Gospel Judas Apologetics

A manuscript copy of The Gospel of Judas was discovered in 1978 in Egypt. It is believed by some to be an authentic and trustworthy copy of an earlier writing by Judas, one of Jesus' twelve disciples. But there are many problems with this view. We'll briefly list two:

1. It contradicts authentic, divinely inspired revelation (Isa. 8:20; Gal. 1:8; 1 Thess. 5:21; Acts 17:11). The early church knew about this writing (Irenaeus mentions it in his book Against Heresies), easily recognized it as spurious, and therefore left it out of the canon of Scripture.

2. It did not even come on the scene until the second century long after the real Judas (Judas Iscariot) hung himself (Matt. 27:5). It was clearly an attempt by someone (a Gnostic) to infilitrate the church with false teaching. Even National Geographic states that the only surviving manuscript copy we have dates to the third or fourth century.

Below are some articles that will give you additional help with this issue.


"A Brief Overview of the Gospel of Judas" by Pat Zukeran

"Responding to the Gospel of Judas" by R. Albert Mohler Jr.

"Vindicate the Villain?" by Sandra Glahn

"Nag Hammadi Gospels" by Dr. Norman Geisler

"What is the Gospel of Thomas?" by Dr. Norman Geisler

"Should Additional Gospels Have Been Included in Our Bibles?" by John Ankerberg Ministry

*Gnosticism was a philosophy that developed over several centuries before Christ. Some of its core teachings are:

1. All matter is evil, and the non-material, spirit-realm is good.
2. There is an unknowable God, who gave rise to many lesser spirit beings called Aeons.
3. One evil, lower spirit being is the creator who made the universe.
4. Gnosticism does not deal with 'sin', only ignorance.
5. To achieve salvation, one needs to get in touch with secret knowledge.

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