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Something HUGE is missing from the Last Supper!

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The Bible miniseries on the History Channel is one we cannot endorse. Many have said, “What’s the big deal? It’s getting unchurched people interested in the Bible, isn’t it?” The problem with this is that the complete Gospel – the only message by which the Bible says we can be regenerated to life by the Holy Spirit – is missing! No sin, to repentance. And there’s something else you need to know. Something huge.

Open your Bible to the Last Supper and then watch this:

If you didn’t catch it, hover your mouse pointer over this verse, John 14:6.

I found that video embedded in a blog post by Christian author Sunny Shell, who was one of many producers Roma Downey and Mark Bennett contacted to help promote this series before its release. But when she saw what these two had done to the real breathed-out Word of God, she flatly refused. Read her story. It is excellent – especially the Q & A interview at the end. Then share this with your friends and family who still think this miniseries is perfectly fine:

History Channel’s ‘The Bible’ exalts man over God

(via SunnyShell.org)

About a week ago, I was contacted by the History Channel’s media group asking me to help promote “The Bible”, a new mini-series that was created and produced by Roma Downey, (Touched By An Angel) with her husband Mark Burnett (producer: The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, Celebrity Apprentice).

After prayerfully reviewing the materials and consulting with my wise husband, I stated that I am unable to participate in promoting this endeavor due to its highly unbiblical content, as well as their portrayal of championing the virility of man while palliating the glory, righteousness and holiness of God. God our Father revealed Himself through His holy word (the real Bible) to proclaim:

  1. God’s righteousness;
  2. Man’s depravity;
  3. Humanity’s desperate need for a Savior—the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

From the words of the creators and producers of not-“The Bible” mini-series, their purpose is to portray God:

  1. As an angry God who punishes the “bad” people and curses the “good” people who disobey;
  2. As a really cool deity who still blesses all the “good” people no matter what they do;
  3. Whose ultimate desire is to “change the world”, make people nicer and happier through social reform and show all humanity the “good” we all have within ourselves.
Show’s website: “The Bible – an epic 10-part miniseries retells stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation from Genesis through Revelation. This DVD set is sure to entertain and inspire the whole…offering new insight into famous scenes and iconic characters…”
Roma Downey: “We knew that we could make it heartfelt. We knew we could make it faithful. But we wanted to be sure that we could make it cool.
Mark Burnett: “Our goal is to breathe fresh, visual life into the sacred text, the Bible…There are many, many epic battles in the Bible, and telling those from the character perspective makes you care more about the outcome of the battles.”
Nancy Dubuc (History Channel’s president and manager): “The faith community is going to sample it, unquestionably. Whether they stay or go remains with the TV gods. Our job has been to present this as an epic tale of adventure.”
Kierston Wareing (Delilah): “My hopes for the Bible series is that it brings in a larger range of audience, especially the younger audience because I can really say this for myself, this is really different, it’s really modern, it’s for everyone. If I saw this advertised myself and I wasn’t in it, I would certainly be tuning in.”

Beloved saints of the Lord Jesus Christ, I share this review out of my abiding love and devotion to our heavenly Father, my great love and compassion for God’s elect, and those who are still lost. Please, be careful what you teach and what you condone.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea…It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.”

~Mk 9:42, Rom 14:21-22 (emphasis added)
This mini-series has unfortunately been endorsed and promoted by Jim Daly (Focus on the Family), Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Lisa Harper (Women of Faith), Luis Palau, Dick Rolfe (the Dove Foundation) and many other well-known Christian leaders and organizations.
Some of the project’s advisers were: Joel Osteen who is a heretic, T.D. Jakes who is a modalist (which is heretical and blasphemous) and Rick Warren who is known for his faulty doctrine. Trying to obtain doctrinal accuracy from these men, is just asking for failure…of biblical proportions (pun and truth intended).
I’m not surprised by many of these advisers and endorsers, however I am disappointed by Jim Daly, Lisa Harper and Dick Rolfe’s promotion of this Hollywood-ized show of the Bible.
There’s so much added and so much taken away from Scripture (and I don’t mean Bible stories, I mean the truth is omitted and replaced with lies) that this mini-series plays more like a religious soap opera with overly emotional characters than an accurate depiction of God’s word, and His call for His people to be holy, as He is holy.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” ~Matthew 6:9

Biblical inaccuracies that matter (Jer 9:23-24):
    • Opening: Noah quotes Genesis while he’s on the ark with his family (though only Moses knew this and was commissioned by God to write the Pentateuch). During this nice little family story time, Noah tells his family that God caused the flood because Cain killed Abel and not because God saw that the people of Noah’s time were consumed with evil (Gen 6:5-8). Noah’s monologue continues with Noah saying, “God has seen too much evil in people’s hearts…wrong choices, wrong decisions”, though it is written in God’s word that there is nothing but evil in all our hearts; we are dead in our trespasses, born sinners and enslaved to the sinful passions of our flesh until we are born again as new creations in Christ Jesus the Lord (Rom 3:10-12, 2 Cor 5:17, Eph 4:20-24) .
    • First attack on the Gospel: Right after Noah’s monologue, the voice-over narrator states, “After the flood waters engulfed the world, there is a new beginning for Noah’s descendants, and a chance [for them] to restore the relationship between God and humanity.” This statement completely negates the Gospel of Jesus Christ while it denies the depravity of man, the holiness of God, and humanity’s desperate need for a Savior.

 

  • God visits Abraham: Never does Abraham demonstrate reverent fear of the Lord, rather he speaks to Lord as if He were a man. While this is happening, the two angels sent into the city are attacked by the people of the city and come to Lot’s door, breathless and begging for Lot’s help. The angels who earlier feared the people, now reveal they are wearing armor under their cloaks and have swords which is how they fight and kill their way out of the city. God destroys the city as the angels run away bleeding and injured; barely escaping with Lot and his family (Gen 19:1-22), as opposed to the accurate biblical telling of the angels appropriating their God-given, supernatural power from the moment they entered the city to the way they left.
  • Sacrifice of Isaac: Though Scripture depicts Abraham as one who quickly and faithfully obeys God’s call to sacrifice Isaac (Gen 22:1-3), in this mini-series we find Abraham arguing and irreverently talking back to God, “What? No! Haven’t I shown you enough faith?”

    After Abraham lifts his knife to strike the boy, biblically, the angel of the Lord tells Abraham not to touch Isaac. Abraham then looks up and sees a ram with its horns caught in a thicket which he understands to be God’s substitutionary sacrifice; foreshadowing Christ’s sacrifice for the sins of the world. But in the mini-series, Abraham asks Isaac for his forgiveness, the angel only calls Abraham’s name and there is a cute little lamb just standing there, not caught in anything (Gen 9-13). The ram with it’s horn caught in a thicket is a very important thing to change. The ram and it’s horns symbolize strength while the thicket represents the crown of thorns our Savior wears as He’s being mocked by Pilate’s men.
    In Scripture, Abraham has no idea exactly where he is going (Gen 22:1-4) only that God will lead him to a mountain in the region of Moriah. But in the mini-series Sarah knows exactly where they are, and meets them at the foot of the mountain, hoping to stop Abraham. She cries out to Isaac who shows resentment towards Abraham for almost sacrificing him. Isaac runs and embraces his mother and Sarah glares at Abraham. The scene ends with Abraham rejected and standing alone.
  • Moses: God never tells Moses that he’s standing on holy ground so Moses keeps his sandals on (another clear omission of God’s holiness [Exodus 3:5]). Moses speaks to Pharaoh himself (rather than Aaron speaking to Pharaoh) and Moses doesn’t argue with God when He first calls him to this task (Exodus 3:10-4:17), instead, Moses is full of courage throughout the mini-series.
  • Second attack on the Gospel: After the crossing of the Red Sea (which in Downey and Burnett depicts as happening on wet and muddy land rather than the miracle of dry land) Moses confidently declares, We’re going to fulfill Abraham’s covenant with God.” What? This was a one-way covenant that God initiated while Abram (Gen 15:12-21) was asleep. The hope in this covenant is that God promises to this great and awesome thing for Abram and his descendants without any assistance or participation from Abram or any man. God established the covenant and He alone will, and can fulfill it, just as He promised. The correlation between this covenant and the new covenant that Christ establishes (through His shed blood) is once again, an unbreakable covenant because it’s initiated and fulfilled only by God Himself: for those He calls, He grants them the gift of repentance that leads to salvation found only in His Son (John 6:44, Rom 8:29-30, 2 Cor 7:10).
  • John the Baptist: In Scripture, John the Baptist is the one who is commissioned by God the Father to “Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.” (Matt 3:1-3). But in the mini-series, when John sees Jesus as he’s baptizing people, rather than proclaim who Christ is and how unworthy he is to even untie Jesus’ sandals (Luke 3:16), John merely says, “Lord, you need to baptize me.” To which Jesus replies, “John, what you are doing is right.” Again, the mini-series neglects to reveal Christ’s deity, His greatness and that His desire is to fulfill all righteousness (Matt 3:13-15).
  • Third attack on the Gospel: Prior to being beheaded John exclaims “He [Jesus] will bring a new age of righteousness and justice. His [Jesus’] power will draw all men to a new world.” This entire statement is very new-age and doctrinally unsound. Jesus is not interested in social reform. He’s interested in reconciling utterly sinful human beings to a holy, righteous and good God through: His substitutionary death for sinful man, His resurrection of new life for those who’ve repented and trusted in Him, and a glorious eternal life spent in the presence of the Almighty once we’ve completed our sojourn here on earth. Jesus did not come to earth, die, be resurrected and ascended to the right hand of the Father so we could have a “better life” here on earth.
  • Jesus’ calling of Peter: Jesus sees Peter rolling up his nets and asks him if he needs any help. Peter is tired and angry and rudely declines Jesus’ offer. So Jesus just smiles understandably and starts walking in the water toward Peter’s boat. When Jesus gets waist deep, he asks for Peter’s help into the boat. Peter reluctantly helps Jesus. Jesus suggests they go fishing, Peter angrily says “No”. Jesus then smiles and pleads, “Peter, just give me an hour, and I will give you a whole new life.” To which Peter retorts, “Who says I want one?” No majesty, no power and no reverence for Christ is depicted here; only humanity’s vivacious spirit and the God of the universe trying to convince people to follow Him.
  • Fourth attack on the Gospel: While Jesus and Peter are fishing, Jesus tells Peter He needs Peter to help Him “change the world.” Downey, Burnett and their theological advisers continue to portray the Almighty much like the false pagan gods who something from their subjects in order to do anything. Nowhere in Scripture does God state that He is trying to change the world or needs our assistance with anything; rather our Lord clearly states, without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). Also in the Scriptures, our LORD declares He is going to do something magnificent—He’s going to give us new hearts and new minds and conform us into the image of His Son, Christ the Lord. God certainly has no interest in merely making this world a nicer place to live.
  • Last Supper and Fifth attack on the Gospel: While the actor who portrays Jesus says the bread is the body of Christ and the wine is Jesus’ blood, he never says the most important thing: it is for the forgiveness of sins (Matt 26:28). Though all of Scripture points to the Gospel, in this mini-series, there is no Gospel message; only a message of man’s power to have enough “faith” to see himself through and lead others to a “better place”.
  • Second Coming: They have the actor who portrays Jesus to say that he’s coming again, with a smile and in a comforting, reassuring tone; as if Christ’s Second Coming will be a happy day for all…which it won’t be. As it is written, our Lord’s awesome Second Coming will be a time of great rejoicing and relief for believers, and a dread beyond words for unbelievers (2 Thess 1:5-9, Revelations 3:10-11, 22:12).
Throughout the entire series, God’s holiness and righteousness is either completely omitted or diminished. The Almighty is portrayed as the Roman Catholic’s angry God who curses people if they don’t obey, mixed with the heretical false god of Joel Osteen who wants to give you a big hug and make you happy no matter what you’ve done. Putting both sects of heretical teachings together produces an angry and sappy deity who desperately wants people to know about His love (as defined by the world) and will punish all the “bad” people, while allowing all the “good” people

(by their own merits) to continuously receive blessings regardless of any ungodly behavior.

This is most certainly not the true nature of the Almighty God as He reveals Himself through His word. The one true God reveals Himself as: holy, awesome, righteous and just, full of compassion and mercy, who, in spite of our great sins, provides salvation to us through the condescension, perfect life, death and resurrection of His one and only Son, Christ the Lord.
There are many more incredulous liberties Downey and her husband took on their re-writing of the Bible stories, but it’s not necessary to divulge them all. What I’ve shared should suffice and convince any God-fearing, Christ-loving, Bible-believing Christian to stay away, warn others and respectfully share this truth with the Christian leaders and organizations that are endorsing this project.

Q. “Even though there’s a lot of error in this movie, still, don’t you think it’s a great way to show people who God really is, I mean, can’t God use anything to save someone?

A. No, I don’t think this movie is a great way to reveal the truth about God since it’s filled with lies about God. And yes, I realize God can use anything to save someone, but He only chose to use the message of the true Gospel to save all men (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Nowhere in Scripture does God command or allow His children to use the work of Satan to proclaim His truth. And God is clear, anyone who denies Him and defiles His holy character or word, works for the devil, not for God. Since the beginning of time, the devil has attempted to minimize and blaspheme God’s holy character by lulling us to disregard His holiness, justice and righteousness. God has never called His children of light to partner with the works of darkness (2 Cor 6:15-16). As God’s children, we are commanded to pursue holiness, rather than try to find a way to compromise the glory of Christ in order to ‘reach more people’.

Q. “Sunny, don’t you think you’re taking this a bit too seriously? I mean, when’s the last time you saw “the Bible” trending at #1 in social media? Don’t you think this is great!?”

A. Jesus said, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God…Now when He [Jesus] was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs that He was doing. But Jesus on His part did not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for He Himself knew what was in man…The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? ‘I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.’ ” ~Luke 16:15, John 2:23-25, Jer 17:9-10

Q. “Sunny, this is Roma Downey and her husband’s movie. Don’t you think they have the right to leave out or add into the film whatever they want?”

A. While I agree that this mini-series belongs to Roma Downey and her husband, the story they’re telling doesn’t. The Bible and everything in it belongs to God and no one else. God clearly states in His word, that He has given no one “creative liberties” with His word or His immutable character (Is 46:5-11, James 1:16-18).


Q. “I know they left things out in the mini-series Sunny, but did you really expect them to fit the entire Bible into 10 hours?”


A. No, I didn’t expect them to include every detail of God’s word in that short time span. However, when I said they left much out and added much in, I didn’t mean biblical content, I meant biblical truths were left out and lies were added in. Downey and Burnett tried to re-write the word of God to fit their idea and the public’s idea of who God should be; someone more approachable, easy to get along with, someone who makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. And this depiction of God is false. It is the world’s idol of who they want their god to be. Their god who has no power, no authority and no salvation.


Q. “Don’t you think it’s useful for all Christians to have this great springboard to talk to people who normally wouldn’t be interested in God or the Bible (i.e., people at work, school, etc.)?”

A. Let me ask you a question. Do you believe Romans 1:16-17, that the Gospel of Christ alone has the power to save and reveal the righteousness of God? If you do, why would you need anything else to talk to people about the Lord? If you’re sincerely desiring to learn ways to reach more people for Christ, go to www.livingwaters.com to find out how you can biblically and effectively share the Gospel in every area of your life. Trust me, God’s word was sufficient for Christ and all His faithful witnesses of old and I assure you, God’s word is still sufficient to do the job today. God doesn’t need the spectacle of Hollywood to make Himself more presentable to the world.

Q. “Okay, I agree with everything you just mentioned, but don’t you think the more mature Christian could use this as a teaching tool so we’re better equipped to defend our faith and help those weak in faith to distinguish between the errors and truth?”

A. In law enforcement, when they’re training officers to quickly discern counterfeit money, do you know what they do? They tell them to study the authentic bill so well, that it’ll be easy to spot a counterfeit. Just the same, God commands His children, children of the light, children of truth, to be students of His word so that we are not tossed by the waves of false teaching and false doctrine (Matt 7:15-20, 16:12, Eph 4:11-14).

Q. “Well, don’t you think it’s still a ‘good’ movie? I thought it was well made and quite entertaining.”

A. Remember what Jesus said, only God is good (Mk 10:18); therefore if whatever anyone does is not of God, then it of no good. Besides, God never created us, nor revealed Himself to us, for our entertainment, He did it to make us a holy people—set apart for Him.

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ And if you call on Him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”

Read (below) other biblical reviews that honor God rather than entertain the masses and please help me spread God’s truth and warn the other saints of these wolves in sheep’s clothing. Then faithfully share the true Gospel to a dying and depraved world (2 Tim 2:15, Heb 4:11-13).

May God’s name and character always be honored and exalted in the lives of His children.
To God alone be the glory.

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99 Responses to “Something HUGE is missing from the Last Supper!”

  1. Well I missed the Last Supper Scene. But I did see the Baptism of Jesus, and couldn't wait until when he came out of the water, the Holy Spirit descending like a dove…I kept waiting, and waiting, and waiting. So just like the Last Supper omitted the most important thing, John Baptizing Jesus missed the most important thing:

    "This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased!" Matthew 3:17

    Did anyone else see it and I missed it? Maybe I was supposed to see it in my imagination, like a good contemplative in in altered state of consciousness?

    March 18, 2013 at 9:16 AM Reply
  2. Neil #

    I fully understand that not quoting ALL of verse John 14:6 was a major concern, but for them to leave out the covenants God made with man is blasphemous. In this particular scene,the actor who play Jesus says…."This is my body…this is my blood…remember me by doing this… I'm going to the Father…but I will always be with you." You can call this series an "epic tale of adventure" but we must stand firm by saying this series is not the truth.

    Matthew 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

    March 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM Reply
  3. Can you please link the "sunnyshell.org" to the original post? http://www.sunnyshell.org/2013/03/history-channel
    It keeps taking you to the main page, and after a while it will not be on the main page anymore.

    March 18, 2013 at 2:27 PM Reply
  4. Oh – also please be aware that Jim Wallis was on the consultant panel. If you see his videos on youtube where he comments on some of the clips, in the description he lists himself as having been consulted.

    March 18, 2013 at 2:38 PM Reply
  5. I think this must be an extended previous because I didn't see it last night either.

    March 18, 2013 at 2:57 PM Reply
  6. Rose Vosburgh #

    " Maybe I was supposed to see it in my imagination, like a good contemplative in in altered state of consciousness?"

    Ha, ha, ha…good one, James!

    March 18, 2013 at 3:44 PM Reply
  7. btw you know what else is missing?

    "this is my body, ___________"
    "this is my blood, ___________"

    March 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM Reply
  8. This story by Jim Wallis
    http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/03/07/bible-series-inv

    is linked to directly from here
    http://www.bibleseries.tv/the-bible-series-an-inv

    For some reason his commentary on Peter and the great catch of fish is blocked for copyright infringement…? But it's linked directly from the site, so I think there must be some mistake there.

    March 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM Reply
  9. lol James nope, it wasn't there unless we all blinked at the same time.

    March 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM Reply
  10. Charles #

    Moses went up the mountain to get the ten commandments. ..
    What were they? Seems like an important part of the scriptures
    to omit. How do we know what sin is without the law?

    March 18, 2013 at 6:20 PM Reply
  11. Marie #

    I for one hope it gets the non churched interested in the Word .. then they can grow and learn where the producers of this went wrong. I disliked the violence and several things in the Series, many very important things were missing .. but I will continue watching it so if I am asked about it I will be able to give a helpful answer. The Bible is an amazing book and growing in the Lord took time even for the disciples.

    March 18, 2013 at 6:58 PM Reply
    • Marie #

      My hearts grieves that there is not one church I would send an unchurched person to in my community that preaches and teaches sound doctrine, Marie. This is deeply troubling as many churches are leading men astray with doctrines of their own imaginations…….the message bible is endorsed, teachings from the likes of Joyce Meyers, Joel Osteen, Rob Bell, Gary Thomas, Randy Alcorn, Jack Hayford, Yongi Cho, Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Jonathan Cahn, Pat Robertson, the Elijah List, IHOP, Todd Bentley, all of those books written on heaven and hell experiences and the like, the list could go on forever here, but I believe you understand my point.

      I grew up in church that promoted the books of no man, but only the Bible, the Word of God given to all of us through the divine inspiration of God, the Holy Spirit. No religious or spiritual form of media, whether book, movie, tapes or the like, was raised high and lifted up for us to seek out to "enhance" our relationship with Jesus Christ. It just wasn't there and looking back, I can only acknowledge that God was protecting us against the heretics of our day. All of this extra media breeds more confusion and division in the ecclesia, or the assembly of Christ, than it does bringing unity. In today's churches, we are now called to be disciples of all of the people listed above, and then some. And when we resist, then the churched turn into ravagine wolves….hidden inside their sheep's clothing.

      Are all of the people in the church system really followers of Jesus Christ? Or maybe I should ask it in this way….what Jesus do most church goers follow as there are so many versions out there….I believe our Bibles call it "another Jesus."

      March 19, 2013 at 3:03 AM Reply
      • It is just a part of the falling away the Bible speaks of. …and false prophets and teachers and of people wanting to have their ears tickled. Our Lord Jesus is surely coming back soon. One look at Him in His glory will set it all straight, for certain!!!

        March 27, 2013 at 5:04 AM Reply
  12. Did any of the producers SAY that this mini-series would follow modern Christianity/Church-at-large interpretation of doctrine?
    No, I don't think so … plus "the doctrine of man's depravity"
    has a number of holes in it, I don't buy it … e.g. "Noah found
    favor in the eyes of the Lord" … Noah was a "sinner" too, right?
    But no, how could he be, he's a righteous man! LOT is considered
    a righteous man in scripture too, but look how much a screw-up
    he was! So … I say all these things to point out how this is a couple
    of people's interpretation of "the Bible". And as far as "the gospel"
    that you keep referencing, THE GOSPEL is good news about how
    God RECONCILED the whole world thru his son's sacrifice. It is
    GOOD NEWS, not bad news! There are a lot of people who see
    things quite differently, but still are BELIEVERS.
    As for the accuracy or scriptural "correctness" … Well, it is a film
    series produced by non-scholars of the Word, I'm sure.

    March 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM Reply
    • Jacob N #

      And therein lies the problem Tony. The point of God's reconciliation is missed in the interpretation. "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one come to the father except through me." That is the de facto statement that differentiates believers from do-gooders who have it in their heads that just being a good person is enough to get them to heaven. If a non-believer watches this program and makes the determination that "hey, all I have to do is follow the ten commandments and live by the golden rule, and I'm in the club", then the program is pointless. Also, I agree that the series is produced by non-scholars. It is not scholarly to quote scripture in its proper and complete context. It's common sense. In fact, it is more scholarly to manipulate the message to fit an agenda, wouldn't you say?

      March 20, 2013 at 4:04 AM Reply
  13. From your statement "The correlation between this covenant and the new covenant that Christ establishes (through His shed blood) is once again, an unbreakable covenant because it’s initiated and fulfilled only by God Himself: for those He calls, He grants them the gift of repentance that leads to salvation found only in His Son (John 6:44, Rom 8:29-30, 2 Cor 7:10)." it seems that you hold to the Calvinistic doctrines of grace (TULIP).

    The unconditional covenant God made with Abraham concerning their Promised Land cannot be associated with the New Covenant. The New Covenant is conditioned on faith, whilst the one with Abraham concerning his seed is not. Please bear in mind, I am not referring to faith as Calvinists see it, i.e. a gift of God subsequent to their monergistic regeneration. I'm talking about faith that is necessary IN ORDER to be saved.

    March 19, 2013 at 12:49 AM Reply
  14. donna #

    I totally agree. I was so excited waiting for that part, waiting to hear God speak , and nothing….

    March 19, 2013 at 1:31 AM Reply
  15. Connie #

    I cannot thank you enough for this article!!!! I knew that this series was WRONG and it bothered me so, but fellow Christians disagreed with me and thought I was being too picky. I thought maybe I am too judgmental. I prayed for an answer. Thank you so much for this article!!!!!

    March 19, 2013 at 1:42 AM Reply
  16. Mr Davis #

    This movie is just another example of the violation of scripture in the sense that we feel and reason we must change the scriptures to conform with our idea of reality. This we are commanded to renounce. 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 This practice elevates man to Godhood, for man in his finite brain determines what is good instead of trusting God with the increase if there will be any. 2 Corinthian 3:12

    But this very twisting of scripture occurs from every pulpit for we are also commanded to judge all that are spoken when we are gathered so that all may learn and all may be edified. 1 Corinthians 14:29-31 In most every case this is not allowed for we allow scholarship of man to reign supreme who is by practice a hireling and not even a real shepherd. 1 Corinthian 4:14-17 God has given us over to the idolatry of man and we are blinded to that truth.

    Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
    Isaiah 59:9-10

    And God must act Ephesians 2:1-3 for how can a dead man do anything. He is dead.

    By and large we have in this country received a gospel that was convient for us which doesn't bring about conversion for there is no power in a false gospel. That is the gospel proclaimed from the pulpits instead of the Gospel of Christ which, if we recieve it, works in us to reject our self will which pursues the lusts of the flesh and the mind and also to reject the world and all its practices. Rather we pursue love because the Love of Christ compells us, because Christ is in us, the Hope of Glory.

    This is not to say men have not been saved but rather if men come to repentance it is not because of our message but despite our message and conduct.

    But as many as received him, to them gave he (power) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13

    Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3

    Jesus answered , Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:5-7

    But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at his coming. If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him. 1 John 2:27-29

    Ephesians 2:4-22

    Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Romans 13:8-14

    This movie just a symptom of a greater problem.

    March 19, 2013 at 2:35 AM Reply
  17. Dean #

    I am amazed and saddened by Christians who see nothing wrong with attacking and judging others. I wonder how they can read the Bible and not see the message of love, non-judgement, and compassion that I see, which I see little of in any church. What happened to "They will know we are Christians by our love". Jesus healed, forgave sins, and loved people of different religions without requiring them to change what God they worshiped, even telling a pagan that he had greater faith than anyone in Israel. Perhaps being a Christian has more to do with how that changes the way we live each day and not so much about what we believe or what others around us believe. How arrogant of most of you to think that you know for sure the mind of God, aren't you exactly the kind of person Jesus ridiculed.

    March 19, 2013 at 3:46 AM Reply
    • Connie #

      How is it arrogant to be upset by the changing of God's word? The only way to heaven is to believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was raised again… There is only one God…

      Matthew 7:13-14
      New International Version (NIV)

      13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
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      Also, we are to judge others with righteous judgement.

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      I know one thing for sure….that if you do not confess that Jesus died for your sins you will go to hell.. One needs to read the whole bible to understand it.

      March 19, 2013 at 9:20 AM Reply
    • Linda #

      I agree, Dean. I'm horrified at the judgements cast here in abundance. …and it is so easy to feel justified in being judgemental when so many are doing likewise.

      This is not something that would draw a non-believer to a saving knowledge of the Lord … in fact, it is quite the opposite.

      This is precisely what caused me to stop going to church, and it took years before I found a church that actually walks in and demonstrates love the way I believe the Lord Himself does.

      March 24, 2013 at 1:36 PM Reply
      • D E M #

        I write to you, not because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 1 John 2:21.

        March 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM Reply
    • D E M #

      Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On contrary, we uphold the law. Romans 3:31.

      March 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM Reply
    • Walter #

      well said.

      March 27, 2013 at 4:36 AM Reply
    • Lynn #

      Dean what version of the Bible are you reading? Jesus did not say "They will know we are Christians by our love." He said "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Matt 7:20. The word fruit here means actions, works, deportment. We will know who is a real Christian by their adherence to the truth. Jesus also said that a tree (person) who does not bring forth good fruit will be cut down and cast into the fire. Truth is a life and death matter. Jesus said, "I am the way, the TRUTH and the life. NO man comes to the Father but by me." We need to ascertain what is truth and then follow it. And you need to start reading a more accurate version of the Bible. May I suggest the Authorized King James Version?

      March 30, 2013 at 12:53 AM Reply
  18. J #

    I enjoy reading other people's comments. Attacking and judging other christians I will let God decide. I have not watch any of this mini series nor do I plan on watching any of it.
    My main concern for myself is getting to know God through his Holy Word and not from some tv series made up by man.
    Joshua 1:8 and Joshua 1:9. I was reading these two scriptures this morning and they spoke to me. I hope they will speak to you.

    March 19, 2013 at 7:18 AM Reply
  19. I agree wholeheartedly! Furthermore, many of the actors/actresses are the furthest from godly. The woman who plays Bathsheba has been in many 'dirty' movies, including foreign soft-core porn…even recently! It's Hollywood! Nothing truly godly, rarely EVER..comes from Hollywood. If Hollywood accepts it, there must be something 'secretly' evil stitched in between the lines! God bless you!

    March 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM Reply
  20. karen #

    I am not at all surprised because I expected it to be full of error! You can't get a Biblically accurate, powerful Gospel message out of Follywood! Jesus said "you must be born again to see (percieve, understand) the Kingdom of God".

    March 20, 2013 at 1:06 AM Reply
  21. I do not find it to be full of error at all- they have takes liberty with some small things, like skin color of characters- but the LORD don't see skin color as a factor , why should we. they have missed ALOT of parts from the Bilble, I really wanted to see the spirit of GOD decending upon him like a dove, but it wasn't there-critisizing this movie from Christians is amazing to me, it would take years to make a movie with every part of the Bible included, it IS scriptual, selectively scriptural, but scriptual nonetheless-This Bible series will be seen by Many, many unbelievers- or people that have not come to know the Bible AT ALL! Many WILL open there Bibles, or go and buy a Bible, mabe go to church for the first time- or for the first time in a long time. This show explains who JESUS is, why he came here, what, why, and how he Preached, Many people do not know these things- dear people of Faith- look at this movie as a steppingstone pointing people in the right direction that do not know the WORD at all. I leave you with this question- how can anyone with free will- make the choice to believe, if they never know what the message is? I am reminded of creating a beautiful painting, there is always some people just waiting to tell me how many things they find wrong with it, than to step back and see it without having that mindset..

    March 20, 2013 at 1:53 AM Reply
    • Gerald, no one is criticizing this series for the skin color. I wouldn't care if these actors were plaid or polka-dotted. But when you change the words of God, when you change basic doctrinal Truth (the Christian non-negotiables of sin, repentance and Jesus being the Only way – our hope), that's when people need to speak up.

      It's a beautiful, cinematographic painting of a theological disaster.

      March 20, 2013 at 2:32 AM Reply
    • Rose Vosburgh #

      "it would take years to make a movie with every part of the Bible included"

      Of course….But the parts that were presented in The Bible (Not!)…important parts… should have been accurate according to what the Bible actually says… for ex. showing the real reason Sodom and Gomorrah were destoryed…and what Jesus really said at the Last Supper…not just that He is just the Way, the Truth, and the Life, but that he also stated that 'No man comes to the Father but by Me.' And so many other omissions or outright errors and misrepresentations. The movie did not help people to understand why Jesus came. Rather than leading people to investigate the true gospel message, it may leave many with a false sense of security thinking they are Christians when they are not. Sadly for many people, this movie will be the only Bible they will ever know. Why read it? They think they know all about it now…they saw 'The Bible"!

      A much better Bible movie is The Gospel of John. It is the very Gospel of John word for word just as it is written in the Bible. Very well done and, at the end of watching it, you will know exactly why Jesus came, why you need a savior and you will either be turned completely off by the message or fall on your knees at the end at give your heart to the Lord. It is the Bible word for word..no omissions, no changes… and it is powerful…not like this Hollywood mess made to entertain, feed the flesh, and leave the lost unchallenged, unchanged…thinking they know all about the Bible now…but still lost and without a clue. 'The Bible' was put together by lost people and the advisors are wolves and heretics…so what did we expect?

      March 20, 2013 at 3:43 PM Reply
    • Linda #

      Thank you, Gerald. It's so easy for people to be critical and judgemental, but this is not the walk the Lord has called us to … He has called us to walk in LOVE.
      I appreciate your heart.

      March 24, 2013 at 1:31 PM Reply
      • Kurt #

        LInda, God has called us to love the TRUTH as revealed in His word. Any deviation from that ought to be called into question with righteous judgement. To simply accept anyone's interpretations and variances that are clearly un Scriptural in nature is NOT loving at ALL and is sinful before our Holy God. In their effort to make the Gospel palatable to the masses…they have effectually and most grievously removed the Gospel altogether. Can't we all just get along? Not even, if that means one sides with truth and another with watered down falsehoods. Only the Truth…sets men free.

        March 28, 2013 at 7:23 AM Reply
      • Lynn #

        Linda – Yes, Jesus called us to love one another, but He also called us to walk in the truth. He said, "God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:24. Also He said, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…" John 16:13. If the work of the Holy Spirit is to lead us into ALL truth then those who do not teach truth are not of the Spirit of God. If you would know the truth, then "Search the scriptures" for yourself. Since it is only through the Holy Spirit that we can discern between truth and error, ask God to give you His Spirit who gives to those who sincerely desire the truth.

        March 30, 2013 at 1:40 AM Reply
    • Vonda #

      Gerald, you used the example of an artist and his painting. Here's another example for you: say that artist is quite famous and has painted a picture of a bouquet of flowers. This painting would easily sell for thousands of dollars. Then a forger comes along and copies that painting. In his neglect (and even subconscious pride), he leaves off a petal here and there and adds one or two in other places. He then seeks to sell it to some unsuspecting person with the added incentive that it is an original. Once sold, the buyer has no clue that they've been had! They in turn attempt to sell it and are disappointed to find out it's a fake until THEY attempt to reap some financial gain. Well, that's the way one could see what's been done in this mini series. It has had things added and omitted that make it nothing more than a fake. The only ones who aren't taken in are those who have well-studied the real, the original and would accept nothing less. This is what I'm reading here in most of the comments. They are bothered by any attempts to make the Word of God more appealing by omitting or embellishing certain truths. The Gospel was not meant for entertainment, it was meant for salvation! Blessings to you!

      March 25, 2013 at 5:08 AM Reply
  22. I was waiting for that myself, it was not there:(

    March 20, 2013 at 2:01 AM Reply
  23. The Last Supper scene will air this Sunday. The clip is a preview.

    March 20, 2013 at 2:28 AM Reply
  24. Kathy #

    I tuned in to the first episode and was turned off right away by what was missing. Even before reading the reviews I knew I could NOT watch anymore. God truly does witness with the born again heart. It made me very sad to have the truth of God so tarnished. Those "Chistians" who collaborated on this movie will one have to answer to GOD almighty for the souls who saw this movie empty of TRUTH..

    March 20, 2013 at 7:29 AM Reply
  25. Sherri #

    that was the FIRST thing that I noticed! The clouds falling down towards Jesus and making way for the sun to shine on Him, was a nice touch, but those words,…or even that narrator, SHOULD HAVE BEEN SPOKEN!

    March 21, 2013 at 3:58 AM Reply
  26. Ray Apple #

    I agree with the inaccuracies and I will say that this movie has stirred a deeper desire in me to study the true and only BIBLE. The God breathed word of the only living God.
    Thank you for standing up, you are being heard. A believer!

    March 21, 2013 at 4:49 AM Reply
  27. Maybe I'm wrong, so please don't take this as unassailable truth, but isn't Roma Downey a Mormon?

    March 22, 2013 at 4:14 AM Reply
    • Rose Vosburgh #

      Pat,

      I think she is Catholic and involved in mysticism.

      March 22, 2013 at 4:21 PM Reply
      • Linda #

        People!!! I can't believe this! Roma has a true love for the Lord. Stop looking for demons in doorknobs and start walking in LOVE.

        March 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM Reply
        • Vonda #

          I recognized a few names associated with the making of this series but am not familiar with "Roma Downey". Is she a personal friend of yours?

          March 25, 2013 at 2:39 AM Reply
        • Vonda #

          An individual's "faith" background shouldn't be taken lightly. Should we ignore 1 Thess. 5:21, Romans 16:17-18, 2 Tim. 4:2.?

          So, Linda, I do understand where you are coming from but I just don't get the impression that folks here are judging the "motives" of the hearts of the makers of the series. ( However, in some cases when wrong or deceitful motives are flat out obvious, there's really no need to judge…you just know). But surel ythere's nothing wrong with constructive criticism.

          March 25, 2013 at 3:48 AM Reply
        • Thank you Linda for your comment. You are correct, Roma does have a true love for the Lord. I can say this knowingly, that Roma is the kindest, most-loving, giving person know and feel blessed to call her a dear friend.

          March 25, 2013 at 5:03 AM Reply
        • Kurt #

          Linda, you claim that Roma Downey has a true love for the Lord? If this is true…then she must have a love for God's Truth as revealed in His Word the Bible. Sadly, in multiple instances her television program has clearly revealed, that she absolutely does not. Roma was FAR more interested in people pleasing (she succeeded) than in revealing the 'controversial' realities of Scripture. True love is grounded FIRMLY in Scriptural Truth and to embrace and put forth anything else as God's Truth that is watered down or altered, is NOT true…it is a LIE, it is SINFUL, it is the opposite of loving, period. I'm not trying to sound harsh to you Linda, but this is a MOST serious subject that is being addressed on these comments. May the Lord open your eyes on this, and I say that to you in love!

          March 28, 2013 at 7:50 AM Reply
      • Yes she and Mark are Catholic and no she is not involved in mysticism in the way you are using the word. (to mean "new age")

        March 25, 2013 at 4:59 AM Reply
  28. Rebecca #

    I have been SO utterly criticized for stating that I didn't like this series because it strays so far away from the Bible! I was told that numbers matter, have been accused of being judgmental, of suffering from "plank in eye syndrome" and a host of other maladies. So, THANK YOU for confirming what has been troubling my spirit!

    March 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM Reply
    • Vonda #

      Isn't it funny how we are critiCAL of those who critiCIZE!?

      March 25, 2013 at 3:52 AM Reply
    • Vonda #

      Anything that could be misconstrude and turned into false doctriine SHOULD be critisized AND exposed.

      March 25, 2013 at 4:15 AM Reply
    • Kurt #

      The Modern day small 'g' gospel seeks to re-manufacture the truth in an effort to make it more palatable to the masses. The numbers are absolutely meaningless if what is put forth to the people is not adhering to the Word of God. These Christians that are 'okay' with watering down and altering Scripture need to examine themselves in light of it and hopefully realize that they in fact are the ones in possession of the plank:) Regarding these types of situations, God approves of and wants us to make righteous judgments in accordance with His Holy Word.

      March 28, 2013 at 8:13 AM Reply
  29. Sam #

    yes, definitely saw that and many other things that were totally unbiblical.

    March 23, 2013 at 1:40 AM Reply
    • Al #

      I also waited for the dove — but, that aside what were the producers thinking when they completely misrepresented the Sermon on the Mount– Jesus supposedly gave this sermon to a huge crowd and fed them with the loaves and fishes– both of these scenes came right after Jesus was walking with his deciples and giving them the sermon along with the Lord's prayer. Also, what about the first miracle — changing water into wine at the marriage of Cana. The producers managed to depict- many of the memorable events in Jesus's life — but decided to leave out three important and meaningful events–the dove–the water into wine and the sermon on the mount.

      March 29, 2013 at 9:39 AM Reply
  30. Sam #

    There are so many inconsistencies up to the this point it would be shocking, if it wasn't expected. The scene with Jesus and Peter was a complete re-manufacture of Biblical truth. The Gospels tell a completely different story that expresses Jesus' total authority over man. In the real Bible, Jesus walks by the Sea of Galilee and calls Peter and Andrew – they 'immediately' leave their nets and follow Him. (Matthew 4:18-22) In the history channel's adaptation, a whining Peter (fishing alone) causes Jesus to wade into the water and be pulled into the boat by Peter with the statement for them to collaboratively become 'World Changers'. Anticipating this to be a very common theme throughout the remainder of this travesty.

    This is one of many examples of the re-telling of Biblical truths that put the focus on man, and remove the deity and total authority of Jesus.

    I pray that God would give us all discernment and use this to provide an opportunity for reaching folks who may be watching this, thinking it is truth. Folks that ask our opinions on this should get an earful of Biblical truth.

    March 23, 2013 at 1:56 AM Reply
  31. Linda #

    Roma and Mark have gone into the production of this mini-series with pure hearts and much prayer, financing it with their own money, desirous of seeing the Lord glorified to the masses.
    It has grieved me immensely through the years to see Christian judging Christian … who needs enemies when our brothers and sisters will cut us down much more effectively?
    This is not a "Christianity" that the non-believer needs to see. When non-believers see the lack of love in the church that is present, they only know that they don't need this. A human being needs, above all, love and acceptance which is what Jesus came to provide us with … let's try extending that to our brothers and sisters.
    People are coming to know the Lord because of this movie! Let's stop nit picking and start believing the Lord for those who need His salvation!!

    March 24, 2013 at 1:26 PM Reply
    • Kurt #

      Linda, you claim that people are coming to the Lord as a result of this movie? Where could one find the true Gospel according to Jesus Christ, within its contents?

      March 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM Reply
    • Lynn #

      Linda – You say we should stop nitpicking and start believing the Lord. Do YOU believe? Read II Timothy 3:16. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

      March 30, 2013 at 1:57 AM Reply
  32. J #

    All I know is that the Lord God will judge all of us at the rapture. My question to everyone is this.If a Christian see's another Christian going astray do we try and bring them back to Christianity or do we let them go astray?

    March 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM Reply
  33. Stephen Denny #

    Amy

    Another Big Miss is that Jesus did not drink the communion cup with them because it represented his blood for the remission of sin of which he knew not sin as the sinless lamb of God. Matt 26:29

    March 24, 2013 at 9:16 PM Reply
    • Vonda #

      Really?? In the series, they protrayed Jesus drinking at the last supper??!! What was the purpose of that, I wonder?

      March 25, 2013 at 3:24 AM Reply
  34. Kim Ingram #

    I kept waiting for it too. This is not a good movie to watch, especially if you don't know The Lord, and you can't see the lies

    March 25, 2013 at 3:18 AM Reply
  35. Vonda #

    I've yet to see the series but based on all the inaccuracies listed here among the comments, I would be disappointed, as well. Whether I watch it or not, I'd like to address those who are bothered by the critisism of the movie, its makers and advisors. It seems when we (Christians) DO get the opportunity to be involved in the cinematic aspects of portraying the Gospel, we compromise by omission and embellishment for the sake of "watch-ability" and ratings, rather than desiring to depict just the plain TRUTH. Yes, there is much in the Scriptures about love but there is much about correction, as well. For example, Jesus didn't go around and give each of the "money changers" in the temple a big hug and pull them aside to quietly speak to them about how what they were doing was wrong. He turned over their tables and drove them out! So, what I'm saying is just because there is criticism, judgment and admonishment, doesn't mean that love is lacking. On the contrary, I think BECAUSE there is LOVE for the lost many here are upset that they (the lost) will not be receiving the truth of the Gospel. And that's what is most important, not how much of someone's finances was put into a project! Someone made the comment that for some, this will be the only "portrayal" of the Bible/Gospel they will ever see/know, and that might be true. So why would the makers risk that with an incorrect depiction of something as important as the Gospel of Jesus Christ?! Pointing out such inaccuracies is definitely NOT "nitpicking!" If someone is mis-representing the Gospel, the character of Jesus and the way (other than the way God says) to be saved, they SHOULD be called out on it! Ms. Downey states: “We knew that we could make it heartfelt. We knew we could make it faithful. But we wanted to be sure that we could make it cool.“ I guess"cool" won out over truth?

    March 25, 2013 at 3:19 AM Reply
  36. Although you make some valid points, I believe you are nit picking and getting deep into what certain elements meant in the Old Testament (ram with horn in thicket as example) a new Christian or a non-Christian is not going to understand or care frankly about the difference of it being a lamb. I do take you to task at calling the God of the Catholic church – "Roman Catholic’s angry God who curses people if they don’t obey" – being a Catholic myself and very much a Christian, I find this offensive and snide on your part, as if you see yourself as better because you feel what you believe is the only truth and only way to see God and the Bible. Yes, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are both cradle Catholics, but I would hardly say this is a Catholic production. The Passion of Christ by Mel Gibson, now that was a very Catholic retelling of the Passion story. Roma and Mark have said over and over, it is their hope that by watching The Bible mini-series that people will read the Bible for the first time or re-open their Bibles and read the stories for themselves and do their own studies. Each person much do as they feel the Holy Spirit is leading them, and so you have the right to not want to be one that promotes the series for them and you have the right to your opinions. I do find your tone to be very self-righteous though and you will reach many more people toning that down a bit. By the way, without the Catholic church, you wouldn't have The Bible or the option to practice your version of Christianity…And Martin Luther never wanted new churches to be formed, he wished for a Reformation within the Catholic church. I personally have witnessed Christian arguing amongst each other regarding this series and many have said, who would want to belong to religion where no one can agree with each other, name call and like to bash others beliefs. Yes, Catholic bashing was only part of what I witnessed, but I've never seen such judgemental people than the ones all claiming to be "born again Christians" argue and bicker with each other. For the record, I don't agree 100% with the teachings of Joel Osteen, I feel he and others teach "the prosperity gospel"….But I leave it to God to judge people's hearts.For in the end, we all must stand before him and answer for our actions and sins and how we have led out lives. God is a God of love and mercy. You will never bring others to Christ harping on just the sinful nature of humans. Yes, it is true, but it is not the only thing Christ would have us share of His message.

    March 25, 2013 at 4:39 AM Reply
    • Vonda #

      Anna, first let me say that I can appreciate the passion of your comments to whoever offended you in regards to your faith. But in regards to the series itself, ummm, this mini series IS called "The Bible", right…? So…if someone is a READER (and I do emphasize READER)of the Bible, studies the Bible, and believes THE BIBLE, why is it wrong to critisize a movie/series ABOUT THE BIBLE??? Many people have been TOLD for years what the Bible says, but many have NEVER taken the time to actually READ it for themselves. Thus, to this day, they are unknowingly accepting of all kinds of errors. For years, church(building)goers have heard mis-interpretation of scripture, twisted scripture and scripture taken out of context and have accepted it as truth/fact because they are complacent in reading the Word of God for themselves! Right you are in saying it is God who judges hearts/motives but when something like this comes along that ADDS to error, especially for those who are seeking and new to the Christian faith, it's a red flag to many and people are right to speak up. I'm sure none of us would like it if someone took liberties with our own "life story"–we'd no doubt have something to say about it. From the majority of the comments I've read, It is the WORK, the MATERIAL that's being "judged" and NOT the hearts or motivation of the makers. People give a thumbs up or thumbs down and critique (in detail) the works of this type all the time. The hearts of those involved may have been in the right place but what makes THEM above criticism of their final work? What says that Christian artists, writers, actors, etc. can't be critisized about THEIR work just like anyone else?

      March 25, 2013 at 6:11 AM Reply
      • Vonda #

        And by the way, Anna, you described someone's comment, " Roman Catholic’s angry God who curses people if they don’t obey…as snide and offensive.” As a child of God and a member of the body of Christ (not a member of a "denomination), I consider YOUR comment that, "without the Catholic church, you wouldn’t have The Bible or the option to practice your version of Christianity…" just as snide and offensive. Any gratitude owed is not to any organization, Catholic or otherwise, but to the power and authority of Almight God!

        March 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM Reply
        • understandcriticismo #

          In support of Vonda's comment: Anna I remember my mom telling me that the catholic church wouldn't even let you know what was in The Bible when she was growing up. So I agree with wondering how do we thank the rcc. And being "born again" doesn't need to be in quotes. The series needed to expound on that for that is the only way to have eternal life with God, NOT to belong to a denomination or to"love". If that was the case only one denomination would be with The Lord when they die and ones who just loved wouldnt need a savior. It all is in giving your heart to The Lord in claiming Jesus as your Savior and asking forgiveness of your sins, not saying your sins to a priest and having pride in belonging to a denomination. Again, its saying "I am catholic, you're not and I have it right and no one else does". The sad thing is the ones who go to a catholic church are the hardest ones to get to understand being born again. Which saddens me more is that we born again christians get ridicluled by catholics but yet they'll be the first to celebrate Christmas. You cant be lukewarm for Christ! Thus, I hate when December and even Easter rolls around….time for hypocrisy all over again.
          I give this movie so so ratings. For I was wondering about the scenes and do worry about Revelation not being explained versus just being mentioned. The end was sweet for us believers to repeat our daily thoughts… having that "please return now" feeling. But for ones who need to be saved it wasn't the right way to end it. I can go on and on but that is my review in short on the ending, siding with the reviews/comments of the inaccuracies of the whole series.

          April 1, 2013 at 1:37 AM Reply
          • Sadly, some Christians call themselves 'born again' Christians to differentiate between themselves and other Christians as if the others were not 'true' Christians, The fact is that accepting Jesus as one's Lord and Saviour and accepting the Holy Spirit dwelling within you means that all Christians are 'born again' in the true sense of the words.
            Catholics believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior and the Holy Spirit dwells withing me and I dare say the Spirit dwells in many of my Catholic brothers and sisters. As in any church or gathering of any group of Christian people, there are always those that are not as they appear. Only God knows my heart and can read the hearts of others.

            April 1, 2013 at 2:38 AM
          • Therese Z #

            Golly, that "the RC church won't let you know what's in the Bible" is such complete and idiotic horse crud. I would like to see one iota of your mother's proof.

            Of course we owned a Bible, read it, picked out life verses. Maybe we memorized prayers while our Protestant cousins memorized Bible verses, but we were never without access to our Bible. .And our daily and Sunday Mass works its way far more thorougly through the Bible than most Protestant church's picking here and there for sermon topics, but never going all the way through the entire thing.

            That is just such a stupid thing for someone to tell your mother, or for her to know was wrong and repeat anyway.

            April 23, 2013 at 8:40 AM
      • Kurt #

        Amen!! It is kind and loving to defend the truth of God's Word, and I'll put His Lordship far above the 'feelings' of a mere mortal any day of the week. I'm so tired of the lets everybody hold hands in agreement and sing 'Kum Ba Yah' mentality!! Jesus Christ is HOLY and His TRUTH divides!! He took the full Wrath of God for our sins and we ought to RESPECT His Word and not be like little children who sinfully disregard His Truths by patting a production like this on the back. Wow!! Where does one draw the line? If it is not according to Truth, then repentance is in order.

        March 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM Reply
        • I'm not going to ever agree with any of you that are think you know God and His word better than others. You do realize that books that were holy and used by early Christians are not in The Bible you use? So, when people say you cannot add or take away anything from His word, that was not written talking about a bunch of books that men put together and called a Bible. The early Christians wouldn't know what a "Bible" is…it means book.I will gladly sing Kum Ba Yah and embrace others in love. I'm not an uneducated fool speaking blindly. I'm quite well versed and well read on the history of Christianity and the formation of what became the Bible. I also am one that reads and studies the Bible, I just don't see the need for Christians to tell other Christians that they need to repent…who are you? God is the only one that I need to answer to now and on judgement day and the same goes for the makers of The Bible mini-series and you! No wonder non-Christians want nothing to do with becoming a Christan when they read the bickering and disagreeing amongst Christians themselves like here and elsewhere online and really in all medias. I'd like all of you to sit down and watch every Biblical movie ever made, every single one, for TV and movie theater, old all the way back to the silent films to the newest projects broadcast and pick apart each of them in the way that everyone has picked apart The Bible mini-series. You will see that artistic changes were made and I dare say, none or very, very few will read word for word from the KJV of the Bible as you think they should. By the way, have you heard that a major motion picture about Moses is being made currently? I bet you will find it will not be to your liking either. Not with how strict and rigid ways you view things. I'm entitled to disagree with you and dealing with this constant nit picking just gives me a headache. You suck the joy right out life. I sleep just fine and can look in the mirror and have not issues, as well as I know where I will be when I die…I am saved and there is no way, anyone here can judge and say I am not, for that is only God's decision and not one to be made by other sinners here on earth.

          March 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM Reply
          • Vonda #

            There's a distinct line here…those who are defending the Word of God and those who are defending their own opinions possibly and most likely because they are not familiar with the Bible. It's such a shame that everyone didn't fall head over heels in love with Roma and Mark's series but I bet they're handling the criticism far better than their fans (& friends). It's quite refreshing, though, to see how many people are able to base their comments about a series called THE BIBLE on scripture contained WITHIN THE (actual) BIBLE. And it's amazing to me just how many folks are getting upset with the people who are doing that. Those who have pointed out error after error for scripture after scripture must have touched a nerve. Sometimes people who don't know scripture, or have just had the Bible read to them or interpreted FOR them, or perhaps might not even know what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is about will sometimes label those who do as "Bible Thumpers" or "self-righteous" mainly because they're upset with themselves for being too complacent to study and KNOW it FOR themselves. In saying how this series may make people who never read the Bible finally open it up, perhaps they are speaking of themselves.

            March 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM
  37. Sharon W. #

    I'm not watching this series, so I can't comment on it. But after reading several of the other comments, the first scripture verse that came to mind was Romans 10:2…."THEY HAVE A ZEAL FOR GOD BUT NOT ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE". In other words, sin or error through ignorance is still sin or error no matter how well-meaning, sincere or zealous for God someone is. TRUTH, LOVE & GRACE go "hand-in-hand" and is defined by God…not by us and not by the world's standard of measurement.

    The story of Jesus & the Samaritan woman at the well is RICH with spiritual truths and meaning. The Samaritans, who also BELIEVED in the coming Messiah, had CORRUPTED much of the TRUE WORSHIP OF GOD, and Jesus did not hesitate to say to her, "You Samaritans worship what you do not know". [John 4:22]….That is LOVE in action…Jesus told her the Truth.

    2 Timothy 2:25 gives us instruction in how to deal w/ those who are in error.

    March 25, 2013 at 8:22 AM Reply
    • Vonda #

      Good point and example, Sharon W. Thanks for referring to THE BIBLE rather than your feelings. (smile)

      March 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM Reply
      • James #

        Vonda, as a Catholic Christian (who reads THE BIBLE), I am sadly used to comments coming from your end. I attended a Protestant school for years and was amazed at how judgmental and uninformed they were about Catholic teaching and doctrine. So, before I will say anything else, you should read up on the history of early Christians and you will be amazed at what you find. First, Anna is right. The early Christians did not have a "Bible". The Catholic church held a council to determine which books should be included in the Bible. For hundreds of years, the Bible included 73 books. Luther, a devout Catholic, wanted change and decided that the "Septuagint" should be removed from the Christian Bible. Therefore, Protestants now have 66 books. (BTW those seven books that are not in your Bibles are referred to MANY TIMES by Paul and other writers of the New Testament. Look up "the armor of God" that Paul discusses..It is literally word for word a verse taken from our "extra" books. The fact is, early Christians used the books that are contained in the Catholic Bible today, and so did Paul and other New Testament Writers.
        Second, it offends me that so many Protestants think they know everything about Catholics and assume that we don't read THE BIBLE or are going to hell. It is disgraceful, judgmental, and shows a lack of intelligence. I read THE BIBLE every day, and use it to discover Christ anew each and every day.
        So Vonda, do your research and stop referring to YOUR feelings and hatred of the Catholic Church.

        March 29, 2013 at 3:52 PM Reply
        • Thank you James for your very educated post and before your comment, I felt like the lone Catholic responding here. So, I appreciate another Catholic, who also reads the Bible, as I do, and also knows the history of the church, including about the early Christians. And for sharing your own personal experience: "I attended a Protestant school for years and was amazed at how judgmental and uninformed they were about Catholic teaching and doctrine." I too have found this to be true not only on this board but in general. I have tried to respond in my numerous post 'in love' but at times have found it difficult, as I say in one of my posts, it was feeling like the all joy was being sucked out of life, with all the negativity here. I feel that I am blessed to be a cradle Catholic as Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are as well. Being raised Catholic and attending Catholic grade school to me was a gift and continues to bless me all through my life.

          April 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM Reply
  38. Lori Anne Schwenkel #

    I am extremely greatful that Sunny articulated the fundamental problems with this movie as penned. As my husband and I have been watching each series, I found myself sitting throughout the series saying "that's not what happened," and I was very upset that Roma and her husband took these exact literary liberties that they did in their attempt to modernize God's Holy Word.

    March 26, 2013 at 3:17 AM Reply
    • Vonda #

      Lori, I am also appreciative to Sunny for the headsup about this series. I'm at a loss, though, as to why there are a few folks here who seem to be SO upset over the criticism of this series. If you love reading and studying the Bible and you see errors in a MOVIE about it, what is so wrong with pointing out and describing those errors? I'm reading peoples comments who are more upset over the criticism of a production than they are over the errors concerning the Word of God. That's just strange!

      March 28, 2013 at 3:44 PM Reply
  39. Brian #

    The hirelings and the producers should have looked at these verses in the Scriptures. However, since it is all about the money, they have followed after the way of Balaam.

    Deuteronomy 4:2 You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

    Revelation 22:18-19 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

    Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. 6 Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.
    Jeremiah 23:1-40 Jeremiah 23:1 "(a)Woe to the shepherds who are b)destroying and scattering the (c)sheep of My pasture!" declares the LORD. 2 Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are (1)tending My people: "You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to (a)attend to you for the (b)evil of your deeds," declares the LORD. 3 "Then I Myself will (a)gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply. 4 "I will also raise up (a)shepherds over them and they will (1)tend them; and they will (b)not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, (c)nor will any be missing," declares the LORD. 5 "Behold, the (a)days are coming," declares the LORD, "When I will raise up for David a righteous (1b)Branch; And He will (c)reign as king and (2)act wisely And (d)do justice and righteousness in the land. 6 "In His days Judah will be saved, And (a)Israel will dwell securely; And this is His b)name by which He will be called, 'The (c)LORD our righteousness.' 7 "(a)Therefore behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when they will no longer say, 'As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,' 8 (a)but, 'As the LORD lives, who (b)brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.' Then they will live on their own soil." 9 As for the prophets: My (a)heart is broken within me, All my bones tremble; I have become like a drunken man, Even like a man overcome with wine, Because of the LORD And because of His holy words. 10 For the land is full of (a)adulterers; For the land (b)mourns because of the curse. The (c)pastures of the wilderness have dried up. Their course also is evil And their might is not right. 11 "For (a)both prophet and priest are polluted; Even in My house I have found their wickedness," declares the LORD. 12 "Therefore their way will be like (a)slippery paths to them, They will be driven away into the (b)gloom and fall down in it; For I will bring (c)calamity upon them, The year of their punishment," declares the LORD. 13 "Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an (a)offensive thing: They b)prophesied by Baal and (c)led My people Israel astray. 14 "Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a (a)horrible thing: The committing of b)adultery and walking in falsehood; And they strengthen the hands of c)evildoers, So that no one has turned back from his wickedness. All of them have become to Me like (d)Sodom, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah. 15 "Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets, 'Behold, I am going to (a)feed them wormwood And make them drink poisonous water, For from the prophets of Jerusalem Pollution has gone forth into all the land.'" 16 Thus says the LORD of hosts, "(a)Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are (b)leading you into futility; They speak a (c)vision of their own (1)imagination, Not (d)from the mouth of the LORD. 17 "They keep saying to those who (a)despise Me, 'The LORD has said, "(b)You will have peace "'; And as for everyone who walks in the c)stubbornness of his own heart, They say, '(d)Calamity will not come upon you.' 18 "But (a)who has stood in the council of the LORD, That he should see and hear His word? Who has given (b)heed to (1)His word and listened? 19 "Behold, the (a)storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath, Even a whirling tempest; It will swirl down on the head of the wicked. 20 "The (a)anger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has (b)performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; (c)In the last days you will clearly understand it. 21 "(a)I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied. 22 "But if they had (a)stood in My council, Then they would have b)announced My words to My people, And would have turned them back from their evil way And from the evil of their deeds. 23 "Am I a God who is (a)near," declares the LORD, "And not a God far off? 24 "Can a man (a)hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?" declares the LORD. "(b)Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the LORD. 25 "I have (a)heard what the prophets have said who (b)prophesy falsely in My name, saying, 'I had a c)dream, I had a dream!' 26 "How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the (a)deception of their own heart, 27 who intend to (a)make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers (b)forgot My name because of Baal? 28 "The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has (a)My word speak My word in truth. (b)What does straw have in common with grain?" declares the LORD. 29 "Is not My word like (a)fire?" declares the LORD, "and like a (b)hammer which shatters a rock? 30 "Therefore behold, (a)I am against the prophets," declares the LORD, "who steal My words from each other. 31 "Behold, I am against the prophets," declares the LORD, "who use their tongues and declare, 'The Lord declares.' 32 "Behold, I am against those who have prophesied (a)false dreams," declares the LORD, "and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and (b)reckless boasting; yet (c)I did not send them or command them, nor do they (d)furnish this people the slightest benefit," declares the LORD. 33 "Now when this people or the prophet or a priest asks you saying, 'What is the (1a)oracle of the LORD?' then you shall say to them, 'What (1)oracle?' The LORD declares, 'I will (b)abandon you.' 34 "Then as for the prophet or the priest or the people who say, 'The (a)oracle of the LORD,' I will bring punishment upon that man and his household. 35 "Thus will each of you say to his neighbor and to his brother, '(a)What has the LORD answered?' or, 'What has the LORD spoken?' 36 "For you will no longer remember the oracle of the LORD, because every man's own word will become the oracle, and you have (a)perverted the words of the (b)living God, the LORD of hosts, our God. 37 "Thus you will say to that prophet, 'What has the LORD answered you?' and, 'What has the LORD spoken?' 38 "For if you say, 'The oracle of the LORD!' surely thus says the LORD, 'Because you said this word, "The oracle of the LORD!" I have also sent to you, saying, "You shall not say, 'The oracle of the LORD!'"' 39 "Therefore behold, (a)I will surely forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city which I gave you and your fathers. 40 "I will put an everlasting (a)reproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten."

    Jeremiah 29:8-9 "For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 'Do not let your (a)prophets who are in your midst and your diviners (b)deceive you, and do not listen to (1c)the dreams which (2)they dream. 9 'For they a)prophesy falsely to you in My name; (b)I have not sent them,' declares the LORD.

    Zechariah 10:2 For the (a)teraphim speak (1)iniquity, And the (b)diviners see (2)lying visions And tell (c)false dreams; They comfort in vain. Therefore the people (3)wander like (d)sheep, They are afflicted, because there is no shepherd.

    March 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM Reply
  40. Jordan #

    There are so many parts of this I disagree with.

    First, the author of the post has seemingly not even viewed the whole series. He or she merely references post that he or she has seen. Call me naive, but I figure one should at the very least take the time to watch the series one is calling out

    Second, the highlighting in the second part of the article is SO selective. You don't see anyone highlighting "We knew we could make it faithful." or " “Our goal is to breathe fresh, visual life into the SACRED text, the Bible…" Anyone can take anything out of context, and clearly some of this is being done.

    Third, no one is claiming that this is supposed to be a perfect match up of the divine Word of God. This is clearly a representation of it, not ever meant to be considered a movie version of the Bible through and through.

    Fourth, who does this person think they are? This article seems to be in part a thinly veiled attack on Osteen, Jakes and Warren. ""Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" Matthew 7:3 comes to mind.

    Fifth, this article turns the most innocent of statements into ATTACKS ON THE GOSPEL. The author makes statements such as " negates the Gospel of Jesus Christ while it denies the depravity of man, the holiness of God, and humanity’s desperate need for a Savior." Clearly, this is not what the mini-series is trying to do, and the author seems to be so willing to acknowledge God that he or she fails to acknowledge man's relationship in this matter. Relationship with Christ is exactly that. A relationship. Meaning a two way street. Mankind has to make their steps to meet God where He is waiting for them. The third ATTACK ON THE GOSPEL in particular sticks out. "Hebrews 9:15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant." This is exactly in keeping with the way I read the line from the movie. Jesus has come to make a new way, this isn't a new agey belief by any means.

    Certainly, the movie series isn't perfect. There are some omissions made that perhaps some of us would have included. It's not my perfect rendition of the Bible, by any means either. But it's an attempt, and it HAS done some good. We too often forget that even the NIV is but a translation of the Bible.

    Forgive my somewhat impassioned rant. I am by no means emergent, but I am not so conservative as to throw the baby out with the bath water, so to speak. I am just sick and tired of people taking good things and trying to subvert them into something that's somehow unholy.

    And as for:

    A. Let me ask you a question. Do you believe Romans 1:16-17, that the Gospel of Christ alone has the power to save and reveal the righteousness of God? If you do, why would you need anything else to talk to people about the Lord? If you’re sincerely desiring to learn ways to reach more people for Christ, go to http://www.livingwaters.com to find out how you can biblically and effectively share the Gospel in every area of your life. Trust me, God’s word was sufficient for Christ and all His faithful witnesses of old and I assure you, God’s word is still sufficient to do the job today. God doesn’t need the spectacle of Hollywood to make Himself more presentable to the world.

    Did you entirely miss the part of the Bible where Jesus came to meet people where they were at? (Zacchaeus, Mary Magdaline, etc) Our faith and the way we act it out has changed in the last 2000 years. Culture has changed in the last 2000 years. People are a diverse bunch, and just quoting Bible verses at some non-Christians doesn't WORK for them. The Gospel of Christ can be presented in different ways. The message is still the same, but the format CAN be different. I don't see why this is so wrong

    April 3, 2013 at 12:10 PM Reply
  41. Paul #

    You can tell plainly by the comments, who actually read their Bibles and who do not. Just saying.

    1st Thessalonians 5:21

    April 22, 2013 at 5:17 PM Reply
  42. Steve #

    Movies made from books are never as good as the books, because they leave out so much detail in favor of major thematic elements. It is impossible to get everything onto film. HOWEVER, there is only ONE reason to leave out John 14:6, and "This is my body…This is my blood, etc.", key theological points. That reason is NOT for the sake of brevity, much less artistic integrity, or due to amateurism. This project was professionally produced, and the budget, big. Glad I didn't see it.

    April 25, 2013 at 6:45 AM Reply
  43. I agree with all that has been said. However I must be honest I was touched by this movie. Yet I notice exactly what you are saying . My question is this why was I still moved by this movie knowing the things that were left out. Is it possible God still got his message out?

    May 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM Reply
    • Neil #

      Michael, I believe that the Holy Spirit works in many ways but only true transformation comes from the Gospel rightly preached. Surely someone will come to Christ from this series because the Holy Spirit will prompt that person to find the truth of the Gospel. If you are already saved, the emotional feeling you have is from already knowing the truth. Theatrics have a way of playing with emotions and though emotions are important in what we believe, they are never the litmus test of truth. This theatrical representation of the Bible fails in doctrinal truth and if this series appeals to the emotions of the unsaved, could it possibly produce a false hope and a false Jesus?

      May 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM Reply
  44. Greg #

    http://WWW.CURRINGEDGE.ORG

    Go here for info on Catholics, Masons, Islam, the Emergent Church and spiritual warfare….

    May 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM Reply
  45. Greg #

    CUTTINGEDGE.ORG … SORRY…

    May 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM Reply
  46. Jill #

    I found this article arrogant, judgmental and full of fundamental errors. I am a Catholic and the author clearly does not understand Catholic Church teaching, evident by the assessments and comparisons. I am wondering how the author and other critics acquired the authority to interpret Sacred Scripture over everyone else who reads it. There is only ONE official protector and interpreter of Sacred Scripture; the descendants of the Apostles themselves contained within the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church. God Bless.

    P.S. If you want a TRUE, ACCURATE representation of what the Catholic Church teaches, you can visit http://www.catholic.com.

    June 3, 2013 at 1:22 PM Reply
    • Hi Jill,
      Actually I was Catholic, and converted in order to marry in the Catholic church in my hometown. I still have my catechism handbook, and have visited the catholic.com site and many others while I was part of that religion. My co-host grew up in the Catholic church as well. I'm sorry you did not like the article and found the writing to have an arrogant tone. That was not my intention.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM Reply
  47. I didn´t bother watching it. As soon as I saw Roma Downey's name I knew it would be problematic. She played "Monica" the angel with the Northern Irish accent in the series "Touched by an Angel" with Della Reese (Pastor of the Understanding Principles for Better Living Church, which teaches the heresies of Phineas Quimby's New Thought theology).

    Roma Downey is a Roman Catholic so does not believe in the Bible as the standard of Faith for Doctrine! As do the ones who she looked to for advisers such as Joel Osteen, Rick Warren and TD Jakes! This is why the Gospel is missing from the miniseries.

    June 27, 2013 at 3:09 AM Reply
  48. Ditto to Ginny re: posting the earlier letters for new subscribers. Alsocan you inform us who wrote the January letters?

    August 1, 2013 at 2:55 AM Reply
  49. The Firstplumbline #

    Touching on the Abraham Isaac sacrifice scene. Another issue is that Abraham stated to Isaac, "God will provide a lamb!" However it was NOT a lamb that Abraham sacrificed, it was a full grown ram! Thus showing that this was NOT the lamb that God would provide. The next time we read of this lamb would be John the Baptist's comment about Jesus!

    January 28, 2014 at 5:27 AM Reply
  50. Marie #

    This mini series to me was like the bible for dummies, it made me realize how amazing Jesus is. I now am taking classes in theology with hunger for more, ihave been active in church for years but it was over my head. This gave me an outline to fill in/flesh out. Now I have a bit of a clearer picture of what I am reading. They never claimed it was exact, it is snips from the bible and I believe truly glorifies God. I think all the criticism is ridiculous and would recommend this series for what it is, a message of What Jesus did for us. They do say there is no other way to God but through His Son. I have spoken to a few pastors and theologians that don't like parts of it but they all agree that anything that gets people on fire for God is a good thing (obviously within reason). This series is a starting point for people that may have never even thought of attending church or reading a bible. This is not a sole reference point, just something to start with. Quote the bible all you want but the criticism is horrible. How many have you inspired to Christ? Give me a break.

    January 30, 2014 at 4:23 PM Reply
  51. The Firstplumbline #

    Christ warned us concerning leaven. He stated that only a small amount of leaven is enough to corrupt the whole mass of dough. What some see as mere "nit-picking" is what the Apostle called "keeping a careful watch over our doctrine"!

    Sincerity and purity are two different things. One can be sincere and sincerely wrong. Purity means without any contamination, something that cannot be said of this series. Why do I say this? Because the people that were called upon to advise the makers of this series include some of today's biggest heretics. Added to this is Roma Downey's own Roman Catholicism as well as her own connections with psychic medium John Edward.

    Roma has taken a degree in "Spiritual Psychology" at the University of Santa Monica, California. the USM staes:

    "Spiritual Psychology is a technology that empowers students to convert their everyday life experience into rungs on the ladder of Spiritual Evolution.." This notion of "Spiritual Evolution" is decidedly New Age and owes more to Gnosticism than to the Word of God as contained in the Bible.

    She is also quoted as saying: "My kids go to school about a 40-minute drive away. I’m open to the group’s opinion about what we listen to on the way there. On the way back, I get my own selections — books on tape by Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins…My husband says I’m so self-realized I’m practically levitating."

    Eckhart Tolle is Oprah Winfrey's guru and the flavour of the month to Holywood's bored and troubled stars. His follower's include Tony Hawks, Annie Lennox, Gillian Anderson, Jeff Goldblum, Zach Galifianakis, Oprah Winfrey, Ben Stiller, Brett Kirk, Meg Ryan, Jim Carrey, Trey Anastasio, Michelle Ang, Jacoby Shaddix, Rainn Wilson, Dusty Baker and Katy Perry. His own teachings are a mixture of various influences including, Zoroaster, Lao Tzu, Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Jesus, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Rumi, Meister Eckhart, Hafiz, Rinzai Gigen, Ralph Waldo Emerson; and he has emphasized the mystical schools within religions such as Gnosticism in Christianity, Sufism in Islam, Hasidism and Kabbala in Judaism, Advaita Vedanta in Hinduism, and Zen and Dzogchen in Buddhism.

    Eckhart Tolle took the name of Meister Eckhart instead of his real name Ulrich. From all accounts he battled for years with depression until one day he had what he describes as a "spiritual awakening". Some could argue that what he calls a "spiritual awakening" was nothing more than a psychotic episode, and believe me I know what those are like.

    January 31, 2014 at 3:22 PM Reply
  52. Sheryl #

    Hello, I agree with most everything in this blogpost, except one thing. The Roman Catholic God is your God, too. It's the triune God. Therefore, it is perhaps ungracious to say that the Roman Catholic God is an angry or vengeful God. How far from the truth. :( Please do not refer to the faith of Catholics who have apostasized as the example of what Catholic faith is. If you want to know what Catholics believe about God, you could read the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Nowhere does it teach that God is an angry God. Perhaps that is just a conclusion that people who do not truly know the Catholic faith jump to.

    February 21, 2014 at 12:50 AM Reply
  53. The Council of Trent pronounced those who reject Rome's heresies accursed. I have read the Catechism of the Romanised Catholic Church and it is poison to the soul.

    Salvation is by Grace through Faith–NOT through Sacraments!

    The many thousands of Martyrs across Europe, as well as the many more who were tortured by Rome's tyranny are testimony to Rome's view of God. Rome has nothing in common with the Christ of the scriptures!

    February 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM Reply
  54. What would happen if some brave soldier in Christ who is in Warren's Bible Study, published by Southern Baptist Lifeway Publishers, decides to stand up at Saddleback Church, and publicly oppose Rick Warren face-to-face, the way the Apostle Paul opposed Peter face-to-face, and reads the above expose and the one below on Roma Downey, whom Warren surrendered his pulpit and church, as he did with three other principalities (Daniel Amen, Mark Hymen, Mehmet Oz) false teachers in his Daniel Plan?

    ROMA DOWNEY:

    In the March 2014 First for Women magazine, Downey said, “I think we all have a responsibility to see God in each other. That’s how I’ve raised my children – that no matter whose face they look into, they’re looking into the face of God, who’s in all of us.”
    Source: First for Women magazine, 03/31/14, pp. 44-45

    Now that means you have to see the face of God in whom Isaiah said this:
    "To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" Isaiah 8:20

    Now that means you would have to see the face of God in the Judaizers whom Paul twice eternally damned in Galatians.
    That means you would have to see the face of God in whom Paul called servants of Satan masquerading as servants of righteousness:

    "No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds." 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
    Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

    That means you would have to see the face of God in who the Apostle John said:

    "and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world." 1 John 4:3

    That means you would have to see the face of God in whom Jesus called brood of vipers.
    That means you would have to see the face of God in whom Jesus called "depart from me ye wicked and accursed I never knew you."
    That means you would have to see the face of God in whom Jesus called "Ye are of your father the devil":

    "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44

    Says Roma states, ‘My kids go to school about a 40-minute drive away. I’m open to the group’s opinion about what we listen to on the way there. On the way back, I get my own selections — books on tape by Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins…My husband says I’m so self-realized I’m practically levitating.’ Tony Robbins walked on fire and Eckart Tolle is a New Age leader who states in his book:

    “Don’t get attached to any one word. You can substitute ‘Christ’ for presence, if that is more meaningful to you. Christ is your God-essence or the Self, as it is sometimes called in the East. The only difference between Christ and presence is that Christ refers to your indwelling divinity regardless of whether you are conscious of it or not, whereas presence means your awakened divinity or God-essence.”
    Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (Novato, CA: Namaste, 1999), p. 104.

    March 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM Reply

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