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. Should this “gospel” be included in the New Testament? No. Why? It contradicts authentic divinely-inspired Scripture, and that’s a problem. See Isaiah 8:20; Galatians 1:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; Acts 17:11. Christians in the second century knew about this writing (Irenaeus mentioned it in his book Against Heresies), recognized it as spurious, and purposely left it out of the New Testament canon. It also arrived on the world’s stage long after Judas Iscariot hung himself (Matthew 27:5), making it unlikely that Judas was the author. It appears to be an attempt by a gnostic* to inject false teaching into the church. 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.

*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.

ARTICLES:

“A Brief Overview of the Gospel of Judas” by Pat Zukeran

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

“When Was the New Testament Completed?” by Charlie Campbell

“Vindicate the Villain?” by Sandra Glahn

“Has the Text of the Bible Been Accurately Preserved?” by Charlie Campbell

“Nag Hammadi Gospels” by Norman Geisler

“What is the Gospel of Thomas?” by Norman Geisler

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

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THE END TIMES & BEYOND: A Concise, Chronological Overview of End-Time Bible Prophecies

What does the Bible say about the future? Will wars and famines ever cease? Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? Will Jesus return to the Earth? Learn where the world is headed in this clear overview of upcoming events in Bible prophecy. Pastor, author, and teacher Charlie Campbell, discusses prophecies surrounding:

• Societal Degeneration
• the Rapture
• the Tribulation + Antichrist
• the Invasion of Israel
• the Battle of Armageddon
• Jesus’s Second Coming + Reign
• the Great White Throne Judgment
• the New Earth + more 

Charlie holds to a Pretribulational Rapture and Premillennial Second Coming (the same view shared by Norman Geisler, John Walvoord, John MacArthur, Warren Wiersbe, Chuck Smith, etc.).

In the heart of Jerusalem, a daring nighttime heist leaves the Israel Museum robbed of priceless archaeological artifacts. The authorities are baffled. The trail is cold. Yet, two audacious teenagers believe they hold the key. Meet Dakota Knox and his new friend, Afton Hansley. Their summer trip to Israel with their families was supposed to be a relaxing getaway. Little did they know, it would plunge them into the murky depths of an international crime ring. As they navigate the labyrinth of deception, they grapple with questions that could cost them their lives. Can they unmask the thieves before it’s too late? Will the stolen treasures be reclaimed? And why, amidst the danger and chaos, do these artifacts matter so much? Dakota Knox and the Archaeology Thief is a pulse-pounding journey through history, mystery, and the courage of two young hearts in the face of overwhelming odds. Discover the secrets that lie buried beneath the sands of time. The adventure awaits. Are you ready? BOOK ONE, TWO, and THREE.

 

ONE-MINUTE ANSWERS TO SKEPTICS: Concise Responses to the Top 50 Objections & Questions

Could you use help answering atheists, skeptics, and agnostics’ top 50 objections and questions about God and the Bible? Objections like:

•  “Why doesn’t God just appear to us in a public setting and prove He exists?”
•  “The New Testament authors stole details for Jesus’s life story from religions that were around long before Christianity!”
•  “The God of the Old Testament commanded the Israelites to commit genocide!”
•  “The Bible condones slavery! Only evil, selfish men would concoct a book like that!”
•  “You think Christianity is true because you live in the West and were brought up in the Christian faith. If you had been born in India, you’d be a Hindu!”

Learn how these and other objections and questions can be answered.

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FOR THE BIBLE: Discoveries that Verify People, Places, and Events in the World's Most Influential Book

Archaeologists have unearthed thousands of ancient artifacts, documents, and inscriptions that verify details in the Bible. Join Charlie Campbell for a journey through the ancient land of the Bible (Israel, Egypt, Jordan, etc.) to learn about dozens of these fascinating discoveries. This updated edition features:

•  New discoveries
•  Concise explanations of finds
•  100+ color photographs
•  Bible-history timeline
•  Subject and Scripture index
•  Questions for discussion
•  300+ footnotes for further study
•  Q&A with the author

 

CHARLIE CAMPBELL'S ENTIRE VIDEO LIBRARY

This tiny USB flash drive contains all 34 of Charlie Campbell’s videos (approx. 50 mins. each) on a wide variety of issues related to the defense of the Christian faith. Just plug it into the USB port on your television or computer (Mac or PC) and begin watching. Click here to order or for more details.

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APOLOGETICS QUOTES: Words That Will Strengthen Your Faith & Equip You to Answer Critics of the Bible

This updated edition now includes more than 500 faith-strengthening quotes by leading defenders of the Christian faith . . .

•  Norman Geisler
•  Lee Strobel
•  John Lennox
•  Ron Rhodes
•  C.S. Lewis
•  Josh McDowell
•  Frank Turek
•  J. Warner Wallace + lots more

Includes author, subject, and scripture index.

 

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SCROLLS & STONES: Compelling Evidence the Bible Can Be Trusted

Can we trust the Bible? Isn’t the Bible just “ancient fiction” written by fallible, perhaps even deceitful men? Haven’t books of the Bible been lost and even tampered with down through the centuries? Isn’t the Bible out-of- sync with scientific discoveries? What about the apparent contradictions in the Bible? What makes the Bible any different than the Hindu Vedas, Quran, or Book of Mormon?  Charlie Campbell has been researching answers to questions like these for nearly twenty-five years. It was his initial research that led him to become a follower of Jesus in 1990. In Scrolls & Stones he shares some of the evidence that changed his mind back then but also fascinating new discoveries . . . all confirming the reliability of the Bible. You’ll learn about:

•  Extrabiblical Historical Sources that Verify Biblical Events
•  Scientific Discoveries Archaeological Evidence
•  Fulfilled Prophecies
•  Ancient Scrolls and Manuscripts
•  Answers to Skeptics’ Objections and Questions
•  Questions for further reflection and small group discussion
•  Full subject index

 


YOUTH APOLOGETICS COURSE

Many teens growing up in Christian homes have not been exposed to the wealth of evidence and good arguments for God’s existence and the trustworthiness of the Bible. Under-equipped and weak in their faith, many young adults walk away from the Christian faith after they move out of the house, if not before. ABR hears this sad story over and over from heartbroken parents. Well, we would love to help prevent this from happening to your son or daughter. Charlie Campbell, the founder of ABR, has developed a “Youth Apologetics Course” that will help EQUIP your son or daughter to STAND STRONG in the truth and “contend earnestly for the faith” (Jude 3). It consists of ten videos, two books, and a fill-in-the-blank workbook that your teen can watch, read, and go through at their own pace at home. Learn more here.