Letter to the Editor

For truth, look to eyewitnesses

Monday, March 5, 2007

To the editor:Once again I find myself disagreeing with an article in the paper, specifically, the Feb. 27 article by Karen Matthews of The Associated Press, "Scholars, clergy criticize new film on possible tomb of Jesus."

The article states the caskets found in 1980 may have held the remains of Jesus and his family. There were no remains. There was no body to decompose.

The next paragraph states, "Jesus may have had a son, according to the film." This is based on the inscription "Judah son of Jesus" on the casket. My third grandson is named Joshua. Does this mean my son-in-law, Daniel, is the prophet from the Old Testament? Joshua and Jesus are the same name. Does that make me the grandfather of Jesus?

Later, the article states, "Most Christians believe Jesus' body spent three days at the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher." That is wrong. Christians believe Jesus spent three days in a tomb. The site of the tomb was never identified, because it is unimportant. The tomb was, and is, empty.

These so-called scholars, filmmakers and archaeologists need only read the eyewitness accounts to know what happened. Gospel writers Matthew and John were eyewitnesses.

If the author of this article and other critics doesn't want to believe, that is their choice. If they desire to place their faith in the wild speculations of fantasy, that too is their choice.

As for me and my family, we choose the truth. We choose God. We choose to believe Jesus' own words.

MARK K. SLINKARD, Cape Girardeau