Other Gospels

Some “other gospels” are floating around that seem to make the rounds every so often.  None of them has anything new to say that wasn’t said a long time ago; there really isn’t anything new under the sun – just new generations that haven’t been taken in yet.

One of them is that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and that “his” bloodline is now in France; this is being revived by the book “The Da Vinci Code”. Another is that Jesus and Judas had a secret deal for Judas to betray Jesus and that Judas was the one true disciple and was rewarded for what he did!  This one was found and made headlines because somewhere around 300 AD someone was circulating this ridiculous “Gospel of Judas”. In the “Lost Books of the Bible”, which should stay lost instead of being reprinted by Readers’ Digest, Jesus supposedly changes the color of a woman’s dress and does other miracles as a child.  And there are periodic revivals of the “Gnostic Gospel” that claims that Jesus never actually died; therefore He did not rise from the dead. Yet anyone who reads the real Scriptures won’t get sucked into these myths.

Let’s start with the Mary Magdalene myth.  Isaiah said (53:8), “…who will declare his generation?  For He was cut off from the land of the living…”  The obvious answer is that no one will declare his generation (offspring, you can get out a concordance and see that the word used clearly refers to this) because He was killed without having any. Also, since blood is determined by the father, Jesus, who had sinless blood from His father, would have been passing down sinless blood to another generation, which could end up making Paul’s assertion false that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And of course, the real gospels never mention any marriage of Jesus.  If anything like that were true, when Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene “first” in Mark 16:9, Mark surely would have identified her more clearly as “His wife” as opposed to “out of whom He had cast seven demons”.

The real Jesus pronounced woe on Judas, by whom He was betrayed (Luke 22:22) and said that it would have been better for him if he had never been born (Mark 14:21). The real Judas committed suicide (Matthew 27:5) and went to “his own place” (hell) (Acts 1:25)

The real Bible says that the first miracle Jesus did was at a wedding in Cana, where He turned water into wine (John 2:11). This invalidates any claim that He did anything sooner.  Jesus had to minister as a man, and His miracles did not start until the Holy Spirit came upon Him just before He did that first miracle.  That is why He did no miracles for the first 30 years of His life.

As far as Him literally dying and rising from the dead, we’d need a stack of bulletins to hold all the Scriptures that say that He did! This is so absolutely central to the gospel that believing anything else is “believing in vain”.  Hear Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:  “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…”

There are more “other” gospels out there, too. Christian Scientists teach that Jesus never shed His blood and that sin does not exist, Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Jesus was not God but a created being, Moonies teach that what Jesus did was NOT finished and that Sun Myung Moon had to be sent to finish Jesus’ work, and Mormons teach that Jesus was Satan’s brother, that there are many “gods” including God’s wife, and that God was once like us and we can become literally just like Him.  Again, if you don’t read the real Bible, you might get sucked into this garbage, but if you know what the Bible says, you can say “it is written…” and blow these false thoughts away.

Please understand that these “other gospels” are taught by cults whose members will burn in hell if they do not receive Jesus and become born again. They are not simply other denominations. You can be saved and be a Baptist, a Lutheran, a Methodist, a Presbyterian, a Pentecostal, a Nazarene, etc., because these groups all preach the same Jesus and the same central gospel; the disagreements are on the “nonessentials”.  But Paul spared no words for those who preach “other gospels”:

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”  -- Galatians 1:6-9