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Friday, April 14, 2006

Pope: Judas a greedy liar

Judas was a greedy liar who put his desire for money ahead of his relationship with Jesus and his love for God, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Exactly a week after the National Geographic Society put the sympathetic Gospel of Judas on display, Pope Benedict reasserted the traditional Christian view that Judas betrayed his friend and Lord after the Last Supper.

The document that went on display in Washington April 6 is a third-century Coptic translation of what had originally been written in Greek before 180. The text portrays Judas as Jesus' closest disciple and says Jesus asked Judas to hand him over to the Roman authorities so that he could fulfill his mission.

But during his April 13 homily at the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper, Pope Benedict said Judas is the clearest example Christians have of someone who refuses God's saving love.

For Judas, the pope said, "only power and success are real; love does not count."

"And he is greedy: money is more important than communion with Jesus, more important than God and his love. He also becomes a liar, a double-crosser who breaks with the truth," Pope Benedict said.

Purposefully ignoring the truth, he said, Judas "hardens, becoming incapable of conversion ... and throws away his destroyed life."

6 Comments:

Anonymous Bob Rentler said...

What I found most profound is that the National Geographic presentation was missing the main point of any of the gospels. (The word 'gospel' means 'good news'.) The fact is, the gnostic gospel of Judas offered no good news at all! In fact, the gospel account ends before the crucifixion and the resurrection. Without the cross and the empty tomb, what 'good news' is there to tell?

April 17, 2006 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Its really sad that people would like to listen to so called facts on the 'factual' channels, newspapers, mags as it seems to generate sensationalism thereby creating more ruckus than whats necessary. What we need to realise is that Judas did betray Jesus and was devastated at what he did and destroyed himself evenutally. Why not go in search of truth and realise that what is important is so apparant in the Bible. When we realise this and do not let ourselves succumb to varied forms of temptation to scale mammoth heights, then we have won half the battle. We need to take up our crosses willingly and strive for eternal salvation that we need to 'discover'.

April 24, 2006 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we give into the media hysteria and constant coverage about all this nonsense, then we are giving them more mileage for their stories. Treat it as something unimportant and pray for each of us so that we do not fall into this cesspool of money grabbing vipers and publicity craving individuals.

April 27, 2006 3:45 PM  
Anonymous luke c s said...

Be focused on the Bible, the word of God. All other findings to counter this Holy book are the work of Satan, to illusionise and disrupt our composure.

May 21, 2006 8:39 PM  
Blogger Barth said...

Judas can never be taken serious or qouted for anything because from on set, there was/is trusth in him. He use to deep his hand into the purse which is sign of being a liar.Before CHRIST came for our sake, he new how everything will happen how can need a devil to direct him.

September 02, 2009 3:14 PM  
Blogger Barth said...

Judas can never be taken serious or qouted for anything because from on set, there was/is no trusth in him. He use to deep his hand into the purse which is sign of being a liar.Before CHRIST came for our sake, he new how everything will happen how can he need a devil to direct him.

September 02, 2009 3:18 PM  

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