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					          APOSTOLIC                                       The True Story of Judas
          ROOTS
                                                             “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscar-
                                                   iot, went to the chief priests and said, „What are you
                                                   willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?‟ And they                THE
         There are several reasons why we can
trust the four gospels and know they are from
                                                   counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from
                                                   that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.”
                                                                                                                      GOSPEL
God, but perhaps the greatest evidence avail-
able is their apostolic roots. The apostles were
                                                   (Matthew26:14-16)                                                 OF JUDAS
                                                             “When Jesus had said these things, He was
men chosen by Jesus to spread the Gospel.          troubled in spirit, and testified and said, „Most assur-
They were all witnesses to the resurrection of     edly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.‟ Then
Jesus (Acts 1:21-22) and all but Paul were         the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about
present with Jesus during His earthly ministry.    whom He spoke. Now there was leaning on Jesus‟
In John 14:26 Jesus promises the apostles that     bosom one of His disciples whom Jesus loved.
the Holy Spirit will teach them new things and     Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it
provide them with perfect memory of what           was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus‟
Jesus spoke while on the earth. Because of this    breast, he said to Him, „Lord, who is it?‟ Jesus an-
promise, we can fully rely on what the apos-       swered, „It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread
tles wrote knowing they had the guidance of        when I have dipped it.‟ And having dipped the bread,
the Holy Spirit.                                   He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.” (John
                                                   13:21-26)
          Two of the four gospels were written               “And while He (Jesus) was still speaking,
by apostles (Matthew and John) and the other       behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multi-
two were written by associates of apostles.        tude with swords and clubs, came from the chief
Luke was an associate of Paul. We know this        priests and elders of the people. Now his betrayer
because of the we/they text in Acts (Notice the    had given them a sign, saying, „Whomever I kiss, He
pronouns “we” and “they” in Acts 16:6-12. At       is the one; seize Him.‟ Immediately he went up to
some point, Luke the author of Acts joined         Jesus and said, „Greetings, Rabbi!‟ and kissed Him.
Paul.) Mark was an associate of Peter (1 Peter     But Jesus said to him, „Friend, why have you come?‟
5:13). Paul and Peter could have laid hands on     Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took
Mark and Luke and given them miraculous            Him.” (Matthew 26:47-50)
gifts, just as they did other people (Acts 8:14-             “Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He
17; 19:1-6). What these men wrote was what         (Jesus) had been condemned, was remorseful and
God wanted written (2 Tim. 3:16). Their writ-      brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief
ings can be traced back to the apostles. Al-       priests and elders, saying, „I have sinned by betraying
though some Gnostic gospels might claim to         innocent blood.‟ And they said, „What is that to us?
be written by an apostle, they were written too    You see to it!‟ Then he threw down the pieces of           “For many deceivers have gone
late for this to be true. Matthew, Mark, Luke,     silver in the temple and departed, and went and
and John are the oldest gospels, and it only       hanged himself.” (Matthew 27:3-5)                          out into the world who do not
makes since that the true and authentic gospels
would come before the false ones. They do not                   The Gospel of Judas                           confess Jesus Christ as coming
contradict each other, and the early Christians
recognized them as authoritative. We can be
                                                                                                              in the flesh.”
                                                              Written by Scott Elliott
confident that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
                                                                   P.O. Box 103                                                    2 John 7
are infallible, inerrant, and come from God.
                                                              Wilburton, Ok 74578
        The recent discovery of The Gos-        apostle John addressed this false doctrine in his    say the same for The Gospel of Judas.
pel of Judas has caused quite a stir. This      first two epistles (1 John 2:18-23; 4:3; 2 John
is not the first time a gospel like this has    7). In 2 John 7 he warns his readers that “many              The Gospel of Judas, is nothing
been discovered. In Egypt, in 1945, sev-        deceivers have gone out into the world who do        like Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. In
eral gospels were discovered along with         not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the            fact, there are really no similarities be-
other documents. These documents are            flesh”. He goes on to inform them that anyone        tween The Gospel of Judas and the four
referred to as the Nag Hammadi docu-            who teaches this false doctrine is a “deceiver       gospels in the New Testament. The ma-
ments. Some people in the religious world       and an antichrist”. The apostle John warned us       jority of The Gospel of Judas deals with
spend a lot of time discussing these newly      about the teachings of The Gospel of Judas and       Gnostic doctrine which completely con-
discovered gospels, but how should the          other Gnostic gospels before they were ever          tradicts the Bible and early Christian be-
Christian respond?                              written.                                             liefs. When we study the four gospels,
                                                                                                     we find events in the life of Jesus which
        Although The Gospel of Judas                    In Matthew 24:35 Jesus made the state-       are repeated in other gospels, such as, the
was only recently discovered, historians        ment, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but          birth of Jesus, the baptism of Jesus, the
and theologians have known of its exis-         My words will by no means pass away”. If you         last supper, the crucifixion, the resurrec-
tence for a long time. Early Christian          examine the manuscript evidence for the four         tion, the great commission, etc. but none
writers wrote about many of these hereti-       gospels and The Gospel of Judas, you find two        of these are found in The Gospel of Judas.
cal documents. They viewed these docu-          extremes. There is only one manuscript of The        Nearly all people agree, whether they are
ments as being harmful to Christianity so       Gospel of Judas. This manuscript is in very          religious or not, that the focus and climax
they wrote about them trying to prevent         poor condition and literally falls apart when        of Christianity is the crucifixion of Jesus
the spread of false doctrine. In 180 A.D.       touched. Pieces of the manuscript are missing;       Christ, but The Gospel of Judas fails to
Irenaeus wrote a book entitled Against the      therefore, there are gaps in the text. If you read   include this major event.
Heresies, and on page 103 he calls The          The Gospel of Judas, you will come across
Gospel of Judas “fiction”.                      brackets { } in the text very often. These brack-            The Gospel of Judas and the other
                                                ets indicate that the text is missing or unread-     Gnostic gospels are the result of a hereti-
         The Gospel of Judas and the other      able. Sometimes there are large portions of the      cal group in the 2nd and 3rd centuries.
Nag Hammadi documents are Gnostic               text missing. Throughout The Gospel of Judas         These so-called gospels were forgotten
documents. The Gnostics were one of the         it is not uncommon to read something similar         shortly after they were written because of
first heretical groups the early church en-     to the following “{—about 15 lines missing—          the writings of the apostles and other
countered. They believed they possessed         }” or “{body—about 17 lines missing—}” (The          early Christians. They were also disre-
a special knowledge (gnosis) which oth-         Gospel of Judas, 2006 pp. 28-29). On the other       garded because of their absurd claims
ers did not possess. They also believed         hand, the New Testament documents are very           which contradict the fundamental teach-
that all material things are evil. It was be-   well preserved. In fact, there is more evidence      ings of Christianity. The books we pos-
cause of this latter doctrine that many of      for the New Testament than any other ancient         sess in our Old and New Testaments are
them believed Jesus Christ did not come         document. There are over 5,000 Greek manu-           the complete and perfect will of God
in the flesh. Since flesh is material, they     scripts and over 19,000 manuscripts in other         “once for all delivered to the
viewed it as evil, and concluded that Je-       languages. The words of Jesus in the New Tes-        saints” (Jude7). We need not look for an-
sus Christ did not come in the flesh. The       tament have not passed away, but you cannot          other book!

				
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