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The Passion of the Christ

Ok, so I meant to post this last week, but sense I forget everything, I went to see the Passion last week (on Ash Wednesday, opening night). It was quite the experience. I don't think I've ever cried so hard in my life. I was sad, disgusting, angry, and drained all at once. I have never been that emotionally attached to a film in my life. It was powerful for me.

I didn't see any Anti-Semitic sentiment in the film. I don't see what the Jewish fuss was about. But that's just my opinion.

Anyway, I know that I have a different connection to the movie because I'm a Christian. No, I'm not saying that non-Christians would not feel compassion for Christ in the movie or even that my faith gives me some kind of special understanding. It's just that your viewpoint is different if you're watching a man get beat as opposed to watching a man get beat to save your life.

So, for all my non-Christian friends, are you planning on seeing the film? And, if you have, what did you think? I'm curious to see what a person who doesn't identify with Christ as the Messiah thinks of the movie.

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I plan to see it...

but everywhere we went was sold out.

Well, I'm not Christian. I have no great desire to watch a man be tortured to death, no matter how noble the cause. I suppose I want to see the movie just to see what the fuss is about. I was under the impression that this is the same story in the Bible, so it shouldn't be new to anyone. What we *should* make is a movie that explores the theory that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and has a bloodline which continues to this day. Now THAT would cause some trouble. Too bad I'm not a director.
Anyhow...
I'll post my thoughts when I see the movie, and I suspect it will be disturbing for me as well.

Re: I plan to see it...

The Last Temptation of Christ explored Jesus and his relationship to Mary Magdalene. Of course, it never explored the possibility that the were married. Christians tend to dismiss the belief that they could have gotten married, for then Jesus would not been the Messiah. I'm a fairly liberal Christian, and under the impression that marrying a woman and having children with her is not a sin, and the only requirement to being the Messiah is to be void of sin.

Of course, that's just me. Anyway, I'm certain that it will be disturbing for any rational person who sees it. There are very few people who wouldn't be disturbed watching that. I'm just curious to see if you think it's too gory or if it doesn't tell the story in a compelling way.

It is based on the Bible, and, despite reports to the contrary, it really doesn't stray far from biblical text.