Peace of my Mind

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Jesus and Judas

April 7, 2006

Document contradicts New Testament by suggesting disciple was only doing Jesus' bidding
Perhaps it wasn't history's greatest betrayal after all, but a simple act of obedience.

Judas turned Jesus over to the high priests, not for money, but because Jesus asked him to do so, according to a newly translated ancient Coptic document

The ''Gospel of Judas'' tells a far different tale from the four gospels in the New Testament. It portrays Judas as a favored disciple who was given special knowledge by Jesus - and who turned him in at Jesus' request.

''You will be cursed by the other generations - and you will come to rule over them,'' Jesus tells Judas in the document made public yesterday.

The text, one of several ancient documents found in the Egyptian desert in 1970, was preserved and translated by a team of scholars. It was made public in an English translation by the National Geographic Society.

Religious and lay readers alike will debate the meaning and truth of the manuscript.

But it does show the diversity of beliefs in early Christianity, said Marvin Meyer, professor of Bible studies at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

The text, in the Coptic language, was dated to about the year 300 and is a copy of an earlier Greek version.

A ''Gospel of Judas'' was first mentioned around A.D. 180 by Bishop Irenaeus of Lyon, in what is now France. The bishop denounced the manuscript as heresy because it differed from the beliefs of mainstream Christianity.

The actual text had been thought lost until this discovery.

Elaine Pagels, a professor of religion at Princeton University, said, ''The people who loved, circulated and wrote down these gospels did not think they were heretics.''

Added the Rev. Donald Senior, president of the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago: ''Let a vigorous debate on the significance of this fascinating ancient text begin.''

Senior expressed doubt that the new gospel will rival the New Testament, but he allowed that opinions are likely to vary.

Craig Evans, a professor at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, Canada, said New Testament explanations for Judas' betrayal range from money to the influence of Satan.

''Perhaps more now can be said,'' he commented. The document ''implies that Judas only did what Jesus wanted him to do.''

Christianity in the ancient world was much more diverse than it is now, with a number of gospels circulating in addition to the four that were finally collected into the New Testament, noted Bart Ehrman, chairman of religious studies at the University of North Carolina.

Eventually, one point of view prevailed and the others were declared heresy, he said, including the Gnostics who believed that salvation depended on secret knowledge that Jesus imparted, particularly to Judas.

In Cairo, the editor of the Coptic weekly ''Watani,'' Youssef Sidhom, did not want to make an immediate judgment on the manuscript.

''However,'' he said, ''this will not greatly affect the central belief that considers Judas as a traitor, but there is an old school of thought that says one should not persecute Judas because his role was to complete the prophecies. It seems that the new manuscript will support this point of view - that Judas' role was pivotal to completing the prophecies.''

The newly translated document's text begins: ''The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot.''

In a key passage Jesus tells Judas, ''You will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me.''

This indicates that Judas would help liberate the spiritual self by helping Jesus get rid of his physical flesh, the scholars said.

''Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries of the kingdom,'' Jesus says to Judas, singling him out for special status.

The text ends with Judas turning Jesus over to the high priests and does not include any mention of the crucifixion or resurrection.

National Geographic said the author believed that Judas Iscariot alone understood the true significance of Jesus' teachings.

The author of the text is not named in the writings.

Discovered in 1970, the papyrus was kept in a safety deposit box for several years and began to deteriorate before conservators restored it. More than 1,000 pieces had to be reassembled.

In addition to radio carbon dating, the manuscript was also authenticated through ink analysis, multispectral imaging, content and linguistic style and handwriting style, National Geographic reported.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

You'll Think of Me

You'll Think of Me by Keith Urban has to be one of the best breakup songs I've heard recently. For anyone who has a little left to say..... this song hits the target.

Lyrics That Hook Me:

Keith Urban

I woke up early this morning around 4am
with the moon shining bright as headlights on the interstate
I pulled the covers over my head trying to catch some sleep
But thoughts of us kept keeping me awake
Ever since you found yourself in someone else's arms
I've been trying my best to get along, but thats o.k., theres nothing left to say...but

Take your records,take your freedom, take your memories I don't need them Take your space and take your reasons, but you'll think of me
and take your cat,and leave my sweater,cause we've got nothing left to
weather , in fact I'll feel a whole lot better, but you'll think of me
you'll think of me

I went out driving trying to clear my head
tried to sweep out all the ruins my emotion left
I guess I'm feeling a little tired of this
and all of the baggage that seems to exist
it seems the only blessing I have left to my name
is not knowing what we could have been, should have been so...

Take your records,take your freedom, take your memories I don't need them
Take your space and take your reasons, but you'll think of me
and take your cat,and leave my sweater,cause we've got nothing left to
weather , in fact I'll feel a whole lot better, but you'll think of me
you'll think of me

someday, I'm gonna run across your mind, dont worry I'll be fine
I'm gonna be alright, while your sleeping with your pride
wishing I could hold you tight,I'll be over you, and on with my life

put it on your player:

Keith Urban - Golden Road - You'll Think of Me
Here's a clip: