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Now I Know Why I Never Saw the Passion Movie

As over 9 million other people did in one week, we purchased the DVD of Mel Gibson's version of The Passion of the Christ with intentions of viewing it some time at home.

It laid un-opened as weeks went by. One day while on the internet searching for some other topic I came across some negative phrases in the searchabout the movie. So I clicked.

You may already know all I am going to share with you. If not. Brace yourself for what I found out.

Mel Gibson's version of the Passion ...

  • 品s a Catholic Training Union film about Jesus' last 12 hours
  • 品s a video version of the 14 scenes (stations)of the cross which Catholics pray around all over the world at Lent
  • 品s a four gospels version of Christ's last 12 hours spoken in Latin, the language of the 16th century Catholic Mass
  • 品s an extra-biblical version of Mary & Christ's crucifixion experiences and how the Catholics portray her in video form

  • 品s Christ's crucifixion thru the eyes of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and a Catholic nun : Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824 She said she witnessed the crucifixion, too)

  • 品s filled with gross distortions of scripture and has minimal value to one who seeks truth.

A Catholic Training Union Movie

"The Passion of The Christ offers an unprecedented cultural opportunity for you to spread, strengthen, and share the Catholic faith with your family and friends. Unlike any other, this movie will inspire hearts and change minds. And it will evoke questions." (

"I don't think they would be well-founded criticisms because all the material in the film comes directly from the Gospel accounts. There's nothing in the film that doesn't come from the Gospel accounts. So, if they're critical of the film, they would be critical of the Gospel." - Archbishop John Foley, President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications, The Vatican

"It is an accurate account of Jesus' real sufferings for the sins of the whole world. This is not a film anyone should miss." - Dr. Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral / Hour of Power

"The film is extremely true to the biblical narrative, to the point of using Aramaic dialogue with English subtitles." - Lincoln E. Steed, associate director of the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Department of the North American Division of SDAs and editor of "Liberty" magazine.

"We all thought it was a magnificent work. There's really nothing like it. It's true to the Bible. The faith we've all had comes alive." - Pat Robertson

Catholicisms 14 Stations of the Cross (stations = scenes)

"Do you really think it is just a coincidence that the "official" start of the Catholic observation of The Stations of the Cross begins on Ash Wednesday and that Mel Gibson "officially" launched The Passion on Ash Wednesday? It is very rare, outside of special days such as holidays, that a movie starts on a Wednesday." <>

"Catholics will find themselves on familiar ground: they, at least, have retained the ritual of praying ''the stations of the cross'' - a Lenten practice that, like Gibson's movie, focuses on the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus." (Woodard, Kenneth L. Woodward. Is this the Jesus you had imagined? February 26, 2004)

"Finally, though, when we get to point where Christ is arrested by the Temple Guard, brought before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, and scourged at the stake, it suddenly becomes absolutely clear what Gibson is doing: He''s illustrating the 14 Stations of the Cross" (Plugged In, Movie Review, The Passion of>

saint? veronica?"Gibson gives the Catholic Church. . . the version they can love. . . This is a literal Passion, with all the major Stations of the Cross covered. It's as literal as the scene in which a woman gives Him a cloth to wipe His face as He's creeping through the streets of Jerusalem dripping blood and flesh. The Veil of Veronica is thus created [Station number 6]. No quibbling here about whether this event, which is not in the Bible, ever happened. In Gibson's film, it's a fact, as real as the blood on Caviezel's face." (Byrnes, Paul. Blood as fact. Sydney Morning Herald. Feb. 26, 2004)

"There is no question Mel Gibson''s The Passion is a subtle (see Genesis 3:1) re-enactment of the Catholic teaching of the "Stations of the Cross. "Here are the 14 Catholic ""Stations of the Cross"". Notice ""stations"" 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9 are not in the Bible. All 14 are unmistakably in Gibson''s The Passion.

  • 1st . Jesus is condemned ....Luke 23:24 2nd. Jesus carries his cross ....John 19:17
  • 3rd. Jesus falls the first time ....NOT IN THE BIBLE
  • 4th. Jesus meets his mother ..... NOT IN THE BIBLE
  • 5th. Simon of Cyrene helps carry the cross ....Mat 27:32
  • 6th. Veronica wipes Jesus'' face ..NOT IN THE BIBLE
  • 7th. Jesus falls a second time .......NOT IN THE BIBLE
  • 8th. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem .....Luke 23:27-31
  • 9th. Jesus falls the third time .....NOT IN THE BIBLE
  • 10th. Jesus is stripped of his garments..... John 19:23
  • 11th. Jesus is nailed to the cross .....Mark 15:24
  • 12th. Jesus dies on the cross .....Mark 15:37
  • 13th. His body is taken down from the cross .....Luke 23:53
  • 14th. His body is laid in the tomb .....Matthew 27:60"
  • (Watkins, Dr. Terry; The Poison in the Passion Movie;

    Anne C. Emmerich's Additions to Holy Scripture

    Catherine EmmerichListen to Her version of Christ's last 12 hour experiences.

    "He [Gibson] also recounted a series of divine coincidences that led him to read the works of Anne Catherine Emmerich, a late-18th, early-19th-century Westphalian nun who had visions of the events of The Passion. Many of the details needed to fill out the Gospel accounts he drew from her book, Dolorous Passion of Our Lord." (Mel, Mary, and Mothers, Christanity Today, March'04)

    snake in garden"Gibson's movie begins in the garden of Gethsemane, with the disciples sleeping as Jesus prays for guidance and stomps on a snake that tempts him to avoid his destiny. There are other horrors: a screeching creature that resembles a berserk monkey, demonic children who might have wandered in from "The Exorcist," a bird that plucks out the eyes of crucified men, the gargoyle-like members of King Herod''s court,. " (Hartl, John. Gibson's 'Passion' is bloody empty. MSNBC)">

    A snake slithers from her robe [Satan} toward the man [Jesus] who, for the first time, has diverted his eyes to this enemy. Suddenly, and without warning his foot comes down, crushing the serpent''s head. (Warren, Lindy. Witness to The Passion. Outreach Magazine)

    mopping up blood"When Jesus fell down at the foot of the pillar, after the flagellation, I saw Claudia Procles, the wife of Pilate, send some large pieces of linen to the Mother of God. I know not whether she thought that Jesus would be set free, and that his Mother would then require linen to dress his wounds, or whether this compassionate lady was aware of the use which would be made of her present. I soon after saw Mary and Magdalen approach the pillar where Jesus had been scourged; they knelt down on the ground near the pillar, and wiped up the sacred blood with the linen which Claudia Procles had sent".
    (Emmerich, Anne Catherine. The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. North Bay Books:El Sobrante, 2003 pp. 137-138)

    "He fell on his face, overwhelmed with unspeakable sorrow,. . . But Satan, who was enthroned amid all these horrors, and even filled with diabolical joy at the sight of them, let loose his fury against Jesus, and displayed before the eyes of his soul increasingly awful visions, at the same time addressing his adorable humanity in words such as these: ''Takest thou even this sin upon thyself? Art thou willing to bear its penalty? Art thou prepared to satisfy for all these sins?"
    (Emmerich, Anne Catherine. The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. North Bay Books:El Sobrante, 2003 p. 45)

    All of these movie incidents came from her. Not Scripture.

    Who is Anne Catherine Emmerich that she is brought to the same level as the 12 Apostles and allowed to write scripture for public consumption?

    She was a nun of the Augustinian Order born in Germany born on September 8, 1774. She had supernatural visions. By the age of four she had visits from her guardian angel. She practiced occult levitation (floating in air), and occult astral projection (traveled backwards in time).

    She said she visited Marie Antoinette, queen of France, in prison and witnessed the execution of King Louis XVI. She said she visited Purgatory and witnessed the crucifixion of Christ which she recorded in her book, The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Sources said it was medically verified that at times, especially on Fridays, Anne would bleed from the same places Jesus did. Stigmata. Bleeding from the feet, hands, head, and side.

    Anne Catherine's Contributions Used in the Movie

    • Satan Torments Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
    • Mary Wakes Up Sensing Jesus' Arrest
    • Soldiers throw Jesus off a bridge
    • Peter ran to Mary after denying Jesus, calling her Mother
    • Satan's demons torment Judas thru children
    • Jesus' gross head to toe scourging was as she saw it, with Mary
    • Pilate's wife gives linens to Mary to wipe blood
    • Mary and Mary Magdalene use the linen to wipe us Jesus' blood
    • Jesus fell at the 3rd, 7th, and 9th station (scene) of the cross
    • Mary met Jesus on the way to Golgotha. He said Mother!
    • A woman named Seraphia (Veronica) wipes Jesus' face
    • (6th station of the cross)
    • Mary begs to die with Jesus....Let me die with you
    • Piercing of Jesus' side splatters blood all over Roman soldier
    • Jesus' body is lowered into the arms of Mary;.. the Pieta pose.

    The Catholic Mass

    "The goal of the movie is to shake modern audiences by brashly juxtaposing the ''sacrifice of the cross with the sacrifice of the altar [Holy Eucharist] - which is the same thing,"
    (Mel Gibson, Eternal Word Television Network)

    "It is crucial to realize that the images and language at the heart of ''The Passion of the Christ'' flow directly out of Gibson's personal dedication to Catholicism in one of its most traditional and mysterious forms - the 16th-century Latin Mass." (Mattingly,Terry.The Passion of Mel Gibson)

    "The juxtaposition of the wounded and bleeding body of Christ on the cross with scenes of the Last Supper compellingly underscores how the Eucharist is truly the body and blood of Christ."
    (United States Conference of Bishops. The Passion of the Christ)

    It's Mariology

    "I've been actually amazed at the way I would say the evangelical audience has----hands down----responded to this film more than any other Christian group." What makes it so amazing, he says, is that "the film is so Marian [the Roman Catholic worship of Mary]."
    (Mel, Mary, and Mothers, Christianity Today, March 2004)

    "I ask Mary to guide me and my career. . . This film is something that I believe was made by Mary for her Son. Because it was made by her, it will be attacked by the enemy."
    (Interview with Jim Caviezel)

    John Debney, film's composer on Mary's influence: "I felt from the very start that the key focus of the film and the music wasultimately the experience of Mary, Jesus' mother. Through her eyes we see world-changing events unfold. Finding "Mary's Lullaby," her thematic thread, was crucial. I believe that Mary had a hand in giving me her theme. I was rather stuck, yet through prayer, I came upon what is Mary's theme in the film. The flashback when Mary remembers Jesus falling down as a child is particularly powerful for me. The other [standout moment] might be the actual nailing to the cross." - John Debney interview with Mikael Carlsson

    "'Finally, I just prayed to Mary, out of desperation,' says Debney. 'And she answered with a lullaby that just appeared in my head complete with lyrics: 'Don't cry my little one, if you should fall, I will cradle you.' When we first put the music to the scene, both Mel and I were crying. He asked me where it came from, and I told him, from her.'" - John Debney quoted in Detroit Free Press, 2/17/2004

    "The intense Mariology in the film has gone largely unremarked upon, perhaps because evangelical defenders and liberal critics don't like it or (more likely) because they don't get it. But the Virgin Mary appears in virtually every scene in the movie, and in keeping with traditional Catholic theology, we witness the horrors not so much through our own eyes as through the mediation of hers... There are centuries of Catholic devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary packed into this scene, this movie" - Stephen Prothero is the chairman of the Department of Religion at Boston University and is the author of American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon.

    "After Evangelicals see this movie they will understand why Catholics have been kneeling in front of the crucifix (Jesus on the Cross) for 1700 years. They will also understand why we love Mary so much and how she suffered." - David MacDonald, Catholic singer

    Why Seek the Living Among the Dead

    During a TBN special March 08, 2004 of the movie set, the hollywood Jesus actor, James Caviezel stops while practicing his lines and turns to the camera and says; "Why do you look for the living among the dead?"

    Truly, why are Christians and evangelicals and Bible believing folk so caught up in a film which is so filled with non-truths? Why are believers by the millions sitting in theaters and purchasing DVD's? They are seeking the living Christ among a spiritually dead hollywood production.

    It appears that Caviezel is now in the same league with the Caaiphas who spoke prophetically of Christ's death in the gospel.

    The New York Times stated it is a "puzzle" that Protestants are championing this Roman Catholic version of the death of Christ.

    When one considers that the Mother of Harlots has daughters who have never strayed very far from their mother, then we are less puzzled than most.

    Why are Protestant believers lying aside truth for a video version of Christ's life that has so many attachments to the spiritual darkness? The daughters are coming home to Mother. They really do have more in common with their spiritual than they realized.

    Summary of Catholic Indocrinations

    • Jesus never said, "Let this chalice pass from me." He said cup. Chalice is the Catholic name of the Eucharist / Mass wine cup.
    • The flash-back from a Christ on the cross scene to the last supper scene reminds catholics that the Eucharist / Mass is truly the body and blood of Christ.
    • Jesus' brutal head to toe scourging (as nothing you've ever seen) was Anne Catherine Emmerich's version in Dolorous.
    • Satan portrayed as a woman
    • Jesus never cries, "It is Finished". Thus, he can be offered afresh every week during the Mass.
    • Changing the truths of Scripture is not considered as such; as long as we agree that we have not changed the truth.
    • Mary was co-redemptrix with Christ
    • A nuns vision can become the word of God
    • 14 stations of the cross are now embedded in our mind
    • Emmerich's additions have been accepted as fact.
    • Adding to the Word of God is okay for certain people

    If you have seen the movie, you have now embedded in your mind its images, subscripts, and relentless musical theme. You will be unable to read Scripture or hear preaching again without the recalling of false images of the false hollywood Christ, said one.

    What should I do Brother Hyde? Ask God to cleanse your mind by the washing of the water by the word.

    Ask God to forgive you for allowing so much distortion of truth in the name of hollywood. Remember, a Christ movie is not on the same level as any other historical figure. Distortion of a western hero's exploits does not attack your basic faith in God and value of biblical truth as perversions of new testament scripture. Jesus Christ is Truth. Wyatt Earp is not! Different impacts.

    The Passion touched your flesh and your emotions as any display of gross violence will. No matter the individual being violated.

    Your emotions had a wonderful time. But, your will was left untouched.

    Viewing a Roman Catholic movie, applauded by the world and the christian community, produced by a non-born again movie star can never take the place of, nor super-cede the work of the Holy Spirit through an anointed preacher of the gospel. If so lets put our Bibles away and head for the local christian video aisle.

    Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Not by video productions of actors who are merely playing a part.

    Isaiah; truth has fallen in the streets. But who cares. Do you??

    A.W. Tozer said it well.

    "Be it remembered, the instrument God used to bring the Church out of the darkness was not drama; it was the biblical one of Spirit-baptized preaching. Serious minded men thundered the truth and the people turned to God. Indeed, history will show that no spiritual advance, no revival, no upsurge of spiritual life has ever been associated with acting in any form. The Holy Spirit never honors pretense."

    Now I know why I never felt in my spirit to watch the Passion Movie. Yes, we had a copy. It is now in the county landfill.

    Now it's time for your decision??

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