The movie, Son of God, has already surpassed most people’s expectations earning $26.5 million on its first weekend. It is a clear sign that the Christian community has power over the box office.
Not surprisingly, non-Christian skeptics criticized the movie. However, what may be surprising to some are the Christians who have issues with the film. They cite Acts 17:11 for their criticisms as the verse states:
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
Christ followers use the term “Berean” in accordance to verifying what is presented as the Word and Truth of God, to actually be the Word and Truth of God. For the movie, they rightly compare it to what is shown in the Holy Scriptures, and unfortunately for the movie, there are quite a number of deviations. No Christ follower wants to see the Savior misrepresented, especially on the silver screen.
According to the Christian Post, Ken Ham, the CEO of the Creation Museum and the man who earlier debated against Bill Nye against evolution as reported here on The Inquisitr, argues the movie is full of errors. The official review of the movie can be seen on Ham’s organization website, Answers in Genesis. It starts out praising the movie’s beginning, which is told from the perspective of the Apostle John, where he says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning.” Soon after the praise, the review says the movie fails to ever make it clear just why Jesus came and why he died. The review gets very detailed and intricately analyzes the big-budget film, stating it fails to talk about sin, repentance, and hell. Near the end of the review, it simply states:
Biblically illiterate viewers will see nothing in the movie to help them understand how Jesus’s death should benefit them.
However, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who developed The Bible television miniseries and the movie, have been outspoken about their faith and love for Jesus. They also made a statement saying that the movie is meant to point people to the Bible, not replace it, as reported on Charisma News.
According to the developers, marketing material for The Bible encouraged people to explore Scripture, and the Son of God website is full of resources to help walk people through the movie from a Biblical view. They continue on stating that no on-screen version of the Bible ever has, or ever will, represent the life of Jesus Christ, to its full capacity. Taking note of budget and time, creative choices will and should be made to make a movie as good and as compelling as possible. What is important is that the movie presents proper history of Jesus Christ.
So what do you all think? Is the movie an honest representation of Jesus Christ, according to the Scriptures or is it not Biblical?
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