Dry bones.

February 28, 2007 at 7:26 am 2 comments

Who can you believe these days.  James Cameron, the director of the Titanic movie, says “he” has found the bones of Jesus, his wife Mary Magdalene and their son, Judah.  Says he has “proof”, even DNA proof.  These kinds of exposes come along rather frequently and I suppose we all wonder what is true and what isn’t

I certainly am no expert (you already knew that) but there are all kinds of holes one could shoot in this titantic display of greed in the name of scholorship. (check the official site for the film here) At the same time it seems important to me, as a follower of the resurrected Jesus, to know what is being said and what kinds of answers are available to me personally and for me to share with others. 

There is so much being written on this subject that I thought it was worth the time to point you in the direction of one whose reputation I trust and whose education and experience is impeccable.  He does a great job of answering this nonsense.  Ben Witherington writes with humor and good science on questions raised but not entirely floated by Cameron and friends.  If you are at all concerned about this issue read Dr. Witherington bio here, and it should help you sort it out.

This can’t be taken too seriously, it might be good entertainment, at some level, but that is all it is.  The fact that I’m writing about it means it can’t be too big a deal, right?

However, the resurrection of Jesus is a watershed, no, the watershed issue of the Christian faith.  If Jesus was married (another issue), and had a child and then died, was buried but did not raise from the dead then our “faith is in vain”. So it is not surprising that the resurrection is such a target for those who do not believe and would like to convince us otherwise as well.

I think I will still throw in with our friend the Apostle Paul who staked his entire life on the resurrection of Jesus.  A man who was so close to the actual event the likelihood that he is correct about what happened is astronomical. Paul puts it this way: I passed on to you what was most important and what was passed on to me-that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.  He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the twelve apostles.  After that he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time and most are still alive, though some have died by now.  …I saw him too. (1Corinthians 15:3-8)

v.30 And why are we risking our lives, facing death hour by hour? (if the resurrection didn’t happen) For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily… and what value was here in fighting wild beasts-those men of Ephesus-if there was no resurrection from the dead? Apparently there were regular attacks against the credibility of the resurrection during Paul’s day as well.  Attacking both the message and the messenger.

The great Apostle is so convinced of the resurrection of Jesus that he is willing to take on anyone, anywhere at whatever price.  I am sticking with him.

The bones Mr. Cameron is promoting are dry!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Doug Wright  |  March 1, 2007 at 6:36 am

    In the end times there will be false anti-christs. It will be necessary for many to try and deceive in order for satans plan to work. (Which is already doomed to failure.) Clearly there will be those who make ridiculous statements in order to stir controversy. Look at the tabloid covers while in the grocery store check out line and see the attempt to discredit Jesus and His return.
    Many were deceived when Noah built a big boat. (Genesis chapter 6-9) He was scoffed at and ridiculed. When it rained the non believers paid a price for their arrogant disregard for truth and judgment came.
    Jesus is that arc today. The Risen Jesus will return and claim His own, and then there will be judgement. Believe it or not!

  • 2. totaltransformation  |  February 28, 2007 at 9:07 am

    Just another deception in a long line. And like Paul said, God has handed these folks over to their own deceptions.

    -J. Kaiser

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