Different View of Mel Gibson's
Passion of The Christ"
Updated February 27, 2004
February 29, 2004
do not normally do movie reviews. Simply put, I don't
normally go to movies. I specifically do not normally
attend secular movies about Biblical events. To me,
these types of things are a non-issue.
the last few months I have been asked to do an article
about Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The
Christ", amidst ever increasing email concerning it
and various reviews. In fact the emails have even come
from practicing Jews, commenting on the position of the
ADL [Anti-Defamation League], and their then analysis of that position.
Fortunately, a few of my trusted friends, who are grounded in the Word, were willing to
go with notebook in hand, and deal with the final
details needed for this article. Quite frankly, I did
not wish to attend, and fully appreciate their
willingness to help in this way.
who wish to challenge my right to speak on this movie, saying
I cannot, since I have not actually sat in a theater, have not
bothered to show any inaccuracies in my movie quotes supplied by those friends who did attend, who are scripturally sound, and who took
at least five pages of notes. Some attended more than once to
clarify details, and collectively saw the movie seven times at the time the details
were presented to me.
have refuted any of the factual information or Scriptural
analysis which proves this movie to be another gospel and
present another Jesus. Some have
taken this attitude towards these articles, despite all the
media reports over the last year discussing the movie within the press.
And that is beside the number of pastors, who call it
Biblically and historically correct, who based their support
of the movie on their seeing the 4 minute promotional trailer
provided by Mel Gibson to major religious leaders, in order to
obtain their endorsement of it, and the resulting grassroots
embracement of the movie.
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
have watched the increasing fervor over a movie that, if
of a different topic, many Christians would, I should
think, never attend simply because it is rated
"R", meaning Restricted, and children under 17
must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. The R
rating is due to the graphic violence. Various comments
describing it have included the terms: bloody, gory,
horrific, horrendous, gruesome, sickening, like the exorcist, a
snuff film without the pornography. Despite that
children and youth are attending, some even in their
church youth groups, many having declared the events as,
"The Truth", and "the way it really
The movie is
filmed with the actors speaking in
Aramaic and Latin, with limited English subtitles.
despite the R rating, and lack of understandable
dialogue, it is being hailed by some,
such as the American Tract Society, as "One
of the Greatest Opportunities for Evangelism in 2000
Ready! People will react to this movie’s deep and
moving experience with Jesus" 1
was reminded of this verse stated by the Apostle
Corinthians 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
My first question, of course, is, what would constitute a deep moving experience with Jesus,
who is portrayed by an actor? Jesus was without sin.
There is no one who can portray Him, but He Himself. Those statements would infer it would be a Biblically accurate portrayal as to what
is in the Word of God regarding who Christ is, with no
changes, additions or deviations in the portrayed events
or the actual Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. Because to
add to or change the Word of God, is forbidden by God
movie received accolades from Christian organizations
and leadership who had pre-viewed "The Passion of The
because they stated it is "Scriptural" and/or historically
"correct." Billy Graham, [Late] Bill Bright,
Ted Haggard, James Dobson, Robert Schuller, Tim LaHaye,
pastors and many,
many more, including mainstream secular press, have
simply endorsed this movie, or endorsed it as being
Scripturally and/or historically correct.
In one of the many television reports on "The Passion", an NBC news reporter
discussed the "targeted marketing campaign", and how there was a
"Passion of The Christ" race car running on the NASCAR circuit. She then
spoke about the NRB Convention [National Religious
Broadcasters] in Charlotte, North Carolina, and how the film was being promoted there.
"NRB's sixteen hundred members including radio, TV, and internet organizations reach as many as 140,000,000
Americans each month, a potentially powerful influence to sell tickets, and ultimately they hope, save souls. And the irony that Hollywood, long the object of scorn may help their cause, is not lost on their leaders".
reporter then showed a short clip from an interview with Dr. Frank Wright,
President of the NRB, in which he stated, " It is a sense in which this film coming out of Hollywood is a great encouragement, because it's showing the Christian religion in a respectful, and more positive light than others have done."
Many channels such as PAX, and Sky Angel, the only Christian satellite system, ran specials about the making of "The
Passion." As an aside, it is reported that while exhibiting at last years NRB,
Michael Rood, who this author has written extensively about, made contact with Sky Angel, which is now broadcasting his anti Christian teachings on Sky Angel One and Two. Both Sky Angel and the NRB claim their mission is to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For more on this please see
Michael Rood, Sky Angel , Ron Wyatt & The
National Religious Broadcasters
entire churches and organizations have purchased
tickets, some thousands at a time, for
"Christians" to take an unsaved friend to
watch "The Passion of The
Christ" with, that they themselves have not
even seen. That's either a step of faith in Mel Gibson
and his spiritual beliefs, or an act of total
foolishness with little or no understanding of
Mel Gibson's portrayal of Jesus in his, "The Passion of The
Christ", actually portray the events as
presented to us in the Scriptures, and historically
correct? Is the focus on the embellished torture and
violence, proven to the Word of God? Mr.
explained quite thoroughly that he wanted to push it to
the extreme, "over the edge" as he put it.
it is proven to be less than accurate, or portraying a
particular belief system, or contrary to Scripture or
historical facts, would the same announcements that it
is an evangelism tool be
proclaimed? Would these same people be scrambling to go
to a movie of "another gospel" and
Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
disciples and others knew that Jesus was the Messiah,
and God manifest in the flesh, by the miracles He did
and the things He taught, and that is fully eliminated
in the movie. Rather, the central theme is the torture
and crucifixion, with about one minute at the
end, on a
view of a burial cloth deflating and then reveals
"Christ" exiting the tomb, with a shot that
implies he is fully naked. He appears for
approximately 12-15 seconds total. Those minute seconds depicting the "resurrection"
out of the total running time of 125 minutes.
The credits observed more time.
The central theme of the four
Gospels is salvation
through Jesus Christ and how to live a life of love. Is
God glorified or is man's attempt to reconstruct
His bloody death glorified?
descriptions of the garden to the crucifixion in
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are
straightforward, without embellishment. Yes, the
Biblical record of events show He was scourged, He was hit,
spit on, slapped, hit with a reed, mocked, and so on.
Those things were all proclaimed prophetically by Jesus
in the Gospels, while He taught that He was the
fulfillment of the Messiah prophecies, such as Psalm 22.
Prophecy in Isaiah 50, reveals that His hair was plucked
out, another issue eliminated from the movie.
50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
Other writers, like Paul refer only to Jesus death, as
"Him crucified" and Peter quotes one verse
from Isaiah 53.
Is the intent of
this movie the same gospel message that Jesus
gave as He commissioned His disciples? I think
not. It has
been added to and changed, through imagination, particular
beliefs, drama, historical inaccuracies and
to the Passion website, Mr. Gibson desired a particular
Caleb Deshcanel (The Patriot, The Right Stuff) to make
the movie look like the paintings of Italian Baroque
artist Caravaggio, whose images are known to have a
lifelike glow from sharp contrasts of light and
think his work is beautiful," Gibson said of
Caravaggio. "It's violent, it's dark, it's
spiritual and it also has an off whimsy of strangeness
percent of the film was shot at night or indoors under
wraps in order to get an effect of light fighting it's
way out of the darkness." 2
desired dramatic and visual effect is also why the
wardrobe was mainly in browns, black and beige. The mood
had to be set to impress the graphic violence that would be
well remembered. Caravaggio's art may be violent, dark and strange, but the Word of God is not dark and strange to a born again believer.
The word of God is "quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged
sword", which is far different than this dark, spiritually
unedifying movie that cannot achieve His standard of measurement, which is His Word.
At one point during Mr.
Gibson's interview on 20/20, the scene of Jesus
bearing his cross comes across the screen. In slow
motion Jesus falls to the ground, the cross falling on
top of him. Mr. Gibson quickly pointed out that the
scene was choreographed so that it would have the
essence of a ballet move. And for this, Jesus'
suffering is reduced to an art form.
In fact, while not
officially cast in the movie, Mr. Gibson enters into the
movie in three important parts, with only one actually
pertaining to Scripture. In a flash back in the movie, Mary
Magdalene is presented as the adulterous woman brought to
Jesus by the Pharisees, when in fact, Christ delivered
her of seven demons, and she was a devout follower of
Him. [Mark 16:9; Luke 8:2] There is no Scripture to
support she was not chaste. And that event in the movie is a clear deviation from Scriptural
It is Gibson's foot, representing Jesus, which is the one that Mary Magdalene takes hold of in the movie.
It is Gibson's hand as the hand of Jesus writing in the
dirt... And it is Mel Gibson's hand
that nails Jesus' hand to the cross. Mel Gibson may end up being the highest paid "actor" without even speaking a line , appearing only as a hand and a foot, and has the possibility of making more money from this film, than any other he actually "starred" in.
Right from the start,
the dialogue of this Jesus is contrary to anything found
in Scripture. We are first shown a glimpse of a fearful
Jesus praying "Hear me Father...rise up and defend
me...save me from the traps they have set". The
movie also portrays Jesus being tempted by satan in the
Garden, as "she" asks him, "Who is your
Father?" and "Who are You?" Then a snake
comes out of "her" robe and slithers over to
Christ, and he stomps on it's head.
is presented as a woman, yet in Scripture, always
referred to as 'he'. How can the FATHER of lies be a woman?
[John 8:44, 16:11] The demons that chase Judas are represented as little boys
in the movie.
movie portrays Jesus being tempted by satan in the
Garden, but, the Bible says He was ministered to by an
angel [Luke 22:43] and strengthened, and that
information is not even entertained in this movie. The
word in the verse is "strengthening", which
actually means in the Greek, "to invigorate (transitively or reflexively)...strengthen."
clear deviation of the Scriptures is also in the Garden of
Gethsemane, where Jesus is depicted as being terrified or
afraid. The apostles say to each other "What is wrong with Him'? "He seems afraid"?
PAX - The Making of the Passion of the Christ - broadcast on 2/22/04 at 9:00 eastern time
In the garden with
satan: No man can carry this burden, I tell you.
It is far
too heavy. Saving their souls is far too costly...no one.....ever....no...never.
You can do all things. If it is possible let
this chalice pass from Me...But let Your
will be done, not Mine. Hear My Father... Rise up, defend Me...save me from the
traps they set for Me.
satan: Do you
really believe that one man can bear the full burden
Two of the disciples
stand by Jesus as He is saying:
Jesus: Shelter, O Lord...
I trust in You...In
You I take refuge
The concept of Jesus being filled by fear allows for the possible misconception by some viewers, that the 'spirit of fear' was brought on by
It also changes the
concept of who was in charge of what was taking place.
It suggests that the Father made Jesus go through the
events, instead of
Christ choosing to be the sacrifice...when Jesus rebuked
Peter, he declared to Peter, who personified the
imaginary movie dialogue above, to get
behind Him as he was a stumbling block.
16:20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
21 From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
[also Mark 8:33, Luke 4] [KJV]
in the garden, Jesus
said He was heavily burdened with sorrow and deep grief,
not fear. He, who was without sin, was going to deal with the sin of all mankind.
26: 37....and began <archomai> to be sorrowful <lupeo> and <kai> very heavy <ademoneo>.38 Then
saith he unto them , My soul is exceeding sorrowful <perilupos>, even unto
death <thanatos>.... [KJV]
Strong's Concordance: exceeding sorrowful <perilupos>
from 4012 and 3077; grieved all around, i.e. intensely sad:--exceeding (very) sorry(-owful).
lupe, loo'-pay apparently a primary word; sadness:--grief, grievous, + grudgingly, heaviness, sorrow.
very heavy <ademoneo>
from a derivative of adeo (to be sated to loathing); to be in distress (of mind):--be full of heaviness, be very heavy.
from 3077; to distress; reflexively or passively, to be sad:--cause grief, grieve, be in heaviness, (be) sorrow(-ful), be (make) sorry.
Jesus taught to never fear those who could kill the body. God
is without hypocrisy. When we fear, we are not made perfect in love,
because fear is sin. This movie “Jesus” was made sinful
and is therefore not the perfect sacrifice. That violates
Scripture and presents another Jesus. The movie Jesus is made
to lose all presence of the Divinity of Christ and His purpose
and becomes a weak, fearful man who must draw on the strength
of his mother, which makes Mary the sinless one in the movie.
The Jesus of the Bible was God come in the flesh, the perfect
sacrifice, who was physically invigorated in the Garden by an
angel. He willingly fulfilled His purpose, and
needed no human help to go to the cross. That weakness and
fear comes from the
writings of the mystics such as Anne Emmerich's The Dolorous
Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus taught to never fear those who could kill the body. God
is without hypocrisy.
John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us. [KJV]
10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
12:4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
point is that while in Gethsemane, Jesus did not resist being taken by the
crowd in the Scriptures, and was simply bound and taken. [Matthew 26:45-56; Mark
14:41-50; Luke 22:47-54; John 18:3-12] However, right there, at the
beginning of this movie, we see another gospel being
presented, as he was beaten in the garden, which resulted in the
actor's right eye presented as blackened and swollen shut
throughout the rest of the movie. According to the Scriptures,
this did not happen.
There is a major
scuffle in the movie, that also did not happen. Scripturally,
Jesus stopped the resistance incident immediately, when
one sword was drawn. Jesus
plainly stated, when confronted in the garden, that He
could have stopped all events if He so chose:
26:51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.
52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.
56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.
Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled. [KJV]
24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer,
and to rise from the dead the third day:
in the movie, Claudia, Pilate's wife brings expensive
looking towels to Mary the mother, and she and Mary
Magdalene wipe up the blood, during the scourging scene in the courtyard.
They, nor the disciples were immediately present during the
scourging, or the events that took place from the time
of leaving the garden, until Christ was crucified. One
disciple is said to have been briefly in Caiaphas's
palace, with Peter with the servants or outside. [John
18:13-18, Matthew 26:57,58, Mark 14:54]
horrific depiction of the scourging scene, had the
soldiers flog his back, and then loosened one arm, flipped
him over on his back, and flogged his front. One
described the noise during this scene to include intense
sounds of bone crunching, blood squishing and skin being
ripped apart, bits of it flying through the air. Before
the scourging, he is beaten on his back with sticks first, like a caning.
The Scriptures do not tell
us how many stripes Jesus received but according to
Deuteronomy, Jewish law [halacha] dictated a maximum of forty
lashes, but they typically stopped at thirty nine so as to not
go over. [Deut. 25:2,3; comp. 2 Cor. 11:24] Although we can
not be certain of the number of stripes, Roman history tells
us that prisoners were scourged on the back side of the body
before crucifixion. In the scourging of our Lord (Matt. 27:26; Mark 15:15) the words of prophecy (Isa. 53:5) were fulfilled.
In the movie, he is left hanging on the cross without one square inch of un-flogged skin, while the two thieves hanging beside Him have little blood on them at all. Since scourging was a pre-requisite to the crucifixion of all under Roman law, this raises the question as to how the criminals on His sides could tolerate the punishment with such ease, while God manifest in the flesh appeared as weak.
In the movie, the Roman guard dislocated 'Jesus' right arm in order to nail it to the cross by tying a rope onto it and yanking on it repeatedly and vigorously.
This extra biblical information was inspired from the mystical writings of
Catherine Emmerich, which states the rope was tied to the left
hand, the right already nailed, Mary of Agreda, claims a chain
was used and his joints dislocated in order to finish
crucifying Him, and St Bridget, that his joints were
Gibson told the National Catholic Register, March 16-22,
2003, in an article titled, Three Nails, a Camera
and a Cross: On the Set of Mel Gibson's The Passion,
by Raymond Cleaveland, Register Correspondent,
"When I was 35, I started praying the Prayers
of St. Bridget and they really helped me understand what
the passion was all about..."12
Prayers of St. Bridget, which Gibson presumably has
continued to pray since he was 35, and the Anne
writings, are two of
this information in the movie. Catholics who follow St. Bridget's fifteen prayers, are expected to pray them daily, with a total of 5480 prayers in the year, to honor the visions of Bridget concerning the
Passion, and to equal the number of wounds He received.
She wrote that Jesus had received that large number of wounds during His trial, scourging, and crucifixion, and that she was given this information directly by Jesus.
These visions and prayers may account for the fact that in the movie, there is not even one small portion on the actors body that has not been traumatized as he is hanging on the cross.
In St. Bridget's third prayer, believed by many
Catholics to have been given directly from Christ in a
vision, she stated:
the very bitter pain Thou didst suffer when the Jews
nailed Thy Sacred Hands and Feet to the Cross by blow
after blow with big blunt nails, and not finding Thee
in a pitiable enough state to satisfy their rage, they
enlarged Thy Wounds, and added pain to pain, and with
indescribable cruelty stretched Thy Body on the Cross,
pulled Thee from all sides, thus dislocating Thy
It should be noted
that while the majority of versions are as above, which is as it was written originally,
this writer did find a few renditions of the third prayer that
have been changed to say executioners instead of Jews.
Further excerpts of the fifteen prayers which are represented visually in the movie include:
of insults, spits, blows, lacerations and other
the bruises which Thou didst suffer and the weakness
of all Thy Members which were distended to such a
degree that never was there pain like unto Thine. From
the crown of Thy Head to the Soles of Thy Feet there
was not one spot of Thy Body that was not in torment..."
was fastened and raised on the Cross, when all Thy
relatives and friends abandoned Thee, except Thy
Beloved Mother, who remained close to Thee during Thy
the pain Thou didst endure when, plunged in an ocean
of bitterness at the approach of death, insulted,
outraged by the Jews..."
"...plunged in an abyss of suffering from the
soles of Thy Feet to the crown of Thy Head. In
consideration of the enormity of Thy Wounds..."
of Truth, symbol of unity, link of Charity, remember
the multitude of wounds with which Thou was covered
from head to foot, torn and reddened by the spilling
of Thy adorable Blood. O Great and Universal Pain..."
the abundant outpouring of Blood which though didst so
generously shed from Thy Sacred Body as juice from
grapes in a wine press....blood and water issued forth
until there was not left in Thy Body a single drop,
and finally, like a bundle of myrrh lifted to the top
of the Cross Thy delicate Flesh was destroyed, the
very Substance of Thy Body withered, and the Marrow of
Thy Bones dried up..."
report on Newsday.com, February 23, 2004, stated: "The mystical visions of Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) are the basis of some of the more stunning, non-biblical scenes in Gibson's movie - from Jesus' confrontation with Satan in the Garden of Gethsemane, to the explicit details of his scourging by Roman guards, to a crucifixion scene in which his arm is pulled out of its socket, according to a reading of her work."
the movie, before they stand up the cross with him
nailed to it, they flip it over so he is hanging face down towards the ground.
The sponge that they gave him vinegar with, was put up to
him on a spear, instead of a reed. After Jesus dies in the movie, the Roman soldier attempts to break His legs with what appears to be a sledge hammer, but when the earth starts to shake violently, he becomes frightened and stops.
For a medical view of the physical death by crucifixion:
This document, which is written from a secular perspective, sources historical accounts of the day, as well as using today's medical understanding to draw their conclusions. It originally appeared in the Journal of
the American Medical Association. JAMA is one of the most respected, peer reviewed journals in the world.
Jesus dies in the crucifixion scene, Scripturally the veil of the temple
is torn from the top down. In the movie, there does
not appear to be a veil, and rather, the holy of holies is
split in two and the temple is burning with some fires inside.
27: 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
is clearly missing is the darkness that enveloped the
land for three hours, while Christ hung on the cross.
That eliminated a prophecy, as well as the Gospel
accounts of that event. [Amos 8:9; Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44] In the movie,
what appears to be a storm rolls in, the camera pans to an aerial view as if God is looking down from Heaven. A large teardrop comes down and splashes on the earth, and there is absolutely no Scripture to support that whatsoever.
brief resurrection scene, is a
view of a burial cloth deflating and then reveals
"Christ" exiting the tomb, appearing to be naked. Scripture tells us there were
plural burial clothes, [John 19:40, 20:5-7; Luke
24:12] as was the custom of the Jews, but
the implication brings one to consider the shroud of
Turin. Jesus' actual clothes were divided between
the soldiers at the cross. When Jesus appears to Mary,
and many others, He is clothed, and in point of fact, at
first Mary thought He was the gardener. He was not
naked, and nothing in Scripture states He was.
& Sources for the Movie
Gibson is a Traditionalist Catholic, who is part of a
group of congregations numbering approximately 600, who
reject the ecumenical movement and changes to
Catholicism with the Vatican II Council, believing it to
be apostate. In those
Traditional beliefs, is the
observance of the Latin
Tridentine Mass, requirement for women to cover their
heads in church, laypeople forbidden to serve the
Eucharist, and not eating meat on Fridays, and so
Family Chapel, is built and funded under the umbrella of
a foundation set up by Gibson and operated out of Icon
Productions, on land in the Agoura Hills, with space
allowing for congregational growth. Traditionalists
interviewed by various media are pleased that Mel Gibson
is able to present their Traditional Catholic views in his
movie. Most Catholics will likely recognize the
Catholic doctrine and symbolism throughout the movie.
The script was adapted by Gibson,
in collaboration with Benedict Fitzgerald, from a
composite assembled from the four Biblical gospels of
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Fitzgerald is also
Catholic. The producer, Steve McEveety, and many
more of the cast and crew are also Catholic, some
reclaiming their faith while working on the movie.
claiming to stay true to the Scriptural account and
historic facts, Mel
Gibson also sourced his information from Mary of
Agreda's book (1602 -1665), Mystical City of God,
and the visions of Anna Catherina
Emmerich. Emmerich, was a nineteenth-century Augustinian
nun, referred to by some Catholic sources as a
"mystic", who developed the stigmata. Her visions were published in the book, The Dolorous Passion of Our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Mr. Gibson, who
carries one of her relics, is on
record as stating that Emmerich’s images are amazing.
“She supplied me with stuff I never would have thought
to Catholic writer Michael H. Brown, Emmerich's
biographer, Father Schmogen
stated, "She never entered the church without her
angel-guardian". According to the canon of the
Cathedral of Loybech: “After Holy Scripture, there is
no book that contains so many words of eternal truth and
life than the revelations of A. C. Emmerich.”
"She claimed apparitions of John the Baptist and
the Blessed Mother." She is also noted to have
levitated and so on. 4
Caviezel, the actor that played this Jesus, and who
looks to Mary for guidance, stated in one interview,
that friends, "...gave me a piece of the true
cross. I kept this on me all the time. They made a
special pocket in my clothes for it. I also had relics
of Padre Pio, St. Anthony of Padoua, Ste Maria Goretti,
and saint Denisius, the Patron saint of Actor....This
film is something that I believe was made by Mary for
her Son..." 5
to an article in Spirit Daily, "The actor says he
was brought back to his faith in large part through
attendance of an apparition with seer Ivan Dragicevic of
Medjugorje -- the famous site in Bosnia-Hercegovina.
"We talked, and later when we were praying the
Rosary Ivan said Mary came in the room and I felt
something wonderful happening to me," Caviezel
says. "When the apparition was over, I got up and
told Ivan I wanted [Mary and Jesus] in my heart." 5b
not wishing to focus on Catholic issues and beliefs, it
becomes apparent that those beliefs have in fact
dictated at least some of the presentation of this movie
and should be discussed in relation to historical fact
scenes in the movie do actually reveal the Catholic doctrine Mr.
Gibson is dedicated to, such as the Stations of the
Cross. Each station is
sacred reminder, and each fall of Christ, as he is
presented as staggering and falling under the weight of
the cross, and particular
scenes in the movie on the way to Golgotha, for example, is part of
villages all over
Europe created "replicas" of the "Stations of the cross", with small shrines commemorating the
places along the route in Jerusalem. These shrines became the set of
and have been situated in almost every Catholic Church
in the world.
In the movie,
Simon takes the cross from Jesus after he has carried
it for about ten minutes and has fallen several times under its weight. Simon is selected,
and grabbed from the crowd by the Roman guards, to "help"
him carry it. Simon initially resists, and says to the guard that
Jesus is a guilty man and that
he, Simon, is innocent. At
one point while Jesus is being beaten by the soldiers, Simon shouts at the guards
to, "Stop it! Stop it! Leave Him alone", and yelling,
"If you do not stop I will not carry that cross one more
step"... implying he had a choice in the matter. As they are nearing the top of the hill, Simon encourages
him to go on, saying, "we're nearly there".
Jesus, in the
movie, is initially made to carry the whole cross, while the two
thieves, who are given names, carry just the cross arms.
The thieves are crucified on a tau cross, and Jesus is on a crucifix.
fact, in the Scriptures we see that Jesus NEVER carried
the cross He was crucified on....In Matthew, Mark and
Luke, it is recorded that the Roman soldiers, when
leaving the hall with Jesus to go to crucify Him, after
He had been scourged, mocked, hit, spit upon and
blasphemed, the soldiers immediately compelled Simon, a
Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear or
carry the cross for Jesus. He in fact, followed behind
Jesus, carrying the cross, which the soldiers placed on
him. Normally only two
witnesses are required to prove an event, and in the
Gospel writers, we have three.
27: 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into
the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers...31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him,
and led him away to crucify him.
** 32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
32 .... him <touton> they compelled <aggareuo> to <hina> bear <airo> his <autos> cross <stauros>.
Strong's Concordance: bear <airo>
airo, ah'-ee-ro a primary root; to lift up; by implication, to take up or away; figuratively, to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind), specially, to sail away (i.e. weigh anchor); by Hebraism (compare 5375) to expiate sin:--away with, bear (up), carry, lift up, loose, make to doubt, put away, remove, take (away, up).
15:16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band...20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him,
and led him out to crucify him.
21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.
to bear <airo> his <autos> cross <stauros>.
Matthew > bear > airo
23:26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country,
and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
.... and on <epitithemi> him <autos> they laid <epitithemi> the cross <stauros>,
that he might bear <phero> it after <opisthen> Jesus <Iesous>.
Strong's Concordance: that he might bear <phero>
phero, fer'-o a primary verb -- for which other, and apparently not cognate ones are used in certain tenses only; namely,
oio oy'-o; and enegko en-eng'-ko
to "bear" or carry (in a very wide application, literally and figuratively, as follows):--be, bear, bring (forth), carry, come, + let her drive, be driven, endure, go on, lay, lead, move, reach, rushing, uphold.
Strong's Concordance: it after <opisthen>
from opis (regard; from 3700) with enclitic of source; from the rear (as a secure aspect), i.e. at the back (adverb and preposition of place or time):--after, backside, behind.
19 presents a version of this event which many declare
to be a contradiction. It is not.
19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.
And they took Jesus, and led him away.
17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
he bearing <bastazo> his <autos> cross <stauros> went forth <exerchomai>
Strong's Concordance: And he bearing <bastazo>
bastazo, bas-tad'-zo > perhaps remotely derived from the base of
939 (through the idea of removal); to lift, literally or figuratively (endure, declare, sustain, receive, etc.):--bear, carry, take up.
939. basiv basis,
bas'-ece from baino (to walk); a pace ("base"), i.e. (by implication) the foot:--foot.
Strong's Concordance: went forth <exerchomai>
exerchomai, ex-er'-khom-ahee from 1537 and 2064; to issue (literally or figuratively):--come (forth, out), depart (out of), escape, get out, go (abroad, away, forth, out, thence), proceed (forth), spread abroad
we compare the use of 'bastazo' with other verses, the
concept can and is applied to the spiritual act of
bearing a cross or burden. The
word bastazo can be used in a literal sense, for
example, to carry a jug, but because there are three
witnesses, i.e. the written testimony of the writers of
the other three Gospels, those witnesses should suffice,
that Simon was compelled to carry the physical cross for
Jesus, from the time He left the Hall. Normally only two
witnesses are required to prove an event.
: Matthew 3:11 [John the Baptist speaking of Christ]
"...whose shoes I am not worthy to bear <bastazo>..."
Matthew 8:17 That it might
be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet
, saying , Himself <autos> took <lambano> our
infirmities <astheneia>, and
bare <bastazo> our sicknesses <nosos>. [KJV]
Luke 14:27 And
whosoever doth <bastazo> not <ou> bear <bastazo> his <autos> cross <stauros>, and
come <erchomai> after
me , cannot be my disciple. [KJV]
[Referring to Paul] But the Lord <kurios> said
unto him , Go thy way : for he is a chosen
vessel unto me , to bear <bastazo> my name <onoma> before
the Gentiles <ethnos>, and kings , and the children
of Israel : [KJV]
there are many that claim that Jesus was not nailed to
the cross and many claim that there is no evidence that
He was nailed through His hands and also His feet, some
suggesting He was tied. However, if you believe the Word
of God to be true, it is a proven issue.
36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40 And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet.
The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have
seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall
see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my
finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand
into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were
within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the
doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said,
Peace be unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy
finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy
hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not
faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My
Lord and my God.
Stations of the Cross, summed up are as follows, with this writers
note added between each listed Station, and which most
are relevant to the depiction of the events in Mr.
First: Jesus is condemned to die;
Second: Jesus forced to carry the physical
against Gospel records];
Third: Jesus Falls the
First Time, due to the weight of the cross [no
Scripture to support] ;
Fourth: Jesus Meets His Mother, and draws
strength from her [no Scripture to support]; Fifth: Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
[Scripture shows Simon carried the cross the entire way]
; Sixth: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
[no Scripture to support>she wiped the face of Jesus, according to
this belief, an imprint of the face of Christ stayed on the cloth] ;
Jesus Falls the Second Time. [no Scripture to support]; Eighth: Jesus Meets the Women of
Jerusalem [Luke 23:27-31, they are following behind Him
and He turns around and tells them not to weep for
Him, but for themselves]; Ninth:
Jesus Falls the Third Time [no Scripture to support]; Tenth: Jesus is Stripped. [Matt 27:35, Luke
23:24, John 19:23]; Eleventh:
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross [Luke 24:34-49 *39,40; John
19:23-29,*27] ; Twelfth: Jesus Dies
On The Cross; Thirteenth: Jesus Is
Taken Down From The Cross, and "lays in his mothers
arms" [contrary to Luke 23:47-56, John 19:38-42] ; Fourteenth: Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb.
Mary runs to Jesus' side
is carrying his cross and he says to her; "
See mother, I make all things new".
There is no Scripture to support that. In the movie
depicting the Sixth "Veronica" station, Veronica says to
him, "permit me Lord" and uses her head covering and
presses it into his beaten and bloody face, and the
imprint of his face is left on the fabric.
In the movie,
depicting Station Thirteen, Mary holds Jesus in her arms
after he is taken down from the cross,
which is contrary to Luke 23:47-56, and John
19:38-42. And in the movie, the women get his body instead of Joseph and
Nicodemus, as shown in several Scriptures. Matthew
27:57-60, Luke 23:47-56, John 19:38-42
example of deviation from Scriptural or historic facts
is referenced in the
official website Synopsis section:
Golgotha, Jesus is nailed to the cross and undergoes
his last temptation--the fear that he has been
abandoned by his Father. He overcomes his fear, looks
at Mary, his Holy Mother, and makes the pronouncement
which only she can fully understand, 'it is
then dies "into thy hands I commend my
Jesus looked at Mary from the cross, it was to declare to
her and John, that she
was now his mother. John 19:23-30. There
is no conversational interaction between them. But, in
the movie, while he is hanging on the cross, Mary says to
Jesus, "Flesh of my flesh, Heart of my heart, My son, let me die with you"
She kisses his feet and then stands there looking up at
him with blood on her lips and face. Luke 23:43-55
is referenced as His last temptation above, is when He cried out,
My God, My God...[Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34] Jesus was not afraid. He was quoting from
Psalms 22:1...not because He was
but so all prophecy about Himself was fulfilled, in
these events. He
never said "it is accomplished," while on the
cross. He said "It is Finished."
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