yes, more on the jesus tomb

I’m almost completely sick of this topic, but it’s impossible to pass up. I’ve been reading up on all the various discussions today and below are a few good synopsis’s. Most of what I’ve read is from people defending it from a Christian perspective. I’m more appalled at the lack of scientific approach behind these claims. It is however a great example of the joining of science and religion. Both are at least oppose money hungry filmmakers!

I have a problem with those who quote the Bible as a reason this story is false. It’s false (so far) because they’ve not proven anything. It’s poor science at this point. That does not by default make the alternative true.

While I don’t necessary agree with the inevitable truth of Jesus’ resurrection and return I do agree with most of the comments on the laughable nature of this new so-called documentary. Read it here.

You can also check out the videos of Bruce Feiler’s recent TV appearances on the subject here.

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One thought on “yes, more on the jesus tomb

  1. Ken says:

    In this day’s posting you wrote, “While I don’t necessary agree with the inevitable truth of Jesus’ resurrection and return…” That led me to look for what you have written about that topic and I found your January 16 posting titled, “the second coming – how much does it really matter?” In that posting you asked why the second coming matters so much to people. And you asked won’t we be judged when we die anyway? What I have written below is related to these questions.

    I went to a seminary that considered itself liberal theologically which meant that the seminary professors and students generally did not believe that Jesus really rose from the dead or that Jesus will return. I remember one adjunct Bible professor who confessed to the class that he did believe that Jesus rose from the dead and the students broke into laughter assuming that he must be joking. When they realized he was not joking, they felt uncomfortable. The laughter was followed by an embarrassing silence punctuated with nervous giggling.

    I think that many people are uncomfortable believing that Jesus was more than just a man, but also uncomfortable believing he was just a man. I think that those of us who grew up placing some level of hope in Jesus are nevertheless uncomfortable believing he rose from the dead and believing that he will return in the way described in the Bible. At the same time we are uncomfortable not believing such things because they are tied up with our hopes.

    Peter Berger writes that we deal with this discomfort in three ways. One way he names “capitulation.” That refers to completing abandoning Christianity. Another way he names “retrenchment.” That refers to saying that we believe what the Bible says even if it seems unbelievable. The third way he names “compromise.” That means that we decide to believe one thing, but not another, e.g., the Bible contains some truth, but it is not always literal, or I will believe that Jesus somehow represented God on earth, but Mary was not a virgin and Jesus is not coming back. Most people, whether in liberal or evangelical churches, compromise. And, many of us, like me, capitulate on Tuesday, compromise on Wednesday, retrench on Thursday, capitulate again on Friday, etc 🙂

    I also studied the Hebrew Bible at the University of California in a Judaic Studies program that was part of the History Department. There the emphasis was on Hebrew and on what the Bible says, not on what it means in a theological sense. Students were taught how to understand the words and to consider what they may have meant a long time ago, regardless of what the students might believe or disbelieve or what pastors or rabbis might believe or disbelieve about God and the Bible. Given that the content of the Bible is more often unbelievable than believable to university students, the university scholars encouraged students to suspend disbelief for the sake of trying to understand an ancient text and its ancient culture. Suspending disbelief did not result in or require retrenchment, capitulation or compromise. It did require developing a certain mental discipline – a willingness and ability to suspend judgment. For me being able to suspend judgment while reading the Bible has helped me come to terms with it and to love it on its own terms.

    I think that so many of us hope for the second coming, whether we believe or doubt that it will happen, because it represents an end to our suffering and an end to death. In the Book of Judges, a judge was a man or woman that God empowered by his spirit to deliver the people of Israel from oppression and suffering. A judge was not one who came to condemn the people. The New Testament describes Jesus as a judge, just like those in the Book of Judges. He came and he comes again to deliver us. That is the hope associated with the first and second coming. In those few moments of my life in which I can suspend my disbelief, I feel such hope. It is like the line in the hymn about the first coming, O Little Town of Bethlehem: the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

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