Turks Find Ancient Gospel of Barnabas, Iran Says Christianity No More

A leather-bound religious text, thought to date from the fifth century but discovered only 12 years ago, will cause the collapse of Christianity worldwide, claims Iran. The text, written on animal hide, is thought to be an authentic version of the Gospel of Barnabas, one of Jesus’s disciples. Turkish authorities seized the text in 2000 in a crackdown on a gang who were charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives, but the find is only now gaining attention in light of the Vatican’s request to view the document. Whether the request will be granted is still unknown.

barnabas leather-bound gospel found by turks may 2012

Seized from smugglers, the leather-bound ‘gospel’ which Iran claims will bring down Christianity and shake world politics.

According to the Iranian Basij press, the book apparently states that Jesus was never crucified and that he himself predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad. Written in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, the report claims the text was written in the 5th or 6th century and that the gospel affirms the religion of Islam as final and righteous, not Christianity. Basij claims that Chapter 41 of the Gospel reads: ‘God has hidden himself as Archangel Michael ran them (Adam and Eve) out of heaven, (and) when Adam turned, he noticed that at top of the gateway to heaven, it was written “La elah ela Allah, Mohamad rasool Allah”,’ meaning Allah is the only God and Mohammad his prophet.

The Basij press says the Christian world denies the existence of such a gospel. Its origins are unknown, but National Turk reported that the book had been kept in the Justice Palace in the Turkish capital, Ankara, and was being transferred under armed police guard to the city’s Ethnography Museum.

The found gospel has excited many believers, but others have denounced it as fake. Phil Lawler, writing on the Catholic Culture website, described the claim as a ‘laughable Iranian challenge to Christianity’. He said: ‘If the document was written in the 5th or 6th century, it couldn’t very well have been written by someone who was traveling with St. Paul about 400 years earlier. ‘It must have been written by someone claiming to represent St. Barnabas.

‘Keep in mind that the dating of the document is critical. By the 7th century it didn’t take much foresight to ‘predict’ the appearance of Mohammad.’

The Basij report suggests that the discovery is so immense that it will shake world politics.

‘The discovery of the original Barnabas Bible will now undermine the Christian Church and its authority and will revolutionize the religion in the world,” it states.

‘The most significant fact, though, is that this Bible has predicted the coming of Prophet Mohammad and in itself has verified the religion of Islam.’

Erick Stakelbeck, a terrorism analyst and a close observer of Iranian affairs, told WND.com: ‘The Iranian regime is committed to stamping out Christianity by any means necessary.

‘Whether that means executing Christian converts, burning Bibles or raiding underground churches.’

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