Skip to comments.Sinking Credibility: The media and the bones of Jesus
Posted on 03/02/2007 1:18:35 PM PST by presidio9
Director James Camerons follow-up to his Oscar-winning Titanic was a documentary about the wreckage of the doomed ship. The film contained so many shots of Cameron in a deep-sea submersible that one critic named him Captain Nemo.
Well, Captain Nemo has surfaced again.
In an upcoming Discovery Channel special, Cameron claims to have found an ossuary containing the bones of Jesus. How does he know? Through a combination of Sesame Street and The DaVinci Code.
The ossuary is inscribed Joshua, son of Josephnames that are not exactly rare among first-century Jewish males. So Cameron also points out the nearby ossuaries bearing names of people associated with Jesusmost importantly, Mary, as in Magdalene.
Actually, it doesnt say Mary but Mariamne, whichaccording to some peoplewas what other people called the Magdalene. This is good enough for Cameron, who considers it natural that Jesus would be buried alongside his so-called wife.
See what I mean about The DaVinci Code? If do, you are not alone. Archaeologist Amos Kloner, who did extensive work and research on this very tomb and its ossuaries ten years ago, said its a beautiful story but without any proof whatsoever . . . Lawrence Steigler of Harvard told National Public Radio that Camerons claim sounds rather preposterous.
When even Harvard and NPR call your bit of revisionism preposterous, you know that you are way out on a limb. Then again, Cameron is far from the first person to dash his credibility to pieces against the stone that was rolled away that first Easter.
Like others, his ultimate explanation for what happened that Sunday morning is a cover-up. Like others, he has no explanation for why the Apostles would be willing to die for what they presumably knew to be a lie. I know a thing or two about cover-ups and conspiracies: No conspirator willingly dies for what he knows to be untrueor, in the case of Watergate, even go to jail. The closest men around the president of the United States testified against him to save their own skins. Youre going to tell me the Apostles maintained their story at the cost of their lives? Impossible.
Whats worse than Camerons preposterous claims is the credulous reaction of the media.
At the website Get Religion (which analyzes the medias coverage of religion), Daniel Pulliam put it this way: Many news organizations [are] reporting [Camerons] words as gospel truth. Hes right. A headline in the New York Timess blog read Raising the Titanic, Sinking Christianity? Time followed, proclaiming that this time, the ship [Camerons] sinking is Christianity.
While Newsweek magazine did manage to quote Camerons critics, as Pulliam pointed out, their words [were treated] as equal to that of the moviemakerwho, by the way, admits hes not a theologist or an archaeologist, just a filmmaker.
Pulliam is right when he says that at this point the coverage of this story is an embarrassment to reporters. And they wonder why they are held in low esteem among believers?
Stories like this and the fuss over the Gospel of Judas are slickly packaged revisionism. After the revisionism has been shredded, the only thing sinking beneath the waves is the medias credibility.
Just seems to me that unless the words are spelled nearly the same in the original language too (which they rarely are when the words are not related) that their little theory doesn't hold any water (theology and right thinking aside). In other words, just because the spelling is similar in English doesn't mean that it is in the language that the Bible was written in. And if the spelling in ancient Hebrew isn't similar then how could the alleged mistake have ever been made?
That's great! Thanks for the laugh!
Steven Wright is a bona fide genius.
Christianity is the enemy of the Left. They are willing to believe any lie that promotes their agenda because they want so desperately to believe that sin is not sin and their acts have no consequences.
I marvel at how many Christ deniers who claimed for years that Jesus never existed are now willing to claim these bones must be those of Jesus - so long as you also accept that Christianity is a lie.
Here's one question I'd pose to them. If the Apostles were liars and Jesus as the Risen Lord was a hoax, why would they be so stupid as to label the box where his bones were supposedly buried?
> Here's one question I'd pose to them. If the Apostles
> were liars and Jesus as the Risen Lord was a hoax,
> why would they be so stupid as to label the box where
> his bones were supposedly buried?
And if it were all a lie, why would the all the original Apostles, save 1, be willing to die for it?
James Cameron has "jumped the shark" with this one.
And Discovery is jumping it with him.
But ? perhaps ? Jesus made a Nazarene convenient before his public ministry ?
"I marvel at how many Christ deniers who claimed for
years that Jesus never existed are now willing to
claim these bones must be those of Jesus - so long as
you also accept that Christianity is a lie.
You hit the nail on the head with that one. They want it both ways - and there is only one way.
For what it's worth, I've wondered the same thing.
Henry Winkler "walked on water." could he actually be the Messiah?
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I've been thinking that the popularity of the DaVinci code and the other heretic type reports may be of such interest to people that are looking for a justification of their secularism. I think that a lot of people have a subconscious guilt for not following the religion of their youth and are happy to read something that justifies their abandonment of faith.
Thanks for posting this.
When you say that Jesus had long hair, are you talking about the Jesus of the Bible, or another Jesus? The Jesus of the Bible did not have long hair, because the Apostle Paul said that it is a shame for men to have long hair (I Cor. 11:14). Also, the Bible uses masculine pronouns in reference to Jesus. Jesus is the Son(not Daughter)of God, and the Son(not Daughter)of man. Jesus is called a prophet (not a prophetess). He is called a man. He is called Lord (not Lady), Son (not Daughter) of David, the King (not Queen), King of kings and Lord of lords (not Queen of queens and Lady of ladies), etc. The Jesus of the Bible is a masculine Jesus.
The "Jesus" with long hair is a feminine Jesus. The "Jesus" with long hair is not the Jesus of the Bible, but "another Jesus," which Paul warned us about (II Cor. 11:4). For information about the "Jesus" with long hair, see www.reformation.org. It gives background information about the "Jesus" with long hair. It says, among other things, that the "Jesus" with long hair is rooted in pagan religions.
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