Preacher’s Kid: Honest Faith, Real World

Preacher’s Kid: Honest Faith, Real World

Ark of Covenant found! Maybe. OK, probably not, but fun to think so

Artist's conception of the Ark

Imagine my surprise to learn that the Ark of the Covenant had been found.

I thought Harrison Ford, in his role as Indiana Jones, had done that a long, long time ago.

Not so, according to the website, supposedly a Russian-based information partner” of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The website says a Greek archaeological dig on the island of Thasos unearthed the Ark recently — along with the tomb of Alexander the Great.


The site, meanwhile, seems to be getting its information from the Focus News Agency from that bastion of journalism, Bulgaria.

I suspect this “discovery” will get its proverbial 15 minutes of fame and then evaporate with the initial string of promised evidence, followed by vague excuses, and then . . . nothing.

Kind of like the cyclical “discoveries” of the other Ark, the one Noah and his boys made to escape the Great Flood; the Spear of Destiny (the magical relic that supposedly was the spear a Roman soldier used to pierce Christ’s side); the Holy Grail; the True Cross (of which enough fragments have been enshrined in various churches and chapels worldwide to build a fleet of ships), and on and on.


But what if this time, it’s true? It’s fun to muse about that, if even for a few seconds. Assuming one’s face didn’t melt off (ala “Raiders of the Lost Ark”) when opening the ark, inside there should be the tablets with the Ten Commandments etched upon them by the hand of God. That would be pretty cool to see.

For some, that would be a great “faith booster.”

“Hey, Vern! See? Told ya it was real!”

Yes, it would be nice to have confirmation like this, thousands of years after the fact, to at least furrow the brow of a skeptic or two.


But faith is much more than such things.

Thomas: Had his doubts

Consider Thomas the Apostle, unfairly labeled “Doubting Thomas” because he had the audacity to say what, I suspect, most of hits apostolic colleagues were thinking. . . essentially, if I don’t see the risen Christ with my own eyes, if I cannot touch him, I’m not inclined to believe these resurrection stories from the Marys.


“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’ Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'” (John 20:27-29 NIV)

For us, 2,000 years later, it’s still the same choice.


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posted November 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Wondered about the Sabbath myself. I’ve heard most recently Christians chose Sunday to meet as the first day, looking ahead to the week, rather than the tradition of meeting Saturdays, at the end of the week. Another question I have is if we are required, in the new covenant, to keep the Sabbath law, then what of the hundreds of other dietary and ritual instructions that are part of the Law?

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posted November 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm

The question that I have is one of, I suppose, the finder’s boldness, or lack thereof. If you found what you truly believed to be the Ark of the Covenant, would you, fully realizing that God’s presence is no long above the Mercy Seat, reach out and lay hold of it? Remember Uza, who was slain for simply touching the Ark? Now, if you would not brazenly and immediately touch it without any second thoughts, this object made by human hands and hallowed by the presence of God no more, why would we Christians distain and trample on on the fourth commandment, written with God’s own finger and hallowed by Him, at creation and reaffirmed at Sinai and again by Jesus Himself, the law giver Himself, when He said that the Sabbath was made for man and that He was Lord of it. Show me where He, Jesus, stated ANY other day! Where is that scrpture found?

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