Why do people love to tinker with the Bible?

It sure seems as if the latest “Bible based” media epic to hit the small screen, “Killing Jesus”, has gone viral.

The original airing of the program broke viewer records, and the tide of controversy and conversation is still rolling in. And yet “Killing Jesus” has shown itself to be more of the same when it comes to the last decade’s worth of religious box-office hits…something to which even “The Passion of the Christ” was guilty of: namely, tinkering with the scriptures in the name of poetic license and for the sake of drama.

How can anyone familiar with the gospels actually believe that there is a single hint of John the baptizer having to convince the Lamb of God of his mission? And yet this was a major theme, crutch and hinge of dramatic dialogue that took place between the voice in the wilderness and the one for whom the paths were made straight.

I’m sorry, or maybe I’m not, but I don’t think setting Jesus straight on his mission was a part of John’s mission! Nor does the Bible even hint at such dramatic nonsense.

So why do people, and I’m not just talking media producers here, love to tinker with the Bible? Continue reading

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3-30-2015 Who's “Killing Jesus?” #1 – O'Reilly's Book & Movie

“Killing Jesus,” a book by Bill O’Reilly, now a movie, is supposed to tell the history of Jesus by separating fact from fiction. What “fiction” did he find in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John? Without proof, he simply strips out of the life of Christ everything that would prove Jesus’ Deity. Does O’Reilly know more than the Apostle Peter who said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68-69 NKJV)? Does O’Reilly know more than the people who saw Jesus? “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did” (John 2:23 NKJV). Both book and movie are the “fiction.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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