Saturday, May 06, 2006

NBC news on April 7, 2006 proclaimed that “It has been a tough week for Christians.”  I discussed some of the elements of that alleged “tough week” on my May 4th and 5th posts.  The post on the fifth concerned the “Book of Judas” discovery.  Tonight, I’ll continue with the betrayal of JESUS by Judas as reported in the Bible.  Last night, I included the accounts from “Matthew” and “Mark.”  Tonight, the accounts of “Luke” and “John” and a short portion of “Acts.”

“Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.  And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.  They were delighted and agreed to give him money.  He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.” (Luke 22:3-6)  “In the same way, after the supper he took the cup saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.  But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.  The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him.’” (Luke 22: 20-22)  “While he was still speaking a crowd came up and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them.  He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?’” (Luke 22: 47-48)  

“The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.” (John 13: 2)  “After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.’” (John 13: 21)  “Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.  So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and officials from the chief priests and Pharisees.” (John 18: 2-3a)

“In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, ‘Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus—he was one of our number and shared in this ministry.’

(With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.  Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)” [Acts 1: 15-19]    

Obviously, I have not read nor do I have a copy of the “Book of Judas.”  I can only refer to what others have said about it.  However, if the “Book of Judas” does not portray Judas as a betrayer then it is in conflict with the accounts given in the Bible.  The conclusion is obvious.  If the “Book of Judas” is accurate, then JESUS is at best deceitful and at worse a liar and is not the SON of GOD.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteous, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3: 16-17)  The four gospels are either Scripture or they are not.  If they are, they are GOD-breathed and are correct.  Judas was a betrayer who betrayed the SON of GOD as declared in Scripture.  Study the sections of each of the four books that describe his betrayal.  Don’t allow TV news to decide for you.    

Was the week a tough week?  Not at all.  Nothing in any of the three news stories has anything that remotely demonstrates that the Bible is not true, that JESUS did not walk on water, or that GOD did not create the universe and all that is in it.  

The three stories did demonstrate the gullibility of NBC!  Unfortunately, they think we are more gullible than they are!!!        


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