I did not want to add any additional publicity to this blasphemy, but in light of recent news and in hopes that this post will help combat this new heresy, I have decided to write on the program that will air tomorrow on the Discovery Channel. This program is called the "Lost Tomb of Jesus".
The blasphemous "Lost Tomb of Jesus" is a documentary produced by James Cameron, director of the motion-picture Titanic and others. This documentary claims that archaeologists have found the bones of the family of Jesus including Jesus, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalen (again falsely claimed to be his wife), and a child who they claimed was Jesus's son! All of this is blasphemy against all the Catholic Church has represented for over 2000 years! Also note that the tomb is not a new discovery - it was discovered 30 years ago in Jerusalem.
The problem is that people will never find the remains of Jesus, Mary, or Jesus's son. First, Jesus never had a son! Secondly, Mary and Jesus are now in Heaven body and soul. Our Lord ascended into Heaven forty days after His Resurrection. Mary was assumed bodily and soul into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. The doctrines of the Ascension and Assumption have been cornerstones of Christian belief since the time of the Apostles!
A inscription at the tomb is claimed to read in Aramaic: "Jesus the son of Joseph". However, experts including Richard Bauckham, David Mavorah and Amos Kloner have responded by asserting the name of Jesus was common in archaeological inscriptions. Kloner, professor of archaeology at Bar-llan University in Israel who wrote the original excavation report on the site, has said, "I published all the details in...1996, and I didn't say it was the tomb of Jesus' family." Even secular scholars are not backing the ridiculous claims of the documentary.
For some information, check out Jesus Decoded, which has a new page up to deal with this blasphemy. Furthermore, a very extensive rebuttal of this heresy is available at Extreme Theology. Secondly, I am not going to waste my time and watch this program. I have written The Discovery Channel and complained about this program. I ask others to do likewise.
Write to The Discovery Channel
Christian Post Article
Video by Fr. Robert Barron
Saturday, March 3, 2007
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