The Jesus Family Tomb thing on Larry King

I have a few observations to write down from this whole Jesus family tomb thing that I first saw last night on Larry King Live.

One
How about that Dr. Mohler? I’m very grateful that there are people who have the visibility and the credibility to stand up and publically decry things like this. The guy with the funny hat was unfazed by what Mohler said but but James Cameron was totally backpedaling and mentioned something about if he’d had a larger budget they could have done more research. Listen, when you’re talking about Jesus and whether or the resurrection is true and ‘Golly this may prove, by reason of circumstantial statistics, that He didn’t…’ you better have all your ducks in a row. And I have to add this: the loud Catholic guy was fantastic. You and I may not agree with them theologically but it appears that at least some of the Catholics still get ramped up about Jesus.

Two
Why is it that this story seems remarkably similar to what the Jews paid the Roman guards to publish? It had to be a substantial sum to get a Roman soldier to admit that he’d failed his duty, especially in light of the unique zero-defect policy of the Roman army, I.e., flogging or death. Wow.

Three
Jacob something or other and his bad hat.
He sounded way emergent and questioning. “Lets ask questions” he’d say and then tack on something like then find the answers. As I said above, the question still remains, is Jesus all He said He is? (I’m sure there’s another post in there somewhere). Or is he none of that and dead and buried in Jerusalem somewhere? This is the core of the issue as it has always been. I’m going to go with the first one myself. Oh, and ‘Jacob’ still means something like ‘deceiver’, lets not forget that one.

The bottom line is this: It never ceases to amaze me how people try so hard to convince themselves and others that somehow Jesus was less than God. But I shouldn’t be as this is the natural state of sinful man.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
–Romans 1:18-23

Links:
The first transcript of the show. H/T to Challies for the tip that it was happening.

Pulpit has two posts up today about this topic: One, Two

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