There have always been controversies surrounding the life of Jesus of Nazareth… and they will continue. This has recently surfaced and is among those on center stage. I would implore everyone and anyone… question: source, points made, how it squares up to what is known as scripture or to use a scriptural comparison… and then see the myriad of things which are being said about the source of the controversy- and by who(m). Even if it was found to be true… although I do doubt it already, would it change the truth of who Jesus claimed Himself to be? No! Would it change the truth the Gospel tells us of His life? No! Here is the link to what is causing such a stir today, April 10th, 2014. An article by Amar Toor, at The Verge (online), is entitled,”‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ likely isn’t a modern forgery, scientists claim.”
I think it would best be found to marvel more on the truth we know than the misinformation mankind will try and spin as being possible… long to point to their own doubts of the claims of Jesus being the Christ- The Messiah. I have no doubt to this claim, by Jesus Himself, being fulfilled by prophecy, told by angels, and proclaimed by God’s own Holy men throughout the ages… a hope in eternal life being given to mortal men. Even more amazing is to find we can know God personally… and some would still doubt this today.
In one of the many comments on the link above, this is found… a declaration… on context, almost as a challenge being issued as if context is only a profoundly christian oriented truth or suppositional stance. See part of the comment below…
This stated by one identified as… aqabdulaziz
Aha, the famous Christian word “CONTEXT.” How convenient!
For nearly 80% of Bible verses (strange stuff hard to digest), Christians want us to see it in CONTEXT. When you tell them to use context for other verses (I am the only way), they get upset. Either use context for everything (it all becomes a metaphor) or use NONE at all (it all becomes ridiculous).
Is that what makes this ‘context’ or lack of it… found in but one little scrap of antiquity… enough for one to say to another,”Aha… here at last is the truth?” I think many are missing the smaller questions and the biggest answers mankind has sought for millennia- who God is and why Jesus died on Passover? The axiom,”Text without context is pretext,” is not of christian origin but it does point to the truth of anything being removed from where it was originally, and used elsewhere, as being possible to promote one agenda over another. This is actually more ‘Proof-texting‘ than not. I also found this one quite humorous but truthful, a place called,”The Fallacy Files.”
Yes… context does matter. Here with this scrap in time, is it more or less a declaration or left as a question… the choice is yours to say, one way or another!?! Below is something (text) taken from beliefs (context) in both the Bible and the Koran… and if you think the Monotheistic Gods are one and the same- think again.
[The Bible: The Antichrist is an unparalleled political, military and religious leader that will emerge in the last days.
Islam: The Mahdi is an unparalleled political, military and religious leader that will emerge in the last days.
The Bible: The False Prophet is a secondary prominent figure that will emerge in the last days who will support the Antichrist.
Islam: The Muslim Jesus is a secondary prominent figure that will emerge in the last days to support the Mahdi.]
Which of these is true… for you? If it is true for a christian, using text without context, then it is also true for a Moslem… taking text from anything makes it possible to use it as the proof you need to secure your argument. Sadly, all this shows is either how much less valid or where one might say,”There is some validity to what you are saying but the full weight of truth could be elsewhere. This is but one of the many reasons to be specific to: what you believe, who you believe in and know why you believe it to be true. When faced with more questions, where one must then reason with one’s self, is when we will either seek truth or risk finding truth’s mirror image. Don’t passover the truth but let truth passover and through you.. where you would then feel and live for the truth it represents. We are to love all men as Jesus did… even those that do not see it the same way. Shalom!
Jude 1:20-25 (King James Version) 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.