Relics are important tools for the human need of something tangible to associate
with their beliefs. This is why so many of US wear CTR rings or collect other
Mormon "relics." Catholics and protestants wear miniature crosses as
substitutes for the absence of tangible proof of the existence, cruxifiction,
resurrection of the Savior. Think about it. How many of us keep
something tangible, often a small thing, to feel close to the family member or
friend who possessed it in life, but who is no longer with us. They have no
magical powers, but they somehow give us comfort. If that is so, even false
relics can be comforting to those in need of some reilgious validation when they
feel their faith to be inadequate.
When I was in catechism class as a boy, the parish priest allowed our instructor
to show the class a piece of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. It was in a
small gold case with a glass window. The class was enthralled as each of us in
turn peered inside at a sliver of wood laid on a red satin bed.Years
later as an adult, I reflected how for that to even be possible, right after the
crucifixion, someone would have had to recognize the significance the cross
would one day have and so he hauled it off to preserve it. Otherwise, it might
have been used to crucify the next victim or been used as firewood. But on that
day in catechism class, I was seven years old and absolutely believed it was
what we were told it was. When I got home from class that day, I told my mom all
RE: Twin Lights "the Holy Land.”“Bethabara’1
Nephi 10:9 & John 1:28 KJV. VS, “Bethany (John 1:28 NIV, NASB, ESV,
NET) & Latin Vulgate 1:28. Bethania.Bethany” is supported
by early Papyrus 66=( AD 175),75=(AD200) and better and earlier Manuscripts than
KJV. Bethany Beyond the Jordan. The site has now been identified
on the east bank of the Jordan River, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and is
being systematically surveyed, excavated, restored, and prepared to receive
pilgrims and visitors. Bethany Beyond the Jordan is located half an hour by car
SlickMick, I totally agree with you. History is knowledge and fascinating as
are fantasy, allusions, dreams, magic and fiction. My point is that they are
not all the same. Relics are in the past. More relevant are the realities of
the present, and the Book of Mormon is not a physical reality. Consequently
then what is it, a book of allegories, religious inspiration. Do you know the
answer. If it were a true history there would be remains or physical relics.
That is just the way reality, nature and the world works in the known universe.
Skeptic - Why try to validate relics? Well, I don't know, maybe we can
learn something? For a people so gung ho about family history, isn't it
fairly normal to want to get to the root of things? Isn't it maybe a little
interesting to learn new things in different religions to try to understand why
people believe what they believe. Surprise, you may find that people aren't
so weird after all or maybe people are all equally weird.
"How can a believer venerate the relics of Jesus Christ when, having risen
from the dead, he has left no relics behind?"Seriously
nonsensical clickbait tagline. No one in the article claims to have an actual
relic of Jesus that could not have been left behind. No one claims to have his
bones. Could a piece of the cross or cloth or whatever Jesus may have touched
been left behind? Sure. Not likely, but it is possible. The tagline wants us to
believe the article discusses claims of something impossible, that couldn't
be, like maybe someone has the bones of Jesus or something that would be
impossible for a resurrected being to have left behind, but of course the
article does deliver. Total clickbait.
If one believes the Book of Mormon to be the truth then what is the necessity to
validate Bible relics, it just seems a distraction and alibi for not being able
to validate the Book of Mormon as true.
Though such relics can be fascinating, I take from President Monson the
following: "We need not walk by the shores of Galilee or among the Judean
hills to walk where Jesus walked. All of us can walk the path He walked when,
with His words ringing in our ears, His Spirit filling our hearts, and His
teachings guiding our lives, we choose to follow Him as we journey through
mortality. " I am not sure I will ever get to the Holy Land. But I can
touch the face of God in other ways.
Those relics are no more real than claims that there have been horse bones that
have been radiocarbon dated to about the time of Christ that were found in the
upper Midwest in the United States.