The Beeb And “The Passion”

The Beeb And “The Passion”
Vol: 28 Issue: 22 Thursday, January 22, 2004

The BBC can’t quite leave it alone. They want Mel Gibson’s move, “The Passion” to be controversial, (despite the fact those who have seen it find no controversy) and they can’t resist the temptation to keep stirring the pot.

“Mel Gibson has shown his controversial film about Jesus to a group of 4,500 Christian pastors, predicting the worst of the criticism was yet to come,” says the BBC’s lead paragraph. It makes no mention of any criticisms leveled by the 4,500 pastors. How come? Read on.

The Beeb goes on, “Jewish groups fear The Passion of the Christ will lead to anti-Semitism because of its suggestion that Jews were responsible for the Crucifixion.” Again, no mention of any of those pastors making that charge.

“Gibson has been showing the film to a number of influential religious groups ahead of its US release in February. ‘I anticipate the worst is yet to come. I hope I’m wrong,'” the Beeb quotes Gibson as worrying.

The Beeb goes on to remind its readers, (whom they fear might have forgotten) “The Passion of the Christ has been dogged by controversy since Gibson announced he was to independently make the film.”

Assessment:

Why is it, do you think, that an American movie rates so much attention by the British Broadcasting Corporation? Especially a movie about Christ? The BBC has made no secret of; a) its disdain for all things American, b) its disdain for all things Christian and c) its white-hot hatred for Israel.

Actually, the answer to the question is a), b) AND c).

The Beeb is horrified that America does not automatically condemn everything done by Israel or spend most of its time wringing its hands over the plight of Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians. It is equally horrified that the United States stands alone against the rest of the world in support of the Jewish State.

Thousands of trees have needlessly given their lives to enable the BBC to propagate hatred of the Jewish State, while thousands more trees were converted to paper used to document the BBC’s anti-Israeli bias.

The Beeb’s anti-Israeli bias is so pronounced that Israeli government officials deny access to reporters from the BBC, since they don’t report the situation accurately anyway.

What bothers the BBC is that not enough Christians are buying their contention that the Jews are responsible for the Crucifixion. The BBC column today makes a point of saying; “There have been a number of invitation-only screenings, with media and Jewish groups generally barred from attending.”

Two things spring out of that sentence. The first is that, according to the BBC, not being invited to a screening is the equivalent of being ‘barred from attending.’ The implication is obvious. The film is SO controversial that its creators MUST be trying to hide something.

The fact that it will be released in February to all audiences (including the media and Jews) gets lost in the semantic manipulation.

All that remains is that the media and Jews are ‘barred’ from seeing it early. Note that the Beeb sniffs that those groups are ‘generally’ barred from screening it.

Plenty of media outlets have screened it, as have a number of Jewish groups. Just not the BBC.

According to the BBC, the film will be controversial because it ‘suggests’ that ‘Jews were responsible for the Crucifixion’ — since the BBC hasn’t been invited to see it, how do they know?

If they had assigned an actual Christian to write this piece, it would have read much differently. First, no real Christian would write that an accurate portrayal of the Crucifixion could possibly portray the Jews as responsible for the Crucifixion.

The argument that the Jews were responsible for the Crucifixion is based on two verses in Matthew’s account of the Gospel.

“When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.” (Matthew 27:24-25)

Using those verses as a ‘proof text’ of Jewish culpability reveals a complete ignorance of Christianity and of the Scriptures.

Jesus came to His own first — the Jews. But it was His plan that they would reject Him.

Paul explains, “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.”

Jesus said of the Gentiles, (that would be you and me) “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: (Israel) them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one Shepherd.” (John 10:16)

Had the Jews accepted their Messiah at His First Advent, there would have been no provision for us, since the Millennial Kingdom would have begun right then.

As far as the Jews being responsible, Jesus dismisses that argument before it was ever made in the following two verses: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I LAY DOWN MY LIFE, that I might take it again. NO MAN TAKETH IT from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” (John 10:17-18)

Nobody, not the Jews, not the Romans, (not anyone) could take Jesus’ Life. He makes it clear that only HE had the power to lay it down, just as only HE had the power to take it up again. “NO MAN TAKETH IT FROM ME,” He says.

Jesus Christ Himself absolved those present at the Cross, both Romans and Jews, from responsibility for His Death. As He looked down from the Cross at His tormentors, knowing His plan for you and for me, and knowing it was the only way you and I could come to the Father, Luke records; “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

The BBC doesn’t understand any of this. They only see a chance to slander Israel afresh for what they see as a ‘crime’ against Jesus, rather than recognizing it was a Gift from God. To the lost, the Crucifixion was a crime.

“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:” (Ephesians 4:18)

Jesus was sacrificed as the Perfect Lamb of God, the Perfect substitute for the sins of mankind. To be sacrificed, somebody had to perform it. The Jewish Temple priests conducted the sacrifice of bulls and lambs at the Temple as a temporary covering for sins.

Both the Jews of the Old Covenant and the Gentiles of the New Covenant conducted (together) the Sacrifice of the Perfect Lamb of God, since that Sacrifice was the perfect covering for both.

And since it was His Will, He absolved those who sacrificed Him of that particular sin, and made a way for all men to be absolved of all their sins.

Some of them got it right away. “Now when the centurion, and THEY THAT WERE WITH HIM, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” (Matthew 27:54)

Who was with the centurion? Jews and Gentiles.

The BBC sees an opportunity to slander the Jews, plus an opportunity to drive a wedge between the Americans and the Israelis. It is a shame they don’t get it.

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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