A passion for The Passion

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Hollie Newton
Mar 19, 2014


50 years ago, 1964: Hill's Gas-A-Rama on Milan Road provided one-stop center for gas, auto services, carry out, groceries and delicatessen. The 9x127 ft. walk-in cooler kept beverages cold. There was even an ice machine that dispensed ice cubes.

25 years ago, 1989: The proposed increase in federal minimum wage would have no effect on Cedar Point's seasonal hiring. The park hoped to hire about 3,200 employees, but was exempt from the minimum-wage restrictions because they were a seasonal employer. 

10 years ago, 2004: "The Passion of the Christ" was the top film for a third straight weekend, taking in $31.7 million and pushing its total beyond a quarter of a billion dollars. Mel Gibson's dramatization of Christ's final hours climbed to $264 million in the U.S. after 19 days.


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There are those on this site who take pleasure in crucifying Jesus afresh and put Him to an open shame.

They crucify Jesus because they love the darkness of the world rather the light that Jesus brings into the world.

Next time He comes, it will not be to willingly lay down His life to bear the sins of fallen man.

From the Grave

That's a long cooler.


yes, yes it is!


Don't you think he would have showed up by now, maybe during the Holocaust? Or maybe during the terrorist attacks on 9/11?

Maybe that wasn't important enough for him to show up?

Nice fairy tale though.


Re: "The Passion of the Christ"

"You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below." (EX 20:4)

Didn't see the movie; read the "book."

Enjoyed Gibson's "Apocalypto."


That is so OLD Testament.


"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." (MT 5:17)

i.e., Jesus was a prophet.


Contango I'm not sure if you're condeming the movie or what but I personally believe that God Himself would be honored by the work that this movie brought about. How many lives were brought to salvation because of it? How many lives were changed by watching the story of His life and death? Like Thinkagain I've never watched it - unfortunately every time I had gotten the movie to watch it, it visibly upset my mom who was suffering from advanced Alzheimer's Disease - but I have seen the movie "The Book of John" which is quite similar and my pastor preached a sermon series using this movie with it. Again I don't believe God would be upset by these films when His Word is being gotten out to people and a seed is being planted in their hearts and minds.


Re: "believe that God Himself would be honored by the work,"

It would appear that the Biblical passage is very clear - no images.

The concept of Jesus is an "avatar," god-incarnate.

In their literature, the Hindus have hundreds of examples of gods coming to Earth in the flesh.

The ancient Greeks have numerous stories of sons and daughters of gods.

Christianity is not unique in this mythological concept.

Coram Deo

I don't worship at the feet of Hollywood. I tend to be a bit of a purist when it comes to films about Jesus. I too read the "Book". I did not go see "The Passion of The Christ" when it was at the theaters nor will I go see Roma Downey's "Son of God" for the same reason. I did see "The Passion of the Christ" via DVD at the behest of a nephew who wanted me to watch it with him to answer any questions he might have. He had quite a few. The brutality of the crucifixion scenes were probably the best representation to date of this barbarous form of Roman execution and the physical aspect of Christ's suffering were gut-wrenching to be sure. Historically the scourging alone was enough to kill a man before he even reached a crucifixion site and yet the visuals in the movie don't completely align (could any movie?) to the Biblical text. In the OT Book of Isaiah 52:14 it says: "Just as many were astonished at you — so was he marred in his appearance, more than any human, and his form beyond that of human semblance." That's not to say these films can't be useful in creating curiosity that might lead them to the Bible, a good thing. I remember when the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" was a big hit. Many in the Christian community thought it was blasphemous and yet conversions to Christ were being reported everywhere and a few years hence came the Jesus Movement (1978) that swept the country. Jesus was much more than a prophet. His claim in John 10:30 "I and the Father are one." is what lead to his death on the Cross.


Re: "John,"

The most apocryphal of the Gospels, written one hundred plus yrs. after the death of Jesus.

Far too much Greek influence in the balance of the NT.


Soon, we have "Noah" coming out. The christan's will flock to see Russell Crowe as "Cap'n of the Big Boat". Yet not once will they question how in the hell a guy could possibly get a hold of a male and female of over 30 million species of life within a 5 mile radius of him. Oh that's right, God told the animals to go get on the boat while he was busy multi-tasking killing every other living creature. Yep, what a nice guy!

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The Hero Zone

If it is taken as entertainment and a story with perhaps a lesson tucked away inside it, it isn't so bad. But Noah wasn't the only one to suffer through the flood. This story parallels with other ancient story/religions especially that of Ziusudra.

"the storm had swept...for seven days and seven nights" — Ziusudra 203
"For seven days and seven nights came the storm" — Atrahasis III,iv, 24
"Six days and seven nights the wind and storm" — Gilgamesh XI, 127
"rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights" — Genesis 7:12

"He offered a sacrifice" — Atrahasis III,v, 31
"And offered a sacrifice" — Gilgamesh XI, 155
"offered burnt offerings on the altar" — Genesis 8:20
"built an altar and sacrificed to the gods" — Berossus.

"The gods smelled the savor" — Atrahasis III,v,34
"The gods smelled the sweet savor" — Gilgamesh XI, 160
"And the Lord smelled the sweet savor..." — Genesis 8:21

It's very fascinating to look into.



I'd go see "Son O' God":


I liked his sidekick "HG." He was a dove with a halo.

Stop It

"Dogma" was the best religious flick, EVER. lol...

Pterocarya frax...

You are going to he!! just for saying it. ;)

Stop It

If that's all it takes...


I've considered buying a "Buddy Christ" dashboard statue, but haven't. :)

Carlin's monologue was the BEST!