We have been lulled into believing that the 4 gospels that made it into the New Testament are definitive, that the more than 30 other gospels that have been found have no merit, no basis in truth. How do we know? Why were only 4 chosen?
The important thing is for us to understand the diversity of the early church. There were so many different Christianities that emerged after Jesus' death, so how can we really know what is truth? We need to consider the idea that we just might not know everything. Who are we to decide that something is not authentic or is "heretical" just because it wasn't politically correct at the time? Or just because it isn't politically correct NOW?
Are we so willing to dismiss this writing simply because it does not jive with what we were taught in Sunday School all our lives? Let's at least open our minds enough to consider the possibility that the gospels that made it into the NT were based on politics rather than any real knowledge about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and the nature of God. How can we ever REALLY know? If indeed we can't know, why are so many people desperately afraid to entertain challenges to what they've been taught all their lives? I suggest we let go of our fear and allow Judas and other discarded gospels to at least spark intelligent thought and discussion rather than knee jerk dismissals based on fear of change.
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