After reading Brent Ables’ column on “The Passion,” I’m
wondering if I even saw the same movie. The article suggested that
the film “falls in danger of altering Jesus’ message of love into
hate,” but as I watched the depiction of the final hours of
Christ’s life the only hate I felt was at the evil in the world
that caused the need for such a sacrifice.
While the brutality and violence were graphic, I believe they
only served to show the intense love of Christ who did not fight
back at those who persecuted him, but instead forgave them as they
nailed him to the cross. The strongest theme of love is that Jesus
did this of his own free will. I don’t understand how this can be a
message of hate.
I cannot speak for Mel Gibson, but from what I understand I
don’t think his goal was to make a gory film, there are enough of
those as it is. Also, to write off this film as one that “beats the
viewer into submission,” is unreasonable, for the “Passion” simply
shows a real story that should make all who see it ask who Jesus
was and find out if this is how it really happened.
While I can’t say I “enjoyed” the film as entertainment, I
congratulate Mel Gibson because getting a real issue on people’s
mind is the only way to find the answers.
Sophomore, technical journalism