The movie, Son Of God, is a compilation of footage and previously unreleased scenes that were not included in last year's History Channel TV series "The Bible". Hubby and I saw the movie yesterday and while we enjoyed it very much, we could not help but notice the many omissions and errors. Any Christian, student of the Bible or child who had attended Sunday School regularly, should have known better, including creators Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.
While I have no doubt that Downey and Burnett were sincere in their reasons for producing both the TV series and the movie, it is disappointing that they would put out a film with such obvious errors. Surely they know the Bible and if not they could have hired a Biblical scholar to make sure the movie was accurate. Apparently they don't know any better and failed to seek expert advice.
The absence of evil:
The most obvious omission from the movie is the presence of evil, the presence of Satan, the temptation of Jesus by Satan. As many movie reviewers noted (IMBD reviews): 'evil was a completely non-existent theme in this movie about Christ- who came to save us from sin and evil'.
Those who saw the TV series The Bible will remember that Satan did make an appearance. The character looked oddly like President Barack Obama. For political reasons, it seems that Satan was omitted from the movie Son of God. Not just the actor that looked like Obama, but Satan himself, temptation, and evil.
When the disciples ask Jesus how they should pray, he gives them the "Model Prayer", what we call the "Lord's Prayer. In the movie Son of God the final line of the prayer is omitted.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. --Matthew 6:13 (King James Version)
And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one. --Matthew 6:13 (New International Version)
The death and resurrection of Lazarus:
The movie omits the fact that Jesus was informed about Lazarus illness at least two days before Lazarus died, but Jesus did not go to him. Jesus could have spoken one word and Lazarus would have been healed from his disease. But Jesus had something bigger planned as a sign to the people.
By the time Jesus arrived on the scene, Lazarus had been dead for 4 days. This is important. Lazarus was dead, no way anyone could doubt that he was dead.
The movie also fails to tell viewers that “many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.” This is important because in the movie, wrongly, Jesus is depicted as going into the tomb where Lazarus was buried.
However, Jesus stayed outside where the crowd, including Mary and Martha, could see and hear Him. Note the underlined scripture:
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” --John 11:38-44
I could go on the the omissions and errors in the movie Son of God, but you get the idea.
As my hubby noted... If a lost person was sitting in the audience watching the movie Son of God, would he have been convicted? Would a lost person understand from the movie WHY Jesus had to be born a human? Why he had to live a perfect life? Why Jesus had to suffer and die? If not, what is the purpose of the movie?
One reviewer (IMBD Reviews) described Downey and Burnette as New Age believers and said, "It's no surprise that Joel Osteen, K-Love, T.D. Jakes, and Rick Warren gobbled this thing right up." Whether this is true or not, I have no idea. I do know that much of the movie is Biblically incorrect and there is no excuse.
In defense of Downey and Burnette, when confronted about the omissions etc. they said, 'the team worked with over 40 scholars and theologians to craft the script, staying accurate to the biblical meaning of the story'.
Both Downey and Burnett admitted that "Son of God" does not follow the biblical text word for word, as some critics allege. "We're not pastors and we're not qualified to teach," Burnett explained. "What we're qualified to do is make an emotional connection."
Son of God did well at the box office this past weekend, coming in second taking in $26.5 million. People are still flocking to the theaters to see Son of God, which indicates there is a huge audience eager for this type of move, eager for something other than the typical Hollywood offerings.
Let's hope the next similar movie will be more accurate and can be used by God to save lost souls. Having said that, there was a good sized crowd on a Wednesday afternoon in the theater when we saw the movie and several people applauded with approval at the end.
See movie trailer here.