The latest news about the letter that says Jesus was married (in it he supposedly says “my wife”) has left some people wondering if it’s authentic or a forgery. I would simply settle the matter by saying it’s an authentic forgery!
Even if the letter is authentic, by genuinely dating back to 1,200 years ago, as the “tests” have reportedly shown, I believe it would be wise to keep in mind that the neighborhood of 1,200 years ago is more than a few zip-codes away from the neighborhood of 1,900 years ago. So the letter may in fact be genuine – but genuinely wrong nonetheless.
Through the centuries following the establishment of Jesus’ church (the actual biblical bride of Christ – Ephesians 5:22-33), and up to this very day, many people have circulated false ideas (a.k.a. false doctrine) about Jesus’ person and doctrine; whether this was done in spoken word or in circulated letter it matters not, the errors are still the same. People could have very well taught around 1,200 A.D. that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, but that makes the belief no more accurate than that of the idea that Mary, Jesus’ mother, physically ascended into heaven after her death (that’s if she died to begin with) several centuries before 1,200 A.D. (but keep in mind that this idea didn’t receive the Catholic Church’s unfailable “stamp of approval” until 1950). Both ideas are as foreign to scripture as any notion that Judas was politically misunderstood.
Can ideas be authentic and a forgery at the same time? Sure they can. It all depends upon from whom the ideas originate.
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)