There has been a great stir within the Christian community since the Discovery Channel aired a documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" by James Cameron about the discovery of the ossuaries in Talpiot, Israel, alleged to contain the remains of many people close to Jesus, and possibly of Jesus Himself. The doctrine of the Resurrection is so central to Christianity that the Apostle Paul said, "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins." 1 Cor. 15:17.
One of the statements I heard recently was that James Cameron was going to ruin Easter. I disagree. Accordingly, here are my top ten reasons why James Cameron won't wreck Easter.
10. James Cameron won't stop the Easter Bunny from delivering candy to children in homes that buy into that pagan influence.
9. James Cameron has given countless preachers something to rail against, without any negative consequence to themselves, on Easter Sunday morning.
8. James Cameron has created a market that will keep countless Christian bookstores doing a profitable business for the next year.
7. James Cameron has tossed a slow pitch that the dullest of Christian authors can turn into a home run.
6. For many people who do not know Jesus He is the subject of fable and myth; James Cameron forces these strangers to the Christian faith to reckon with the truth of Jesus as a real person.
5. James Cameron has piqued the interest of those who do not know Jesus in learning more about who He is, creating countless opportunities for Christians to engage in dialogue about the message of Scripture.
4. James Cameron has created an occasion that pushes many Christians to refresh their acquaintance with the Biblical witness to Jesus. Biblical literacy among Christians can only rise.
3. James Cameron has given Christians an opportunity to dust off all the tried and true arguments for the Resurrection.
2. James Cameron appeared on the Today show to say that the Jesus ossuary did not even appear to have contained any bones, but only fragments of fabric, perhaps a burial shroud.
1. There is no way to argue with an individual's experience of the Risen Lord.