Monday, February 26, 2007

And who do you say I am?

James Cameron has made a documentary about a tomb which he thinks belongs to Jesus.

Apparently, after making The Titanic, you should go make a documentary on how someone found a tomb and thinks that its the tomb of Jesus Christ where he was buried with Mary Magdalene and his son. Whose name was Judah. I could play with this further and suggest that J.C. named his kid after his good friend Judas who was the only apostle with enough guts to make sure he was killed as a sacrifice allowing vicarious atonement and all that jazz. Yes, I finished the Last Temptation of Christ the other night.

Seriously, I don't understand the big deal that surrounds "ossuaries" that might have belonged to Jesus. What's the big deal?

Lets look at it this way. Modern Christian beliefs have little, if anything, to do with the historical Jesus. To quote one of my professors, "we don't know shit about Jesus." It doesn't matter if Jesus rose from the dead. It doesn't matter if he was married to Mary Magdalene. Hell, it doesn't matter if he and Judas were, like, totally gay for each other. (If you get a chance, go see Corpus Christi. It's awesome!) We can't know any of those. We can have faith that any given statement about J.C. is true, but faith and knowledge are different things.

Basically, it isn't going to change anything about Christianity if, after being raised from the dead, Jesus decided to stick around and father kids with a lovely lady formerly possessed by demons. (If that's even the Mary referenced on the ossuary. There's also Mary of Bethany and some other Mary running around through the gospel.) Why? Because faith is rarely built in fact. People will believe what they want to believe. Like all the evangelical protestants who are convinced somehow that the word in Isaiah in Hebrew can only mean virgin.

And me. Well, I look at all this as proof that J.C. has one hell of a sense of humor! And if you're looking for proof of God in a tomb, honey, you're looking in the wrong place.

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