Skip to comments.QUESTIONING 'PASSION' AND THE GOSPEL TRUTH (crossing over into Christian-hating)
Posted on 02/21/2004 2:55:03 AM PST by LizEdited on 05/26/2004 5:19:41 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
A movie about the Gospel sparks outrage, but movies that depict graphic sexual activity, romanticize criminals and constantly bombard us with violence are not criticized. If those movies are released without outrage, let he who is without sin cast the first stone against Gibson. Mary Maresco Sarasota, Fla.
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It was never entirely practical to think that non-believers---even at a purely intellectual and artistic level----would embrace Gibson's efforts on a subject in which he sincerely believes with all of his heart and soul---a subject Gibson shares with millions of American Christians, not to mention global Christianity numbering in the billions.
However, it appears that some of Gibson's critics cross the line into a demonstration of utter hatred for Christians, Christianity, and the Biblical facts of Jesus Christ making the ultimate sacrifice by dying on the cross to save humanity.
Christians cannot, nor should they be expected to, countenance hatred of themselves or their beliefs.
It's apparent that Gibson's film is unnerving to a small pocket of naysayers imbedded in our culture. These types have put in decades of work----together with calculated, concerted efforts---to subugate believers, to discredit Christianity, and to remove all signs of religion from our culture.
But they have never been able to remove belief from the hearts of the people. This is where they've failed miserably.
One might conclude that Mel's film is anathema to the naysayers because it shines a light on the eternal story that animates Christians and it ennobles Chritianity and those that accept its tenets.
I don't think the issue is "Jew vs Gibson's 'Passion'" it's "Secular Liberals vs Gibson's 'Passion'" of which many are secular/liberal Jews. You find more support for the movie coming from conservative Jews who respect our faith. On top of that, both groups are united in our common cause against secular/liberals.
My big concern, with all the left has failed to do to stop this movie and the hype surrounding it, is that they may resort to voilence in the end to keep people from seeing the movie.
We are discussing a polarizing event, but it's even more than Christianity vs Liberalism . It is very much Good vs Evil. The threat that the message of Christ's sacrifice poses to them has driven them into a panic. I really believe they are prepared to do anything to stop that message from spreading.
So anyone hear anything about when THE SEQUEL will be out?
Another significant concern I have heard some voice is the possibility of an pseudo-anti-semitic "Reichstag fire" event of some sort (since those opposed to the film have already asserted to the public that such consequences from this "hate film" are inevitable).
The people opposed to this film should not be underestimated; many are literally evil incarnate.
Anti-Passion, religio-phobic lefties fear that the movie will organize a highly visibly force---a demonstrative religious-loving Nation---a Nation that lefties have worked so hard to suppress, disparage and denigrate over the years.
Lefties fear Passion-inspired religionists may never go back to being force-fed the garbage warped Hollyweirdos' spew out in movies, music and TV.
Theirs has been a calculated attempt to subvert western culture and to weaken the foundations of America's strength. The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Americans for Separation of Church and State, People for The American Way, and the Hollywarped denizens, have all played their parts to construct The Aberrant Culture.
Libs planned to foment a chaotic, fully fornicating society, with abortion on demand to clean up the mess and it has been very successful.
American traditions are being replaced by gay marriage, gangsta rap, hard and softcore-porn in music, TV broadcasts, and movies. This is proselytized in schools (without parents knowledge or consent under the guise of "Family Life" education), on TV, movies, music.
Leftist revisionists are now busy reinterpreting American history, literature and traditions. Even American heroes like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are subject to leftist revision and slander.
We are nearing the point where having faith and espousing the Christian religion is close to being criminalized.
If lefties are allowed to continue this course to its logical conclusion, the death of Western Civilization would be upon us.
However, many Christians feel Mel's film will alter the course of history.......and just in time.
It was posted by Dialup Llama in a thread earlier this week, and he/she did a good job of nailing down the hypocrisy. Here is his quote:
They loved Jesus when he was a clown (Godspell). They went crazy over Him as rock star (Jesus Christ Superstar). When Jesus was portrayed as having an affair with Mary Magdelene (Last Temptation) or as a homosexual (Corpus Christie), the liberal theologians did not object, but took it as an opportunity to explore the misnamed 'historical Jesus.' They cannot stand Jesus as savior. The crucified person is too much for them. They would much prefer the affable teller of parables.
Excellent Dialup Lama post. Thanks for adding it to the thread. The insights
expressed by Dialup are revelatory. BTW, I also have a Dialup Llama fave:
DIALUPLlAMA POST (I see that MSNBC continues their downward spiral. they have returned to attacking Mel Gibson's father.) I expect this. The elites can tolerate a Jesus movie if its made in a stilted religious mode. They are OK with movies that take the Gospel as a script. (The Gospels are not a movie script and and using them as a script makes the film take on a stiff quality, almost as if one is making a silent movie with narration going on in the background.) But they cannot stand a movie that clearly portrays Jesus as savior if it has a compelling artistic vision, a good script and has any chance of becoming a cultural phenomena.