Once again, Jesus stirs up trouble, like unto two thousand years ago. Jesus,
the Prince of Peace, just can't seem to work His way into peace sites. Instead,
when His name is mentioned or His life reviewed, tempers fly and debate ensues.
Same with Mel Gibson's intended movie about the last 12 hours in Jesus' life.
"The Passion" is not completed yet. A scratch edition, that is, a forerunner
of the final copy, is a part of history; however, the ultimate Jesus movie
from Mel is not yet reality.
Some people got hold of the scratch edition and made false claims about a
final movie which is not even present-tense. These same people do not like
Mel's biblical testimony, for his movie will keep intact biblical detail,
no matter who likes it or not. In other words, Mel will remain true to the
record, not fictionalizing Jesus' crucifixion.
Interestingly enough, those criticizing Mel's movie not yet completed, have
obviously not seen the final copy since it is not in existence. Therefore,
they proceed to critique that which is not.
Furthermore, these very persons who criticize Mel for adhering to the exact
detail of the four GOSPELS are presently rewriting the GOSPELS so as to twist
the record to their theologically liberal stance. Not good. Not fair. Not
accurate to historical account, but quite characteristic of theologically
liberal supposed scholars.
Mel believes the biblical record as presented is divine revelation. He does
not intend to tamper with that. Mel wants to present then the biblical Jesus
-- just as is, not seeking to add to nor take away from.
In addition, Mel is blamed for being anti-Semitic in his intended movie.
Mel claims that he takes to all persons, regardless of creed, color or anything
else. Naturally those who are rewriting the GOSPELS will make their rewrite
present-tense politically correct; therefore, they will seek to downplay
what they consider anti-Semitism in Scriptures.
Through all the arguments about the GOSPELS presenting an unfair picture
of the Jews' part in Jesus' crucifixion, what is so clear in the biblical
record is this: both Jews and Gentiles killed Jesus. The Jews obviously played
out their cry for the Nazarene Rabbi to be hung on a cross. It's there, over
and over again.
But the Gentiles also played out their permission for the Nazarene Rabbi
to be hung on a cross for crucifixion was the Gentile/Roman means of putting
to death one grossly accused. Check out the parts played by Herod and Pilate.
In the final fact of Jesus' crucifixion, it was seen through by both Jews
and Gentiles, that is, HUMANS killed Jesus. Those who opposed the Savior
were not of one category alone; they represented the spiritually fallen human
Now that is what the GOSPELS state. That is true to history. That is undebatable
when reading the biblical account without bias. And that is exactly what
Mel's intention is when working on his final film rendition.
Then let's be fair to Mel Gibson. Let's not review Mel's film when it's not
here yet. Let's not accuse the man of anti-Jewish motives when he claims
he's not anti-anybody. Let's not blast apart the biblical record when it's
a given account.
Let's not start a war over Jesus -- once again.
Grant Swank, Jr., is the Pastor of New Hope Church in
Windham, ME. He is a a graduate of an accredited
college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at
Harvard Divinity School. Pastor Swank has been married
for 41 years and he has 3 adult children. He is
the author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various
Protestant and Catholic magazines, journals and newspapers.
He writes a weekly religion column for PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
newspaper, Portland ME. His columns have appeared on IntellectualConservative.com,
VIOdaily.com, AmericanDaily.com, MensNewsDaily.com, BushCountry.org, Chalcedon.com,
ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com, WoundedShepherds.com, among others.
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