Regarding The “Gospel” of Barnabas

[Editor’s Note:  It has been pointed out to me that this post was misleading in the beginning.  Let me point out from the beginning that I am in no way endorsing the false “Gospel” of Barnabas.]

 

I saw this being passed around social media toady.  Take a moment and read.

http://www.truth-code.com/2014/12/1500-year-old-bible-claims-jesus-christ.html

[Editor’s Note:  I began by providing the original article for the purpose of showing what it was that I was writing about.  This way, the reader has the option to look over the material in question.]

I find it presumptuous to say that the Vatican is in awe.  Though I do not speak for the Vatican, nor does it speak for me.  So I looked into the claim.  The first thing I notice is that it says that Jesus was not crucified nor was He the Son of God, but a prophet.  According to this, Judas was crucified in His place.  I read a verse from this “gospel” and it says that the appearance and sound of Judas was changed to be like that of Jesus.  Jesus in turn supposedly ran away and hid, and was then taken away by archangels.  This “gospel” also calls Paul a fraud.

[Editor’s Note:  In the previous paragraph, I merely mention some of the claims of this document.  In the following paragraph, I point out the terrible implications of these claims.  I then provide a couple of my own thoughts on why this document is simply not true.]

Allow me to pick through this for a minute.  Let’s assume for the sake of argument that this is the case and the book is genuine.  Jesus said that the greatest act of love was for one to give his life for another.  Which is exactly what the Bible teaches that Jesus did, by giving His life for all of us.  This writing implies that God did not perform the greatest act of love.  It says that God did not even come to Earth in the flesh.  What are the implications of this thought?  They are quite terrible actually.  First, we must do away with Isaiah’s suffering servant.  That prophecy clearly will not fit here.  A perfect sacrifice as symbolized by the Jewish sacrificial system was not performed in Jesus, and in turn our sins are not washed away, and we are all still slaves under the Law and living in sin.  We cannot  hope to save ourselves and we are all doomed to Hell.  Now let us look at the Apostles, who all but one died very horrible deaths for what they believed.  Which was the risen Christ.  Of course anyone can die for something they believe, even if what they believe is wrong.  But consider this, the apostles were in a position to know the truth.  Therefore, they would have been teaching a known lie.  In doing so, they would in the end have died for a lie.  This is something quite different.  They had nothing to gain in dying for what they knew was a lie.  And they had everything to lose in teaching the lie.  Not something very many people would do, especially eleven people all at once.  I’m quite sure had it been a lie, someone would have squealed.  But there is silence from these Church fathers in terms of refute.  Also, what of the body of Judas?  Had this not been Jesus, all the authorities would have to do is examine the body after the supposed sightings of a risen Jesus.  They would have know something was up and would have exposed the conspiracy.  But they had no body to examine.  The tomb was guarded by Roman soldiers.  It is highly unlikely that a group of common fishermen got past them to roll away a huge sealed stone from the tomb and stole the body of an imposter.  In fact, the empty tomb itself is one of the greatest pieces of evidence of the day.  If there were no empty tomb, it is highly improbable that the first community of believers would grow by the thousands within the walls of Jerusalem.  With the tomb a stone’s throw away, they could easily go and witness the tomb.  If it was sealed, or a body was present, the credibility and growth of the new Church would have been doomed from the start and we would not have Christianity today.

This is my own initial views of the matter, and the “problem” dissolved into nothing after considering the validity of the “gospel.”  But still I looked further, and I found an article on the very subject.  Take a few minutes to check it out.

http://www.answering-islam.org/Nehls/Answer/barnabas.html

[Editor’s Note:  I begin the conclusion of this post with another article that discusses this document in some detail, and it points out why it is clearly a fabricated piece.]

Of course there will always be those who have something to say about it.  They will claim to have no bias regarding the issue.  But I find it quite rare that a person in these situations are without bias.

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God.”   – Acts 5:27-39  (Emphasis added)

There will always be someone who tries to say Christianity is false.  They will likely not listen to any evidence that disproves or contradicts their theories.  If Christianity is of man, it will fail one day.  But if it is of God, you will not be able to stop it.  And in trying, you will find yourself opposing God Himself.

-JCH

[Editor’s Note:  I hope that the few added notes on this post help prevent future misunderstandings on where I stand in regards to the subject discussed.  Thank you for reading and come back anytime.]

 

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