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February 27, 2004

Mel Gibson's Next Blockbuster

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Posted by Arnold

Surely, if this is successful as a movie...

the scene where a Roman soldier plunges his spear into Christ's side is, I am sorry, almost like something out of Monty Python. The soldier and those around him shower in the water and blood that cascades out of Yeshua's body. is going to be an even bigger hit as a video game.

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1. Brad Hutchings on February 27, 2004 11:44 AM writes...

It has to be one of the most brilliant movie marketing campaigns ever, and I don't mean that in a good way. If I cared about such things, I would be embarrassed that our culture has sold something with this level and intensity of pornographic violence to people like my grandparents as a test of faith. But at least I know I can get them the DVD for Christmas.


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2. Janette on March 1, 2004 10:49 PM writes...

I applaud Mel Gibson for having the guts to make this awesome movie. Because he is a believer, he will be persecuted just like Christ was.

I hope and pray that he will make the next movie about the previous three years before the cross. If people sat through 3 hours of Titanic, surely they could sit through 3 hours of the life of Christ.

I hope and pray that everyone sees this film and their lives are changed forever.

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3. Monica Wiatr on March 27, 2004 10:47 AM writes...

We are ready to see Mel's next movie. He has the power to evangelize through his unbelievable film-making talents and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are desperate to see him make a film about the life of Jesus. We are desperate to see all of the same faithful actors and actresses that were in The Passion. He truly has the gift and guidance from our Lord, above. No one can do a better job than Mel, and it is the world’s dream to see him make additional/sequential films on the Life of Jesus, the Book of Revelations, and whatever else our Lord leads him to do.

God has already rewarded him tremendously for his faith, perseverance, and ability to overcome the stumbling blocks and temptations the world and Satan has thrown at him. Satan tried to silence the Holy Spirit and Mel, but the POWER OF GOD SMASHED him WITH HIS HEEL!!! NO ONE CAN EVER BLOW OUT THE LIGHT OF GOD, and, if they try, THEY ONLY GET A TASTE OF HIS WRATH!!!!!!!!!! And, they did.

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4. John Lockmer on March 31, 2004 01:17 PM writes...

"of pornographic violence"?
I think your going-to have to actually watch the film or look up the word pornographic. Your probably just reiterating what you heard on a talk show with a british commentator - use your own words.

The power behind this is not so much he film as it is he story found in the Bible. That there is even a minute chance that the creator of the Universe would become man and pay for the penalty of mans sin is mind shattering. If it is true then humanity is indebted to God.

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5. PLF on April 3, 2004 04:11 AM writes...

I have an idea for a new film project called
GOD-SUN in which God speaks to people out of the Sunlight, in all walks of life, in all cultures of the world, and gives them Guidance, Consolation and Good Humour, in order to help them change their Consciousness and their lives.
I wanted to write this idea to Mel Gibson or any other film director who might be interested to see what can be done. If anyone on this forum can help, please write me at Thanks.

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6. Julie on April 3, 2004 06:23 PM writes...

I think you have to read your bible to know thatwhat you have written is not of God. God dosn't speak through sun light.And to make a film like this would only go against God's word and God himself.As the bible says No-one can see the kingdom of God unless they are Born again meaning repenting of your sin and giving your life to Jesus Christ.If a person dies without Christ the bible says they will go to Hell. It is most important to stick to what the bible says,I know that the only one who put these ideas into your head is satan as he works to lead the whole world astray.Please don't feel like iam being nasty because iam not. I would like to see you saved and on the road to heaven to enter into eternal life with Christ.I know that Mel Gibson should stick to what the word of God says in the Holy Bible. He needs to carry on listening to God and paying even more attention to the Bible Scriptures.
love julie born 1976 born again 1992.

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7. Martha Swenson on April 4, 2004 04:21 PM writes...

Mel - Please do a sequel to The Passion of Christ + The Resurrection!

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8. AD on April 5, 2004 01:53 AM writes...


Why are you passing judgment on the expression of one man's faith? I thought we lived in an enlightened age where people were beyond stooping so low as to condemn others for the intensity of their beliefs. Right or wrong, the truth of Gibson's beliefs isn't for you or me to judge. However, whatever it is that gives you the right to disregard the content of the Passion also gives him the right to defend the way he expresses his faith. And besides, I assume that since you have condemned the film as a piece of pornographic violence, perhaps you would care to comment on other movies about Christ, such as Jesus of Nazareth, King of Kings, and the Greatest Story Ever Told, just to name a few.

You don't have to be a believer. But I do ask that you respect the beliefs of others, as abhorrent as they may be to you.

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9. John on April 6, 2004 04:16 PM writes...

So far Mel Gibson has made statements that have led me to believe that his desire is to simply portray the events historically and biblically..

"This is a movie about love, hope, faith, and forgiveness. He [Jesus] died for all mankind, suffered for all of us. It's time to get back to that basic message. The world has gone nuts. We could all use a little more love, faith, hope, and forgiveness." Mel Gibson

I have to conclude that Mel has been touched by the life of Christ to the point where he wants others to see it. His desire is genuine enough that he has paid millions of dollars from his own money to complete the film.

He has also humbled himself to other men who have dedicated their whole lives to the study of the person of Christ to make sure as to the historical and Biblical accuracy of the film; this includes many evangelical pastors.

However, I still think this film should be approached with caution because of Mel's "traditionalist" influences. See it first before you make a judgment on it. Think for yourself and compare the presentation to the inspired texts of scripture. Realize that even at its very best, no one can ever represent Christ as he truly was; fully God and Fully man better than the scriptures, and understand that this film is at best only an artistic commentary on events that really happened.

John Lockmer

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10. JAYDAN FREYONE on April 16, 2004 04:48 PM writes...

Mel. As a revert to the Catholic faith I congratulate you for the fantastic, movie, which I hope will stir up the hearts of people in particularly the young (WHO I understand).We need to be strong and brave christians and stand for the gospel,in this politically "correct"; world and be both evangelistic,apologists,and live the Faith. please make more christian, inspirational movies,Where can I send donations to?

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