You know, I really don't see what Mel Gibson's father has to do with anything. I disagree with my parents on MANY MANY things. Just because they are my parents doesn't mean that I agree with them or think they are right.
Goldenrose, you are just making an assumption baised on what you have read from others who went into this film with their minds set on finding something wrong. If you bothered to see the movie for yourself instead on going on hear-say, you would be in a better position to talk.
The whole 'his blood is on your hands' speech was edited out.
As I said in a previous post that you obviously didn't bother to read before you went on your tirade, many Jews are shown with compassion for Christ. I'll say it again, the ones with the unflattering potrayal are the Romans. Pilate would rather keep his position in power than to save an innocent man, and the solders are merciless in beating Him, and take joy in His pain. I am part italian, but you don't see me freaking out about that. Why, you ask? Because thats how those people behaved. I don't assume to think that Mel Gibson is passing judgement on a particular race in presenting the truth.
Also, it WAS the reason they presented Christ to the Romans... Jews didn't crucify. It isn't a lie.
About the movie being a 'gorefest'. If you saw the movie you'd see the obvious references to love, and to WHY Christ did this for us. He didn't have to, He gave Himself as a living sacrifice to save us all because he loves us. Personally, I'm glad it was as gory as it was. I think many Christians need a wake up call. This is the price of sin, God loved you that much. We need this in our watered down religion today. This is the real deal. This is real love.
Again, if you bother to see the movie, you may change your mind... then again, I have the feeling that you, like the columnists you have so faithfully read and quoted, will go in dead set on seeing something wrong, so set on it that you create it...
Oh, make me Thine forever
And should I fainting be
Lord, let me never ever
Outlive my love for Thee