Skip to comments.Son of God (CNS Movie Review)
Posted on 03/01/2014 1:50:02 PM PST by NYer
NEW YORK (CNS) -- As the first wide-release film in nearly 50 years to focus on the life of Jesus as a whole, "Son of God" (Fox) represents an epochal event for believing moviegoers.
Though not the most powerful mass media treatment of its subject -- that accolade continues to belong to Franco Zeffirelli's 1977 television miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" -- director Christopher Spencer's reverent but uneven screen version of the Gospel story ranks as a worthy revival of the Hollywood biblical epic.
Diogo Morgado in "Son of God." (CNS/Fox)
I was one of the first to see it Friday in an almost full theater in the middle of the day. I thought it was the best depiction of Jesus ever...actually happy and smoking! Yet still having majesty.
Might be OK, but for me I’ll keep reading The Bible and use the Theater of the Mind.
“However, the goal was to spread the Gospel, which was Downeys intention, so I applaud her.”
Downey is New Age through and through. “Son of Man” is told through the eyes of a New Age guru.
Take time to read the link:
She was quoted in an article talking about how she listens to books on tape by Eckart Tolle. I get my own selections [on the radio in the car] books on tape by Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins She goes on to say, My husband says Im so self-realized Im practically levitating. Really? Because I have never heard my pastors wife talk like that? If you are not familiar with Eckart Tolle, he is a New Age teacher who twists the Bible and adds it to his Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Shintoist philosophy. If you are familiar with him, and you like himwhatever. He is a false teacher when it comes to Christianity. Charlie Campbell has a list of his troubling statements...
Aside from her VERY questionable theological beliefs, she has gone to the University of Santa Monica to get a degree in Spiritual Psychology. When I first read that I thought, so? BUT when I looked it up, the University of Santa Monica is not just a school like Cal Poly or USC that people from all walks of life go to. When you click on their home page you will see that it specializes in New Age degrees.
ACTRESS Roma Downey has talked to her mother through a psychic on live TV. The Derry-born Touched By An Angel star was a guest on a celebrity version of the US psychic show Crossing Over, hosted by medium John Edward. Romas mother Maureen died of a heart attack in Derry when she was 10. And Roma was heartbroken that she was never able to tell her how much she loved her. So she jumped at an offer from the producers of the show on the Sci-Fi Channel to speak to her mum using Edwards for the connection. (source).
**The film contains strong gory violence. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.**
Says it all.
After having to watch 30 minutes of trash in previews of coming attractions (those contained more damaging images than any so called violence in this movie),I saw Son of God on Friday and it was definitely lacking in reaching the masses with the salvation message (the real reason for Christ coming to earth). I agree that the depiction of the Lazarus scene was weak at best. Scriptures were left unfinished that would have given the viewing audience how to be saved. As much as most Christians wanted this to be THE MOVIE THAT WOULD CATCH THE WORLD BY STORM OF JESUS DYING TO SAVE US FROM OURSELVES (OUR SINS) this movie falls short. There have been other low budget films that have done far better. This is a Hollywood and unfortunately Christian networks hype.
No unsaved person except those under conviction can walk away from the film with how to be saved from eternal damnation. It just isn’t there. I hope if anyone took a friend, afterwards there was much discussion and filling in the blanks of the obvious missing dialogue of the movie.
Fabian, Because you have actually seen it:
Is it an entirely new film, with some or one of the actors as the mini-series, or is it an expanded mini-series that was re-cut and some new scenes added?
I can’t figure that out from the review.
God uses flawed people (as the Bible clearly shows).
Noah was a drunk, Moses a murderer, Aaron was an idolator, David was a philanderer (killing the husband of his adultress).
And Roma is a flake.
And "Psalm73" will spin an occasional Allman Brothers album - the shame!
From my research...I understand that there are newly filmed scenes, but I never saw the mini series. I think it is a bit light on actual texts fro. The New testament, but the happy attitude and majesty of Jesus more than makes up for that. I think they picked the perfect actor for the role.
So true. Thanks for posting that info for FReepers. On Friday I sent out an e-mail to a circle of friends and family, warning them about Downey and her New Age-ism.
The Passion of the Christ was rated R, for sequences of graphic violence. The crucifix is a fairly graphic image, yet that does not keep catholics from attending mass.
Any good film on the life of Christ will include a scene of the crucifixion. In comparison with some of the gore displayed in contemporary films on mindless topics, I will definitely show my support for this film.
All the people that you listed are certainly sinners but they have something Downey doesn't, a belief and trust in God. I don't think that her New Age degree in "Spiritual Psychology" qualifies. Neither does her husband's belief that she's "so self-realized Im (she's) practically levitating.
I'd also like to point out that Christ believing actors in Hollyweird are black listed. Downey is not.
IMNSHO, as a tool for Evangelism, the Original Series absolutely did not cut the mustard.
It did, however, succeed in cutting the cheese.
“All the people that you listed are certainly sinners but they have something Downey doesn’t, a belief and trust in God.”
[ True and False Disciples ] Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Yes. Ignoring sin and redemption isn’t spreading the Gospel.
See, now if I was an unbeliever, there is nothing in anything you wrote that would attract me to Christians or Christianity.
I see lots of piling on someone who may still be searching, lots of name-calling.
But no grace, no mercy.
They should know we are Christians by our love - not by our amazingly high standards of what constitutes a "real" Christian.
New Age isn’t Christ centered. Watering down the Gospel to make it “comfortable” isn’t the Gospel.
Fine, then, you cast the first stone.
So what...the movie is not new age.
Yes...that Matthew quote is so true..especially of some Christian leaders of today!....so called
“So what...the movie is not new age.”
What has been omitted in “Son of God” is that Jesus is the only way for salvation. He is the only way.
False religions recognize Jesus, but they don’t recognize Him as Lord and Savior. This version of the life of Christ leaves the door open to the interpretation that “all roads lead to heaven”
A new ager trying to water down Scripture is a false teacher. The Word warns about those that would tickle our ears.
That is BS....hs clearly shares in the movie that he is the way. Have you even seen it? Oh brother...you just need something to pick apart, I think.
“hs clearly shares in the movie that he is the way”
What was omitted is “No one cometh to the Father but by Me.”
Words mean something.
Stop it - read Matthew 23 - then read it again.
"For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice..."
Nothing from Hollywood comes from God. Nothing
None of the people from the Bible you mention were false teachers.
False teaching leads to the unforgivable sin.
You sound like a hypocrite actually..the message is their for those who want and need it. For your information, they may have not included that due to so many phoney Christians misrepresenting that. There are poor souls around the globe that God still sends the truth to and they may never have heard about Jesus, but they innately know about the need to be forgiving...which is mandatory to receive salvation..which was indeed in the movie!
And about people like you, too.
I'll pray for you, but our conversation is over.
“There are poor souls around the globe that God still sends the truth to and they may never have heard about Jesus”
All the more the Good News is told that Jesus is the only way.
OK, one last time - did you see and hear Roma Downey blaspheme God?
Is she a teacher? Really? Who set her up as a teacher of scripture? I didn't know she was.
Or did you just have a bad movie experience?
Thank the Lord! I've never enjoyed wishy-washy Christians that don't stand up for God.
To do a movie on the Bible is the willful act of becoming of Bible teacher.
To leave out the glorification of God and the blood atonement of Christ is to eliminate the very nature and identity of the Bible.
This is not a movie on the Bible. It’s Roma Downey’s “Ancient Mythological Drama in the Middle East” (with characters borrowed from the Christian Bible).
You don’t have a clue. Did you even see the movie? Oh boy.
Ya know it really is sad. Here you’ve got Roma Downey with Sodom of California talking about how wonderful her movie is but they blacklist someone like Kevin Sorbo for being a Christian. A real one. And still there are some who are just too blind to see why.
I enjoyed The Bible miniseries and am looking forward to seeing “Son of God”
“There are some who are just too blind to see why.”
The Lord led me to compose a song on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It was the complete chapter of Isaiah 59. This is the state of America.
“We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.”
Have a Blessed evening.
"After having to watch 30 minutes of trash in previews of coming attractions (those contained more damaging images than any so called violence in this movie), I saw Son of God on Friday and it was definitely lacking in reaching the masses with the salvation message (the real reason for Christ coming to earth). I agree that the depiction of the Lazarus scene was weak at best. Scriptures were left unfinished that would have given the viewing audience how to be saved. As much as most Christians wanted this to be THE MOVIE THAT WOULD CATCH THE WORLD BY STORM OF JESUS DYING TO SAVE US FROM OURSELVES (OUR SINS) this movie falls short. There have been other low budget films that have done far better. This is a Hollywood and unfortunately Christian networks hype.
No unsaved person except those under conviction can walk away from the film with how to be saved from eternal damnation. It just isnt there. I hope if anyone took a friend, afterwards there was much discussion and filling in the blanks of the obvious missing dialogue of the movie."
Thank you Maudeen! Your post describes the core issue and the problem with a watered down message.
I saw the miniseries.
Oh really?..”forgive us our sins,as we forgive those who sin against us”....also...as Peter was angry and fighting..”turn the other cheek”...which is a metaphor for being patient with those that hurt us. You and others Christians who are do sure you have it, totally missed it in the movie.
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