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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Film!!!, 1 Aug 2008
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This review is from: The Passion Of The Christ (2 Disc Director's Edition) [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
First of all, I am not religious, at all, but it didn't stop The Passion of The Christ from having an extremely powerful effect on me. It is very moving, and can teach you a lot about yourself...and other people, who unfortunately "know not what they do" if you know what I mean. For me, The Passion of The Christ's main messages that came across on screen were:

1- people say/do bad things, and worst, and either aren't able to comprehend the affect that their actions have on others, or just ignore it because they do know, but still aren't able to stop themselves from inflicting pain onto others.

2- when someone says/does something bad to you, you should accept that some people just can't help themselves, and you should try hard to treat everyone as well as you can, regardless of how they treat you.

I also feel compelled to point out that the atrocities against Jesus in The Pssion of The Christ are in fact instigated by the religious parties (make of that what you want). Also, I understand why the violence in the film does not sit well with some people, but I believe that it is neccesary to show the true strength of Jesus' character. Make no mistake, the violence is awful, but reality is not sensored, so to sensor the violence in The Passion of The Christ is to 'close your eyes', and only serves to water down the viewing experience and weaken Mel Gibson's intended message. So watch the original theatrical version instead of the new cut (unless you are extremely sensitive to violence).

Anyway, this is how The Passion of The Christ left me feeling (roughly), along with "that was a brilliant and powerful film that everybody should see". So I will now stop my rambling and finish by saying that The Passion of the Christ is one of the most important films I have ever seen, and you should give it a go, even if you don't like subtitled films. The Passion of The Christ is essential viewing!!!
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2009 19:51:01 BDT
Miskatonic says:
I used to think (as you did) that "the atrocities against Jesus [...] are in fact instigated by the religious parties." I was taken in by Pilate's whole hand-washing gesture.
Then it was brought to my attention that Pontius Pilate acts in his own self-interest in condemning Jesus to death by crucifixion. He freely admits to all that he considers Jesus innocent: "I find no fault in him" (or words to that effect). Herod also finds Jesus blameless (just "crazy"). And yet Pilate still has him "scourged" to mollify the crowd (does that seem fair to you?), and finally agrees to crucify him after Caiaphas taunts him with, "If you do not you are no friend of Caesar." The potential for displeasing Caesar was always on Pilate's mind, as his conversation earlier in the film with his wife was clearly meant to indicate. So, Pilate sends a guilt-free man to the cross simply to save his own career/life and/or prevent rebellion. Yes, it was the Temple Priests who brought Jesus to Pilate initially, demanding Jesus' death. But Pilate was the sole arbiter in the end, something he was fully aware of and which he even stated to Jesus. Pilate's complicity in the death of Jesus is undeniable.
Remember what Jesus said to Pilate? "He who handed me over to you has the greater sin." Not "the sin," or "the only sin," but the "greater" sin.
Make of that what you will... :-) Convinced me.

Posted on 6 Nov 2009 13:49:47 GMT
E H says:
Of course the "atrocities committed against Jesus" were undertaken by the "religious parties" in Jerusalem - taking your intonation by the way in which you state this fact misses entirely the purpose of Jesus's coming!!! He was sent to earth as God in the flesh in order to bring a new faith to the world - the "religious parties" of the time had lost contact with God and Jesus came to spread the Gospel so that all men could see and believe - so that every Gentile could be welcomed into the Kingdom of God, rather than (as was the case before Jesus's crucifixtion) only Jews belonging to the nation of Israel.

Overlooking this is to completely undermine Jesus's death on the cross - had he not been subject to these "atrocities", his life on earth would have had no saving power, but the salvation for all the earth comes in the form of Jesus's body as a "peace offering" / "sin offering" for all the sin of humanity; every man, woman and child, from then and for evermore.

Jesus knew what "atrocities" He would suffer, see Matthew 26: 39, 42, 44-46 'And going a little farther [Jesus] fell on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup of suffering pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will." ... Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done." ... He went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, "Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand." '

I am glad that you watched the film, but I am saddened that you failed to realise the reason for these "atrocities" being inflicted upon Christ and His death at the hands of the religious leaders being the reason for His life.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2011 20:17:55 BDT
Kim Hatton says:
Oi Vey! It was the Jews then it would be the Christians now.
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