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Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ" 

March 2, 2004

 

Since the release of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ", movie goers and non attending individuals are making increasing public comments via forums and emails. For some, a dividing line is being drawn based on approval of the movie. 

Many, due to the "revival" and "evangelism concept", are offended that "The Passion of The Christ", which presents another gospel and another Jesus, could be viewed as anything less than God given. And that concept is being promoted by the thousands of pastors and organizational leadership who have embraced this movie as Gospel and true, including the Jesus in it, to be equivalent to the way it really was. 

To that end, it seems appropriate to include various comments, to get a glimpse of how people are accepting this new Hollywood and Catholic gospel. As shown in my original article, both Mel Gibson and Jim Caviezel, who plays Jesus, are strong Catholics, Jim attesting to accepting both Jesus and Mary into his heart. Mel Gibson has also, besides being a Traditionalist Catholic, prayed the Fifteen Prayers of St. Bridget, since he was 35. Those issues are discussed in the original article: A Different View of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ".

This writer personally has received comments thanking me for the research articles I have presented on this site concerning "The Passion of The Christ". One comment, however revealed something that is beginning to permeate many minds. It goes something like this:

"... I understand your concern on inaccuracy and errors. ... No movie can depict what Christ did for us on that day, yet you took a movie that could change lives and nullified it's effect. ... Funny how your objective is that of the Jews, Muslims, and Atheists alike. If you cannot accept this mighty work of God for what it is than I cannot do more than pray for you, but God has spoken to the world and I will not allow you to freely tell them to ignore what God has revealed to them. That is a work of the devil! Your attitude is worse than that of the pagan world we live in. Your tongue professes deceit and your mind has been twisted by the devil himself. Take back your words!"

What is noteworthy that many reporters have given less than glowing reports, as revealed in the previous article, Comments About Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ". It is doubtful they are being told to 'Take back your words!" Apparently sharing the love of Jesus Christ and the "evangelistic opportunity" is only for those who attend the movie. 

Others are calling analysis that is less than promotional to the movie, or individuals not endorsing it, as being enemies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Others call those who do not endorse it, 'bashing this work of God' and some are being banned from forums or forbidden to say anything negative about the movie. The question does become -- who then is to be evangelized, to what and by whom. 

One person commented on the success of The Passion movie by saying:

Matthew 4:8 Again the Devil takes Him to a very high mountain, and shows to Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9 And he said to Him. I will give all these things to You if falling down, You will worship me.
10 Then Jesus said to him, Go, Satan! For it has been written: "You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve Him only." Deut. 6:13 

" And he said to Him. I will give all these things to You if falling down, You will worship me."

Or Mary or saints or etc, because any worship that is not directed to God or Jesus, goes to the enemy by default. If you worship a coke bottle, he gets it. Since Mel has made his money back, will he show the movie now for free out of his concern for the "lost"? "

 

Pros & Cons

Comments Posted to Public Forums Throughout the Internet

Scripture inserted as food for thought.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
[KJV]

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"The movie should be called THE PASSION OF THE POPE...and information coming from the gospels according to mel gibson. This movie hardly follows the four gospels...It has a strong Catholic influence and in my
opinion is a perversion to Gods word...People are worshiping this movie as thou its really Jesus up there on the cross...People are idolizing mel gibson and jim caviesel...Last time I knew idolatry was wrong....I follow Jesus..."

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2 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.
[KJV]

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"I have many conduits to the Lord . . . Mr. Gibson’s movie taught me many things about Christ’s suffering.  Yes, Mr. Gibson took some “artistic license” – but he is the artist and he is allowed to do so.  The “Holy artworks” done my Michael Angelo are not even close to being biblical – does that make them any less beautiful?  Should he be condemned since his paintings are not scriptural to my interpretation?  I could go on and on – but I guess I can’t make my point any more clear…"

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John 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. [KJV]

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"This movie is one of the best things our society needs right now. I think a ton of non-believers will go just to check it out and see what all the talk is about and hopefully it will really open people's eyes and make some people try to seek God and His way of life. Something that's controversial always attracts attention and what more could believers want than to attract people's attention to the story of God? Hopefully it turns out to be as good as some of the reviews say it is. God Bless and enjoy the movie!"

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"The movie, Titanic, was the largest grossing film in US box-office history. It brought in over $600,000,000. If you want to send a message to Hollywood to let them know that you want to see more movies like "The Passion of The Christ" that inspire love and self-sacrifice for others, let's get everyone to turn out to see this film! If the movie is in 2,000 theaters and the average theater holds about 300 people and the average movie ticket price is $10, we need to fill each screening of the film 100 times. If people see it twice, then we only need to fill theaters 50 times. If people see it 4 times, that's only 25 times! Not only that, while the movie will be 2,000 theaters, some theaters will probably carry it on more than one screen, so there is even more potential for people to see the film! Let's send out a message to the world that we really do want to see movies like this! Then we can only expect to see the film industry to start making wholesome films like this one."

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1 Timothy 6: 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
[KJV]

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"This is the problem when people use extrabiblical sources and present it as Gospel. There is no Jesus AND, because He is the Word made manifest. The Catholics have the Bible AND the book of Catechism. Mel has the Bible AND the book of Catechism AND these writings for his source of Biblical truth."

http://www.emmerich1.com/THE_PASSIO...#CHAPTER%20XXII 

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Marble/8229/english.htm 

"Since people seem to be so mesmerized by the Aramaic and Latin spoken in the movie, let me end with this: caveat emptor "

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1 Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air...11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
[KJV]

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"... intend to see the movie several times while it is on the silver screen. We also plan to invite our friends -- both Christian and otherwise. Though it is being produced by a staunch tridentine Roman Catholic, I think it will capture well the event that stands at the center of human history."

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"I do not know why evangelicals feel the need to voluntarily make themselves part of the Catholic mission field."

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"The Gospel according to Hollywood and Catholic Mel Gibson will not be seen by my family.  We have God's word, the truth and that's all we need.  How many "Christians" know that Gibson believes that we will all go to heaven, only it will be easier for Mel, because he's a Catholic?   They're not interested.   They just want to run out like a herd of cattle to feed at the "Christian" fad trough.  I'm not interested in seeing a depiction of my best Friend being brutalized."

"We live in a very deceptive, dangerous time.   Those who have been blessed with the Lord's discernment will weather the storm.   The others have already become part of the world and have lost their testimony.  The "Laodicean" church in America is "blind" and very much alive."

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2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

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"Wastewater is 99.99% pure, but I sure wouldn't recommend anyone drink of it. The "Passion" movie is far more than .01% Roman Catholic, and I sure can't recommend anyone drink of this contamination."

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".... To criticize the film for not being evangelistic is a non sequitur . . . There were a few inconsistencies between the film and the gospel account(s), to be sure. But they were mostly insignificant (e.g., casting Mary Magdelene as the woman of John 8 who was caught in adultery). . . There were some minor historical inaccuracies as well. . . Again, this minutia in no way detracts from the movie . . . I particularly liked the Satan character..."

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John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
[KJV]

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"God gave us His Word - which is like silver refined seven times and does not come back void . . . His Word is all we need to know the why - it is plenty graphic as it stands . . . His Word is the greatest and most perfect evangelistic "tool" ever given . . .His sacrifice is explained and defined in a way that no other medium can even come close - in His Word . . . His Word is a consuming fire . . . What is there about His Word, that is not enough?"

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Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. [KJV]

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"The Catholics continue to kill Christians just as they did back in the Dark Ages, only this time it is being done spiritually instead of physically. The Passion of the Christ should be called the Passion of the Antichrist or at least the Passion of the Christ and Mary. When one compares the details of this movie to the truth of the Scriptures, one will find out that the details clash. This movie is putting forth a portrayal of the antichrist and Mary, not the Christ of the Scriptures . . .  it is a movie that lifts the Catholic Christ and hides the true Christ. If anyone 'receives Christ' because of this movie, they will receive the spirit of antichrist, again as the Scriptures state in I John 4:1-3 . . . What has happened to God's Words - why must we allow Hollywood to be our final authority?"

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James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. [KJV]

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"...The movie will be, and has been, a tool for use by Bible-believing Christians to lead the un-churched to Christ. Thank God for the movie. People will complain over anything, won't they? They'll even complain when Christ comes back. I said it once and I'll say it again, Be careful not to blaspheme what God is doing!!! Don't be a stumbling block to the lost."

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"...And I have followed you before and will do so again after the outlandish remark that we critics are committing blasphemy and are being stumbling blocks for opposing a movie. I felt you owed all of us an apology after your first tirade. Not only did we not get that apology, but you lamblast us again.
Folks, it is a movie. A movie by Mel Gibson, a Catholic. A movie with non-biblical content. An R rated movie...."

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"I am not "bashing" anything. I am testing all things as commanded, and this movie flunked the test. For those who think that all paths lead to God, if you get on that ecumenical super highway, you will find that you are in a race car with no brakes. I love the Catholics, but I am not interested in becoming one, or accepting errant and mystical doctrine as truth. Narrow is the path...."

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"Hebrews 6:6 that says crucifying Christ again exposes Him to open shame. Few seem to care, tho . . . They want an action-packed movie to stun them and make them cry. "

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"...God clearly does not mix His Truth with untruth and man's speculation. He is a jealous God, so He does not promote Idol worship [Mary]. By God's own standard [His Word] this movie is not of Him. Will He use it? He is God, He is sovereign, and He is on the Throne. Is it in His perfect will? Decide by His Word."

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John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. [KJV]

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"I really hope those who are so stirred by the "movie" of the cross are just as stirred by the "preaching" of the cross on Sunday."

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"today, the practice of Passion Plays--using real nails--(n mass flagellation) still goes on in Romish-dominated countries in Asia n Latin America. it appears that as of this week, thx to Mel, N America no longer needs one. "

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"Now that has to be more shocking than anything that is in the movie!
Because we disagree with an R rated movie, that comes from a questionable source, has unbiblical content, and uses pornographic movie stars in the cast, we are blasphemers and stumbling blocks? Incredible."

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"And ask yourself "what is the agenda, the propaganda, being pushed via these errors, additions, and deletions, and the extreme focus on the savagery, to neglect of the Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord and Savior???" 

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". . . At least he should've called it THE SUFFERING, ACCORDING TO MEL & EMMERICH, LOOSELY INSPIRED ON SELECTED BIBLE TEXTS. But that would be too honest and less commercial..."

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2 Timothy 3: 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [KJV]

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"...Catholicism is not the gospel of the Bible, it is another gospel. Preaching another gospel is a stumbling block to the lost. I heard on the news that the entire cast went to mass every day and many of them had not been in church in years. This was applauded as if it were a good thing. The problem is, in the mass they believe they are eating the literal flesh and blood of Christ and they are sacrificing Him all over again. To this, Hebrews 6 DOES apply....Someone else said that if we disagree we should keep it to ourselves and not push our agenda on everyone else. Well, there are errors in this film and to suggest that christians have no right to speak out against it...how christian and biblical is that?..."

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"Do I need to see two hours of Jesus getting graphically tortured to fully understand his love for me?"

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"...but another thing he skipped out was the part of Joseph of Arimathea seeking permission for Jesus' body to be taken down. there wasn't enuff time for that as Mel rushed to get straight to this icon of Tradition Romanism--the Pieta tableau. down came the body fr the cross n into Mary's hands, n presto, the perfect Michaelangelo statue pose straight outta St Peter's Basilica."

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"I repeat: distortion #4776547847663746578 of the Passion film = Mary touching dead body."

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"I will not being seeing this movie. It is purely Roman Catholic, filled with Roman Catholic dogma, and is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS for those who do not know the gospel accounts, it is blasphemous, and it is Roman Catholic propaganda. I am shocked and in disbelief, at how many people here are condoning such a movie. There are many articles that have been written about this movie, and the dangers of it."

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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.

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 "It is a sad day indeed when Bible-believing Christians turn to Hollywood and Roman Catholicism to help evangelize a lost world"

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"Sadly, there is a great danger that Christians may now make a habit of going to a theatre for their theology & inspiration (Gibson speaks of other follow-up movies about the Bible) and they may become numb or lethargic to the preaching of the cross by a Spirit-filled preacher."

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"Did you notice the juxtaposition of Mary and Satan? Do you understand the implication of this? Mary is sustaining Christ and thereby has a part in salvation. The mere intimation of this is blatant heresy and too dangerous to tolerate. How can any discerning, God-fearing, Bible-believing, born-again Christian support Mel Gibson’s travesty? Are we so inundated with postmodern relativism, political correctness, and feelings orientation that we have lost all discernment and knowledge of Biblical doctrine? This mockery of Bible doctrine will not evangelize poor, lost sinners but it will proselyte them into the entangled web of deception of Roman Catholicism, thus making them fourfold the child of Hell. Stop, think, and compare with Scriptural teaching (i.e. doctrine, not story line or narrative) before recommending this charade for the destruction of lost people."

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"By going to the "P" movie, Christians are letting the whole world and Hellywood know that we don't know our Bibles very well....and we can be duped by any marketing ploy that a crazed filmmaker wants to foist on us . . . That we seek to be ENTERTAINED by sloppy depictions of serious spiritual events, stun us, make us cry and weep into our popcorn, getting it all soggy, we will cry as we slurp our sodas."

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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]

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"Some schmuck in a hollywood office decides that he can "improve" on the truth, "enhance" the actual facts, "expand" upon the reality, and it is usually sappy romantic or gratuitous violence that they add, to put more bottoms in the seats of theaters."

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"This movie has catholic imagery start to finish, and scenes based on the visions of two catholic mystics. I am surprised how many Baptists are glassy eyed over this movie. It is inaccurate not only historically, but scripturally as well. The part I liked best was when Pilate kept switching from what was termed by the promo site as first century aramaic, to latin while speaking to the Jews."

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"Gibson’s film is a spiritual horror movie to gratify the spiritual thrill-seeker with the graphic and gory details of our Lord’s physical suffering . . . Clucking and shaking his head, the religious experience seeker piously intones, “I can’t believe He did that for me—I never realized it until now.” The problem is that he doesn’t know. Man cannot graphically show or know the extent of Christ’s sufferings."

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"...I had concerns going in, but the emotion that ran through me while watching it was just indescribable....I don't think I fully understand the physical suffering because I don't think the movie even scratched the surface of what He actually went through. But...I now have more of a picture of what He faced than I did before..."

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2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
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.

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One forum posed the question: What's your opinion on the movie The Passion of the Christ? (for people who watched it only...)

"I was nervous all day before I saw it. I took my Rosary in the theater with me and started praying 15 minutes before the show started, and a little bit during the film."

"I personaly loved it, it was the best movie I've ever seen."

"The most powerful movie ever. I hesitate to call it a movie because it seemed like more. An accurate depiction of the most important event in the history of the world. I just got back from the movie so I am still sort of speechless."

"I just got back as well. It was the most powerful movie I've ever seen, like ps139, I am still pretty much speechless."

"It was the most powerful movie I've seen. I was speechless also for so long afterward. I pray a revival across this world from this movie."

"I ended up coming out of this with so much more. Yes there were things not found in the gospels, but in no way did they take away from the gospels. The imagry was amazing. I cried, I smiled, I was angry, I felt guilty, I wanted to run up there and stop what was going on. I couldn't watch, I couldn't take my eyes off of it. I love it for what it is Mels adaptation of the cruxifiction, a possibility historically and biblically and from ones imagination...."

"It took me a little over a day to take it all in. I was in a state of shock. ... I loved it!"

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2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
[KJV]

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"I attended Catholic schools for several years and sat through the same catechism classes as every Catholic kid on the planet so, yes, I'm familiar with Catholic doctrine. I still didn't see anything in the movie that was markedly "Catholic" or anything out of line with the same Bible that baptists use."

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"....an awesome portrayal of what Jesus went though for my sin. .... also believe that God has anointed this film..."

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2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
[KJV]

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"...I am praying that God gives people discernment about this movie. This movie is causing confusion and God is not the author of confusion, but we know who is! Again, God help us. Like my pastor said, the only best tool for evangelism is the Holy bible...."

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2 Timothy 4:2-4

2. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
[KJV]

 

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Q & A: More Scriptural Comparison's of The Passion of the Christ

Q & A: About the Cast & Crew of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment & Zondervan To Distribute 

DVD/VHS of Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ

 

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