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Posted: 23 February 2005 / 14 Adar I 5765

It has been reported that "The Passion of the Christ" will be re-released this Easter Season by Icon & Zondervan. They say the most violent scenes are to be trimmed so as to make it a non R-rated movie.

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The following reviews were posted on-line at Yahoo! Movies between 25-29 February 2004. They are selected excerpts from those who saw "The Passion of the Christ," Gibson's R-rated film, that he released on 25 February 2004 in order to coincide with Ash Wednesday.

I Am sorry for those who were tricked into seeing this movie by their trusted pastor or "Christian" friends. I Am sorry for the horrible images that will play back in their minds, and the adverse affect this Satanic movie will have on them. May God have mercy on those who sincerely love Him and are truly sorry that they allowed such violence and blasphemy to be put before their eyes, or the eyes of their children.

I pray for the day when people will realize that the movie industry is a major tool used by the Devil to brain wash unsuspecting souls into believing his lies. And regardless of whether it has been rated G-X the the Devil uses the TV and motion pictures to advance his agenda.

I praise the LORD God that the Wicked One will not ultimately prevail, and may those who truly love God hold out to the very end! Amen!

"For, behold, the Day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the Day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the Day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts." Malachi 4:1-3 [Updated 9 December 2008]

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Posted: 4 March 2004 / 11 Adar 5764

“…I don’t think that Christ would want us to experience the sick, brutal, violence that took place during His crucifixion. He died, as the Bible teaches us “to forgive us our sins.” He would have done everything in His power to shelter any living creature from experiencing such violence and brutality that was presented in the movie.”

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 “A hugely, HUGELY disappointing film. As a Christian, I Am embarrassed that I allowed myself to get suckered to watch this film. For 98% of the movie all you see is James Caviezel drenched in blood. All the relevant dialog of this movie can fit in under 2 pages. Mel Gibson should stick to Lethal Weapon movies. I feel sorry for those simple minded people that are easily manipulated by using standard issue music and visual imagery to evoke the right emotion from the audience…”

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“…If you’re looking for religion don’t look to Hollywood. Who thinks their opinion reflects actual historic events, or captures the real spirit of who Jesus Christ really was. I dislike the film because it causes confusion and a dark feeling for viewers. It gives them a false feeling of what Christ’s life was really like…The movie was a failure, and I don’t care who agrees or disagrees with me, just that I love Him way too much to desecrate Him in such a fashion as Hollywood has.”

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“This is sad. Not only is the Devil depicted as a woman! But this is pawned off as the truth. The life and virtues of Jesus are ignored for graphic blood and violence…Not what Jesus would have wanted…”

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“...People watching this movie came away feeling either sick to their stomachs or fearful. Fear is what organized religions attempt to instill in us to keep everyone in line. As a society, we are going through very trying times, and it’s difficult at best to keep on top of what is happening around the world and here at home, as well as keep our lives and our families intact...”

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 “I expected to feel spiritually moved or enlightened after seeing this film but instead I came away horrified, disgusted and nauseated. Never before have I seen such blood and gore in any media format. I think the message of love and forgiveness here is totally lost and I find it quite sad that through all his efforts, Gibson comes across as a mere sadist...

Anyone who brings their children to this film, no matter how old or mature they are, is committing child abuse. The images in this film are far too disturbing for young minds to see and will probably haunt them for a long time...”

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“...Some people think that Christ’s message is somehow made more real life if his death is more painful. I think they’re missing the point completely.”

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“...It has been 2 days since I saw this movie and I am still in shock, upset and still barely able to talk about it… Indeed, I feel it is my moral duty to warn people about the amount of sadistic violence and sheer brutality contained in this movie. Unless you are a complete sicko and get a kick out of seeing an absolute innocent tortured to a level never shown in a movie before for nearly 2 hours then save your money and spare your psyche from potentially irreparable damage...

But perhaps even more disturbing and frightening to me is the apparent zeal with which this movie is received. Has, our society, and the public at large, really become that desensitized to that level of violence and brutality, that it can praise and recommend such a movie without even barely criticizing its perversely graphical content of violence?...And I can’t tell you how sad that makes me feel at this moment. Sad beyond words.”

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“...This was not the Passion of Christ, it was the torture of Christ. Personally, I don’t watch slasher films. I was offended that this ‘movie’ was billed as a drama...”

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“...I don’t believe extreme violence is necessary in ANY film...

...Will it make more Christians become more devout? Maybe, maybe not. Is it unsettling and disturbing? Absolutely. Is it moving? Not for me. To focus on the teachings of Christ would be far more moving than witnessing his execution. We see people being tortured and killed violently in any number of films. To devote an entire film to the torture and murder of Jesus may be new for Christian films, but it is old news in the world of Hollywood…”

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“What a sad turn of events when so many Christians daily berate the movies and television for gratuitous use of violence yet with this movie they are cheering the most lurid and vicious scenes ever shown...”

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“...Leaving the film I was upset and bewildered why someone would create such a violent and aggressive film while depicting the greatest person ever to walk this earth. I have watched many violent movies in my life and this had to be the worst I have ever seen. I only wish I could turn back time and not buy tickets to this movie.”

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“This movie does little to educate nor add any value to anyone's existing knowledge of the sufferings of Christ as told in the Gospels...”

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“Am I the only one who finds it ironic that Gibson’s story of Jesus Christ is rated R? The same moral conservatives who have resisted violence and sex in popular media have now reaffirmed their hypocrisy by embracing the most brutal and disgusting visual images ever to be shown on screen...”

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“...Is it anti-Semitic? No, not really, but lets remember that the Jews don’t actually come off too well in the Gospels either... Mel’s script and story just give us the agonizing death of Christ without his teachings, parables, or wisdom. The film gives us no idea about who this “Son of Man” is and why he’s being made to suffer. This is the story of our Lord somehow made dull, simple and frankly (once you get past the rivers of blood and torn flesh) boring. What should be the most compelling story of the most compelling person to ever walk this earth is now just a slow-motion, Braveheart inspired, 126 minute slasher flick...”

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“...The resurrection’s depiction was the absolute worst. If you didn’t know the story, you wouldn’t even know what the last thirty seconds were about. No where was any time or attention spent on Jesus’ person or message. The flashbacks didn’t work. The whole movie was about the beatings that Jesus received...

We are suppose to take our friends to see this, because they will magically want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as a result of this film. I would never take a friend to see this movie. This portrays the Christian faith in the worst light that I can imagine...”

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“...If you want to learn about Christ, read the Bible. If you are into violence and sadistic acts or like to be entertained by watching these acts, then by all means this is the movie for you. Mr. Gibson, I’ve always liked you as an actor. As a director and producer, I would think twice the next time. (By the way, though, good job on your publicity campaign. Sending out all those free promo posters, cards, flyers, etc., so the churches could advertise to their congregations...Good marketing.)”

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“…I came out of this saying to myself that I don’t think this is what Jesus would like us to remember Him by...”

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“...This movie is a disgrace, now I see why the actor who played Christ was hit by lightening…”

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 “What an endless, gratuitous, well marketed, waste of time. I walked out feeling that I had been crucified on the altar of ignorance.”

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“...I don’t think that seeing Jesus beat to a pulp is going to put him in any better light with anyone. I think we all know Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice but do we HAVE to see all the violence that goes with that, I think not. What I did find even more hypocritical involves all the “Christians” that constantly bombard Hollywood with claims that today’s movies are TOO violent. And now, they are bringing their children to see this slasher flick...”

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“I am a Christian – and I had to walk out of this film. The focus on His death instead of The Resurrection seemed to miss the point of Christianity...”

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“...It’s frightening to think that people are watching this exposition of carnage hoping to renew their faith. What does that say about your religion when THIS is what inspires you...”

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“...It is a film without a story, that misses the true story of Jesus. Jesus’ story was love. The Anti-Christ has emerged. The anti-Christ is alive and well in “The Passion.” This film is not about the passion of Christ, it is about the passion of his condemners. The popularity of this film is an expression of our repressed anger and guilt...”

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“...Gibson fails to deliver any true passion because it is overshadowed by the violence. Gibson has also inspired hatred in this movie, which I feel was his overall goal...”

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“1) Satan loves it that priests are shamelessly exploiting this violent film, standing in the aisles of the theaters across the country, in a desperate attempt to add to their dwindling flocks. Satan loves it that priests are trying to capitalize on excessive violence to convey a simple message that could be conveyed through a non-violent medium…Or could it? Have we sunk to a level in our society that the only way to truly get the message across that Jesus suffered is to show him being mutilated for two hours?

2) Satan loves it that Jews and Christians have been given a new tool to drive them apart.

3) Satan loves it that Mel Gibson is where the masses have been forced to turn for spiritual guidance.

4) Satan gives this film a big thumbs up for showing us just how far we’ve fallen as a society. If you liked this film and encourage others to see it, Satan thanks you for helping others continue down the path where showing mind numbing violence somehow helps instead of hurts.

Any chance of me EVER going to church again is pretty much shot. I thought fire and brimstone messages went out the window in the 1800’s. What happened to reason and education? How the church can sit idly by and hope to capitalize on all this unnecessary hype and violence is beyond me. If you believe that Christ died for your sins, what do you have to gain from seeing it happen? I guess, from all of the A+ reviews out there people really DO need to see it happen…and that’s a sad commentary on our society…again, somewhere out there, Satan is laughing…and rightfully so.”

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“...And to all of you people I saw at the movie with your kids: this is a form of child abuse...”

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“...It is more than enough to be told in the Gospels what happened to Jesus. It is more than understandable why the Father of Jesus turned His head away and could not watch.”

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“...The violence in this movie is unnecessary and completely crosses the line for what should be showed in theaters. This is not spiritual or inspiring, it is bloody, sadistic, and it leaves you feeling depressed. Don’t see it period...”

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