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A hole in the ground

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More importantly for all Christians concerned about how the "Bible Park" will depict Christ's life, death and resurrection, I was able to get the developers to finally admit the truth about their intentions, thus leading to why I refer to this as "a hole in the ground." .The "Bible Park's" spokesperson, Rob Wyatt, seemed rather taken aback when I insisted he explain their depiction of our Lord Jesus Christ's resurrection. At first he would only say it would be depicted "symbolically" When I pressed him to explain what he meant by that, he finally admitted that the only thing they would say about the resurrection was to show "an empty tomb." Now if you are already a believer, you might find this partially acceptable only as a first step in telling the whole truth. However, what does it really say, especially to a non-believer who doesn't know the complete story?

Showing only "an empty tomb" without also including the entire truth of Christ's triumph over death, i.e., His appearance first to Mary, followed by multiple appearances to the disciples over a period of weeks, hardly does justice to our faith in His resurrection, does it ? To a non¬believer this would certainly not inspire belief as it actually plays right into the assertions of the Jewish authorities back then who claimed that the tomb was only empty because Christ's followers had stolen the body.

This therefore would seem to show the developer's own apparent lack of belief in Christ's resurrection if the best they are willing to say or do is to show "a hole in the ground." Is this what your Savior means to you as Christians, just an empty hole in the ground? I think not.

Of course, as I have pointed out before, the real reason they will not say that Christ rose again is that doing so would cost them money. If they told the truth about Jesus they would be considered a religious organization and would not be eligible for the TIF (tax increment financing) bonds to help finance the park or qualify for the "financial inducements" (your tax dollars) offered them by Mayor Fox.

It all boils down to the obvious conclusion that they love and worship money rather than Jesus Christ. Who do you worship, Christ, who died for our sins that we might through faith enjoy eternal life, or the 20-dollar bill in your wallet? If you are really a Christian there can be only one answer. Remember 1st Timothy 6:10 says, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." Let’s keep this evil out of our lives here in Lebanon.

Call, write or email Mayor Fox, the city councilors and the county commissioners and tell them that Christ means more to you than just "a hole in the ground," and that you do not want a Godless version of the Holy Bible promoted in your city, county, state, nation or world.

Stephen WheeleyStatesville

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