By Tom DiFrancesca III
Christianity — a word used to describe folks who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ of Nazareth. A relationship that is based solely on faith — for you see, Jesus walked the earth more than 2000 years ago.
Up until 9/11, Christianity was pretty much bashed by anyone and everyone who wasn’t a Christian themselves. Folks in “Hollywierd” still have a great time making light of a religion that they believe is false.
It seems, though, that since the horrendous terrorist attack in New York, interest in Christianity has been on the rise. Before 9/11, I’d have even thought to myself that a major motion picture about Jesus would never survive its first opening weekend, but — that was before.
This is now.
Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” has now grossed more than $361 million — that is a lot of money. That also equates to a lot more people watching the film than just Christians.
If you want to keep up with box office totals (for any movie), it’s easy, just jump over to the Internet Movie Database at
and then click on the “more” link, under the “Tops at the Box Office” category.
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A lot of people, including Christians and non-believers alike, feel that the end of the world as we know it is very near. Some folks (I for one), can see the writing on the wall — it seems to be everywhere.
One of the most popular excuses that I have heard folks use is that they don’t like Christianity because it’s based on the Bible, and the Bible is just too difficult to understand.
Either the folks don’t like the “King’s English,” or they don’t trust a particular translation. So, even though they are curious as to what the Bible says about the “end of days,” they don’t pursue it.
A few years ago, it would have been pretty costly to have access to several different versions of the Bible — that is not the case today. For the price of access to the Internet, anyone can quickly, freely, and easily become a Bible scholar (well, close, OK?).
First stop is
where you will find the complete online version of the “New English Translation” Bible. There is much more on the Web site than just the Bible, though; hundreds of essays and theological studies can also be found there.
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Looking for more options while researching the Bible? Try the “Bible Gateway” at
and you’ll find yourself having access to at least 16 different Bible versions. One can also read foreign language versions of the Bible at that Web site.
Not satisfied with access to 16 versions of the Bible? How about 22? Just hop on over to
and you’ll be astounded by the width and breadth and what is available to anyone wanting a better understanding of the Bible.
If you are looking for a little more than just quick access to the Bible — say, for example, things like daily devotionals, commentaries, and columns — then you can have all of that at
It is a great Web site.
So, no one any longer has any excuse for not at least being able to confirm a particular passage of the Bible that may be used in a movie, book, or song.
Remember, even satan (left un-capitalized on purpose) knows what is written in the Bible.
Tom DiFrancesca III is a freelance columnist and a resident of Clovis. He can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.trackertom.com