Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Tomb of Jesus Found?

Well, I don't know about you, but I believe that the "false prophets" are here. And there is not just one of them: but many. Foremost in the media today is James Cameron, with his documentary attempting to scientifically prove that Jesus was not resurrected and returned to heaven, and that He further was "wed" to Mary Magdalene and that they had a son. -- gee I've heard that one before ... book/movie "The Da Vinci Code" (see other labels this blog).

Well as many experts are claiming: 1) this is not new news -- the original discovery was made in the 1980's and it led nowhere; and 2) Jesus and the other names in the tomb were very common names at the time that this tomb dates.

For "nonbelievers": the latter may cast a shadow of doubt, but for believers it is just sad that one more hurdle has been placed in the road for those with doubts and perhaps just on verge of believing.

I personally believe in a "higher power", but more specifically: I believe in Jesus, the Son of God. I have called on His name throughout the course of my life and He has answered me with both big miracles and little everyday miracles alike. I called on Jesus the day that my youngest daughter, 9 months old at the time, suffered a severe head trauma. Jesus healed her, and in my opinion saved her life. The doctors just couldn't believe that the damage she suffered was not more severe. That Daughter is now a vibrant, very smart, and healthy 5 year-old. There is absolutely no evidence of a head trauma in her past. Moreover, she is so spirit and love filled. She says the most profound things for such a little one. I believe that this is because Jesus has touched her in a profound way in order to heal her,and that a little piece of Him lives on in her.

So I believe, but I feel for those who haven't experienced miracles like mine. Who have such a hard time letting go and believing. What a lonely and scary world to have to face all on your own. I will continue to pray for faith on your part, and for the innocence and openness to allow the possibility of Jesus to enter your heart. As Jesus said: "Blessed are the children, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

But back to false prophets: When false prophets come, it says in the Bible that "end times" will be near. And who is to say what "near" translates to in our human frame of time reference. But when "near" comes to fruition there will be no "on the verge of believing". You will either believe or you won't. It will be black and white. It also says in the Bible that Satan will have his time of influence over the Earth and man before the final end times. And based on what I see going on the world around me: I'd say that Satan definitely has some serious influence these days.

So it is probably a good idea to start getting your house in order, so that you can pass on a living legacy to your children and their children to come. And beware of Satan, just as the serpent in the Bible: he will work in deceiving ways and convince that what you are doing is not wrong. Once you take the first step in his direction, it is slippery slope.

For example: take those that profit from foreclosed homes, by purchasing them and reselling for a profit. The bank says, "it's in the contract they signed" and "it's the law". The bank agent says "It's my job". That may justify foreclosure actions in the world of man, but God has his own laws. And the banks and bankers will have to answer to him. And for those who purchase these foreclosed homes you are no less guilty. Using the excuse: "Well if I don't buy it: someone else would" doesn't work in the court of God. You will have to answer. If there were no buyers of foreclosed homes,the banks would work harder to find a fair settlement and perhaps a way to help those in foreclosure through their difficult time. My sister and her husband recently worked with a family on the verge of foreclosure to buy the home from the borrower at a fair price before they lost everything to the bank. So there is a way.

But each of us has our challenges. We all can do better. One of my challenges of late is to get out the door in the morning -- without yelling at my children, which I can do most days -- at a reasonable time, so that we get to school on time. And also to be patient in morning traffic, with less than alert drivers, in traffic that has quadrupled over the last 2 years in our area. But I am trying!

Despite the troubles of the world around us. The little good things that each one of us do can add up to make a huge difference in counterbalancing the evil in the world -- and do not be fooled or complacent: evil is real and it does exist.

But don't despair! God wants us to be happy. He wants us to be the best that we can be. And if you personally are experiencing difficulty in your life: try asking Jesus for help. It can't hurt! I mean you buy a lottery ticket? Asking Jesus for help is FREE and you have a better chance of winning. : )

God Bless!

PJP ~ "Peace, Joy & Prosperity"

3/1/07 Chris Rosebrough wrote a comment that leads to his website: you will find it at extremetheology.com. Here Chris eloquently discusses the tomb that is the subject of the upcoming James Cameron film. Well written. Good reading. Check it out!

1 comment:

Chris Rosebrough said...

I’ve written a comprehensive rebuttal to claims and evidence of this film. Please read it and decide for yourself.

You will find it at extremetheology.com