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Science fiction stories in the Bible:Dead people walked into Jerusalem.
Some events and places which are mentioned in the Bible are historically correct by archaeology,but others are no more than simple mythology and fiction.
Bible,for instance, records that a group of dead people rose from the graves and walked into Jerusalem,basically like Zombies.If that was true,it would have been recorded in history books.To further explain,let`s suppose that an event happened somewhere in the world was seen by a hundred . But none of those people wrote a single historical document about it. Instead,a man who did not see it, wrote about the 100 people who might had seen it. Does this make any sense?could his account be reliable and acceptable if we take it to the court?Absolutely Not !so,no need to mention the reasons.It is quiet obvious.
Anyway,let `s get starting,here is the text below which create a controversial debate among the Christian scholars :
Matthew 27: 50-53:
``50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.``
These verses,in fact, are quite fictitious and exaggerated .Some say that they speak about the bodies of saints being thrown up due to the earthquake that was caused by the death of Jesus,so that everyone could see the corpses on the ground.Similarly to what happened in the town of Sonson in Colombia in 1962.``When two hundred corpses in the cemetery of that town were thrown out of their tombs by the violent earth tremor``.The passersby witnessed that and inhabitants hurried up to the site to rebury their dead relatives.On the contrary,others say that the verses speak about the dead people being raised and walked to the city like Zombies .The question is : Which party is more convincing here?The first one or the second?.If we take the first ,would it be the more accurate and reasonable interpretation?but what if we take the second,could something like that had happened?
Well,Let us start analyzing the verses by exposing the two sides at the same time to see to what extent they were close to or far from the reality. Adam Clarke,British Methodist theologian and Biblical scholar, says about the verses :
``It is difficult to account for the transaction mentioned Matthew 27:52, Matthew 27:53. Some have thought that these two verses have been introduced into the text of Matthew from the gospel of the Nazarenes; others think that the simple meaning is this: - by the earthquake several bodies that had been buried were thrown up and exposed to view, and continued above ground till after Christ's resurrection, and were seen by many persons in the city. Why the graves should be opened on Friday, and the bodies not be raised to life till the following Sunday, is difficult to be conceived. The place is extremely obscure``2.In addition,Barnes ,American theologian, wonders ``whether they came to life before Jesus rose, and remained in the tombs, or came to life after he died. The latter is probably the correct opinion. There is nothing said of the reason why they were raised`` 3.My comment here is: Why would God resurrect such “saints” at that time, since Jesus was to be “the firstborn from the dead”?and why did Clarke interpret the verb ``ARISE`` to ``THROW``?.The text was very clear``Arose`` means``stood upright,alive and kicking`` not ``Thrown up``which means in Clarke s words``exposed to the view as lifeless bodies``because``Walking into the city``strengthens my opinion but weakens the actuality of the event !.So,as I said above that there is not any single historical document which recorded the event.Giving interpretations out of the biblical text will not cushion the blow that the Bible contains science fiction stories.