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Michael J. Kruger:
Just as the dust had settled from the discovery of the Gospel of Judas, a new discovery has now reopened all these questions. . . . This new manuscript—aptly titled the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife—is a fragment of a fourth-century codex written in Coptic (Sahidic) that in one place reads, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . . she will be able to be my disciple.’” The fragment is quite small (4 x 8 cm), with faded writing on the back. The main text is written in a cramped, semi-literate hand. Most notably, Karen King of Harvard University has suggested that while the manuscript is fourth century, the original composition should be dated back to the middle of the second century.
So what shall we make of this new discovery?
Four years. That’s how long I’d been preparing for ministry. Countless hours wrestling with theology, meditating on God’s word, and developing my ministry skills. Now I was almost done with my degree, and I was ready for some real ministry. Preaching the gospel, changing lives. Something significant.
Instead I was working forty hours a week at Office Depot. And I hated it.
Most Christians would not outright deny God’s omnipotence and theologically resort to dualism. Yet in the throes of suffering and evil many succumb to a subtle and comfortable dualism. Every bad thing in your life and every ounce of suffering is attributed to Satan. And if it’s his fault and his “plan” then the believer is not only correct in resisting but he is commanded to do so.