I just read the Gospel of Judas for the first time. Wow. It makes a case for one of the most reviled characters in history. Oh, yeah, get ready for the end of the world, too.
The name Judas evokes so many images for me. For you, too, I think. He represents fundamental iconography in our society. Now he says he didn’t do it.
Judas describes several conversations with Jesus about the creation and end of Humanity. There is a lot of dense talk about Aeons, angels, Realms and such. I’ll have to read that part again. Jesus describes a perfect generation, a fulfillment of Man. That’s when Saklos’ time of rule will come to an end, and the world will end with it. Like I said, I have to read it again.
Jesus asks Judas to turn him into the Romans. That’s the bombshell. Judas protests, but Jesus convinces him. Jesus tells Judas that future generations will revile him… until the time before the perfect generation, when Judas’ true role in Jesus’ death will be revealed.
The finding of this gospel is in itself a revelation of Judas’ true role in the crucifixion.
According to this gospel, we’re very close to the end times. This poses a real problem for the evangelicals. End times theology is an integral part of their faith. The gospel of Judas, though? That would be like letting Cindy Sheehan guest lecture at the mega church. So far, everyone I’ve asked, who cares, has rejected this testimony out of hand. I’m curious to see how they feel after reading it a couple times. I wonder how I’ll feel after reading it a couple times.
I can’t wait ‘til the Jehovah’s Witnesses knock on my door again.