Aug 25, 2007
If you want to read a book that has the Christians upset, one of the best choices is the Gospel of Judas. It's not that they weren't warned, there were many, many references to it in ancient writings. But it wasn't until very recently that someone found a copy.
If it were phoney, an inconsistency would have been found, just like what happened with the infamous "Hitler War Diaries" of a couple of decades ago. There would be an inconsistency in the ink, the paper, the language, or known historical facts. In the case of the Gospel of Judas, it appears to fit perfectly.
Many times, I've pointed to places in writings associated with Yeshua Bar-Joseph and said "How Wiccan can you get?". And there is a story here that has much bearing on Wiccans, Pagans, and anyone else who deals in magick. It's the same warning you find in The Sorcerer's Apprentice and in Rumplestiltskin. And it bears repeating.
There are other revelations in the book. Taken in context with other evidence, there is a jealousy and rivalry going on among Jesus' disciples that's just like a soap opera. There's also evidence that Yeshua (and his god) are more like us than your Sunday School teacher would ever allow you to think.
But above all, there is a lesson here in dealing with magick and the Divine.