“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” — 2 Corinthians 11:3-4
Hollywood is set once again to further blaspheme Christianity and the Lord Jesus Christ as director Paul Verhoeven is set to produce a film that portrays Jesus Christ not as the Son of God but as a moral politican who was the product of Mary being raped by a Roman soldier. The movie, titled “Jesus of Nazareth,” is based on Verhoeven’s own 2010 book of the same name, which presents a pseudo-historical account of Christ’s story that differs greatly from the accounts of Jesus presented in the Bible – and offers yet another attempt by pop culture to attack Christianity and further the spirit of Antichrist into society.
Verhoeven, the director of 90’s blockbusters Robocop, Basic Instinct and Total Recall, bases his own beliefs from being a member of ‘The Jesus Seminar’ an offshoot of the Westar Institute, which describes itself as “a member-supported, non-profit research and educational institute founded in 1986 and dedicated to the advancement of religious literacy.” Westar’s twofold mission is: “to foster collaborative research in religious studies and to communicate the results of the scholarship of religion to a broad, non-specialist public.” (source)
The Jesus Seminar’s main purpose was to reevaluate the Bible and re-examine all of the words and actions of Jesus in the Gospels to determine which “are truly authentic.” What this amounts to is another attempt by a non-Christian organization to attack the credibility of the Bible and the deity of Jesus Christ. According to the Jesus Seminar, their own members get to vote on what they believe to be authentic, probably authentic or inauthentic aspects of the Bible and thus form a ‘consensus.’ In the case of Jesus’ life in the Gospels, they voted that 16% of it was true. As they state on their site: “For those who believe the Bible to be the word of God a 16% historical accuracy rate may seem ridiculously low.”
Verhoeven echoes these sentiments:
“If you look at the man, it’s clear you have a person who was completely innovative in the field of ethics,” Verhoeven has said about his planned film. “My own passion for Jesus came when I started to realize that. It’s not about miracles, it’s about a new set of ethics, an openness towards the world, which was anathema in a Roman-dominated world. I believe he was crucified because they felt that politically, he was a dangerous person whose following was getting bigger and bigger. Jesus’ ideals are about the utopia of human behavior, about how we should treat each other, how we should step into the shoes of our enemy,” he added. (source)
Beginning and End has detailed in many articles that Hollywood and pop culture in general, has sought to blaspheme God and attack the Bible at any chance it can get. This is a key part of Satan’s agenda. The Bible defines the Spirit of Antichrist:
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. — 1 John 2:22-23.
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. – 2 John 1:7
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. — 1 John 4:2-4.
The Antichrist, the satanically-empowered False Messiah who will rule the world in the final years before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, will appear in the future but the “spirit of Antichrist” exists in the world today. And the way to identify this spirit is clear: by someone who specifically denies that Jesus is The Son of God and Messiah, which is precisely what Verhoeven is going out of his way to do in his film. Thus a movie based on an unscholarly group’s “voting process” will once again seek to disparage the name of Jesus Christ. Aside from the Talmud, a book goes out of its way to blaspheme Jesus (and is not in line with Biblical Judaism) there is no historical record of Mary, the mother of Jesus ever being raped. This is a completely baseless assertion from a director with a clear agenda.
Who Did Jesus Say He Was?
There are many people who want to cast Jesus as a good moral teacher, philosopher or spiritual guru. However, Jesus left no room for such ridiculous assertions. Jesus is the prophesied Messiah of the Bible and He affirmed that with His actions and words. This is why Jesus asked His disciples on several occasions, “who do you say I am?” The Gospel Book of John opens with:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made….And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” — John 1:1-3, 14.
The Bible says The Word, a title for Jesus, was with God and “was God” since the beginning, which means before the creation of Heaven and Earth. It also says Jesus is the Creator of all things and became flesh, which took place 2,000 years ago when He took human form and was born into the world.
Even when Jesus lived on the Earth, teaching from the Bible (Jesus quotes from almost all of the books of the Old Testaments in His recorded words in the New Testament), performing supernatural miracles and declaring the Gospel for forgiveness of sins, many people doubted or were confused about who He was. Was He the Messiah? Was He an excellent teacher? Was He just an imposter? But there were some who understood exactly who He was:
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. — Mark 16:13-17.
Notice that when the Disciple Peter answered correctly, Jesus did not hesitate to praise Him and tell Him that He was blessed by God the Father to know this.
If Jesus was such a peace-loving, moral teacher, why did people want to kill Him? Was was He so despised, if His message was just “love each other. Do not judge. Everyone just get alone? Because that was not His message. And He was not a moral teacher. His mission and message was to save souls of humanity by His sacrifice on the cross. To be a payment for the sins that humanity has been committing for millenia. And that payment required a divine sacrifice. And Jesus made it clear He was divine:
Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. — John 10:24:33.
The reason why the enemies of Jesus wanted to kill Him was because He declared that He and God were on in the same.
Verhoeven, has taken over the modern-role of the Pharisees by misunderstanding the statements Jesus made as way to attack Him. In Verhoeven’s book Jesus of Nazareth, he states that Jesus made many “catchy phrases” such as “knock and it shall be opened to you”, “seek and you shall find,” and “ask and ye shall receive.” Verhoeven’s conclusion from this is “What a great idea! You can banish evil by praying, and something better will take its place. Your mind could actually control matter through prayer. Jesus himself said so.” (Jesus of Nazareth, ch. 1 p.1). Thus after 20 years of research, Verhoeven’s studies led him to the wildly incorrect conclusion that Jesus was trying to teach His disciples to have supernatural powers over matter. This is not what Jesus taught at all. Jesus taught His disciples to seek Heaven. To ask for eternal life and to knock on the door that leads to forgiveness for sins. This is why Jesus came to the world.
Verhoeven continues to show his utter ignorance of the Bible by saying: “..the Evangelists tell us that John the Baptist was sent to pave the way for Jesus, though they glossed right over the fact that Jesus tried to usurp his place.” (Jesus of Nazareth, preface, page 3.) John the Baptist, who was indeed sent to declare to the nation of Israel that the Messiah had arrived in advance of Jesus starting His ministry, said of Jesus: ” And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.” — Mark 1:7-8.
John the Baptist not only saw Jesus as the Messiah, he did not even feel worthy to tie Jesus’ shoes. There was no competition between them. Even when John the Baptist’s own disciples told him that Jesus was gaining larger crowds, John replied: “I must decease, and He must increase.”This is the essence of Christianity. It is realizing that we are nothing but sinners who have violated God’s laws and our worthy of His wrath. But thanks to Jesus, God in the flesh, who lived as a perfect man, we can be forgiven based on His work and His sacrifice.
Jesus Declared Himself God
After Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey (something prophesied in the book of Zechariah centuries earlier), He was open as to who He was:
And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?” –Mark 14:60-63
Who Do YOU say Jesus Is?
The Pharisees knew without a doubt that Jesus was proclaiming to be God. His statements made that abundantly clear. So for anyone reading the Bible it is your choice to believe if Jesus is the Son of God or not. But if you choose not to believe that, there is no room to say He was just a “good teacher.” A good moral teacher would not lie and repeatedly claim to be God knowing He was not. A ‘wise scholar’ would not tell His followers many times that He was going to die and be raised from the grave 3 days later. That would make him a liar and insane.
Movies like the Da Vinci Code, the “Lost Tomb of Jesus” hoax and other anti-Christ productions seek to change who the Bible says Jesus is in order to bring people farther from believing in Him. Since they cannot change the truth that Jesus existed, the next best step is to attack the book that explains who He is. Whether it’s saying “Jesus was married and had a child!” or “Jesus was buried and we found his tomb!” or now that “Jesus was not born of a virgin!” pop culture continues to try to distort what the Bible says. This is preaching “a different Jesus.”
As the opening verse showed, the Bible accurately predicted that this would happen and many people, shows, songs and even churches are preaching a different Jesus from the one of Scripture. If you are not a Christian, open your eyes to the fact that you are being purposely bombarded with big-budget messages specifically about Christianity and the Bible to lead you into doubt and rejection of it. The Bible says that Satan will use “any means” to deceive people into believing his version instead of the true Bible. Why? Because he wants all people to worship his “seed” and his false Messiah, the Antichrist, the prophesied false Messiah who the unsaved, God-hating people of the world will accept and believe in one day. Do not be deceived. Believe in the true Jesus of the Bible. He was no mere man. He is the Messiah and He offers eternal life and forgiveness of sins for those who know Him and believe. Jesus said: “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:35-36). As society moves farther from the true Jesus, turn back to Him and get closer. Your eternal destiny depends on it.
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” — Matthew 10:32-33.