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Mike told me about a rather widely-viewed program on National Geographic last night concerning the "Gospel According to Judas". I hadn't heard of it, so I did some research.

Essentially, it was found in the mid-to-late 2nd century by a bishop of Lyons, and this date has been verified by all the surrounding evidence. So, it's definitely old. The "Gospel of Judas" apparantly is told through the eyes of Judas, and suggests the Judas did not, in fact, betray Jesus, but was asked to by Jesus. I haven't been able to find any manuscripts of it online, but from what I'm seeing, that's the big "danger" it poses to Christianity.

My initial reaction was mild confusion, whether due to being massively tired or whatever, but I managed to not hold judgement until I got some research done. Lo and behold, it appears to be yet another Apocrypha. For those of you who don't want to read the article, the Apocrypha are texts from Jesus' time that have been deemed false. The Roman Catholic church and some Orthodox churches still keep some of the Apocrypha.

The Apocrypha, in general, are massively inconsistent with the basic canonical text of the Bible. In them you'll find stuff about Jesus getting married and having a child, or various Old Testament stories in which men are worshipped (iirc) with God's sanctioning. The stuff is pretty blatantly contradictory. That doesn't automatically qualify it for being excluded from the Bible, but considering that a lot of this stuff was made by Gnostics, I fail to see how the "Gospel of Judas" is any different (the author is apparantly unknown, although it is told through Judas' eyes).
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