Bones of an Idol

James Cameron thinks he’s found the bones of Jesus:

In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn’t resurrected –the cornerstone of Christian faith– and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene.No, it’s not a re-make of “The Da Vinci Codes’. It’s supposed to be true.

Let’s go back 27 years, when Israeli construction workers were gouging out the foundations for a new building in the industrial park in the Talpiyot, a Jerusalem suburb. of Jerusalem. The earth gave way, revealing a 2,000 year old cave with 10 stone caskets. Archologists were summoned, and the stone caskets carted away for examination. It took 20 years for experts to decipher the names on the ten tombs. They were: Jesua, son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Mathew, Jofa and Judah, son of Jesua.
Israel’s prominent archeologist Professor Amos Kloner didn’t associate the crypt with the New Testament Jesus. His father, after all, was a humble carpenter who couldn’t afford a luxury crypt for his family. And all were common Jewish names.

There was also this little inconvenience that a few miles away, in the old city of Jerusalem, Christians for centuries had been worshipping the empty tomb of Christ at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Christ’s resurrection, after all, is the main foundation of the faith, proof that a boy born to a carpenter’s wife in a manger is the Son of God.

But film-makers Cameron and Jacobovici claim to have amassed evidence through DNA tests, archeological evidence and Biblical studies, that the 10 coffins belong to Jesus and his family.

I’m not sure how they did DNA tests. But I’m interested to see how this all plays out, if it will be as big as Cameron thinks or if it will just piffle out into nothing.

Update: I don’t know how I could forget to mention that Tom Robbins’ first book, Another Roadside Attraction has the discovery of the mummified corpse of Jesus by a drug dealer turned Vatican Kung Fu instructor as a central plot point.

Also, be sure to check out the Reverend in comments.

12 thoughts on “Bones of an Idol”

  1. I can prove Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is alive today. Since Jesus Christ is and was God, he was not limited to his physical body at any time. He stood on the banks of Jordan and “saw” Nathanial sitting under a fig tree 35 miles away. Nathanial fell on his face and confessed Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God when told this. (Knowing Jesus had never left the banks of Jordan.)

    In Mark 16:18,19, Jesus, having given his disciples the Great Commission, began to ascend right up off the surface of the earth and out of sight into the heavens. (Also in Acts 1:1-12).
    BUT in verse 20 it says that the disciples went everywhere preaching the word and the LORD went with them, performing miracles of healing to prove their words were true. (or to prove that he, the Lord approved of their doctrine).

    How could Jesus go with each of the disciples as they went everywhere preaching the word. THE same way he could say, WHEREEVER two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in their midst.
    1 Corinthians 15:45, 47, The first man Adam was made a living soul, but the last Adam (Jesus Christ) was made life-giving Spirit.
    The two terms, Holy Ghost and Spirit of Jesus were used as synonyms in Acts 16:6,7.
    Ephesians 4:10, He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.
    The Lord Jesus Christ is the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit, 2 Corinthians 3:16-18.

    Jesus said I will not leave you comfortless, I will come unto you. John 16:7; 14:18.

    I can prove Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is alive today and was God manifest in the flesh, and as the Holy Ghost is in the world today continuing his wonderful ministry to this world.

    Jesus chose 12 men and taught them for over three years. Then he commanded them to wait at Jerusalem for the Promise of the Father (also called the Baptism of Jesus with the Holy Ghost as evidenced by speaking in unknown languages).

    THEN in Acts 2:33, Jesus poured out the Gift of the Holy Ghost on 120 of his followers and baptized their souls or inner beings with the Holy Ghost and they all spoke in languages unknown to themselves but known to the listening crowd.

    The 11 (+1) apostles preached the First New Testament Gospel to that crowd in Jerusalem that day.
    The listeners were convicted of their sins and asked the apostles, “Men and brethern what must we do to be saved?”

    THE ANSWER was the FIRST SALVATION solution ever offered by heaven for forgiveness of sins and the new birth.
    THE ANSWER CAME from all 11 but Peter was quoted: Here is what you must do to be saved from your sins:
    REPENT (meaning to get out of the sin business, turn away from all your sins)
    AND BE BAPTIZED in water (total immersion) into the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and you also shall receive the
    GIFT of the Holy Ghost for the promise is unto you and to your children and to all that are afar off, even to as many as the Lord our God shall call.
    3,000 souls accepted that message that day and became the first Church at Jersalem.

    NOW, here is the proof. Jesus offered miracles to the Jewish world that he was God in the flesh, their Messiah. Jesus offered miracles as proof of his true identity.
    He said, If I do not the works of my Father don’t beleive me…but if I do the works of my Father, believe me for the works sake.

    NOW I offer proof also. When my wife and daughter both died of cancer 17 months apart, I almost died myself from grief. But I knew God was greater than cancer.
    We tried everything medical or spiritual but they went right down and died.
    I read 1 Corinthians 12:9,10…where Jesus put Gifts of Healing in the Church. I thought, that is what we need, the Gift of Heailng.
    I didn’t know what a Gift was and am still not exactly sure how it all works.
    BUT I began to fast and pray for the Gift of Healing. I fasted 21 days at first, then many other fasts.

    Finally, in 1989, on the last day of August I began a consecration fast and went to a cabin in the Ozark Mountains and stayed with it until October 13, 1989. 43 days
    During the sixth week of that fast, just on water, Jesus Christ appeared to me while I lay on my bunk. His glory filled the room. He just looked at me at first.
    Then I suddenly realized that something had happened. He had taken away the fear of cancer and aids. I don’t know how that happened.
    THEN
    he spoke. He said, Son, you can’t come against a devil you are afraid of.
    Then he showed me how the Gift of Healing works. It works by calling the devil or infirmity by name, binding it in Jesus Name and commanding it to come out and it will go.

    THAT Gift has emptied cancer wards in Novgorod, Russia and Moscow. Also in Kenya, East Africa it has emptied eight aids wards and also cancer wards. Many churches have sprung up due to this Gift, called, ‘fishers of men’ Churches-Kenya.

    I have been to Canada and the USA from coast to coast. Literally thousands have been healed of cancer and aids, epilepsy, total insanity and many other ailments.
    THE president of Kenya, The Honorable Daniel Moi (now retired) honored me with a land grant and also non-profit status in Kenya.

    See my web site at http://www.rlbm.org
    MY proof is very simple. The Lord Jesus told me to go out in the spirit of Elijah and say, “THE GOD THAT ANSWERS BY FIRE, LET HIM BE GOD.”

    Therefore, I challenge all religions and their leaders in the world:
    I will give you half the people with aids or cancer or epilepsy or insanity etc. that come to me. If you can call the devils of affliction out and we can know it (without any medical aid of any kind) then we will serve your gods.

    BUT if I call the devils of affliction out, and we can know it…then you all come and serve my God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
    I speak to demons and afflictions using the name of Jesus Christ…HE does the works. My Lord who dwells in me He does the works when I call his name.
    If Jesus Christ were dead, no miracle would take place.
    BUT Jesus Christ is alive today. He rose from the dead exactly like the Bible account said.
    Jesus Christ is here today to continue his beautiful ministry….by giving his true ministers the 9 gifts of the Spirit..which are in truth, the Lord Jesus himself working through his body to continue his ministry among men.

    Jesus loves people. Jesus is not in the building business. That building business didn’t work.
    Jesus is in the people business.

    NOTICE: If you have cancer, witchcraft curses, aids, epilepsy or seizures or other afflictions, go to my web site and order the booklets.
    YOU MUST READ the instructions first…WHY???

    BECAUSE of just the kind of blasphemy that caused this reaction. Hollywood, TV and the media and false teachers and religions have killed peoples faith. Jesus works only by faith.
    AND faith comes only by heaing the WORD OF GOD.
    READ the booklets and you may be healed while reading. Many people are. BUT you MUST have the instructions.
    Then call the toll-free phone number to arrange for ministry.
    NOTE: THERE is no charge for ministry or prayer.
    Transporation and travel expense is the only charge.
    I do not accept money for prayer or ministry to the sick or suffering. I refuse money every time when offered.
    Order the books. Instructions never before offered in print.
    My books have been mailed to the Surgeon General and also the Pope in Rome, Italy.
    Order the books today. THEY are simple to understand and short and filled with scripture from the Bible to build your faith and get you ready for healing.

    NOTE: It is too late for America. She has crossed her Rubicon. Work while it is day for the night is coming. Jesus gave 12 men a life boat and said. “Boys, go out and save all you can”. NOW the tourch has passed to our generation.

    If you would like to know more about this Jesus Christ, go to the web site and get in touch.
    If you would like healing do the same.
    IF YOU Would like Bible Teaching order the books first then let me know your request and you can be enrolled in the “fishers of men” School of the Bible.
    Teaching is by a former University Professor of Old Miss and California State University.

  2. I’m sorry to hear that your family died of cancer. But neither that nor the rambling fairy tales found in the Bible prove anything about a magical carpenter who died 2000 years ago, or the invisible man in the sky who supposedly made all this happen. And it certainly doesn’t justify scamming Kenyans, Canadians or anyone else. Nor posting the world’s longest Spam message. I’m leaving it up though, as it’s entertaining as hell.

    If you’re going to make an argument for the existence of your god, you need to do better than just chatter off a few Bible verses. That’s not proof. Neither, by the way, is finding some bone sin a box marked “Jesus.” But if the bones can be proved to be that of someone from 2000 years ago, then there’s some evidence that he was just a man, who died, like everyone else. He didn’t heal lepers or raise the dead. he didn’t fly on a cloud to heaven. he just died and was buried, which is the fate of every living creature. You won’t escape death any ore than your family did, and no amount of ugabugga, witchcraft or Bible verses will change that.

  3. hey rev, keith is right. you don’t seem at all aware of just how flimsy your argument looks to anyone who isn’t already completely convinced of jesus’ divinity. to call that rant of your “proof” is really going too far. by the way, you owe me $10,000. my proof? quoteth NOZ 18:7:

    and the reverend bufkin asked to borroweth $10,000 from upyernoz. and upyernoz, being a good and kindly fellow, agreed, but sayeth “remember to pay me back.” and the reverend bufkin agreed, and said “i will pay you just after the twenty-fifth day of february 2007. you shall know i have the money by the appearance of my rant at the invisible library.”

    i accept personal checks or cash. thanx!

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