Who knew it would take James Cameron to convince me that Jesus was a fraud! For those of you who haven’t heard yet (and I guarantee you will) James Cameron, director of “Titanic”, “Aliens”, “Terminator 2”, and “True Lies”, has come out with a documentary about how he claims to have found the tomb of Jesus and his family. To be truthful, he doesn’t claim to have found the tomb. It was actually discovered around 1980, but immediately dismissed as being a possible connection with Jesus and his family. But according to Cameron and his investigative partner, the name of Mary Magdalene was not completely understood by the original archeologists, and we now understand that the name on her ossuary is hers.
This is no doubt going to make it onto Time and Newsweek. There will be a 20/20 or Dateline on it. I’m not going to take the time to fully explain it, you can look at the links at the bottom if you want. I want to approach it from another angle. The said thing is that many people will have sincere doubts over this. But how do we fight this doubt? Doubt is fought with the assurance of our salvation. For the past few months we’ve been going through I John and we have discovered how over and over again John is offering points for assurance of our salvation. He reminds the believer that we can have confidence in our faith when our sin is dealt with and forgiven.
Is it any surprise that people who suffer from severe doubts also struggle with sin? Let this be a reminder that unless we are dealing with our sin, there will be an absence of confidence. And an absence of confidence leads to an inability to fight temtation and abhor sin. It is a cruel road that must be avoided.
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Al Mohler will be on Larry King tonight at 9 eastern. He’ll be on with James Cameron, executive producer, Simcha Jacobovici, director, and James Tabor, chair of religious studies at UNC Charlotte. They will follow an interview with First Lady Laura Bush.
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Apparently Mohler cleaned house last night. I haven’t had time to “read the transcript” , but you can take a look at it.
Here’s another reaction by “Ben Witherington.”
Also, check out “Challies” for his comments.