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THE BIBLICAL ASPECTS OF THE PASSION
It is the most talked about movie of the year, if not the decade, and it has finally reached theaters. With packed theaters for almost every showing, The Passion of the Christ is setting record figures. Both the director of the film, Mel Gibson, and Vatican officials have said "it is as it was," but there are many parts of the movie that do not show up in the Bible.

Throughout the movie, from the beginning of the movie when Jesus cried out to God to not let him have to go through the crucifixion, to the whipping, a devilish character reappears. He is following Jesus throughout the movie. There is no mention in the Gospels of Satan making an appearance during those final hours.

Also, there is the notion that during the torture scene, the guards tore part of Jesus' beard out. There was no part of this in the movie, even if the torture was excessively gruesome. I believe this is a very important part of the story, and it was left out of this movie that is allegedly "following the Gospels."

Overall, even with the unbiblical parts, The Passion of the Christ is a phenomenal movie. It follows the Gospels more than almost any other movie about Christ. There are the gory, excessively gruesome parts; however, those parts are what truly tell what Jesus endured for us.

As to the question whether or not to bring children, I believe that should be left at discretion of the parent. But as for adults watching it, every adult, religious or not, should at least attempt to view this movie.
- Ashley Nier
March 2004

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