Son of God Review

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Strongly leaning toward a Biblical world view


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Summary

Kicking off Hollywood’s self-proclaimed “Year of the Bible Movie” is the release of Son of God in theaters nationwide on Friday, February 28, by 20th Century Fox. Produced by Mark Burnett (SurvivorThe VoiceShark TankThe Apprentice) and Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) and fashioned from content previously aired in their hit 2013 The Bible mini-series, Son of God tells the story of Jesus from His humble birth through His teachings, death, resurrection and ascension.

Overall Faith and/or Biblical Relevance

While some may quibble with minor content details related to editorial decisions made by the writers as they compressed the life of Jesus into an epic 138-minute screenplay, Son of God sticks closely to the biblical accounts found in the Gospels. Told from the perspective of the Apostle John from his exile on the island of Patmos, Son of God clearly presents Jesus as the Messiah and appropriately places the story in a very Jewish context under the historic reality of a cruel Roman occupation and the accompanying secular and religious political intrigue culminating in His death by crucifixion. With additional content not found in The Bible mini-series, Son of God s goes full circle through Jesus’ resurrection and ascension and ends on Patmos with His appearance to John as the Alpha and Omega recorded in the Book of Revelation. 

Faith-compatible Depiction of Characters and Character Relationships

As the story of Jesus’ life unfolds in Son of God, the writers remain largely true to the biblical depictions of Mary, His mother, the wise men, the disciples Peter, John, Thomas and Judas, Jewish leaders Caiaphas and Nicodemus, and key Roman authorities such as Pilate. Only in the case of Mary Magdalene do we see a possible over reading of Scripture in which she is portrayed as if she were a disciple in a similar vein to how the Bible speaks of the Twelve. Despite this, each character is depicted in ways that fairly represent the biblical narrative and the central biblical question of exactly who Jesus was is not avoided nor diminished.

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Whether the scenes in Son of God are uplifting and wonderful to behold (as with the teachings and miracles of Jesus) or challenging and difficult to sit through (as with the brutal torture leading up to the trial of Jesus and the agonizing reality of Roman crucifixion), all are treated in a respectful and realistic manner true to the biblical text.  While not as graphic as The Passion of the ChristSon of God does not discount or downplay the horrific sufferings that Jesus endured as the Lamb of God who is sacrificed during the Jewish Passover Feast for the sins of the world. With no hint of theological revisionism, even the complexity of Judas’ betrayal and suicide is handled well and biblically. In the end, Son of God clearly presents the Gospel message of redemption, reconciliation and hope for all who believe in Jesus.


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While the biblical message of Son of God is meant for people of all ages, care and discernment must be taken with younger children who may not be old enough to fully understand the harsh reality and excruciating suffering associated with a Roman crucifixion. Here, the PG-13 rating is appropriate.  


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Entertainment Value

With its spectacular cinematography and high quality production values, cast, musical score and writing, Son of God director Christopher Spencer has raised the bar for biblically themed films. For those who saw The Bible mini-series, Son of God may ring overly familiar and therefore be less engaging. However, as only the third movie focusing on the life of Jesus in the last 50 years, there is enough new content framing the story – and woven throughout – to merit not only supporting the movie in theaters but also taking non-believing friends and family along with you to see it on the big screen. Helpfully, Burnett and Downey have also developed a set of teaching and preaching resources that can be found on the Son of God website and used in home, Bible study, small group or church setting.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Oh the liberties that were taken with God’s precious and perfect words of The Bible. I am astonished that the directors (who aren’t really Christians) would take such liberty. What a shame!
  • Awesome film, people left the theater with tears in their eyes. Me too!
  • First clue that this movie wouldn’t be accurate- Jesus with long hair.
  • Christians are flocking to the movie SON OF GOD, in the U.S., with leading Christians promoting it. And we who oppose it are getting hammered.

    ROMA DOWNEY:

    In the March 2014 First for Women magazine, Downey said, “I think we all have a responsibility to see God in each other. That’s how I’ve raised my children – that no matter whose face they look into, they’re looking into the face of God, who’s in all of us.” Source: First for Women magazine, 03/31/14, pp. 44-45

    Now that means you have to see the face of God in whom Isaiah said this:
    “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” Isaiah 8:20

    Now that means you would have to see the face of God in the Judaizers whom Paul twice eternally damned in Galatians.
    That means you would have to see the face of God in whom Paul called servants of Satan masquerading as servants of righteousness: “No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” 2 Corinthians 11:14-15

    Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

    That means you would have to see the face of God in who the Apostle John said:

    “and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” 1 John 4:3

    That means you would have to see the face of God in whom Jesus called brood of vipers.

    That means you would have to see the face of God in whom Jesus called “depart from me ye wicked and accursed I never knew you.”

    That means you would have to see the face of God in whom Jesus called “Ye are of your father the devil”:

    “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44

    Says Roma states, ‘My kids go to school about a 40-minute drive away. I’m open to the group’s opinion about what we listen to on the way there. On the way back, I get my own selections — books on tape by Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins…My husband says I’m so self-realized I’m practically levitating.’ Tony Robbins walked on fire and Eckart Tolle is a New Age leader who states in his book:

    “Don’t get attached to any one word. You can substitute ‘Christ’ for presence, if that is more meaningful to you. Christ is your God-essence or the Self, as it is sometimes called in the East. The only difference between Christ and presence is that Christ refers to your indwelling divinity regardless of whether you are conscious of it or not, whereas presence means your awakened divinity or God-essence.”
    Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (Novato, CA: Namaste, 1999), p. 104.
  • I agree, Matt.
  • I have not seen the Son of God movie and I do not intend to. After viewing the trailer and seeing Jesus tell one of the future apostles, not that he would make them “Fishers of Men” but “We will change the world”, that pretty much did it for me. I understand there may be some other good parts of the movie but to change those words, which are the specific marching orders Christ gave us as His followers, cast too much doubt on the movie for me to overcome.
    Martin Luther, Martin Luther King, even our Founding Fathers could have told the people following them, “we can change the world”. Our current president has used the whole “Hope and Change” verbiage. “Fishers of men” is what makes us as followers of Christ go knock on doors, invite folks to church, go to 3rd world countries to win souls and in some cases, even risk losing our lives. It is not that we follow someone who said we could “Change the world”.
    I suppose the main problem I have with this movie and the Bible Series that was on TV a few months back is the liberty they take with God’s Word. I understand that sounds “old school” but so be it. Is it possible to make a Biblicaly based movie that closely follows what the Bible says without changing key words or phrases? Yes, I believe you can. Whether or not they do it, well, that is another matter.
  • Frances Louise Wagner is absolutely on target and correct.
  • Mark Burnett and Roma Downy are new-age believers. The actor portraying Jesus is a model and a soap opera star. The movie has been received by some Christians as a Top 40 playlist of Jesus’ life.
  • We viewed the “son of God” today.
    Summary: Biblical, inspiring, true to the bible and the Christian message (as revealed to us).
    Will the cause of Christ be advanced by “Son of God”? You bet.
    God bless the producers,
  • When will people stop portraying the Son of God as a long-haired hippy! Hippies were not around in 30 AD. Jesus was not part of a hippy commune, or a incense-burning vegetarian. These film-makers (as others) know nothing about Him.
  • Maybe you ought to take the time to read a blog that took the person who wrote it only 15 MINUTES to discover that this is NOT a film produced by Christians. Burnett and his wife are NewAge pagans. Downey has even tried to speak to her dead mother, has partnered with John Edwards of “Crossing Over” speaking to the dead. Read here: http://thelasthiker.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/the-son-of-god-movie-is-not-what-we-think-do-you-know-the-voice-of-your-master/

    The problem with going is you EMPOWER those against us. The Hollywood elites that support the homosexual agenda and the like have gotten their money and power from the very people they want to destroy! People need to be mindful of where they spend their entertainment dollars as we agree satan rules Hollywood. That is why I would not go see it, I don’t want to empower them in any way shape or form. If everyone “sees it for themselves” you have empowered Hollywood to make more substantard, un-biblical, unChristian movies, Hollywood is only moved by the bottom line. They saw what happened with Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” and wanted some of the action. Why do you think Russel Crowe is in “Noah” – it is spiritual junk food at best and spiritual arsenic at worst. Real Chrisitan movies like “Courageous” and “Monumental” need to be supported, but stuff like this, you just make sure more unbiblical stuff is out there. Hollywood is an especially, dark, evil and deceptive place that has phonies empowered by the Body’s money to wage war on the Body by promoting homosexuality, by promoting a war against 2nd Amendments rights, It is not for nothing that Stalin said "“If I could control Hollywood, I could rule the world.”

    NEWAGERS hate BIBLE believing Christians. Infact, the enmey is so slick that they already have an explanation as to what happens to us when we are raptured. They are saying that the earth – mother earth was cleansing herself of the evil people and they (us) were taken off the earth so that those left behind can evolve into a new level of universal consciousness! Keep that in mind when you watch anything NewAgers have a hand in. Also, if there was not an empowerment element in spending entertianment dollars, if you could see this thing for free then I would not be so concerned. But Hollywood pours hundreds of millions into an agenda that is not at all friendly to BIBLE believing Christians. You want to show the love of the Lord,yes, but not be used as a tool for your own destruction. Study the big players in Hollywood, liberals, radical homosexuals, progressive, humanist, Communist, socialists, atheists, all of them united with one goal to destroy the real Church. How ironic and sweet for them if you make it easier by financing your own destruction by supporting in mass the very propoganda that is destroying us!

    She is NEWAGE. Look at the fact she gets a degree in SPIRITUAL CONSCIOUSNESS. I know all about New Agers, I was one until I got saved. I bought that Yahshua was a “good and wise teacher” a “way shower” a “master” but that sin was just a life lived backward and behind and “we are god!” I know you could say you were a ‘follower of Jesus Christ" I had Practitioner Training in Sci of Mind, I took Sci of Mind I,II,III. I know she is a deceiver. This was done so smoothly. They filmed this “Son of God” thing at the same time as “The Bible” in the bible they said they had to make certain edits for times sake, they did not edit out the gratuitious, stupid, kung-fo fighting angels …BUT they did not have room in a series called THE BIBLE for a recitation of 10 COMMANDMENTS! Think about that! What Christian would have made a series about the Bible and not had a reference to the 10 COMMANDMENTS. I gave up on that frightful series after Yahshua was baptized by John and there was no Holy Spirit descending as a dove. No these people are deceivers. They got the Bible series over like the article said because those that know the Word just sub-consciously fill in what is not there, but an unbeliever can not do that, they take it at face value. So they had success with “The Bible” and now the church promotes and does the marketing for “Son of God” shot at the same time and they are gloating because “it is a buyout” That is why Yahshua warned us Satan wanted to sift us as wheat and that if the days were not shortened even the very elect would be deceived. I came out of all this darkness most don’t even know they are being led into. By the way this is a perfect example of what Agenda: Grinding America Down is saying: Relentless effort since 1883 regardless of who has been in office to change this culture and country in a way that it can never be changed back again

    Through political correctness and dumbing down causing us to lose our ability to call evil evil and stand against it.

    AGENDA: GRINDING AMERICA DOWN
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