Recently I have seen this article popping up on numerous social sites from a variety of sources. At first I was disappointed in the gullibility of my fellow Christians to accept this whole-cloth without taking the time to research it. I can understand the excitement of apparently finding more hard evidence of events described in the Bible, but I was shocked at the eagerness to accept something so fantastic without a hint of skepticism. This website doesn’t try to hide that it is a satire site. A few minutes examination of the site will lead you to their disclaimer.
Every time I saw this pop up I became more and more saddened, until I started noticing something. Inevitably, within a few comments, this article was revealed to be fictitious. Even if the poster did not realize this the other Christians reading the post were quick to point this out. Instead of starting a fight this lead to a realization of the truth for the poster. Instead of dogmatically sticking to an untruth because they liked the way it sounded, they accepted correction and thanked the commenter for setting them straight. This actually renewed my faith in my fellow Christians, that they would be excited about a new find, but willing to accept correction.
This is in stark contrast to many anti-theist articles I have seen posted that celebrate myths like the un-historicity of Jesus, that the Bible is the umpteenth interpretation of an interpretation of an interpretation, Alexander’s Nicean canonization of the books of the Bible, or the ever-popular Mithra comparison. These people seem to revel in their ignorance and flatly refuse to accept any refutation, even ones offered by secular scholars. They seem to trust the Da Vinci Code more than any Princeton history professor. These are suppose to be the “enlightened” ones, the “brights”, the skeptical ones that refuse to accept anything that science can’t prove, yet they dogmatically repeat these myths that have been refuted time and time again, without bothering to research the claims themselves.
To all the Christians out there, embrace your skepticism! Don’t be afraid to “test everything; hold fast what is good” (1 Thes 5:21).
To all the skeptics out there, be skeptical of your skepticism! Don’t’ automatically accept something as fact just because someone you may admire or trust tells you it’s true. The Bible says of those who suppress the truth, “claiming to be wise, they became fools” (Rom 1:22).
The truth is out there.
It will set you free.