Could a version of the Gospel of St. Barnabas found in Turkey in 2000 lead Christianity to collapse? That′s what they are saying in Iran. The Basij Press is claiming that the recently discovered text, allegedly written in the 5th or 6th Century, acknowledges that Islam is the true religion of God. One passage from Chapter 41 retells the Bible story when Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden by the Archangel Michael. That Adam turned his head and saw a message on top of the gateway saying ″Allah is the only God and Muhammad his prophet.″ The text was found in Turkey as part of a bust of a smuggling ring. Turkish authorities believe that this ′gospel′ is a fake, written in the 16th Century. So does this alleged Gospel of Barnabas belong in any contemporary Bible?
Naturally, we have to consider the source. Iran will pretty much say and do anything to slam Christianity and Judaism. As true in most Muslim countries, owning a Bible is a criminal offense. We also have to consider that there are many books or ′gospels′ written by Biblical figures that are not part of most Christian Bibles. Even among the various Christian denominations, there are differences in which books comprise their Bibles, as well as the translations.
So for Iran to claim that this Gospel of Barnabas will cause Christianity to collapse is a blend of wishful thinking and political propaganda. So we are amused that the Basij Press is making such a bid deal out of the discovery of this alleged text found in Turkey back in 2000. The passage about the Bible account of Adam and Eve being cast out of Eden, or Heaven, by the Archangel Michael plays well for the Iranian mullahs. That Adam saw a sign above the gateway to Heaven saying, ″Allah is the only God and Muhammad his prophet″ would seem to indicate that the text was not from the 5th or 6th Century as the Iranians claim, since Islam had yet to emerge. The text also says that Jesus Christ was not crucified and was not the Son of God.