After its incredibly slanted Peter Jennings special on Jesus a couple of years ago, I guess this is no surprise: ABC News will air a special Monday night based on the theory that Jesus had a child by Mary Magdalene.
This crackpot idea was the basis of the Dan Brown bestseller The DaVinci Code. As fiction it reads well, but by giving serious consideration and air time to the idea, ABC News is preaching the humanist doctrine that Jesus of Nazareth was nothing more than a good teacher.
Reporter Elizabeth Vargas said ABC had no proof that Jesus had a wife, but could not discount the theory either. “For me, it’s made religion more real and, ironically, much more interesting ? which is what we’re hoping to do for our viewers,” she said, according to the BBC.
Feh! Copout! There is detailed eyewitness testimony to the final three years of Jesus’ life, and good, solid, scholarly research to suggest that the testimony has been accurately preserved. But giving credit to Matthew, Peter, and John would be to admit that Jesus was who He claimed to be–and accepting the divisive, intolerant view that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
That’s exactly why ABC’s consideration of Jesus’ relationship with Mary Magdalene doesn’t take the biblical record as authoritative. By discounting the Gospel accounts, you also eliminate those problematic miracles, healings, and claims of divinity. And so, just as most of the scholars interviewed for the Jennings “Jesus” special were committed to a liberal, unbiblical reinterpretation of Jesus’ life, most of the people interviewed for the program either believe the Jesus-Mary Magdalene theory is true or at least plausible.
ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas told reporters that the show was being put together “as respectfully as we can,” but it’s hard to see that God will be shown the respect He is due. If this theory is true, and the authors of the Gospels somehow failed to record the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, or if the record of the marriage were expunged from the Gospels, then the entire New Testament–the very foundation of Christianity–is unreliable. Christianity would be a fraud, based on a lie. And that is what ABC implies–knowingly–by airing this special.