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The distortion of ‘The Passion’

I haven’t seen “The Passion of the Christ” and don’t intend to. By all accounts, this brutally violent depiction of the crucifixion and the suffering of Jesus distorts the meaning of that experience.

The Bible is clear that Jesus submitted to his arrest and subsequent crucifixion. He allowed men to torture and crucify his body to prove to all that love cannot only master hate but even death. The triumph of good is all but ignored in this film.

“Jesus could have withdrawn himself from his enemies. He had power to lay down a human sense of life for his spiritual identity in the likeness of the divine, but he allowed men to attempt the destruction of the mortal body in order that he might furnish the proof of immortal life‚” wrote Mary Baker Eddy in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (see spirituality.com). There is no acknowledgment or praise in this film for such unspeakable love, which is at the heart of the crucifixion.

Its single-minded focus on Jesus’ suffering, without acknowledging his victory in the resurrection and the unsurpassed blessing this proof of immortal life has given to humanity, grossly distorts the experience.

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Rod Savoye

Glenwood Springs


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