Thursday, April 17, 2014

Son of God

     Last night, I joined my host family for a late night trip to the movies. And when I say late night, I mean the movie started at 10:50pm! I love Mexican night life! :)

     We decided to see The Son of God.

 Official Trailer

     Now, after seeing Noah, I was very interested to see how this version of Christ would pan out. While it certainly was not as bad as Noah, I must admit I am still disappointed.

But first some good points!!

      I loved the development of the disciples.

      John tells the story as he recollects it from exile, so we get to see more from the view of the followers. Generally, they tend to fade into the background as we focus on the teachings and trials of Jesus, but in this film, Christopher Spencer did an amazing job with the doubts and relationships and emotions that they experienced. Though I have to admit, I chuckled at how sinister Judas appeared. I could immediately tell which one he was from his pointed features, sharp black facial hair and red wrap.

     But his character was excellent! Well developed and complicated! Plenty of well played emotion and contradiction. I actually felt sorry for him by the end.

     I also loved the development of the other characters. We see more of Pontius Pilate and his wife and more of the Pharisees. We often forget the intense politics battling in the background, but here we get a strong reminder of the pressure and fear that drove the Pharisees to persecute Jesus so unrelentingly.

     Ok, now that being said, I have other comments. 

     The two characters out of the whole movie that I didn't like were Mary (the mother) and Jesus! 

     Mary (played by Touched by an Angel legend, Roma Downey), while in herself was a likeable character, too much embodied the image of the Holy Virgin rather than the human mother of Jesus. 

      Honestly, I don't think it has anything to do with the actual character of Mary as it does with the portrayal of her. I didn't find her a believable character. The hair was never out of place, no dirt, she even cried perfectly. With a little more development, she would have been a great asset to the plot, but all I saw was a watered down, possibly divine-but we don't want to step on toes- kind of Mary.

     Now on to Jesus. Diogo Morgado played Jesus and certainly gave an emotional portrayal. I liked the pain you could see as he neared the crucifixion. We often forget that Jesus was both God and man. He felt the panic of the coming excruciating pain. Morgado nailed that part. However, he played it safe with the traditional image of Jesus. I am very picky when it comes to movie versions of Christ and I hate how so often he is shown as a soft spoken, meek and mild hippie. And that is exactly what happened here. The character used his eyes a great deal, which on a dramatic note is great, but it left me with a disconnected feeling. Again, I found the character watered down.

 Now to Biblical inaccuracies. I am a bit surprised that for all of the work that went into keeping the film accurate, that so many blatant inaccuracies remain!

"It was a slow-moving process because we came up with our early draft and sent it out to a group of about 40 people we'd assembled," Downey told Fast Company. "The script came back with notes and adjustments, because of course we were dealing with sacred scripture, so we wanted to make sure we were accurate. Or in the places where we needed to link stories together, we wanted to make sure we told those stories always in fairness to the text. So we made adjustments. Sent it back out. We got more adjustments, and so on."- 

(Plugged In Online/

     Now I am open to some general interpretation. The Bible does not always give us exact facial expressions and dialogue. That being said when the Bible does give exact details, for pity's sake, follow it! Those events happened as they did for a reason!

     For example, in the case of Lazarus. Here is what the Bible says about it in John 11:

Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.[d] And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

I call that fairly specific, wouldn't you? Here is what the movie did:

1. Lazarus has 1 sister, Martha, not two (missing Mary)
2. His tomb is a cave (good!) and is closed by a pile of stones, rather than one large one
3. Jesus did not pray so no glory is given to God
4. Rather than calling out for Lazarus in the presence of everyone (to disprove any trickery), this Jesus enters the tomb for the miracle
5. Lazarus is not wrapped in anything
6. Jesus leans down and kisses Lazarus' forehead to raise him rather than calling to him

     Outside of the fact that Lazarus is dead and Jesus raises him, none of this scene is Biblical!!! I mean honestly! There are no other gospel interpretations of this event, so it is not as if they are trying to combine accounts! Why did they change this powerful scene? I have no idea.

     I could go on and on about the misrepresentation of events in this film, but it would take too long. I do, however, want to wrap up with this thought:

     The Word of God is very, very specific in its details. Everything from materials to the measurements to the head counts are given on a regular basis. But why do these details matter? Why does it matter that Jesus called to Lazarus rather than walking inside the tomb and touching him? Why does it matter that the head cloth in Jesus' tomb was folded neatly? Why is it important that Jesus' clothing wasn't ripped at his crucifixion? Or that not one bone was broken as he hung on the cross? Because even these little details demonstrate the great power and character of Christ. These details leave the events with undeniable evidence that Jesus was (and is) whom He said He was. 

     If you want to see Son of God, go for it. It is certainly not the worst Biblical film I have seen (for that winner check out my previous post about Noah). But I do recommend that you go in understanding the differences between what the Bible says and how the movie portrays the scenes.

     If you want to see an excellent rendition of the Jesus story, I recommend The Visual Bible- the Gospel According to John. Not only are the details according to scripture (and I mean serious details!), but the book of John is read (by Christopher Plummer- Bonus points!) along with the movie.

The Gospel According to John

     Watch both and tell me which one (or another) you like the best and why!

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 Until Next Time, 

~Dios les Bendiga~



Monday, April 14, 2014

Start the Week Off Right!

Top of the Morning to You, My Readers!

I hope you had a wonderful Palm Sunday! Our children did a lovely song for the congregation! They are too cute! I praise God for their joy in learning the Gospel!

Good Morning! - Singing in the Rain

Pompous Perception- Jostie Flicks

River Flows in You- Lindsey Stirling

This is the Stuff- Francesca Battistelli

Courageous- Casting Crowns

What Happy Is- Jostie Flicks


Until Next Time!

~Dios los Bendiga~


Friday, April 11, 2014

Fun, Wacky and Fabulous Fridays!

Happy Friday, ya'll!

I am extra excited today because here in Mexico we get two weeks off for Holy Week! WHEE!!! I can't wait!

Here is some random fun to get your weekend started!

1. In 2 Kings, 42 youths were mauled to death by two female bears after having mocked Elisha. What were the youths teasing Elisha about?  

His baldness. Elisha, although a very wise prophet, suffered from male pattern baldness. Whilst leaving the city of Bethel, some children from the city came up to him and started mocking his baldness. Annoyed, Elisha turned around and cursed them in the name of the Lord. At this point, two female bears appeared from the woods and mauled 42 of the children to death. An account of this can be found in 2 Kings 2:23-25. The lesson learnt? Always be nice to bald people!

2. In 1950 the little cub that was to become the National Fire Safety symbol Smokey the Bear was found trapped in a tree when his home in Lincoln National Forest was destroyed by fire. In 1963, in Smokey's honor, the New Mexican legislature chose the black bear to be the official state animal.

3. The Malaysian government decided to solve their disease-carrying mosquito problem by spraying the infested areas with DDT.? This worked, but the cockroaches then devoured the dead mosquitos.? This was followed by the region's gecko lizards consuming the roaches. The geckos did not die from the residual poison (surprisingly), but their central nervous systems were greatly affected, causing the lizards to slow down. Moving up the food chain, the cats ate the slow-moving lizards and started to die off in large quantities. Of course, fewer cats means more rats, and the country's rat population soared. As a result, the World Health Organization was forced to step in and ban the DDT. In an effort to restore the ecological balance, they flew in planeloads of cats to kill the rats.

(Source: The Best, Worst, & Most Unusual by Bruce Felton and Mark Fowler, 1994, p. 180, Galahad Books)


Horrible Histories

5.  Understanding Engineers

    To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

6. Want to show off you Biblical knowledge to others around the world? Go to this website!

7. The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry.

8. Jeopardy Quiz!


Uncle Tom's Cabin


Ask Tommy and Eddie

10. What is my favorite color??

 HINT: Check out the last post!

Enjoy the weekend!

~Dios les Bendiga~