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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Itching Ears

(2 Tim 4:3-4) "3 For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: 4 And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables."
The post Is It Unorthodox Or Could It Be The Way Forward? at the Sour Patch Kids' blog epitomizes those verses from St Paul's letter. Here's the first paragraph, which is probably all you need to read in order to understand the direction the writer is headed.
For the past few weeks I’ve been engrossed in reading a find that I fortuitously happened upon at my school’s library – Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity by Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King. As I’ve explored and contemplated on its subject matter I’ve realized that the Gospel of Judas was not only a subversive and compelling narrative at the time of its composition but also has much wisdom to impart to Christians of the twenty-first century.
The Gospel According to Judas? That's "a way forward"? Really??

When one's ideology can neither be supported by the inspired Word of God nor the sacred tradition of the Church, then their only recourse is to rely on uncanonical texts and exclaim "Ah ha! See! There were some in the early days of the Church who believed this!" And most likely there were - but they lie in unmarked tombs deep in undiscovered cemeteries, their dust mingled with the sands of time, wholly anonymous to history. Such people were forgotten for a reason.

Their "itching ears" deceived them into believing fables, and they became as substantive as the shadows which they followed.