The latest attempt to film the story of Jesus disappointed me. It left
out almost all of Christ’s greatest miracles. And it had John the Baptist telling Jesus that He was that Chosen One,
when the opposite was true. The film showed Jesus giving the Lord’s Prayer to a huge crowd, whereas in truth, His apostles
had come to Him, asking how they should pray.
As for the death of John the Baptist, it had Salome’s mother, Herodias, asking Herod for John’s head. Actually,
it was after Salome danced that Herod promised her up to half his kingdom for pleasing him, and she did as her mother had
told her…to ask for his head on a platter. The film then shows a man bringing John’s head by the hair, while
Salome was still dancing.
And the net full of fish...Jesus is first shown with one other person in a boat, and while they watch, a net fills with fish.
And later, a net is pulled out, full of fish, while the apostles are on shore, too far away to hear Jesus say, "Put
the net on the other side."
Such miracles as His raising the dead are hardly noted…and Lazarus is not even mentioned. Nor is the account of many
coming out of their graves and walking into the city after His crucifixion. Nor the three hours of darkness and the earthquake.
But that comes later, when apparently Mary’s husband, Joseph was dead by now, with Jesus asked John to care for her.
The film has religious leaders coming to Judas to
get him to betray Jesus, when in fact, Judas was trying to press Jesus into taking over as an earthly king to free Israel
from Roman power, and he went to Jewish religious leaders and agreed to reveal Jesus to them…as if they hadn’t
already known and seen him for three years.
His crucifixion didn’t show the three hours of darkness and the earthquake in mid-day with it, and almost didn’t
show the two others crucified with him…so far apart that Jesus couldn’t have screamed to one and been heard,
that "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."
And the part that made Christianity an eternal thing…the Resurrection…is all
but ignored. Without .that, all else is wasted. The author, Bill O’Reilly, explains that this is an historical, not
a religious version of Jesus. But it’s as if hi and his writers didn’t read their Bible. Andhe left many who
are not Christians, not understanding at all why Jesus is the Christ. As much as I respect Mr. O’Reilly, he took the
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