The Old, Twisted Story

Posted: March 19, 2013 in Mind Over Matters
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Storytellers always have a perspective, a slant, a certain viewpoint from which to tell their tale. It’s with this in mind that my viewing of the History Channel’s “The Bible” is rife with disappointment. Although I absolutely love viewing the images and stories come to life, I’m afraid these storytellers missed the point. The production value is top quality, but they’re telling the wrong story.

The storytellers in this series tip their hand in what they choose to tell as well as with the tales they omit. Last weeks installment spent an inordinate amount of screen time on Samson, and the most recent episode gave us way too much time on the Babylonian Exile. Specifically disturbing was the telling of the tale through the perspective of Daniel. “The Bible” provided far more material about Daniel than could ever be squeezed from the Holy Writ. (Seriously, the Book of Daniel was not written until 400 years after the Exile. It was also offered as an apocalyptic vision of hope for 2nd Century B.C. Judeans persecuted by the Greek-Seleucid ruler Antiochus Epiphanes). We are shown nothing of King Solomon, the Northern Kingdom of Israel, nor the tremendous importance placed upon the Jerusalem Temple. Wow, astonishing.

We’ve also not gained the true perspective of why the people endured the Exile in the first place. All the biblical prophets agree it is for one reason and one reason only; unfaithfulness. Repeatedly we’re told of empty and meaningless worship, going through the motions, ignoring the poor, the widow and the orphan, and worshiping the pagan gods of their neighbors. Indeed archaeology supports the fact–90% of Israel worshiped pagan deities 90% of the time when the Exile occurred. How did this shows producers miss this? We’re only given the perspective that the enemy is always from the outside, not from within the hearts and minds of the people. Good God, even the angels are decked out in military regalia.

Greatest of all the faux pas of this production is the portrayal of humanity’s standing before God. Both individual and nation, we are led to believe, we receive blessings if only their faith is strong enough. This could not be further from the biblical witness. Time and again, both individual and nation are shown to lack, to be full of flaws, shortcomings and foibles. Yet through it all, God is one who remains faithful, even when the people come up short.

Folks, it’s always best to read this for yourself. I mean the whole thing, not just bits and pieces, but take the biblical narrative as a whole. Without this, you’ll probably get the wrong story.

  1. Jill Gorden says:



  2. Sherry says:

    The whole point of the story being told on a secular channel is to draw the outsiders into the story of & to Christ, not just to please those already on their journey with Christ. Even Jesus did not fit into the Pharisees picture of God-they ultimately judged him as a blasphemer. I think you are doing the same thing…judging something before it is complete in its intended purpose. If you are blessed with the right vision of how God intended this to be done…then you do it. If He led these producers to do it this way, then isn’t it God who will produce the fruits from its distribution to the secular world? Why, as Christians would we label the message as twisted and wrong, if in the end it produces fruit by just planting a ‘seed’?
    What the body of Christ should be concerned with is how God wants to facilitate the watering and nourishing of that seed. It is up to us, as the body to help fill in the blanks by being ambassadors for Christ. If you think you Know, Better Than God what will work in reaching your friend, your fight is Not With how the message is delivered, But With God..


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