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An Thrilling Discovery: “The Hidden Gospel of Judas”
Installment 7

A extremely fascinating issue occurred to me yesterday. I was functioning on Episode 7 of this weblog when the believed came to me that even even though Paul was in Jerusalem for a two week remain (with Peter and Jesus’ brother, James), just a couple of years immediately after Jesus died, he in no way mentions Judas in any of his writings—anywhere!
If Judas (1 of the 12 original Apostles) had been the infamous traitor accountable for Jesus’ death, wouldn’t that have been a major deal? Wouldn’t you have believed that Paul would have heard about it? Wouldn’t you assume that in all of Paul’s letters he would have employed Judas as an instance to preserve his wayward flock in line? He definitely created use of threats and literary devices to cajole and threaten his churches to comply with his vision of Jesus’ message and location in the cosmos, but nowhere in any of his writings does he mention Judas.
I would assume that Paul could have created some reference to him someplace in his writings (saying anything like, “you do not want to betray Christ like Judas did, do you?”), however, it seems that Paul does not have any know-how of Judas becoming this arch villain accountable for Jesus’ betrayal and death.
It appears that Paul would have heard at least a couple of stories about the guy, unless the story of Judas becoming a “traitor” hadn’t been invented however. What? How could that be?
There is no way of figuring out, of course, but this believed led me to keep in mind that not as well lengthy ago I had heard about a gospel (the Secret Gospel of Judas) that had been found in the deserts of Egypt in the 1980’s, and was very first translated about the year 2000.

PictureGospel of Judas Codex

Like all of the canonical Gospels, the author of the Gospel of Judas remains anonymous, but it is believed to have been initially written sometime involving when the New Testaments Gospels had been written (70 – 100CE) and 180 CE.

The Gospel was possibly written early in the second century, like the book of Acts, and possibly even the Gospel of John, the gospel of James, Thomas (components of which might predate the very first canonical gospels), and other folks in circulation throughout the early years of Christianity. 

In The Secret Gospel of Judas, Judas was absolutely not a traitor. He was a hero, undertaking Jesus’ will by turning him more than to the authorities.
Quoting from the substantial post in National Geographic (who sponsored the translation), “The ‘secret account’ offers us a extremely various Judas. In this version, he is a hero. In contrast to the other disciples, he actually understands Christ’s message. In handing Jesus more than to the authorities, he is undertaking his leader’s bidding, figuring out complete effectively the fate he will bring on himself. Jesus warns him: ‘You will be cursed.’”
HOLY COW! This hit me square in the face due to the fact in my book, The Disciple, The Writing of the Initially Gospel, and from my memories as Asher, this is specifically the roll that Judas played! Till I study the post I had no thought that any ancient document would agree completely with my memory of Jesus and Judas. Up to now I didn’t know of a single recorded account of Judas that wasn’t in lock-step agreement with the 4 official Gospels.
Continuing to quote from the NatGeo post, “While Christians like Irenaeus [Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, in modern day France] stressed that only Jesus, the son of God, was simultaneously human and divine, the Gnostics [such as this Gospel appears to be] proposed that ordinary people today could be connected to God just like Jesus. Salvation lay in awakening that divine spark inside the human spirit and reconnecting with the divine thoughts. Performing so essential the guidance of a teacher, and that, according to the Gnostics, was Christ’s function. These who grasped his message could turn into as divine as Christ himself.”
Fascinatingly, this is specifically what Asher was taught by Jesus, and it is in that function (as a specific prophet), that is how the Muslims honor Jesus as effectively.  
Jesus in Islam – partial excerpt from Wikipedia
“In Islam, Jesus is understood to be the penultimate prophet and messenger of Allah (God) and al-Maish, the Arabic term for Messiah, the Christ, sent to guide the Youngsters of Israel with a new revelation. Jesus is believed to be a prophet, who neither married nor had any young children, and is reflected as a substantial figure, being described in the Quran in 93 verses with many titles attached such as “Son of Mary”, “Spirit of God”, and the “Word of God” amongst other relational terms, straight and indirectly, more than 180 instances. In total, Jesus is described 187 instances in the Quran…”
I’m not endorsing the Gospel of Judas, but this excerpt from the NatGeo post was a fascinating study. If you are interested, you can study about the Gospel of Judas right here:  


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