Thursday, April 12, 2007

"Jesus Tomb" story bogus

No kidding?

This Discovery Channel special has been hit with criticism even before it was shown. It seems that filmmaker James Cameron was so desperate to prove Christianity wrong that he dove into a 20-year old already-solved mystery.

The entire documentary was based on Jewish ossuaries discovered in Jerusalem in 1980. The ossuaries were inscribed with "Jesus, son of Joseph," "Mary," Mariah," and "Judah, son of Jesus." The filmmakers used these names to attempt to prove that this was the tomb of Jesus, his parents, his "wife" Mary Magdalene (watching a little too much DaVinci Code?) and his "son" Judah.

Along with the initial criticism, (such as the common nature of those names in the first century) a number of other factual fallacies have come to light.

The statistics relating these three names was misstated.
The archaeologist who excavated the tombs opinion was ignored.
The ossuaries' names were mistranslated.
The DNA experty was misstated.
Pretty much the whole thing was crap.

This is just another attempt to "destroy" modern Christianity with forensic evidence. It isn't the first, nor will it be the last. It appears that some people are so guilty and concerned over the implications of Jesus' life on earth and his status as the Son of God they will do anything to try and prove these tenants false. I do take issue with one of other part of The Jerusalem Post article: well as Christian leaders, who were angered over the documentary's contradictions of main tenets of Christianity.

Christians aren't arbitrarily "angered" over attempts at disproving Christianity; rather, we are supremely annoyed at factually and morally bankrupt attempts to disprove the Christian faith with shoddy archeology and lies. No one will ever be able to "disprove" Christianity (for good reason) and those who try will never face our anger - only our sympathy.

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