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? What is the foundation of such thinking in minds that range from those who deceitfully stand in pulpits to those who deliberately put their anger filled cross-hairs on the word of God? Without a doubt people could easily give several correct answers to the question, but to me there is one Goliath sized reason behind the challenge – they doubt the real author.
When an individual doubts the author of the scriptures, they by default doubt its authenticity and its authority to such a degree that their own license, in whatever form they feel necessary, takes precedent over the very laws of the road, spiritually speaking, that not only teaches us that Jesus was killed, but also why he was subjected to such a death as well as his awareness of such.
As a side note, for the foreseeable future the media is going to continue to ride the wave of attention garnering “Bible based” films, but no matter how viral they go we would do well to remember the author of the very scriptures, which teach us about the Great Physician, and original drama of the pages that have far out-stood all the tinkerers of the past who have tried to change, and rob from, the power of the Spirit’s saving word.
“searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into…having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:11-12, 23-25)