“The Bible” on The History Channel

It was only a matter of time before those felonious revisionists at the History Channel would commit more violence against the Christian story of faith.  Their latest crime against Christianity is the appallingly erroneous and epically mis-titled series “The Bible.”

My intention in this post is not to pick apart the series and catalog its multitudinous errors–that would be a task filling an entire website.  It is rather to show briefly that The History Channel has not lessened its anti-Christian bias in the slightest, and that “The Bible” isn’t worth the time one would waste watching it.  To discerning, bible-literate Christians, it is offensive in its mendacity; to others, it is perilously misleading.

I have caught bits and pieces of the series since it began, and up until recently my timing hadn’t been such that I’ve caught any errors, although I suspect the Old Testament stories have been recounted in a prosaic and neatly emasculated,  politically correct manner.  And I must give a tip of the hat to them for casting an actor to play Satan who looks very similar to our Pretender President, Barack Hussein Obama.  But when they come to the New Testament, the producers must soon face a decision–what will they do about the deity of Jesus Christ?  They can’t dodge it; it is the topic about which the entire New Testament revolves.  It boils down to a simple, either-or proposition: uphold His deity, or deny it.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which path they chose.

Aside from errors concerning the logistics of the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 (the crowd didn’t mob willy-nilly around the Disciples to get their food–Jesus had them sit in groups and the Disciples fed them in an orderly fashion), the scene was little more than somewhat annoying in its amateurish handling of one of the greatest miracles of the New Testament. If there were any tremendous heresies here, I didn’t catch them.  But the storm on the Sea of Galilee and Jesus walking on the water is another matter.

Here it’s not just Peter’s opinion of who Jesus is, or how the fish and bread were distributed to the masses.  No, here we have a clash of faith and good old-fashioned physics.  It’s a good tale, and a well-known one, so it must be included, but there is that nagging issue of Jesus’ deity.  Walking on water–even today the phrase is used to mean perfection, God-like inerrancy.

The whole scene of the storm is well done (in spite of the inclusion of a extra-biblical female in the Disciples’ group). The appearance of Jesus on the water is chillingly ghostlike, making the Disciples’ initial reaction that it was a ghost entirely believable.  Peter’s challenge “if that’s really you Jesus, then have me walk on the water to you” is omitted.  Peter simply steps out of the boat, and for a few miraculous seconds, he stands on the waves. Then he loses his faith at the sight of the storm and sinks. Jesus’ hand shoots into the water, and the scene slows as he says “Oh you of little faith. Why didn’t you trust me?”

And then Peter awakens from his dream, laying on the beach, as dry as a Baptist picnic.

Clever devils you are, History Channel.  It was all a dream.  Jesus didn’t really walk on the water.  Peter just dreamed it because of some nagging psychological self-doubt.  And in your cleverness you have shown your hand–to you the deity of Jesus Christ is just another fable in an old book written millennia  ago by grizzled old misogynists to justify their patristic society.

The Bible (the book, not the sorry mini-series) is the account of the creation, fall, and ultimate redemption of mankind by God in the person of Jesus Christ.  The mini-series prefers to skip over that detail, making their whole endeavor utterly pointless, for Christians anyway.  But their point was never to hold up Christ to the world.  It was to subtly hold up His word to mockery and disdain.  No Christian should watch this production thinking that it has any value other than to demonstrate the world’s hatred of our Savior.

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