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The Gospel of Judas, the Jesus Papers, the DaVinci Code

Submitted: 4/30/2006
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Question: Do you agree that the book of Revelation 22:18-19 is referring to the people who made up these books when it says, 'I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this phrophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.' Isn't that what they are trying to do, add to the truth or take from it?

Answer: The Gospel of Judas is an ancient Gnostic writing. The DaVinci Code is a novel, and the author has never claimed that the assertions about Jesus that some characters in his book make are true. He calls it a work of fiction. The Jesus Papers may, however, fall into the category you describe. This book is pure fiction, yet the author adamantly claims that he has proven that the Bible is untrue. Many people also take away from the Word of God by claiming that certain parts of it are not for today or by using absurd reasoning to interpret certain verses. In 2 Peter 3:16 the apostle writes of Paul's letters which 'untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.'