Saturday, February 25, 2012

High Priest of Parimutuel

Christian Post reports:

The Vatican has made an official request to gain access to a 1500-year-old Bible worth $28 million currently held by the Turkish government in Ankara, Turkey. There is speculation that the Bible may be a copy of the Gospel of Barnabas – a telling of Jesus' ministry Muslims believe is part of the original Gospels.

A rookie mistake there, Christian Post - confusing the concept of Bible with Gospel.  A single gospel does not a Bible make.  A single gospel does not even make a Testament.  Tsk, tsk.

And what about the other gospels that didn't make the cut?  Where's the fervent interest to include the Gospel of Thomas, Mary, Infant Jesus, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy?  And what about the Acts of the Apostles?  What do the boys think about Barnabas?

Let's run it by the boys:
[Acts of the Apostles 1:23] They put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 1:24 They prayed, and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two you have chosen 1:25 to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas fell away, that he might go to his own place.” 1:26 They drew lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

What?  They're not even calling him by his right name. Barnabas - Barsabbas?  This lack of attention to detail is exactly the kind of thing that leads Jesus to cursing out fig trees.  [Matthew 21: 18-22]

To top it off, they pray for guidance and then shoot craps to pick Judas' replacement.  This is going to make me rethink my whole approach to Lent.  At Hawthorne Racecourse.

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