Don’t Get Deceived Like Them

25 04 2013
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Didn’t Christ only have 12 Disciples? Who are those two women with them suppose to be?

“18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22: 18-19

One thing that made Mark Burnett‘s The Bible Series popular all over the world is that He already had a name before he has decided to produce it. Televiewers who loves to watch reality TV shows know his name and his been successful in almost all of the Reality TV series or shows he has produced over the years. So, who in their right mind will reject Mark Burnett’s offer to show any kind of show he is going to produce. That alone gave him an edge over all the others who produced movies with Biblical themes over the past several decades.

One cannot judge the couple’s intention in producing such type of  V series, it would have been better for them to stick on their specialties rather than touch what people in Old timers used to be sacred, The Bible. That is why most of the films during the Golden years strictly follows what was written in the Bible because producers and screenwriters have enough respect to God’s word. It is sad to know that the recently produced TV series has been too humanized and became too secular that it became just an ordinary show in History channel.

It lacks depth and meaning, most of the stories were too shallow and filled with human emotions and the writers own opinions of the scene. I could bare to finish the entire series because aside from it has skipped so many important stories and neglected so many important characters of the Bible, it has been rewritten by mindless morons who does not regard the Bible as God’s Holy word.

I was planning to have an in-depth review from one episode to another but the more I watched it, it seems I am enduring an unbearable pain deep inside of me. it’s like I am eating a rotten food that is difficult to swallow and had to stop watching it for my own good. My family and I were able to finish the Old Testament version of the series in which even my kids who knows most part of the Old Testament keeps saying, “It’s not what it says in the Bible”.

I tried watching the episode were it was already touching our Lord Jesus Christ‘s story, and in the very first part of the story alone. I found several scenes that were way off from the Bible, I don’t want to go into detail of the entire scene but you can see that every scene will leave several doubts and questions in the viewers mind (especially if that viewer is well verse with the Word of God). All we could do is shake our head in disbelief that these so-called best writers blasphemed the Word of God in every aspect adding scenes and words that are not in the Bible and omitting the more important ones.

I tried watching Jesus’ story but didn’t bother finishing it anymore, when I saw several disturbing scenes. One of them is that I have observed that among Jesus disciples there was always a woman with them. Wherever Christ go that woman was there helping and assisting and you can see that her role is actually among the 12 disciples. Indeed, they’ve rewritten the entire Bible just to make sure that it will fit into the allotted time that History Channel allowed them to air.

As one of those who were able to watch the series who made a review in one of the online Christian store, it is not worth collecting but the entire series is good for the trash. It’s full of crap, a kind of crap that most people nowadays would rather accept as long as they will not find it offensive or will not touch the kind of life they live. The kind of Gospel that is acceptable for them, that is why they have re-written every story in the Bible to make it fit to the kind of lifestyle and understand that they have.

What is more disappointing is that even those Religious and Church leaders who are popular the likes or Joel Osteen, Rick Warren and a few more others applaud and recommended this series to churches all around the world. The Bible says in Matthew 24: 24 “24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”  and indeed this TV series will deceive millions without even realizing they’ve been deceived.

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Mark Burnett’s The Skipping Bible Series

24 04 2013

downloadYeah, I know it’s too late to react. I get that but it is only now that I was able to acquire a full copy of Mark Burnett‘s version of The Bible TV Series. I promised once that once I will be able to watch it I will write a review about it, although when the trailer has been showed late March before what the Catholic call as the Holy Week. I was able to watch one of the trailers and I was disappointed at it right away, not because of the CGI, or of the casting but because of some misquotations of the characters of what was written in the Bible.

It’s simple really, if I am the author of a Book and someone will ask to make a film out of it. I would definitely insist that they stick to my Book than make a film out of what I had written. The problem of the Film producers today is that they always perceived that Christian movie goers who love to watch films that are based from the Bible are IDIOTS who cannot determine a film that is entirely written based on their own interpretation or from the one that is  taken from the Word of God.

To be BLUNT and FRANK, Mark Burnett hired writers who are either UNBELIEVERS or has another version of the Bible. Most part of the series was basically an open insult and blatant perversion of what is written in the Bible. They should have titled the series by episode  instead rather than entitling it “The Bible” since they didn’t really follow it religiously and were not true to the spirit of the Book as they say in their Disclaimer.

So, I am going to write a blow by blow review on its episode to guide those who haven’t watched it yet, but for me and my kids the entire series was a big LET DOWN. Why entitled it the Bible when it has skipped so many important characters  and stories, it should have been entitled The Skipping Bible Film.

The 1st episode “The Beginning” covers the Creation and the story of Noah down to Abraham. When it comes to CGI, it was pretty good there is no doubt about it that they’ve indeed hired the best CGI creator in the business. The costumes are too flashy, you will instantly know that the film is intended for TV, it’s not a silver or big screen material. Most of the time you will have that feeling that you are just watching a Play in  a theater, you could tell that the actors are just ACTING OUT their parts.

The series started to be messy right away, after the creation they followed it with the Story of Noah right in the middle of the flood. I may not know what was in their minds when they’ve decided to skip the part where they have to show why there was that big flood in the first place. But right then and there I knew that they have omitted that best part where it explains why God caused that great flood. All that was shown was the murder of Cain to Abel and the following scene relies on the narrator. If I am not familiar with the Bible I will then assume that the reason God caused such a great flood was because of that scene.

After the Great Flood came the story of Abraham (they really have fast tracked the story to conserve time), it started with Abraham’s coming out from the country where he and Lot was staying. Once again, they skipped one important character and story, The Tower of Babel. I guess the writers thought it has no significant and is not that important….

What was disturbing in the series is that it was way OFF from what was written in the Bible. in Genesis 13:1-6 it says that Abram and Lot were rich in flocks, herds and tents. However, in the series, there is no sign that the character of Abram was rich, the actor was rugged looking and looks like an ordinary, poor shepherd and in the series the reason that Abram and Lot’s herdsmen were fighting is that they lack resources and it has been emphasized that they were dying in hunger that is why Lot’s wife persuades Lot to separate from Abram.

After this, Abraham then met three strangers in which one of them resembles the Lord Jesus Christ. After telling him the good news, the two angels left for Sodom and Gomorrah for God  is going to destroy these two cities. Another scene that could be misleading was the conversation between the Lord and Abraham, when the Lord told him that He’s going to destroy the city and Abraham defended it asking several questions which can be read in Genesis 18:23-33. The Lord’s answer after Abraham’s question was “I will not destroy it”, it implies that the Lord knows the number of people who are righteous in that two cities. But in the TV series the Lord’s answer to Abraham was different,When Abraham asked the Lord if there are 50 righteous people in the city will He still destroy them. The Lord replied if “My ANGELS” find fifty righteous people He is not going to destroy it. Let’s back off a little bit and think this line over. Does this line denies one of God’s attributes which is His being an Omnipresent God? The Bible clearly says in Gen. 18:26 in answer to Abraham’s question if there are 50 righteous people in the city. The Lord clearly says in this verse, “If I (in the entire passages you will not find a single passage that He said If my Angels, The Lord always says if I find)” Isn’t it misleading and deny God being an all knowing God?

Another character that caught our attention, even my kids laughed so hard about it was the character of the two Angels and their apparels or their clothes. The Angels looked like occult members in Red Hood what is worse is that they looked like a character in RPG Assassin’s Creed, with their sword and all. What is funny is that after they’ve blinded the people that were after them, they were on their way out of the City one of them did the Jet Li or Donnie Yen kind of thing, swinging his two swords from left to right while flipping in the air. WHAT THE HECK was I watching? I guess the writer was either a fan of the Assassin’s Creed RPG and a lover of Jet Li or Donnie Yen.

The next part of the story that they’ve skipped was when Sarah asked Abraham to send away Hagar . The series showed a part where Abram sent Hagar away but skipped the part where God talked to Hagar while she and Ishmael were in the wilderness (Gen. 21:16-21). I guess this part isn’t that important for the writers as well.

Again, one of the very important part of Abraham’s story that they’ve injected a different twist was the part where Abraham was about to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. In the series, when Abraham was about to struck Isaac with his knife a voice called out his name and when he lifted his eyes on the mountain he saw a man in Red Hood. That’s it..the man just called out his name which is way different from what is written in Gen. 21:11-14. The Angel talked to Abraham..he just didn’t call out his name to stop him from sacrificing his son.

Well, I guess they were running out of time that is why they have to cut it short and skipped the dialogues. After all they were airing in a Paid time and the episodes has to run within the allowed time by the network. There it is, the 1st episode ended with the Creation, the Great Flood and the story of Abraham.

If I will let you guess what would be the 2nd episode be, you’ll assume it would be the story of Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. None of them for they have omitted these three very important stories in their version of the series and they proceeded right into the story of Moses.  That is why I said it would have been better if they a have just entitled it “The Skipping Bible TV Series”.

“5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”  Proverbs 30:5-6  (KJV)