There are critics and then there are reviews. What we need is a reference to God in the world today even if it comes in the form of a TV mini –series. “God is with us.”
“The Bible” on the History Channel and re-run on Lifetime has become a hit. From the beginning to the end 10 hours have condensed the greatest book ever written. Understandably it is unreal to believe that everything written could be shown in the allotted amount of time.
“Listen carefully, there are conditions.” Exodus 23: 22
You would think Christians would understand that God can use anything to bring lost souls to him. Knowing God as I do, he is most likely less of a critic than those who make a living do it.
Why do we have to critique everything? Why is it we are so particular or “legalistic” about the details of such a performance? Some of the reviews by Christians would leave a non-believer confused, bewildered and less likely to pick up a Bible and read it which was the point of the producers in their quest of such a project. “God will guide your choices.”
Instead of viewing the production as a creation for dialog, placing real questions in the hearts of those who watch it and leaving one to ponder the works of God, negative assessments have surfaced.
Sure, Hollywood spiced it up.
“For God said Rahab must be spared” Joshua 6: 17
The stories are not word-for-word from the Bible, but are noticeably connected.
Special effects are a real attention getter but also quite impressive.
Acting and production is professional and well prepared.
Dramatic images of the Supernatural create curiosity.
“He will split rock” Joshua 5: 13
However, it reflects the Bible as it really was. The question of those who are continually against war will realize how God fought battles for and with the Jewish nation over and over. The stories bring to light the supernatural power of God adding flare for those who are always seeking drama and action. “Your duty is to drive the Philistines away.”
Even Franklin Graham endorsed the movie mini-series.
He said: “The Bible Series… will likely cause a viewer to want to open the pages of Scripture.”
As an inquisitive Christian, it did exactly what Franklin Graham spoke. The passion and detail presented in these stories initiated a curiosity in me to pick up the Bible and read it. In fact the Monday after the 2nd series, I read the entire section about Joshua taking over after Moses died. Hopefully, non-believers will too.
If anything, so far the mini-series reveals the power God has with those who seek to follow him seriously. There is no question the movie depicts the love, devotion and obedience to God through the representations of Noah, Moses, Joshua, Samson and David.
Isn’t that what we need?
“Shout a great shout”
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