This movie makes me wonder what is wrong with Christians today. I have heard nothing but positive stuff about this movie, but in reality there are a ton of problems with it. I am gonna talk about some of those now, along with what I actually liked about the movie.
Now to start off, I do think the movie did an okay job at showing the horror of what Jesus actually suffered for us, it did its job with the visuals there. I do think that it mostly stayed accurate to the Bible as well, aside from the fact they felt the need to add to it in typical Catholic fashion whenever they got the chance. As a note to all people making movies out of the Bible, it is already interesting enough as it is, get your creative crap out of the way.
With that being said, let's start off with what should be the most obvious problem, what is Satan in this movie and why do random demons keep showing up? The first demon to appear was a jump scare that came out of nowhere. It didn't work because I was too busy being shocked that it was actually in the movie at all. Satan was not in the garden with Jesus as he prayed, and Jesus did not step on a snake that came out of his robes. I get the symbolism, but stick to the actual telling. It is also worth mentioning in this same scene I got the impression that Satan was asking who Jesus was as if he didn't already know, which is stupid because they had already faced each other in the Wilderness at this point, and again, he wasn't in the garden anyway. Satan also doesn't look like.... whatever the heck he looks like in the movie. He would look like an angel of light, because he is a cherub, even if he is fallen. I also have to question why Satan is holding a demon baby thing when Jesus is getting whipped by Romans, it just looked weird and made no sense at all. Let's not forget the demon children that harassed Judas until he killed himself, that is obviously a thing right? Oh wait, none of this crap is in the Bible, it's just weird stuff added into the movie.
The next big issue I had with the movie was the Mary focus, she is barely mentioned at the time of Jesus's death but I would argue a third of the movie just focuses on her. There are added things like her going and cleaning up Jesus's blood with towels given to her by Pilate's wife which, unsurprisingly, never happened. Let's not forget Mary staring down Satan in the crowd because obviously she can see him, right? She also helped Jesus stand up at one point and kissed his bloody feet on the cross, which is when Jesus basically gave responsibility to take care of her to a disciple of his, the only part that actually happened in the Bible. The fact the movie was made by a Catholic shows with all this Mary focus due to the fact Catholics worship her. I know many a Catholic will deny this, but the Catholic church teaches that she has never sinned ever, and if you read the Catechism she is just as important as Jesus. I believe the wording was something along the lines of she is the new Eve and Jesus is the new Adam. Make no mistake, Catholics worship Mary and that showed in this movie big time when you consider things like Mary being able to actually see Satan.
Another thing I think needs to be mentioned is this Veronica woman never existed. She randomly appears, ready to clean Jesus's face so that the Catholic church can justify one of their relics, but she doesn't appear at all in the Bible. So once again the movie is guilty of adding Catholic nonsense. Yet another thing is the movie assumes the adulterous woman was Mary Magdalene, not a huge deal this one, but still, we shouldn't assume they are the same person because she isn't mentioned by name in that particular story. Another thing was the big brawl in the garden, the Bible simply says that an ear got cut off, Jesus fixed it, and said not to fight them and it was over. The movie on the other hand thought a fist fight broke out and then an ear got cut off, Jesus fixed while everybody kept fighting, and then finally stopped everyone. I'm going to add one last thing, just to nit pick, he says "It is accomplished," on the cross instead of "It is finished," like he actually said in the Bible. They mean the same thing but please get it right, people.
In summary, despite the fact the movie gets some things right, it adds so much that isn't right that it is just horrible. I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone and if I did it would be to show them how bizarre the beliefs of a Catholic are. I can't even begin to explain the demon stuff though. I don't blame the Catholic church for that, I think Mel Gibson might just be crazy. Demons are real, but I don't think they did anything to Judas, they wouldn't have had to. Satan would have been hanging around for sure, influencing people, but he wasn't some creepy thing with a hood. I think the best thing we can learn from this movie is exactly as I said before, don't add to the Bible, just show everything as it is and let people learn from it. I promise you, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, is more than interesting enough to retain people's attention. You definitely don't need to add kid demons and jump scares.
I wanted to talk about this movie while it was still fresh in my mind. I am glad that such a movie was made, because the evil of abortion needs to be talked about, but there are some problems with this film as well, so I am going to talk about it all. There will be spoilers.
The movie starts out with the hardest parts to watch; an abortion taking place and then a 2nd abortion taking place in a different way. I thought this was a good thing so that anyone that doesn't stay for the whole movie will still understand exactly what abortion really is with those visuals. The sad thing is that this movie is based off a true story so while what is being shown in the movie is fake, 2 babies did genuinely die. The rest of the movie shows her starting to work for Planned Parenthood to the point of becoming a clinic director while fighting with her family on if what she is doing is moral. Her friends at the clinic all encourage her in what she is doing, though, including her boss who clearly represents everything Planned Parenthood stands for.
Among other things, it shows the protesters at the gates being harassed with the sprinklers being turned on and the cops being called on them for no reason other than to get rid of them. It shows Planned Parenthood's true agenda to murder as many babies as is possible with money as the reason. Something that wasn't shown to my memory was the fact that they also want to control the population growth with abortion, but regardless, the movie does a good job of showing that they have zero good intentions. They show that the company lies in every way possible, and takes advantage of girls in a vulnerable state to convince them to murder their children. It also shows that abortion is not safe at all, regardless of what stage, and can cause massive health issues to the woman receiving it.
In almost every way this movie is good, it will serve to teach people exactly what it's intending to, that abortion is evil. On other things though the movie falls on its face, and I wanted to talk about those things now. There is a scene in the movie where they have a hurricane coming and they need to get a lot of appoints in asap. For whatever reason some genius decided to play a Christian song about God overcoming things for us, as they rushed and succeeded in murdering 20 children before a hurricane. It was very poorly chosen music which, if taken out of context, that one scene actually would make me think that the movie was FOR abortion, not against it. Another thing is that, while I have people say the movie doesn't have profanity, it has plenty of it. The H.D.P and A word are all used in this film. I am sure this is news to some people but these are all curses, which have no place in any Christian film considering we aren't ever supposed to curse. One of my biggest complaints though actually goes to the scene where the husband is trying to make her feel better by bringing her to a Mexican restaurant. They discuss movies to watch and land on the movie 300 as something that is acceptable for them both to watch. I have some news though, NO ONE should ever watch that movie, it has at least one graphic sex scene, and tons of nudity. This is not something anyone should touch, let alone a Christian, and yet the husband who is portrayed to be a fantastic Christian husband has no issue with it. This isn't okay and should not be treated as such. If you are someone watching movies like this, I suggest throwing them in the trash immediately because it's where they belong.
Another thing that I think needs to be said here is that the Christians in film are all these hyper nice types of people, along with one idiot who is just being pointlessly cruel towards the beginning. This is not how it is nor how it should be. You don't walk up to someone who is helping to murder babies daily and smile at them and say hi like you're best friends. They need the truth, not to feel welcome and happy in what they are doing, and the family should have been drastically different as well, not just grudgingly dealing with things until God sorted it out. Most times God's intent to sort it out is to have us do it, not just sit there on our hands, waiting for him to handle it. We are his instruments and if you need proof just look at the fact he wants us to preach the Gospel. Realistically, he doesn't need us for it, he could handle everything but that isn't what he chooses to do. So please don't learn from how the Christians in this movie act. The Christians in this movie are always saying that they are babies "to them" as compared to they are babies. Sometimes what they are doing is actually awesome, but most of the time they are just smiling at murderers, acting like they are buddies, which is not how Jesus was. Being a good Christian has nothing to do with making people feel comfortable but has everything to do with telling them the truth in love. I am not saying be ridiculously harsh, or that being nice is a horrid thing, but context matters in everything including this. When talking to someone thinking of getting an abortion, be nice, that is the correct way, but when talking to someone performing or aiding in doing abortions, confront them with what they are doing every chance that you get. Would the woman this movie is based off of still have been in there if one of the people at the fence had simply shown her an ultrasound? I doubt it.
Now I know people are going to say. Hey Aitheros this is a movie about abortion, shouldn't we just be focusing on the main issue instead of nit picking the “smaller stuff”? My simple answer to that is no. While abortion is horrible, that does not mean the other things cease to matter. We need to do all we can to be perfect in everything which means following Jesus's example in everything. I am not saying we will succeed but Jesus wouldn't let one sin slide so that he could focus on another, he cares about every single one. Any sin by itself, regardless of what level of importance we have put on it, is worthy of Hell and we can't forget that.
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