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In the News:
Addressing the "Great Deception"óJames Cameron's "The Lost Tomb of Christ"
by Ed Vasicek

James Cameron's new documentary will be hitting the airwaves soon. It is difficult to expose shabby documentation, interpretations that are presented as facts, illogical conclusions, or omitted information at this point.

But before you panic, remember that there are many, many unanswered questions about this claim that they have found Jesus' body.

If the Jews could have produced that body, they would have done so in the first century to disprove the resurrection. Since Christianity was a thorn in the side of the Jewish rulers, it is hard to believe that they could not produce Jesus' body--or that other family members would later be buried in the same tomb with a "business as usual" mentality (and thus risk detection of Jesus' body).

Also keep in mind how very common the names Jesus (Yeshua), Mary (Miryam), Joseph (Yoseph), and Judah were. In the Bible alone we read about Jesus who is called Justus, bar Jesus, and others (actually, Yehshua is the same as the Old Testament Joshua).

Supposedly, it is statistically unlikely that the same people in a family would have all these names in the same family. That statistic (1 in 600) is questionable. People tended to name their children after other family members, and since people often married distant relatives (as in the case of Joseph and Mary), convergences of common names would be much more common than mere change.

The idea of giving a child a name that was not in family was quite unusual. Notice this from the naming of John the Baptist in Luke 1:60-63:

But his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."

They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name."

Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."

So note that deviating from this practice was astonishing!

Just among the apostles, there were two Judahs (Judases), two Jameses, and if we bring in other New Testament personages, we have three Johns (the Baptist, the Apostle, and John Mark), etc. And there are a number of different Marys mentioned.

Some questions suggested by the Alpha Omega report include:

  • Where is the exact location of the cave-tomb?
  • What exactly was found inside the ossuaries?
  • How can DNA testing confirm marital spouses?
  • How can we know the inscriptions are genuine and not forgeries?
  • Who found the tomb initially and how was it discovered?
  • Is there evidence of human presence in the tomb between 30 A.D. and 1980?

Additionally, it is worth noting that the "James Ossuary"--which was declared to be a fraud by many of the same archaeologists who are endorsing the "Jesus tomb"--apparently came from that same tomb.

Just as people bent on being anti-Christian gravitated toward The Da Vinci Code despite its clearly gross historical errors, so the same professors who urge caution or are skeptical when a discovery is made that might confirm the Bible are ready to jump to a quick conclusion when a discovery is made that is contrary to the Bible. Such a mentality is neither fair, objective, nor truthful. It will take time--not personal agendas--for the facts to sort themselves out.

So we are not even yet sure of what this documentary is proposing. Are they even claiming that they found Jesus' body? We'll add more as the details become more clear.

Pastor Ed

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