd at the time, but lots of religious things strike me as odd, so I just shrugged and moved on.

Now....

'Gospel of Judas' to be revealed

For 2,000 years Christianity has portrayed Judas as the treacherous apostle who betrayed his divine master with a kiss, leading to his capture and crucifixion.

According to the Bible, Judas received 30 pieces of silver for the act, but died soon afterwards.

But the Gospel of Judas puts Judas in a positive light, identifying him as Christ's favourite disciple and depicting his betrayal as the fulfilment of a divine mission to enable the crucifixion - and thus the foundation of Christianity - to take place.

So...what? The Catholic Church, unable to suppress the document, made a pre-emptive strike and started "rehabilitating" Judas in advance, just in case people started to doubt the "official" version of the story?

The ideas offered in the article offer some interesting food for thought. The hole "divine plan" that Jesus had to die. It's a sort of, "start as you mean to go on" I guess.

Christianity has managed that. Thousands of gallons of blood have been spilled to "defend Christianity" since that day.

(I'm going to have to buy National Geographic. If they keep having so many interesting stories, I'm going to have to subscribe.)

Update: So, Jesus walked on water? Anyone can do that. Especially if it's ice.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:23 AM


Comments

Like the catholic church has never been known to rewrite history to serve its own purpose?

Posted by: Lab Kat at April 6, 2006 03:01 PM

Hee.

As I understand it, they tried to force the destruction of all copies of the gospel in the third (?) (fourth?) century. I'm glad they were unsuccessful.

It's a pity that when this document was discovered 30+ years ago, it wasn't preserved immediately. Still, it's fascinating that it exists and it will be interesting to learn what it says.

Posted by: Anne at April 6, 2006 06:56 PM