So, have you heard the big news? They've discovered the tomb of "Jesus" and guess what? Despite the published reports by eyewitness to his resurrection and the fact that the tomb was empty, James Cameron will offer proof that it's the tomb of Jesus, his mother, Mary, Mary Magdalene and Jesus' son, Judah:
The cave in which Jesus Christ was buried has been found in Jerusalem, claim the makers of a new documentary film."If it proves true?" How in the world could it be proved true? There is no way that this can be proved true because there is nothing of Christ that can be tested, DNA or otherwise.
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.
The coffins which, according to the filmmakers held the remains of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene will be displayed for the first timeon Monday in New York.
Jointly produced by Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and Oscar winning director James Cameron, the film tells the exciting and tortuous story of the archeological discovery.
The story starts in 1980 in Jerusalem’s Talpiyot neighborhood, with the discovery of a 2,000 year old cave containing ten coffins. Six of the ten coffins were carved with inscriptions reading the names: Jesua son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Matthew, Jofa (Joseph, identified as Jesus’ brother), Judah son of Jesua (Jesus’ son - the filmmakers claim).
According to the filmmakers, the film’s claim is based on close work with world-famous scientists, archeologists, statisticians, DNA specialists and antiquities experts.
How will this impact Christianity? I'm sure that people will probably use this as yet one more lame excuse not to believe in Christ but those of us who know that Jesus is the Son of God and came to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, will not be swayed by this attempt to destroy Christianity. Greater men than Cameron have tried and have failed to destroy it because Christians believe for a reason. There is a reason for the hope that is within us and that can't be destroyed by a tomb containing the remains of those who bear similar names to those of Jesus and others mentioned in the Bible.
Even the guy involved in the discovery isn't buying this and views it as a publicity stunt:
Excitement over the discovery of Jesus’ burial site is premature, Israeli archeologist Professor Amos Kloner said.I blogged about the commonness of the names at Reformed Chicks and gave some examples from the Bible.
“The claim that the burial site has been found is not based on any proof, and is only an attempt to sell,” Kloner said.
“I refute all their claims and efforts to waken a renewed interest in the findings. With all due respect, they are not archeologists,” Kloner said, referring to the filmmakers.
According to him, the names inscribed on the coffins were very common in the Second Temple era, and as such were not sufficient proof that the cave was the burial site of Jesus' family.
I have no fear of what will be said tomorrow because my faith is built on the word of God:
Matthew 7:24-27 "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it."I think P.O.D. says, it best "Is that all you got? Take your best shot!" I'm ready for the "proof," bring it on!