Help for Today — Hope for Tomorrow
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[Gary] At Easter time you can flip through the television channels and watch movies about the two great historical themes of the season—the Exodus of the ancient Israelites from Egyptian slavery—and the person of Jesus Christ.Moses and Jesus have been central characters in movies since the days of silent films. How much have these films shaped what you believe about the Bible? How much do you really know about the real biblical Moses, or even the Jesus of the Gospels?I have to admit—as a child—my view of Moses was shaped by Charlton Heston’s rendition in Cecil B. De Mille’s 1956 blockbuster— The Ten Commandments . I was inspired by Moses’ over dramatic command to Pharaoh, “Let my people go.” And the opening of the Red Sea was one of the most exciting scenes I’d ever seen.Now maybe your view of Moses has been shaped by Christian Bale in a more recent movie, Exodus: God’s and Kings . In this Hollywood movie, Moses isn’t led by a miraculous pillar of fire and smoke as described in the Bible. Instead, his version of Moses is clueless to where he’s going and then lies to the people, telling them that God is leading them.How much have movies like The Greatest Story Ever Told , The Last Temptation of Christ , or the Son of God shaped how you think about Jesus?Today, we’ll look at movies and popular culture in—”Three Ways Hollywood Gets the Bible Wrong.”[Announcer] Join our host Gary Petty and his guests, as they help you understand your future on Beyond Today ![Gary] How much does Hollywood influence your view of the Bible?Movies are powerful visual ways to tell stories. But what happens when movies change history—turning reality into myth?At Easter time, we’re inundated with religious movies about Moses and Jesus. Moses, because it was at the Passover time that God used him to lead the ancient Israelites out of Egyptian slavery. It is a story filled with conflict and hope—miracles and freedom. You will also find many movies about Jesus. Christians believe that during this time of year Jesus Christ—the Son of God—was crucified for humanity’s sins and was resurrected.