Film director James Cameron must have been thrilled to discover the gullibility of Christian cinema audiences, following the huge success of such epics as “Passion of the Christ” and “The Da Vinci Code”.
While the former was specifically designed to ratchet an abundance of pious anguish from its audience, the latter was never hyped as more than a novel set to celluloid, but that didn’t stop the devoted from taking it to heart and behaving as though it was a faithful reproduction of historical fact.
Given the eagerness with which they leap upon any morsel however tasteless, to bolster this thing called “faith”, it leaves one wondering how much of it they really have, despite all the moaning, speaking-in-tongues, grabbing at low flying clouds, and other weirdo doings that regularly occur in and around churches every Sunday.
When Cameron was presented with the scenario of a recently discovered tomb in east Jerusalem in which reposed old limestone ossuaries containing not only the bones of Jesus, but a whole host of relatives, it must have seemed to the film maker like a dream come true.
Now, admittedly the photograph displayed by the BBC looks more like the polystyrene box used to protect my newly-arrived bread-making machine –
– but if archaeologists say its two thousand years old I’m happy to believe them.
No-one in their right mind, however, will accept Cameron’s claims as to the contents, which leaves around 100,000,000 Christians who will. Or, at least, they won’t be able to resist seeing the film, then arguing about it till the cows come home.
It’s ironic that Cameron should have directed the highly successful film, “Titanic”. Jesus had a lot in common with the old ship. Each had a short life, and then sank without trace until resurrected much later as artifacts for making tons of money.
Unlike the “Titanic”, however, we can be sure that the final resting place of Jesus will forever remain undiscovered.
A fact that won’t stop James Cameron from being the next to pocket the proceeds from the ongoing tale of the Nazarene carpenter.
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