|By Clyde Lewis
"And this became a hidden trap for mankind, because men, in bondage to misfortune or to royal authority, bestowed on objects of stone or wood the name that ought not to be shared. Afterward it was not enough for them to err about the knowledge of God, but they live in great strife due to ignorance, and they call such great evils peace. For whether they kill children in their initiations, or celebrate secret mysteries, or hold frenzied revels with strange customs"-- Wisdom of Solomon 14:21-23
As Easter approaches, I canít help but express to you how unfair it is that religion seems to dominate every conversation that I have been involved with lately. It has never been my desire to bombard people with religious dogma because my religious beliefs are my own business and I donít particularly see any joy in trying to convince people to believe any doctrine.
However religious besting seems to be a good sport lately.
We have been living in perpetual Easter ever since the release of the film "The Passion of the Christ." I have taken great pains to ignore talking about the film. Whenever the subject comes up I just try and change the conversation to sports or to some other trivial subject.
I am sure that there are some people out there that want to bear witness to me of the truth and the historical accuracy of this epic motion picture. I try to stop them before I lower the boom on their fantasy.
It is as if I am the older child in a group of younger children who has the audacity to tell the others that Santa Claus is a myth and that Mommy and daddy put the toys under the tree.
Another reason why I avoid the conversation about "The Passion" is because of the attitudes that have spun out of the film.
I was listening to another conservative talk show host who was talking about the enormous amount of money that "The Passion" has brought in to the box office. She announced to her listeners that this indicates that the people have spoken and that people want to see more "family" oriented entertainment and more "Christian" based stories being brought to film.
Yea, you canít ignore the box office take, but will someone please scream that "Dawn of The Dead" and "Scooby Do 2" written by James Gunn knocked Jesus out of the number one spot at the Box office?
I was ecstatic.
I wrote James Gunn and I congratulated him on his success. I told him that I was happy to see that his film killed Jesus at the box office. I wrote, "Who needs a cross, when you got a Gunn?"
There may be a few people reading this essay thinking that I am being cruel or obnoxious about this and I donít care.
I was raised a Christian, I believe in a loving God, I am not anti Christian but I absolutely hated "The Passion of the Christ."
I know that I have stated this before and everyone I know has heard me utter these words, probably to the point of torture.
I feel compelled to explain why.
What better time to finally let lose a rant about the film but at Easter?
A time when the whole world might just do something silly like avoid Easter brunch with grandma just so they can go to the matinee to get that special feeling of seeing Jesus beaten to a pulp in this piece of "pulp crucifiction?"
This film promotes the very thing I warned everyone about in my previous writings. It promotes the idea of trauma based servitude. It promotes a God of wrath, a God of death, and a God of pain and suffering. The blood sells you this celluloid Christ, and the resurrection is far duller and love is supplanted with the cold and covetous glare of an androgynous Satan with maggots crawling out of his nose.
Donít let my feelings dull your enthusiasm. I am not writing this to discourage you from seeing this film. I am writing this so I can release some of the pent up frustrations I have had. I also believe that there are many Christians in "good faith" that will walk away from the locally produced "passion play" at the church for this corporate and misleading film.
People are banding together and obsessing over this film and they obsess over defending it because of what the subject matter deals with.
As Jesus said before he gave up the ghost; "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."
Christians today know not of what Christ they seek. The stories have been diluted for so long that many Christians have not even read their bibles and yet they think they know what the holy book talks about.
Most Christians can now sit back and think that they donít have to read the bible, because soon any story that is important will now be produced in movie form by Hollywood.
For years it has been said that Hollywood produces filth, along with horrible violence and pornography. They still do, and now that they have embraced Jesus, it is a new kind of blood, pornography, and violence.
It has Godís blessing.
I have pointed out that people behind this film arenít exactly the moral examples that they purport to be.Yet there are no protests or letter writing campaigns about what is really going on.
I get frustrated when Christian groups band together to bring down people like Howard Stern, or when they ban books, and burn them in the public square, because they feel they have a moral obligation to force people to believe as they do.
Many of these people believe that God speaks to them. Many people in power are now talking to God now, and God is replying.
Itís not the God they think it is.
Not by a long shot.
God tells them to buy "What would Jesus do?" bumper stickers. He tells them to join "The Promise keepers." He tells them to grab Passion lapel pins, mugs, coffee table books and witnessing cards.
God told Mel Gibson to make a Jesus movie and he did.
"I think I just hit my knees I just said, 'Help. You know? And then, I began to meditate on it, and that's in the Gospel. I read all those again. I remember reading bits of them when I was younger. Pain is the precursor to change, which is great, that's the good news."óMel Gibson interview with Diane Sawyer
There arenít many people in positions of power that dare to speak out against this movie. Gibsoní testimony is his own. It is not my testimony nor is his vision of the Christ my vision of the Christ.
However if you donít kiss the ring of the "Road Warrior" turned "Bible scholar" you will be taken down as a whacko that is anti-Christian which is the equivalent of being anti-American in the eyes of the majority.
I am not speaking against God.
No one wants to poop on the party.
What if God is telling me to tell you how I feel?
Would you believe me?
I hated what this film did to me. It shook my faith. It demonstrated to me once again that a dying man hanging on cross is the ultimate mind control.
Gaze at the dying man on the cross, look at him suffer, look at him die. Take his broken body, make an image of it and wear it around your neck.
This is your future, if you follow.
I hate what this film is doing to people, and what it has done to people, and what it is doing to the psyche of the world. I despise how it hides behind its piety and bombards the observer with trauma based violence with such glee. I loathe its complete and utter disregard for biblical accuracy.
I am angered at how people will defend it if you criticize it for its inaccuracies.
I laugh out loud when I see Christian groups come together to shut down "porn shops" when out of the 66 cast members of "The Passion", there are 33 that have appeared in porn or horror films.
It has been said in various interviews that the actors in the film are virtual "unknowns." Unknowns to American Christians, not unknowns to "liberal" sinners like myself.
Monica Bellucci, who plays Mary Magdalene appeared in the Matrix films but she has been in movies that could be considered hardcore. She made a nude calendar for the Italian magazine Max in 1998 and another one for the Italian magazine GQ in 2000.
Her most controversial move was appearing in the hard core film "Irreversible" where her character is graphically and violently raped for 10 minutes. The scenes were so graphic that when it was shown at the Cannes film festival 250 people walked out and needed medical attention.
After the fire department was called in to administer oxygen to 20 people who endured the forced sodomy scene, reporters asked Bellucci about the trauma and she stated:
"It was good to let people feel a range of emotions. This is a film that people love or they hate, but itís good to have these kind of extremes"óMonica Bellucci comments on the hardcore porn film "Irreversible."
Monica Bellucci has an uncanny knack for winding up in films that are uncomfortable to watch. The Passion of the Christ has upset many people and has been known to traumatize many people. There have also been at least two reported deaths of patrons who have viewed The Passion.
In Brazil, Jose Geraldo Soares, a 43-year-old Presbyterian, had booked a whole cinema to view the film with his congregation. Halfway through the film, his wife noticed that he was no longer awake, and a doctor in the audience confirmed that he had suffered a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Here in America, Peggy Law Scott, a woman in her 50s, suffered a heart attack during the crucifixion scene. He died in a Hospital later.
When I attended the film, one man was sent to the hospital with chest pains. Critics had warned that the film was not for the faint of heart, and others called it Sado Masochistic pornography.
Rosalinda Celentano the woman who played Satan in the film also stars in the movie "Diary of a Male Porn Star." This movie prompted American Critic Darren Frei of Genre Magazine to exclaim:
"Sex, honesty, and Italian pornóitís what the world needs right now!"óDarren Frei
Claudia Gerini the woman who played Pilateís wife in "The Passion" can be put in a Google search and her name pops up on Porn sites, dealing in sodomy and transsexual sex. She has also been featured on many fetish sites as well.
Maia Morgenstern the woman who plays Jesusí mother in the film has played in Vampire films. Ironically in the movie Morgenstern actually walks up to the cross and drinks the blood coming from the feet of Christ. Monica Bellucci also appeared in Bram Stokerís Dracula and several other actors in this "Passion" have appeared in Vampire films.
This is nothing new if you know something about movie history.
Bela Lugosi the man who immortalized Dracula for Universal Pictures, was also known for his portrayal of Jesus in "Passion Plays" in his native Hungary. Willem Defoe the man who played Jesus in "The last temptation of Christ" went on to play "Nosferatu" in "Shadow of the Vampire." Max Von Sydow played Christ and went on to play in the Exorcist, battling Satan and eventually playing Old Scratch himself.
I am not judging an actor by the character he or she plays, I mean I have played a vampire, a sodomite farmer, and gave my voice to character that is bumpy, green and fights crime with Characters called Dolphin man, and Master Bater.
I am merely pointing out that the piety of the film is unwarranted. With porn stars and horror film alumnus, participating in the movie it is hard to take Mel Gibson seriously.
Better yet it is hard to take most Christians seriously. It was only a movie and yet many Christians are considering it "gospel." Has Mel created such a fine illusion that he has lead many people into delusion?
In summary "The Passion of the Christ " is a horror movie disguised as a religious tract. It stars horror and Sci Fi actors as well as several European Porn stars "virtual unknowns" to good Christians who avoid these films.
If that isnít enough, then perhaps we can demonstrate how this film has trigger imagery that perhaps was placed there as a wink and a nudge to those who are in secret groups. Perhaps these groups agreed to support the open flogging and killing of the image of Christ on the big screen.
I am sure that these groups along with Gibson will benefit from the blood money. We have already pointed out that Opus Dei, an alleged secret society in the catholic Church has ties to this movie.
In the past, I have pointed out the links between Secret Societies and the implementation of the New World Order. I have also warned people that these societies have now entered into the political arena, and many groups are entering into the religious hierarchies and changing them in subtle ways.
Their imagery and symbols are everywhere and Gibsonís Passion has not escaped the imagery.
The first thing you see when the film begins is an image of the left eye taken from an old painting of Christ. This is the image for Gibsonís film company "Icon Films." The image reminded me of the ancient Egyptian "eye of Horus" which many believe to be the "evil eye of the illuminati."
The scene opens in what appears to be a graveyard. A dark figure is praying and looking into the sky. We later learn that it is Jesus. It appears that Jesus is praying to the moon.
I found it a bit unnerving to see Christ praying to the moon when in ancient Syria and Canna, the Moon-god was named "Sin." I donít know if Gibson knows this, but it seemed a bit much to be focusing on the moon.
From the time that Christ is betrayed in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus is beaten and eventually his right eye is punched and it swells until it is closed. In fact it remains closed throughout the movie.
This has been cited in the Old Testament as the very symbol of the Anti-Christ.
"Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened."--Zechariah 11:17
At the end of the film Christ rises naked with his profile showing one eye as well. According to Dr. Cathy Burns, author of the book "Masonic and cult Symbols Illustrated" claims that one of the symbols of the illuminated anti-Christ is a one eyed naked man on a horse.
Coincidentally this image can be found in the seal of the "Council on Foreign Relations."
It seems hypocritical for "family values" groups to rally to remove violent video games, and violent music with alleged triggering mechanisms in them when Gibsonís movie revels in the blood and violence.
Some Christian "watchdog" groups that whine about how these horrible things make our youth turn into violent thugs are only seeing things through "one eye."
If the violence is perpetrated on an actor playing Jesus it seems to be okay. The "R" rating of the film does not apply. However I recall when "Southpark: Bigger Longer and Uncut" ran in theaters the "R" rating was heavily enforced.
What the mainstream media has failed to report is that while The Passion of the Christ was in the number one spot at the Box office a very violent and peculiar Crime wave took place in the United States.
Police in Jacksonville, Fla., arrested a man who believed he was a 'vampire slayer' after he allegedly shot his Domino's Pizza co-worker twice in the face because he thought he was a vampire.
Timothy White, who was described by friends as a born-again Christian with an unusual preoccupation with zombies and vampires, was arrested outside of a church after the shooting.
Witnesses said he walked into the pizza shop and allegedly said David Harrison, his co-worker looked like a vampire. He then allegedly shot Harrison in the face and stomach. Police said White was heavily armed with a knife, a sawed-off shotgun and three pistols when he was taken into custody.
In an unrelated case Mark Randall, an Orlando man accused of injecting his male sex partners with blood was forced to provide federal prosecutors with samples of his DNA and blood, He allegedly was having masochistic sex parties in the garage of his home.
A man who killed another man because he thought his girlfriend was being turned into a vampire was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Kirk Palmer, was sentenced to serve time in a mental hospital in Pueblo, Colorado.
Blood ritual, and death ruled in the news while the blood ritual and death ruled at the box office.
A case that has simply been pushed in the memory hole was one of the most horrific and bizarre cases to come along since the Lafferty brothers claimed that they were told by God to kill a woman and her 15 month old daughter in 1984.
The case of Marcus Wesson was reported and then the story was buried before anyone could care about it. For those who have forgotten He's the dad who murdered his children and his wives in Fresno, California.
The Marcus Wesson case sounds like something out of a Vampire film with ritual killings and the macabre ritual nature of the slayings. Wesson appeared with women and children who seemed to be under his control. Frank Muna, a lawyer who once sold the Wesson a house, said the women wore dark robes and scarves, walked behind Wesson and did not speak when he was present. Authorities found a stack of nine bodies in one room and 10 caskets in another.
Authorities relayed a twisted scene of death at the house, with the bodies of young women and small children intertwined with clothing and stacked together in a back bedroom.
The bodies were so entangled that it took hours for police to confirm the number of dead.
Authorities began removing the bodies of two women and seven children, including infants. Some bodies were so small that they were carried out in white body bags, cradled in the arms of officials.
The majority of victims were female - one in her 20s, one about 17 and children ranging from 1 to 8. Authorities did not release the identities of the victims or causes of death. They did not know whether they were killed in the house or elsewhere. Police reported that Wesson had blood on his shirt when he surrendered.
A man who identified himself only as Mike and who said he was Wesson's brother-in-law said Wesson thought he was getting personal revelation from God.
So he thought that God told him to do it.
God is speaking to a lot of people lately and I guess we learn from example.
"God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East."óGeorge W. Bush
God telling people to kill is very curious to me. I know he told people to kill in the Old Testament, but sometimes he would send down angels to intervene. Many people will dismiss that God speaks today.
I have been taught that God is just, and that he speaks love.
However it is becoming quite apparent that the God Of wrath has decided to speak loud and clear to people and like zombies "Hear and Obey."
After a calm in the media about flesh eating cannibals, vampires, and whacked out Christians acting upon their so called revelations, a front page story from Tyler Texas once again demonstrates how the voices are being heard and people are acting upon the need for "ritualistic sacrifice."
Deanna Laney who claimed God ordered her to bash in the heads of her sons has been acquitted of all charges by reason of insanity. The jury determined that she was legally insane when she killed her two older sons, ages 6 and 8, in the front yard and left the youngest, now 2, maimed in his crib.
Psychiatrists testified that Laney believed she was divinely chosen by God to kill her children as a test of faith and then serve as a witness after the world ended.
Long before Mel Gibsonís movie made it to the theaters, the media was sounding the alarm about the movie sparking Anti-Semitism. What it didnít even think about was the possibility that coming out of the Movie Theaters would be a multitude of traumatized, messianic, maniacs who hear God telling them to maim, murder and kill.
There have been many critics within Christianity that have belittled other so called Christian sects for manipulating the bible, or otherwise claiming prophetic lineage.
There are many Evangelical Christians who secretly hate Catholics and yet they have managed to embrace a very Catholic film. Many people who know nothing of Catholicism would probably get lost in the film. Many are unaware that the film is literally a catholic mass showing the scenes taken directly from the Stations of the Cross.
Many things in the Passion movie are not based on the Bible at all. Many of the dogmas in this film come from various medieval Catholic books like those of Sister Anne Emmerich's visions, recorded in "The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ."
I decided to do some reading and some investigating of these passages and came upon some artwork that I found to be quite illuminating.
What I found was a painting. It was an interpretation of Emmerichís visions. In the painting I saw the eye of the pyramid. I couldnít believe what I was seeing!
One of the biggest mistakes we are making in the new millennium is this over zealous attempt to force religion into the pop culture. The Americultists can swing their freedom of speech in the market place and declare that "God hates fags" all they like, but they too must also face the consequences of their actions.
Right wing Christian cultists think that Islam is a threat because it is so pervasive and it threatens their mission like Communism threatened democracy in the 1950ís. Both are perceived as godless and inhuman.
However if a Christian who is worth his weight would stop and think a moment, if he or she were to pray and open their eyes, they would see that they are being coerced into paying attention to the wrong symbolism.
It is blatantly obvious that this film is a tool for the New World Order to secure a belief in a more medieval version of God that demands blood instead of love.
While tearful Christians walked out of the theater with renewed faith, I walked out realizing something that I had forgotten about the bible.
It can be dreadful, and morbid. Its passages contain texts dealing with adultery, incest, rape, cannibalism and murder.
Yet I hear from every Christian that the bible is their moral guide.
The four gospels gave us the meekness and beauty in the idea of a Savior being born and eventually it reverently told us of his death.
To make it a spectacle in a movie theater can be considered art.
To declare it as truth makes it blasphemy.
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