I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Bob Unruh of World Net Daily yesterday and share more about the Iranian claims that the collapse of Christianity is imminent. These claims, of course, are based on the Gospel of Barnabas, a 15th century Muslim conspiracy. In fairness, we shouldn't blame the Iranians for believing something that seems to support their faith, for they are most likely ignorant of where this whole thing originated.. If there is any blame for the contemporary stories circulating about this gospel, it lies with the Turkish elements who keep fabricating these so-called discoveries, first in 1986 and then again in 2012. Read more about this here.
Today, WND published an article allegedly written by former CIA operative Reza Kahlili on the infamous Gospel of Barnabas. Apparently, the Iranian mullahs are claiming that this gospel hidden by the church is about to cause the total collapse of the Christian faith as it records Jesus prophesying the coming of Mohammed and the Muslim Messiah.
For those of us who know the truth, it is a ridiculous bit of grandstanding and buffoonery. However, I have no doubt that it plays well in the Middle East and has plenty of pious followers puffing out their chest in anticipation of the imminent victory of their faith.
The sad fact, however, is that this little "factoid" about the evil church suppressing the Gospel of Barnabas and covering up the fact that Jesus predicted the coming of Mohammed has been trotted out with amazing regularity for decades. Of course, the intent is clear. Keep the "us" versus "them" game going and constantly sling mud at the only monotheistic faith that could possibly compete with Islam.
In one respect, Muslims are no different from people anywhere. They are predisposed to believe any report that confirms what they already believe and will do no research to verify the authenticity of the claims being made.
Maybe the question for us today is what have we believed without conducting proper intellectual due diligence?