Another Rabbit Trail. . .
Vol: 65 Issue: 27 Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I am profoundly grieved in my spirit by the seemingly overwhelming acceptance of the claims made by James Cameron that it has been categorically established as fact that he has “uncovered” the bones of Jesus Christ.
If one were to take the mainstream media’s coverage of the story at face value, then one would assume that the Bible has, at long last, been proved to be nothing more than a collection of myths and fairy tales with no basis in fact.
Typical of those few among the mainstream media who did not react with unconcealed joy at the possibility that Christianity is a fraud were those that ran quotes from ‘skeptical scholars’ like Stephen Pfann.
How possible is it? Pfann asked. On a scale of one through 10 10 being completely possible it s probably a one, maybe a one and a half.”
On first reading, it seems as if Pfann is being offered as a rebuttal witness. The fact is, it simply is NOT possible that this is the Tomb of Jesus. The mere fact that Pfann sees it as a possibility, however remote, disqualifies him as either a ‘skeptic’ or a ‘scholar’.
For it to be even remotely possible, not one single word of the Bible could be true. The basic theme of the Bible — from the Garden of Eden to 2nd Coming of Christ — is God’s Sovereign plan for the redemption of mankind.
The Bible outlines only one way and that is through a Redeemer. God promised a Redeemer before the first man and woman were banished from the Garden:
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
If James Cameron and his crew have truly recovered the remains of Jesus of Nazareth, then that Redeemer has not come. Not a single promise of the Old Testament has been fulfilled, and the New Testament is a pack of lies.
Such a profound sea change in the history of mankind deserves more than merely a second look — it demands absolute certainty.
To the media, “absolute certainty” consists of four names, which may or may not have been correctly translated, and DNA evidence that the remains identified as Jesus are NOT related to the remains identified as Mary Magdalene.
Let’s look at the alleged DNA ‘evidence’ a bit more closely than the mainstream dared.
One of the filmmakers, Simcha Jacobovici, told a press conference that there was enough mitochondrial DNA for a laboratory in Ontario to conclude that the bodies in the Jesus and Mary Magdalene ossuaries were not related on their mothers side.
From this, Mr. Jacobovici deduced that they were a couple, because otherwise they would not have been buried together in a family tomb.
That seems to be a rather broad deduction.
The filmmakers also claim that the other “Mary” found in the tomb was the mother of Jesus, that another was of His brother, Joseph, and another contained the bones of “Judah, son of Jesus.”
If so, then the same mitochondrial DNA should show that they are all related to Jesus — otherwise, they would not have been buried together in a family tomb, either.
One intrepid reporter dared to ask Jacobvici how those tests turned out. Jacobvici’s reply?
We re not scientists. At the end of the day we can t wait till every ossuary is tested for DNA, he said. We took the story that far. At some point you have to say, I ve done my job as a journalist.
Given that what Jacobvici is offering is nothing less than the complete destruction of Christianity as a viable belief system, one would wonder WHY they “couldn’t wait”.
If the DNA didn’t show a familial connection, then the basic claim of the documentary, that they had discovered the “Jesus Family Tomb” would fall apart. So why not wait?
Apart from the allegation that Jesus of Nazareth was NOT resurrected, the most spectacular claim made by the filmmakers was that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a son named Judah.
If he were the son of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, would seem that the most important DNA test would be the one performed on Judah.
Were the rest of the ossuaries even tested? If so, what were the results? If not, why not?
The ossuary identified as that of Mary Magdalene is based on the translation of “Mariamene” being Mary Magdalene’s real name. How do the filmmakers know that?
They relied on the expert testimony of Harvard Professor Francios Bovon. How does Professor Bovon know? From a recently-discovered 5th century text entitled; “The Acts of Phillip.” What makes the “Acts of Phillip” conclusive evidence?
If any of these questions have been put to the filmmakers, there is no record of it that I can find.
What grieves me about this isn’t that it creates any doubt in my mind. I don’t believe it would create doubt in the minds of anyone who has a personal relationship with Jesus.
When one is regenerated and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, the experience is too profound to be that of mass hysteria.
What grieves me is that this adds one more layer that must be peeled away before one can enter into any substantive discussion about the real Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
It’s another ‘rabbit trail’ that well-meaning Christians seeking to share the Gospel will find themselves traversing, while wondering, “How in the heck did I get HERE?”
The fact that the mainstream media is so uncritical in its acceptance of the “Jesus Tomb” story stands as testimony that the Jesus Christ worshipped by Christians can be no less than the Son of the Living God.
Do you think they would accept without comment any ‘documentary’ that purports to prove that Mohammed was a myth?
How many documentaries have you seen carried by the mainstream media that even dare to advance the theory that Mohammed and the Koran are the inspiration for Islamic terror?
Mohammed and Allah present no threat to the god of this world. Jesus Christ, however, is the embodiment of his defeat.
The Bible teaches that Satan is the prince and the power of the air. (Ephesians 2:2)
It should not be surprising that the airwaves are filled with pronouncements that Jesus is a provable (and proved) myth, whereas those same broadcasters never mention Mohammed without first adding the honorific, “the Prophet.”
We’ve already discussed all the holes in the ‘evidence’. It is worth noting that nobody else is.
The dishonesty of the film’s scholarship is breathtaking it its scope. From the manipulated DNA ‘evidence’ to the discounting of dissenting scholarship and historically attested facts, the “Jesus Tomb” is a monument to what the Apostle Peter called “willful ignorance.”
Logic is abandoned, from the fact that Jesus of Nazareth would have an expensive family tomb in Jerusalem, fifty miles from His hometown, to the fact that such a tomb would be unknown to the Jewish and Roman authorities of the times to the fact His disciples and followers willingly went to their deaths for what they would have to have known was a lie.
All the eyewitnesses? Liars. The subsequent Acts of the Apostles? Lies. The historical records left behind by the secular historians, Flavius Josephus and Tacitius? Lies. The 1st century Roman persecutions of Christians? Utterly unnecessary.
The scope of the conspiracy that would necessary to pull off a hoax of this magnitude? No smaller than an entire generation of Jerusalemites, including the hostile Jewish authorities, the Romans, the Jewish converts and those Jews who reviled Jesus as a blasphemer.
The inhabitants of the tomb, according to the filmmakers, were clearly identified by the inscriptions on their caskets. How does one keep the identity of a family tomb in the middle of Jerusalem a secret from those who lived around it? If they are identifiable in 2007, how could they have remained anonymous to their contemporary neighbors?
Jesus, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Matthew Joses and Judah presumably died at different times. Did they have funerals? How could it be that six separate Jewish funerals could take place in the heart of Jerusalem without anybody knowing who was being buried?
It is beyond ridiculous. But there are no shortage of folks willing to suspend logic if it means bringing Jesus Christ down to the status of a mere man, albeit ‘a good man and a wise teacher’.
(A ‘good man’ Who also lied about His identity and then taught ‘wisely’ on the strength of that lie).
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” (2nd Timothy 4:3-5)
It was the real Jesus of Nazareth that first broached the subject of the revelation of a secret burial chamber, long before James Cameron claimed to have ‘uncovered’ it — and what such a claim really signals.
“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. . . . Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, HE IS IN SECRET CHAMBERS; believe it not.” (Matthew 24:23,25-26)
“And when these things BEGIN TO COME TO PASS, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)