By Judi McLeod
Monday, February 26, 2007
It must be Lent. Not only has Canadian-born Titanic producer James Cameron found the tomb of Jesus Christ--backed up with what he claims is the DNA to prove it--but also his discovery was announced on Time Magazine's blog.
That sinking feeling starts to hit even before knowing that the five-times-married Cameron is both a Freemason and a member of the Mars society.
"In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the startling claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected--the cornerstone of Christian faith--and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene," (sic). (Tim McGirk, Tales from the Crypt, Time magazine Middle East blog, Feb. 24, 2007).
This wasn't the comeback of The Da Vinci Code in time for last night's Oscars. Ronnie Howard, who tanked out in Cannes last year, won't be back for seconds, at least on his fateful betrayal of Jesus as a married man.
This time, finding Jesus is real life. Real life, James Cameron style that is.
It's seizing upon the 10 coffins unearthed when Israeli construction workers were digging a foundation for a new building in the industrial park in the Talpiyot, a Jerusalem suburb. The 10 caskets were discovered in a 2,000-year-old cave. Archeologists were sent for and the stone caskets were carefully taken away for examination. No one heard much more about them for 20 years while experts worked to decipher the names on the 10 coffins. This is how they were ultimately named: Jesua, son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Mathew, Jofa and Judah, son of Jesua.
Before anyone could start saying his or her prayers, prominent Israeli archeologist Professor Amos Kloner didn't associate the crypt find with the New Testament Jesus.
As McGirk points out, "His father, after all, was a humble carpenter who couldn't afford a luxury crypt for his family. And all were common Jewish names.
"There was also this little inconvenience that a few miles away, in the old city of Jerusalem, Christians for centuries had been worshipping the empty tomb of Christ at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Christ's resurrection, after all, is the main foundation of the faith, proof that a boy born to a carpenter's wife in a manger is the Son of God."
But that's not the kind of faith Hollywood celebrities and modern media feed on. Think more along the lines of the burial battles of Anna Nicole Smith.
So film-makers Cameron and Jacobovici, who claim to have amassed evidence through DNA tests, archeological evidence and Biblical studies, will reshape history: the 10 caskets belong to Jesus and the family we never knew he had.
Oscar night behind us, and Al Gore having walked away with best documentary for An Inconvenient Truth, Cameron will today hold a New York press conference--complete with three of the found coffins--the ones whose remains hold Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene.
More tantalizing than nailing down the whereabouts of Noah's ark, and packing more spice than last year's Judas Iscariot the good dude, who could cap proving that Jesus never came back from the dead when he's been resting there right beside Mary Magdalene all the while?
News about the (Cameron's) film, which will be shown soon on Discovery Channel, Britain's Channel 4, Canada's Vision, and Israel's Channel 8, has been a hot blog topic in the Middle East (check out a personal favorite: Israelity Bites), says McGirk. "Here in the Holy Land, Biblical Archeology is a dangerous profession."
There's nothing original about Cameron finding Jesus.
Saying that Jesus' tomb has been found is old hat. It's been a conspiracy theorist target for years.
"Various figures in popular culture are freemasons, including movie producers such as James Cameron." (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
Cameron's in good company as Jack the Ripper, whose murders resembled Masonic initiation rituals, was purportedly a Freemason.
"Freemasonry is the illuminati or New World Order, and secretly controls all aspects of society and government. This concept was satirized in a Simpson's episode, "Homer the Great, featuring an order called the Stonecutters who keep "the Martians under wraps" and "Atlantis off the maps". (Wikipedia).
"The United States was founded by freemasons who have interwoven Masonic symbols into American society, particularly in national seals, streets in Washington DC, architecture, and the Dollar Bill.
"Freemasons intertwine various symbols and numerology into modern culture, such as corporate logos.
And the illuminati or New World Order accuse the rest of us for conspiracy theories?
Hollywood "looves" Freemasons.
It must. Last night Hollywood enshrined Chicken Little Freemason Al Gore as the big winner in saving man from himself on global warming. Today Freemason James Cameron, who once raised the Titanic, will appear at a New York press conference along with three coffins, to begin sinking the Good Ship Christianity.