Dear Aebi: "Why would anyone want to produce a movie like 'The Last Temptation of Christ?'"
I haven't seen the movie, but I have heard about it and read about it and some other movies that debase Jesus and either distort or deny the Bible picture of things.
There are at least three reasons that I can think of: (1) for money; (2) to show their disbelief in Christ and their belief in secular humanism/atheism; and (3) to justify their own immoral attitudes and actions by denying the divinity of Jesus and thus eliminating him as Judge and Author of divine standards.
(1) The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). The movie, TV, magazine, and newspaper industries all the mass media have the making of money as their driving motive. They write stories and make films to make money. Actors and actresses portray themselves as evil characters and in roles and immodest dress for money. A newscast twenty years ago showed newspaper and magazine photographers admitting that they had practiced various kinds of deception and dishonesty to take pictures because they "were paid to do it." Newsmen do whatever it takes to sell a story, and the moviemakers do the same. Making money was the motive behind the TV commercial in which they planted explosives and detonated them to try to prove that one truck's gas tank was likely to explode in an accident.
(2) Another reason why they made this movie was to show their disbelief in Christ and their belief in secular humanism/atheism, which leads them to think that Jesus was like other men, notably themselves. So, they portray a twisted, psychotic, immoral personality for Jesus, because it suits their purpose to degrade our Lord as much as they can. Unbelievers like Emil Rasmussen, Charles Benet-Sangle, William Hirsch, and George deLoosten wrote books in the early 1900's to try to discredit Jesus by portraying him as insane, but they were effectively refuted by psychiatrists and theologians like Albert Schweitzer. Secular humanism has made great strides since the early 1900's, however, and these humanists will resurrect any ancient theories they can use to oppose Christ. The Humanist Manifesto plainly declares its intention to eradicate Christianity.
(3) Another reason why moviemakers want to discredit Christ is to justify their own immoral attitudes and actions by eliminating Christ as the Divine Judge and his Word as the standard of judgment. If they can reduce Jesus to just another man, as immoral and confused as themselves, they can disregard his law and his standard of morality. In this way, they can continue in sin and feel no worse than others. Evil men have always tried to build themselves up by bringing the righteous down. The Pharisees accused Jesus of being in league with Beelzebub; Jewish troublemakers accused Paul of treason. We need not be surprised when evildoers try to justify themselves by accusing us, vilifying Christ, or denying the existence of God. These tactics will not work, for God will have the last word, and Jesus will be the final Judge. Christ and his people will win in the end. Revelation 17:14. Be sure that you are on the Lord's side then! -2660 Layman Rd., Vincent, OH 45784-9730. email@example.com
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