I don’t sit in front of the TV and watch for the sake of watching. I’m picky about what I give my attention to. Frankly, if it does not interest me, I go on. I’m more interested in a series that shows what it would might be like if some kind of weird virus plaqued the whole world. That would be the Walking Dead. I don’t like it for the gore. But for the writing, the plots, the sub – plots, the characters who each are very unique — not flat — like in a lot of shows. You may know the kind… the kind that come on every Christmas season and the characters are boring, dry and flat. And the plots? They are old, worn and too common. You can more or less guess how it is going to go. No, I don’t spend my time watching/reading anything that can not hold my interest. I just can not sit still long enough for it. Even if they are suppose to be inspirational.
I’ve not watched The Bible series. Some would say, well, then you have no right to judge it. Perhaps, I don’t. However, I can go by what I heard on talk radio the other day endorsing it. Roma Downey was the guest to a Catholic host. She sounded sweet enough, sincere enough, just as the host did. But sweet and sincere does not cut it.
If the show is making people actually crack open their Bibles and turning to the living God, in repentence, then it might be said all is well and good. But, too many times, these kind of things are nothing but fluff and entertainment.
A caller called in and commented how the show was not accurate in some areas. The host — a good practicing Catholic, mind you –immediatedly poo pooed the man and made his comment of little value.
Now, don’t get me completely wrong: I know that it would be and is almost impossible to present The Bible in some kind of movie media and have it perfect. I know that. For one thing, Hollywood is out to sell. Truth rarely sells. No one wants to buy the truth. For the truth always pricks the heart of the hearer. And that, just does not feel good. It is rare to find people who really want the truth.
The following article talks about how weird things happened on the set. As if the events in and of themself actually mean something. Well, guess what? The making of The Exorist brought some weird things too.
What this kind of mindset does is prepare people to be of one mind: Oooooh, did you hear weird things happened with the making of The Bible series? If you dare question such superstition you might be branded as negative, rebellious, and even worse, shock… a blasphemer. So therefore, some people do not even stop to think for themself. They go along to get along.
It also is preparing the way for a mass delusion. I know I keep saying it over and over, but it is the truth. The sheeple mentality is one of following the herd. It rarely thinks on it’s own.
Just as Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ some years ago, began to make big headlines as being the thing to draw people to the Truth, it never happened. The Church made a big mistake: they wanted a movie to do what they either did not want to do or could not do, and that was to be a witness to the Truth. Yeah, yeah, it got people talking. But it didn’t last. There is only One thing that is eternal, and that is the Eternal Word of God. Nothing else will do. If that offends, then so be it. It is still the truth.
So I suspect after all the hoopla, there will be thousands of The Bible DVD’s set to go on sale. People will buy them up and park their families down in front of the TV, and never once opening their Bibles, will use this as the thing that teaches them all they think they need to know about the Word of God. Never once leading them to repentance, never once leading them to the Cross.
Mark Burnett says ‘weird things happened’ on ‘The Bible’ set
Last Sunday, the first installment of History’s five-part miniseries The Bible beat everything on television with a massive 13.1 million viewers, making it cable’s most-watched entertainment telecast this year.
For producer Mark Burnett, who worked on the ten-hour special with wife Roma Downey, the success of The Bible isn’t all that surprising. “It will be, over the next 40 or 50 years, the most watched thing that Roma and I have ever made,” he told EW, quite confidently, back in January.
At the time, Burnett gushed about shooting the series. “I really believe what I’m going to tell you right now,” he said. “The hand of God was on this…. the edit came together perfectly, the actors came together perfectly, it just comes to life.” But Burnett wasn’t just speaking about how well the practicalities of production had gone. “Weird things happened during filming,” he said. “Everybody would look at each other like, “Whoa.”
Here are a few of the “weird things” he was talking about:
A mighty desert wind
“There’s a scene with Jesus and Nicodemus, when Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night. It’s a very still night, not a breath of wind, and we’re on the edge of the Sahara desert in a palm grove in an oasis… Jesus says, ‘The Holy Spirit is like the wind.’ At that moment, a wind, like as if a 747 was taking off, blew his hair, almost blew the set over and sustained for 20 seconds across the desert, and the actors didn’t break — they kept going. And everything stopped. Everyone just looked at everyone like, ‘What just happened?’”
The missing frock
“We had hundreds of craftsmen working [on making costumes], and the most important costume was Jesus’ costume. Every time, at the end of the day, the costume’s got to be taken away to be maintained. So when we were doing the baptism scenes, it’s completely immersed in water. During it, a portion of the costume came away. We shot this in a giant reservoir on the edge of the Sahara desert, so we’re never going to find this again. It’s really bad. Every time you lose something, you’ve got five months ahead, and you can’t replicate these costumes. Four days later, a kid showed up from many, many, many miles away, who had been seeking us through the desert to return this to us. He didn’t know what it was why he should seek us, but he felt he had to return it.”
Cobras at the cross
“We had a snake wrangler every day on the set. I mean, we’ve got a couple hundred people shooting, and we can’t afford to have people getting bitten by snakes. Every day, this guy would find a snake or maybe two snakes, and remove them. On the day of the crucifixion, a lot of people prayed. The cross was a huge thing. They prayed [for safety], ‘Imagine if this cross fell. The actor playing Jesus could be killed or badly injured.’ The snake man came to work that day — he’d gotten there early on the mountain playing Golgotha, and the bag of snakes [he was carrying] was the biggest bag I’d ever seen. He came to my wife and said, ‘Miss Roma, there were 48 snakes.’ He found 48 cobras and vipers hidden within the rocks around the cross.”
Whether or not you believe these were on-set miracles or just mere coincidences, one thing is certain — The Bible’s ratings are , in fact, pretty divine.