Posted by: Truth and Consequences 101 | March 4, 2013

A Proper Response to “The Bible,” Week One


Some believers who have chimed in on the History Channel’s mini-series, The Bible, have complained about several things, including its dramatization of biblical events. They have even questioned the integrity of some of the nationally known pastors who have endorsed it.

Yet, The Bible (produced by reality-show guru Mark Barnett and his wife, Roma Downey) has generated tremendous interest in social media, and for the network itself. First reports indicate a strong viewing audience, perhaps many of them Christians responding in support. But there are no doubt many unbelievers who have tuned in out of curiosity, and even atheists and agnostics, eager to mock and scoff at God’s miraculous work of redemption.

Either way, as the great apostle tells us, “Christ is preached.”

Here are my takeaways from last night’s edition, week one. Anyone who watched the show would have seen demonstrated the following biblical truths:

  • God is the Creator of heaven and earth. (Genesis 1:1)
  • He is all-powerful (omnipotent), and sovereign over the earth: “Our God is in the heavens, He does all that He pleases.”  (Psalm 115:3)
  • He punishes sin and warns sinners. Sodom was the example of God’s justice against iniquity and rampant immorality (Genesis 18:20, 32); Pharaoh and Egypt were the examples of God’s justice against disobedience and idolatry (Exodus 7:14).
  • He is personal, and He has made Himself known, both in the created order and by His spoken and written word (Romans 1:20, Exodus 20).
  • He has called men to Himself to worship Him and to be His people (Hebrews 1:1-2, Exodus 6:7).

Many may be critical of the presentation of biblical truth in a 10-hour made for television mini-series, but are we as disciples of Jesus Christ going to turn down the opportunity that this event presents? Rather than harp on the shortcomings of a dramatic production, let us concentrate instead on the “water cooler” conversations that these episodes will drive over the coming weeks, as we begin to prepare ourselves for the season of the Resurrection.

Soli Deo Gloria! No king but Christ.



  1. good thoughts

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