This controversial document, The Gospel of Judas, evidently was acceptable and part of early church doctrine for nearly two centuries after the death of Jesus. I am not invested in whether it is the truth or not, but I would bet that it is closer to the truth than what Christianity teaches about Judas.
What I do think is valuable is to recognize that many things have been changed over the two millennia by church hierarchy. At times the church has submerged inconvenient truths and has emphasized dogma that promotes the church hierarchy. But when scholars study early writings and gospels that have been dropped, a more accurate truth emerges: that Christ's teachings and early Christianity are quite compatible with the teachings of Lao-Tse, Buddha and Krishna.
My scenario: If Jesus were so spiritually advanced (and I think he was), then I would expect him to be able to accurately read the likely scenarios of his coming death. It would make sense that many of his disciples would not be amenable to losing him. Therefore, he might well have decided to ask his favorite disciple, Judas, to go get the Romans and point him out so that the Romans would not make mistakes and cause possible injury to the other disciples.
What has been recorded is that Judas came with the Romans and hugged Jesus. Hugging sounds bizarre for a traitor, but understandable if he were just doing what Jesus asked and if he knew the likely result was that he might never hug Jesus again.
I think it likely that Jesus told the disciples that he had asked Judas to do what Judas did. If the other disciples had viewed Judas as a traitor at the time of Jesus' death, I find it inconceivable that the Gospel of Judas would have been acceptable to the church for nearly 200 years.
© 2008 by Thayer White
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