Sunday, March 11, 2007

CAMERON MOCKS THE BELIEF IN THE RESURRECTION

"and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins." (1 Cor. 15:17)
James Cameron, creator, writer, and director of the 1997 movie "Titanic", has released a documentary challenging the resurrection of Jesus Christ by claiming to have found the coffin of Jesus Christ.1 I don't know what Cameron has found, but I know that He has not found the bones of Jesus Christ. Cameron has in his possession and number of burial boxes that have inscribed on them the names of people in the Bible, including Jesus and Mary. Cameron has concluded that these boxes must be that of Jesus, Mary, and their family. However, many scholars doubt his conclusions.
"Israeli archeologists have said that the similarity of the names found inscribed on the ossuaries in the cave to the members of Jesus's family was coincidental, since many of those names were commonplace in the first century CE."1
That the names were common and that some of his own experts question Cameron's conclusions is important information that we aren't likely to hear from mainstream sources.

If Cameron were correct, the Christian faith would be pointless. But it's not pointless because Jesus is risen. There is nothing in this "documentary" that proves otherwise. When I hear Cameron claiming to find the bones of Christ, it calls to my mind what Peter said,
"Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts," (2 Peter 3:3)
Suggesting that he is objective, Cameron says, "I'm not a theologist. I'm not an archaeologist. I'm a documentary film maker."1. This is true, but it does not exempt him from bias. Scholars who formed the basis of Cameron's claims are themselves question Cameron's claims.
"But now, even some of the scholars who were interviewed for and appeared in the film are questioning some of its basic claims."2
Even with the most modern forensic evidence, it would be impossible to definitively conclude whose bones were in that box. I think the film maker has an ax to grind and, even if not, there is money to be made.

Also, I found it laughable that when criticisms started roll in against his conclusions, he said everyone should remain silent on the matter until they have seen the film. Let me get this straight. He can make his preemptive strike against the Christian faith while he builds up publicity for his money-making scheme, and Believers have to remain silent? It doesn't work that way. With his attack and first strike against the faith, he invited criticism at that very moment.

That a worldly man would mock Christ is not unusual, but what is disconcerting is to hear religious people on the radio and in print make statements to the effect that even if Cameron is right and the bones of Christ have been found, it would not affect their faith. You have to wonder how strong is a person's faith who is willing to so readily accept the possibility that Jesus was not resurrected. And when they claim that they still have faith, we have to wonder what their faith is in because the Christian faith is in the death, burial, and resurrection.

Our faith is secure. The Jews tried to keep Jesus in the grave and they could not. On resurrection Sunday, our Lord emerged from the grave and claimed victory over death. The bones of Jesus would mean no victory and no hope.
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1"Scholars, Clergy Slam Jesus Documentary". Accessed from: http://www.breitbart.com/news/2007/02/26/D8NHI2MO2.html
2Jerusalem Post. April 11, 2007. Accessed from: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1176152766396&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull
3Ibid

3 comments:

  1. Hi Dan,

    These guys will just not quit. The strange thing is that the major attacks on Christianity keep getting more and more lame, not better or more refined. The only people who believe these 12 cent crackerjack box movies deserve to have their eyes closed, because they just don't dig the truth. Would any of them take 10 minutes to fairly check these ristupulous stories out they would be forced to find some other less lame excuse to remain in unbelief. God bless, Dan.

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  2. Hi Zack,
    I couldn't agree more. I heard someone in the major media the other day remark that it has become "open season" on Christianity. That seems to be more and more the case. Where will it end?

    "And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth. Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. And they came up on the broad plan of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them." (Rev 20:7-9)

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  3. Well, they can't seem to stop talking about Christ. He is always on their mind! Christians should see this as a "good opportunity" to speak the truth of Our Lord ...as many are already doing. Unfortunately too few.

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