By Mike Van Nattan
I did some research on the film and here's what I find:
The film is your normal run-of-the-mill high-class film from a Hollywood type producer. The man who is the director and the "father" of the film is Mel Gibson. He claims Christianity, as of 13 years ago, according to his own confession in this article: http://abcnews.go.com/sections/Primetime/Entertainment/mel_gibson_passion_040216-1.html
At this time he said that he re-examined Christianity and apparently was "converted". Some of the quotes in other articles are very vague about his actual conversion. This might be expected of a newly converted but truly righteous man, but there are many skeletons in this man's closet that support my skepticism.
After a little digging ("in the graveyard"), I found a nice list of some the movies he's been in over the past 10 years... I've giving him a little leeway under the auspices that it took a few years for him to "grab hold" of even a mediocre Christian faith:
Many of these movies are rated R and so is The Passion of Christ due to it's violent content. While what happened on the day of the crucifixion WAS violent, there is no way that this could be portrayed anywhere close to what actually happened according to the gospels. What you see in this movie is vastly fabrication and a little bit of truth.
Remember: Heresy starts with a known truth and adds a necessary fiction.
People also do not realize that the actors who are playing in this drama, including Mel Gibson himself, are playboy / girl animals! In the film What Women Want (2000), I watched a trailer that showed Mel Gibson as Nick Marshall, reading people's minds, participating in and making filthy jokes and cross-dressing as a woman, not to mention other filthy things. This man is an animal, yet evangelicals are falling for him left and right... literally.
Three of the female stars in The Passion are well known porn queens in Europe and have starred in films portraying adults teaching young boys sexual activity and other filthy plots. The woman playing Satan and Mary were included in this.
This article I found show how far evangelicals have gone. They are swarming for this film in unprecedented numbers. Why?
From another article: The film's co-producer, Steve McEveety, who had been showing it to clergy all over Rome, said he had the ultimate "thumbs-up" review � from Pope John Paul II himself. McEveety quoted the pope as saying of the film: "It is as it was." (This quote is now denied by the Vatican despite duplicate sources claiming it's validity)
---Anything from the world that the Pope approves of is very highly suspect in my opinion. Can the pope get anything right?
At first I thought maybe this would be a passing fad, but it has become a major issue now, even more so than the other "Jesus" films that have come out in the past ten years. This one has the crowds weeping as they come out of theaters (emotions with no Bible) and, to a large extent, is turning up a huge following among those in Christendom. I've even been hearing about it from people here in Austin who claim to be "Bible Believing Christians". I'm not impressed.
Why am I not impressed? Go to The Passion of Christ web site (above) and watch the trailers. Listen to the music with the hideous African jungle beat going in the background of the "serious" scenes. From the trailer, there are scenes that do not make any sense in relation to the Bible, and it appears that the producer (Mel Gibson) is taking liberties with what is not mentioned in the gospels and "filling in the gaps" with pure fiction. But of course!
Is this something that evangelicals should be watching? NO! It is wicked because, if nothing else, it portrays a low form of something holy. Anyone who lets their children watch this movie is inviting spiritual disaster into their home. None of this even takes into account the issue of the languages spoken and the text of the Bible that is used (or misused).
Have I watched the film? No. Does this mean I don't know what I'm talking about? You decide the facts. Anyone who thinks that a movie is good which is made by a man as vile and wicked as Mel Gibson needs to re-examine his own faith. Furthermore; one does not need to jump off of a cliff to understand that the results are less than rewarding. The logic that we must see it, and feel the emotion, shed a tear, in order to be allowed to have an opinion is rubbish.
By Mel Gibson's own statement: "If you're going to spend a couple or three years of your life on something, you want to make sure you're going to climb into bed with something you like. So you don't want to do anything lightly, you know," he said. "You have to be driven to do it."
He said this in relation to his newest film "Signs". If you apply this logic to "Braveheart" and more importantly, to "What Women Want", then you must admit that he obviously LIVES his acting ("in bed"). Therefore he must have thought himself so cute when he slipped on that bra and hose.... is this the man you want your children to think highly of-- to teach them about the passion of The Lord Jesus Christ ??
This man, Mel Gibson, falls into this category:
Romans 1:29-32 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
By declaring that this is a good film, people are acknowledging that Mel Gibson is a good man, after all, he created this film. So if Mel Gibson is a good man, then let's all go watch "What Women Want". It must be a good film also......