10 Cautions Conquer Their Old Conspiracies
Bible Movies: Fact Or Fancy?
Bible movies began in 1897. (1) Perhaps you recall the famous Cecil B. DeMille classic, The Ten Commandments.
Bible movies increased their popularity in 2013. Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey produced the History Channel’s Miniseries blockbuster, The Bible, which generated epic ratings. Millions of viewers watched the series, perhaps including you.
Bible movies appeal to large audiences. In the process they popularize insidious lies about the Bible and its message. The unsuspecting and unwitting believe them to their detriment.
As a consequence, they follow an unBiblical god. Likewise, a false view of Jesus captivates their minds. Often, Bible movies twist Biblical narratives beyond their original report.
Know The Insidious Bible Movie Lies?
10 Cautions Conquer Their Old Conspiracies
Caution #1: Beware Of The Support Of Popular Religious Leaders For Bible Movies.
To insure financial profitability of their ventures, producers of Bible movies seek the unequivocal support of popular religious leaders.
For example, Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, and other notable members of the professing evangelical community raved about The Bible miniseries.
Their enthusiasm and endorsement for the project no doubt increased its viewership and acceptance. The Christian community as well as nonChristians welcomed the series.
In error, many Christians believed that the series authenticated and legitimized the Bible and Christianity.
Caution #2: Beware That Bible Movies Present A Politically Correct Version Of The Bible.
Despite glowing acceptance of Bible movies, their portrayals present a politically correct version of the Bible. In their misguided attempts to make the Bible attractive and appealing, the producers and directors apply artistic license to their production.
Their “cool” version, although culturally acceptable, propagates a false version of God the Father, Jesus Christ God’s son, and the Holy Spirit.
Caution #3: Beware That Bible Movies Reject the Biblical Records.
In an effort to increase the appeal of Bible movies, their producers and directors change the unpopular Biblical record to a more favorable one.
For example, in The Bible, Mark Burnette and Roma Downey failed to identify homosexuality as the cause of God’s judgment of Sodom and Gomorra.
They rejected the overwhelming Biblical evidence of the role of homosexuality in God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorra for a more popular presentation. Thus, the unwary viewer would have accepted the unBiblical presentation of the movie as true.
Caution #4: Beware That Bible Movies Portray An UnBiblical Jesus.
Absent the work of the Holy Spirit, no one understands Jesus. In particular, Bible movies depict a false Jesus. Often, they fail to identify Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
They deny His deity and concentrate upon his humanity. Yes, Jesus did live a human life, complete with weariness, hunger, sorrow, and other human experiences.
Yet, He inhabited a human body as the Son of God, fully human and simultaneously fully God living in human flesh. No one can comprehend this mystery without the illumination of the Holy Spirit.
It sounds foolish to normal human ears, but real to Christ followers who trust Him. Bible movies fail to reveal this aspect of Jesus.
Caution #5: Beware That Bible Movies Assert A False Mission Of Christ.
Often, Bible movies portray Jesus as merely an example to follow. As we read the accounts of His good works, of which the Bible contains only a sparse record, we attempt to emulate Him.
In fact, many concentrate their preaching upon this aspect, in the vain attempt to get their followers to “follow” Jesus. It does not work that way.
Jesus did not ask people to imitate His actions. He called them, and us, to follow Him in the manner of completely dedicating our lives in sacrificial trust upon Him as Lord and Savior.
Then, as we live in complete dependence upon Him as He lived in complete dependence upon His Heavenly Father, He will do His works in and through our lives by His Holy Spirit. (2)
Caution #6: Beware That Bible Movies Fail To Stick Exclusively To The Bible.
For example, in The Bible, Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey failed to achieve their stated aim for their series: stick to the Scriptures. They failed to do precisely that, even though they had copies of the Bible available to them during production.
Bible movies often deviate from the factual components of the meta-story of the Bible: creation, fall into sin, redemption through faith in Jesus Christ, and consummation when Jesus Christ returns to the earth in ruling power and authority.
No matter how noble the reasons and no matter how seemingly insignificant the digressions, failure to follow the Biblical text(s) compromises the veracity of the whole story.
The results inaccurately portray the Bible’s meta-story. Production features do not trump Biblical accuracy.
Caution #7: Beware That Bible Movies Fail To Present The Gospel.
The Bible presents the self-revelation of God to sinners and declares their need for reconciliation to God because of the results of humanity’s fall into sin. In the Bible, God explains what He has done about mankind’s need.
This theme, or meta-story, flows from initial creation recorded in Genesis 1 to its ultimate consummation in Revelation 22. God, by His Holy Spirit reveals these truths in various fashions in the Bible:
- narratives of actual people and nations to show His dealings with them in judgment for their sin as well as His grace and mercy in their salvation;
- prophecies of the Messiah, the Savior, that He promised to Adam and Eve in the Garden in Eden Who would overcome the adversary of humanity, the devil;
- the fulfillment of His promises in the gift of His Son, Jesus;
- the sacrifice of Jesus on behalf of sinners like you and me to reconcile sinners back to God; and
- explanation of how the Holy Spirit brings sinners to trust upon His provision for them in Jesus Christ.
Bible movies fail to present the Biblical gospel message.
Caution #8: Beware That Bible Movies Deny The Divine Inspiration And Authority Of The Bible.
The authority of the Bible and its message, unlike human writings, receives its authority from its Author, God, Who inspired it.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (3)
Those whom God inspired to compile His messages wrote the words as God’s Spirit directed them. The Bible declares God’s message to humanity, which He delivered through those whom He chose to author it.
Bible movies deny the divine inspiration of the Bible and treat it as merely human writings.
Caution #9: Beware That Bible Movies Deny the Inerrancy Of The Bible.
God’s inspiration of the Bible establishes its inerrancy. No human can improve nor correct it. So-called “non-doctrinal, immaterial changes” to the Biblical text undermine its inerrancy.
Those who promote these changes in their Bible movies slander the authority of the Bible as the witness to the event(s) portrayed in the film. They also demean the writer(s) whose writings they reject.
Actually, it reveals their unbelief in God.
Caution #10: Beware That Bible Movies Deny The Infallibility Of The Bible.
God’s inspiration of the Bible and thus its inerrancy prove its infallibility. The One behind the Bible, God, insures its accuracy. The Bible contains no errors in its original texts.
Word for word translations provide an accurate record upon which to rely. Neither do they need alteration to fit the changes in society. Societies change, but God’s word remains as steadfast as God: infallible for all times and cultures.
Neither unbelievers nor even born again believers possess the right or ability to alter the Biblical record. An inability to understand all of it does not negate its truthfulness or application.
Like a three-legged stool, the Bible’s authority relies upon three truths:
- its inspiration by God through the Holy Spirit;
- its inerrancy because of its inspiration by God; and
- its infallibility because of its inspiration and inerrancy.
Summary: 10 Cautions For Bible Movies
The Bible includes God’s warnings about altering it, which Bible movies do. He has promised to rebuke, and in some cases, to send plagues upon those who change even the slightest punctuation of the Bible.
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (4)
How should one respond to the Bible and its message? You and I must adapt ourselves to the Bible:
- because of the uniqueness of its inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility: and
- because of the distinctive message of the Bible that reveals God and his plan of redemption for sinners.
We must read it, asking God by His Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds to understand it. As He confirms the truth of His word to us, we must trust its message of revelation and redemption.
As people like you and I conform our lives to its teachings, trusting God’s provision for sinners like us in Jesus Christ the Savior of sinners, we will experience God’s life indwelling us and changing us into the image of Christ.
Bible movies do not have this emphasis as their objective. They use the Bible for financial gain.
Bible Movies: Fact Or Fancy? They have tremendous appeal. Do you now know their insidious lies? These 10 cautions will help you conquer the old conspiracies that Bible movies provide.
- Wikipedia. “The Bible In Film.” Accessed 3/2/2016.
- John 14.8-17.
- 2 Timothy 3:16.
- Proverbs 30:5-6.
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