A leather-bound religious text, thought to date from the fifth century but discovered only 12 years ago, will cause the collapse of Christianity worldwide, Iran has claimed.
The book, written on animal hide, was confiscated during an anti-smuggling operation in Turkey’s Mediterranean region in 2000.
Turkish authorities believe it could be an authentic version of the Gospel by Jesus’s disciple Barnabas, and an Iranian press report has claimed that its contents will trigger Christianity’s downfall by proving that Islam is the final and righteous religion.
Others have dismissed the Iranian claims as ‘laughable’ anti-Christian propaganda.
The Basij Press claims the text was written in the 5th or 6th century and it predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad and the religion of Islam.
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