Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Anything but the Truth

We have had to deal with the alleged historical fact that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, had a daughter by her, which was nurtured in France, and established a royal blood-line now we are faced with a new alleged historical fact. This time the claim is both that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, had a son by her, and was buried together with them in Jerusalem and also that the tomb has been found. First, we had a novelist, Dan Brown, claiming his fiction was fact. Now we have a filmmaker, James Cameron of Titanic fame, claiming the same about his contradictory claim.

After all, Dan Brown and James Cameron can’t both be right. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what Dan Brown thinks of what James Cameron is saying? Wouldn’t it have been even more interesting if both claims had been made at the same time? But they wouldn’t want that to happen, would they? Each would have cancelled the other out.

There will be plenty on this story in the press both for and against it. What interests me is the way people prefer to believe almost anything about Jesus than what the Gospels claim for him. I find this encouraging to a point. It shows that people do find the Gospels challenging and their fear of that challenge is itself an indication of its truthfulness.

Paul wrote that the message of the Cross is foolishness to them that are perishing. Sadly, it means they will follow any foolishness to escape it

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