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Passion of the Christ: what you didn’t know

WHILE the usual suspects are falling over each other in praise of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, I wonder if they are aware of some of the controversy surrounding this “Jewish Braveheart” .

Firstly, are moviegoers aware that Gibson based his movie primarily upon the visions of two obscure female “mystics” who claimed that they “saw” events that were not in the Bible?

Do they know that Gibson’s father is a Catholic fanatic who denies the holocaust? Gibson himself belongs to a movement of Old Catholics who reject everything that has happened in the Roman Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council and all the Popes that have been elected since.

Asked by the Herald Sun in Australia if Protestants are denied eternal salvation Gibson replied:

“There is no salvation for those outside the church.”

“Put it this way. My wife is a Saint. She’s a much better person than I am. Honestly. She’s like Episcopalian, Church of England. She prays, she believes in God, she knows Jesus, she believes in that stuff. And it’s just not fair if she doesn’t make it (into heaven); she’s better than I am. But that is a pronouncement from the chair. I go with it.”

Gibson’s previous “historical” movies like Braveheart and The Patriot were laughably unhistorical, just adventures with an incredible amount of violence. The violence in The Passion is revolting and pornographic. He’s made a bucket of money… who cares about truth and violence? Gibson said of one early critic of the movie, Frank Rich: “I want to kill him. I want his intestines on a stick… I want to kill his dog.”

His movie has also been accused of being anti-Semitic and of portraying Pontius Pilate as a nice guy. Pilate was so brutal. As Procurator of Judea he had to be recalled to Rome, but Gibson’s Pilate is like an understanding old uncle.

The Jews in The Passion all look like a bunch of twisted, mangy dogs baying for blood (except Jesus of course, he looks respectably European).

Gibson seems to forget that Jesus himself was a practising Jewish rabbi who never said anything about starting a new religion, let alone persecuting his own people for millennia. But my bet is that Gibson has never read the Bible anyway.

Ezekiel 23:20,


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