Cameron’s bonesFeb 28th, 2007 | By Ian Poulton | Category: Spirituality
So, James Cameron has found the grave of Jesus?
Isn’t it odd, that if Cameron is right, the opponents of the early Church didn’t say the Christian stuff was all nonsense? “Sure, don’t be believing all that stuff, doesn’t he live down the street there with his wife and kids!”
Isn’t it odd, if Cameron is right, that Peter became the leader of the Jesus movement? Look at what happens when the Christian movement begins – the leader is not the one most people would have chosen. Peter was a big, coarse man, not the most obvious candidate to lead a religious movement in the learned and cosmopolitan environment of
And what about James? James, the brother of the Jesus appears not only in Scripture but in the writings of the Jewish historian, Josephus. Josephus lived from 38-100 A.D. and regarded Christianity with contempt, but here is how his book Antiquities records James, Ananus, the high priest, ‘assembled the sanhedrin of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others. And when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned’. James had been leader of the church in
What about Saul of
If Jesus was living a pleasant life as a family man, no-one would have believed any of the Christian story. It would have been discredited within a few years.
James Cameron’s claims are nothing new, similar stuff has been circulating for many years.
At the heart of Christianity there is faith, and a Jesuit friend once told me that faith is a gift. Faith is untroubled by Cameron because it looks far deeper for evidence. In the words of the old mission hall hymn,
He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.