The apocryphal gospels are gospels written in the early centuries of Christianity (including canonical, but these were not subsequently accepted by The Catholic Orthodox Church). St. Irenaeus of Lyons proposed it in the late Second century and they have remained like that since then. The Catholic Church recognizes only the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
The content, so much of the apocryphal gospels, as that of the canonical ones, is based on what the apostles heard, saw and said while they were walking with Jesus preaching their doctrines and then in the resurrection of the Son of God.
A very important aspect of the Apocryphal Gospels is the Gnostic Gospels. These gospels caused major problems for the Catholic religion, since they say we should find God within us. The Gnostics believed that all humans have a divine spark within us. It is said that through the meditation, prayer and knowledge just a few of us can develop this divine spark and become enlightened or prophets.
This search of God within us ignores completely that the church is God’s house. It also ignores the priests as God’s messengers. To the Gnostics only those who reached the state of enlightenment were genuine prophets. And of course they did not believe in the forgiveness of the priests. Forgiveness must come from repentance through a confession of our sins to ourselves: only this way we are conscious that we sin.
Within the Gnostic Gospels we also count on the gospels of Jesus Christ’s infancy and of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. Then we also have the Gospels of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, also banned by the Catholic Church. And finally, we have many other gospels difficult to classify as the gospels of St. Peter, St. Mark, and even St. Judas.
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