the Gospel of Judas
No. Judas died by suicide a few hours after Jesus was
The " Gospel of Judas"
written about 100 years later by a religious group called
"Gnostics." This particular branch of gnosticism liked to
familiar stories and turn them around so that the bad guys
became heroes. This group was called "Cainites," named after
who killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4).
In the Gnostic version of
that story, Cain was the hero.
The Gnostic "Gospel of Judas"
makes Judas the hero by claiming that he was the only disciple who
really understood Jesus' mission, so Jesus asked Judas to hand him over
to the Romans so Jesus could get crucified and become free of his
Gnostics were not Christians, but they used Christian names and
characters. For Gnostics, Jesus was not the Savior; he was
teacher who said some really nutty things. Gnostics taught
person can get eternal
salvation by learning special mystical knowledge. (Our
word know comes
Greek word gnosis,
means "knowledge." The Latin word for know gives us our
word for science.)
Gnostics taught that Jesus had that mystical knowledge and that if we
got that knowledge, we would be just like him. Gnostics
physical is bad, so that the creator of the world is really a demon,
an evil spirit.
You can read an English translation of "the Gospel of Judas" for
yourself. It is only seven pages long. Like all
gospels, you will not find any references to Christ's sacrifice for
sin. There is no
reference to His resurrection. For Gnostics, there is no need
The Gospel of Judas says that Christ
are two different
characters. Jesus is good, but Christ is an evil angel, ruler
over chaos. Christ's creator and boss is Saklas (Satan), whom
disciples worship as their "god." According to the Gospel of
Judas, Satan, with the help of of his 5 evil assistants, created the
physical world, including people:
to his angels, ‘Let us create a human being after the likeness and
after the image.’ They fashioned Adam and his wife Eve, who is called,
in the cloud, Zoe' " (the
Greek word for "life").
Why did the Gnostics credit Satan with the
world, including Adam and Eve? Because physical is the
spiritual. Since spiritual is good, physical is bad.
But, says the Gospel of Judas, God came to the rescue:
First, God gave spirits to people
"as a loan, so
that they might
to be give to Adam and those with him, so the kings
of chaos and the underworld [including
might not lord it over
And who is Jesus?
said to him, 'I know who you are and where you have come
from the immortal realms
The Gospel of Judas ends appropriately:
priests murmured because [Jesus] had gone into the guest room for his
prayer. But some scribes were there watching carefully in order to
arrest him during the prayer, for they were afraid of the people, since
he was regarded by all as a prophet.
This is Christian? Not even
Christ is identified as an evil angel, ruler
of chaos, it is no wonder that today anti-Christian religious
liberals love the
Gospel of Judas.
Judas and said to him, “What are you doing here? You are Jesus’
answered them as they
wished. And he received some money and handed him over to them.
Another popular Gnostic
document, "Gospel of Thomas," (not really
Thomas) ends with this verse:
Peter said to him, "Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of
Huh!? And some people say that
gospels are truly the Word of God? I don't think so!
Jesus said, "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that
she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will
herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven." (Verse 114)
[Our original reference to the
Gospel of Judas was the National Geographic Society. NGS has
since removed the document from its website.]