However, the saints at the time knew what was authentic and what was not.
What was authentic has ever since part of the canon of Holy Scriptures, that we call the Bible, with its canonical books.
In the Church, we trust in the judgements of nearly 2,000 years of saints, whose judgements have been formed by the Holy Spirit, not in games with numbers on the part of a contemporary commentator.
But, if Jesus supposedly inspired somebody to assist Him in a kind of suicide—wouldn't that contradict what He preached and also—one of God's commandments—'thou shalt not kill'?One of their main ideas was that there is a conflict between the physical and material world and the world of thought, of the human spirit.As pagans, they were horrified by the concept that through Christ, God became man, that He was incarnate, making salvation possible for everyone, the non-intellectual, like the intellectual.There is no instruction here, simply divine foreknowledge. One can still say, "anyway, wasn't Judas' betrayal a necessary part of God's plan, as the 'gospel of Judas' suggests"? It suggests the existence of predestination and determinism. However, they did not relate the truth, for their authors were not eyewitnesses or disciples of Christ.They simply called their writings 'gospels' in order to try and promote their own ideology, which in many cases was actually anti-Christian.As regards this so-called 'gospel of Judas', it was only found in the 1970s, since when it has changed private owners several times. It has taken years to read, translate and conserve, because the manuscript is in very poor condition.