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Jesus on Trial


Every once in a while there would a be a group of scientists, archaeologists and theologists come around and say they have discovered something new about Christianity that would break its foundation. Well this is one of the occasions that is meant to make you doubt your beliefs. Before I go any further I want to stress that I am not writing this to discourage you or that I am an unbeliever. I am very much in the church, a proud member. The reason I am bringing this to your attention is because I believe we should all be aware of what is going on.

 

Back to what I was talking about there are these two guys Professor Barrie Wilson and writer Simcha Jacobovici and they are the ones who try and change the view on Jesus. Jacobovici, I have to mention that most of his work has been discredited by credible sources but he is still at it. They wrote a book called The Lost Gospel which is from a translation from an Aramaic text. The book basically says that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and they had two children. This is what the description of the book on amazon is:
"The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gnostic writings and now The Lost Gospel, a newly decoded manuscript that uncovers ground breaking revelations about the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth - a startling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Family Tomb.
Waiting to be rediscovered in the British Library is an ancient manuscript of the early Church, copied by an anonymous monk. The manuscript is at least 1,450 years old, possibly dating to the first century i.e., Jesus' lifetime. And now, The Lost Gospel provides the first ever translation from Syriac into English of this unique document that tells the inside story of Jesus' social, family and political life.
The Lost Gospel takes the reader on an unparalleled historical adventure through a paradigm shifting manuscript. What the authors eventually discover is as astounding as it is surprising: the confirmation of Jesus' marriage to Mary Magdalene; the names of their two children; the towering presence of Mary Magdalene; a previously unknown plot on Jesus' life, 13 years prior to the crucifixion; an assassination attempt against Mary Magdalene and their children; Jesus' connection to political figures at the highest level of the Roman Empire; and a religious movement that antedates that of Paul—the Church of Mary Magdalene. Part historical detective story, part modern adventure The Lost Gospel reveals secrets that have been hiding in plain sight for millennia."

 

Its not surprising to learn that these two guys aren't the only guys who try to cast aspersions on Jesus. There are people who misinterpret the canonical gospel showing how close Jesus and Mary were. While at the same time there is no solid evidence on the matter. The popular writer Dan Brown in the Davinci Code tries to show how Jesus was married and that he had children. In the book he gives his interpretation of the facts to make his story to come alive.

 

In my experience the authors of these books look for loopholes and exploit them to convince what they are saying is true. They ask questions that we can't answer, for example in the four gospels don't mention that Jesus' marital life. So the argument comes from there – if he got married why didn't they mention it while at the same time if he didn't get married why didn't they mention it. Sadly there is no conclusive answer to this questions and they use them to further their theory. Ultimately the decision relies with you, whether to believe or not. Personally I believe the doctrine of the church and that he wasn't married.

 

What is your take on alternative views.

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