Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ Details an Excruciating Death

 This very controversial film by Mel Gibson details the final hours and crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross by the Romans.

The King James Version of the Holy Bible records who is jesus the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

If Christ did not rise from the dead then Christianity is arguably the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon the human race. If Christ did rise from the dead then Christianity is arguably going to reward those who believe in Christ and punish those who do not.

The Passion of the Christ is controversial because more than 5 billion people on planet Earth do not claim Christianity as their religion of choice. With more than a billion members Christianity is the most widespread religion in the world.

Belief in Christ and Christianity requires a leap of faith, not logic. Arguing about whether Christianity is real or not belies the value of its benefits to the believer.

Most Christians believe in one God in three Persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) and that Jesus is the Son of God who rose from the dead after being crucified; a Christian hopes to attain eternal life after death through faith in Jesus Christ and tries to live by his teachings as recorded in the New Testament.

Mel Gibson is among the one billion plus believers in Christ. As a Roman Catholic Gibson joins fellow Christians who are Protestant and Eastern Orthodox in practicing their faith. Mel Gibson is also among the one billion plus believers in Christ who are sinners.

I believe The Passion of the Christ is a film that all Christians should see. James Caviezel presents a credible portrayal of Christ in the film, not an easy task. Because this film is about a lot more than the actors and supporting cast involved, reactions are bound to be mixed.

Millions of Christians saw this film and rated it highly because Gibson chose to honor the written word about Christ in directing the film; he literally left any Hollywood influence behind and focused on showing the excruciating way in which Christ was crucified.

By doing so Gibson alienated many believers of other religions who might have felt the detailed emphasis on the method of crucifixion was overdone.

This certainly was a film for people of understanding and maturity to see. The death scenes are stark, brutal and almost unending. No real Christian underestimates the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for his believers.

Gibson co-wrote, produced and directed the film. Hollywood and its minions were not kind in recognizing Gibson for his moviemaking effort. The Passion of the Christ received three Oscar nominations and no major awards.

He is not without accolades as his 1995 effort in Braveheart garnered Oscar awards for Best Director and Best Picture.

Gibson probably got over the rejection of critics in The Passion of the Christ by looking at his bank account. The movie grossed $611 million worldwide and became the 8th highest-grossing film in history, and the highest-grossing R rated film of all time (the R rating was for violence, not sex or language).