Normally, I don’t have high hopes when it comes to anything “Hollywood” in respect to the Bible [“Just how unbiblical is ‘The Bible’?”]. Perhaps because of our current condition as a nation, I was hoping against hope that Team Burnett/Roma might actually pull off a super production with a high degree of accuracy. Their comments in the O’Reilly interview (which I read on WND as I never watch Fox Entertainment News) seemed to indicate a devil-may-care attitude toward worldly critics of their literalist views. Whoops! I guess I was reading into that through my own grid of hope and change.
Some will undoubtedly charge that Joe Kovacs is nitpicking just a tad because of his criticism of the addition of the ninja angels at Sodom and Gomorrah. But therein lies the rub. Burnett and Roma decried the high rate of biblical illiteracy in the O’Reilly interview, but then it turns out that they have added to the Bible themselves. Please allow me to use a literary term here: “Ugh!”
The problem with the ninja angels in “The Bible,” of course, begins with the fact that the account in Genesis 19 simply does not allow for hand-to-hand combat to be depicted. Of course, neither does it allow for the angels to be pleading with Lot for help and rescue. In fact, quite the opposite is true from the Genesis account. Again, the producers’ and writers’ view of the purity of God’s Word is distorted. There is a reason that the men of Sodom and Gomorrah were smitten with blindness prior to their ultimate destruction. God was not being mean and it was not for the safe passage of Lot’s family. Romans 1 makes it abundantly clear that mankind is willfully blind to pending judgment. This is the pattern that we find over and over again in the Scriptures.
There’s no reason to play fast-and-loose with the Bible. Everything – every noun, verb, name and place – is written the way it is written for a reason. Our God is a God of order, and He is a consuming fire.
Just read the Bible (God’s Word) and obey what it says. Pretty simple, right?