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From Gatlinburg TN to Jerusalem at Christ Museum and Gardens

September 11, 2019


Today we are visiting the Christ Museum
and Gardens in Gatlinburg, Tennessee at the base of Crockett Mountain. Gatlinburg is a popular resort town located in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee near Knoxville, home of the University of Tennessee main campus. Today we’ll take a look at the gardens, the exhibition hall focusing on the history of the Bible, and
Jerusalem then and now, the meditation room with the famous sculpture of Jesus
which has eyes that seem to follow you and finally, a look at some of the
expressions of faith and famous films of our time. Christ Museum and Gardens
opened in 2009 with new exhibitions in the former Christus Gardens property
which existed for 47 years. In the exhibition hall posters present
statistics about religions of the world. The US has the largest national
Christian population (with three hundred and twenty-two thousand Christian
churches) followed by Brazil and Mexico. 26 countries outlaw Christianity. There
are 38,000 Christian denominations in the world. Of the top three organized
religions, Christianity is the largest with 33% of the world population.
About 83 million Bibles are distributed per year around the globe. Information on
the history of the Bible includes the Geneva Bible of the pilgrims, predecessor
to the ever popular King James Version. As a side note Bible gateway . com offers
a searchable database for more than 200 versions in 70 languages online today. The exhibition also includes informative
coins of the Bible collection as well as a map of Jerusalem, and other interactive
presentations. In the meditation sculpture garden we
find one of the highlights of the museum: the famous face of Jesus whose unmoving eyes seem to actually follow each person as they walk past it. My camera work may be a little shaky
here, but I think if you watch it, you’ll see what I mean. [Spoken Translation of The Lord’s Prayer] Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen [Spoken translation of 23rd Psalm] The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside the still waters, He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake. Yeah though I walk through the valley of Death, I will fear no evil. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou annointest my head with oil. My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever. Amen. In the last room of the museum, we find posters of movies whose expression of
faith earned them recognition, and we see some of the religious symbols
highlighted in the movie such as the Ten Commandments I. Thou shalt have no other
gods before me. Two. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Three Thou shalt not
take the name of the LORD thy God in vain. Four, Remember the Sabbath day to keep it
holy. Five, Honor thy father and thy mother. Six, Thou shalt not kill. Seven, thou shalt not commit adultery. Eight, thou shalt not steal. Nine, thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Ten, thou shalt not covet. We learn
that Ben Hur is the world’s most honored motion picture and winner of 11 Academy
Awards, including Best Picture. Leaving we see our American national
motto “In God We Trust”. The major exhibit Christ’s Life Story in the theater
diorama of life-sized biblical figures awaits you to experience personally on
your next visit. [Credit Roll]

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