I saw the movie yeseterday with my kids.
I felt that the movie wasn't like other bible story movies. This one was different.
I am sure that even the non-religious had many feelings and tears from this movie.
For those who are mothers, felt the mother's pain, in seeing her Son suffer and not being able to do something about it.
For those who have freinds, felt the pain of seeing one whom they admired, being tortured in public, and not being able to help.
For those who are not mothers/fathers or who don't have any close friends...felt the pain of the crowd in seeing a man being tortured and killed in front of them, and they had no way of voicing their opinion or helping.
For those who have no compassion for others...whom ever they may be...didn't feel a thing. And don't care less about others.
What I am trying to say is: the movie shows a suffering of a man...his mother's suffering...his followers (friends) suffering...it shows the tortures in the cruel reality of any torture. So, it's impossible for someone to watch it and not feel a thing.
I repeat what I said earlier, that it is in no way anti-semite.
What are we supposed to do? Are we supposed to take out every scene where a Jewish person was being cruel or unfair, and leave only the scenes where others who are not Jewish and were cruel and unfair, in the movie?
That's ridiculous. If there were one or two or a group of Jewish people who were cruel and unfair, than that needs to be included in the movie, along with the others who were cruel and unfair (like the Romans).
The truth is there, not only in this movie, but written in history. So why protray that "all" Jewish are only good? That's not true. All races and religions have bad and good...ALL of them.
In my Christian point of view, the movie reinforced the sacrifice Jesus went through to save us. He 'showed' the ten commandments again...some parts of it, like "love thy enemy", because what glory or sacrifice is in just loving thy friends?
The sacrifice of Our Lady, in seeing all this happen to her son, yet, she remained strong and knew that this needed to happen to fulfill the scriptures. She believed in her Son.
As for it being bloody, yes it was. But it wasn't a bloody movie like Jason or Freddy , where people are hacked and murdered because of psychos.
It was a different 'blood'. It was the blood of a good man, an innocent man, the Messiah (to me, because I am Christian).
And it was a passage of the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, it was history, it was true. Whether people believe in Jesus or not...this really DID happen.
But people today, continue to do that same as the crowd who shouted "crucify him". Because a lot in the crowd didn't even know what He was being accused of, but the fact that someone was going to be tortured and killed in public was a "thrill" for them.
Lots of people today, do the same thing. They talk bad about Jesus, without even knowing who He was. They just shout out in the crowd along with the others.
What did Jesus do, which makes people today, scared to say His name, or to find out more about Him? What did Jesus do, to make some people jump to offending Him today?
Whatever bad things Christian did in the past, or do today, is not Jesus' fault.
The real Christians follow Jesus' teachings the best they can, and they try to do so each time more.
If people are going to use the bad Christians as examples of Christianity, than they are blinding themselves from the truth. Christianity comes from the word "Christ", and it is love and forgiveness.
Those who say they are Christians but don't follow Jesus' teachings, should not be taken as examples of Christianity.
I can understand that the Jewish people today are still waiting for their Messiah and they don't believe that Jesus was the Messiah. But even so...I don't think they are very happy with seeing a man suffer so much cruelty, while this punishment at that time, was reserved for the horrible murderers or thieves. The cruelty of that suffering DOES hit the hearts even of the non-believers. To see innocent blood shed and cry for it, is part of being compassionate.
I am a Christian and I do have Jewish AND Muslim friends. They all agree that it was not fair what happened to Jesus, and they said that if they were in the crowd at that time, they would be in the group which did NOT want Jesus to be condemned. They wouldn't be followers, or maybe they would, but they certaintly would not be shouting to crucify Him.
And they did not think it was anti-semite either.
As we saw, in the movie, 'evil' wanting to destroy good people who want peace, we also see this happening today. Sometimes, they don't even notice, or are not aware, that they are doing this. Just like Judas, who betrayed Jesus, and after he realized that he shouldn't have done that...but he was blind with evil. Today, lots of people are blood thirsty, go with the crowd, and are blind to justice.
All through Jesus' life, He only taught wisdom and goodness. He was against revenge, against unfairness. He took into his group, as friends, a prostitute, a thief, a tax collector...people of all sorts of life...he was not prejudice nor racist.
Maybe that's what bothers people today. He was totally good, a wise and very good man. And people today, some people, have the 'need' to be racist, prejudice, unfair and so forth. And others, just because there are some rules to follow - love they enemy, forgive thy enemy, love and forgive - and other 'rules', they feel they don't have to follow any rules because they want to live by their own rules. So they blame Jesus for this.
But that's why our world is the way it is today...people refuse to follow the simple rules of: respect others AND themselves, forgive, love, give, truth, and most of all...believe in something other than what their desires wish to do....they are selfish and think they don't need anyone, nor any rules.
But as a mother, I cried as I felt the suffering of Mary...I cried as I felt the suffering of the tortures endured...I cried feeling the pain of Jesus' friends not being able to help him not suffer anymore.
But as a Christian, I accepted this as being the fulfilment of the scriptures. And I rejoiced in knowning that Jesus ressurrected and saved us. And each time I thought to myself "if I was there, I would have helped Jesus"...I also remembered that God is Jesus' Father, and loved Him more than we could ever love, and permitted this, because it needed to happen...then, I was thankful to God and to Jesus. And I felt Mary's strength and Faith.
To me, as a Christian, I needed to remember Jesus suffering for us, to look at this world again, and notice that I need to make a difference in my own life and around me.
I noticed that with times changing, we get used to modern values, which are not right at all. There is no respect nor diginity in a lot of things in our world today. And love, in our world today, is very superficial and lacks empathy and compassion and repect.
I believe in God, I know Jesus is the Messiah, and I know that Mary is Our Lady. I have had more than enough proof of that in my life...miracles with my children and with myself. Many times, I felt God's hands guiding me, teaching me...I felt Jesus' love and embrace...I felt the eyes of Our Lady, I felt she was listening and taking the prayers of my children and of mine,to The Father. So...I KNOW God is love and I believe in the Holy Trinity and I KNOW that Our Blessed Mary is listening and helping.
Yes, of course God will listen to us if we pray directly to Him. But to pray to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and ask to take our prayers to the her Holy Son and to Our Father (the Holy Trinity), is an act of humbleness which we do. It's like saying, "I am not worthy to talk to God directly, and I ask that Our Lady take my prayers."
Yes, we are worthy, but if our heart is humble, that means that we are willing to listen, to be generous, to love. Because to be proud, is to say that we don't need anyone, we are the maximum of superiorness...which is not true...we are NOT.
We are loved by God, but many times, we refuse His love, and forget that we are His creation, and that He gave us free will.
What we do with this free will, is up to us.
But to think that we are superior enough not to need God, is a blindenss which leads us to a darness within ourselves because we pushed God aside. God is light, and those who believe know this. Those who don't believe, cannot know this.
Jesus spoke in parables, and only those who have the compassionate heart for themselves and for others, heard his words.
When we see good people suffer, and get up on their feet again, but with a renewed spirit. We understand what is said in the bible, "the good trees, which bear good fruit will be pruned, the bad trees which will yield no fruits will be left unpruned." So those who are willing to live a life of love and forgiveness, will be improved. Those who don't care, and don't want to, will be left for this world, at their own fate.
Abuse of power and self-glory, money greedy and unfairness, are the trees which are left for the world to decide...they might get richer and richer, more and more famous, etc...but in the end, they all have their fall.
For the good trees, wotth the pruning, they will improve spiritually and become undestructible spiritually and are happy inside themselves, even though this world doesn't see them as such, or even though this world is cruel to them...they will still stand up and will become stronger and stronger. There is nothing at all which makes them let go of God's hand.