If you have read my first post on the History Channel’s new television series “The Bible” you already know where I stand on the series as a whole. I point out that the producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have lied in calling themselves Christians, while promoting the show. And they going to present a different “Bible” with a different gospel, and different Jesus.
You can read that here–“WAKE UP—Me Screaming, then Apologizing for Some Strange Reason”
So I have NO desire to watch the show.
I don’t want to give it the benefit of the doubt.
And yet, I have watched it.
Not for entertainment.
But because I have this deep burden to see how much they get wrong.
There are a lot of people at my church that are not only enjoying this show, but promoting it.
I have dear, Jesus loving friends, who think it is Biblical.
I don’t want to fight.
But I just don’t get it.
So I am going to go over a few of the MAJOR discrepancies. There is honestly too many things that are seriously wrong with the show. I can’t write about them all, and I doubt anyone else would care to read all that! But I will stick to critiquing their presentation of four key characters–Moses, Samson, and Saul and David.
Let me begin by saying that my spouse and I sat on the couch last night watching this series, eating ice-cream, and we could not stop pausing the show to talk about how angry we were at things like Noah’s Ark that is barely sticking together, the burning bush that looks evil, the “angel of death” in Egypt that looks like the smoke monster from LOST, the fact that they changed EVERY story in the Bible to make God look like a jerk, and the fact that they took out EVERY spiritual, HOLY moment in the Word of God to replace it with proclamations of self confidence, pride, and bloodshed.
The Bible series makes our TRUE GOD look like a pagan deity.
The Bible series makes the actual Bible look like a “Clash of the Titans” remake.
And therefore, the History Channel has succeeded in making the Bible look like Mythology.
The Bible says that he was a meek man. Meekness and humility defined his personality.
“Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.” Numbers 12:3
When the HOLY God spoke to him from a burning bush, a cursory reading will show two basic things.
1.)God is HOLY– Take off our shoes, the ground you are standing on is holy ground.
2.) Moses was humble–Moses did not believe he could deliver God’s people.
Please read this IMPORTANT conversation:
“Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant.
I am slow of speech and tongue.”
The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Exodus 4:10-14
This whole conversation would take less than one minute, but no. That is not okay with the producers of the show.
They had to replace it with the unbiblical scene (that eliminates the entire conversation with God and Moses)–using a creepy demonic looking fire coming from a tree, God telling Moses he will deliver his people, and then Moses (with all the bravado of John Wayne) saying with confidence and virility “I will deliver the people of God” (paraphrased).
But then, Moses goes into Egypt to deliver his people and walks into the Hebrew village to tell them he is their deliverer. They have this 5-7 minute conversation–that IS NOT in the Bible. He speaks with arrogance, and confidence. Trying to prove to skeptical people that he is their man of the hour.
Wasn’t he the meekest man on the earth? The Bible series makes him into the John Wayne of Egypt. The reason why this even matters is because they are turning him into a hero, and he was really just a simple man who was filled with the LIVING GOD. We don’t see God in this.
Another thing that really bothers me is how when the angel of death comes,
1.) it looks demonic
2.) it portrays God as bloodthirsty and cruel, to kill all those children. I mean when Pharaoh walks in and lays down his dead son on the floor–it is really sad.
The truth is, that God gave Pharaoh so many chances to let go of his slaves. He wouldn’t listen. And Egypt took the lives of so many Hebrew sons, as they forced the women to kill all the baby boys. Moses was one of the babies that should have been killed himself.
Then you see the Hebrews walking out of Egypt in a victory parade, in broad daylight. Moses is leading the procession, with his arm in the air waving them to freedom–the superstar hero.
It is so different.
I love the multicultural casting. Honestly. I think it is cool that they are showing that all the people of the earth are involved in what God has done throughout time. So I will not make a big deal out of the fact that Samson is black. Moses’ had a black wife, so it is possible that there is African blood among the children of Israel.
I do think that it would have been better to cast a normal size Hebrew looking man. Not a huge beast of a man. Because Samson’s power did not come from his beastly muscles, but from his powerful God.
The problem with Samson is that they spent 20 minutes of his segment detailing things that never happened, including the Philistines murdering his wife because they were racist against Jewish people. That NEVER happened. They skipped the fact that she betrayed him and he took vengeance on her family. They constantly skip important parts of the true story (for the sake of time they might say)–but then add these super long segments that are not in the Bible at all; the added segments do not develop the true story either. I understand you can’t show every scene in the Bible, but you should stick to the facts of the stories you chose to show, and not waste time with myth.
Whatever. They also skipped the fact that Delilah betrayed him over and over again and yet for some reason he finally told her the truth.
The TV series portrays it as a genuine love affair and suggests that he told her the truth the first time she asked. They also skip the time that he spent grinding grain, repenting. And let him pull the temple down upon the Philistines the same day his hair was cut off and his eyes were gouged out. I guess he didn’t really lose his strength that long???
What is the big picture we find in the actual Bible? Samson was supposed to be set apart for God. A Nazarite. He was supposed to stay away from grapes, dead things, and never cut his hair. But Samson was NOT set apart for the Lord. It is a tragic story, of a man who could have been greatly used by the Lord, ending his life in tragedy because he would not obey the Lord. He chose to party with the Philistines, fornicate with the women, hang out in the vineyards, eat honey out of a dead lion, etc. He was always blind. He did not even notice when the Holy Spirit left him.
There, that is the big picture of Samson’s life in 8 sentences. Did the TV series convey this? Not at all.
They told a different story. One that is not in the Bible.
Again, Samson is yet another mythological hero to these people.
Again, there is no spiritual lesson to be learned.
To them, God just raises up people, and gives them strength so people will die.
The way they presented Saul upsets me as well. I will try to keep this brief. In the show, they portray God as being unfair to him.”The poor guy waited for Samuel 7 days and someone needed to make the sacrifice???” Now God is going to punish him???? It shows him crying in his bed, asking for grace. God giving him no grace. No forgiveness. How mean, right? No wonder he throws a spear at David and tries to kill him!!!
It shows Saul as a normal person who missed out on God’s forgiveness, all because he wanted to give God a gift, an offering.
This treatment of Saul makes God look cruel, and merciless.
Well, first of all. Young David has distractingly white teeth. But that is not a problem spiritually speaking. Again, like Moses, when young David encounters Goliath, they make him into a “mythological hero” instead of a simple young kid who believed in the power of a mighty God. In the Bible David did not fight Goliath in order to bring military victory to Israel. In the real story, David was offended that Goliath was insulting the name and honor of the Living God. He was defending GOD’s honor, not Saul’s army.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” 1 Samuel 17:45.
It bothered him that Goliath was speaking evil of the Lord, so he in faith, trusted that God would use him to bring Himself glory.
It seems like the producers’ of the show don’t have the same desire, to bring God glory.
They keep giving God’s glory to God’s people.
DAVID DANCING BEFORE THE ARK
The part of the story that gives me the most pain, is how they treat the moment that David dances before the ark of the covenant. Not only do they skip the whole story of the ark being captured by the Philistines, and that it is in the process of coming back to Jerusalem, they ruin the entire significance of David’s selfless worship of God.
David disrobed and danced before the ark of the covenant in humble, and holy worship.
This is a moment that shows how deeply David did love the Lord.
How he was a man after God’s own heart.
This moment in Scripture makes me cry when I read it.
Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might,
while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets. 2 Samuel 6:14
And his wife was watching, and later scolded him saying he looked undignified.
He told her he would let himself look even more undignified before the Lord.
An Offering of Worship.
Pleasing to the Lord.
What does the History Channel do to this moment?
They show him dancing around like a party animal, in his underwear, dancing with women and lustfully making advances at Bathsheba.
THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN IN THE BIBLE.
This is so evil to do this.
Can we not see ONE PERSON LEGITIMATELY WORSHIP GOD IN THIS ENTIRE SERIES?
They portray Saul as having more devotion to God in prayer.
The show also portrays his LATER sin with Bathsheba as rape. They said she was unwilling and he forced himself on her. Could that have happened? It could have. Did it happen? Not necessarily. Yes, David was king so he technically could have forced himself upon her. But the Bible does not say that he did. So why does he get blamed for something that he was not even accused of, without any evidence that he is guilty?
One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (2 Samuel 11:2-4)
The Bible does not say that she protested, or that he forced himself on her.
But the TV Show does.
Why do they want to make David look even worse?
It is weird to me that they embellish to make the ungodly characters seem like better people than they were.
And the godly men seem like worse sinners than the Bible says they were.
Where do we see the holiness and goodness of God?
I see men of renown, performing acts of valor, for a territorial deity.
That is why I claim that “The Bible” series has treated the Bible as a mere Hebrew myth.
Do I hear the hiss of a serpent in this? I think I do.
I will probably keep watching the show.
Although I do not enjoy it at all.
I feel like if I don’t watch it and protest it, I am letting them get away with it.
But last night when I finished watching, I was crying a bit–tears of anger.
I was so angry, that they made my God and my faith look so small.