No debating that Jesus is controversial

Letters to the Editor

I cannot remember a film more controversial than “The Passion of the Christ.” The media attention is phenomenal, the religious conversation is ceaseless, and after all is said and done I am not sure most of us will truly understand what is happening through this film.
This film is not truly about Mel Gibson’s personal convictions. It is not about the claims of many Jews that the film is anti-Semitic, or that it is a loose interpretation of the Gospels. It is controversial because Jesus has always been controversial.
Jesus has been controversial since his story began. He has been banned from schools, governments and even entire countries. Belief in him has evoked persecution, executions, and even wars. On the contrary, he has changed lives, families, towns, states, and even countries. For the last 2,000 years he has had a major impact on every aspect of life.
As a believing Christian, I am not really surprised by the attention. During his ministry, Jesus challenged many of the accepted traditions of his times and attracted both those who admired him and those who hated him.
Jesus contradicts the world’s standards and leaves us feeling uncomfortable with who we are.
There will always be an ongoing battle between man and his sinful nature.
The bottom line is that God uses many vessels to display his love for us. So should we be shocked by the debates that have raged and will rage on? Absolutely not. God is using this film.
I must admit I am glad these debates have raged. When media devote space and time to this film, they are exposing more people to Jesus. Any opportunity that exists to talk about Jesus is readily accepted.
The film has already been successful.
God’s will has been done.
This film is a success because it poses the real controversy as a personal one. In the end it comes down to the one question that Jesus has always asked:
“But what about you? Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15)

Chris Horton

I was reading about “The Passion of the Christ” film by Mel Gibson. I respect the fact that he did this because I feel it is good for people to see what our Lord really went through.
I know there are some problems with some people blaming the Jews for the death of Christ but what they need to remember is that this is what Jesus came to the world for.
It doesn’t matter who crucified him. This is what God sent him for — to die for our sins; for everyone’s sins. He didn’t just die for the people of that time. He died for us too. We’re all sinners in one way or another. No one is perfect. We all crucified him.
Satan doesn’t want people to know what Jesus went through for our sins so that we might be saved.
I believe time is short in this world and God is calling his people to himself. We need to pray and be ready. Sin is running rampant in our world today.
There is power in the name of Jesus (and) the evil one does not want this.

Rosemary Jimenez