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I recently read about the discovery of a Bible which was supposedly obtained by the Turkish authority during a raid. The Bible is claimed by inclusive spiritual groups to be evidence of a more universal religion. This is because the Bible supposedly contains an extremely early account of the Gospel of Barnabas which contradicts the traditional 4 Gospels and points to events which are in agreement with the teachings of Islam. So how should a Christian respond?
- Keep and open mind. If we are Christians, then it is of utmost importance that we understand what happened to Christ. If the Bible does turn out to be authentic and dated earlier than the other Gospels, we are to take it seriously.
- Understand that this is nothing new. There are numerous claims that there are early manuscripts which contradict the New Testament. Some have turned out to be forgeries. Others have turned out to be older than originally thought. But none of them have stood against the robust historicity of the synoptic Gospel writers and Paul.
If this specific Bible is to be anything at all worthwhile, we must actually see it tested before we jump to conclusions.