Skip to comments.'Gospel of Barnabas' Will Trigger Collapse of Christianity, Claims Iran
Posted on 05/25/2012 2:29:17 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The worldwide collapse of Christianity is set to take place due to a purported Gospel of Barnabas, claims an Iranian newspaper. But Christians have dismissed the claims, describing them as "laughable."
The text was discovered 12 years ago in an anti-smuggling sting in Turkey, and Iranian news outlet Basij claims it says Jesus was never crucified and that he was not the Son of God.
The paper also argues that in the text Jesus himself predicts the coming of Muhammad.
The text was written in Syriac on animal hide, and Basij argues that it was written in the 5th or 6th centuries.
Christian scholars, however, have dismissed the text, rebuking it as a fake and saying that interest in the discovery was sparked only after the Vatican made an official request to review the text back in February.
Basij also claims that Chapter 41 of the text says that Islam is the final and righteous religion.
"God has hidden himself as Archangel Michael ran them (Adam and Eve) out of heaven, (and) when Adam turned, he noticed that at the top of the gateway to heaven, it was written 'La elah ela Alla, Mohamad rasool Allah (Allah is the only God and Mohamad his prophet),'" the Iranian news outlet claims.
"The discovery of the original Barnabas Bible will now undermine the Christian Church and its authority and will revolutionize the religion in the world," the report claims.
St. Barnabas was one of the earliest Christian disciples in Jerusalem. He traveled alongside Saint Paul undertaking missionary journeys and was a prominent leader in the formative days of the Church.
Phil Lawler, editor at Catholic World News and author of six books has described the report as a "laughable Iranian challenge to Christianity."
"If the document was written in the 5th of 6th century, it couldn't very well have been written by someone who was traveling with St. Paul about 400 years earlier," Lawler wrote.
"It must have been written by someone who was claiming to represent St. Barnabas. Should we accept that claim? Another good question."
This is about as laughable as Islamic clerics claiming that the Apollo astronauts converted to Islam after hearing the Islamic call to prayer while on the moon.
I have a home movie from the time of Jesus that would blow the lid off Christianity.
The answer to life, the universe and everything appeared on a piece of bread I toasted.
But I was hungy.
So I eated it.
The two books do have some things in common. Under any theory of origin this would be the case. Obviously, if of divine origin, we would expect not only similarities, but perfect internal consistency.
But even if only of human origin, we would expect similarities. Joe Smith’s only Bible was a KJV. He would have had to use it as a resource to draw disciples out of traditional American Christianity.
And there is substantial textual evidence that he did precisely that, plagiarizing noticeable portions of the King James into a book purporting to be much older. Yes, I know the Mormon apologists have developed various schemes to explain this, but as an attorney, and one with a background in the Biblical languages and textual history, I am pretty hard to convince, and so far I havent seen anything yet thats any better than the typical KJV-Only sophistries.
But the real problem is the stories dont line up. The message isnt the same. Again, if Im an attorney looking to prove some new discovered witness testimony is consistent with that same witnesses accepted testimony already in the record, Im going to have a real problem with the BOM. The similarities you cite are a mere skimming of the surface. You use terms you dont define. Peel away the outer skin of those terms and you find vast worlds of difference. See the site below for a table of significant differences:
But my bet is you are not encouraged to look at such sites, or to take them seriously. I understand that. But I am allowed, and these profound differences in who God is, how he acts to save us, who Jesus really is, what really happened on the cross, who really is the Holy Ghost, and on and on, these are differences that cannot be ignored.
Be honest. You know the Bible does not answer those questions even remotely the same way the BOM does. That proves something important. Either God is of a divided mind (Heaven forbid!), or the Bible and the BOM do not come from the same spiritual source.
Ergo, since both books purport to be of divine origin, one of them must be a fraud.
As for me and mine, we will cling bitterly to our Bibles.
“16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
The Bible teaches here and in many other places that Jesus created the entire universe (all of the matter of it) out of nothing. That He was the Eternal God before he was human, that He did not attain to perfection, He was always perfect. It is my understanding the lds does not believe thses truths.
Calling Tom Hanks!
Hey Hollyweird! I see a possible movie here...What a great way to prove Islam is not evil and Christians are racist Islamo-phobes...why not make a movie?-I mean it’s a true story found on an animal skin in Iran. It goes back to the beginning of time, and finally explains that the entire Bible is wrong....it doesn’t get any better than that!
Another example of the AC’s are trying to deceive the elect.
AND WORSE DECEPTIONS ARE AROUND THE CORNER.
END TIMES PING LIST PING.
Hey bro. Hope all is peachy.
Church older singles are having a cookout in Bayfield. Trying to make it an outreach to some of the less socially accepted around town. Our church is pretty good about that.
The writing project is slow but prayerful.
God’s best to you this weekend and to all of good heart toward God.
Didn't Fr. Sarducci also get a relic that was the breakfast check on the morning before the Last Supper? He commented that there were twelve orders of lox and bagels and one with just a bagel and that it seemed unfair because someone - probably Judas - divided the check by thirteen and the thirteenth guy got screwed because all he got was a bagel yet he ended up having to pay the same as all the other guys who got lox and....
Well . . Liberals have been telling us for a very long time that we cannot believe our LYING EYES! My eyes and ears tell me that the religion of Mohammed is the religion of HATE, of DEATH, and HYPOCRISY. “Barnabas” - guess the liberals and “enlightened ones”, such as Oprah (who brought us Barack a few years back) will crow about “Barnabas” now until they get bored and move on to their next fad.
Thanks for the ping!
Angels worship Jesus Christ.
He was resurrected.
He sent the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit indwells believers today.
We grow through faith in Christ and have fellowship with God the Father only through Him.
None of these can be said truthfully of Barnabas nor any other.
Of course, If Jesus Christ was never crucified, nor the Son of God, then what’s the Good News? (Gospel = Good news; What’s so good about the Gospel of Barnabas???)
Cause and effect...
16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
Surat Al-FatÄ¥ (The Victory)
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah ; and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and prostrating [in prayer], seeking bounty from Allah and [His] pleasure. Their mark is on their faces from the trace of prostration. That is their description in the Torah. And their description in the Gospel is as a plant which produces its offshoots and strengthens them so they grow firm and stand upon their stalks, delighting the sowers - so that Allah may enrage by them the disbelievers. Allah has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds among them forgiveness and a great reward.
Their mark is on their faces from the trace of prostration.
You get this mark from bowing to Mecca. 666 refers to Abd Al Malik.
666 years after the crucifixion/resurrection (30 CE) Abd Al Malik standardized Islamic currency.
That Mormon belief, in and of itself, is demonic and exposes the Book of Mormon as something that is against the word of God and is not even in the same universe as holy Scripture.
For the record,
I’m a Christian, not a m0rmon.
I know you’re a Christian. And Mormon is not Christian.
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