Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ Essay

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Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ Many Americans flocked to see Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ.” On over 2.000 screens across America the viewed the “harrowing depiction of Jesus' last 12 hours in wide-screen vivid color.” (Allen 2004) People viewed images of Jesus being flogged, crucified and left to die. This violence caused some Christians discomfort with theology, and some Jews’ fear that it will “incite violence against them because of its portrayal of Jews’ involvement in Jesus’ death.” (Allen 2004) Despite all of these factors, people embraced the idea behind the movie. Church members even used the movie for evangelizing. Rev. Glenn Barth of the Minneapolis office of Mission America, said, “Any…show more content…
It’s good to view different sides since “no one theory tells us everything we need or want to know about religion.” (Sacred Realms) However, some feel the film may be detrimental to relationships. “Rabbi Barry Cytron, director of the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, said that Jews are worried: ‘It could spill back upon the progress we've made [in relationships with Christians] over the last 40 years. We especially don't know what will happen in the rest of the world when this movie is shown and where there are no strong Jewish communities.’" (Allen 2004) Since there is a difference in beliefs and ideas, progress in the relationship between Jews and Christians is something that was not easy to come by. When there isn’t anyone around to answer questions about certain perspectives and views, it makes it hard for someone of another religion to understand why the other group may think or believe what they do. The violence in the movie causes an R rating, and for many younger viewers to miss out on the opportunity to see the film. However, Rev. Keith Meyer, executive pastor of the Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, saw the movie at Willow Creek and felt that "in some sense… [the violence] needed to be heightened for
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