By Lily Sanchez, Chattanooga, Tenn., — A recent interest in filmmakers has been bringing stories about the Bible to the big screen. Now, I don’t know you or whether you regard the Bible as something that needs to be capitalized on, but the proof is in the pudding: people are more reactive to stories of any kind when they are presented to them in shiny, new ways.
We are a culture of transience, and that means we get bored very easily. I think it’s safe to say that Christians are not left out of this experience of life. We are all human and we all have evolved to have minds that need constant stimulation. That being said, that doesn’t devalue the filmmaker’s creative efforts.
We all remember when The Passion of the Christ came out. We were all a little confused, albeit we were pretty young. My first memory of the movie was wondering why they thought they needed to make a movie about something that people already knew. But I watched, and was enthralled and horrified at the events that took place within the time span of the film. I was relieved when it was over and I was glad I never had to see another graphic, action-packed version of stories I’ve been taught were true, historical events.
And in a sense, that’s all we could view them as, if we wanted to. Or we could view them as artists’ renditions of other artists’ works. Or we could view them as mere fiction — whatever floats your proverbial boat.
It becomes more about nitpicking historical inaccuracies rather than enjoying the filmmakers’ attempts to create something beautiful and meaningful. Humans make art to imitate life, and filmmakers creating art to imitate the life of biblical characters are noble and bold, regardless of their religious affiliation.