Did "The Bible" Series Help or Hurt Biblical Christianity?

by | Apr 1, 2013 | Best of! | 2 comments

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Last night the final installment of The Bible miniseries appeared on The History Channel.  Now that I have completed viewing it I would like to give you my overall thoughts.
The series was filmed with spectacular imagery.  Obviously the producers spent a lot of money to present a visually appealing movie.  They are to be commended for putting a lot of resources into the project.
Regarding the quality and accuracy of what they produced, many Christians were turned off for a variety of reasons.  Scenes with ninja Angels, sloppiness with issues like Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac and others caused many to just not like the series.  But on the whole was the series a good or bad thing?
God is more than capable of accomplishing His purpose in spite of the weaknesses of man.  And hopefully some people that watched the series will feel led to explore the Bible and Christianity.  My hope and prayer is that they will seek a Bible teaching church where they can learn the complete story of man’s sinful nature and God loving us so much He sent His only begotten Son to provide a way for eternal salvation.  My concern is that some will think just because they watched the series that they now have a sufficient understanding of God and will just go on living like they have.
The series had some very serious flaws.  Mary Magdellen was exalted as one of the apostles—in fact she was presented as the apostle with unshakable faith, even though we know little of her from the Bible after the resurrection of Jesus.  And the movie showed the curtain of the temple being displaced instead of torn in two, which signifies that God removed the barrier separating Himself from man.
But I think most importantly, the movie failed to show the one truth we must come to know about Jesus Christ.  The series portrays him accurately as The Son of God who shows immeasurable love and mercy to the most sinful of men; but it stopped short of presenting His complete nature and character.  Jesus does indeed offer eternal hope to all men through His death and resurrection.  Our true faith in Him gives us the assurance of eternal life with Him.  But with that faith comes a call for true repentance—and a turning away from our sinful nature, leading us to a life of holiness by the power of the Holy Spirit.  When He appeared to John at Patmos in the movie, His message was basically “I will return and usher in a world of peace”.  This again is an incomplete message.  When Jesus returns He comes to judge all men—and sadly the Bible tells us all who rejected Him will be condemned to a real, permanent hell where they will suffer for eternity.
So first He comes as the gentle sacrificial lamb symbolized by Passover.  But when He returns He is hardly gentle—he returns to judge the wicked that have rejected Him.
I sincerely hope many who watched the series will be inspired to actually read the Bible and seek a Bible teaching church.  That hope is tempered with the concern that the series will reinforce the false beliefs of lukewarm Christians who are coming to believe Jesus is all about love and judges no one.  The false belief that on that cross Jesus saved every man from eternal damnation—instead of the fact that Jesus saved every man who confesses Him as savior and Lord.  See, to accept the “savior Jesus” without accepting the “Lord Jesus” is not true Christianity—it is a false Christianity and one where Satan has us right where he wants us:  Thinking we can continue to live in the flesh and still have eternal life.
Is Jesus your savior?  Or is He your Lord and Savior?  That distinction makes all the difference in the world—both this world and the one to come.