3.02.2004

MOVIES - Not So Passionate About Reading

I knew that the average Christian lacks critical analytical skills, but I didn't realize they were unable to read the Bible and truly understand the events therein.

Basically, I'm quite surprised by the number of Christians who have told me that they didn't realize that Christ was tortured. Even though the Bible says that he was tortured. Even though we all know that Jesus "died on the cross." They don't seem to realize that medieval crucifixion was a ceremony that involved torture and humiliation and eventually death.

These Christians have gone to church. They have listened to sermons and songs about the crucifixion of Jesus. And now, they see The Passion and act as if they didn't know anything about it.
Christian: Did you know Jesus was tortured?

Me: Yes, it's in the Bible.

Christian: Yeah, but... he. He was tortured!

Me: Yes, it's in the Bible.

Christian: Yeah, but did you know it was that bad?

Me: Well, Jesus died from it. It must have been pretty bad.

Christian: Yeah, but... but.. you really have to see it to believe it.

Me: Well, show me the real Jesus, the real God, the real Satan, the real Heaven, and the real Hell... And I will believe in them.

Christian: That logic doesn't make sense.

Me: Well, you gotta have faith.

I can only hope that Gibson makes a sequel to this film called The Compassion of The Christ. Maybe then we'd have more Christians speaking about feeding the hungry, assisting the destitute, and practicing reciprocity. It's obvious they have to see this aspect of Jesus' life in gritty detail before it can become part of our national religious discourse.

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