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The Chosen

If you have not yet seen this new video series on the life of Jesus Christ I recommend it to you. So far season 1 has been released (8 episodes) and free. It is available on various platforms including YouTube.

It is very engaging though it fills in details of the biblical events depicted. Of course a lot of the filled in details are not found in the Bible but they are totally reasonable within our understanding of the life people lived then.

See also https://studios.vidangel.com/the-chosen/

The next seasons are crowd funded and as a result they will make as many as they are able. It is worth listening to the some of the discussions with the director and actors as it also is inspiring. All are strong believers and want this series to be used to bring in the unsaved.

By John Gideon Hartnett

Dr John G. Hartnett is an Australian physicist and cosmologist, and a Christian with a biblical creationist worldview. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Physics from The University of Western Australia, W.A., Australia. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellow at the University of Adelaide, with rank of Associate Professor. Now he is retired. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.

7 replies on “The Chosen”

Anything that fills in the details I steer clear of nowadays. I am past the stage of justifying any form of blasphemy no matter how small it may seem. Anything other than a literal word for word depiction is off limits for me now. It’s too easy for someone to recall some detail from a movie like this and speak of it as if it were fact and later realize it wasn’t even in the Bible at all, but just artistic license or embellishment or some small detail added. No thank you.

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Tommy, Possibly I did not describe it that well. But most scenes are a depiction of Biblical events. Like any movie you need a script that has actors and roles to play. Having said that there are a few places which are ‘filled in’ for theatrical effect.

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I will add one more thought to help persuade you that adding details of any kind is not good. Would you be OK if we printed a new Bible that included the same exact details that this movie added? If not, why not? What is the difference? I don’t see any difference and if it’s not OK to do it in the Bible itself then it is also not OK to do it in a movie that purports to be from God’s Word.

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No I would not accept any Bible taken verbatim from the movie. But I don’t see that as the same thing. I know this series, like any movie about biblical events, is not part of the canon. But if watching the scenes leads you to think of the scriptural stories depicted then it leads to a closer walk with Christ. I must admit I was a bit skeptical at first but after watching it I did not think it made any claims outside of the limits of the Word we have.

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“No I would not accept any Bible taken verbatim from the movie.”

Consider that the movie might be the only “Bible” some people see. There is no different even though you want to see it as different. A movie is simply a different form of media for conveying God’s Word. If we cannot accept a Bible as depicted in the movie then we should not accept the movie either.

Can such a movie lead people to Christ? I suppose it is certainly a possibility, but that is not an excuse for embellishment or added details. If we want to show God’s Word through the medium of motion pictures then it should be pristine, untouched, unedited.

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I certainly believe the Lord can use it a vehicle to bring salvation. I also appreciate your opinion in this though I don’t agree with your argument. It is not the Bible but is largely an accurate depiction of Bible stories. It would only be a stepping stone to further discovery.

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I will leave this with one last comment. Think about this carefully. What about this being a movie justifies changing, adding, or removing from God’s Word? What scripture supports the idea that there is any circumstance that allows us to change, add, or remove from God’s Word?

If you can find that scripture, please post it for me and I will consider your point of view. Until then, the only movies I will support are those that are word-for-word dramatizations. The Gospel series of movies, for example.

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