The movie "The Son Of God" is currently playing in the theaters and I won't be going. The reason? It's basically a spin-off of the History Channel's "The Bible" series. And if you want to know what I think of those 5 episodes, check out my previous blog posts. Those episodes drove me crazy! And maybe the reason why these posts about the History Channel's TV show have become some of my most popular ones, with hundreds of reads, is because so many feel the same way.
The problem with such movies is that they are "adaptations". An adaptation by definition is "a composition rewritten into a new form." But why rewrite the Bible? A movie that is "based on a true story" is not the true story. And as you start watching, you will begin to see things that make you say, "Wait a minute, that's not how it is in the Bible!"
Go to the movie if you want, but as for me, I wouldn't be able to handle 138 minutes of a movie I know will be based on so much misrepresentations, out of context quotes, over dramatized scenes, and worst of all, inaccuracies.
And if you want to really know what I think............then on my blog site, in the upper left hand corner, there is a search box - just type in "History Channel" and you'll find several blogs on my critiques of "The Bible" TV series. And just to give you a glimpse of what I'm afraid is in the movie, "The Son Of God", below are just a sampling of what drove me crazy in the TV series. And I'm afraid many of these same scenes may be in the movie.
Noah is shown on the ark with a wife and 2 young children, a young boy and a young girl. This may seem insignificant, but the Bible says that Noah, his wife, and his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and their wives were in the ark - eight in all. And they are important figures later on.
Abraham was 100 yrs old when Isaac was born - in the show, Abraham, as well as Sarah, are much younger. His age is significant because it shows without a doubt that the birth of Isaac was miraculous.
The real reason God is so upset with Sodom and Gomorrah - the sexual sins that are so tolerated in today's society - is never revealed (maybe not to offend anyone?).
In the scene involving the baptism of Jesus, they leave out the Holy Spirit coming down on Him, descending like a dove, and there is no mention of God the Father actually talking from heaven. All very significant events.
There are dozens more botched scenes!
Bible believers long to see the Bible promoted, and would love to see the Bible ACCURATELY represented in film. Unfortunately, it usually doesn't happen. However, not all Bible movies are poorly done. There are some really good movies available such as "The Passion Of The Christ". There are other very well done Bible movies, such as "The Gospel of John", starring Christopher Plummer. You can find it on Amazon. The dialogue is entirely scripture, word for word!
So go see "The Son Of God" if you really want to, but don't look for me there. I don't think I could handle it.