Iran is once again in the news and this time it’s not because of any nuclear missile launch. The state claims that it has recently discovered leather-bound text from the fifth century and that these texts will rattle the very foundations of Christianity.
The discovered material which is being claimed to be an authentic version of the Gospel of Barnabas, a disciple of Jesus unveils some shocking details about Jesus Christ and his life.
Even though details at present are sketchy, it is being said that the book written on animal hide apparently says that Jesus was never crucified and that Jesus himself predicted the arrival of Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Iranian press.
Along with Iran, Turkish authorities also believe that the text written in Syriac, a dialect of Aramiac could possibly be a bonafide version of Bible and is something powerful enough to easily trigger the downfall of Christianity.
It is also surprising to note that the religious text was tracked by Turkish authorities back in 2000 while conducting a crackdown on a gang responsible for smuggling antiquities. Excitement regarding the text peaked after it was reported that Vatican made an official request to study the text. Whether the permission was granted or not is still not known.
As for the Iranians, the so called Gospel of Barnabas is nothing less than a hydrogen bomb. Details about the religious texts will only be considered authentic after proper interpretation of the text is made.
Meanwhile, religious scholars have also emerged to present their stance on the discovery by terming it as a laughable Iranian challenge to Christianity.