As for following the gospels closely, correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t there a scene where Jesus thinks he’s
possessed by Satan? I vaguely remember something like that. There were other wacked-out lines as well that were blatant misrepresentations of Jesus.**
sigh FriendofGod, This is precisely why you need to see the movie, otherwise you’re just grabbing at straws. In the scene you mention, Jesus is talking with his mother about this “possessions” or “voices” he’s been hearing and feeling. His mother says (paraphrased) “If it’s a demon, it can be cast out.” Jesus replies, “But what if it’s God? Can you cast out God?”
The movie takes the viewpoint (IMHO) that up 'til the that time, the man known as Jesus lead an unremarkable life, completely average in every respect. There was no miracle of his birth, etc. Then the voices and a Presence became known to him, this presence would reveal itself to be God.
** Well this is all well and good, but by fantasizing about it, he has given in to a temptation right there and committed sin! It was the REAL Jesus Christ who made the statement that to lust after a woman was as serious as committing the act of adultery itself.**
double sigh If you’d seen the movie, you would know that (in the dream sequence) Jesus MARRIED Mary M. and THEN had sex with her. Later, when she was heavy with child, she passed away. Jesus then married Mary and her sister Martha. They had a whole passle of kids.
Jumping to the important part of the film; in the dream sequence, near his death, Jesus has an encounter with some of his old friends, who we know as the Apostles. It’s Judas who berates him about not following thru on his promise during the days of his ministry. Jesus explains that an angel of the Lord came and saved him from the cruxifiction. Judas reveals that “the angel” is just Satan in disguise.
Jesus wakes from his dream and is back on the cross, being cruxified. He realises the importance of the dream and how he is the Messiah and willingly gives himself up rather than fighting it, as he’s done previously. By accepting his death willingly, he fulfills the basic premise behind Christianity.
This may not be completely accurate, it’s been several years since I’ve seen this movie, but that’s what’s stuck with me from the viewing and later thoughts.
FoG, if you want to argue about this movie intelligently, you really need to see it, rather than simply relying on quotes and the opinions of others.