And that he didn't ascend bodily to heaven, since his body was buried.
Lots of Christians and scholars are in an uproar, for different reasons. Scholarly types are critical of how the archaeological evidence has been interpreted. True believers are offended that anyone would try to demolish the foundation on which Christianity is built.
For the bodily resurrection is one of the essential doctrines of the Christian Faith.
Here's what I find most interesting about all this hullabaloo: it points to how shaky Christianity really is. Cameron's documentary likely will be shown and then quickly forgotten, because he seems to be making a big deal out of not much.
But if solid evidence did come to light that Jesus wasn't who the Bible says he is—God's divine son—then two billion Christian believers would have their rug of faith ripped out from underneath them.
That's the risk when your religion is founded on an individual person rather than universal reality.
David Kuo asks why so many people are out to disprove Jesus and Christianity, while so few take on the Buddha and Buddhism. Well, David, one reason is that Buddhism does just fine without the Buddha. In Zen, even better without than with.
I like to take my spirituality with a heavy dose of science, topped with some creamy skepticism. That's how it goes down best for me.
So when I see people worshipping a man who may never have existed, about whom nothing solid is known, yet is the being upon which they depend for their eternal salvation—that strikes me as bat-shit crazy.
Imagine how scientists would react if somehow it turned out that Isaac Newton wasn't who we thought he was. Maybe his wife, or gardener, actually wrote the Principia and Newton was a fraud.
No big deal. "Newton's" laws of motion would still guide the planets around the sun. All that would change is the credit line attached to the first discoverer of those fundamental principles of the universe.
That's because science is founded on facts that are independent of any person, while Christianity is a faith personified, through and through.
No Jesus as he is claimed to be, no Christian religion. No Isaac Newton, just a yawn for the practice of science.
To my mind the lesson to be taken away from "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" is that if your conception of reality is founded on the presence or absence of some bone fragments in an ossuary, you're on really shaky existential ground.
I recommend finding firmer footing before a more reputable researcher than James Cameron leaves you in metaphysical quicksand. (In my opinion you're already there; you just don't know it yet).