Would you watch this film?

March 10, 2009 — 10 Comments

Here is the Film caption…

“In a world where kings and empires rise and fall, where fantasy becomes reality, where armies are slaughtered for thier beliefs, where rulers are disemboweled on toilets, where sex and passion are in the open….there stands one man willing to change it all……
This summer embark on a journey from other worlds to an earthly garden and discover what it really means to be ALIVE….the Bible…opens in theaters everywhere june 2009”

We are having a great discussion in my last post about the watchmen. WHICH I DON’t RECOMMEND (sadly..I really wish I could). Go read the comments. Great stuff.

Anyway, It got me thinking. I have always found it odd how much violence and sex etc etc is in the Bible and that even by our own standards we would not see it if it was a movie. Just an interesting thought.

Anybody have any thoughts on that?

Joel Klampert

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10 responses to Would you watch this film?

  1. Thinking about “The Passion of the Christ.” It was brutal – but even that film soft-pedaled the brutality that was crucifixion in those days.

    There was certainlty massive amounts of brutality in the OT, and even the NT. Stoning could not have been pretty. What they did to Achan and his family… lots more.

    The difference is that the Bible is not gratuitous – Song of Songs does not exist for titillation, but to show that even sexuality is a gift from God. The violence shows the fall of man – and is juxtaposed with the agape love that we are called to. Violence is the opposite of “love your neighbor.”

    “All Scripture is God-breathed…” but not all movies.

    Mike Mahoneys last blog post..Say it ain’t so… Pete

  2. ding ding ding…you get a prize. ha ha.
    you are dead on for sure. I totally agree, but even so. If song of songs was a movie just to show sex is a gift from God I could not watch it.

    But yeah man…that is the truth sir.

  3. Good post!

    Russ Huttos last blog post..Words of Wisdom from Dad

  4. The nudity and violence is used to stir the flesh to reach entertain it. The violence and sexuality in the bible tell tales to to point people to the love and grace of God.

    Steve”The Czar” Pattons last blog post..Closing the doors

  5. Funny how that works…

    On a side note, I know people who couldnt/won’t watch Passion for the same reason they won’t watch 300.

    Its a VERY interesting situation.

    Steve”The Czar” Pattons last blog post..Closing the doors

  6. Yeah, sounds like an awesome movie, though I would have to know the directors, the producers, and the “agenda” behind what they were trying to prove.

    I agree about the Passion, it was seriously violent. It stirred me tremendously, but I was truly moved with a passion for Christ (no pun intended), to the point of probably humiliating myself by bawling my eyes out with loud wails on a commercial flight. (yeah, I was dumb enough to watch it a 2nd time on DVD on a commercial flight).

    If this movie, even if “The Bible” had a bunch of violence and sex in it, just “because it’s in the Bible”, I wouldn’t see it … reading it in God’s Word isn’t quite the same as seeing it visually played out.

    I mean, me reading about David and Bathseba isn’t quite the same as me seeing her naked, and David having his way with her. Right?

    I’ve got plenty of “images” frozen in my mind, for what seems to be the rest of my life. Maybe I’ll be more careful what I choose to have seared in my conscience … great post!

    Fred McKinnons last blog post..Excessive Celebration

  7. Hmmm…I’m not so sure about all this. Let me be careful about how I say this because I really love ya’ll.
    Let me pose it in the form of a question: Are we giving the Bible a huge breadth of forgiveness because we’re Christians and it’s the Bible?
    I mean to someone who doesn’t follow Christ, wouldn’t they just say the same thing we’re saying about say…Watchmen but apply it to the Bible? Why would one say that the violence in the Bible exists simply to show the fall of man and yet a violent movie shows violence for mere kicks and giggles? Wouldn’t that show the fall of man as well?
    I’m torn here.

    About The Bible the movie: I don’t think it could truly be made accurately or appropriately. I think people would call it outrageous and sacrilege and boycott it if it was. Then go home and put Adam and Even in a fig leaf, Goliath on the ground holding his knee with a frown, and Christ on the cross with a bruise or 2 and a lovely purple sash across his crotch.

    Conner Byrds last blog post..Do you Wiffiti? You should!

  8. wow, Joel. I’ve never thought of the Bible like that, but you’re right… There’s so much scandal and sex and violence involved. Hmmm…. Would I watch it if it was a movie? I don’t know. dang

    mandythompsons last blog post..The Mystery is Revealed Today

  9. Interesting. I just had a conversation with a friend who suffered sexual abuse as a child. She asked me if God could really understand that. To her, really understanding means to have experienced it. I told her the bible is full of violence and sexual abuse, most pointedly for her the story of Lot and how he was ready to send his own daughters to be raped…it got my friend thinking. And me. As far as I’m concerned, God is really ‘in your face’ when it comes to showing us our shortcomings.

    Seeing The Passion changed how I viewed the cross. Would seeing David and Bathseba change how I view God’s grace? Truthfully, I’m an adult. I can see in my own mind’s eye exactly what God wants me to see when I read the bible. I also think I’m intelligent enough to filter out the things that might be harmful if I were to watch a movie of the bible.

    My point is that although I agree we need to be cautious of what we watch, I think that we need to examine WHY we choose to see, hear, say, limit, indulge in the things that we do. To that end, I’m wondering, Fred, why would you NOT see something based on what you think the motivation was in creating it? Isn’t it your motivation that would be the determining factor?

    loris last blog post..Blindsided

  10. I’d see it… though it would be a VERY LONG movie!
    It goes to show you how much we truly shelter ourselves today through our own “advanced” culture, and within the realm of Biblical culture, we do not truly understand it, even with all of our knowledge and research, etc.
    I would love to just see a movie of Creation… and no, not because of Eve :), but because how awesome could it be made with today’s grapics and technology. Anyways, my one cent 🙂

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