Whenever National Geographic Magazine can promote the fallacious theories that are spawned from the Darwinian Evolutionary theory, they are quick to do it. The staff and management of the magazine could not be said to have much tolerance for Bible-believing Christians, so we might have expected this month’s issue cover story, “The Real Jesus,” would be in that same vein.
Surprisingly, although the author of the piece showed little knowledge of the scholarly work of Christians in this area of archaeology, she was not antagonistic. After going to Israel and spending quite some time looking into the historicity of Jesus Christ, she drew some conclusions contrary to the skeptic’s views.
Quoting from the article: “Might it be possible that Jesus Christ never existed…It’s an assertion that’s championed by some outspoken skeptics – but not, I discovered, by scholars, particularly archaeologists, whose work tends to bring flights of fancy down to literal earth. ‘I don’t know any mainstream scholar who doubts the historicity of Jesus,’” said Eric Meyers, an archaeologist and emeritus professor in Judaic studies at Duke University. He continued, ‘The details have been debated for centuries, but no one who is serious doubts that he is a historical figure.’” Said the author, “I heard much the same from Byran McCane, an archaeologist and history professor at Florida Atlantic University. ‘I can think of no other example who fits into their time and place so well…’”
As we prepare to enter another New Year, it’s good to be reminded we have a sure faith founded on the Rock which is Jesus Christ, and testified to by the stones turned over by the spade of the archaeologist! Luke 19:38-40 says, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.