02/26/2007: Well, that’s what some archeologists want you to believe anyhow.
About 13 years ago, I read a book by Paul Maier–A Skeleton in God’s Closet. Every serious student of Scripture should read it. The novel is constructed around the possibility that a team of archeologists found the tomb, with Jesus’ body unmistakably entombed. The book was fascinating, and I couldn’t put it down, and–let’s just say that what we are seeing now reminds me very much of that plot.
What do I think of it?
For one thing, anyone who thinks this is scientific proof that Jesus was just another human being is not being intellectually honest. Jesus–Yeshua–was a very common name in those days, as was Miriam. It would be like finding a tomb that had Robert and Kelly buried in it.
For another thing, one must keep a very keen Bravo Sierra indicator: when the evidence fits too well, something is amiss. Don’t think for one second that an archeologist–looking to stir up some controversy–would not be willing to plant “evidence” that makes for a groundbreaking “discovery”.
Pardon me, but my bulls*** indicator is going off the scale.
And that leads me to another point: people who wish to accept the premise–based on some very light “evidence”–that Jesus’ body has been found, aren’t even Christian.
Fact is, if one wishes not to believe in Jesus Christ, there will always be “reasons”. After all, a man’s ways always seem right to him, and we can always rationalize any level of evil. History bears this out.
Quite frankly, I put no stock in the Discovery Channel story, but–in all honesty–it will make for a nice starting point for Dan Brown’s sequel to The Da Vinci Code. Beyond that, the Christian faith is hardly shattered.
Jesus said the gates of Hell won’t prevail against the Church, so the renegade archeologists–and their amen corner among the militant atheists–aren’t worth the loss of any sleep.