Faith takes another beating

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Putting the best possible spin on it, filmmaker James Cameron may want to believe he's found the casket of Jesus.

Others would cynically suggest Cameron is just trying to make a buck with a sensational claim.

But such a claim is a resurrection in itself: A 1996 BBC documentary made similar claims about the same tomb. Then, as now, scholars scoff at the notion.

More importantly, Cameron and Toronto filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici are recklessly rooting around the cellars of the beliefs of 2 billion Christians around the world.

Can you imagine the outcry, the outrage, the protests, were filmmakers to question the foundations of, say, Islam?

You needn't imagine it. Consider the riots that ensued after the publication of mere cartoons about Muhammad in Denmark. Or the brutal slaying of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh after he made a movie about Islam's treatment of women.

So Christianity is a much safer target. And every Lenten season, we're treated to a fresh attempt to disprove the fundamentals of the faith, to ascribe some new human frailty to the Savior, to rewrite the Scriptures, to have archaeology triumph over faith.

Christians may not take to the streets to show their displeasure over this unfortunate rite of spring. But we're bone tired of these recurring attacks, this made-for-television junk science that some folks clearly hope will pull the rug out from under the story of our Lord's resurrection.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/01/07 - 07:27 am
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There is never a time when

There is never a time when one can stop defending the status quo. Christianity is currently associated with the American Republican party and as a result it is under constant political assault from the decadent left all over the world. This is the problem with being the most powerful nation in the world. When our country crumbles into chaos, as so many wish, these assaults will cease. Until then, keep defending.

ohhsweetconcord
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ohhsweetconcord 03/01/07 - 08:41 am
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Though I do not seriously

Though I do not seriously believe that Cameron has actually found the "Tomb of Christ," I do think this kind of questioning is good for Christianity and religion as a whole. Though you may claim this to be "junk science," which it very well might be, you must also understand that Christianity could also be accused of promoting junk science. Do the Young Earth theory ring a bell?

tombee
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tombee 03/01/07 - 08:43 am
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Christianity is based on

Christianity is based on fact, not fear, and can withstand this type of outlandish claim, as well as more reasoned attacks. The problem is ultimately not with those raising questions about Jesus; rather, it is with those unwilling to search the Scriptures and examine the historical evidences themselves. The vast majority of people would rather just believe the headlines. Unlikes Muslims, Christians welcome those who raise issues about their religion and want to engage in honest inquiry.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 03/01/07 - 08:58 am
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The first mistake virtually

The first mistake virtually all non-Christians make is in thinking that Christianity is a set of beliefs based on an historical person, in much the way as Islam. Unfortunately, many who call themselves Christians operate from the same starting point. The truth is that Christianity is based on having a relationship with a real, living person (Person) rather than simply agreeing with a set of beliefs and obeying a set of guidelines. Without that relationship, by your own decision and assent --regardless of your experience of that person's reality-- then you can't understand Christianity. Believe me when I say that the God who made all this was, is and is to come does not find this kind of assault on reality much of a problem except as it impacts the eternal destination of the gullible, the obstinate and the foolish.

ForHim
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ForHim 03/01/07 - 10:12 am
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Well said, WAOF. Christians

Well said, WAOF. Christians do get upset about people like Cameron (I will pray for him daily) but they react in a way that they would go blow someone up or otherwise cause harm to someone. That is just not what a Christian would do. James Cameron is trying to make a dollar and get Hollywood to promote his "amazing find". People will believe anything a celebrity has to say. (I haven't figured that one out yet either. They are just people). And while I'm on my soapbox, why is it that people want to just take the things that they accept from the Bible and if there is something in there that they don't like, they choose to either ignore it or say "My God wouldn't do that" and continue to profess that they are a Christian. Duh, people! It is amazing to me how some people will promote "acceptance" of some sins while accepting other sins for what they are. Example: Cursing is a sin, disrespecting your parents is a sin, homosexuality is a sin. People will accept that cursing and disrepecting parent is sinful, but not homosexuality and even promote it as being OK. I really don't understand.

stephennif
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stephennif 03/01/07 - 10:20 am
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For two thousand years the

For two thousand years the fact of the ressurection has been attacked by those who choose to believe a lie rather than the truth. Perpetuating a lie has not and will not change the fact that Jesus rose from the dead and was seen by over 500 witnesses at one time. The Apostle Paul a learned scholar wrote that " This thing was not done in secret" The next major event will be the return of this same Jesus to judge all those who do not believe in him and know him. Christianity is as was stated in a previous post by "Worried About our Future a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you don't accept Jesus as Savior you will meet him as Judge.

DCFONE
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DCFONE 03/01/07 - 10:30 am
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Your headline that

Your headline that Christianity takes a beating is a laugh. True Christians won't give it a second thot. We know that anyone that is foolish enough to even begin to take it serious is heading for an eternity with the devil. Watch the TV show? NOT!!

ForHim
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ForHim 03/01/07 - 10:49 am
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Amen DC -- I won't give a

Amen DC -- I won't give a penny of my money for such a farce. (Please hear that sponsors.) They should know by the sizeable audience of Passion of the Christ that Christian's aren't going to buy into his junk.

TrulyBlessed
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TrulyBlessed 03/01/07 - 11:08 am
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Christians who are "bone

Christians who are "bone tired" of being attacked should be reminded that Christians have endured far greater attacks with grace and steadfastness, and without whining and/or encouraging hatred for those who question the faith.

Ms. Thomas - if Christianity were associated more closely associated with the love and service taught by Christ, instead of being associted with a political party, then perhaps the Kingdom of God would be on the rise instead of being assaulted.

God's peace to all of you!

markwardlaw
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markwardlaw 03/01/07 - 11:31 am
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Is the AC a metropolitan

Is the AC a metropolitan newspaper or a religious journal?

ForHim
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ForHim 03/01/07 - 12:54 pm
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The AC is a metro newspaper.

The AC is a metro newspaper. However, I would probably enjoy it more if it were a religious paper.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 03/01/07 - 01:09 pm
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James Cameron's "discovery"

James Cameron's "discovery" will likely go the same way as the discovery of Noah's Ark on mount Arafat. A tempest in a teapot, not unlike Geraldo Rivera's discovery of Al Capone's secret hide-out on live television. But, the A/C is right, soon it will be Easter again. ACLU take note, ban the growing of all lillies!

SnidleyWhiplash
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SnidleyWhiplash 03/01/07 - 01:42 pm
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Oh, boo hoo! The poor,

Oh, boo hoo! The poor, put-upon, repressed religious right is having their dogma scritinized and studied!

The religious community as a whole doesn't want their belief system seriously scrutinized because, under such scrutiny, none of that belief system would hold up. Then what would the religious right do?

ForHim
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ForHim 03/01/07 - 02:58 pm
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Dork ... we would continue to

Dork ... we would continue to have faith. I have never once seen anyone prove that Jesus was anything but what it says he is in the Bible. There is evidence all around me that God is our almighty Creator. I don't care if people scrutinize. There have been so many people that became Christians trying to prove that Jesus was not who He said He was.

xqwbv2
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xqwbv2 03/01/07 - 05:05 pm
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If you want a religious

If you want a religious newspaper, start your own, please, ForHim. And mgroothand, Jesus would like you to start taking your medication again.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 03/01/07 - 05:13 pm
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Hey DORK, it ain't just the

Hey DORK, it ain't just the religious right that thinks all this is beyond stupid. The moderates and at least some of the left leaners also find Cameron's shallow-minded theorizing as waste of good, usable air. I mean, who cares what he thinks: the truth is the truth, no matter what anyone says or thinks. And I challenge you to have to courage just once to ask the Almighty to show you what really is the truth, if he is even real or not. Then share the results with the rest of the class.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 03/01/07 - 05:16 pm
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Hey all, FYI, the AC is Billy

Hey all, FYI, the AC is Billy Morris' newspaper, and he, last I heard, was a Christian. It's his, so he gets to decide what goes in it. Deal with it.

bone
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bone 03/01/07 - 10:44 pm
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So I'm assuming that everyone

So I'm assuming that everyone attacking Cameron has actually seen the movie and not gotten their opinions second-hand, correct? Just wondering.....

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