Televangelist and Christian charlatan Pat Robertson is very pleased and excited about the new mini-series The Bible which is airing on The History Channel. It's easy to understand why Pat and the rest of the clergy would be happy to have this movie viewed by millions of people. The film reenforces ancient myths which their careers are dependent upon. This review is the first in a series.
The film opens with the myth of the flood in which the Bible god slaughtered every one and every living thing on Earth with the exception of Noah and his family as well as two of each of every species of animal and bird on the planet. Many Christians claim that the ark also contained two of each kind of dinosaur! (In an attempt to make sense of this foolishness they claim the dinosaurs were young or "teenagers!")
As the scene shows Noah's ark upon the turbulent water we see Noah explaining the Bible's ludicrous creation myth to a frightened little girl. Perhaps the film's producers, Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett, realized how comically foolish putting the actual Bible account of a talking snake convincing Adam and Eve to eat from the forbidden fruit or of God creating Eve out of one of Adam's ribs would look on the screen. Hopefully Monty Python or Ricky Gervais will do it.
One of the Christian propaganda techniques Downey and her husband Burnett use is evident when the narrator explains God slaughtered everyone by drowning due to their evil. It ignores the obvious question of how unborn babies and little children could be evil. And when it shows people in the flood waters trying to get on Noah's ark they are all young and middle-aged adults. Nowhere do we see pregnant women or dead floating infants and children as would have been the reality of the situation if it were true. Thankfully, there is absolutely no evidence to indicate such an horrific event as a worldwide flood ever took place. In fact, such a flood is impossible.
We then see Abraham hearing God talking to him and promising him that he would give him offspring that number as the stars. There is some foolish amateurish dialog as well as scenes regarding funny looking angels who save Abraham's nephew Lot and his wife and daughters from lust crazed sex criminals in the city of Sodom. However, the film does not mention that according to the Bible Lot offered the mob of sex criminals his own daughters if the mob would just leave the angels alone (Genesis 19:8)! And the shot of Lot's wife turning into a pillar of salt for looking back when they were leaving Sodom is hilarious!
I will post the next review of the first part of the series soon.
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