|Archaeologist discovers 'Jesus' coffin'|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Thursday, 22 February 2007 17:00|
|An Israeli archaeologist, who claims to have discovered the burial tomb of Jesus Christ and His family, is due to present some of his artefacts at an exhibition in New York on Monday. Professor Amos Kloner discovered the 2000 year old tomb around 30 years ago, reportedly containing the coffins of "Jesus son of Joseph", Mary (assumed Christ's mother), Mary (assumed Magdalene), Joseph (assumed Jesus' brother), Matthew and "Judah son of Jesus". The coffins are in possession of the Israeli Antiquities Authority, but two of the caskets will be shipped to New York for the world press to drool over. Director James Cameron and Simcha Jacobovici have produced a documentary on the finding of the ancient cave, and according to the YNet News article, were the first to establish "the fact" that this site is the burial cave of Jesus of Nazareth. |
Quote: "Although the cave was discovered nearly 30 years ago and the casket inscriptions decoded ten years ago, the filmmakers are the first to establish that the cave was in fact the burial site of Jesus and his family. The findings challenge the traditional Christian belief that Jesus was resurrected three days after his burial and only later rose to heaven.
I can just imagine what these filmmakers must be thinking, "You've heard of the Da Vinci Code, now we got the real thing!". And what a stroke of luck, that the filmmakers were the ones to uncover this wonderful discovery. Of course the world is ripe for such a find as this, coming on the heals of Dan Brown's fictional Da Vinci Code book and film, and the other book which Dan plagiarized, "Holy Blood, Holy Grail". As a result, people are much more prepared to be told that the Jesus Christ mentioned in the Bible is nothing more than a popular myth. But names like Matthew, Mary, Judah and Joseph are extremely common in the Scriptures, and even the Lord Jesus' name is used by Elymas the sorcerer in Acts 13, Bar Jesus (or "son of Joshua"). It is possible that this find is genuine and is the remains of a real family, although not that of our Lord's. It is also possible that this is a fabrication invented by Professor Amos Kloner, devised to bring him fame and fortune and made public when a convenient time came along. But it is definitely not the tomb of Jesus Christ. The sad thing is, because these finds will be shown on a documentary on television, many people will blindly accept such notions that the Scriptures must be a myth because of some questionable archeological find, rather than accepting the vast amount of evidence that the Bible provides for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, including Old Testament prophecy, statements of the Lord Himself and over 500 witnesses to the fact.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
I was at a children's meeting with my friends Cliff and Jean last night at Ian Paisley's church, the Martyr's Memorial. There were over 380 kids there, and one or two professions of salvation. One of the songs the kids sing is "God is not dead, NO! He is alive!". Out of the mouths of babes, Thou hast ordained praise.
Source YNet News