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those gospels that made Him godlike. The earlier gospels were outlawed, gathered up, and burned.’”14

FACT: The earliest gospels were Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They made it into the Canon. The writings that were rejected were often rejected because they had a later date; after 100A.D. 100 A.D. was set as the cutoff point because the last known disciple of Jesus, John, died in 100A.D. Constantine did not commission a Bible and did not order the burning of “outlawed” books.

[BOOK: “ ‘Fortunately for historians,’ Teabing said, ‘some of the gospels that Constantine attempted to eradicate managed to survive. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the 1950’s hidden in a cave near Qumran in the Judean desert. And of course, the Coptic Scrolls in 1945 at Nag Hammadi. In addition to telling the true Grail story, these documents speak of Christ’s ministry in very human terms. Of course, the Vatican, in keeping with their tradition of misinformation, tried very hard to suppress the release of these scrolls. And why wouldn’t they? The scrolls highlight glaring historical discrepancies and fabrications, clearly confirming that the modern Bible was compiled and edited by men who possessed a political agenda…’”15

FACT: Many gospels did survive. They can be purchased today5. They are sometimes called “The Lost Gospels.” They were never lost. They simply dropped out of use in favor of the Inspired Canon.

 

Scrolls were found at Qumran by the Dead Sea in 1947. Not one New Testament book was found. They were all Old Testament books, commentaries, and theological works by the Essene community that lived there. There was some controversy as to why translations of the Dead Sea scroll were so long delayed (several decades). Rumors flew about scrolls containing “theology damaging to the church.” That wasn’t true. The issue was not what was IN the manuscripts but who OWNED them. The long delay was based on copyright issues, not content. The complete Dead Sea Scrolls are now available for purchase6.
Coptic Scrolls were found at Nag Hammadi. It did contain many New Testament apocrypha books that had truly been lost to modern day scholars. However, the books were known and read by the early Church Fathers and had been both considered and rejected for inclusion in the Bible.

[BOOK: “ ‘This fresco [Last Supper], in fact, is the entire key to the Holy Grail mystery. Da Vinci lays it all out in the open The Last Supper.’ Sophie scanned the work eagerly. ‘Does this fresco tell us what the Grail really is?’ ‘Not what it is,’ Teabing whispered, ‘But rather who it is. The Holy Grail is not a thing. It is in fact…a person.’”16

“ ‘And not just any person,’ Teabing blurted, clambering excitedly to his feet, ‘A woman who carried with her a secret so powerful that, if revealed, it threatened to devastate the very foundation of Christianity!’”17

 
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