Movie: “Son of God” Observations

The movie ‘Son of God’ hit the theaters this weekend. My wife and I attended the, Saturday three pm, showing with a sparse crowd of movie-goers. That was the first surprise.

Another surprise experience was the appearance of poetic licensing with what Jesus is attributed as saying. Some of what Scripture attributes to Jesus was spoken by others, ie. disciples

The darkness that the bible speaks of coming over the earth is generally believed to have lasted for three hours and immediately before Jesus uttered His fourth saying from the Cross, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.’ It is not presented this way in the movie. The rendering of the temple veil was not clearly presented. {this event is not recorded in John’s Gospel but in Matthew 27]

The depiction of Lazarus being raised from the dead is not accurate to the biblical text. Jesus didn’t go into the tomb. Mary Magdalene went into the tomb of Lazarus which is not depicted in the scriptures. Jesus’ prayer was lifted up and spoken to Mary, etc… [John 11]

Mary Magdalene is shown entering the tomb of Jesus. Not recorded in John’s Gospel [20]

I have been asked about the prominent role given to Mary Magdalene. She is with Jesus throughout the movie. Luke 8:1-3 introduces Mary and states she supported Jesus from that moment on. Some suggest the support was financial. Seldom do we think of Mary at the Last Supper. Scripture tells us she was at the crucifixion and resurrection. You would think she’d be mentioned in scripture regarding the Last Supper.

I suspect part of the reason for Mary Magdalene’s extensive exposure is due to the Catholic background of Roma Downey. This observation is just my own conclusion.

A matter that bothers me is the “movie” called The Son of God may actually be a part of a series from television produced by Roma Downey called, The Bible. If so, then money is spent to see a movie which could be seen for free on television. I am also lead to believe the television version covers more of the details.

However, this may have been a way to get people to view something they may not have watched on television. Sort of like making a movie from a book. This is a common practice

The movie is produced from the disciple John’s account as he reflects on the life of Jesus from his exiled home, the isle of Patmos. Yet there are events depicted which can not be found in the Gospel of John.

The scenes where Jesus seems unaware or surprised by certain events could bother some viewers. These instances in this movie could be explained by attributing them to the humanity of Jesus who removed a portion of His glory and limitlessness when he came to earth as an infant. An additional explanation could include the apparent recognition Jesus shows on His face as if to say the Father was in communion with Jesus.

Here is the question? Should I go see this movie? The only reason I can say ‘yes’ to this question is so you can have a platform to discuss it with a lost person who may venture into the showing and with fellow believers who have questions.

Otherwise, watch it on television. In fact, I plan to watch the television version which is sure to air during the Easter season to compare both productions.

Here’s the second question. How does it compare with Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of Christ? It doesn’t! My opinion. I will say this for the movie ‘Son of God,’ it is in english.

Until next time


About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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One Response to Movie: “Son of God” Observations

  1. W C WAllace says:

    Thank you for your review of the “Son of God” it appears to be like most Holywood Movies. they take away from the Bible to present their account. I watched “The Passion of The Christ” and about 10 minutes into it is realized that I was seeing a Catholic version of what took place before and during the Crucifixion. Such as Mary Magalene rubbing the feet of Jesus as He was on the cross. I don’t believe Roman law and Soldiers would have allowed anyone of approach the person on the cross. Again, thank you for the Bog and other comnments.

    A Friend in Christ
    W. C. Wallace

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