Filmmakers claim Jesus’ tomb was found, and his body is still there.
Well, that settles that. Tear down the churches and let’s all sleep in on Sunday.
Every Easter, believing Christians are hit with the yearly news magazine and TV exposes on what is the “truth” behind Christianity. Of course, what this means is that they interview a bunch of experts to prove Jesus was just a man and why Christianity is bunk.
Last year the big “let’s debunk Jesus” fad was the Judas gospel, just one of many of the gnostic gospels. The Idea of gnosticism is the body is bad so therefore sex and your daily life is unimportant. Only spirituality is important.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because of all those “Spirituality” fads we read about and watch proclaimed on Oprah and Larry King.
Gnosticism was a fad of the early 2nd century.LINK
And just like you can date pottery by the way it was made, so too you can date writing by not only their font but by the intellectual ideas. Imagine someone “finding” a new Jane Austen novel that discusses Gay rights. It would make you a tiny bit suspicious that Jane didn’t write the book. Same thing here.
In contrast to the esoteric gnostic gospels, the ones in the bible are strangely consistant with reality, a thing I didn’t realize until I worked in Africa as a young doctor.
The woman finding a lost coin. The sheep that wandered off is found by a shepherd. The father who forgave his errant son. The jealous neighbor who sowed weeds among the wheat. The hypocritical religious leaders. The woman who had five husbands and was shunned by other women for fear she would steal their husbands too.The story of travelers having to give birth in a barn. People traveling miles with their sick to see a miracle worker or holy man. Even the story of a poor laborer who upholds the rights of the poor against greedy businessmen and corrupt church officials and who gets killed for it is not a fairy tale in many third world countries.
Yet the yearly debunking of Christianity has more to do with it’s ethical system (a system that it shares with most other great religions and secular ethicist such as Confusius ) than with it’s theology.
In a word: It’s about SEX. Christianity (and most other major religions and ethical systems) are bigoted enough to point out that once you remove sex from marriage and make sex a “morality free zone” you end up with divorce, a million abortions, half the country’s children brought up without a father and often in poverty, HIV and STD’s as a major health problem, and older women deserted and on their own.
Now, Christianity is not alone in it’s teachings on the need for sexual restraint.
Confusius’ emphasis on the family, Musilm rules that protect women, or the Platonic idea of a just man who follows the mean in his passions have the same ethical result. And they too would be debunked if these were the basis for our morality, but the majority of Americans are Christians, so the fight in America is against traditional Christianity.
But only Christianity is arrogant enough to say these ideas are not merely the ideas of a sage, prophet or wiseman, but of God. So all you have to do is “prove” Jesus was “only” a man, and the whole “house of cards” of traditional Christianity is destroyed, and we can go back to doing our own thing while interpreting our own egotism as “spirituality”.
So this year we have, voila, a bigshot film makers who decided they found Jesus’s tomb…and not only his but his mother’s, his wife’s and two of his kids.
“If it proves true, the discovery, which will be revealed at a press conference in New York Monday, could shake up the Christian world as one of the most significant archeological finds in history” proclaim the proud film makers.
Well, damn. Tear down the churches and let’s all celebrate.
Oh wait…Remember James’ Bone box, that got a lot of press a couple years ago…turned out the box was genuine, but the inscription was false. Well, the practice back then was to take the old bones and put them into small boxes and use the large coffins for new bodies. So why all the coffins? They own stock in a mortuary business? Or maybe, like the James Brohaha, it’s a big fraud?
Oh, but the filmmakers are “scientific. “According to the filmmakers, the film’s claim is based on close work with world-famous scientists, archeologists, statisticians, DNA specialists and antiquities experts.”
DNA Specialists? what did they do, find the lady from the DaVinci code and test her DNA?
What’s next? Space Aliens? Yup…look HERE
Yup…Jesus was a space alien, and the coffins will prove it.
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