This easter, why not get the full low down on events in Gethsemane from the Gospel according to Judas Iscariot?
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This new version of the tale reveals that:
“According to this version of events, not only was Judas obeying orders when he handed Jesus to his persecutors, he was Christ’s most trusted disciple, singled out to receive mystical knowledge.”
Jesus told Judas: “Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries of the kingdom. It is possible for you to reach it, but you will grieve a great deal.”
And no it’s not written by Dan Brown
More intrigue here
Where in the Bible does it say that Jesus told Judas to step away from the other and He gave him information that He did not give the rest of His disciples? If memory services me correctly the bible states that Jesus loved all his disciples, but Peter He loved far more that any of His disciples. In the Matthew 17:1-4 you can see that it was not Judas that Jesus took with him when He went to the mount of transfiguration, it was Peter, James and John. If Jesus loved Judas so much then why did He not take his beloved Judas? This is but one of the many cases there are many more, but I chose this one because I felt that it was very important. Judas did hold a place that that was taking care of the money and precious oils.
The article in question relates to some coptic scrolls made public a few years ago.
The scrolls are gnostic texts, which claim to reveal an as yet unrevealed relationship between Jesus and Judas.
Because the gnostics were considered heretical, and because their documentation of events comes some 150 years after the orthodox and accepted interpretations of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, this document was deemed unfit as a religious/biblical truth.
It simply never made it into the Bible, which is why you won’t find it there.
IMHO, the bible is more a book of collected and approve fables anyways – right up there with Aesop’s – while the stories all have good intentions – they can’t all be (and pardon the pun) the God’s honest truth. I mean, you gotta figure if there were up over 30 gospels written and only 4 got in there was a lot of patchwork done.