The following comes from a Mar. 11 op-ed on the Christian Post by Jennifer Roback Morse, president of the Ruth Institute in California.
Despite its box office success, the Son of God …. was one senseless deviation from Scripture after another.
Toward the beginning of the film, the scene depicting the call of St. Peter was completely wrong. In the movie, Jesus and “Peter” go out in a boat alone together, Jesus addresses him as “Peter,” Jesus concocts a miraculous draught of fish, and “Peter” ponders whether or not to follow Jesus.
In the Bible, Jesus encounters Andrew and his brother who is called Simon at that time. They were on the shore, not out in a boat. The brothers drop everything and immediately follow Jesus. The miraculous draught of fish comes later. So does Jesus’ giving him the name “Peter.”
The scene depicting the Ascension was also wrong. The Apostles certainly did not just get up after the Ascension, and start walking off to teach all nations.
The Apostles actually went to the Upper Room, elected Matthias to replace Judas, and waited for the Holy Spirit. Only after the descent of the Holy Spirit, were the Apostles emboldened to go out and preach. These are some of the most dramatic scenes in the Bible, which encompass the entire book of the Acts of the Apostles.
Why do these filmmakers think they need “artistic license” when they had a story as good as that? At the crucifixion, the film quite deliberately shows the soldier piercing the side of Christ, and then no blood and water pour out.
Why did they make such an inane change to the story? To prove to themselves that they could. By the end of my second viewing of this film, I am left with the nagging feeling that I am being duped. The filmmakers have taken relentless and pointless liberties with the text. They did not do a single scene completely correctly…..
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