Daily Galaxy is one of my favorite websites. The other day, they had an interesting article about a Dead Sea Stone. In order to get the full story, you need to read the articles cited at the end of Galaxy’s post, too.
In short, a stone was found that dates decades before the birth of Jesus. Written in Hebrew, the partially-deciphered text contains a “vision” of the apocalypse. One line of the text tells the ‘prince of princes’ slain by the evil government that ‘in three days you shall live.’
The story on Daily Galaxy implies that the stone specifically mentions someone named Simon as the being the resurrected person. Actually, that’s just an idea that one scholar (who doesn’t like Christianity) suggested the stone is talking about.
Now, what’s humorous is reading people’s reactions to the story (check out the comments on Digg to see what I’m talking about.) A lot of people are jumping on the “this is going to destroy Christianity!” bandwagon. But the funny part is that it won’t do any of that. Anyone who has studied Christianity, whether he/she is a Christian or not, knows the Old Testament contained many prophecies about a coming Messiah. The fact that a Jewish group was writing about such a prophecy before Jesus is no surprise at all.
I’m amused because it’s interesting to see how people often lose objectivity when confronted with an emotional debate. In this case, critics of Christianity, rather than reading the whole article, jumped on the bandwagon that this should be the “end” of the faith. In the same way, many Christians jumped on Dobson’s bandwagon that Obama’s speech in 2006 was heresy (check my blog post a bit below for details.)
No matter what side you’re on, it’s important to look at the facts on both sides before joining a debate. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve made the same mistake plenty of times in my life, too. It’s an easy one to do!
But sometimes it can be entertaining to watch the fights that result. 😉