(2Ti 4:3) For a time will be when they will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap up teachers to themselves according to their own lusts, tickling the ear. (2Ti 4:4) And they will turn away their ears from the truth and will be turned to myths.
I had planned to blog earlier this week my feelings about the History Channel miniseries on The Bible. However I did respond and comment on Facebook as well as some other blogs. One post I made drew a very lengthy response chiding me for my comments. I’m pasting my comment here along with the response which I briefly responded to on the Facebook page. I am going to respond in more detail here as I feel it is important as my Dad used to say “We need to go back to the old landmark”. In other words we need to go back to a time when scripture was scripture and held its own without being spiritualized, watered down, or doctored up.
My post-“The scary thing about this is for those who watched that do not read or study their Bible. They may think that everything they watched was accurate when it was not. So far this is a very loose and liberal depiction of scripture. Some things were just plain wrong and inaccurate. It started right at the beginning with Noah quoting from Genesis which was written by Moses many years later, then you have God telling Abraham to leave his country and kindred when his name was Abram at this point in scripture God later changes his name to Abraham. You have a lamb replacing isaac for sacrifice instead of a Ram according to scripture. Pharaoh was not swimming when the waters were changed to blood and I could go on. I was hoping that this series would stick to scripture”.
Their Response-Michael, if you were looking for accuracy based on what you physically saw when looking at the Scriptures, then you were focused on the wrong thing. You need to be looking for The Holy Spirit in the Scriptures, who will reveal TRUTH to you. Those things seem wrong or inaccurate if you only do a SURFACE READING of the Bible, but then you will not catch the point of The Holy Scriptures. All Scripture reveals Jesus Christ. Not sure what a surface reading of the Bible is that being said if I’m watching a movie about the Bible it would stand to reason that it accurately reflect what the Bible says. For example, the ram in the thicket being replaced by a lamb in the movie may not be an accurate depiction of physical events, but it is accurate spiritually. This is a typical response from someone who would quote something out of the Bible out of context they just spiritualize it to make it okay. (Gen 22:10) And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. (Gen 22:11) And the Angel of Jehovah called to him from the heavens and said, Abraham! Abraham! And he said, Here am I.
(Gen 22:12) And He said, Do not lay your hand on the lad, nor do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only one, from Me. (Gen 22:13) And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked. And, behold, a ram behind him was entangled in a thicket by its horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. Her– God needed Abraham to receive the agreement that Jesus would die on the cross for all of us. The Holy Lamb of God, who is Jesus, was sacrificed instead of Isaac, Abraham, you, me and everyone in the whole wide world (past, present, and future). The whole point of that passage with Abraham was to show us all that God would later sacrifice His Son, Jesus Christ, instead of all of us! Yes Jesus is The Lamb of God who died for all but if you are telling the Bible story about Abraham and Isaac why not just tell the story as it was written? Her-Again, why couldn’t Noah quote Genesis? First of all, wouldn’t Noah have known first hand
about the creation of the world and the fall of Adam since Adam only died 126 years before Noah was born? Why would Noah have to wait for Moses to tell the story of creation? Why couldn’t his own father Lamech tell him? Lamech, Noah’s father was around when Adam was living and probably heard these stories many times. In fact, Lamech said after Noah was born that “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord has cursed.” (Genesis 5:29 NKJV) How did Lamech know that the ground was cursed? Genesis 3:17-19 wasn’t written until Moses? NO! Lamech experienced it first-hand! He was a part of the Genesis we now know! One reason that I believe we have a written word is because as humans when we tell stories orally we often leave out certain important details. My problem with the scene where we find Noah quoting Genesis is for people who don’t know the Bible would watch the movie and come away with the notion that Noah wrote the book of Genesis which to some may not be a big thing but as you take a little here and add a little there pretty soon you’ll start distorting scripture. Her-As far as the name of Abraham. In the spirit realm, which is unseen, God always called him Abraham, not Abram. God just revealed that proper name to Abram later on(spiritualizing again). (Gen 17:1) And when Abram was ninety-nine years old, Jehovah appeared to Abram and said to him, I am the Almighty God! Walk before Me and be perfect. (Gen 17:2) And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.(Gen 17:3) And Abram fell on his face. And God talked with him, saying,(Gen 17:4) As for Me, behold! My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. (Gen 17:5) Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham. For I have made you a father of many nations. What she failed to realize as well as the movie makers is the significance and importance of God changing Abram to Abraham the name change was done by God because of the covenant that he established with Abraham which was a major moment in Biblical History.
Her- Now, it is true that the movie made it look like Pharaoh was surprised by the water turning into blood when, God had Moses and Aaron warn Pharaoh that the water would be turned to blood and had Aaron place his staff in the water while Aaron was looking, but this is a minute detail. The point is that the water turned to blood. And theatrically, it keeps viewers engaged while getting the point of Scripture.
(Exo 7:19) And Jehovah spoke to Moses, Say to Aaron, Take your rod, and stretch out your hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their canals, and upon their pools, and upon every reservoir of their waters, that they may become blood. And blood shall be throughout all the land of Egypt, both in wooden and in stone vessels. (Exo 7:20) And Moses and Aaron did so, as Jehovah commanded. And he lifted up the rod and struck the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants. And all the waters in the river were turned to blood. I would think that if the movie makers depicted this scene as written it would be awesome and keep viewers engaged.
You need to know that there is a difference between the time based physical realm and the spirit realm. You need to get more acquainted with the way God does things spiritually (spiritualizing again). For example, you are condemning this picture with your words, but there is no law against the way they depicted these minute details because it is birthed out of the fruit of the Spirt. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22, 23 NKJV) (use of scripture out of context has nothing to with what we are discussing) When you watch the next series, ask the Spirit to reveal to you the truth concerning the Scriptures, ask Jesus to manifest as wisdom for you, and you will be blessed and have nothing contrary to say.
Another thing I’ve seen a lot of people post about in regards to the movie is how the angels kicked butt and protected Lot and his family. Actual scripture does not lend itself to this scene also. (Gen 19:12) And the men said to Lot, Have you anyone here besides yourself? Bring your sons-in-law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whatever you have in the city, bring them out of this place. (Gen 19:13) For we will destroy this place because great is the cry of them before the face of Jehovah. And Jehovah has sent us to destroy it. (Gen 19:14) And Lot went out and spoke with his sons-in-law, who married his daughters, and said, Get up and get out of this place, for Jehovah will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked to his sons-in-law. (Gen 19:15) And when the dawn rose up, then the angels hurried Lot, saying, Rise up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city. (Gen 19:16) And he lingered, the angel laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters (Jehovah being merciful to him), and they brought him forth and set him outside the city.
(Deu 12:32) All the things I command you, be careful to do it. You shall not add to it, nor take away from it. (Rev 22:18) For I testify together to everyone who hears the Words of the prophecy of this Book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add on him the plagues that have been written in this Book. (Rev 22:19) And if anyone takes away from the Words of the Book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which have been written in this Book. We can apply both of these verses to the Bible in its entirety we should never tamper with scripture as it is the infallible word of God. I would beg to differ with the lady who responded the makers of the movie might have been better served had they stuck to the script. The Bible is the flawless and as stated infallible word of God. I would hope that pastors and teachers take advantage of the opportunities that will arise because of this miniseries and separate Biblical Fact from Hollywood Fiction.