MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Nov. 11, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- "You've got to love how they portray Christianity, Just a freak another fool for the world to see…" (Fallen - 2015,www.Stryper.com). "I applaud the guys from Stryper for speaking out against anti-faith media propaganda in their new song 'Big Screen Lies' off their newest release "Fallen." For decades Bible myths on the big and small screen have been met with either deafening silence from the church or the opposite - endorsements from well-known Pastors and Christian Celebrities who desire praise and influence amongst filmmakers despite poor film content," stated Rick Dack of Defending the Bible Int'l. (www.DefendingTheBible.com). A simple read-through of favorable Amazon.com film reviews of Exodus: Gods and Kings, Son of God, A.D. The Bible Continues, The Bible: The Epic Miniseries, The Nativity Story and other films is a clear indicator that biblical illiteracy in the church is alive and well.
What are the current "Big Screen Lies and Small Screen Attacks" that the church neglects to seek out and destroy?
- God is an alcoholic, sexual voyeur who's evil (Family Guy, Robot Chicken).
- Christians have low intelligence. (South Park, The Simpson's).
- Heaven and angels are fiction (American Dad).
- Exploding rock monsters helped Noah build the Ark. ("Noah," Russell Crowe).
- Noah was an insane drunk who's Ark broke apart and sunk (NBC's Noah's Ark, The Discovery Channel).
- Moses stole Genesis from pagans. (The Discovery Channel).
- The Exodus miracles were faked (The Simpson's).
- God morph's into Moses' son (Exodus: Gods and Kings).
- Nativity scenes are evil (The Simpson's).
- Jesus may have been the son of a Roman/Herodian soldier (The Nativity Story – 2006).
- Jesus faked miracles. A sexualized crucifixion (Family Guy, American Dad).
- Jesus' blood is delicious (Lil' Bush).
- Jesus was confused about his identity as the Messiah ("Mary, Mother of Jesus").
- Jesus vanished from the cross or was eaten by animals (Jesus: The Complete Story, BBC/Discovery Channel).
- Jesus' words from the cross are fiction (Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Jesus").
- Jesus was drugged to make him appear dead (Jesus: The Complete Story, BBC/Discovery Channel).
- Pilate forced Caiaphas to eat dead Roman soldier ashes (A.D. The Bible Continues).
(More examples at www.DefendingTheBible.com, Media Bible Myths)
Films that have made admirable attempts at biblical accuracy include The Gospel of John, A.D. (1984, the original production), In the Beginning, Peter and Paul and others. Admittedly these films aren't perfect but to their credit the producers didn’t couch their films with nonsensical, "creative license" disclaimers that allow straying from the biblical text for dramatic purposes which "The Bible: The Epic Miniseries" is guilty of - "this program is an adaptation of Bible stories. It endeavors to stay true to the spirit of the book." What?
"Now is the time to counteract Hollywood Bible myths with weekly apologetic church classes and support faith-based rock bands like Stryper who have the guts to speak out. Those that appear righteous (some Clergy/Christians) who remain silent or endorse error in the name of 'Christian nice' breed scriptural myths, biblical illiteracy and ruin," stated Rick Dack of Defending the Bible Int'l.
Rick Dack travels the country with his multimedia "Biographies of the Bible" training classes (www.defendingthebible.com) that reacquaint Church congregations and Bible students with historic biblical persons/events using scripture and archaeology The classes also stress biblical literacy, expose current media myths about the scriptures, provide information on faith-friendly entertainment alternatives and more. Invite this ministry to your Church and School today (www.defendingthebible.com).