Passion Play director wrong about Christ

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In the Your Faith section July 3, I read about the famous Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany, directed by Christian Stueckl, who stated that "Jesus understands himself completely as a Jew. He was never baptized, he never had a First Communion ... ."

Say what? And this man is directing the Passion Play?

A quick read of the Gospels reveals that Jesus was baptized ("evaptisthi") and that He desired to eat ("fagein") with His disciples at the Last Supper. The church celebrates His baptism during the Epiphany, and His partaking of communion during every liturgy.

It is difficult to imagine anyone involved in any activity portraying the life of Christ not having this most basic knowledge of Christian beliefs. Either he was pandering to the secular press and thus was essentially denying Christ, like Peter, out of fear of some sort of worldly retribution for affirming his beliefs or he sincerely holds the liberal-Christian view that Jesus was simply a holy Jewish man, nothing more, nothing less, and certainly nothing divine.

Or perhaps he simply jumped right to the crucifixion, and didn't read the earlier chapters of the Gospels while preparing to direct the play. Ouch!

Gary Bolick

Augusta

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 07/11/10 - 07:09 am
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It's a play, not a history or

It's a play, not a history or religious lesson. The word play indicates a lack of reality.

impossible
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impossible 07/11/10 - 07:29 am
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If someone did a garish
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If someone did a garish uncomplimentary portrait of you would that merely be art or would it be reality?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/11/10 - 11:22 am
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Bolick correctly points out

Bolick correctly points out errors of Christian Steuckl, who obviously is no Christian and likely is no Jew either. Modern-day Germany is largely godless, and I suspect Steuckl fits right in.

Yes, Jesus was a Jew, but Steuckl is incorrect when he says Jesus was never baptized. And since Jesus instituted a ritual to either be or represent (depending on denomination) communion and atonement with God, I would say Steuckl is incorrect when he says Jesus never had a first communion.

impossible
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impossible 07/11/10 - 02:13 pm
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Jesus was as "Jesus" as he
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Jesus was as "Jesus" as he could get. The Blessed Sacrament was for the Church not for himself. He did not have to receive himself in Holy Communion to be himself. That is probably too simple for those who love to grouse about Christianity

impossible
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impossible 07/11/10 - 02:18 pm
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Jesus is the high priest who
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Jesus is the high priest who offered himself up as an unblemished victim to redeem mankind from his sins. He embodies Christianity. He did not need to be baptized to become Himself, and being sinless, he did not need the cleansing Sacrament of Baptism. He insisted that John baptize him as an example for the rest of us.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/11/10 - 04:21 pm
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Ahhhh. It is so very nice to

Ahhhh. It is so very nice to have literate Catholics commenting on this. Impossible scores again.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/11/10 - 04:43 pm
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Thank you for your comments,

Thank you for your comments, Impossible. Note that neither Christian Steuckl nor myself said that Jesus needed baptism. Steuckl said that Jesus “was never baptized,” and I just corrected Steuckl, as did letter writer Gary Bolick.

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baronvonreich 07/11/10 - 04:43 pm
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The play is as ficticious as

The play is as ficticious as the book many like to quote.

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robelenj 07/11/10 - 04:44 pm
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Grouse -- if Christ never

Grouse -- if Christ never heard of christianity then why is it mentioned in the Bible? Three times the word Christian is used in the King James Version. Five times in the New International Version.

1.Acts 11:26
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

2.Acts 26:28
Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

3.1 Peter 4:16
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/11/10 - 04:49 pm
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You are kind of getting the

You are kind of getting the time line messed up, robelenj. The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Jesus was ascended by that time.

I look at it this way. “Christians” are students of Jesus Christ, followers of his way, believers in his resurrection. Christ, himself, is not a Christian. He is the one who showed the way.

You can tell grouse to go soak his head in another way.

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scoopdedoop64 07/11/10 - 10:01 pm
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Baron, you are such a wealth

Baron, you are such a wealth of knowledge about Christianity. From you I have learned how all of life's tragedies and ills come from that terrible thing called Christianity. Oh, if only Christianity had never been in the world we would all be so perfect. NOT. Baron, you are so consumed by your hate for Christianity that you can't see reality when it is there in from of you.

As to the letter, it was well written and on target. If the guy can't get the basic facts about Jesus' life straight then what right does he have to be portraying His death in any shape or fashion?

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