The discovery of an ossuary in Jerusalem inscribed with the name of Jesus and other biblical names is to me a thought provoking find. It didn’t meet with much discussion here in the rural bible belt, mainly because southern Protestants regardless of their denominational affiliations are unshakable in the traditional Christian belief that Jesus was God incarnate. Still, the discovery of the tomb provided me with information for my consideration of the possibility that Jesus was an exceptional holy man but not God in the flesh as Christianity teaches. In fact I have a journal full of scribbled notes, referenced scriptures and religious and scholarly opinions that I plan to use in writing a post when I can find adequate time to outline and write it.
The discovery of the tomb, even though it is most likely not the actual tomb of the biblical Jesus, does provide food for thought. What if the Jesus we all know through Christian teachings is not the real Jesus at all? What if Jesus was a fully human man, with a wife, and strong religious convictions who understood eastern philosophies and adapted the teachings of the Essenes? What if Jesus stands in the line with Buddha, Mohammed and Moses as an ordinary man with a divine calling to lead people to understand the sovereign God and the spiritual realms?
Bones in the tomb, gnostic texts, papyrus fragments referring to a wife….all causes to rethink the history of Christianity and whether or not, ancient pagan Rome adopting Christianity as a state religion remained consistent to the ministry of a rabbi named Jesus, or reinvented him into a deity to create an assembled religion composed of pagan, eastern and Greek mythologies and beliefs to satisfy and control the masses.