Don’t Panic; Jesus is still Alive

Jesus tomb hoaxHere we go again.  Just in time for Easter, the mainstream media is hyping a documentary that strikes right at the heart of Christianity:  the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  Have you heard the news yet?  Supposedly, Jesus’ tomb has been found with His bones intact, and those of his wife and child as well!  Here’s the problem:  Paul said that “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching and faith are useless, and we are dead in our sins.”  Are Christians wrong now, and lost in their sins?

If you’ve been in a cave somewhere the last couple of days, “Titanic” director James Cameron and TV-director Simcha Jacobovici are claiming they have evidence of a Jerusalem tomb that allegedly houses the remains of Jesus and his family.

Well, as it turns out, this story is nothing more than another helping of bigoted, recycled garbage. 

I saw Catholic League president Bill Donohue interviewed on Glen Beck’s show tonight.  He was hopping mad:

“Not a year goes by without some author or TV program seeking to cast doubt on the divinity of Jesus and/or the Resurrection. Last April, NBC’s ‘Dateline’ featured the wholly discredited and downright laughable claims of Michael Baigent, and two years ago ABC treated us to a special that questioned every aspect of the Resurrection. Now we have the Cameron-Jacobovici thesis.

“Israeli archeologist Amos Kloner was in charge of the 1980 investigation of the tomb that Cameron-Jacobovici have seized on 27 years later to make their allegations. ‘The claim that the burial site has been found is not based on any proof, and is only an attempt to sell,’ Kloner says. He adds, ‘I refute all claims and efforts to waken a renewed interest in the findings. With all due respect, they are not archeologists.’ Indeed, Kloner has branded their claims ‘impossible’ and ‘nonsense.’ Moreover, he says there is ‘no likelihood’ that Jesus and his relatives had a family tomb. ‘It makes a great story for a TV film,’ he concludes.

“Joe Zias, who spent a quarter-century as an archeologist at the Rockefeller University in Jerusalem, said that ‘Simcha has no credibility whatsoever.’ Zias isn’t shooting from the hip: Jacobovici’s credibility explodes when one considers that he still believes the 2002 tale about an ossuary with the inscription, ‘James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.’ On June 18, 2003, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) condemned this claim as a modern forgery—this was the unanimous decision of a 15-member IAA committee. Agreeing with this decision were Harvard’s Frank Cross and Tel Aviv University professor Edward Greenstein.

“The Discovery Channel aired the 2002 hoax and now it’s back with this fraud. It’s time the Discovery Channel discovered ethics and stopped with the senstionalism.”

This whole “Jesus body has been found” hysteria will blow over, but, rest assured, some other fake “discovery” will surface next year, just in time for Easter.  And, even if this joke of a hoax wasn’t so easy to debunk, we KNOW that Jesus rose from the dead because we have read it in the Bible and believe it by faith, not because of some archeologist in a pith helmet tells us so.

Sorry, Mr. Cameron.  I still declare, with my brother, Job, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end, He will stand upon the earth.”

If you are interested in digging further, check out this blog , where they document even further the foolishness of this latest claim.

18 Responses to Don’t Panic; Jesus is still Alive

  1. The whole event makes me think of Paul’s message to the Thessalonians. I will repost what I have posted elsewhere:

    Watch the paroxysms of joy that atheists and God-deniers are going through over this. Then think on this:

    “For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” II Thessalonians 2: 11-12.

    Now watch how they take joy in “killing” God. How they revile those who continue to believe, while they worship their own reason.

    -J. Kaiser

    BTW swing by my blog and check out the entry on living a deliberate life.

  2. zrim says:

    some think we should not be too worried…they say that it can still be said that He rose from the grave, just not this one. that is, He had two graves, rose from the first and died again in the second where i guess He supposedly never got up again.

    …and that solves the problem of the key doctrine in christianity how again? He could have died 17 times and got up every time. but if He didn’t get up the 18th time we are still lost! it’s just that One of us did something very odd 17 times. what that would mean, i dunno. but if death had the final sting then i think we are right back to square one.

    these things come and go, just like the da vinci code. what makes me wince is how so many of us christians give it the time of day, like elephants sqealing over a stupid little mouse.

    zrim

  3. itsasecret2u says:

    A non-Christian friend of mine expressed his deep relief that he has never grabbed hold of organized religion, particularly Christianity, after seeing the Da Vinci Code in the theaters. Truly, I was dumbfounded. I think I said, “Dude. It’s a Tom Hanks movie.” Do we take relationship tips from Sleepless in Seattle? History lessons from Forrest Gump? Still, some people took (and take) that little slice of fiction very seriously. I’m sure others will do the same with this James Cameron docu-drama. I find it all rather depressing… the silliness of it all.

  4. Another great debunking of this hoax here.

  5. Echo_ohcE says:

    Most people believe what they want to believe.

  6. zrim says:

    hey, don’t knock Gump, one of the best pop-films made in recent history! with raised fist per abby hoffman, “Gump!” what’s wrong with the history references in Gump, btw? last i checked vietnam happened and so did watergate, as well as aids and the health craze of the early 80’s (my dad was a kook!). perhaps you mean the dramatic license that forest put his finger on nixon hapahazardly?

    zrim

  7. Gregg says:

    Jim,
    You forgot the biggest piece of this farce. According to what I listened to on MSNBC, they are claiming to have DNA proof that it is Jesus in the tomb. Perhpas you could write a blog regading the possibility of cloning Jesus and therefore bring about the second coming on our terms.🙂

  8. Brad says:

    I just read the NY Times article on the Jesus brouhaha and read this:

    “The filmakers comissioned DNA testing on the residue in the boxes said to have held Jesus and Mary Magdalene. There are no bones left, becasue the religious custom in Israel is to bury archeological remains in a cemetary. However, the the documentary’s director and its driving force, Simcha Jacobovici, an Israeli-born Canadian , said there was enough mitochocondrial DNA for a laboratory in Ontario to conclude that the bodies in teh ‘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. In an interview, Mr. Jacobovici was asked why filmakers did not conduct DNA testing on the other ossuaries to determine whether the one inscribed ‘Judah, son of Jesus’ was genetically linked related to either the ‘Jesus’ or ‘Mary Magdalene’ boxes; or whether the Jesus remains were actually the offspring of Mary. ‘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.'”

    Would any Christian, in any forum, ever get away with that kind of statement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everybody would have long ago packed up their bags and said, call us when you get the other DNA sampling done. And then they would have demanded and independent lab.🙂

  9. itsasecret2u says:

    Zrim,

    I love Forrest! I have the movie in my DVD collection (along with Sleepless, thank you very much), but I was referring to the fact that Forrest supposedly caused the “Have a Nice Day” yellow smiley craze, that colorful bumper sticker slogan, met all those presidents, John Lennon, etc. Certainly they took some artistic license there, no? 🙂

  10. zrim says:

    secret,

    i know, just some gentle and harlmless ribbing there. i know guys are supposed to roll their eyes at that movie, but i don’t think we have seen anything quite as creative as Gump since. of course, Hanks also did Philadelphia that same year and received an award one or both of those, can’t recall. his speech was one of the goofiest things i ever did witness!

    zrim

  11. itsasecret2u says:

    I think it was Oscars for both, if I remember correctly. FG has been on the top of my movie lists since I first saw it. But I’m pretty sure I was 12 years old at the time, which leads me to wonder, WHAT WERE MY PARENTS THINKING???

  12. truthemitter says:

    Be not concerned for those who wring thier hands over the possibility, but rather keep close those unshaken, for they are lost to reason and live only in vacuous faith.

  13. Oops! Looks like the scholars involved in the documentary have now backtracked. Who would have thunk it?

  14. teddy says:

    i think its likely the real tomb of jesus, most of the bible is metaphorical, those that take it litteraly are quite silly imo , aswell maybe he did assend to heaven, but did so in a new form, those were the beliefs of that day and age , and still remain if im not mistaken

  15. danielbalc says:

    Teddy, you are mistaken. In fact you may not realize this but you have believed an “anti-christian” lie. Consider this. Someone who believes a lie and then repeats it, becomes a liar himself. Read I John, It’s only 5 chapters it would take you less than 20 minutes. John, who knew Jesus (was his best friend) and was there when he ascended into heaven makes it very clear that anyone who denies the physical bodily resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ is dead wrong. John was willing to die for that belief.

  16. Christian Burwell says:

    Science? Perhaps…Simcha Jacobovici is claiming to have “hypothetical” evidence of this tomb belonging to Jesus…Asking questions and developing theory’s based off findings is Mans only true quest…How? When? Where?
    Faith and Fact~ Hard to mix the 2

  17. telson7 says:

    Many syncretistic religions formed gnosticism. Gnosticism was rivaling against Christianity and gnosticism held itself better religion as Christianity was. Word gnosticism comes from Greek word gnosis, which means knowledge. Gnosticism had various effects, for instance, some Gnostics taught that divinity can be achieved through unity of the man and woman. This thought led some Gnostics to reach for divinity through sexual intercourse between the man and woman. There existed also some Gnostics, who abstained from sexual intercourse. When we know the fact that Gnostics held Christians as their enemies and that Gnostics held themselves better as Christians and that Gnostics wanted to show in every way that Gnosticism was better as Christianity, so Gnostics made so called gnostic gospels were they twisted, slandered and misrepresented the real gospels. Gnostics went so far in this misrepresent that they wrote “new gospels” by faking the real gospels. In these faked gospels Gnostics wrote that Jesus Christ was an ordinary man who has a sexual relationship with Mary Magdalene.

    http://koti.phnet.fi/elohim/marymagdalene.html

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