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Local Church Leaders Sound Off On "Gospel Of Judas"

  For Minister Darryl Bowdre and Reverend Rudy Bond the first thing in question for them, is the central character behind the "Gospel of Judas."
  "Knowing human nature, had I been Judas caught in this controversy, who's to say he didn't put his own spin on it or didn't tell his own version of the story to someone else and repeated it," says Minister Bowdre.
  "He's a liar and he cares not for the poor, he's a thief and he's been embezzling money out of the church treasury. Who are you going to believe?," says Reverend Bond.
  They referenced the Old Testament where it was long prophesied that Judas would betray Jesus. Even though the "Gospel of Judas" brings up another possibility of what actually happened, they say Christians aren't led by scientific documentation.
  "We have to have answers one, two three and faith doesn't act like that. Faith isn't jumping to conclusions it's coming to the conclusion to jump," says Bowdre.
  "Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen," says Bond.
  But the "Gospel of Judas" is not a new find, says Pastor Jim Little of Grace Bible Church. He says it had been discredited long ago. "It may have been lost to us now and we discovered it and that was great. But back in that day and time they knew it existed and then the early church looked at it and said it was spurious and so they rejected it as far as the bible goes," says Little.
  Whether you believe Judas was responsible for his own treachery or was told to do it Bond says, "I believe he would have been forgiven. It wouldn't have been the unpardonable sin. Judas would have been forgiven." The debate behind the "Gospel of Judas" will not be the last, with society's fascination behind the mystery of the Bible.
  The National Geographic Channel is airing the two hour special on the "Gospel of Judas." It airs this Sunday night at 7 o'clock.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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