In response to articles posted today about a “4th Century Papyrus” fragment “found” recently and deciphered, which appears to say that “Jesus” had a wife named Mary, I offer the following. First, the Gnostics have been around spreading their heresies since the 1st Century. The Apostle John wrote in his book 1 John rather extensively warning believers about the lies they were spreading. There isn’t a shred of proof for their claims other than another supposed “Gospel of Judas” (and one other somewhere which names escape me at the moment) that these claims are anything other than fictions published in later centuries (none from the 1st Century have ever been found).
Now while these vicious lies about our Savior are what we would call damnable heresies, there’s no way I am going to go out and torch somebody’s embassy over it. Rather, I think it’s important to have a clear head and a clear mind in order to be able to correctly decide for oneself what is a lie and what is not. The authors of the Gospels that are published in the Bible were – for the most part – eyewitnesses of the events they wrote about. Luke and Mark, neither of whom was an eyewitness, but Luke interviewed and gathered testimonies from many who were eyewitnesses of the events depicted and Mark interacted with Paul, Peter and Barnabus extensively.
You must realize that the Bible is more reliable than any other book ever published. There are statistics somewhere or other on just how reliable it is (see below), but since I’ve read Josh McDowell’s accounts in many of his works, and the writings of C.S. Lewis, who both started off as Atheists intent on disproving the Gospels and instead were swayed by the insurmountable evidence that proves Jesus is who He said He is, I am satisfied I don’t need to do all that research myself. Violent protests result from ignorance and false teaching, as is evidenced in the Middle East. The Muslim Clerics keep their people in the dark on purpose, never revealing the entire truth of their “Religion” to the masses, because if they did they’d lose all their “Sheep” overnight. No intelligent person could ever follow a person such as Mohammed. I just don’t get it, but it must be as the Bible says in 2 Cor 4:4 “The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers…”
I pity them and hope we can reach as many as possible before the end of this age. BTW, the timing of this “Find” is very suspicious given the turmoil in the Middle East right now. Our enemy is working overtime to do everything he can to give Christianity, Jesus and all us Christians a black eye! Nice try!
Here’s a sample of the articles published today on Jesus’ supposedly having a wife:
Sites for Bible statistics on its veracity and reliability: