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CNN has just released the second season of “Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery.” The show seeks to speak to believers and skeptics about religious artifacts and the mysteries surrounding the early church. “Finding Jesus” interviews experts, archaeologists, and theologians while taking viewers on-location in the Holy Land and through re-enactments of events surrounding Jesus’ life.

While “Finding Jesus” has had its share of success (Season Two’s premiere had 1.045 million viewers), it has also received backlash from some Christians, such as author John Stonestreet, co-host of BreakPoint. According to the The Christian Post, Stonestreet feels that “CNN is only looking to question Christ's existence.” Stonestreet wrote that the show is “the very definition of fake news: No credible historian believes Jesus is a myth. Even among skeptics of religion, that theory has been abandoned.”

However, the theologians on the show feel that it helps non-believers and believers who are looking for answers. “Finding Jesus” contributor, Pastor A.R. Bernard, told Townhall, ”There are a lot of people who are still seeking Jesus. He is the most debated figure in the last 2,000 years. And people are still trying to make sense of it and the Christian religion."

The Truth, or the Truth Open to Interpretation?

Perhaps the problem with the show, however, is that it gives its viewers some facts and evidence, then leaves the conclusions open to interpretation. For example, the Huffington Post recently published an article called, “‘Herod the Great,’ or ‘Herod the Terrible’? YOU Decide!’” The article looks at this week’s episode of “Finding Jesus” and, because of the way “Finding Jesus” portrayed Herod, the article questions the validity of Matthew’s portrayal of Herod in the Bible.

As Christians, we know that the Bible and artifacts and evidence of Christ’s life are not discordant, rather, they inform one another. At first blush it’s gratifying to see Christ’s story being told on national television. However, the show is missing the elemental reason for Christ’s coming, which is that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Rather than questioning the Bible, we hope that the that more than 1 million viewers of “Finding Jesus’” are able to extrapolate that Christ did in fact come out of love for us and our salvation was the reason for his existence on earth.

Other Resources About Christ’s Existence

If you’re looking for alternative shows or movies that examine the existence and reality of Jesus’ life, be sure to watch Pure Flix’s “The Case for Christ,” which is based on the true story of award-winning journalist, Lee Strobel. In the film, Strobel works to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife and begins chasing down the biggest story of all time. “The Case for Christ” will be in theaters nationally April 7.

Other great resources for evidence on Christ’s existence are the inspirational movies, “Jesus Revealed,” “Jesus the New Way,” “Jesus Accounts,” “Journeying with Jesus,” “Jesus: Son of God,” and “Jesus the Evidence.” You can watch all of these movies for free plus thousands more inspirational movies, TV series, documentaries, and originals when you sign-up for a one-month trial at PureFlix.com.

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