The Lost Gospel: Truth or Fiction?

Did Jesus and Mary Magdalene marry and have two children?

According to a widely publicized new book, The Lost Gospel, he did! Authors Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson begin their book with this sensational claim:

What the Vatican feared—and what Dan Brown only suspected—has come true![1]

How could that be? Such a sensational claim totally contradicts the four gospel accounts of Jesus in the New Testament, which portray Jesus ascending to heaven forty days after his resurrection.

So is this just another non-factual conspiracy about Jesus like Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code, or is there really evidence to support it? This latest attack on the truth of the Christian message has become a major news story—just in time for Christmas!

The British tabloid, The Daily Mail, reports,

If true, this would make it the greatest revelation into the life of Jesus in nearly 2,000 years.[2]

In The Lost Gospel, Professor Barrie Wilson and Jewish writer Simcha Jacobovici attack the very core of the Christian belief. They attempt to prove in their book that a 6th century manuscript in the British Museum is actually a “lost gospel” written in code.

Their theory is based on the claims that this ‘lost’ gospel and the ‘encrypted’ story of Jesus’ marriage was the work of a group of persecuted Christians. It apparently disappeared from public view around 325 AD.[3]

The authors claim in their book that the decoding of the manuscript reveals startling hidden facts about Jesus. The two most radical claims made in The Lost Gospel are:

  • The New Testament gospels are wrong about the end of Jesus’ life.
  • Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had children.

What makes these claims so radical is that they undermine the truth of the entire Christian message. If the New Testament is wrong about what happened to Jesus after his death, how can we trust its message of forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Jesus’ death for us?

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