The Passion of the Christ
A Mel Gibson Film
Joyous Easter 2006
Update: In my life thus far I have been blessed with one vision, and I will share that vision with the world this Easter, 2006, on this page. It has never been published and has only been shared with immediate family and friends to date. Also, when I say vision I mean just that. Not a day dream, not a dream, a wide awake vision just like I was watching a movie. May it be a blessed Easter for you and your loved ones this year.
Update - August 2006 - saddened to hear the news of Mel Gibson's arrest and tirade.
I have found myself at a loss for words. Proverbs 20:1 covers quite well: "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." Original content follows.
Update 4-14-2006: Saw The Passion again today, Good Friday, at our church and enjoyed it as much or more as the first time when I saw it on video.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13, KJV
"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:13, New Revised Standard
Well I finally did see this movie and really enjoyed it. Even for non-believers, I believe this is a very well done, historically accurate vision of what happened to the man Jesus Christ. I hate sub titles in movies, yet found them enjoyable in this movie. They were easy to read and it was just done really well. I originally created this page as a result of the slinging around of the term "anti-Semitic" as I felt it was unlikely that Mel Gibson would use millions of his own money to produce a film that would be anti-Semitic. For this to have even been suggested clearly showed an albeit not totally unexpected fear from the Jewish community. Having been the targets of as much or more persecution than any other religion, it is understandable that there would be a concern that the Jewish people were portrayed as those that took the life of Christ. Even though it is totally factual, there was still a fear that there would be repercussions from it both being revealed en masse and so creatively and realistically. However, it is sad that some would label Mel Gibson in this fashion solely to discourage people from seeing it. In the end I believe it turned out to boost the films publicity and viewers. Which reminds me of another important verse: "All things work together for the good for them that love God, for those called according to His purpose."
(Following written before movie was released to public)
New Movie Met with Claims of Anti-Semitic Content
I wish to promote this movie and help others realize that if they do not see any other movie this year, they should see this movie. You do not view this movie, you experience it. You will forever be changed by this film if you see it.
The movie is done by Mel Gibson of "Road Warrior" and "Lethal Weapon" fame, his first film. I am deeply disturbed by the calls of some that the film is "anti-Semitic." I am deeply sympathetic with the Jewish people over the suffering they experienced at the hands of Adolph Hitler. Those atrocities can never be changed. We can only learn from them. I was deeply touched as a student by the book "The Diary of Anne Frank."
There are rumors that when the Pope himself viewed this film in a special screening for the Vatican, he uttered the words "It is as it was." Very profound, coming from the Pope.
It must be understood that the Jewish faith takes issue with the sheer claim of Jesus Christ, that He was the Only Begotten Son of God. Jesus claimed to be the Christ, the Messiah, and the Jews of that time took great offense at His claims. Particularly the Jewish leaders of that time. The Jewish people must accept that they were almost entirely responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. That is ok though, as it could not have happened without God allowing it to happen. And, it had to happen to complete Gods perfect plan. It would not matter who killed Jesus Christ, it had to be done to complete the prophecies, the scriptures and Gods Perfect Plan.
The part of this that is deeply disturbing is that there are claims that this amazing film is anti-Semitic. It is absolutely, unequivocally not. It is the fact that respected, informed leaders of the Jewish faith and Israeli nation are claiming that it is anti-Semitic. I equate this to someone calling me a racist. That would be so painful and hurtful to me personally, having striven my entire life not to be prejudice or racist nor to be perceived as such. Being from the southern United States, it has been imperative to me that I be seen as a human being and not a bigot, as some stereotypes of southerners have held. The problem with the Jewish people of faith believing that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be is that they were responsible for Christ's death. The Jewish faith teaches that there will be a Christ, and that He will come to earth and will be the Savior of the world. To this day they are awaiting His arrival. The problem is that they did not believe it was Jesus Christ, and they were so offended that He claimed He was the Christ that they killed Him. Again though, this could not have happened without God allowing it to happen. It was Gods perfect plan.
I am not sure, but I am beginning to believe that this is being called something as horrible as "anti-Semitic" for two reasons. One, those stating this are concerned that their will be repercussions from individuals who would blame the Jews for Christ's death. Secondly, the purported mistake made by the Jewish people of that time will be clearly demonstrated, and the basis of their faith will be brought into question. They killed the one they've been waiting on for centuries. On the most simplistic level, you could almost equate this with someone telling others about something very stupid you did. You'd like to forget about it, to not have it brought to others attention, to finally live it down. But hopefully you wouldn't try to destroy the person telling the story or make them out to be a monster. This is a feeble comparison, because the importance of the story being told is a matter of life and death, eternal life and eternal death, it is the story of Jesus Christ, and to attack this particular story in such a way speaks volumes about those making these accusations.
And my final message for those that have accused Mel Gibson and/or this movie of being anti-Semitic, are the words that Christ Himself spoke shortly before His Spirit left His body while on the cross:
''Forgive them, Father, for they do not know what they are doing.''
Finally, and appropriately, Jesus had the last words. And those living words and that forgiveness extends to us today, including those who would criticize this film.
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NOTE: March 26, 2004 - This movie inspired a person who murdered his girlfriend to confess when everyone thought she committed suicide! See article and video toward bottom of page below:
For those of you who did not know it, the shortest verse in the Bible is this:
"Jesus wept." (St. John 11:35)
Amazing how even the shortest verse in the Bible speaks volumes.
NOTE: On July 16th I have created a page especially for this phenomenon of murderers hiding their crimes by making it look like a suicide. See that page by clicking this link Murder, Not Suicide or by the button on each page on the left side with the title "Not Suicide!"
A doctor while working for the U.S. Government National Security died as a result of an experiment by fellow agents. His death was covered up and labeled a suicide as a result. Only many years later did the truth come out and the family was informed of this ill-planned experiment by his government co-workers. Dr. Frank Olson died a horrible death and his family suffered for years as a result. See more information about Dr. Olson, his family and the incident that occurred, as well as the continuing work of his son to share his Dads story with the world through a website dedicated to his Dad, on my "Favorite People" page. Very intriguing story.
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