The Bible Miniseries: Hollywood Heresy

 

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Unfortunately the producers of the miniseries did not follow The Bible closely.

With much critical acclaim and fanfare, History Channel’s “The Bible” miniseries debuted as the highest rated program in the network’s history. A 10-hour mini-series that covers popular Bible stories from Genesis to Revelation, has been a commercial success. The Christian Post online news site proclaimed: “This Time, Hollywood Got It Right.” Christiancinema.com wrote in its review: “This 10 part mini-series is a must-see epic of Biblical proportion. It is a wonderful testament to the enduring power of the Holy Bible, and the importance it plays in the history and eternal destiny of mankind.”

Yet watching the mini-series with a Bible-based perspective, it becomes obvious that this mini-series is full of unbiblical heresies, changes a great deal of the Bible’s details and ignores the message of salvation and forgiveness of sin in Jesus Christ that is the main purpose of the entire Bible itself. And what is even more dangerous is that many churches have adopted this series for teaching and sharing the Word of God in their services, continuing the fall of many Christian churches into spiritual apostasy.
The Mini-Series

Here is a trailer for the Mini-series:

 

The Spiritual Advisors Behind The Bible

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Joel Osteen, far left, was one of the main “spiritual advisors” to Miniseries co-creators Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, right.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. – Matthew 7:15-18.

 

“We weren’t qualified to teach the Bible, but we knew plenty of people who were,” – The Bible mini-series co-creator Mark Burnett, speaking of the panel of spiritual advisors who helped make the mini-series.

A quick look at the Board of Advisors on The Bible Miniseries and it becomes quite obvious that it was bound to contain heretical portrayals of the Scriptures. Prosperity Gospel preacher T.D. Jakes, Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church, the largest church in the United States are the three most prominent names. As Beginning and End has detailed in past articles, all three pastors teach Unbiblical, New Age, false doctrines. In our article on T.D. Jakes we showed that in addition to preaching the money-focused prosperity Gospel, he also has yoked with New Age promoter Oprah Winfrey. Joel Osteen preaches a message of New Age mysticism that can be found in many books and websites on witchcraft, while Rick Warren has been a major promoter of a one-world religion that merges other faiths with Christianity.

Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv, which is famous for its rendition of “Gangsta’s Paradise” during Sunday service is also on the board in addition to a number of Catholic advisors as well. What all these people have in common is teaching doctrines that are not found in the Bible and often contradict the Word of God. As The Lord Jesus Christ explained in the passage above, if the spiritual foundation of a mini-series is filled with heretical, New Age pastors, the “fruit” of the mini-series will be questionable.

Numerous Biblical Errors

 

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The writers of The Bible Miniseries should have consulted an actual Bible.

“The Bible miniseries is not a documentary, it is a scripted, acted docu-drama filmed on location in the Middle East and Morocco.” – The Bible Miniseries website.

“[Miniseries Co-Creator Mark Burnett] would send scripts our way and ask doctrinal or Bible questions about it, but a lot of it was a friendship and an advisory role,”[Pastor Joel] Osteen said. Osteen said much of his work was confirming if the extra biblical material stayed true to the Bible. (source).

 

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1.

In this day and age of spiritual confusion and heresies, it is very important that a Christian message is based on sound, Biblical doctrine. Obviously in a theatrical presentation, there is understandable creative license, because not every detail of every story is included in Scripture. Thus in a scene where Abraham greets Lots and says “Lot, my nephew!”, while not in the Bible, is done to inform he viewers of the relationship and the facts of these Biblical men. But The Bible Miniseries goes well beyond this as it changes much of the core message of the Bible and alters facts from Biblical accounts for no real reason other than entertainment value.

Noah And The Ark

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Noah leaves out an important detail in telling the story of Adam and Eve.

The Bible opens with Noah on the ark with his family, struggling to plus leaking holes and keep the ark afloat (it seems the design for the ship, provided by God, was having issues). He then tells his children the story of Adam and Eve from Genesis. Here are some of the errors:

  • Noah’s sons are small children. In the Bible they are actually grown, married men and they and their wives come on to the ark.
  • As Noah tells the story of Adam and Eve, there is no mention of the promised Redeemer, who would one day be born and redeem Adam, Eve and all of humanity:

And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. – Genesis 3:14-15.

This is one of the most important verses in the Bible as it marks the first prophecy of the Messiah, Jesus Christ who would be born of a woman and one day conquer Satan. This was done on the cross, when Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity, allowing forgiveness for those who put their faith in Him. All of the history in the Old Testament is centered on the expectation of this prophesied child one day being born. The many challenges and battles fought in the Old Testament often centered on preserving the lineage of the Messiah. And yet somehow, The Bible Miniseries has left the most important aspect of the Bible, out.

It was sin that cursed humanity and the Earth, invoking God’s wrath. Scripture tells us: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:11). Rather than make this very important point to his children, Noah says that humanity has made “bad choices! Bad decisions!”

In ignoring sin (the word is not even uttered in the first 2 episodes) and neglecting to mention God’s forgiveness and plan for redemption of humanity through the Savior, Jesus Christ, the main message of the Bible is lost.

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Eve sinned, but The Lord made it clear He would provide a way to forgiveness and redemption.

Even after receiving the punishment, Adam showed his hope in the future for he and his wife and The Lord once again showed His mercy to them:

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. – Genesis 3:20-21.

Adam names his wife Eve, meaning mother of all living, expressing hope in the promise that their “seed” or child, would crush the serpent and redeem them. And God showed another sign of His grace and willingness to forgive by making clothing for them out of animal skins. It was only after Adam and Eve sinned that their nakedness became a shame to them. And nakedness in the Bible is symbolic of sin. By God sacrificing a creature to cover their shame with animal fur, once again we have a beautiful foreshadow of God providing the ultimate sacrifice: His Son, Jesus Christ, in order to atone for the sins of all people. Yet again, The Bible Miniseries ignores this very important detail. Instead, Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden with no repentance and no hope of redemption. God is basically done with them, completely contradicting Scripture.

 

 

Abraham and Lot

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Abraham, the father of the faith, tells God “No” in The Bible Miniseries.

  • Abraham, whose name was actually Abram in the time depicted in the scenes in The Bible Miniseries. The Abrahamic covenant, where God promised to Abraham a great nation and that his seed would inherit the Promised Land, a foreshadow of all believers receiving eternal life in Heaven, is also the chapter where Abram’s name was changed to Abraham, signifying, as The Lord said: “..for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” (Genesis 17:5-7).
  • Thus the Messianic bloodline established with Adam and Eve, the hope of all humanity to be redeemed and saved from the clutches of sin and damnation, would be  continued through Abraham. This is a critical point to understand God’s plan through the Bible and the presence of Jesus throughout Scripture.  Jesus said: “Search the scriptures; for.. they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39).
  • Abram is portrayed as a ruddy,  nomad scraping to survive. The Bible says: “And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.” (Genesis 13:2).
  • When the workers of Abram and  his nephew Lot begin to quarrel, it was Abraham’s decision to divide their land as a way to work out a peaceful resolution:

And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left. – Genesis 13:7-9.

Abram then offers Lot the first pick of the land, opting to take whatever half Lot does not choose. This generous and compassionate gesture was an example of his kindness. In The Bible Miniseries, it is Lot who tells Abram that they must divide the land so he can move on to a new area for himself and his wife.

 

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The angels sent to Sodom never get beat up in the actual Bible.

  • When God pronounces his judgment upon the wicked city of Sodom, he sends angels to rescue Lot before the city is destroyed for its rampant sexual immorality and rebellion:

And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. – Genesis 19:1-7.

These angels come to the city of Sodom to remove Lot and his family before God’s destruction rained down. Their rescue of Lot was a picture of God’s salvation for those who believe in him, while the destruction of Hell waits for those who die in their sin with no belief (symbolized by the fire and brimstone which destroyed Sodom and all the people in it). Once again this is a great occasion to teach the message of sinful humanity and its need for salvation that can only come through faith in The Lord. But instead, The Bible Miniseries runs wild changing the story. Instead of finding Lot as told in the Bible, it is Lot who discovers and rescues the wounded and beat up angels, who beg him for safe haven in his home (which again contradicts Scripture). At no time in the Biblical account were the angels ever harmed or even scared of the Sodomites.

Burnett and Downey also left out the homosexual sin of the people of Sodom. As detailed in the verses above, Sodom’s entire male population was engaging in homosexual sin as shown by the fact that every man, even the young men and the elderly, came to Lot’s door, demanding the angels be brought into the street for forced  public fornication. This is how far gone into sexual depravity this city and its neighboring city, Gomorrah, had descended to.
The Bible Miniseries omits this very important detail from the story, instead portraying the men of the city as promiscuous, heterosexual men who were just angry with the angels of God and seeking to fight them. This same compromise of the Christian faith exists in many of the apostate churches today where pastors will no longer preach the Bible’s verses on homosexuality being a sin, lest they offend the non-believing public. Thus the message of the Bible changes to suit the preferences and tastes of people, even if it is in rebellion against God. Galatians 1:9-10 addresses this:

“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. 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.” – Galatians 1:9-10.

A Christian should never change God’s Word to accommodate others. Christians should be loving, forgiving and respectful towards all people. The Bible should not be used a means of attacking people. But that does not mean changing what one believes. But with a multi-million dollar big budget production, the desire to please the public is quite strong and won out over believing Scripture in the case of The Bible Miniseries. This may also explain the same angels protecting Lot engaging in martial arts fighting with the men of Sodom during Lot’s exit from the city. With a series of high-flying moves and swordplay, they battle the men of the city – something never seen in Scripture.

Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac

 

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Abraham believed that even if Isaac died, God would raise him from the dead.

One of the most pivotal moments in Genesis is Abram’s offering up his son Isaac as a sacrifice in obedience to God. This test of Abram’s faith, on Mt Moriah was a foreshadow of where God Himself, would indeed offer His own Son, Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity, 2000 years later. There is a very important aspect of Abram’s character that cannot be understated – his faith:

After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, LORD God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. – Genesis 15:1-6.

Abram and his wife were well advanced in age, and thus not physically capable of bearing children. But God promised Abram that he and his wife would in fact conceive a son. And not only would they conceive a son, but through him, they would have more descendants than Abram could count through this particular son. The key moment is that Abram believed God. He had faith in the Lord’s promise of an heir (and his faith was counted as righteousness before God, foreshadowing the doctrine that Christians are saved by faith and not works). This heir would be the continuation of the Messianic bloodline prophesied to Adam and Eve in the Garden. The same line that God preserved on the ark through Noah and his son Shem. Abram would now continue this line through a miracle child, Isaac.
When the command came from God to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, Isaac did not have any children. Therefore if Isaac had died and never been heard from again, he would not have any children and the promise that God made to Abram in the passage above would have failed. However, Abraham believed God, even in the face of what looked like an impossible situation. After all, Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah 90 when they conceived Isaac, something that should have been physically impossible. Yet God made it happen. So Abraham had the same perspective when it came to offer his son as a sacrifice: he had faith that God would do something to make sure His initial promise to Abraham (that Isaac would have many descendents) came to pass:

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. – Genesis 22:1-6.

Notice in Abraham there is no doubting. He just listens to God and obeys. He rises up “early in the morning” to pack his things and take Isaac to Mount Moriah. And he tells his servants that he and Isaac were leaving on their own but would “come again.” He never doubted that Isaac was going to return alive.

Even when Isaac questioned Abraham, his answer reflected his faith in God’s Word:

“And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” – Genesis 22:7-8.

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Rather than doubting Abraham and God, Sarah had faith in The Lord.

 

Abraham again demonstrated that he was not just acting on blind faith. He was acting on informed faith. He spoke to God directly. He saw God perform miracles that were not possible for humans to achieve on their own. He received God’s protection and saw God’s mercy in sparing the life of his nephew Lot. And he trusted that Isaac would have a child, if not many children, just as God had promised. And since Isaac did not have children at this point, Abraham knew with confidence that God would provide a way for the sacrifice to take place and Isaac still return with him alive. And he was right.

“And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.“ – Genesis 22:9-18.

As Abraham predicted, God did indeed provide a ram as a  substitute offering in place of Isaac. Some may ask: “well if God knew Abraham was faithful, why put him through this grueling test anyway?” The Bible tells us that all of these events in the Old Testament happened: “for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” ( 1 Corinthians 10:11). If it is heart-wrenching to the reader to even think that Abraham was asked to offer his own son as a sacrifice, know that this is precisely what God has done for you. God offered His own Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice to take the punishment for the sins that humanity committed. Just as God provided the ram as a substitute for Isaac, God provided Jesus as a substitute for you, so you would not have to go to Hell. Why? Because God loves all people and is “not willing that any should perish.” Jesus’ sacrifice of His perfect, divine blood was the only way to provide forgiveness for all sins for all people for all time. And it takes faith to receive the gift of eternal life.
Hebrews 11 tells us that Sarah had faith that she would conceive a child at age 90. She believed God with true faith that He would bless them with the seed that would continue to lead to the Promised Messiah.  It then goes on to say of Abraham: “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” Abraham believed that even if Isaac died on that altar, God would raise him from the dead in order to fulfill the promise that Isaac would have many children and descendents and a nation would come through him, again giving a foreshadow to God raising His only begotten Son, Jesus from the dead, 2000 years later.

This is the message of this incredible passage. But how does The Bible Miniseries handle it? Abraham appears as a paranoid, babbling man who could be losing his sanity. When God asks him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, Abraham recoils in horror and says “No! No! Have I not done enough?” , showing doubt and rebellion that is never seen in Scripture. When it is time to put Isaac on the altar, Abraham is weeping and babbling, full of regret and depression over what God is “making him do.”
Meanwhile, in a scene that clearly pushed the limits of “creative license”, Sarah hears the news of Abraham’s ‘insane sacrifice scheme’ and starts running to the mountain to stop Abraham from the sacrifice. She gets close enough to see Abraham in the distance and starts screaming for him to stop. Isaac, who is a small boy (he was actually a man by this time), is struggling and fighting with Abraham, crying and begging him not to kill him. But a wild-eyed Abraham continues on until angels tell him to stop. Sarah then runs up and grabs the crying Isaac, rolling her eyes in disgust at Abraham.
Does the version from The Bible Miniseries capture any of the important doctrinal elements of the Biblical account? Does Abraham’s faith, based on knowing God, believing God and trusting in His word, come through in this? Would a viewer know from this miniseries portrayal that Sarah was actually a faithful believer in God as well and not trying to stop her husband? The scene leaves Abraham looking like a mindless believer, God looking cruel and irrational and Sarah completely disagreeing with her husband and having no faith in God’s promises.

So what spirit is leading a film that would take such a dramatic departure from the text? What spirit would lead the film to ignore the beautiful type and foreshadow of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, on the exact same spot where Abraham offered up Isaac and the message of eternal life? Beloved, it is the same spirit that operates in the sermons of Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes and Rick Warren – one that does not have a concern for Biblical accuracy and will teach any doctrine that excites the flesh and puts the focus on self. Do not be deceived.

Jesus Christ said this if the importance of adhering to the accuracy of The Word:

“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” – Jesus Christ, John 12:46-48.

It is the words spoken by Jesus, the Word of God, that will ultimately judge a person before God. The Bible is not just a series of exciting stories. It is the written Word of The Lord. Romans chapter 1 calls the Gospel message “the power of God to salvation.” There is life, spirit and supernatural power in the words of the Bible. So not only actual Scriptures be used in a Christian program, they should never be altered to the point of contradiction to make a story more exciting or to overlook sins that society that many churches no longer have an issue with. Yet many pastors and churches today are doing just that: putting the focus on entertaining congregations and twisting Biblical doctrine to the point that even the Gospel itself is changed. Here is an example in a preview scene of the character of Jesus in The Bible Miniseries with the disciple Peter (who was also known as Simon in Scripture):

Here is that same account in the actual Bible:

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. – Luke 5:1-11.

Notice Peter’s reaction to the miracle that Jess had performed. He and his men were fishing all night and caught nothing. There was seemingly, no way to catch any. Yet Peter believed Jesus’ words and obeyed him. And after the miracle, Peter dropped to a position of worship and said “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Recognizing one’s own sin before the morally perfect God and Lord that is Jesus Christ, is key to going to Heaven. This is again a critical aspect of how a person is saved from the wrath of God and the lake of fire. Peter understood he was in the presence of Divine Power and did not feel worthy. Yet Jesus encourages him by inviting him to come with him to “catch men”, meaning bringing more people to believe in Christ. And Peter “forsook all”, meaning he gave up everything he was doing with his life on the spot, to follow Jesus. All of this is what a person has to do in order to go to Heaven. Acknowledging your sin, confessing it to God, believing in Jesus Christ and giving up your past life of sinful ways and letting your own heart rule, in order to follow Jesus and let Him be Lord of your life, is all a part of being a born again Christian.

Does The Bible Miniseries illustrate these powerful points? Not at all. Instead of being astonished and worshiping at the feet of Jesus, Peter asks him “How did this happen? What did you do?” as if he had no idea what was going on. The Jesus character (who looked  like the renaissance era/Catholic depictions of Jesus) responds: “I am giving you the chance to change your life..giving up catching fish and I will make you a fisher of men.” Peter answers “What are we going to do?” showing he still does not really understand if Jesus is divine or why it would be necessary for people to know Jesus. And the Jesus character’s answer is “Change the world.”  No mention of sin, acknowledging of Jesus as God in the flesh or a real salvation message. Instead it is almost a social justice message. Jesus Christ did not come to change the world, He came to save it from its sin. Without understanding that sin is the greatest problem the world is facing, Jesus’ message could be changed to just helping the poor, or providing water wells to communities in drought or working in a homeless shelter. All these actions, while noble, will not get you to Heaven or make one right before God. This is the problem with many churches as they put overemphasis on “changing the world” without first changing the sinful heart that has led a person into sin and damnation, lest they believe the Gospel. And the false doctrines being preach today, while exciting are not Biblical. Do not be deceived.
Roma Downey: Yoked With The New Age Movement?

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The Bible Miniseries Co-creator Roma Downey on the cover of the New Age OM Magazine.

Roma Downey has been celebrated for her co-creation of The Bible Miniseries and being an outspoken “Hollywood Christian.” Known for her role in the 90s drama “Touched By An Angel” in which she played an angel who comes to Earth to help people with problems, her name on The Bible Miniseries lent a great deal of Christian credibility. But looking a little closer at the testimony of Downey and it becomes apparent she is more involved with New Age mysticism than Biblical Christianity.

In 2010 Downey graduated from The University of Santa Monica with a Degree in Spiritual Psychology (the entire school is dedicated to the study of Spiritual Psychology and “Soul-centered Education”). The University describes this field as:

Spiritual Psychology is the study and practice of the art and science of human evolution in consciousness… “surrendering” and “sacrificing” is work that can and has been called “healing,” which includes healing on the physical, mental, and emotional levels in service to the deeper revelation of who we truly are as Loving, Peaceful, Compassionate, and Joyful beings. We refer to this level of awareness as the Authentic Self…

Put another way, Spiritual Psychology is a technology that empowers students to convert their everyday life experience into rungs on the ladder of Spiritual Evolution…” (source).

Downey also said in an interview:

‘My kids go to school about a 40-minute drive away. I’m open to the group’s opinion about what we listen to on the way there. On the way back, I get my own selections — books on tape by Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins…My husband says I’m so self-realized I’m practically levitating.’ (source).

“Self-realization” is a term in New Age and Eastern mysticism for achieving godhood, or releasing one’s true “inner divine self” through spiritual practices. Eckhart Tolle, a New Age guru and author of the book, A New Earth, promoted many doctrines that are contrary to Biblical Christianity. Among them:

“…heaven is not a location but refers to the inner realm of consciousness…. Earth, on the other hand, is the outer manifestation in form, which is always a reflection of the inner…. ‘A new heaven’ is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and ‘a new earth’ is its reflection in the physical realm.”[1,p.23]
“Recognize the ego for what it is: a collective dysfunction, the insanity of the human mind…. Nobody is wrong. It is the ego in someone, that’s all.” (p. 76).
“You realize your true identity as consciousness…. That’s the peace of God. The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I Am.” (p. 56-57).

Oprah Winfrey, one of the biggest promoters of New Age spirituality in history, was a major force behind launching Tolle’s career. In this video, at the 2:00 minute mark there are several minutes of Oprah interviewing Tolle and reading from his book to one of her fans. Notice that not only are these doctrines of contrary to Scripture, but even the female fan, who is a Christian notices this and points it out to Oprah:

Contacting The Dead

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Psychic Medium John Edward has collaborated with Roma Downey on his book on occult prayer.

Downey also has been featured on television trying to contact the dead:

ACTRESS Roma Downey has talked to her mother through a psychic on live TV. The Derry-born Touched By An Angel star was a guest on a celebrity version of the US psychic show Crossing Over, hosted by medium John Edward. Roma’s mother Maureen died of a heart attack in Derry when she was 10. And Roma was heartbroken that she was never able to tell her how much she loved her. So she jumped at an offer from the producers of the show on the Sci-Fi Channel to speak to her mum using Edwards for the connection. (source).

The Bible makes it clear that dabbling in the occult is a forbidden, sinful practice:

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. – Deuteronomy 18:10-12.
“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” – Leviticus 19:31.

Necromancy, the practice of speaking to the dead, is rebellion against God. Mediums like John Edward are able to relay facts and messages from the “dead” through the use of demons. When a person is alive, a demon can follow that person around and observe the things they do. So when the person dies, if a relative tries to use a psychic or a medium, the medium is contacting the demon to then retrieve the information about “Uncle Jack, who loved the Pittsburgh Pirates and always ate chocolate ice cream.” So to the person using the medium, it appears they have successfully contacted the dead. But it is all a satanic deception. This is why the Bible calls these demons “familiar spirits” as they become familiar with a person to later impersonate them once dead.
Not only has Downey used and endorsed John Edward’s occult practices, she has assisted him with a book on praying based on heretical Catholic practices. In the book Edwards encourages readers to “pray the rosary” a practice of holding a Catholic Crucifix necklace and uttering repetitive chants in prayers to Mary, the mother of Jesus in the Bible. This practice is sinful for several reasons. As shown above, Christians are not to communicate with the dead. Whether it is a relative, someone from the Bible or a celebrity, any attempts to speak with the dead is necromancy. Secondly, Mary was just a normal person. We are not to pray to her, hail her or seek anything from God through Mary. 1 Timothy 2:3 says: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” It is Jesus Christ who is our advocate with God The Father. He is our High Priest who we take our prayers too.

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Roma Downey collaborated on the book that teaches prayers to Mary.

Edwards’ book comes with a CD of Downey reciting the Rosary prayers on it. So it is clear that she is yoked up with mystical Catholic practices. The Rosary is what is called “Marian worship”, the treatment of Mary as a God. Catholicism teaches that Mary is not only to be “venerated and prayed to but that she is also a “co-redeemer” of humanity, alongside Jesus Christ:

Mary is the Co-Mediator to whom we can entrust all our cares and petitions. (Roman Catholic Catechism 968-970, 2677).

This is from the Roman Catholic Encyclopedia under the listing for Mary:

She is conceived without the stain of original sin; she shows the greatest humility and patience in her daily life.. When there is question of sin, Mary must always be excepted. [81] Mary’s complete exemption from actual sin is confirmed by the Council of Trent (Session VI, Canon 23): “If any one say that man once justified can during his whole life avoid all sins, even venial ones, as the Church holds that the Blessed Virgin did by special privilege of God, let him be anathema.” Theologians assert that Mary was impeccable, not by the essential perfection of her nature, but by a special Divine privilege. Moreover, the Fathers, at least since the fifth century, almost unanimously maintain that the Blessed Virgin never experienced the motions of concupiscence [lust]. (source).

So rather than being a normal woman, Mary is a sinless God in this belief system. This is obviously contrary to Scripture where God is one being in three persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. (B&E: In The Bible Miniseries, Downey herself plays the role of Mary).

Churches Are Using The Bible Miniseries To Preach The Bible

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The Bible Miniseries is being used as church doctrine all over the world.

More than just entertainment, The Bible Miniseries website has a large number of items on sale for pastors and churches to use to make The Bible Miniseries a part of their church services, sermons and Bible studies. So the intent behind the movie series is not just to entertain but to be used as doctrine in the church. Their “Church Kit” comes with study guides, special clips to show in church and pre-written sermons for a 5 week series. Burnett and Downey marketed The Bible Miniseries heavily to churches all over the world and many, many pastors, eager to entertain their flocks, even if it is with unbiblical, heretical “interpretations” of the Bible are rushing to preach The Bible Miniseries to their congregations. As one secular  newspaper described:

 

The real masterstroke of the campaign may be the deal struck with Outreach.com, a Colorado Springs purveyor of church curricula and multimedia that Burnett says has a sales reach of 180,000 churches. Outreach has made a sermon package linked to The Bible, for use in churches every Sunday during the five weeks of the History Channel broadcasts, which start on March 3 and end on Easter Sunday…Imagine thousands of preachers, delivering sermons custom-made around your TV series, with clips they can show before the altar, the very day of each episode’s broadcast. P.T. Barnum could not have drawn a more inescapable net around his target audience. (source).

The miniseries has also received a number of strong endorsements from Pastors:

“I’ve probably seen most, if not all, of the films about the Bible produced in the past 50 years. This one stands alone, in a class by itself, as the best I’ve ever seen. .. The key to its effectiveness is that it lets the Bible speak for itself, without commentary, excuse or qualification, which makes it unique. This is living history at its best!” – Dr. Rick Warren.

“Unlike any other film or miniseries I’ve ever encountered, The Bible brings the Word of God to life in the full richness of its scope, diversity, power, and magnificence. History and mystery collide as Mark Burnett and Roma Downey infuse every scene with their divinely inspired vision for sharing the poetic beauty and timeless wisdom of Scripture. – Bishop T.D. Jakes.

“I’m convinced that The Bible represents a unique opportunity to convey God’s redemptive message to a broad audience-many of whom may be unfamiliar with the narrative of Scripture. My prayer is that many lives will be impacted not only by the beauty and quality of the production, but by the Truth that lies at the center of the story.” – Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

“It’s impossible to put into words the awe-inspiring emotions I felt watching the Bible stories come to life on the screen. The attention to detail is impeccable.” – Craig Groeschel, Pastor, Lifechurch.tv.

“We have read all the scripts, spent time on the set and viewed some remarkable footage. The World Evangelical Alliance stands fully behind this incredible Bible project.” – r. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Chief Executive Officer/Secretary General, World Evangelical Alliance.

 

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There are a number of products for churches to purchase.

And this is just a small sampling of the many churches across the country using The Bible Miniseries as the basis of their church services. With the “Church Kit” being sold on the miniseries website, a Pastor receives study guides, clips and sermon notes to preach The Bible according to the doctrine of Downey and Burnett. And many Pastors are jumping on the bandwagon. Again, this miniseries is not just “entertainment.” They are providing sermons to be preached at the pulpit in churches all over the world. And despite its blatant inaccuracies, apostate spiritual advisors and the New Age mystical practices of its creators, Christian pastors are still using it.
In instructing his disciple Timothy on how to be a pastor, the Apostle Paul wrote: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” A Pastor’s duty is to preach the Word, meaning the Bible. The real Bible, not a miniseries that changes the Bible’s message and details. The Apostle Paul continued with a prophetic warning about the state of the church:

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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. – 1 Timothy 2:3-4.

Rather than sticking to the Bible, churches with “itching ears” are turning to fables like those being told in The Bible Miniseries.
Pray for the pastors teaching this inaccurate miniseries to use Biblical discernment and repent. And pray for Christians to hold anything related to our Holy Bible to a high standard. One that is accurate and  focuses on the real message of the Bible: the sin of humanity and God’s plan of redemption through Jesus Christ. Lord willing, the many millions of people watching The Bible Miniseries who are unsaved, will open the real Bible and learn the Gospel message the miniseries should have been preaching.

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  1. Yes, you bring out some good points. Another thing that I noticed about the Abraham/Isaac/ Mt. Moriah narrative – as you said, Sarah runs toward the mountain to protest Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac and yet the Bible makes it clear that Abraham traveled three days’ journey to reach the infamous mountain. That would not be within the walking distance for Sarah to run out of her tent to protest the sacrifice. Three days’ travel time, even in this time period of walking being the main mode of transportation, would have likely been at least 30 miles! Also, your discrepancies with the narrative of Lot and his family being rescued by angels from the destruction of Sodom are well noted. Angels are NEVER portrayed as helpless beings at the mercy of mankind anywhere in Scripture but quite the contrary, very POWERFUL beings instead, of whom humans trembled at their presence.

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    • Hi Dave,

      Wow. Great point about Sarah’s “sprint” to the mountain. That is a very good, Biblical observation.

      And yes, angels almost always have to tell humans “do not be afraid” just by their mere appearance. Thanks for bringing out even more Scriptural insights. God bless and we look forward to reading more of your comments in the future.

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  2. To see you using Timothy when I have to teach Bible Study about this very topic. It’s so very amazing to see the Word of God happening before my eyes

    God bless you as you keep wriitng

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  3. Thanks B & E, though I have not seen any of the series, I was optimistic that it would be factual. What you describe is not simply missing detail accuracy — but much more insidious. Specific key moments of faith (without faith it is impossible to please God), so watered down/distorted as to have lost all value. I had prayed for many to view it. Now I will pray that this compromised Hollywood bible be cast out as salt that has lost its savor, and for protection over baby Christians. I sound kind of bitter! Or pray Philippians 1:18, “…and in this I rejoice and am rejoicing, that in every way, whether in pretext or in truth, the Messiah is proclaimed.” with the Apostle Paul.

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  4. On the upside, I love a movie that came out last summer: Monumental. Excellent glimpse into church / American history. Films are powerful, and can be so blessed when He has the starring role.

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  5. I KNEW something was up with this series. I’m almost of the belief now that no show with sound doctrine would ever be accepted into the mainstream media, so when I saw this being heavily promoted on multiple secular networks, I grew suspicious. I didn’t know about who was behind its production, but now it makes sense. I watched the first hour or so of the first episode and turned it off… right after that scene with the angels who visited Lot being wounded and beaten up.

    I think this corruption and watering down of the Gospel is more harmful in the long run than the outright satanic element in music/TV/movies. People will want to believe in a God who’s “merciful”, but not righteous and then begin to create (then worship) that image in their minds. And I agree, like Holly said above, this is really dangerous for baby Christians.

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  6. Amy Graham says:

    Very Hollywood-fied… Beautiful, dramatic scenery, but missing much Biblically sound truth. Sad to see that many will walk away believing this is what Bible says without ever reading the real Bible – God’s Word!!!

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  7. Daphne P says:

    I had TIVO’d a couple of episodes and when I saw the first few minutes of the “fight” between David and Goliath (with Hollywood and special effects as advanced and highly realistic as they are now-they could have at least made the stone David threw sink into the skull just as God’s word says it did-instead of it just leaving a bruise) and how they depicted David when he was in Saul’s court as a man looking nearly middle aged before he was hunted and pursued by Saul- I got disgusted and somehow knew in my spirit that they would be as far from Biblical truth as the east is from the west, so I didn’t even continue to watch anymore than I already had. I was disappointed to discover that the most recent update to my Bible app includes clips from this “Bible” mini-series. I have discovered that anytime Hollywood gets its claws into anything Godly, they will pervert it and now seeing who they had as “spiritual advisors”…well…the Laodicean church is here!!

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  8. To add from my limted experience fishing for a living when I was younger, the ommission of Apostle Peter’s conversion was glaring to me. Fishing for Pacific salmon from an open 20′ Cook Inlet wooden boat is dangerous and requires you give all you’ve got.Yet the effort is humbling beyond imagination. Peter did not come to the One who healed and performed mighty miracles. Christ met Peter where he ‘lived’ as a man trying to wrestle fish out of the sea fo a living. Deep down all know we have a Creator. Deep down a man is humbled who must rely on an unseen Provider. Christ revealed Himself to Apostle Peter as Who Peter at his gut level understood. Scripture makes his conversion an mportant distnction. That spark of recognition of himself befor his Creator becomes Petra, the rock He choose to build His Church on.

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  9. George Lujack says:

    In ‘The Bible’ miniseries, when confronted by the prophet Nathan concerning the matter of the murder of Uriah, and David’s adultery with Bathsheeba, David reacts angrily when told his newborn son would die. David responds to Nathan, concerning his soon-to-be-born son by saying, “We’ll see about that!”

    In Scripture, when the prophet Nathan confronts King David concerning the murder of Uriah and his adultery with Bathsheeba, David’s reaction was humble and sorrowful saying, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 SAMUEL 12:13). David also fasted and wept for the child (2 SAMUEL 12:21).

    ‘The Bible’ miniseries is unbiblical. It is NOT the Bible of Scripture.

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    • HI George,

      This is an excellent point. The Miniseries treatment of David’s reaction to being confronted with his sin was deplorable. In addition to the clear admission of sin and repentance that David demonstrates in Scripture, he also wrote Psalm 51, one of the most powerful chapters on repentance and admission of sin before God in the entire Bible:

      “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

      2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

      3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

      4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.”

      And those are just the first 4 verses of the chapter. But David was clearly in sorrow and shame over his horrible sins and repented in prayer and mourning to God. So this is no mere oversight on the part of the creators. It is directly contradicting Scripture in a very important and critical doctrinal moment.

      Thanks for sharing your insights. God bless.

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    • Kwame Adu-Gyamfi says:

      Yeah, George was I was just about to mention that. I wasn’t too upset by many of the changes because I understand they have time constraints, but things like that irked me. David was very humble when confronted with his own sin and that is why God kept him on as king. When they begin to change the characters for no real reason other than to be gimmicky, that is a problem for me. Also one thing I noticed in all of Burnett and Downey’s interviews is that they are very vague about their Christian beliefs. They say things like we love Jesus and we love the Bible, but there is nothing about Christ being lord and savior or anything like that. Even though, I was excited for the show, I was still pretty suspicious.

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  10. Sadly I’m also having a few issues with what I’m seeing in various episodes (the two angels who slew the people of Sodom and Gomorrah as if it were a karate game challenge??), and at times the ‘language’ is kinda throwing me off. Would have been good to see more “accuracy”, but it’s the History Channel so what else is new??

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  11. Mick Rynning says:

    Great post–thanks! Just a reminder:

    Recipe for deception: Take some truth–a lot of it–the more the better, add a little lie (poison to the soul), shroud it in wise and loving sounding words, and top it off with a rationally articulated scientific “proof”, and presto–deception a la mode. Note: Suitable substitutes for scientific proof include philosophy (eastern is best, western okay), or twisted “christianity,” for those on a sensitive no salt diet or who have difficulty swallowing. Bake at 666 degrees in the newest Dialectic oven until done.

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    • Not Weary says:

      This!!!! You’re so right! That’s the impression I got of it. I believe the true goal of this is to dilute the Word by making it more acceptable to the masses with all it’s emotion and appealing to the flesh.

      Yet the Bible tells us the Word of God is the sword of the spirit, and also quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 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.

      This is nothing but a bunch of confusion!

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    • Not Weary says:

      This!!!! You’re so right! That’s the impression I got of it. I believe the true goal of this is to dilute the Word by making it more acceptable to the masses with all it’s emotion and appealing to the flesh.

      Yet the Bible tells us the Word of God is the sword of the spirit, and also quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 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.

      This series is nothing but a bunch of confusion!

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  12. John MacLeod says:

    Thank you for exposing who the “spiritual drivers” are behind the milquetoast presentation of “The Bible” airing on the history channel. My wife and i have been uneasy about it and remarked to each other how it misses important points and messes up so much of the storyline rather than just present what is clearly written.

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  13. Please be aware Jim Wallis was also on that team of consultants.

    Check his youtube videos where he comments on certain portions of it, he has them all over the place and thinks the series is great. That alone should tell people it’s way off.

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  14. As i was watching the mini series, I had a tremendous feeling of wrongness in me. And i wonder, how can this be? I have read and been told over and over these stories and they made me feel like God was Powerful when I read it in the Bible itself. But The Bible mini series did the exact opposite in me and THANK YOU because you pinned point exactly why it wasn’t right!

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  15. *you’re complaining that Noah’s children are young??
    *you’re complaining that Noah isn’t mentioning Jesus as he tells the story of Genesis?? Hello, the Book of Genesis doesn’t either!
    *you understand that only 5 seconds were spent on Adam & Eve, and they’re getting out of this that this means Adam and Eve were banished without hope. hello?!? Talk about reading too much into their decision to summarize the story in a 5-second flashback.
    *you’re complaining and being picky about details
    *the change in the Abraham/Lot dispute was unnecessary, but Abraham’s character is still preserved
    *the angels in Sodom were clearly testing Lot, they found him. And the crimes of Sodom were their inhospitality, among other things.

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    • Kwame Adu-Gyamfi says:

      That’s true as well they really had to shorten the stories, they did have time constraints. I think that is one of its biggest flaws though because for me it is hard to get connected to these characters that way. They should have added at east 3 more episodes. But I didn’t like how they changed David’s character though, that was pretty uncalled for. He was pretty unrepentant in the show. Also from a critical standpoint its dialogue is pretty stale. Also, it comes off as really gimmicky. But the imagery looks really good. But all in all both critically and biblically, I give it a 5.5 out of 10, its not horrible or really good, its just okay, I was really hoping for better.

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      • I agree with your criticism, just wish the main page’s comments could have been as reasonable as yours. I definitely agree it’s not perfect (though the Jesus episodes have been better), but I did enter into this with very low expectations, expecting it to be awful. So it exceeded my expectations, but they were low to start with.

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  16. I have seen the first and the third episode of this mimi-series (haven’t had time to watch the second one yet). My word, I though they aldulterated the details on the first episode! I can’t even recall how many details were wrong in the third one! I’ll try to name a few, just off the top of my head: #1) Daniel was amongst all of the other Chaldean soothsayers when Nebchadnezzar was demanding an interpretation for his dream, overlooking the fact that Nebuchadnezzar had ordered that all of the soothsayers were to be executed because they could not interprate his dream and that Daniel found out about it after the fact. #2) It gave the impression that Daniel was encouraging the three Hebrew children to worship the golden image to save their skins (Although Daniel himself is obviously the author of this story, he is never mentioned in this particular event). #3) The three Hebrew children were thrown into an empty (and non-burning) furnace and then a torch was thrown in to ignite the fire. In the Bible, the king ordered the furnace to be heated “seven times” hotter than it was normally and the heat was so great that the flames actually killed the solders who threw them in, #4) King Nebuchadnezzar was shown in an “asylum room” in his palace after going insane instead of being out in the fields and there was no mention of him regaining his sanity after seven years and acknowledging whom the Almighty God is. #5) Only one individual was thrown into the lion’s den after Daniel was removed and yet the Bible says there was more than one and also that there families were thrown in with them. #6) Herod doesn’t ask the Magi anything about returning to tell him where Jesus is and of course, just like most modern nativity scenes, they have the shepherds and the Magi all appearing at the same time, immediately after Jesus’ birth. The Magi (wise men) showed up at a house (not a stable) when Jesus was probably a toddler. That’s why Herod ordered that all boys under the age of two be killed. (Oh yea, the shepherds didn’t see the star, they saw a heavenly host of angels announcing Jesus birth, according to the Bible). #7) The Herod that executed John the Baptist is shown personally going to John’s holding cell and ordering his beheading. In the Bible, Herodias (Herod’s sister-in-law) with whom he was having an illicit affair, had a daughter who danced for him at his birthday party and Herod in his lustful pleasure promised the daughter anything she desired, up to half of his kingdom. She in turn asked her mother (Herodias) for what to request and she instructed her ask for the head of John the Baptist. Hey, if you really want to know what happened in Bible stories, I would suggest reading the Bible :-)

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    • Oh yea, #8) When Jesus was tempted of Satan, it showed Satan take Him to the edge of a cliff in a desolate are and tell Him to cast Himself down but in the Bible, Satan took Him to the top of the Temple to make this request.

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    • its so nice to see fellow believers getting things right! Sometimes I think I am alone in regards to what I know the Bible says…Dave you got it right.. I haven’t seen any of the series but was hoping it would be real but should of known it wouldn’t be, this touched by an angel lady i always thought was phoney…it angers me to see the precious Word of GOD mangled like this…they store up their treasure here, I’ll store my treasure in heaven with my Father and Lord Jesus the Messiah and i hope to reign with my Lord here on earth in the millinium … come LORD JESUS!!!! Amen!! (So be it)!!!!

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  17. Soldado Christiano says:

    Good exposé and comments too.

    This is kinda interesting about this series too:
    Why Does The Devil In ‘The Bible’ Look Exactly Like President Obama?
    http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=13388

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  18. Cynthia Garcia says:

    Hi,

    Beginning and End I have watched all three episodes and from the first one was disappointed with the unbiblical accounts in this mini series. If I didn’t know my Bible I would not get God’s Salvation plan for Men from this show which is a shame because the fact that the ratings are so high shows that people are spiritualy starving. THANKS AGAIN BEGINNING AND END.

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    • How did anyone even know that this show was on? Why would a saved person study their own feces and/or the elements of TV and Hollywood. How would we even know what a TIVO is? Why would we even own one?

      The example of disregard that we set before the unbeliever is powerful. We are picking out and marking diseased trees like fools. The whole forset is ill! Lets stay out of it completely and tell the heathen how nice it is on the outside. They notice our abstinence.

      It is disturbing that supposedly saved persons are watching network television. That is an ensnarement. Reviewing the fruit of a tree that we already know is sick is a double agent Luciferian tactic. Get thee behind me! Stop trying to lure the new believers into the netwotk TV realm, evil one!

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      • Hi Michael,

        While I understand and respect your position, I respectfully disagree. The problem with the “Christians should not even own a TV” argument is that it is infinitely regressive. By your same logic I can say that a Christian should never be on the internet since we know there are literally, millions of websites devoted to satanism, the occult, atheism, pagan beliefs and pornography. Exponentially more than you would ever find on television. And even easier to access.

        One could also say a Christian should not even live in the city of Los Angeles for the same reason, or any area that has liquor stores, strip clubs, bad public schools etc.

        I do not believe there is Biblical support for this position. The city of Corinth in the 1st century AD was a metropolis and hub for all sorts of pagan worship and sexual sin. Yet Paul never once told the Corinthian church in 2 books to “leave the city!” or say “how can you guys even live here?” Christians are going to always be surrounded by sin in some form or the other as long as we are in our sinful flesh in this sinful world. Our job is not to isolate ourselves but to be a light in a dark world. To be salt in our communities and to resist sin. This miniseries has had a global impact and in the age of multimedia and the internet, the Church needs to be right on the cutting edge in declaring the Gospel and warning the flock and the unsaved alike of the rampant spiritual deception in this world.

        Ephesians 5 says : “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
        Reprove means to expose and criticize something with evidence. In the case of this miniseries, without watching it, I would not be following Biblical instruction. When the Prophet Ezekiel assailed the Israelites for their idolatry and satanic rituals, God showed him specifically what acts were being down in private. Ezekiel, a prophet and watchman, saw and recorded all of it in Scripture for us at the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. Why? So we would KNOW that their punishment was justified and that they did not heed warnings when offered. It is no different today for any watchman ministry. Just offering this for your consideration. God bless.

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        • Very wise words, sir. Thank you. We are all parts of a body with different functions. The truth is, I am not the part that is of watchman. Thank God for those that are! I must redouble my focus my specific function, beginning now.

          It is possible to own a television and still avoid cesspool(antennae only). The same goes for a computer and driving by a prostitute on the street yet continuing driving forward without regard. The thing is, food is not eaten out of a toilet. Once it is placed in the toilet, it ceases to be food any longer. It is now garbage and it is to be regarded as such. Analyzing the food’s quality at this point is pointless because it can no longer serve as sustanence for anyone. The exposing that we should be doing is not critiquing the food in the toilet but instead showing others a broader view of the truth: It is is a toilet that is holding that food you stare at. The astonishing lack of ensnarements that come from running from Hollywood like a gazelle is impossible for the heathen not to notice. This full-on abstinence is a living testimony and it is a very effective one. Just flush the toilet, stop looking in it, and leave the room!

          I applaud you for your work in exposing the Oath of the Baphomet and what it takes to get inside that silver screen. I weep over the fact that none of the elders around me understand this. Spreading this reality is tremendously effective in helping the long process of deprogramming that has to take place in the minds of those not of this world. They got us when we were young and our parents simply handed most of us over to them. Walking with YHWH and watching network entertainment are not compatible things. One will either hate the screen, or hate YHWH(Matt. 6:24). I hate the screen!

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  19. Thank you, B&E, for posting such a thorough review!

    I wasn’t expecting much from this mini-series. (I don’t have History channel, so I haven’t seen it.) I learned after THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST that movies that misrepresent the Bible tend to earn lots of money & critical acclaim. The god of this world definitely rewards those who twist the scriptures & mislead people about God’s message.

    But hopefully, a few folks who watch but have never picked up a Bible will take the time to read the actual scriptures for themselves. At least it’s a start.

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  20. First red flag for this miniseries: it is on the History Channel, which regularly presents programs that try to disprove Christianity and the Bible. I just could not see them suddenly changing course and promoting something that was doctrinally sound. However, I did watch the first episode and found that in its own unique way, this “production” still attacked the truth of God’s Word and the only way of salvation, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sin is ignored, which makes God’s sacrifice of His only begotten Son pointless and cruel, much like Abraham and Isaac are portrayed in the movie. The Bible makes no apologies for itself and it doesn’t need us to either…

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  21. Has anybody watched the old THE COMMANDMENTS movie lately (with Charlton Heston)? I haven’t seen it in decades & don’t remember much about it. But I’ms curious to know whether or not it provided a more accurate protrayal that the current Bible miniseries. Lemme see if Netflix has it…

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    • Sorry, that was meant to be THE 10 COMMANDMENTS. Turns out there were quite a few movie versions of that story. I’m going to rent a couple of them compare & contrast.

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      • I watched it a few times, not accurate at times but much more respectful and. I don’t know the words I want to use, less deceitful?? It shows that GOD is real and to be feared to be in awe of Him I liked those old movies better, but still not accurate to the Bible…

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        • The difference is that in the making of the 10 Commandments they tried to bring in the best of the the truth through good research etc as it was, same is the case with the passion of Christ, the Jesuits inspired one, whereas the History Channel brings out what the Bible is not by the essence.

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    • Just as bad as far as not being accurate to the bible. However, i still enjoyed watching it with my children. See my post below.

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    • ten commandments was better, but still not accurate in some ways, I forget a lot of it just remember it was more accurate that this miniseries.

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  22. lucy sensing says:

    Thanks for this review. The frequency of violence while omitting the Truth really disturbed me. I have heard the producers say they wanted to replace DeMill with their modern special effects. I don’t think they will succeed.

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    • Hi Lucy,

      Thanks for your comments. It’s good to know others were also disturbed by the amount of graphic violence in this miniseries. Numerous throats being slashed, children being murdered, etc. I found it to be pretty gratuitous in many scenes. God bless.

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    • I thought it was an appropriate level of violence. As someone noted above, I was also upset they didn’t accurately portray the David and Goliath story because as the bible says, that stone sunk into Goliath’s head. I even saw a fact versus fiction show several years ago that showed an experiment with a replica human skull and sling like the one David used. Sure enough, that rock destroyed the human skull.

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  23. SeekerofTruth says:

    Hello Beginning and End :D
    Praise God for your lives…
    I have read in the link provided below that a fallen angel has influence on the movie industry, which I think could be one reason why movies being produced have elements of falsehood, though I honestly cannot jump to conclusion that all movies in hollywood is bad because I haven’t seen them all..
    can you read this? God bless..
    http://zion.ph/images/stories/Articles/Brian%20Bailey/Angels_Good_Bad.pdf

    pls do respond..

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  24. Seriously, it’s just a movie made from a book. As with most movies made from a book, people who have read the book generally think the book is better. Also, written communication can be more accurate than film. Hence, why God gave us the Scriptures. I feel sorry for anyone who has read the above reviews and been dissuaded from viewing the mini-series with their families. I suggest you watch for yourself.

    I’ve only seen the first two and half episodes which finishes out the old testament. I’ve been watching the episodes with my two boys and we’ve really enjoyed them. Of course, I’ve been the annoying “read the book first” guy who keeps saying “well actually in the Bible it happened this way…”

    I am not even going to mention the age of my boys, as the bible miniseries is borderline age appropriate for them and, based on the above “Christian” comments, I don’t want to get hammered over letting my children watch this. However, let me say we were all really fired up after the Samson episode. He kicked some major Philistine butt! It was great! (By the way, angels in Sodom…loved it! …and yes I was well aware as I watched the scene that the bible says Lot was at the city gate when the angels arrived and Lot begged the angels to come to his home and not the other way around).

    Anyways, my boys have been asking me a ton of questions. I read them the actual Samson story in the bible over the period of the next two evenings, elaborating as to how Samson actually sinned and the consequences and so forth.

    Can we go ahead and discuss Calvinism versus Armianism and all of our eschatological views while we’re at it. I think that will make this a very fruitful conversation. (Hopefully, you’ve picked up on my sarcasm by this point.)

    Have a good one!

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    • How does discussing differing eschatalogical views compare to exposing a proclaimed “Bible” series that distorts & omits scripture and add scenes that are meant to distract and entertain? God is clearly against just that! The problem with the Western church today, is that it’s so consumed by entertainment that they will justify and excuse the grave errors of this series to feed lusts of the flesh.

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    • i agree with you Brain!
      i believe if more people watch this, they would have questions they want to ask! Watchign this would allow them to discuss about bible/Jesus/God! Rather than them cursing, ignoring and calling on Jesus name in vain and never discussing about the bible/God/Jesus.

      it is better to have a show like this than to have subliminal message movie that has nothing to do with God.

      let people watch this, God instructs sinners ways. Hopefully they would be convicted.

      People are just making nitpicking on the series, ok the stone did not sink into Goliath’s head. Does it matter? all that matter is David triumph!
      Sarah went tot he mountain to meet Abraham and Isaac, does it matter?
      it was done ‘as a story experience entertainment’.

      We should not be worried about people changing the way the scenes played out.
      And I find it funny that people who are nitpicking the things not scriptural did not talk about the dialogue and script in the movie.
      Bible does not even display full conversion of characters, bible just gives important, brief and basic conversation they say.
      Bible did not say if Abraham yelled “fight for the LORD” when the went to rescue Lot.
      Does it matter? who knows if Abraham said something else. I really loved it when Abraham yelled it.

      The most important thing to take notice of is if there are heresy and blasphemies.
      if I see things like:
      *snake deceived Adam instead of Eve
      *Sin started with Cain killing Abel
      *Noah took survivors into the Ark which caused the sons of Anak to survive
      *Joseph slept with Mary and had Jesus
      *two of the 12 disciples were gay.

      These are all false doctrine and it’s the type Paul told us to beware about and also test the spirit.

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    • brian, well hopefully you also explained to your kids that in no world can a human man or even a mob of men can wound and bloody GODS Angels, this is just crazy, read about it in your Bible, all men fall on their faces in fear for the most part, just saying….

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  25. Brian,

    If your sons found the miniseries entertaining enough to generate a serious discussion about the scriptures, that’s great. But how many others do you think will have the same experience?

    How many kids will watch it & have an adult in the house who owns a KJV bible, who will take the time to sit down & read thru the bible stories with them? Your boys were fortunate to have a God-fearing, biblically literate parent on hand. How many others who watch that miniseries will have someone around to discuss the differences btwn the scriptural accounts vs. Hollywood’s version?

    Every person who doesn’t own a KJV bible (or who owns one but hasn’t bothered to study it) will probably end up being lead astray by this miniseries, rather than being brought closer to God.

    And THAT is exactly what Satan wants!

    Mark & Roma said that they made this miniseries to bring the scriptures to the masses. But how can they claim to be exposing the public to God’s word when they haven’t told the stories from the scriptures accurately & haven’t focused on the most important aspect of scripture, Jesus as the redeemer of mankind?

    Souls are at stake here, which is a lot bigger than people who’ve read a novel thinking that the movie version is lacking. The bible is the inspired word of God that He gave to the world so we can begin to understand how God thinks, what God expects of us & what we can expect from Him.

    How would anyone come to know & accept Jesus without the bible?

    And why would anyone who knows better choose to watch inaccurate portrayals of bible stories on television? Even if it creates a “teachable moment” for children, isn’t it harder to un-do incorrect teaching vs. offering proper instruction in the first place?

    What pisses me off is that the real KJV bible stories are great entertainment! They’ve got intrigue, sex, murder, feats of magic, grand romance, great wars, epic journeys, tales of bravery & loyalty — & It’s All True! EVen if the bible was it all fiction, you couldn’t ask for better source material.Those stories don’t need to be twisted or embellished to be captivating. And visual FX have progressed astronomically beyond what they were in DeMille’s day.

    So why does Hollywood insist on misreperenting the scriptures? Why not translate bible stories to the big screen accurately, using all the modern-day CGI bells & whistles to create big, bold, entertaining movies based on the events as they are depicted in the scriptures? Surely, a series of movies accurately portraying the bible would ne highkly profitable. They’d contain all the elements that modern audiences expect from ‘entertainment’.

    Hollywood painstakingly recreated the details fromThe Lord of The Rings & the Twilight series accurately, to avoid backlash from the fans of those books, which were mere fiction. Yet the people behind The Bible miniseries played fast & loose with God’s word — & instead of backlash from Christians, they have a runaway hit.

    “Makes me wanna holler & throw up both my hands”…

    Nobody in Hollywood bothers to tell the stories from the bible accurately. And I can’t help but think that’s Satan’s doing, directly or indirectly. (BTW, thanks for that .pdf link, Seeker.)

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    • RC, could not of said it better me self!! The Bible is full of all that stuff you said the true words of the Bible are more interesting than all the Hollywood crap’ so why won’t they Run with it? Because they don’t want people to know the Truth, and Satan really is in this, I hate how the spellcheck capitalizes satan .. had to redo his name a few times before it stop capitalizing it. Oh well may God bless you all and me too!!!

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  26. Not Weary says:

    Thank you for this article. I noticed from the beginning how they not only took great liberty / creative license but also distorted Biblical truth. I understand there is a limited amount of time so the creators had to pick and choose which stories to feature. But why couldn’t they be truthful with the portions they chose to film? I think the answer lies in something that has bothered me each time I’ve watched. It’s the promo they show before and after commercials! It stands out to me so much, irritates me and I believe the Holy Spirit is pointing it out. Prior to each commercial break they show the black screen with the movie title. Has anyone noticed how the words “The Bible” are formed from sand and it shows the letters blowing away in backwards order? It’s like they’re trying to erase the Bible or at the very least delete it. This shows the true spirit behind this movie!! God’s Word cannot be removed and will stand for eternity. It’s just sad that so many will be deceived by this heresy in the form of entertainment. Let’s pray more people become hungry and pick up the actual Bible to find out what it really says.

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    • Not Weary says:

      CORRECTION: It’s like they’re trying to erase the Bible or at the very least delete it. – meant to say at the very least dilute it. Which is worse since this leads people astray even more.

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      • Hello not weary, I think you are right and it was very observent of you to pick up on that, also I think dilute is more dangerous than delete, its great to have other believers out there telling it like it is, Gods way…I don’t feel so alone anymore…

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  27. B&E I think you are taking this too hardly instead of lightly.
    First of all, who was in charge of this bible production? a true christian believer or none believer?
    You should be grateful that History channel decided to make something like this rather than people keep watching their sexual, swearing and violence movies on tv.

    I like this series, i am even more well impressed by the production budget! Cheap movies and low budget moves do not even come close to the quality production of these series. It is clear they hired talented people to make this. Plus people watch this for free! it’s not in cinema were people have to pay for it or on dvd people need to buy, it’s free on tv.

    And I think you are forgetting Paul’s words. It doesn’t matter what intentions the Gospel is preached if its for good or bad, as long as it is preached that is all that matters.
    Philippians 1:15-18

    Second LOTS of decisions had to be made, because they want this series to be avail to many audiences. Bible is truly an 18 rated book because it contains details of rape, sex, killing violence etc Even many translation had to remove words like ‘sex’ and turned it to ‘know’
    LOL…”give us the man so we can know him” HAHAHAHHHHA

    Also there is a budget on time limit. So of course they had to cut off contents and words.

    I don’t see the complaint you are making as they are making something for free with tight budget. We are in the end times and we should be grateful someone decided to use that money on bible documentary. Not forgetting there are many bible documentaries and History channel already made a bible history documentary.
    Now we should use this to ask our non believers friends and known members if they watch this.
    They would watch A Walking Dead, Arrow and other tv series, but will not watch Bible.
    If that is the case, B&E is there a point to your complaint? of course not

    The point and purpose of this series is to draw some people to at least seek Jesus or even pick up a bible. I love the production of this series, and I do hope when people who watch it are impressed by it, they would pick up the bible.

    What is wrong with churches teaching this?
    nothing!
    this show isn’t using a different doctrine by saying Jesus didn’t want to die or was angry at God etc. It kept to the scriptures while changing somethings to suit the avail audiences.
    In fact instead of making this like a documentary series, they made it MORE like a story. It even calls it a story before a starting of an episode. (even though it’s an account).

    Even though people who see bible as a story book may watch this and still believe it’s a story. At least people who watch this might be convicted of their life, sin and faith.

    I would love to have a dvd of this! How many media do we have that is dedicated to bible or God’s work?
    Passion of Christ is the latest bible related movie that was recently released and I’m happy to have it on bluray. I would want more Christian stuff rather than having many worldly things.

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  28. Xino,

    I know you addressed your question to our host, but I want to interject just to anawer the 1st point you raised. You asked:

    DId you read the info B&E posted about Roma Downey at the beginning of this article. Scroll up to where it says Roma Downey: Yoked With The New Age Movement?

    Roma & her husband Mark Burnett (creater of the Survivor reality show) are behind The Bible miniseries. They claim to be Christians. But the info above points out that Roma is heavily involved in the New Age movement. She also deals with the medium John Edward (who claims to speak with the dead) & has written a book about prayer with him.

    You can’t be a Christian & be involved in demoinic mess like that! So everything Roma claims to be doing for the sake of promoting God &/or the scriptures is suspect.

    “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.” – Matthew 7: 15-16

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    • in the end, God uses sinners in his ways as Psalms say.

      and what did Paul say? it doesn’t matter what motivation one preaches Christ, as long as the message/Gospel is told, that’s all that matters.

      i will rather let an occult spread the news about God, bible or Jesus than see someone show worldly things.

      funny thing is when someone who is a sinner or following wrong motive is doing something right, people call that person fake and false prophet. They would rather see people keep doing evil

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      • Excuse me, Xino, but where in the bible did Paul say “it doesn’t matter what motivation one preaches Christ, as long as the message/Gospel is told”? Cite me the chapter & verse because I KNOW that’s not in the scriptures.

        What does the bible warn us against?
        – “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” – Matthew 7:15

        The bible is not mere ‘entertainment’, to be regarded as just another movie or tv program. The bible is the Word of God & must be respected as such. NO ONE has the right to alter, change or misrepresent the scriptures, on tv or anywhere else. God’s word is very specific in warning us about this:

        “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, IF ANY MAN SHALL ADD UNTO THESE THINGS, GOD SHALL ADD UNTO HIM THE PLAGUES THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK:
        AND IF ANY MAN SHALL TAKE AWAY FORM THE WORDS OF THE BOOK OF THIS PROPHECY, GOD SHALL TAKE AWAY HIS PART OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)

        How much more explicit can the scriptures be, Xino?

        How can you say you’d “rather let an occult spread the news about God, bible or Jesus than see someone show worldly things”? Occult forces misrepresenting God’s world is the absolute hallmark of “worldly things’! You are severely mistaken if you believe that personal motivation doesn’t matter when someone is preaching God’s word, or that anyone is entitled to take liberties with the scriptures as long as they’re promoting Jesus.

        “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20)

        False teachers like Roma Downey, who twist the scriptures & peddle false info to the masses while lining their own pockets, are precisely how Satan’s agents deceive & mislead millions. That is how the anti-Christ will show up, perform miracles, claim to be God & trick millions into following him — to their own destruction.

        If you want to tell folks about Jesus, tell them to Read The KJV Bible instead of watching a mini series that will fill their head with errors & falsehoods.

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  29. Typically Freemasonic, to the whole lot involved in this project. Masonry that which has come as the manifestation of that “Enmity” between the Woman & the Serpent at Eden the iniquity that was at work, defined during the 1800 centuary, To know that the secret core of masonic belief is to that symbol inside the “O” of that OM in the New Age magazine, the symbol itself is called “OM” spelled “Ayum” which is to the Hindu Trinity coming in through ‘Syncretism”, with so called Christian Posts & Christianity Today’s with its scores of Pastors, Simon Magus in Gnostism, Manicheism in the new Age to the Pseudo christs all tagging along with the ‘OM’ again to ancient Egyptian Beliefs biblically called “Babylon”. These pastors of the day are called as the ‘Prophets of Babylon” all of this to the “Falling Away” prophesied, which but confirms the truth of the Bible. To know the difference between the truth & the false is to know the Christian Trinity from the Hindu trinity(the OM), respectively. In the Christian where the Father, Son, Holy Spirit are one God to the perfect unity, by which unity with Him can our unity be through Him among ourselves, whereas the Myths surrounding the false trinity are not to a unity but to strifes, Lies, Murder & Mayhem, Unsurp & Dominion & even to the Gay relations( to understand where the present gay agendas are coming from) & its complacency, never to a peace or unity, which is but to Hell, ‘case these are made in hell.

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    • on the trinity, you mite wnt to look that up because Jesus never said I and the Father and the Holy Spirit are one, He always said I and the Father are one, The HOLY SPIRIT is a part of the GODHEAD but not a trinity, trinity is pagan and God our Father has nothing to do with that…everyone read this!!!read the scriptures!!! Don’t add to them! Remember the words of JESUS…everywhere I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE!!! PERIOD…..I just found this out recently also so don’t be embarrassed just think about it!!! God is teaching us here about the so called trinity, there is nothing wrong about changing your view or position on Doctrine, we all see threw a glass darkly, but as time goes on we will see clearer and clearer… God does promise that…..

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      • “I & the Father are one” What does that mean ?

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      • Although the word “trinity” never occurs in the Bible, the concept is certainly there. In Matt 3;16,17, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist and as Jesus comes out of the water, the Holy Spirit lights down upon Christ “like a dove”, and a voice from heaven says, “this is my beloved in Son in whom I am well pleased”. Also, in Matt 28:19, Jesus commands us to baptize in “the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”. And if you really want to add to the discussion, how about the four texts in Revelation that mention the “seven spirits of God”? (Rev 1:4, 3:1, 4:5, and 5:6) I’m open for explanations on that one myself. ;^)

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  30. RC:
    Excuse me, Xino, but where in the bible did Paul say “it doesn’t matter what motivation one preaches Christ, as long as the message/Gospel is told”? Cite me the chapter & verse because I KNOW that’s not in the scriptures.

    Philippians 1:15-18
    New International Version (NIV)
    15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.

    Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,

    No..Bible tells us to STICK to the scriptures not entertainment! So no matter how accurate the bible series get in media, it doesn’t matters because God want us to stick to the book!
    Even Passion of Christ, many things were changed and added, but what does it matter?
    people were saved through it because it contained the Gospel! God depend on us to use the book, many have died because of bible.
    And I’m sure you know what the Gospel is right? because it can be summarised very long or short!
    Bible series already said the Gospel in ep 7 and 8.
    Gospel is basically- Jesus was prophesied, Ministered and healed people, Died on the cross, rose after the 3rd day, appeared to the disciples and all authority were given to him.
    That is a short summarised Gospel, Anybody can summarise bible to suit them as long as they remember and hold firm to it!

    So stop complaining and rejoice someone brought a Godly show to tv. Yet you want to embrace: Defiance, Walking Dead, Day Z and all these trash worldly show that blasphemy Jesus and doesn’t give him praise.

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  31. Hey B&E, just wanted to say TY for this article. It was very good and timely. I seen some of this info in comment sections on other articles and was going to write a piece pointing out the New Age affiliations of Burnnett, Downey and once again Joel Osteen. But now I’ll just post a small section of this with a READ MORE link back here to your page. TY again for some real good work,,OH, I also really enjoyed the radio show on this article!!! ;-)

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  32. Really, Xino? You accuse me of seeing good & calling it evil?

    I look at the fruits produced by the person & judge what they’re doing based on those fruits, not simply their claims about their endeavors. I will probably never meet Roma Downey, nor will you. Yet you rush to defend her show based on what, other than the fact that it’s popular? As a member of the public, I have every right to judge the work & words of a public figure like Roma Downey — esp. when she claims to be a Christian spreading God’s word. And when her words contradict her actions, then I believe what I see — her fruits, not what she says.

    Don’t you see that these are the end times? That the Devil & his forces control this world (for now)? In this age, esp. in this country, what becomes ‘popular’ is usually what serves Satan’s purposes. Popular acclaim & financial success are often NOT the hallmarks of God’s approval. The porn industry is a multi-billion dollar business — do you think that’s because God likes pornography?

    When Roma Downey appears in or produces shows that have people talking to angels at will, where the angels never mention being God’s messengers or even speak of Jesus; when she claims to be lifting up the bible with a miniseries that never mentions man’s sinful nature & our need to repent & accept Christ in order to be saved (the very core of what the bible is about!), then anyone with eyes to see & ears to hear can tell that Roma is producing Evil Fruit — period.

    If something doesn’t square with what the bible teaches, then it’s wrong & demonic. Not because I say so, because God says so. If you choose to ‘rejoice’ in a tv series that mishandles God’s word just becasue lots of people are watching it, that’s on you. But the bible warns us against such mistakes.

    “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20)

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  33. Xino said:

    There is nothing ‘godly’ about misrepresenting bible stories! Do you really not understand that everything someone presents in God’s name isn’t necessarily acceptable in God’s eyes?!

    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21 KJV)

    If you want to encourage people to watch mis-tellings like ‘The Bible’, that’s on you. But I don’t care how entertaining a miniseries is, if it’s not biblically accurate, I won’t tell anyone to watch it.

    Xino said:

    When did you ever see ME mention any of those shows? Don’t put words in my mouth! I don’t even have cable tv & I’ve never watched any of those shows, or told anyone else to watch them. I wouldn’t know if they’re blasphemous or not.

    As for the quote from Philippians 1, again, I strongly suggest that you use the KJV so you have an accurate translation to work from. I will begin from v.12:

    “12. But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
    13. So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;
    14. And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
    15. Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
    16. The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
    17. But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
    18. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” (Philippians 1:12-18 KJV)

    Philippi was a Roman colony, part of Madcedonia (named for King Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great). Paul had received a vision telling him to go & preach the gospel there. He did so with great success. He bought many to Christ, inc. Lydia & others who established a church there. This epistle was Paul’s first letter to that the Philippian church, written while he was imprisoned in Rome, (which is why he references his ‘bonds’ more than once). Paul speaks of how what happened to him actually worked out well, sicne he was abel to convert many & found a church before he was locked up. He even managed to convert some of his jailers to Christ.

    The passage you quoted bears no relationship to someone like Roma Downey misrepresenting the scriptures on a tv show. When Paul says “some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife”, he was speaking of fellow church members who were envious of him & the success of his ministry. While he was in prison, some took the opportunity to try to imitate Paul’s style & methods of preaching, hoping they would achieve the same success he did & gain glory FOR THEMSELVES within the church. But they still preached the same Christ as other church members. They preached the true gospel, not their own doctrines & they did not alter Christ’s teachings in any way. Paul never says in those passages that they were misrepersenting the truth about Jesus, His teachings or any of the events from what we now call the Old Testament.

    Yes, Paul was glad to have anyone preaching God’s word, no matter what their motivation — but he still expected accuracy & honesty from them. He would not have ‘rejoiced’ in someone misrepresenting Jesus in any way! His letter was written to church members that Paul openly claimed as brothers & sisters in Christ. He found no fault with the accuracy of their preaching or Paul would certainly have rebuked them. None of his contemporaries were misrepresenting Christ or quoting things Jesus was never reported to have said (“We’re going to change the world”), like Roma’s miniseries did.

    Don’t be deceived — God expects those who preach His word to do so Accurately, esp. now when so many are falling away from God. And if a believer preaches the Word wrongly or with misrepresentations, God expects other Christians to correct those errors, not just write them off as ‘entertainment’. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” – 2 Timothy 3:16.

    Roma Downey doesn’t get a pass because she chose to tell bible stories in a slipshod manner rather than making a series about vampires or zombies. Esp. when she & Mark could have just as easily spent their time & money telling those bible stories accurately.

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  34. I thought in the bible it said that after Jesus died on the cross that the veil was ripped in twain. I did not see that in the series or did I just miss it?

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  35. Royal Rican Prince says:

    Did not read thru all the comments & responses so I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this. The Ark was leaking water. Personally I do NOT believe this. Also the majority of the animals were in a chaotic state. I do not believe that as well. This was largely a supernatural event and being that The Lord is a God of Order, I honestly feel he commanded those animals to go into a dormant state of being.

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  36. This is a good blog post and it is unfortunate that there are so many Christians who go to Joel Osteen conferences etc.

    I will say that just because a person chooses to watch this series or go to a Joel Osteen conference does make them a heretic or unsaved.

    The problem is most people don’t know the Word the way the author of this post knows the Word and consequently alot of Christians are in error with alot of their doctrines. There are alot of genuine Christians who will go to a Joel Osteen conference with a pure heart and specifically a heart on fire for Christ.

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  37. I bought the series, not having been able to view it prior because we don’t have cable. It came so “highly” recommended. Boy, have my wife and I been so sorely disappointed. The first thing that struck me was its failure to treat the Living God as holy. It was as though the Bible was just like any other book … or maybe less. They would not dare to take such liberties with changing the content of any other book as drastically as they did the Bible.
    The measures at which the scribes of the past went through to ensure the accuracy of their copies of the sacred text, all out of their reverential fear of the LORD God; the men who gave up their lives bringing an accurate translation of the holy scriptures into the English language, (as well as other languages), all so men and women could read for themselves the truth of man’s sin with its eternal consequences, and God’s love for man in His plan of redemption from even before the foundation of the world and made known to us through the pages of the sacred scriptures from Genesis to Revelation; and then this is what follows?
    It was the Spirit of Almighty God who inspired the writers of the 66 books which make up the OT and NT. It was that same Spirit who guided those who would provide those copies through the ages. And it was the same Spirit who led men to make reliable translations in every language so the truth of His word could be sent out uncorrupted. There was a different spirit indeed behind the production of this compilation of flaws and heresies.
    It was impossible for them to treat the True and Living God as holy in this production, because it is obvious that they don’t know Him.
    In Acts 19, there were those among the converts who used to practice magic / sorcery. Upon their coversion they brought their books on the magic arts and burned them publically. My copy of this miniseries will be burned publically in a bonfire at a men’s retreat in two weeks.

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  38. I know we all want them to preach the Gospel but it is not easy to do on a Cable station. You are not going to get God’s word from a show but rather going to a church and reading the Bible.

    I also followed my Twitter Feed and read people confessing their life to Jesus or saying they wanted to read the Bible or even go to Church.

    A movie on the Bible actually brought Christians back to God. So how is this actually false teaching.

    Satan will make you turn away from God, showing the Bible on TV and omitting the “sin sacrifice is not” making people turn away from God. In fact from what I read it gets them to want to know him.

    Also it was all in Revelation. There is no stepping around it.

    I am the Alpha and the Omega the First and the Last. It’s right there. Jesus is God.

    I see it and I was suprised that it was in there. But who can argue that point now.

    Jesus was fully man and fully god. That is what the movie was trying to show and they ended it perfectly .

    Jesus is the First and last. Anyone can try to over analyze that sentence but it’s all right there.

    Let’s say I am not a Christian and I just watched this movie.

    I can take away two major theological truths.

    1) Jesus is the only way to God. “I am the truth and the light and no one gets to the Father but through me.
    2) I am the First and the Last. Jesus is God.

    Pretty powerful stuff from the normally Atheistic History Channel.

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  39. Frank Keefe says:

    I ordered the bible miniseries on a Amazon wish list over here in the UK. After reading the excellent biblical review of it there is no way my hard earned money will go into the pockets of those who I feel are charlatans and false prophets. Christians are being deceived it seems by those coming as angels of light believing the bible miniseries to be Gods truth when it seems its a false truth.

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  40. Things that come as ‘Popular” in Christian notions is to be taken with a pinch of salt, Jesus was unpopular even a threat so they crucified Him, same is the case with the Apostles, the Saints etc to His own words “They persecuted me , they will persecute you, for a servant cannot be above his Master ” compare this to the ‘Popularities of the Preachers & the Shows of the day , above their Master indeed, hence to other masters, to other Gospels to other Christs. Moreover to the manner of the Preachings, the ways & words of Jesus does not change, to the Prophecy of the the two witnesses to come in the latter times who by their fierce preachings,, to the inconvenience of itching ears so made by their preachers & to the popularity of the day, are actually killed & to this even distribute presents among themselves until their joys turn to horror when they see the truth of the Two witnesses, being risen in Christ, to realize the falseness of the Appeasings & Popularities , for the word of God is like a two edged sword, its hurts, for truth hurts to the cure & never appeases the sin.

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  41. Frank Keefe says:

    Ive noticed that some here are accusing those who are questioning the bible mini series as being judgemental.Now there is a difference in judging others about the tiny speck in their eyes while your eyes has a plank in it. Having a righteous judgment of what is being said in a Christian conversation or in watching a Christian film is not only acceptable but scriptural .Having good scriptural understanding means when things are said or shown that are unbiblical you are able to challenge them from Gods Holy Word.It seems by all accounts from those who have seen this film it dangerously strays away from fundamental truths and the backgrounds of the people behind it is very questionable.My advice to myself is give it a miss what others do is entirely up to them but should make that decision on good honest biblical truth and not on false feelings.

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  42. Gabriel Smith says:

    It appears as though you are misrepresenting Catholicism. In fairness, I think you should correct some of things you’ve said. For example, Catholics don’t worship Mary. They would join you in condemning those who do.

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    • Hi Gabriel,

      The article makes no comments about Catholic people. Every person will choose to carry out their religion as the wish. But Catholic Doctrine absolutely teaches the worship of Mary.

      I will just cite the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

      Mary was preserved from all stain of original sin from the first instant of her conception. (Catechism 490-492).

      Mary, “the All-Holy,” lived a perfectly sinless life. (Catechism 411, 493)

      Mary was a virgin before, during and after the birth of Christ. (Catechism 496-511)

      Mary is the Mother of the Church. (Catechism 963, 975).

      At the end of her life, Mary was taken up (“assumed”) body and soul into Heaven. (Catechism 966, 974)

      Mary is the Co-Mediator to whom we can entrust all our cares and petitions. (Catechism 968-970, 2677)

      And here is one more quote from the Liturgy:

      “Mary was involved in the Mysteries of Christ. As the most holy Mother of God she was, after her son, exalted…above all angels and human beings. Hence, the Church appropriately honors her with a special cult or devotion. The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is an intrinsic element of Christian worship.” (from The Dictionary of the Liturgy, p. 390-391).

      All these beliefs make Mary a perfect, sinless goddess to whom we should pray to for salvation and all needs, and worship. Whether or not you do these things is not relevant to what Catholicism actually teaches. I understand that there are many Catholics who do not actively practice their faith, go to church or read the liturgy. So they may have never even heard of these things before. But the church itself preaches a large number of unbiblical, heretical doctrines. And certainly praying the rosary as Roma Downey encourages in her book co-authored with a medium (which of course is an abomination to God) is just another example. And there are numerous popes who have delcared Mary “co-redemptrix” with Christ, sinless, etc. Do you condemn them??

      If on the other hand you feel these practices are Biblical, please provide the Scriptural basis. I would be happy to read it.

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      • Gabriel Smith says:

        Beginning and End,

        When I said Catholic people, I’m referring to those who follow Catholic teaching correctly. The Catholic Church doesn’t say to worship Mary. Mary receives honor, “hyperdulia”, but not “latria”. Latria is the highest form of honor due to God alone:

        “You shall not go after other gods.” (CCC 2084)

        Being preserved (saved) from the stain of sin, being called Mother, and being assumed doesn’t make one a god. You claim the Catholic Doctrine teaches Mary worship, but in fact, the opposite is true. Indeed, none of the passages you used as “evidence” actually advocate Mary worship.
        Concerning Mary as co-mediator/mediatrix… “co” doesn’t mean equal. It simply means “together”. “Cooperation” doesn’t mean doing something independently, and co-mediation is similarly not an independent process. Just as in the wedding at Cana, when there is a need, Mary can intercede on our behalf to God, as a co-mediatrix.

        We are called to be co-laborers in the work of God. But this in no way diminishes the power of God. In the same way, Mary serving as a co-mediatrix in no way diminishes God. It’s like asking a friend or family member to pray for you; just in this case that friend happens to be the person closest to God in the whole history of humanity.

        Catholicism doesn’t teach Mary worship. In fact, it clearly rejects Mary worship and you will be unable to find anything in the Catechism to support your claim because it’s simply not true.

        “The Church rightly honors ‘the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of ‘Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs. … This very special devotion … differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration.’” (CCC 971)

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        • To distinguish between Humbleness & Pride, before The Father, is to know the difference between Jesus & satan & in the same way is to distinguish between the True & False Mary’s . From the scripture we understand that Mary form whom was born Jesus to become the Son of Man, was a very Humble Woman, for the originals come as such, to the Mystery of God Himself.

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          • Gabriel Smith says:

            Abey,

            Thank you for your reply. Your comment is a bit confusing. The Church affirms Mary’s humility. In fact that is the reason she is honored.

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          • For unto John,the beloved Apostle was given the Woman , Mary as Mother. In Genesis God put the ‘Enmity” between the Serpent & the Woman & by their seeds, which seed born off her is Jesus the lamb to Rev.Ch 12 to the remnant seed of the woman, being the first fruits of the lamb against the serpent & his seed , these are the Elect(contrary to Elitists) , who keep the commandments of God & have the testimony of Jesus, for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.. They are the 1,44,000 redeemed among men & are not defiled by Women. Which is but to understand that the Woman given unto John as Mother is to the redeemed ones, which is to say The Mother of the Redeemed. That is no ordinary word.

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          • Gabriel Smith says:

            Abey,

            I’m not sure what your point is.

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          • Gabriel: The whole point is if we are going to be redeemed unto God, we need to be as Humble as she is.. The word is ‘Humbleness” contrary to which is Pride.

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          • Gabriel Smith says:

            I agree that we should indeed emulate her willingness to say Yes to God.

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          • Gabriel: As a conclusion to our discussion for the time being, to the name Gabriel , to your name, many years before while I was having some trouble with a kidney stone which went on for quiet a few months, In a vision I found myself writing a maths examination, the teacher came & looked at my paper & said that that my steps were correct & then he told to recheck my equation on water, the next morning as soon as I got up i Bought a 10lt. can filled it with drinking water & kept drinking for about three days during the day & the third day if I remember well I was free of the stone, one more thing which he told me was before I leave the university to meet the Principal for he was a bit worried about my drinking habit (excess barley does cause kidney stone) & his name is Gabriel. He was talking about Archangel Gabriel, the one who came unto Mary with the Annunciation from God. It is said about a Catholic Saint, I do not remember his name, who loved Jesus & used to pray day & night & one day Jesus appeared unto Him & asked him if he loved him to which the saint replied in the Affirmative. Then replied Jesus If so come to me through my Mother which is but to mean “Your Mother”(For unto John was given Mary as Mother.) God who made man knows very well our necessities for in general a child’s way to his Father is by his Mother. You have heard the common phrase “Daddy’s little Girl” the original of which is Mary to The Father, her truth kept from man. This is the reason why the Catholic Church considers Mary as the biggest Mystery. It is true. To conclude she is the church & we are the members to form the bride & Jesus the bridegroom.

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          • Gabriel Smith says:

            Abey,

            Thank you for your positive comments. I wish you the best.

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        • Hi Gabriel,

          First off, thanks for responding with a substantive, well-written response. I will try to address your points:

          “When I said Catholic people, I’m referring to those who follow Catholic teaching correctly. The Catholic Church doesn’t say to worship Mary. Mary receives honor, “hyperdulia”, but not “latria”. Latria is the highest form of honor due to God alone:

          “You shall not go after other gods.” (CCC 2084)”

          Why would Mary receive any “honor”? What is the Biblical basis for this? I find absolutely none.

          “Being preserved (saved) from the stain of sin, being called Mother, and being assumed doesn’t make one a god. You claim the Catholic Doctrine teaches Mary worship, but in fact, the opposite is true. Indeed, none of the passages you used as “evidence” actually advocate Mary worship.”

          Where is anything you wrote about Mary ever stated in Scripture? This is why this site maintains that Roman Catholocism is not in line with Biblical Christianity. There is absolutely nothing in Scripture that supports any of these attributes about Mary. And it’s basically blasphemous to say another person aside from The Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless life. Furthermore she is not “the mother of God.” She is the human vessel chosen to carry the son of God who was conceived by The Holy Spirit. She is The Lord’s birth mother with respect to his humanity. Not His Divinity.

          “Concerning Mary as co-mediator/mediatrix… “co” doesn’t mean equal. It simply means “together”. “Cooperation” doesn’t mean doing something independently, and co-mediation is similarly not an independent process. Just as in the wedding at Cana, when there is a need, Mary can intercede on our behalf to God, as a co-mediatrix. “

          “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” – 1 Timothy 2:5.

          Again, Catholicism’s teachings are in direct opposition to the Bible. There is no “co-mediator.” Even implying such a role is rank heresy. Mary is not a “co-anything” with Jesus Christ. The wedding at Cana was a dilemma of running out of wine. At that time Mary was alive and in a normal conversation. But she is dead now. Communicating with the dead, which is necromancy, is a sin (Deuteronomy 18). Humans have no ability to communicate with the dead, and trying to “pray to Mary” is actually sinning against God. We are only to pray to God and Jesus Christ is the only mediator. What you believe is just another religion altogether because the Jesus who is “co-mediator” is not the Jesus of the Bible.

          And I can go on:

          CC 969: “This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation …. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”

          Mary plays no role in our salvation. Believing this again, is just heresy. This is not Biblical Christianity.

          And what about this “veneration”?

          http://ivarfjeld.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/1049573-svatovaclavska-pou-ve-stare-boleslavi.jpg

          You can try to explain away these practices but you can’t do it using the Bible. And this is the grave error that Catholicism teaches.

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          • Gabriel Smith says:

            Beginning and End,

            Thank you for responding and the compliments.

            “Why would Mary receive any ‘honor’? What is the Biblical basis for this?”

            Mary receives honor, because she obeyed. Anyone who has obeyed God throughout their life is honored. Also she herself says that all generations will call me blessed.

            “From now on all generations will call me blessed.” (Luke 1:48)

            In a nutshell, that’s why the Catholic Church gives her honor. We are also told to honor our father and mother. If we follow Jesus’ example, we would honor his mother (Exodus 20:12) simply because he does. If we can honor the founding fathers, we should be even more ready to honor the mother of Jesus for obeying God.

            “Where is anything you wrote about Mary ever stated in Scripture?”

            Please show me where in the Bible it states that every doctrine has to be in the Bible. The Bible doesn’t explicitly state that Mary wasn’t any of these things.
            Mary’s life was not sinless because she is some super heroine. It’s only because Christ chose to save her prior to His birth to make an acceptable vessel. Being sinless doesn’t make one equal to God. The angels are sinless, yet you and I don’t treat them as we would God.

            “And it’s basically blasphemous to say another person aside from The Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless life. Furthermore she is not ‘the mother of God.'”

            Mary clearly is the mother of God, because Mary was Jesus’ mother and Jesus is God, so that makes her by default “Mother of God.” Giving her that title affirms Jesus’ divinity; which is why the Council of Ephesus made the choice to do so. She isn’t above Jesus and the Catholic Church is clear about that, as I’ve stated earlier. For Catholicism to be in direct opposition to the Bible there would have to be a phrase in the Bible stating, “Mary wasn’t sinless.” Since this isn’t the case, your statement is misleading.

            “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” – 1 Timothy 2:5.

            A couple of things about 1 Timothy 2:5:
            • The Catholic Church teaches that there is only one mediator and it is Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church has never stated that Jesus is a co-mediator.
            • In the first two verses of 1 Timothy 2 the context is set by Paul’s command for, “supplications, prayers and intercessions to be made for all men…” Intercession is a synonym for mediation.
            Christ is indeed our one mediator, yet Paul commands all Christians to be intercessors/mediators. The Bible also states that:

            “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.” (Matthew 23:8)

            Yet in James 3:1 and Ephesians 4:11 we are told that we have many teachers.
            The fact is that you and I can act as a lesser or subordinate mediator to God, because of our participation with Jesus, the one mediator.

            “Communicating with the dead, which is necromancy, is a sin (Deuteronomy 18). Humans have no ability to communicate with the dead, and trying to “pray to Mary” is actually sinning against God.”

            Deuteronomy 18: 10-11 is condemning conjuring up the dead through wizards and mediums, not praying through saints. Asking for prayer from your brothers or sisters in Christ is categorically different from conjuring up the dead. Besides, Mary is more alive than you or I, because she is in heaven.
            “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” (Luke 20:38)
            We also have Jesus speaking to those that have died on earth when he was transfigured. Also Revelation 5:8-14 tells us about those in heaven presenting golden bowls full of incense (representing the prayers of the faithful) before God. We can reasonably conclude that these prayers rose up from the earth like incense and the “elders” would then present these prayers before the Father.

            “And what about this ‘veneration’?”

            Concerning your picture, that skull belongs to a Czech Saint. Many Christians (including Catholics) show reverence for the bodies of the deceased. Think about an image of pallbearers at a funeral, carrying a casket up high, carefully, out of respect for the life of the deceased. Think of the great care Christians (and many others) across the globe take of their dead–carefully preparing their bodies and burying them. This is no different from the Catholic practice of showing respect for the bodies of Saints. They are remembered, and their remains are cared for just as you or I might care for the remains of a beloved family member.

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          • One of the main problem that other denominations have with The Catholic Church is about Mary being called as the ‘Mother of God” which in fact theologically speaking is incorrect ’cause when we say God is to mean Father, Son, Holy Spirit as three persons of the same substance in one God which thus makes Mary as mother of The Father also, against this misunderstanding the Catholic Church clearly states Mary as the beloved daughter of God which indeed is the Truth, So to the words Mary as Mother of God is to mean mother of Jesus(only) who was born of her on earth as God the Son in terms of God as “God the Father, God the Son & God the Holy Spirit”. However the reason to the basis of the Church using the term ‘Mother of God” is not to any interpretation but to Quoting the words of Elizabeth, upon Mary’s visit to her cousin & she in turn stating “That the Mother of My Lord should visit me” believed to be spoken through. the Holy Spirit. Again to the word “My Lord”, refers to the words of David in the Psalms repeated by Jesus to the Pharisees “Why did then David in Spirit say- The Lord said unto MY LORD , sit at my right hand—-” This “My Lord” refers to The Son, Jesus which was spoken by Elizabeth to Mary on her visit calling Mary as Mother of My Lord(God) specific to Jesus. Incidentally to know also that the words of David stated about My Lord (Jesus). St. Stephen, the first Martyr was the first witness to the truth of those word, for before his death he saw Jesus at the Right hand of the Father. This is but to know the birth of Jesus( the lord from heaven) as man born of Mary seeded by the Holy Spirit etc is all but to the ‘regeneration” required in order to get man back to God minus the sin as it was in the Beginning, to the will of God.

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        • Mary can not help us, she is dead, only JESUS our Messiah can help us pure and simple…

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          • Gabriel Smith says:

            Clt,

            Mary can not help us, she is dead,only JESUS our Messiah can help us pure and simple…

            I’m not sure if you read what I wrote above, but I think it would benefit you to read it. Do you think that members in the body of Christ can help each other?

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  43. Gabriel Smith:
    Clt,

    I’m not sure if you read what I wrote above, but I think it would benefit you to read it. Do you think that members in the body of Christ can help each other?

    Yes we can help each other, but only if we are alive, the scriptures say the dead know nothing…

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    • Gabriel Smith says:

      Clt,

      Yes we can help each other, but only if we are alive, the scriptures say the dead know nothing…

      I’m guessing you are getting “the dead know nothing” from Ecclesiastes 9:5. The problem with that viewpoint is that if you affirm that verse then in that same context you’d also have to affirm that death ends everything and life is meaningless (Ecclesiastes 9:9). You see, in Ecclesiastes the author (similar to what Descartes did) tries out different viewpoints during the book ultimately coming to a different conclusion than the viewpoints he has tried out. This particular viewpoint is based on the non-revelatory human perspective that death seems to end everything, and consequently that life is vain and meaningless. We know that at the end of the book, he doesn’t ultimately come to this conclusion, but instead, reaches an understanding that we are supposed to, “Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) The non-revelatory human perspective would indeed lead to the conclusion that life is meaningless; for without God why should anyone live?

      Also, from other books in the Bible, we know that the dead do know things. For example, the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. There are also instances in Revelation where it depicts the Saints in heaven knowing about things on Earth and praying for us (Revelation 5:8). Another good example is during the transfiguration where Jesus was talking with Moses and Elijah (who are both dead).

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      • there is a passage, or scripture for what the dead know and don’t know, but all that aside we humans have no ability to help or pray for anyone once we are dead, the tranfiguration I think is a future thing? Maybe a vision in the millennium? The scripture of the dead knowing nothing I got is from the new testament… I don’t know where right nowim just starting to read the bible more, my father and his parents were catholics, they have all died, but a few of his brothers are living, when we die we may or not know it I think, but we die in a minute, then we are awake, with God, and we have been dead for 20 years? Who is to know? Anyway I think God will keep dead spirits where they need to be, rich ruler and Lazarus and bosom of Abraham? Need a real teacher to help me with this. I am not a teacher, just a low man on the totem pole, the saints in heaven don’t know I think this is all during the great trib, and who knows???

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        • Gabriel Smith says:

          Clt,

          “we humans have no ability to help or pray for anyone once we are dead”

          You keep asserting this, but you need to give me some scriptural proof. You mentioned that you pulled it from the NT. I would encourage you to really research the NT for this information, because I’ve already disproved this statement from verses in the NT. Also, did you know that the Jews prayed and continue to pray for their dead. So if an obedient Jew does this; that alone disproves your statement. Also, if we are in the body of Christ, I’m sure you would agree that that status doesn’t change when we die. And as you said a member in the body of Christ can help another member, because we are all one. Therefore, we can all help each other no matter what location as long as we are in the body.

          “Anyway I think God will keep dead spirits where they need to be, rich ruler and Lazarus and bosom of Abraham?”

          I’m not sure where you are getting this teaching from. Remember this story is told by Jesus in the NT to give a glimpse of what happens after we die and how our decisions prior to death have eternal consequences.

          “the transfiguration I think is a future thing? Maybe a vision in the millennium?… the saints in heaven don’t know I think this is all during the great trib, and who knows???”

          According to the Bible, the transfiguration was something that actually happened with eye witnesses. Also, we aren’t given any indication that this passage from Revelation is in the tribulation. This is a glimpse of heaven.

          “Need a real teacher to help me with this. I am not a teacher, just a low man on the totem pole”

          I’m curious, what Church do you attend? How are you going to know for sure without a doubt that the teacher you chose is telling you the truth?

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          • none anymore, was baptised Catholic parents divorced and that was it, I have listened to a lot of different preachers and well everyone seems to have errors some intentionly and some just from being bad teachers, I’m going to just give up on all this, no one is getting it right it seems I can’t tell you where the scriptures. are because I don’t remember I’m just really starting to study for myself, but there’s a big dispute about everything….so I give up

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          • Gabriel Smith says:

            “everyone seems to have errors some intentionly and some just from being bad teachers, I’m going to just give up on all this…there’s a big dispute about everything….so I give up”

            I get where you’re coming from. It all seems just like a bunch of noise, one faction arguing with another and no one being able to finally settle the debate. This is the nature of Protestantism. But that isn’t the case in Catholicism. No dogma has been changed in over 2,000 years, because Christ gave the Church authority to settles questions that arise. From the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15), onward this is how the Church dealt with problems. The Protestant Church isn’t able to form these councils; and how could they?

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  44. Sorry for the late comment! Plus it is not on topic. Re: Roman Catholic views, if any have enjoyed a book called Revelations of Divine Love, written in the late 1300s by a woman simply known as Julian of Norwich, you might agree that the special role that the Christ’s mother Mary had is very worthy. I have never been Catholic, so found myself pleasantly surprised to honor Mary. My family is from a native American life, where both Roman Catholics and Protestants were viewed suspiciously. Gabriel, thank you for your insights about Protestant debates. I now attend a Protestant church, but agree that they lost so much when they eroded into a debate platform. Both groups can benefit from each, but only with the Blessed Ruach HaKodesh ( Holy Spirit in Hebrew transliterated). Only the Holy Word can give us light, by His Holy Spirit.

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    • Gabriel Smith says:

      Hi Holly,
      I’m not familiar with that book, but I’m looking forward to looking into it. I’m happy to hear that you honor Mary. She doesn’t get enough credit in most Protestant denominations. With your Native American background, you should look into the life of Katharine Drexel. She was very respected by the Native American community. I agree that both Catholics and Protestants can benefit from each other, but at the end of the day who has the authority to say which interpretation is right or wrong about the word of God? Thank you for your comment ☺

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  45. JESUSfan! says:

    I love how many agreed that this miniseries is bad, but disagreed with the article against GCB… Just saying… I agree BOTH are blasphemy. But I have a question. Please, no hateful comments. Just scripture and opinions. I do NOT practice witchcraft or occult new age crap, but I enjoy reading and watching Harry Potter and Twilight. Is this making me a sin-enabler? Please, someone tell me.

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    • Gabriel says:

      Hey JESUSfan!,

      Short Answer: No.

      Long Answer:
      It should be stated, that the Church and the Bible doesn’t say one way or another that watching these movies is right or wrong. Whether or not one should view these movies really depends on how secure they are in their faith. I think the vast majority of people could handle watching the movies without coming to the conclusion that witchcraft is acceptable morally; these movies are not an apologia for paganism. However I’m sure there are some people (more likely children) in which these movies could harm them spiritually. The decision whether or not children should be allowed to view these films should be left to the parents. So if you are going to watch this movie with an audience, be attentive to who is in the audience because it’s possible it could have ill-effects for some.

      In 1 Corinthians 8:13, Paul tells us that he wouldn’t eat meat if it made his brother stumble. Eating meat in and of itself isn’t inherently evil, but forcing your friend (who abstains from eating meat) to eat meat would be wrong. This is why it isn’t a good idea to invite a recovering alcoholic over for dinner and then serve beer.

      In conclusion, you aren’t giving a foothold to sin by watching these movies, because of their context. But, like all movies, we shouldn’t turn our brains off when watching them. We should be cautious about who we let watch these movies and what spiritual level they are at.

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    • Hi Jesusfan,

      I have to respectfully disagree with Gabriel. I’d like to first start by addressing the passage he cited in 1 Corinthians 8:

      “4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. 5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

      The point the Apostle makes here is that if there is meat sacrificed t idols a Christian can eat it with no worry because we do not believe or acknowledge any other God but the true and Living God of the Bible. But for those who believe in idols, they are defiled by the same meat because they attribute some spiritual power or significance to it. But for the true Christian, the meat has no such effect. Let’s continue.

      9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. 10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; 11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

      Here is basically a big “BUT..” The point is that although we are free to eat anything, that does not mean we should just go into a pagan temple and start eating the food off of their pagan altar. Why? because someone who does not have strong Biblical knowledge or is unsaved may see you and think “oh it’s okay for me to enjoy my pagan festival and also be a Christian” and they are now sinning. And if this happens you have now sinned against a brother and thus sinned against Christ.

      Now remember this all speaking about a plate of meat. Harry Potter is a movie. it has dialogue and visual imagery. it is much more powerful in its influence than say a filet mignon. Harry Potter incorporates real witchcraft into its movies. It also promotes many anti-christ themes. It is basically like a gateway drug into the occult for many young people, who do not realize that things like the “Philosopher’s stone” are real items in witchcraft. Spending hours reading about spells, charms, trances, astral projection, necromancy, conjuring demons and the numerous occult activities in Harry Potter is clearly having “fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.”

      I encourage you to read some of the reviews on the link below. It is from a Bible-believing ministry that also has a great deal of knowledge from the occult. And they show how satanic the harry potter series is.

      http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/hpmain.html

      Here is a similar review on the Twilight series:

      http://crossroad.to/articles2/08/twilight.htm

      Exodus 22:18 says: “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” 1 Samuel 15:23 says: “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft..” God has absolutely zero tolerance for witches and wizards in the Old testament and declares their practices abominations. They are promoting Satan’s kingdom and ways to access them (because at the end of the day all witchcraft is just a means to contact demonic forces). And certainly having unsaved or baby Christians who are interested in the occult hear you are a big fan of these books only makes it seem like Christianity is okay with this and thus you can be a stumblingblock to them. I would strongly recommend avoiding these types of books. If you have any further questions please feel free to ask. God bless.

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      • Once again, I can do nothing but agree with B&E on his stance regarding the “Harry Potter” question. The apostle Paul also tells us to “abstain from all appearance of evil” (I Thes 5:22) and I personally believe that engaging our minds with any form of entertainment that codifies the occult would certainly fall into this category. Not saying that you’re an evil bad person if you watched or read “Harry Potter” at all but that you should probably choose what you feed to your mind a bit more carefully. “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (I Cor 6:12)

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      • When we say Harry Potter which is to witchcraft, & considering its popularity, caution is required, to understanding it biblically to the word “Sorcery” by which the whole world is to be deceived, harry potters by the magics come as a process to the complacency especially children to believe that the world was made by Magic to the “Sorcery” by witchcraft reflecting the Pharaoh’s -Jannes & Jambres.

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    • Jesus by his words “A servant is not greater than his master, if the Persecute me they will persecute you too .” Surely these words cannot be gathering fans, but faith.it does.

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    • Jesus by his words “A servant is not greater than his master, if the Persecute me they will persecute you too .” Surely these words cannot be to gathering fans, but faith.it does.

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  46. Oh my LIFE!!!! (Bashes head upon table in disgust) Satan is in charge of Loony toons ville. May the Lord forgive them. I don’t think I have the strength to anymore. (Come on Tony, remember, Jesus is enough to get you through) But it’s just so everywhere (Jesus is enough) I hate sin. (And Jesus loves you) Amen! Good Christians, please warn your brethren against this heretical nonsense and against it’s satanic producers. I like Satan being played by Barrack Obama though. They at least got something right lol. ;)

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  47. The world is already lost so instead of criticizm, I think we should look around, pray and spend our time in reaching souls for Christ!

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  48. what I also found odd that I don’t see anyone mention was the part during moses. Moses was never asked to take off his shoes, for God said that he was on holy ground. Also Moses appears to be very bold in the series and says, I will go out and do what God commands, however in the bible Moses is very timid, and slow at speech. He tells God that the people will not listen to him, and is more timid to do the will of God. Also the whole scene where God tells Moses to take the rod and he showed him the wonders of his hand turning to a leapers hand, were not there. I felt that they missed such an important part of the bible. I think people are using the fact that they had limited amount of time to fit it all in is misleading. It does not take a lot of time to show these important aspects.

    Also during the scene when Jesus was baptised, the series did not have God say from the heavens, this is my son in whom i am well pleased. why not say this important part?

    I was also very disapointed when they did not include the story of Jacob and Joseph. I felt like these were very important stories to be told. Jacob is one of the fathers of Israel, and Joseph is one of the best stories that show a lot about God’s plan for salvation and redemption.

    Another thing that bothers me is that Jesus was not supposed to be good looking but rather a plain man. Also being a carpenter he would have been more built, and he certanitly would not have long hair. even in the bible it says men should have short hair, and woman should have long hair. I really don’t understand why people always try to make jesus look feminine and weak.

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    • Where Humbleness is changed into Pride. This is the theme of Hollywood to the hearsay. Turning from Jesus to the Pseudo. Like Christ to Kris’na. The Spiritual Image of the Glorious one in Rev. Ch.1 speaking unto the 7 churches has no long hair, confirming to the words of St. Paul. of the manner
      “Men shall not have Long Hair.” All in the accumulation to the Prophecy of the man of Sin, the Son of Perdition.

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    • Yes I believe Jesus was Ave rage looking, the bible says he was not gorgeous, also men in that day had short hair, also he was carpenter, not a weak person, average height of that day, his spirit is what separated him, kid and animals I’m sure knew
      He was and is the Son of God!!

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    • Hi Kimmy,

      Thanks for your comments. These are all excellent points, especially the point about the baptism of Christ The Lord, an account which confirms the Trinity. God bless you abundantly.

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  49. stacy sullivan says:

    Kinda makes a person wonder if hollywood/media is the false prophet..

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  50. You can punch as many holes as you want (seen legions myself), but i think you’re missing an opportunity here. This series is not intended to give an exegetical/theological commentary of the Bible. Rather to expose the nonchurch world to the narrative of the Scriptures in broad strokes. It can be a very useful tool to bring nonchurch people to a neutral place of discussion (arts) where we can engage and witness to them. The details will follow as they respond to the Spirit’s prompting and begin to have a spiritual thirst for a deeper life in the Spirit and the Word. I think we need to use the principle to be “as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” when we bring the knowledge of Christ to those who are blinded by the caricatures and the false impressions of the faith that nonchurch people have (sadly part to blame are Christians themselves).

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    • The truth of the language is in the Alphabets , but if the alphabets themselves be distorted then the language cannot be learned. Like wise teaching the Bible through distortions will only lead to another Christ even unknowingly missing the whole essence to the loss of Truth.

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      • “teaching the Bible through distortions” — Missed the point by a very wide margin. You don’t teach the Bible by using The Bible Series, rather you use it as a TOOL to begin a conversation with the nonchurch that will LEAD TO opening the Scriptures (then you teach what the Bible actually says). Many Christians miss this in their zeal to “defend” and “guard” the Bible. Paul quoted 2 pagan philosophers to drive home his point and even pointed to the pagan altar of the “unknown god” to speak of the One True God. And Paul was inspired by the Spirit. :)

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        • Distorted truth is untruth for even children are not taught that way, as for the unknown god it refers to Atheism & Paul corrected them .

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          • “unknown god it refers to Atheism”??? You really need to read Acts 17:22-24 again, and this time more carefully. Watch —

            “Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very RELIGIOUS. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your OBJECTS OF WORSHIP, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now WHAT YOU WORSHIP as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.” (Acts 17:22-24 NIV)

            You really don’t have to defend and protect Paul from what you think is an ‘abominable’ act. God’s not nervous about this–He is BIG enough to trample on pagan unknown gods! And Paul knew it; he pointed to a familiar reference point of the people and then used that to speak of the One True God. We could use that same tactic these days. :)

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            • “I Even found an alter with this inscription—” which is to say off the many alters even the one(an exceptional) is a prophetic reference to Atheism which do have their own idealisms to their worship, their way of religious behavior in their own making, even though at that time Paul referred to as a worship, for Paganism & Atheism are but two sides of the same coin “For ye are the temple of the living God”, uncut by hand , not to make ones own temples within oneself is to that revelation, much seen today in its various forms.

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              • abey your “interpretation” of the passage is wide off the mark. You are not exegeting the passage in its literary and historical context, what you’re doing is eisegeting your own preconceived idea into the passage. I dare you to pick up a decent commentary on the Book of Acts and find an exegete that supports your view of “prophetic reference to Atheism”. You will not find one! The thought and idea if atheism is totally and completely absent in the historical and literary context of Acts 17:22-24. You are afraid that Biblical truth is distorted, right? Then honestly deal with the passage and don’t read your ideas INTO it. No amount of twisting and turning can make Acts 17:22-24 say what you want it to say just because you cannot entertain the ‘abominable’ idea (to you) that Paul was doing the thing that Acts 17:22-24 tells us he’s doing. God is bigger that the imagined fears of His children.

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                • Since the Bible came about by the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit , it takes the same Spirit to reveal it meaning not to interpretations, for the first interpretation of the Law of God took place at Eden.

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                  • Whoa! Cult and cult leader starts with this claim, more or less, “Historic and literary interpretations of the Bible are of the flesh, mine is of the Spirit, ergo, mine is correct because i’m inspired by the Spirit and they are not.” I am NOT saying that you are a cultist, but what you are saying here in terms of the way you read the Bible is what sets off cultic thinking and movements. Your “hermeneutic”, if followed to its logical end, is a free for all, anything goes, no boundaries, and no one can correct, why, because it boils down to a claim that the meaning of God’s Word is not exegeted out of the biblical text but from someone’s personal experience i.e. “intuition/perception in the Spirit of what the Spirit says about the text”! With that thinking no biblical and pastoral correction is possible because you can always claim, “Well, i got this from the Spirit Himself so i can’t possibly be wrong and you can’t possibly be right.” The rule then becomes, “everyone did as he saw fit.” (Jdg 17:6)

                    God gave us His Word in a historical and literary context, and in the context of the church community with people, down thru history, gifted to expound the meaning of the text not in an infallible way but pointing towards the Truth, but ALWAYS respecting and in line with the text’s original meaning and intent and not something ALIEN to the context. It is the postmodern mind that does not submit to this method. Sadly, postmodern thinking and method are being unwittingly used by Christians in the way they read Scriptures.

                    Let me say again that i am NOT accusing you of being cultic. But your method of reading Acts 17 is highly problematic to say the least. You can’t really defend that unless you’re claiming a personal direct line to the Holy Spirit’s interpretation that i and those servants who have labored long and hard in prayer and study of Acts 17 don’t.

                    “A text cannot mean what it never meant. Or to put it in a positive way, the true meaning of the biblical text for us is what God originally intended it to mean when it was first spoken. This is the starting point.” — How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth– Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart

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                • Confuse not the word Interpretation with Explanation which comes out of a revelation like unto explaining as to why God commanded Man not to take of the fruit of the tree of Good & Evil , which explanation can only come out of a revelation. Now interpretation in this case is what the devil made out of the Commandment . Explanation by the revelation is to understand the Truth of God whereas the interpretation is to corrupt the Word of God. How can that which is come about by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit be interpreted other than be revealed. The basic revelation of the word of God is to -neither “add nor subtract” spoken from ‘ole & the same applies when it comes to God Himself & based on St.Paul’s revelation of the one true God at Areopagus (deemed to be the center of Greek worship) the one to the no. of their gods is to the “additions” to the name of God called Paganism & the other particularly called “Unknown” is to an “omission” or subtraction of the name of God called Atheism. Atheism cannot be denied for it is there today through its own beliefs. .Again to the words of Jesus “Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees & the Sadducees” which leaven is to the additions & subtractions of the law of God respectively, which He found in the “visitation”. These leavens by the additions & subtraction are the corruptions & incidentally it is this which is applied to the Biblical Ministries & you call it a tool. By your words you seem to be outright trying to disprove that the bible has any reference to Atheism, for Paganism & its Atheism were the Agendas of the one who interpreted the law at Eden come down over the time to the day.

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                  • Let me just deal with one matter for the moment — Your attempt to make this arbitrary and unhelpful disjunction between interpretation and explanation is seriously flawed. Interpretation is impossible to avoid whenever anyone comes to the Scriptures.

                    Ok, you want to try and read the Bible without interpretation? Then you ought to do this. Let’s stick to the New Testament. To read it without interpretation go pick up the Novum Testamentum Graece or the Textus Receptus, or go straight to the raw extant Greek manuscripts and read them for yourself! Or perhaps try to search for the ORIGINAL autographs (which are nonexistent!

                    You see interpretations are ALREADY INVOLVED even in the attempt to bring the original Greek to English (and to all other languages for that matter). Textual critics will tell you that. Translators are ALREADY interpreting the text they are trying to translate. What you have in your hands as an English Bible is already an INTERPRETED piece of work.

                    Or perhaps abey you are CLAIMING direct divine inspiration to explain the Bible? Is that what you are claiming???!!!

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  51. Sadly, The Bible Society are promoting this in the UK (series begins tomorrow). They are giving away free posters and bookmarks to churches to encourage them to promote the series. I’m posting this article to their facebook page!

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    • Why should that be surprising coming from the Political seat of Freemasonary, Masonry originated from the corruptions of the Messianic temple to form the Masonic temple where the god(s) of their Archibishop become them, attracting all forms of corruptions. For when its Queen unsurps spiritual authority which has been so from the beginning, now declaring sodom to be OK & as the head of a church much contrary to the faith leaning to the pagan beliefs where sodom is to it fullness, it is but to say the works of masonry are being revealed & directly points to its gods figured in the Israeli supreme court which incidentally brought about by none else than the mighty hand of God to that Prophesied “Strong Delusion”- that Golden calf to The LIE of ‘ole “O Israel thy gods that brought thee out of Egypt”. Egypt by its ancient beliefs manifested by these to their concerns & cabals come against the Woman to that Enmity put by God between the serpent & the Woman at Eden & by their seed & so happens that the first seed is the Lamb himself & her remnant seed given in Rev. 12. & there will be only one victor & who can stand against the Lord of hosts which was proved long back but now come in its fulfillment in the final unto his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, against the present Pharaohic system represented by these unsurping Elites. This sort of sums up the truth.

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      • Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger, I abhor freemasonry too!

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        • As long as the track is one & just one , Living not for the sake of Enmity but for ;The Will of the Father be done on earth, to His kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven”, to trust in Christ . For as stated of the manner “Rejoice not that ye are able to trample scorpions & snakes underfoot but rather rejoice that your names be written in heaven”. Even unto His words “Err not, for the Son of Man comes not to condemn but to save”.

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    • Thank you for contending for God’s truth over in the UK Helen. God bless.

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  52. Lee James says:

    Well, I recently finished watching all of this series here in the UK and I’m afraid I have had to “unlike” it. I think the intention behind it was good and I commend the scope and ambition of this project. Certainly the production values are outstanding and it is always good for the emotion of Bible stories to be “brought to life” vividly.

    So at first I was able to excuse the gross inaccuracies, the odd characterisation, the strange omission of critical details, and the complete absence of the Old Testament’s underlying message of repentance, reverence and fear and trembling towards God. It was more about human action and adventure than about God, but I know that these stories have often been presented that way to children so I could overlook that.

    However, by the time we got to the fictional and heretical Jesus, I really found it hard to watch. His words, his doctrine, his message, his character, his race—all very different to the Jesus I know. The Jesus I know is the King of the Jews. He is overflowing with love, joy, peace, hope and grace. He is an amazing man whose divinity can be clearly seen. This “genitle Jesus” however bore no spiritual fruit and seemed dead and barren, just like a regular human being lost in sin. Rather than being an omniscient God, this Jesus was portrayed as a mere human, troubled and burdened, and capable of being taken by surprise. He even called his Father “Lord”! This Jesus was “worldly”. His message was more about “changing the world” than about the coming Kingdom of God, and overcoming sin and death.

    Many Bible events were radically changed, needlessly and inexplicably so. There was also a strange “modern” portrayal of women, with women casually joining in conversation with men and assuming authority. This is, at best, unfaithful to the historical context, and at worst subversive. The overall impression is of a lack of respect for God’s Word and an attempt to “use” the Bible material to make a modern “human” drama, rather than accurately presenting God’s eternal message that we must fear him and humble ourselves to him, and trust in the Lord Jesus.

    Now I say all this with respect to the programme-makers. I might not have spoken so harshly had this series not been so widely acclaimed and well-received, but I express this opinion for the sake balance. There are obviously many positives which I have not felt necessary to mention here.

    But overall I would strongly recommend people do not re-watch this fiction as it is not faithful to scripture and will corrupt people’s minds with untrue doctrine. This is NOT the Bible, it is fiction with biblical content, mixed with heresy. Still, I pray that somehow God will use it to bring people to repentance of their sins and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Love, Lee :)

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  55. That which gathers storm in the name of theology is theosophy the underlying factor of the Biblical “wickeness in an Ephah”

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  56. This was one of the WORST bible series I ever saw! There was absolutely no prayer, bible study, or research done while they were dreaming up this “Sloppy Biblical Drama”. There were two things that really disgusted me when I saw this series and I would like to mention them:

    1. Portraying holy and pure angels that came to save Lot and his family as cowards. Oh, come on! Angels are way more powerful than humans so they wouldn’t be pleading for someone to save them when they are in walking in a very wicked city. And there’s nothing recorded in the Bible that these rescue angels were ninjas. That is totally ridiculous!

    2. Portraying Daniel the Prophet as timid. Believe it or not, in “The Bible” miniseries’ story of Daniel, the strong and devoted young man is reduced to an individual that does not want to rock the boat with King Nebuchadnezzar. He argues with his three friends that they must obey the king’s decree to bow before the Golden Image, but his friends tell him that to do that would be going against God. So at the part when the people are bowing down to the Golden Image and the three friends are fearlessly standing up for God, guess who is also showing homage to the image? Daniel was not timid at all! Plus he wasn’t there when his three friends were tested for their faith. This is so messed up!

    I would compare this epic mini series to the popular Veggie Tales Bible cartoons. Then again maybe the people who made this series also got their inspiration from the talking vegetables’ rendition of the Bible stories.

    Let’s get back to reading and studying the Holy Bible along with prayer. This alternative is way better than this mumbo jumbo garbage!

    May God bless you!

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  57. Xino,
    Someone posted this link on 3/20/13 — you reall should check it out. http://davemosher.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/new-blogs-im-working-on-showing-in-downey-and-burnetts-own-words-that-they-are-not-christians-as-they-claim-but-new-agers/

    Here is just 1 post that illustrates that Roma is peddling New Age beliefs & not biblical teachings:

    “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7: 15-20)

    The fruits of ALL of Downey’s efforts are corrupted by her New Age beliefs, even when she claims to be preaching the gospel.

    Remember that God requires Christians to study His word in order to excercise spiritual discernment. You are not a mature believer if you can’t distinguish between what the world presents as being ‘godly’ & what actually follows God’s teachings.

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  58. Sorry! That was a bible quote — I forgot the post abotu Roma:

    “New Blog #4) “Christian” Roma Downey hosting demonic “Touched by an Angel” marathon on GMC … on Easter Sunday 2013. (When the listing becomes available, I plan to list the episodes of TBAA being shown.) If she were truly born again, Downey would certainly have wisdom, common sense, and biblical discernment. She would realize how irreverent/blasphemous it is to host TBAA on – of all days – a Christian “holy day”. (I oppose Catholicism – I’m trying to come up with a term more appropriate than “holy day”.) Want proof that TBAA has a demonic theme in its 212 episodes? As mentioned above, throughout the series, the “angels” never mention the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a trait of demonic angels, not heavenly angels. Yet even today Downey continues to praise the TBAA episodes, maintaining she and the other “angels” did a wonderful thing by bringing viewers God’s word (small w, I say).

    In a commercial on GMC March 13 and other days in March 2013, Downey says, “Hello, this is Roma Downey encouraging you to gather your family for a very special “Touched by an Angel” marathon [clip inserted of "angel"/New Thought minister Della Reese saying "and that oughtta be good"] – a full day featuring some of my fondest show memories and a collection of episodes that will remind us all what Easter is really about” [clip inserted of "angel" Della Reese saying "miracles happen around you every day", then guest star Valerie Bertinelli responds "Amen"]. Join me for Miracle Sunday.” GMC then makes an announcement: “All day this Easter, leading up to the GMC World Premiere Movie, “The Carpenter’s Miracle” [another occult/New Age show] at 7.” Downey then closes the commercial, quoting GMC’s motto, “Uplifting Entertainment”.

    First of all, does “born again” Christian Roma Downey really believe TBAA – which never mentions our Lord Jesus Christ – reminds of us of what Resurrection Day is really about? (Unless of course Downey is not a born again Christian, but actually a New Ager.) And second, GMC started out as “Gospel Music Channel” – why are they now showing the “non-heavenly angel”/”occultish miracle” genre of TV shows?

    http://davemosher.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/new-blogs-im-working-on-showing-in-downey-and-burnetts-own-words-that-they-are-not-christians-as-they-claim-but-new-agers/

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  59. I’m not going to listen to what man has to say about others, it is judging and a sin!
    I will rather walk and talk to that person personality and judge for myself if they are false prophets.

    the same people you listen to will cause you to lose your salvation.
    “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”
    not by listening to what others have to say about someone without you knowing nothing about them personality.

    when I see good, I will rejoice. You see good and you treat good like evil.
    please look deeper into Fear of God

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  60. Here’s my .02 on the miniseries. I watched entire miniseries with a watchful eye.

    Here’s my take:
    Production – 7/10 –
    Script – 7/10
    Acting 6/5 – 10
    Timeline – 7/10
    Accuracy – 3/10

    I personally found my young children enjoyed the scenes about Daniel and the lions den. My 9 year was intrigued by the temptation of Jesus and his life. So, therefore he enjoyed it at THAT level of which that’s about all they understand at that age.

    I am disappointed with the fact that key parts of the bible are egregiously misinterepreted or just left out.

    – Why did Jesus die for us? I thought they did a very good job describing the last hours of Jesus, but why did he die? What’s the point? Is it just a good story? The idea of sin and the redemption of man was omitted. Jesus didn’t come to ‘change’ the world but to ‘save’ it.

    – The entire day was blacked out from the Sun while Jesus was on the cross. The tomb was not broken. Their was no guard by the tomb. The tomb looked like it was in the middle of no where. The temple was split by a great earthquake and the robe was split (not just fall to the ground).

    – They totally missed on the transformation of Saul to Paul. He was Paul the whole time in the show.. Paul was a well to do Roman citizen. They made him look like a bum off the street. Paul met Jesus in heaven while on the read to Damascus. That’s what transformed him when he saw things he couldn’t even speak about. What happened to Timothy? We only saw Luke…

    -Barely covered revelation and its importance.

    So, are they evil? to me the jury is still out. Did they miss on key points on what the bible is about and show things that were flat out incorrect? Absolutely.

    There are a lot more inaccuracies that others have described, but I guess it’s up to you decide if it’s worth taking in incorrect information. As they say, garbage equals garbage out.

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  61. how is pointing out error in GODS word judging.??? Xino you don’t know– we true believers will not hold anything that doesn’t measure up to the word of God…. are yu a believer or a worldly Christian? Can’t tell from your posts

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  62. ten commandments was better, but still not accurate in some ways, I forget a lot of it just remember it was more accurate that this miniseries.

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  63. The question that is to be asked is, were the “Additions & Omissions” intentional. The answer is “Yes” ’cause the essence of the faith is twisted, again to the very warning of Jesus Christ “Beware of the Leaven of the “Pharisees & the Seducees” which is ” adding & subtracting” to the Truth. Typically freemasonic, the very manifestation of that “Enmity” put by God between the serpent & the Woman at Eden, against the “OM” or ” Ayum”

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  64. Accuracy need be the first take , considering the very name, for the sake of truth. Actually when the script as in this case is leavened, it becomes to another gospel & so makes the take into the negative.

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