Disparity Between Passion of the Christ and the Bible Essay

1498 Words Oct 20th, 2005 6 Pages
"The Passion of the Christ" by Mel Gibson, recounts the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, portraying his arrest, trial, crucifixion and death. One of the most anticipated and popular religious movies in modern society, it therefore becomes susceptible to criticism. Although the film is based upon the stories within the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, there are many exaggerations and non-biblical elements present in the movie. This is not unexpected, since it is a movie, but the vivid detail of the brutality in the movie as well as the Anti-Semitic theme are the most publicly criticized themes and concepts present in the movie. The Passion emphasizes the brutality Jesus endured to give himself for his …show more content…
His first appearance in the film comes when Jesus is in the forest praying to God before the soldiers capture him. He emerges from the woods and says to Jesus, "Do you really believe that one man can bear the full burden of sin…no one man can carry this burden, I tell you. It is far too heavy…saving their souls is too costly." Jesus ignores him though, and continues his prayers. Then, as Jesus lies on the ground, a snake emerges from Satan and crawls towards Jesus. As he stares at Satan, he stands up with a look of resilience and crushes the snake with his foot. Gibson makes the appearance of Satan for an important reason. Satan is testing him and trying to break down his will. Even when facing questions and being told that he cannot succeed, Jesus does not submit, and he shows his determination by crushing the snake. Jesus knows of the task ahead and what is going to happen, and this is a foreshadowing of the strength of his character to know the sacrifice he faces and not back down. As the plot progresses in the movie, the appearance of Satan and the hallucinations of devils become more expressive. Though not in the text of the gospels, the appearance of the devils and Satan increases the drama and tension within the movie. They also help show the line between good and bad. Another scene involving the devils occurs after Judas betrays Jesus and the guards capture him. As Jesus is held prisoner in chains being beaten on his way to face Caiaphas, he is

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