Year Old Bible Confirms That Jesus Christ Was Not Crucified-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: A 1,500 year old gold lettered book alleged to
be the "Gospel of Barnabas" has surfaced in Turkey. It is made up of
loosely-tied leather and written in Aramaic, the language of Israel
during the time of Jesus Christ. The book is alleged to say that Judas
Iscariot took the place of Jesus at the crucifixion. The book claims
that Jesus also prophesied the coming of Muhammad.
The Truth: An ancient book was
"rediscovered" in Ankara, Turkey, in 2000 after authorities captured a
smuggling ring in the Mediterranean, according to a February 23, 2012,
article by the
National Turk news service. This rare find is a copy of the Gospel
of Barnabas that has been appraised to be
worth $28 million. The
text does mention that Judas took the place of Jesus on the Cross
and mentions Muhammad, but the book is not a bible, nor is it considered part of biblical canon.
The article said the manuscript was actually written in Syriac, a
dialect of Aramaic, which was the native language of Jesus. Once a
common language used throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, Syrian
Christians in India, as well as a village near Damascus, are the
remaining few who have managed to keep it alive. It is also "still used
in religious rituals of Maronite Christians in Cyprus."
The original texts of all books from the the New Testament were written
in Greek, not Aramaic. Old Testament books were written in Hebrew, with
the exception of portions of Daniel, Ezra and one verse in Jeremiah,
which were written in Aramaic.
The article said that eight years after the trial of the gang of smugglers,
who were "charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and
the possession of explosives," the ancient manuscript was transferred to
the Ankaran Ethnography Museum.
The National Turk reported, "Experts were however divided over the
provenance of the manuscript, and whether it was an original, which
would render it priceless, or a fake." The Vatican also sent a
formal request to inspect the manuscript.
According to a
March 4, 2012, article by Vatican Insider, a branch of
the daily newspaper La Stampa, the ”discovery is probably a hoax, the
work of a forger who, according to some, could have been a European
Jewish scholar from the Middle Ages." The article said that the "most
factual criticisms have come from the Syriacs," and that those who speak
modern Assyrian would not have any difficulty reading this manuscript.
Language experts detected "obvious and quite significant"
errors in grammar and concept that could rule out authenticity for such
an ancient religious document.
Today's Bible consists of 66 books written by 40 authors and is divided
into the Old and New Testaments. This version is commonly used by most
Protestant denominations. The Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Bibles
contains the same books, plus the deuterocanonical books. These
additional books are Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach,
Baruch, parts of Esther and parts of Daniel. The Protestants call these
books the Apocrypha, which may be studied, but are not regarded as
There are also a group of Gnostic gospels, which are not considered part
of the canon by neither Protestants nor Catholics. These are a
collection of approximately 52 different texts, the most famous being
the sayings of the Gospel of Thomas.
According to the
Moody Handbook of Theology, in order for a text to be
considered canonical, there are four basic measuring criteria that must be
answered: Apostolicity. Was the text written by an apostle or by someone
who had a connection with one of the apostles? Acceptance. Did the church at large accept the book? Content. Had the book been accepted as orthodox teaching, and did
it reflect consistency with existing doctrine? Inspiration. What was the quality of inspiration reflected by the
May 6, 2014
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
1500 YEAR OLD BIBLE CONFIRMS THAT JESUS CHRIST WAS NOT CRUCIFIED –
VATICAN IN AWE
to the dismay of the Vatican, an approx. 1500-2000 year old bible was
found in Turkey, in the Ethnography Museum of Ankara. Discovered and
kept secret in the year 2000, the book contains the Gospel of Barnabas –
a disciple of Christ – which shows that Jesus was not crucified, nor was
he the son of God, but a Prophet. The book also calls Apostle Paul “The
Impostor”. The book also claims that Jesus ascended to heaven alive, and
that Judas Iscariot was crucified in his place.
A report by The National Turk
says that the Bible was seized from a gang of smugglers in a
Mediterranean-area operation. The report states the gang was charged
with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations, and the possession of
explosives. The books itself is valued as high as 40 Million Turkish
Liras (approx. 28 mil. Dollars). Man, where is the Thieves Guild, when
you need them?
According to reports, experts and
religious authorities in Tehram insist that the book is original. The
book itself is written with gold lettering, onto loosely-tied leather in
Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ. The text maintains a vision
similar to Islam, contradicting the New Testament’s teachings of
Christianity. Jesus also foresees the coming of the Prophet Muhammad,
who would found Islam 700 years later.
It is believed that, during the
Council of Nicea, the Catholic Church hand-picked the gospels that form
the Bible as we know it today; omitting the Gospel of Barnabas (among
many others) in favor of the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark,
Luke and John. Many biblical texts have begun to surface over time,
including those of the Dead Sea and Gnostic Gospels; but this book
especially, seems to worry the Vatican.
The Catholic Church wants in
What does this mean to
Christian-derived religions and their followers? Quite a tight spot. The
Vatican has asked Turkish authorities to let them examine the contents
of the book within the Church. Now that the book has been found, will
they come to accept the it and its evidence? Will they deny it
altogether? Call it a “Muslim lie”, as did the “Truth” Magazine, in
2000? To many, this book is a beacon of hope, that believers soon
realize that the object of their adoration is arbitrary; and that all
text, especially religious text, is subject to interpretation.
What does this mean to
atheists/agnostics/secular thinkers? Is the text real? Fake? Does it
matter? Hopefully, this news inspires the religious to ask questions,
instead of pointing fingers or believing anything blindly. Please, don’t
go poking fun or tossing around the “I told you so!”s. The biggest
danger of faith is when people believe what they want to believe,
defending against any and all evidence; especially when that evidence
revolutionizes their foundation from the ground up. And the biggest
culprit to that danger is the ego trap: rejecting/criticizing others,
for being unlike you. For centuries, the “defense” of blind faith has
driven nations to war, violence, discrimination, slavery and to become
the society of automatons that we are today; and for just as long, it
has been justified with lies. If you know better, act like it.
Thanks for your time.
Now… how do we figure out Jesus’ real
birth date? :]