The Bible is our authoritative source. But as my friend Pastor Mark once said, it tells you everything you need to know, but not everything that you might want to know.
A bit of controversy seems to be clustering around The Chosen, the latest filmed treatment of the Gospel. Patty and I have watched all the episodes so far and are waiting for the next season to be ready. We really like it; but some don’t. (See Laura’s comment on yesterday’s post, “Are They Gunning for ‘The Chosen’?”)
We’ve seen any number of Bible movies in our time. Not one of them ever attempted to depict the Transfiguration. Rumor is that it’ll be left out of The Chosen because the producer et al think it’s “not important.” I consider that a ridiculous position to take; but let’s just wait and see what they actually do.
Rumors, rumors! Mormon money flowing in. Half the cast cheering for “Pride.” Theological inaccuracies inserted on purpose. I can’t help wondering if it’s the Loving Left trying to smear The Chosen and alienating its Christian audience.
Anyhow, “Bible movies”–you can’t make one without leaving some things out and putting in other things that aren’t in the Bible. You have an hour and a half to fill. You have enormous expenses to justify. Your audience will have certain expectations which you will have to meet. And so on. Making a movie is not a religious exercise: although the end product might rekindle someone’s faith or get him started toward the light, if it’s the Holy Spirit’s pleasure to do so.
We have to be careful of how we use our imaginations when dealing with holy things; but we really can’t help using them, can we? The Bible tells us Jesus walked on water. Can you help trying to imagine that?
Another thing about a movie, a painting, a novel, or a sculpture–nothing created by any human hands will ever please everybody.