Why were the Gnostic Gospels and other writings excluded?

The Gnostic Gospels: Are they the real history of Jesus?

In 1945 a discovery was made in Upper Egypt, near the town of Nag Hammadi. Fifty-two copies of ancient writings, called the Gnostic gospels were found in 13 leather-bound papyrus codices (handwritten books). They were written in Coptic and belonged to a library in a monastery.

A few Gnostic scholars have gone so far as to assert that these recently discovered writings are the authentic history of Jesus instead of the New Testament. But does their faith in these documents square with the historical evidence? Let’s take a deeper look to see if we can separate truth from fiction. [read more…]

The Gospel of Barnabas: Secret Bible?

Does a “secret Bible” discovered in a Turkish smuggling sting contain the real truth about the identity of Jesus Christ? According to a Turkish official, a 1,500-year-old ancient leather-bound text, secretly hidden for 12 years, could be an authentic version of the Gospel of Barnabas.

According to this “secret Bible,” Barnabas was one of Jesus’ original twelve apostles. However, in the book of Acts, Luke introduces Barnabas as an apostle who came after the original twelve, and was a fellow missionary with the apostle Paul. In their travels, Paul and Barnabas boldly declared Jesus’ death, resurrection and lordship in the first century.[1]
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Was there a Da Vinci Conspiracy?

Dan Brown’s best-selling book, The Da Vinci Code, convinced may readers that the real story of Jesus was “hijacked,” by the Catholic Church leaders, and gospel accounts in the New Testament are forgeries. Although his book is fictional, many of its over 40 million readers believe in his conspiracy theory. But what is the truth? Discover the truth about what really happened in the the development of the New Testament. [read more…]