Only the media are surprised

The rest of non-elite America understands allure of "The Bible"

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It’s a pretty good bet that if the Bible was a new book, the critics would pan it.

Not that the History channel’s Bible miniseries, which also was jeered by the intelligentsia, is any kind of stand-in for the good book.

But the series, which concludes fittingly enough on Easter Sunday, is sufficiently faithful to the Old and New Testaments – and so skillfully produced – that it has become a ratings blockbuster.

“The show’s debut episode attracted 13.1 million viewers,” notes the Deseret (Utah) News, “which was twice as many people as watched any show on NBC in the month of February.”

As the New York Times wrote last month, NBC’s ratings “have dissipated to numbers so small they have not been seen before by any broadcast network.”

Yet, such networks continue to look away condescendingly from programs such as The Bible.

Only the media are surprised when viewers do otherwise.

As the Deseret News noted, critics early on derided the Bible series as a “cheesefest,” as “flat and often tedious” and as “cardboard characters surrounded by (computer-generated) frippery.”

So, when people defied the critics and flocked to see it by the millions, that stunned the supposed experts in the media, who are now calling it a “surprise hit” – “which demonstrates that those who ignore the hunger for respectful religious entertainment can be surprised rather easily,” the Deseret paper opined.

It’s not just religious offerings, either, that are consistently undervalued in Hollywood; it’s wholesomeness in general – even though such movies and shows earn some of the best
ratings and profits.

Nor is this just an entertainment phenomenon: News and feature shows and news networks that consistently show disdain for traditional American and faith-based values are not trending well in ratings.

Cable networks may never be considered synonymous with wholesomeness, certainly. But in airing the Bible miniseries, the History channel has discovered what the big broadcast networks seem long ago to have forgotten: Virtue sells.

The original broadcast channels also have lost much of their dominance as the smaller cable networks exhibit more
agility and creativity in their programming. The big broadcast networks have been running a small number of prime-time themes into the ground – reality shows, talent shows and crime shows chief among them. With big budgets and large legacy costs, they don’t appear willing to take the risks their cable competitors do.

But isn’t it amazing that serving up a respectful retelling of the Bible – undoubtedly history’s runaway bestselling book – is considered one of those risks?

Perhaps only if you can’t see in front of you because you’re too busy looking down your nose at people.

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carcraft 03/31/13 - 05:35 am
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Sort of like John Spong?

Sort of like John Spong?

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InChristLove 03/31/13 - 08:12 am
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GAD...does he say ANYWHERE in

GAD...does he say ANYWHERE in this comment that it was directed at you personally?

"He did not say that the devil's sheep hear his voice. Blessings to all!"

Again unnecessary snide comment from GAD "You cherry pick the comments like you cherry pick the scriptures."

Who's cherry picking the comments GAD.....this person posted a general statement about all who do not believe does not hear the voice of the Savior in a comment to me after wishing me Happy Easter. No indication that he/she was talking to you directly.......Wow, talk about being paranoid.

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carcraft 03/31/13 - 08:38 am
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I really hope and PRAY EEL

I really hope and PRAY EEL and GAD have an encounter with the risen Lord.

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Fiat_Lux 03/31/13 - 12:04 pm
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So do I.

I hope Spong does as well, a genuine heretic in a fairly long line of heretics who hold and have held the position of presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, John Allin being a possible exception. The Episcopal Church is unrecognizable now, and in fact exists mainly in name only. The remnant of the faithful are largely under the authority of African dioceses now.

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dahreese 03/31/13 - 03:42 pm
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"My comment wasn't made as
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"My comment wasn't made as proof to anything other than a statement about what the Lord's Word says about false prophets."

How long does it take for intelligent, '"informed" adults to understand that "God" didn't say a single word in the "Lord's Word."

That such a "thought" about the creation of the "Lord's Word" (as you know it) didn't exist until the fourth century and then only by political/religeous decree from Constantine.

If you didn't have the "Lord's Word" to tell you how to think spiritually, would you be any different?

Or would you be a liar, thief, cheat, whatever..........?

It's not what's in the "Lord's Word" that counts, it's what's in YOU.

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InChristLove 03/31/13 - 05:01 pm
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And it will take from here to

And it will take from here to eternity for those who are not his children to understand that "HE SAID IT ALL". It doesn't take a head of intelligence but a humble and repentant heart to understand that.

It is what's in the "Lord's Word" that counts because we are wretched sinners, all of us, and His Word is his love letter to us, our guide, so that we may learn how to be righteous and have a close and personal relationship with him.

dahreese, just because the words were not written down until a particular time does not mean the action of those words did not occur until they were written so nothing in His Word was decreed except by the authority of God.

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dahreese 03/31/13 - 05:30 pm
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"dahreese, just because the
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"dahreese, just because the words were not written down until a particular time does not mean the action of those words did not occur until they were written so nothing in His Word was decreed except by the authority of God."

Since we do not have all of the letters of Paul, is the "Lord's Word" complete or incomplete?

Should we be skeptical of any minister who decrees, "God told me to say" this, that, or the other, or should we suppose God actually has spoken with said minister, or should we suppose that the said minister is using his imagination that 'God' actually talked with him, and if 'God' has actually talked with said minister, then why don't we include that in "God's Word" as well, and if said minister has not actually talked with God, then why are we listening to said minister?

The fact remains that YOU or I would be believers of another faith if born in a country of a another faith that is not 'christian.'

Jesus made it very clear that it's not the hearers of "God's Word", but the doers of the word that count; nor did he specify that if the "doer" is not a "christian", then the good works matter or do not matter.

It's high time that the Church was called on its claim of the "Word of God."

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InChristLove 03/31/13 - 06:16 pm
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you stated "The fact remains

you stated "The fact remains that YOU or I would be believers of another faith if born in a country of a another faith that is not 'christian.'"

Fact remains, I am exactly where my Lord wants me to be and there are many who are Christians today who live in a country of another faith so your statement does not hold truth.

As for being doers of the Word, I believe scripture actually says both. James 1:22 says 'But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." Which means we hear the word and do the word, not one or the other.

As for those who are non-believers doing good works, you stated "nor did he specify that if the "doer" is not a "christian", then the good works matter or do not matter" Scripture tells us differently. James 2:26 tells us "For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. "

Faith apart from works is dead....meaning you can do all the good deads you want, all that makes you is a good person doing something good. Without Faith in Christ, you are still an unsaved soul destined for Hell.

John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. "

No amount of good works will get you to heaven, it is only through the blood of Jesus Christ, through forgiveness and accepting Him as Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9 'For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Not a result of works...but by God's Grace.

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dahreese 03/31/13 - 07:31 pm
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"Without Faith in Christ, you
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"Without Faith in Christ, you are still an unsaved soul destined for Hell."

Really?

If we love our children, as soon as they are born why don't we just slice their throats and send them on to heaven. Why should we let them live and run the risk of hell?

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InChristLove 03/31/13 - 07:38 pm
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Because it is not up to us to

Because it is not up to us to make the decision for our children. God gives us all free will to decide. If you look at it that way, why have the children at all. We are instructed to teach our children the ways of God and through prayer and faith in Christ, trust that they will come to know Christ as Lord and Savior.

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dahreese 03/31/13 - 08:31 pm
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"God gives us all free will
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"God gives us all free will to decide."

If God gives us free will to decide, why does he get so mad when we make a mistake and threaten to send us to hell?

If we have to be good and live in fear of hell, that's not free will.

That's coercion.

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InChristLove 03/31/13 - 08:58 pm
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Dahreese, God does not

Dahreese, God does not threaten us with Hell. There are two choices, either you can believe that He is Almighty God and accept Him as your Savior or you can choose not to believe.

If you choose to have a personal relationship with Him then you get to spend eternity with Him.

If you choose not to have a personal relationship with Him then He says you will spend eternity in Hell out of His presence. If you don't believe in Him then it should not make a difference where you spend eternity or even if you believe in eternity.

We don't have to be good and live in fear of Hell. We want to do good because it pleases our Lord and we have no fear of Hell. If you choose to do as you wish then I assume you think you are happy and doing good. More power to you.....

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InChristLove 03/31/13 - 09:11 pm
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"If God gives us free will to

"If God gives us free will to decide, why does he get so mad when we make a mistake and threaten to send us to hell?"

I believe someone has given you wrong information. God does not "get mad" when we mess up. It most likely makes Him extremely sad and the only threat of Hell is if we refuse His free gift. No threat involved. You either believe or you don't....the choice is yours.

We believers are very passionate about telling others about Christ because He has revealed to us the truth. We know how He loves us and guides us through trials in our life, how we rejoice when He is in our presence. We want everyone to experience that same joy and peace but the decision isn't ours....it's yours.

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dahreese 03/31/13 - 10:25 pm
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"God does not threaten us
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"God does not threaten us with Hell."

But that's exactly what you christians say the bible says!

Behave yourself, live a 'christian' life, fear god, or you might end up in hell!

Fear!

Coercion!

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InChristLove 03/31/13 - 11:08 pm
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Don't know who you've been

Don't know who you've been listening to dahreese, but God doesn't threaten you with anything. Some Christians might tell you to repent, and be saved or Hell will be your final destination when you die on this earth but that's not a threat.....that's a fact. You can choose to believe it or not....no threat.

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Darby 03/31/13 - 11:47 pm
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Don't you love it...

when the subject turns to religion?

It always brings out the uncontrolled rage and hate the atheists have for people of faith. I really enjoy their rants.

And it's a lot cheaper than a movie.

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InChristLove 04/01/13 - 06:09 am
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Darby, I don't think it's so

Darby, I don't think it's so much hate as it is fear of the truth, and their uncontrolled rants aren't from them but from the powers of darkness.

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dahreese 04/01/13 - 03:16 pm
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What WOULD you folks do
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What WOULD you folks do without a bible?

And are you going to tell me that those who have never heard of the bible are going to hell - even if they've lived a good life.

That "god" is going to say "tough luck."

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dahreese 04/01/13 - 06:34 pm
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"Christians might tell you to
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"Christians might tell you to repent, and be saved or Hell will be your final destination when you die on this earth but that's not a threat.....that's a fact."

That's coercion!

You can't be who your are ("free will").

And if you can't exercise "free will", then what's worth saving?

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InChristLove 04/01/13 - 11:15 pm
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Sounds like you want your

Sounds like you want your cake and eat it too. If you don't want to accept Christ, obey His Word, then you don't have to, but then you don't get to enjoy the benefits. It's a choice, not a coercion. You know what is right, you just don't want to do what is right, but you want the benefits that are bestowed on those who do right.

As for those who you say have not heard the Word, what about them. If you are truly interested, I believe there are many Christian websites that explain this, but just in case you don't wish to bother, here is one and all you have to do is copy it in your address block.

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/becoming_a_christian/is_christ_the...

What would I do without a Bible.....I'd still serve my Lord. I don't need the Bible to have a personal relationship with Christ. The Bible is a guide book, a love story from a heavenly father, a history book, but my salvation isn't dependent on the Bible but on Christ.

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dahreese 04/02/13 - 04:21 pm
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Without your bible you would
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Without your bible you would have never heard about christ.

The threat of hell is coercion - be good, or else.....

"If you are truly interested, I believe there are many Christian websites that explain this...."

I don't want focus on the family's answer, I want yours.

"You know what is right, you just don't want to do what is right, but you want the benefits that are bestowed on those who do right."

But, suppose I live a christian life, yet I've never heard of the bible, or christ, and I still do right, what then...?
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And, which translation into English (out of the original Hebrew and Greek languages) shall we believe?

The King James
The Revised Standard Version
The New International Version

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InChristLove 04/02/13 - 09:25 pm
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Without the bible we would

Without the bible we would have never heard about Christ......are you sure. There are hundreds who heard about Christ before the bible was composed.....have you heard of disciples, apostles, missionaries????

The real question here is, since it seems you are concerned about Hell, is what are YOU going to do about it. You know of Christ, you know the Bible is His Word and you have the opportunity to read it....you know that salvation is through Christ and eternity in his presence is the alternative to Hell......so the question is, what are you going to do about it....Accept Christ, rejoice in His redemption and gift of eternal life, OR go about your life as you wish and stop worrying about hell. You have two choices.....Christ and heaven, or world and hell. It is not coercison or threat.....it's a CHOICE. If you don't want Hell, choice Christ.

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InChristLove 04/02/13 - 10:00 pm
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dahreese, if you are sincere

dahreese, if you are sincere in your searching...please send me a message of how I can contact you.....if you aren't sincere, then my discussion on this matter is finished.

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dahreese 04/02/13 - 10:27 pm
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Sincere about what?
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Sincere about what?

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carcraft 04/03/13 - 09:47 pm
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A fellow Christian tole me

A fellow Christian tole me about Christ, it was a while after I became a Christian that I read the Bible . O came to Christ because of God's incredible love. I knew God's love then found out what God saved me from!

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dahreese 04/04/13 - 05:54 pm
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"But suppose we invest in a
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"But suppose we invest in a company that fails? These are high risk companies said Senator Heath. Then there is no return."

And there is less retirement money for state retirees.........

Through no fault of their own.

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