Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Mini-series, The Bible

All scripture references are take from the King James Version of the Bible.

It was interesting to me to note on the web site www.newsmax.com this morning an article about the History Channel's new mini-series called The Bible. (It showed a picture in the heading that in our day might be seen as pornography) As I read the article, they made the following statement and I quote, 
  "We believe our Bible series has the potential to reach not only those who already go to church but could         
     reach a whole new generation of people who have never been to church,” Burnett said in a video posted    
    on YouTube. “People that may never have read the Bible will get to see those Bible stories in this series.” 
You can read the latest breaking news on this subject at newsmax.com.  They are a fairly conservative news outlet, (the Link is shown below).

I remember not too long after I turned to Lord Jesus that someone asked me if I had seen the movie "The Ten Commandments." I remember responding (perhaps with a little of my tongue in my cheek) that I had not, but I had read the book and the book was better. That Book of course was (and is) the Bible.Thus as I read the above quote from the article, I wondered how many people would watch the mini-series on TV but would never read the Book called The Bible. 

Let me state some of what God has said about the Bible (in the Bible of course). In Psalm 33:4 the Bible says, "For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth." (From some of the reviews I read on the internet, the first installment of the mini-series on the Bible is not very accurate). If we truly believe that statement, "...the word of the LORD is right;" and if we will use the Word of God to guide our lives, Oh what a change will take place in us. The Bible (that is the written word) says in Psalm 119:9, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word." 

In reading the entire article (I don't want to fault anyone's motives) it said the mini-series cost around $22 million to produce. The article discussed the amount of return of other (programs) series and I suppose they are not thinking altogether altruistically when they wonder how much profit they will realize on this production. Ah but that is a Hollywood type production after all.

You might say to me, what about Paul's statement in 1st Corinthians 9:19-23 where he said, "...I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." Well, for me, I will not go into a bar, sit down and have a drink to be able to preach the gospel to those in the bar. There is another passage of scripture written by Paul found in 2nd. Corinthians 6:14-18 where God, speaking through Paul said, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." And Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians 10:21-23, that we cannot drink the cup of devils and drink the cup of the lord. "...ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." No, there are some things and some places I, for one, will not do or go. 

Let me tell you the first thing the Lord Jesus said to me after I told Him, and I quote, "Lord Jesus, if you will help me I will serve you from this day to the day I die." He said to me the day I gave my life to Him, and I quote, "read My Word and start in Matthew." He did not say watch a movie, or go to a show, etc. The Bible says to you and I in Isaiah 34:16a, "Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read..." (emphasis mine) God wants us to read His word. Perhaps there is nothing wrong with watching the mini-series but don't take their word for what the Bible says. Make it your daily practice to, read His word.

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