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I recently had an exchange of posts about the movie The Passion of the Christ at Christian Forums.  My interlocutor’s post are in blockquotes; horizontal rules mark the end of a forum post.

Any movie that fixates on the torture Jesus went through completely misses the point and is simply trying to cater to the “I need to be scared and shocked to believe” Christian. And there’s something inherently wrong with turning to a movie for inspiration on God. It’s just yet another sign of our need to have immediate visual gratification through media instead of taking the time to find out about God through things like the Bible or your own worship.

1. I find no signs that the Passion fixates on the torture of Jesus. There were a lot of sidelights in the movie that focuses on other things.

2. What is inherently wrong with turning a movie for an inspiration on God? Even St. Paul would be using a movie for evangelization if he had it during his time. The man who said he became all to win all for christ would use all means — save what is inherently sinful — to win all for Christ.

3. Visual gratification? If it were the only thing you use for remembering the Lord, yes, I would agree.


       

1. I find no signs that the Passion fixates on the torture of Jesus. There were a lot of sidelights in the movie that focuses on other things.            

All of which was ancillary, at best.

2. What is inherently wrong with turning a movie for an inspiration on God? Even St. Paul would be using a movie for evangelization if he had it during his time. The man who said he became all to win all for christ would use all means — save what is inherently sinful — to win all for Christ.            

If you don’t realize the great injustice you do to your religion by chucking aside your Bibles, a book inspired by men who were appointed by God, for a movie by Mel Gibson, then there really isn’t much I can say to bring to your attention how deeply flawed that is. Mel Gibson packaged your religion, merchandised it, and sold it back to you, and you happily take it in place of a text that you’re supposed to believe is from the Divine inspiration of God.

3. Visual gratification? If it were the only thing you use for remembering the Lord, yes, I would agree.    

When it’s something that you use for remembering the lord that doesn’t come from the lord, or one of his appointed then there’s a problem. And that’s in your Bible.


   
All of which was ancillary, at best.

           

you didn’t see the movie. how did you know?   

If you don’t realize the great injustice you do to your religion by chucking aside your Bibles, a book inspired by men who were appointed by God, for a movie by Mel Gibson, then there really isn’t much I can say to bring to your attention how deeply flawed that is.

   

Mel Gibson’s film doesn’t take the place of the Scriptures. In fact, we know that the movie won’t make sense if not for the fact we remember and celebrate the Passion of the Lord in the Easter triduum.

Mel Gibson packaged your religion, merchandised it, and sold it back to you, and you happily take it in place of a text that you’re supposed to believe is from the Divine inspiration of God.

   

Your prejudice towards Catholics is showing here.

    When it’s something that you use for remembering the lord that doesn’t come from the lord, or one of his appointed then there’s a problem. And that’s in your Bible.

           

As I said, the movie does not take the place of the Liturgy. Gibson’s movie is just like Handel’s Alleluiah. It is a proclamation of someone’s faith and we are edified by it. Don’t you get edified when someone from your Church shares his or her faith?


I just find it strange that someone who is not even a Christian should  think of the Passion of the Christ an affront to Christians who watched it and who find it inspiring.

Originally posted 2005-03-09 20:36:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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