I did not like it. There was so much of the Bible that was not portrayed correctly in that movie. Does it surprise me that a movie named the Bible made by secular people left out huge passages that were very important to Christians? No… The movie was made by people who did NOT have a good understanding of the Word of God.
Why do I get so mad at the History Channel’s “The Bible”? Why does it bother me so that they have deleted so much of the Word and changed Jesus into a World Changer instead of the Redeemer and Savior of the world? The One Who was DEAD and is ALIVE FOREVERMORE? Am I mentally unbalanced? LOL..Maybe..but I also believe that we must speak out against God’s word being changed and manipulated. Especially when the producers admit to being a part of the New Age movement and consulting New Age teachers. (See article in comment below) I was never going to write on the show again until tonight. They showed Jesus on the cross and being taken down and put in the grave. So far, so good. They showed Mary going to the tomb and seeing it was EMPTY. Then she sees Jesus from inside the tomb and He was on the outside of the tomb. Not how it happened, but I was willing to let it go. I kept waiting for the words ” Jesus died and He arose from the grave.” Where were the angels asking why Mary was seeking the Living One among the dead? I wanted to hear the word RESURRECTION. As Paul the apostle wrote, if Christ be not risen from the DEAD, then our faith is in vain. When Mary tells the disciples (of which she is one in the series, another BIG lie, ALL the disciples were men), Mary says “The tomb is OPEN”. There is a BIG difference in MEANING between EMPTY and OPEN. The Bible says THE TOMB WAS EMPTY. When the disciples see Jesus, they shout out “He’s back”. I couldn’t believe my ears. I don’t know if they are trying to push the “swoon” theory or what, but you would not say this to a man who was dead and suddenly He appears to you. In the real Bible they fall down and worship Jesus and call Him Lord and God. And get this. In the show,after His resurrection, Jesus walks through the door and enters the room where the disciples are. The Bible very clearly states that all the windows and doors were bolted. Jesus walked THROUGH the walls in His glorified body.He didn’t need to use the door. And one final whopper that completely convinced me that they have an agenda to CHANGE the Bible from being full of power to POWERLESS: Saul is persecuting Stephen, the disciple, and tells him “Jesus is dead”. Steven then says,” They failed to kill Him.” I couldn’t believe this!!! ALL the disciples and many other eye witnesses including the Roman soldiers KNEW Jesus was dead. Please read your Bibles and be ready to tell people what the Word REALLY says, for it is the POWER unto SALVATION!!
Roma Downey, wife of producer Mark Burnett, plays Mary in the mini-series, and was best known as the kind hearted angel on the long-running television program “Touched by an Angel.” However, Downey’s spiritual journey has taken a turn toward darkness. She openly embraces New Age and Mysticism. It is reported, “Roma also attends the University of Santa Monica, a private graduate school founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John-Roger, and will graduate with a master’s degree in spiritual psychology in June.”
She listens to and is influenced by New Age false doctrines such as Oprah-promoted Eckart Tolle and Tony Robbins, and as she says her husband claims, “‘My husband says I’m so self-realized I’m practically levitating.’”
Self-realized, but not sanctified. When she reaches for the actor playing Jesus, which Jesus is she reaching for? The Jesus of the bible, or the Gnostic/Mystical Jesus that Eckhart Tolle teaches?
Another reason to avoid this production is that the makers of the series admit to “dramatizing” the events, something that in the normal world is called “exaggerating” at the least and “lying” at worst. This is OK when dramatizing a story, but the bible is not story- it is truth. It is written, “But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:2).
CNN Religion Blog reports, “They took many artistic liberties to compress the story lines while hoping to remain true to the story. A public relations manager for the project described the liberties to me as “extra-biblical but not contra-biblical.”
"Artistic liberties"? If your preacher took liberties with the bible the deacons would be having a conversation with him on Monday morning. "Hoping" to remain true? That means they know they already aren’t.
Ultimately, if it is extra-biblical, it is against the bible. Anything from outside the bible and inserted in, is false because it is not from God. (2 Timothy 3:16). If it is not from the bible, it is from man. Man’s philosophy is called “hollow and deceptive” according to Colossians 2:8.
Third, I’d expect the liberal New York Times to give the mini-series a pan on the basis of it being religious, but that is not the total reason. Here is part of their reasoning:
"In this heavy-handed treatment, having Jesus born in a manger is not enough; the arrival also has to occur during what looks like a typhoon. Because why have a moderate amount of hardship when you can have an excess of it? … The feelings behind the series may be sincere — Ms. Downey has said that she and her husband “felt called to do this” — but the approach here actually shows a lack of faith in the power of the biblical stories."
"This doesn’t serve the source material — so rich in interconnections across time — very well, and it doesn’t make for very involving television. Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel and the other great biblical figures aren’t really developed in a way that illuminates them or makes them linger in our minds; they are simply called forth to perform a set piece or two. It’s like a trip through a Christian theme park. “Next stop on the tour, ladies and gentlemen: the Noah’s ark tableau, followed by the Daniel in the lion’s den diorama.”
In other words, no only has the source material been manipulated, the results aren’t even that compelling, despite the dramatizations. It isn’t even good tv.
Should we be grateful anyway that such a production offers us an opportunity?
Patheos acknowledges the problems with the way the bible was handled and presented in their piece, History Channel’s ‘The Bible’- Less Filling, Tastes Great’, but they urge us to compromise. “So perhaps in this Lenten and Easter season we may be thankful for any conversation starter, however cheesy, that may give us a chance to have a richer discussion about the Bible and its riches.”
Well, is Jesus a crumb and an afterthought that we are willing to grab onto because the world finally allows a sliver of a conversation about Him - on their terms? No. Did Paul say, ‘well that slave girl is possessed of the devil but at least she is saying the right things. I think I’ll use her as a conversation starter’? No. By the power of the Holy Spirit he ordered the demon to come out of her and he went on presenting the Gospel purely and unadulterated by any compromise (Acts 20:27). The Holy Spirit does not need the devil’s help.
Remember, this is the same channel that says evolution is truth and the big bang caused everything to come into existence from nothing. That happily teaches our children that dinosaurs roamed millions of years ago, and that archaeological data recorded through fossil dating is scientifically accurate.
"I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown." (Revelation 3:11)