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God Can Use Anything...But Should We?

 

Q & A About The Passion of The Christ

March 8, 2004

 

John 3:14-18

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
[KJV]

Among the pro Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of The Christ advocates, comes the inevitable comments like, "God can use anything". 

While it is true that God can use anything and anybody, because He is God and able to accomplish things well beyond our understanding, the issue isn't at all about what God can or cannot use to accomplish His most perfect will.

The issue is....Can Christians use and embrace anything, including another gospel and another Jesus, which are lies, in order to share the Truth of Jesus Christ?

2 Peter 2:1  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. [KJV]

From Strong's Concordance:

false teachers <pseudodidaskalos> 5572....  from 5571 and 1320; a spurious teacher, i.e. propagator of erroneous Christian doctrine:--false teacher. 

heresies <hairesis> 139.... from 138; properly, a choice, i.e. (specially) a party or (abstractly) disunion: --heresy (which is the Greek word itself), sect. 

1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. [KJV]

Q. God can use anything and we know His Word will not return void, so why the objections over a 'few' inaccuracies in the movie?

A. God can and does use anything. However, the actual Word of God is spoken for only ten or so minutes in the movie, in a language few understand. Scripture is also sometimes taken out of context, used mixed with dialogue, and spoken incorrectly as in the incidence where He said to Mary "see mother, I make all things new." That was a mixture of actors dialogue with a passage from Revelation 21:5, which was revealed to John, after Christ was crucified, and ascended to heaven, not Mary. It was not spoken by Jesus to Mary.

Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. [KJV]

Those lines have been said in languages that very few comprehend in the first place, and there are not always titles when the language is being spoken. The first passage misquoted is in the very first view of the movie, on the black screen, which in writing, quoted Isaiah 53:5 incorrectly, eliminating an important verse from the middle of the passage. The errors continue when Jesus is first praying in the garden, and in other scenes as well. 

Isaiah 53:5  from the movie. "He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; by His wounds we are healed.  Isaiah 53 700 B.C." 

There is no version that reads in this way, which eliminates much of the verse. 
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. {wounded: or, tormented} {stripes: Heb. bruise}
[KJV]
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
[NIV]

Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. [NASB]

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. [ASV]

It is God's Word that must be heard in order for souls to be won to Him.

1 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. [KJV]

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
...16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
[KJV] 

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. [KJV]

Q. Why do people criticize or "tear down" the movie? After all, Paul wrote he rejoiced when Christ was preached whether through pretense or sincerity? After all, Christ was crucified. 

A. For Christ to be preached, it has to be true to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be Biblically sound. The intent for proclaiming the Truth behind that preaching, whether of sincerity or pretense, will not hinder it. But, we are warned against accepting another gospel and another Jesus.

Luke 17:23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. [KJV]

Galatians 1:7 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. [KJV]

2 Corinthians 11:4 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.

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

2 John 1: 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
[KJV]

Q. Why the "nitpicking" over a 'few' inaccuracies in the movie? After all, it is Hollywood and there is such a thing as artistic license.

A. Mel Gibson said his movie was both true to the Scriptures and historically accurate. He also said that the Holy Spirit directed the making of the movie and that he hoped it would evangelize many. Many on the set converted or recommitted to Catholicism. If the movie was "just Hollywood", most Christians and religious leadership would not have gone to it nor endorsed it. Instead, they also proclaimed it to be Biblically and historically sound and an evangelization tool. We are called to "prove all things." The movie is neither Biblically nor historically sound. Good fruit cannot come from evil trees.

There are no Scriptures that allow for the changing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for 'artistic license' purposes. There are no Scriptures that allow Believers to embrace another Gospel or another Jesus under the guise that it is 'sort of like,' what is in the Scriptures. There is no Scripture supporting the presentation of another Jesus.  

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. [KJV]

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; [KJV]

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; [KJV]

Q. Did Mel Gibson say only Catholics can get to heaven or can be saved? 

A. On being asked by Peter Boyer, interviewing Gibson for a New Yorker article, whether being a Protestant disqualified him [Boyer] from salvation, Mr. Gibson responded simply: “there is no salvation outside the Church.” He then went on to talk about his non-Catholic wife. “My wife is a saint. She’s a much better person than I am. She’s Episcopalian, Church of England. She prays, she believes in God, she knows Jesus, she believes in that stuff. And it’s just not fair if she doesn’t make it, she’s better than I am. But that [outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation] is a pronouncement from the Chair. I go with it."  [Peter J. Boyer, “The Jesus War: Mel Gibson’s Obsession,” The New Yorker, September 15, 2003, 71].

However, in direct conflict to that, on the ABCNEWS' Primetime, on Monday, February 16, 2004 with Diane Sawyer, he said all people will eventually get to heaven:

DIANE SAWYER (ABC NEWS) -- "... when we talked with Gibson and his actors, we wondered, does his traditionalist view bar the door to Heaven for Jews, Protestants, Muslims?

MEL GIBSON -- "That's not the case at all. Absolutely not. It is possible for people who are not even Christian to get into the Kingdom of Heaven. It's just easier for -and I have to say that because that's what I believe."

DIANE SAWYER -- "You have the nonstop ticket?"

MEL GIBSON -- "Well, yeah, I'm saying it's an easier ride where I am because it's like -I have to believe that."

...MEL GIBSON -- "... it's our belief that by the sin of the first people, original sin, that the gates were closed to us, to eternal life, and that his sacrifice as a redeemer of all mankind was to open the gates to all of us again."

According to Mel Gibson's initial beliefs, there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church. In his traditionalist doctrine, only the Catholic Church is authorized and equipped to interpret the true meaning of the Biblical word of God, and that word of God is to be interpreted vi verborum, according to the words, that is, literally.  Traditionalist Catholics believe only Catholics go to heaven.

Q. Many say they want to see the movie so they can see how much Jesus suffered for them, so they can 'feel his pain' and then love Him more. People have gone back two and three times because they are attaching the portrayed suffering as something good to understand "all that Jesus went through". Is that a Biblical concept?

A. No. The portrayal in the movie is Scripturally and historically inaccurate to begin with and referenced mystical writings as a source of information [see below]. Our suffering with Christ comes in the form of experiencing tribulation and trials because of Believing and living for Him. Jesus said to Thomas - blessed are they who have not seen and yet believe. We are called to walk by faith, not by sight....or feelings.

John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. [KJV]

2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight ) [KJV]

1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
[KJV]

Q. Who killed Jesus? 

A. All mankind, by God's will. Acts 4:26-28 “The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done”  

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.  [KJV]

Matthew 26:53 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? [KJV] Isaiah 53

Q. How come Jesus is always depicted as a handsome to nice looking, man? Is that what He looked like?

A. Jesus was in fact, according to the Scriptures, considered plain to unattractive, not handsome, with His face deemed "marred", more so, than other men. There was no physical special-ness, or 'kingly' appearance that would draw people to Him. It was when He spoke and what He said and did during His ministry that drew people to Himself.

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  [KJV]

Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. [KJV]

Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
[KJV]

From Strong's Concordance:

no form <to'ar> 08389. rat to'ar, to'-ar from 8388; outline, i.e. figure or appearance... beautiful... comely, countenance,... fair, ... favoured, form, ... goodly,.. resemble, visage. 

nor comeliness > 01926. rdh hadar, haw-dawr'  from 1921; magnificence, i.e. ornament or splendor:--beauty, comeliness, excellency, glorious, glory, goodly, honour, majesty. 

no beauty > 04758. harm mar'eh, mar-eh' from 7200; a view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks), ... apparently, appearance... as soon as beautiful(-ly), countenance, fair, favoured, form, goodly, to look (up) on (to), look(-eth),... 

desire him > 02530. dmx chamad, khaw-mad' a primitive root; to delight in:--beauty, greatly beloved, covet, delectable thing, (X great) delight, desire, goodly, lust, (be) pleasant (thing), precious (thing).

Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: [KJV]

From Strong's Concordance:

were astonied <shamem> 08074. Mmv shamem, shaw-mame' > a primitive root; to stun (or intransitively, grow numb), i.e. devastate or (figuratively) stupefy (both usually in a passive sense):--make amazed, be astonied, (be an) astonish(-ment),... wonder

his visage [same as Beauty] <mar'eh> 04758. harm mar'eh, mar-eh'  from 7200; a view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks)... appearance... beautiful(-ly), countenance, fair, favoured, form, goodly, to look (up) on (to), look(-eth), ... 

was so marred <mishchath> 04893. txvm mishchath, mish-khawth' or moshchath {mosh-khawth'}; from 7843; disfigurement:--corruption, marred. 

By the time of the crucifixion, regardless of how Christ looked prior to those last days, he was repeatedly slapped with open hands, they smote him and so on, His face was bleeding, with His hair pulled off His cheeks, which is contrary to any depiction put out by mankind. 

Q. Was Jesus flogged on both sides of His body, and with seemingly endless whippings, in the Bible?

A. No. This is false. This was from the writing of Anne Emmerich.  The Dolorous Passion, Chapter 22. "The cruelty of these barbarians was nevertheless not yet satiated; they untied Jesus, and again fastened him up with his back turned towards the pillar…and they recommenced scourging him with even greater fury than before.."  

If he was hit with the force that had sinew, with cuts to bone, and flesh flying off him from when scourged on his back, and the same was done on his front, he likely would literally have been disemboweled or similar. Further Emmerich's version said he was also beaten with a rod on his face, while also being scourged from the head down. His face would have also been "hamburger."

Flogging or scourging was done on the back. Scriptures show He "gave his back to the smiters". Roman history tells us that prisoners were scourged on the back side of the body before crucifixion.  Jewish law dictated a maximum of forty lashes, but they typically stopped at thirty nine. Deuteronomy 25:2,3. Paul also showed what the Jewish custom was when he had been scourged. 2 Corinthians 11:24 " Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one." In the scourging of our Lord (Matt. 27:26; Mark 15:15) the words of prophecy were fulfilled.

Isaiah 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.
[KJV]

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. [KJV]

Matthew 26:67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,...27: 30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. [KJV]

Mark 14:65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands. [KJV]

John 19:1 ...Jesus, and scourged him. 2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands....16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.
[KJV]

Q. They beat Jesus brutally for nearly the whole movie, right from the Garden to the end...is that Scriptural? 

A. No That comes from the various writings, from Anne Emmerich and Mary of Agreda, and also St. Bridget, who all also suggest he was scourged for about an hour or so. 

One web site presented this: 

"St. Bridget, as she understood the Blessed Mother to say: ... They scourged His Body pure from all spot or stain... His whole Body lacerated with scourges tipped with sharp points turned back, not pulling out, but ploughing up... His Body bruised and beaten to the very ribs so that the ribs could be seen... His very flesh was furrowed with the thongs. ... all torn, so that no soundness could be found on him nor any spot to scourge. ...Josefa’s vision: What struck me most was the expression of His tortured eyes...closed, swollen and filled with Blood, especially the right eye. His hair damp with Blood fell over His face, eyes and mouth. ... From His left shoulder hung a fragment of torn flesh about to detach itself, and the same was the case in several other parts of His Body.... " http://wordbytes.org/healing/HealingWounds/part4.htm

"Dr. Buckley: [Re: shroud of Turin] On the right cheek is a swelling which has resulted in the partial closing of the right eye. There is also an area on the nose where there is a separation and possible fracture of the nasal cartilege. On the tip of the nose is a small abrasion, possibly resulting from a fall where the nose came in contact with a hard object.".....St. Alphonsus: Why was it that in the journey...the Jews took the Cross from off His shoulders, and gave it to the Cyrenian to carry?... As the blessed Denis, the Carthusian, says, "They feared lest He should die upon the way," seeing that our Lord, after the scourging, was so drained of Blood and so exhausted in strength as to be scarcely able any longer to stand." http://wordbytes.org/healing/HealingWounds/part6.htm

It should be pointed out that the Shroud of Turin comment, while apparently viewed by some as belonging to Jesus, is obviously not Christ, simply by the above comments, "possible fracture."

John 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 

Psalm 34:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. [Also Ex. 12:46; Nu. 9:12]

As an aside, the Jews did not have anything to do with the actual scourging, the carrying of the cross, the crucifixion and so on. That was totally in the hands of the Roman soldiers. 

Q. In the movie Jesus was caned 32 times, before being scourged. Is that in the Bible?

A. No. It is not Biblically accurate and changes the Word of God.

Q. Are the mystics writings used by Mel Gibson for his 'accuracy' in the movie consistent with each other,  and the Bible, and are they viewed by the Catholic church as accurate?

A. No.  In one website, Today's Catholic Reflections & Reports TCRNews, the following is discussed. It should be noted that most Catholic sites this researcher read, promote the writings of the mystics as classic Catholicism or spiritually edifying and Biblically true. 

"Many of us have loved and gratefully absorbed, say, the mystical theology of the cross found in the writings of Catherine Emmerich---her greatest revelation, we believe--- and in the works of so many other mystics...even the great mystics are apt to mingle personal piety and legend with private revelations,..."For centuries," writes Fr. Benedict Groeshel, "it has been clear papal teaching that even a canonized saint who has reported a private revelation which has been approved by the Church for acceptance by the faithful may have introduced some personal element that is subject to error or distortion"....thus Marie de Agreda ... declares that one must believe everything she says, although such an obligation exists only in the case of the Holy Scriptures. In 1771 Clement XIV forbade the continuation of her process of beatification ‘on account of the book’..."

"...Catherine Emmerich has likewise given expression to false or unlikely opinions: ....Fr. Groeshel notes, as further example,... Catherine Emmerich maintained that Mary died 13 years after our Lord, St. Bridget said 14 years, and Marie de Agreda 21...

...."Like Mary of Agreda, and other more modern mystics, Anne Catherine was persuaded that her revelations were of earth-shattering religious significance and meant for the whole world..."More seriously, some of her revelations are simply grotesque, ..."It is for her alleged visions of the characters of the Gospels, though, that Anne Catherine is most famous. But, as Fr Thurston indicates, we immediately come up against the problem that her accounts, while fantastically detailed, do not agree with those of other visionaries, both those canonised by the Church and those not so favoured, and that contradictions abound...

...If we compare her visions with those of St Bridget, on numerous points there are discrepancies....In relation to the Passion, Anne Catherine describes the scourging at the pillar in a different manner in comparison with St Bridget, but it is in regard to the manner of the crucifixion that there are the greatest discrepancies. St Bridget beheld Christ being nailed to the cross while it was upright and in place, and she saw four nails being used to fasten his hands and feet. Anne Catherine, on the other hand, saw only three nails being used and Christ being nailed to the cross while it was upon the ground."...Visions of the life and death of Christ, or other historic scenes, must be understood to be approximate only.

Fr. Poulain: "When the Church approves private revelations, she declares only that there is nothing in them contrary faith or good morals, and that they may be read without danger or even with profit; no obligation is thereby imposed on the faithful to believe them. Speaking of such revelations as (e.g.) Those of St. Hildegard (approved in part by Eugenius III), St. Bridget (by Boniface IX), and St. Catherine of Siena (by Gregory XI) Benedict XIV says: ‘It is not obligatory nor even possible to give them the assent of Catholic faith, but only of human faith... ("Private Revelations," The 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia)." http://tcrnews2.com/privaterev.html; also see Catholic Encyclopedia http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13005a.htm

Jeremiah 14:14 states: 14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

Q. Did Mary and Mary Magdalene actually watch the scourging and did they, as depicted in the movie, get towels from Pilate's wife to sop up the blood, in the Scriptures?

A. No. This is false. John 18:13-18, Matthew 26:57,58, Mark 14:54 The scourging took place in the Praetorium and Scripture says a group of Roman soldiers were there to mock and ridicule Him. No one else. The idea comes from the writings of Anne Emmerich, and this is part of where the focus of Mary sharing the pain and crucifixion agony with Jesus comes from. These writings, along with Mary Agreda's Mystical City of God, are also where the concept of Jesus obtaining strength from her and there being a spiritual or psychic connection between them comes from. 

From chapter 23 of Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion:

".... she saw and suffered with inexpressible love and grief all the torments he was enduring. When Jesus fell down at the foot of the pillar, after the flagellation, I saw Claudia Procles, the wife of Pilate, send some large pieces of linen to the Mother of God... he wiped his eyes, which were filled with blood, that he might look at his Mother, and she stretched out her hands towards him, and continued to look at the bloody traces of his footsteps... Mary and Magdalen approach the pillar where Jesus had been scourged; ... they knelt down on the ground near the pillar, and wiped up the sacred blood with the linen which Claudia Procles had sent..." 

The Catholic Encyclopedia states this: 

"...Concerning the revelations of Marie de Agreda and Anne Catherine Emmerich, ...If there is question of a particular fact related in these books and not mentioned elsewhere, we cannot be certain that it is true, especially in minor details. In particular instances, these visionaries have been mistaken: thus Marie de Agreda teaches, like her contemporaries, the existence of crystal heavens, and declares that one must believe everything she says, although such an obligation exists only in the case of the Holy Scriptures. ... Catherine Emmerich has likewise given expression to false or unlikely opinions: she regards the writings of the pseudo-Dionysius as due to the Areopagite, and says strange things about the terrestrial Paradise, which, according to her, exists on an inaccessible Mountain towards Tibet...." http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13005a.htm

Mary herself recognized her need of salvation, and that salvation came from the Lord. That does not change that she was specially chosen by God for the purpose of bearing Christ, but she was affected by sin, like everyone else. She did not understand the things that He spoke, even when He was a twelve year old child.

Luke 1:46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

Luke 2: 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? 50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 

Q. In the movie, “Peter”, after denying Christ three times knelt before “Mary”, and asks her forgiveness twice. The appearance is for absolution, and then he refuses the absolution. In the Scriptures, did this happen?

A. No. This did not happen. This is again doctrine implied from the writings of Emmerich and Agreda, and is also basic Catholic doctrine of Mary being co-redeemer. 

Matthew 26:69-75 "...74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. [KJV]  Also see: Mark 14: 66-72

Luke 22:54-62 v 62.And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.  [KJV]

The movie has both Peter and John calling Mary “Mother” and the subtitles clearly capitalize this reference to her as the Holy Mother. After Peter denied knowing Christ, in the movie, Peter twice told Mary not to touch him as if she had some kind of holiness that he did not deserve to enter into.  Mary Agreda, in her writings, refers to Mary as the Queen of Heaven.

On a side note, the queen of heaven is not a good term in the Old Testament, in Jeremiah. 

Jeremiah 7:18  The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. 19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? [KJV] Jeremiah 44:17-25. 

Q. What is the symbolism of the image of 'satan holding a grotesque looking demon child or baby' during the scourging scene?

A.  Mr. Gibson said it is a satanic parody of the Madonna holding the baby Jesus, a kind of anti-Madonna. The imagery is representing Satan mocking not only Jesus and Mary, but also Satan mocking the coming of Christ into the world, and His purpose for being there. It is imagery depicting anti-christ, and is also the mother/child worship concept found throughout hinduism, babylon, etc.

Q. Was Jesus afraid in Gethsemane, as shown in the movie?

A. No. Jesus was feeling deep sorrow and grief as He was preparing to take the sin of the world on Himself. He was sinless. 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.

1 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]

Matthew 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. [KJV]

Luke 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. [KJV]

Q. Did satan address Jesus in the garden and say "Who is your Father?" and "Who are You?", in the Bible?

A. No. That never happened.

Q. Satan is portrayed as a woman. Is that Scriptural? 

A. No. Jesus refers to him as "the father of lies."

Q. Did Jesus ask God to rise up and defend Him? "Hear me Father...rise up and defend me...save me from the traps they have set"?

A. No. That never happened.

Q. Did the apostles say, "What's wrong with him" and "He seems afraid", in the Bible?

A. No. That never happened.

Q. Is it Scriptural, that the “Jesus” of this movie, when asked to identify himself and says I AM He, has no one falling over backwards? 

A. No. That “Jesus” is therefore not a presentation of the Christ or the God of the Scriptures. 

John 18:6 As soon then as He had said unto them, I am He, they went backward, and fell to the ground. [KJV]

Q. Did Jesus confront Judas after the arrest, when he was in chains, as in the movie?

A. No. There was no resistance by Jesus and He went willingly.

Q. In the Garden there is a scuffle and "Jesus" has his right eye blackened and swollen shut, leaving him as a one-eyed Jesus through out the movie. Is that Scriptural? 

A. No. Jesus was not beaten in the Garden and went willingly. He was taken and bound. There is much speculation behind this one eye symbolism, depending on what one reads. The one eye imagery is found in Mel Gibson's own symbol for Icon Productions. That image search brings one to the "mysterious eyes of the Virgin of Guadalupe", which has the same presentation of the eyes. Anne Emmerich, an Augustinian nun, is seen with an image of an eye within a pyramid over her bed.. http://www.midwestaugustinians.org/saintsc_annemmerich.html

Throughout many religions, mystery religions, and native lore, the one eye symbol is prevalent. In the ancient mysteries they worship Lucifer, who is often depicted as one eyed. The image is used with osiris, horus and other pagan gods and many use an Egyptian design. Muslim End Time prophecies suggest that the "evil Dajjal," a false Messiah or Antichrist-like figure, is said to be blind in one eye. 

Some are suggesting that the imagery is depicting this movie "Jesus" as the idol shepherd of Zechariah 11:17. The idol shepherd is antichrist.

Zechariah 11:17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened. [KJV]

Q. Did Jesus fall over the side of a bridge in the Bible?

A. No. That never happened. That is from, The Dolorous Passion by Anne Catherine Emmerich.

"I saw our Lord fall twice before he reached the bridge, and these falls were caused entirely by the barbarous manner in which the soldiers dragged him; but when they were half over the bridge they gave full vent to their brutal inclinations, and struck Jesus with such violence that they threw him off the bridge..." [chapter 2]

Q. Did Judas tell the Pharisees to release Christ in the Bible?

A. No. That never happened.

Q. Is it Scripturally correct that Judas was tormented by demons who had manifested and that is what drove him to hang himself?

A. No. Scripture tells us satan entered into Judas at the end of the supper with the disciples. John 13:18, Psalm 41:9, Zechariah 11:12-13   A field was purchased with his 'blood money' of thirty pieces of silver. Judas realized what he had done in betraying Jesus. Mt 26:15; 27:3-10

Matthew 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,  4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. 

Acts 1:15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishopric let another take.

Q. Are the words spoken by Jesus in the movie to Mary "See mother, I make all things new," in the Gospels?

A. No. That never happened. It is a misrepresentation of what Jesus said to the Apostle John in Revelation 21:5. Revelation was written about 40 years later.

Q. Where did the names of the thieves Gesmas and Dismas (the believing thief) come from and why aren't they in the Bible?

A. The names came from the writings of the mystic Anne Emmerich, a stigmatic nun, known to have levitated. 

Q. In the movie, after being crucified, the thieves are talking and the good thief, named Dismas, rebuked Gesmas, the unrepentant thief, referring to himself as, "I, Dismas." Is that in the Bible?

A. No. The names of the malefactors are not in the Scriptures. This is another case of changing the Word of God, found throughout the movie. 

Luke 23: 39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Q. Why did the thieves in the movie only carry the cross beam while Jesus carried a full cross?

A. No one actually is known to have carried the whole cross. It was the cross beams that were carried. The weight of a whole cross would have been too much for many physically well men to carry, let alone ones who in most cases underwent a scourging first. 

Q. Did Simon help Jesus carry his cross?

A. No. Simon carried it alone. He followed behind Jesus.

Q. Did Simon willingly carry the cross for Jesus?

A. No. Simon was compelled to carry the cross right from the Praetorium or common hall, as they led Jesus away. 

Matthew 27:31 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. [KJV]

Mark 15:16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; ...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. [KJV]

Luke 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.  [KJV]

Q. Did Simon have to encourage Jesus to finish His walk to Golgotha, and did Jesus fall repeatedly going to the cross, in the Bible? 

A. No. That never happened. The Jesus of the Bible does not fall. The Catholic Fourteen Stations of the Cross has three falls. There are approximately seven falls in the movie which is in agreement with Emmerich's writings.

Q. Would a woman take off her head covering and wipe the face of Jesus with it, and did this occur in Scripture?

A. No.  In the movie it was 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. It is not in the Bible. It is based on the Catholic 'stations of the cross' and that imagery. It is also found in the writings of Anne Emmerich.

Q. Mel Gibson said the original languages were Aramaic and Latin. Is that true?

A. No. That is what he used, but Greek was the language of commerce and a common language, Hebrew was the language of the Temple, Latin was for Roman law.  Aramaic was also a common language among the Jews.

Q. Jesuit priest William Fulco, Chair of Mediterranean Studies at Loyola Marymount University, translated and put together the languages used in the script for the movie. Is it accurate to the events and Scripture?

A. No. Aside from not using Greek, which was the common language of commerce, Fulco admitted to "stitching together a language," and inserting faulty statements and Biblical misquotes. He chose in some spots, to switch the languages of the Jews and the Romans, Jesus and Pilate, and used x-rated Latin, all in sharp contrast to what was said on the Official Passion website, Synopsis and Background/ Languages information. 

"All the characters in the film are heard speaking the languages they would actually have spoken at the time. This means Aramaic for the Jewish characters, including Christ and his disciples, and "street Latin" for the Romans.." www.thepassionofthechrist.com/skip.html

From the Chicago Tribune article "The Jesuit scholar who translated `The Passion'" by Nathan Bierma, March 4, 2004:

"....Fulco left Greek out of "The Passion," substituting Latin... He also made mostly imperceptible distinctions between the elegant Latin of Pilate and the crude Latin of soldiers, thanks to an X-rated source he found on his shelf.

"I tracked down some obscene graffiti from Roman army camps," ... "Somebody who knows Latin really well, their ears will fall off. We didn't subtitle those words."

...I put in playful things which nobody will know. There's one scene where Caiaphas turns to his cohorts and says something in Aramaic. The subtitle says, `You take care of it.' He's actually saying, `Take care of my laundry.'...he incorporated deliberate dialogue errors in the scenes where the Roman soldiers, speaking Aramaic, are shouting to Jewish crowds, who respond in Latin..."there's an exchange where Pilate addresses Jesus in Aramaic, and Jesus answers in Latin. It's kind of a nifty little symbolic thing: Jesus is going to beat him at his own game," Fulco said. "One line [in that exchange] I kind of enjoyed is when Jesus says, `My power is given from above, otherwise my followers would not have allowed this.' ..."metromix.chicagotribune.com/movies/mmx-0403040033mar04,0,3912206.story?coll=mmx-movies_heds

What was actually said by Jesus, was not that My power was given from above, but that MY Kingdom was not of this world. That difference changes perception of the Divinity of Christ:

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Q. Why was there no Greek on the sign, which is placed over the cross and written by Pilate, in the movie, and is this Scriptural?

A. There are only two lines of Latin and one in Aramaic on the sign  in the movie. No it is not Scriptural.  Pilate, who showed he was fluent in Greek, Latin and Hebrew, wrote this:

John 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. 
[KJV]

Q. Why are there, what appears to be, chalices hanging from the crosses in the movie?

A. It is not Scriptural. It is Catholic or other symbolism.

Q. Did the soldier actually attempt to break Jesus' legs, but was interrupted by an earthquake, in Scripture?

A. No. Jesus was shown to be dead already, although the thieves were not, so the soldiers saw it was not necessary to break His legs. 

John 19:32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced. [KJV]

Q. In the movie, when the soldier pierces Jesus side, they have blood and water spraying all over the face of the soldier and Mary, even though based on the movie scourging scene and horrific beatings, he would have had little to no blood left in him. Is it in the Scriptures like this?

A. No. In Scripture it says that His blood and water came out when speared in the side.

John 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. [KJV]

Q. Did Jesus walk out of the tomb in the Scriptures?

A. No. There is no Scripture that specifically says how He left the tomb. Instead, the following is recorded.

Matthew 28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

Mark 16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. 7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

Q. Did Mary talk to Jesus when on the cross, or on the way to be crucified, in the Scriptures?

A. No. To both questions.  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. It is not in the Bible. The women watched from afar. Luke 23:43-55

Our Lord uttered seven memorable words from the cross, namely, (1) Luke 23:34; (2) 23:43; (3) John 19:26; (4) Matt. 27:46, Mark 15:34; (5) John 19:28; (6) 19:30; (7) Luke 23:46.

Jesus never said "it is accomplished," while on the cross. He said "It is Finished." The Greek meaning is important.  In the movie it has "It is accomplished". The Greek word 'epiteleo' [*2005] means to fulfill further, perform, undergo, bring to pass, or do. It is used throughout the New Testament. The word used in the King James Bible for 'finished' is 'teleo' [*5055], which means complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt), make an end, finish.  By changing that word finished to accomplished, the Roman Catholic church doctrine and beliefs are being conveyed. They believe Christ's work on the cross is insufficient and that there is still more to do to work for your salvation: mass, specific prayers, rosary, sacraments, etc. [*Numbers are from Strong's Concordance]

In the Garden Jesus prayed and said, John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. [KJV]

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [KJV]

Q. Did Mary hold Jesus' body after it was taken from the cross, in the Scriptures?

A. No. In the movie, depicting Station Thirteen and the Catholic pieta, Mary holds Jesus in her arms after he is taken down from the cross.  That information is contrary to Luke 23:47-56, and  John 19:38-42. 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

Q. Many are purchasing the movie soundtrack, believing it to be divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. Who wrote the music for the movie?

A. The music was written by composer John Debney, who has also composed the music for such movies as Elf, The Scorpion King, Bruce Almighty, Dragonfly, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Relic, Hocus Pocus and many more.

In several interviews, it was stated, "Meanwhile, with time running short, Debney became blocked while trying to score an appropriate theme for Mary -- a problem, since much of the film is seen through her eyes. "Finally, I just prayed to Mary, out of desperation," says Debney. "And she answered with a lullaby that just appeared in my head complete with lyrics: 'Don't cry my little one, if you should fall, I will cradle you.' When we first put the music to the scene, both Mel and I were crying. He asked me where it came from, and I told him, from her. What an incredible gift." [Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/entertainment/movies/mel17_20040217.htm; DIVINE INSPIRATION: Mel Gibson and other 'Passion' filmmakers say the movie was guided by faith, February 17, 2004, by Terry Lawson; also stated in an interview with Don Kroah ]

Q. Many are saying they loved the movie, thoroughly enjoyed it, some seeing it repeatedly, even though it is a graphically enhanced, brutal and gory rendition of watching someone be physically and emotionally beaten for almost two hours, tortured, and crucified. They claim it depicts the Savior they say they love. Is there anything wrong with that, or viewing the violence as something to be 'enjoyed' and 'felt'?

A. Yes it is wrong according to what God views as right before Him. We are not to enjoy murder and torture and violence, especially towards the innocent, which Jesus was. God also hates something that causes division between His people, and those who speak deceit and who use wicked imaginations or divination. 

Psalm 11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Psalms 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. 6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
[leasing : Strongs #3577: kazab ...lie, untruth, deceit, falsehood, deceptive thing ] 

Proverbs 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

...23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Q. Is it wrong to enjoy watching Jesus being tortured and beaten, with the focus on that, even though it is only a depiction of it? And does that movie present the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ?

A. Search your heart. He despised the shame of the cross for us, yet people are saying they loved watching what 'he' did for us. Who would enjoy watching their best Friend beaten, with unrelenting violence and torture and then watch him be crucified and die? Who would enjoy watching a reenactment of our Lord and Savior suffering the shame and pain of the crucifixion? 

We know that Christ was scourged, was mocked, and crucified and was raised from the dead, according to the Word of God. He despised the shame of the cross for us. That is good enough for me. We are called to look to Jesus, the author of and finisher of our faith...

Hebrews 12: 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
[KJV]

Many who stood and watched the True Christ crucified almost 2000 years ago, never believed Him, even after knowing He had risen from the grave. Many physically heard Jesus Christ speak, heard Him prophecy His death and resurrection, and saw Him even after He was risen from the dead and still doubted Him. [Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:9-15] 

The Gospel is not presented in the movie The Passion of The Christ. Jesus Christ is not in this “secret chamber”. He is sitting at the right hand of the Father. 

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. [KJV]

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [KJV]

Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: 22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. 23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. [KJV]

Luke 17:23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. [KJV]

And when the world sees Him again, it will be under these conditions. 

Matthew 24: 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. [KJV]

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
[KJV]

The true Gospel is found in the Words of Scripture, as is the true Christ. He is the Word, not the man made image and portrayed by a man. Ask Him to open the Truth of His Word to you. He promises if you seek Him you will indeed find Him.

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
[KJV]

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