By Jagath Asoka –
Everyone knows that Easter is always on a Sunday, but most people do not know that Easter is always on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox and that is why it is held (in the Western Church) between March 21 and April 25.
If you have some free time, read the Gospel of Judas, a Gnostic gospel that consists of conversations between Jesus and Judas Iscariot; it is available on the net. When you read the Gospel of Judas—Gnostics were also Christians, not orthodox Christians— keep in mind that , like Christians, they had a frame of mind, with definite contents, which cannot be amplified or associated with orthodox Christians, Jewish, Islamic, or Buddhist ideas, believes, and emotions. Gnostics were labelled as heretics by the orthodox Christians. Every religion is an attitude peculiar to consciousness that has been altered by the experience of the numinousness.
If you read Mark, Mathew, Luke, and John, Judas betrayed Jesus and delivered him to the Sanhedrin for thirty pieces of silver; however, in the Gospel of Judas, Jesus tells Judas, “You will sacrifice the man that clothes me.”
During the second century AD, there was a gnostic group—Cainites, the followers of Cain, the first biblical murderer—who believed that this world was not created by the One True God because this world is a cosmic disaster: if you do not believe, just look around.
The god who punished Cain was the god who created this world. Cain was on the side of the One True God. The Cainites believed that the god who created this world should not be obeyed. This belief led to some unusual readings. According to the Cainites, all the bad biblical characters, including Judas Iscariot, were good characters.
Cainites had the Gospel of Judas, which relates the story of Jesus’ death from the viewpoint of Judas that propounded Gnostic teaching. Of course, the Greek Gospel of Judas, which was written around 150 AD, was not written either by Judas Iscariot or an eyewitness, and is not a historically accurate account of what happened in the life of Jesus. Yet, it is an interesting and important gnostic gospel because it is one of the oldest non-canonical gospels that is in existence: a more nuanced understanding of alternative interpretations of the Christian tradition.
For Gnostics, faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection were not important for salvation; salvation came through knowledge: gnosis is the Greek word for knowledge. Gnostics were the people who were “in the know.” What did they know? Gnostics believed that they came from the world above, knew who they were, where they came from, how they got here, and how they could return. The goal of Gnosticism was to provide the knowledge—gnosis—that they needed to return to their heavenly world. According to the Gnostics, the true God is unknowable; there were many divine beings who came from the Pleroma, an imperishable realm, the fullness of being of the divine life, comprising the eons; a divine power emanates from the Supreme Being and plays various roles in the operation of the universe.
Sophia (wisdom), one of the divine beings, fell from the Pleroma and generated other imperfect divine beings outside the Pleroma. These imperfect divine beings created this world as a place to entrap sparks of the divine in human bodies. So, in this world some people have within them a spark of the divine, and the Gnostics provided the esoteric knowledge to set them free. This knowledge was given only to those who had a divine spark within them. So, some of us are here even though this earth is not our home. You cannot acquire this knowledge. This knowledge has to come from the divine realm. A redeemer from the divine realm must come down to give this knowledge, and Jesus was this redeemer who would bring the gnosis that would set you free.
The Gospel of Judas is a secret revelation that Jesus delivered specifically to Judas. According to this gospel, Judas is the only disciple who understands the words of Jesus. Only Judas knew who Jesus was, where he came from, and why he came here. According to this Gospel, this world was made by a bloodthirsty rebel and a fool. Jesus tells Judas, “You shall be cursed for generations” and then added, “You will come to rule over them” and “You will exceed all of them, for you will sacrifice the man that clothes me.”
The physical body is a prison which needs to be escaped from. So, Jesus came here to give this secret knowledge to the divine sparks—this knowledge is not available or given to everybody—to let them know who they were; Jesus, too, was in a human body. So, Jesus had to shed the human body so that he could return to the Pleroma. Judas is the one who helped Jesus; Judas is not a traitor. Jesus’ mission was to show that salvation lies in connecting with the divine spark within the man. The One True God is gracious and thus does not demand any sacrifice.
So, according to this Gospel of Judas, things are not what they seem, or what most Christians think, such as there is only one God; the world is controlled by the One True God; humans were made in the image of God; Jesus is the son of God; Jesus’ death and resurrection bring salvation; and the Apostels of Jesus are the Ones who know.
Most non-Christians would ask: How can Jesus, who could not save himself, save others?
The best answer to this question—how can someone who cannot save himself save others? —was given by Nietzsche. Supposing I have the key to your chains, why should your lock and my lock be the same?
Whatever you think of Judas, I always wonder, “What would have happened to Jesus, had he not been betrayed by Judas?
Niro / March 31, 2018
Irony : Jagath Asoka – a guy with no last name that indicates his ancestry writes about a fictitious Character similar to Harry Potter or Batman
Did Jesus Exist?
George Albert Wells – 1975 –
Professor Wells argues that there was no historical Jesus, and in thus arguing he deals with the many recent writers who have interpreted the historical Jesus as some kind of political figure in the struggle against Rome,
Tony Bushby (Bible Fraud)
“ the ‘original’ Greek text was not written until around the mid-Fourth Century and was a revised edition of writings compiled decades earlier in Aramaic and Hebrew. Those earlier documents no longer exist and the Bibles we have today are five linguistic removes from the first Bibles written. What was written in the ‘original originals’ is quite unknown”
Kersey Graves (Bible of Bibles)
Martin Luther condemned eleven books of the Bible…and thus made a Bible for himself. Paul’s Epistles to the Hebrews he denounced in strong terms…Dr. Lardner and John Calvin each condemned five or six books, and had a Bible peculiar to themselves. Grotius places the heel of condemnation on several books of the Bible. Bishop Baxter voted down eight books as uninspired, and unworthy of confidence. Swedenborg accepted only the Four Gospels and Revelation as inspired. The German Fathers rejected the Gospel of Matthew…The Bible of the learned Christian writer Evanson did not contain either Matthew, Mark, or John. The Unitarian Bible does not contain Hebrews, James, Jude, or Revelation. The Catholics denounce the Protestant Bible, and the Protestants condemn the Catholic Bible, as being full or errors
nimal fernando / April 1, 2018
To hell with the cockamamie professors, Judas, Jesus and all the rest ……… And Jagath Asoka’s ancestry – at least he is honest! …….. like many Lankans he could have easily manufactured one – who the bloody hell cares?
What matters is the message of LOVE ………. in a world full of easy-hatred …….. that’s what matters ….. and some man was courageous and bold enough to say it …………
And if Jesus did not exist …….. mankind would have had to invent him ………. just for the message ……………
ramona therese fernando / April 1, 2018
So profound :'(. Happy Easter Nimal!
Amarasiri / April 1, 2018
RE: Judas: The Apostle Who Helped Jesus
“If you have some free time, read the Gospel of Judas, a Gnostic gospel that consists of conversations between Jesus and Judas Iscariot; “
Thanks. for the write up.
Did Jesus and Judas believe that the Sun went around the Earth, the belief of the Greeks at that time, and as claimed by Joshua in the old Testament. Waas any mention made of this, knowledge?
Religion was the first attempt at explanations. for natural phenomena.
You may wish to be a Deist.
The Speech that made Christopher Hitchens Famous
Amarasiri / April 2, 2018
RE: Judas: The Apostle Who Helped Jesus.
There seems to be a lot of confusion on the Gospels. What is the truth and what is the evidence.
Quick Rebuttals to Common Christian Claims
Richard Carrier concisely rebuts six common claims apologists make.
00:28 “Spacetime had a beginning”
1:38 “The Universe is fine tuned for life”
3:43 “Life requires a creator”
5:20 “Consciousness requires a spirit/soul”
7:34 “God is needed for objective moral values”
9:07 “Jesus was resurrected”
Why the Gospels are Myth | Richard Carrie
American historian, atheist, author, public speaker and blogger Richard Carrier gives a talk in Toronto, ON on the historicity of Jesus and corresponding Christian Gospels.
ceylonee / April 1, 2018
quote [ How can Jesus, who could not save himself, save others? ]..
He couldnt saved himself but He JeshaS was saved by the Almighty – The Super Intelligent (in Arabic ALLAAH) who sent JeshaS as a Messenger for the people of that particular region in Palestine.
The Last Testemant declares ;
”And they – Jews, claiming, “We killed the Messiah Jeashas son of Mar(iam)y, ALLAAH’s Messenger.” They Never killed him and Never crucified him. But to them he (the one crucified) was made to resemble (JeasaS),and the matter remained dubious to them. Those who hold conflicting views on this issue are indeed confused. They have no real knowledge but they are following mere conjecture. Very certainly, they never killed him. But ALLAAH raised JeashaS up unto Himself. Almigthy God was ever Mighty and wise. ( Chapter 4 , verse 157 ,158)
Eastman / April 1, 2018
On the cross prophet Jesus (pbuh) said “Ellai Ellai Lama Sabaktani” (meaning my God my God why have you forsaken me) Ellai in Aramaic, the language Jesus (pbuh) spoke is as Allah in Arabic. . God never dies He is ever living, therefore prophet Jesus (pbuh) is human and not God.
ramona therese fernando / April 1, 2018
Thank god Judas is not is hell for all eternity!
Amarasiri / April 2, 2018
ramona therese fernando,
“Thank god Judas is not is hell for all eternity!”
Is Judas in heaven for eternity? Any evidence for that?
Is Judas ‘Soul’ in heaven for eternity?
Is Judas ‘Soul’ in purgatory for eternity?
Is Judas ‘Soul’ recycled for eternity, like the Hindus and many Buddhists believe?
Is Judas ‘Soul’ neither in heaven or in purgatory, or recycled as Buddhists say there is “\’No Soul’
Buddhists do not believe that at the core of all human beings and living creatures, there is any “eternal, essential and absolute something called a soul, self or atman”. Buddhism, from its earliest days, has denied the existence of the “self, soul” in its core philosophical and ontological texts.
What did Einstein say to Rabbi Marcus , in the death of his young son?
“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness…” —Albert Einstein
ramona therese fernando / April 2, 2018
Wow! Agreed, Agreed!
Dushanthi / April 2, 2018
To use the Heretical writing of Judas’ gospel to disprove Jesus’ Divinity is like using the BBS manifesto to disprove the TULF manifesto.
St. Paul and the apostles wrote the books of the bible to defend the doctrine of the Christians from the heresies and have already answered the gnostic heresies.
Christians therefore don’t need to listen to others who have not experienced our sweet Lord whose words are written on the hearts of Christian.
Jagath Asoka May you come to know your error now by reading the bible New Testament.
Christian brothers and sisters should pray that the work of Christ among us will not be affected by the temptor’s garden of eden tactics.
Amarasiri / April 2, 2018
Dr. Jagath Asoka and Christe Anastesi.,
“Christians therefore don’t need to listen to others who have not experienced our sweet Lord whose words are written on the hearts of Christian.”
Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Those who are proud of their own intellect and their gifts are not seeking God, and what they aren’t seeking they will never find.
Religion vs. IQ – Are Religious People Stupid?
Lower IQs Lead to Faith in God?
One of my co-bloggers, J.L. Hinman, author of the very fine Metacrock’s Blog recently showed me some data which some atheists are using to support the claim that atheists are smarter than Christians. He pointed me to a website where it measured the average IQ of a country and correlated it to the statement from a Pew survey of the percentage of people who said that religion was “very important” to them. Thus, in Angola, 80% of the people said that religion was very important to them, but the average IQ was a lowly 69. In Bangladesh 88% of the people said that religion was very important to them and their IQ was higher but still only an average of 81. Meanwhile, the three highest IQ countries were Korea, Italy and Germany with average IQs of 106, 102 and 102, respectively. In those countries, the percentage of people who thought that religion was very important to them were 25%, 21% and 27%, respectively.
Schooling is an important factor that affects intelligence. By schooling, one can improve knowledge of specific facts for intelligence tests, familiarity with testing practices, concentration and attention span, and verbal problem solving skills. Therefore, there is no doubt that schooling helps raise one’s IQ.