Turkish officials are insisting that a Bible they found that is approximated to be 1500-2000 years old is the real thing. Now, even the Vatican is taking notice. So, what’s the big deal about a really old Bible? Well, it has some serious discrepancies from the version that most Christians accept and read today, and they are the kind that are making Muslim people very, very happy.
Basically, the Bible includes the supposed gospel of Barnabas, another follower of Jesus. Don’t confuse the name with the killer the crowd let go to get Jesus crucified in the original story. This is a totally different guy that was left out of the good book, if you believe that this new find is authentic.
Barnabas has a different take on things. He says that Jesus was a prophet, and in fact, he predicted Mohammed to come. He also ascended into heaven very much alive. Judas Iscariot, ever the villain, is the hero in Barnabas’ account. He was crucified in Jesus’ place, according to this version.
Naturally, the ideas presented in this book are at great odds with the Vatican and Christianity as a whole. The Vatican has requested permission to check out the find for itself. However, they want to do it on their own terms. They want to bring the artifact to their own facilities for study.
Now, that should be a big red flag for conspiracy theorists. First of all, why is the Catholic Church even entertaining this notion? They have routinely shrugged off things like this in the past as frauds without even investigating it. It kind of lends credence to the whole faith thing when you don’t let things like this shake your belief system. This time, however, the Catholic Church seems to be a little more worried than usual.
While it is expected that the Church will deny that the artifact is authentic, they are going to an extra bit of trouble to do so. Could we see a situation where this new book comes up missing or is destroyed in some sort of calamity? The conspiracy theories about the Catholic Church are way too many to get into here, but there are many out there who would not put it past them to request to bring the artifact to Rome so they can hide it or destroy it forever.
What do you think? Does this new discovery have any bearing on how you feel about things? Is this a true window into the world of the historical figure of Jesus? Or is it a Muslim ploy to cast doubt on Christianity for its own agenda?