Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Revelations According to NBC

Tonight (Wednesday), NBC-TV serves up part one of its six-part miniseries Revelations. No, this is not an attempt to bring to the small screen the similarly named last book of the Bible as written by the Apostle John—and make no mistake about that. Instead, this is an attempt to cash in on a perceived notion that Red State America wants to see Hollywood's version of the Bible.

Barbara Nicolosi, who trains religious writers and executives who want to work in Hollywood, said in an article by Gary Levin in today's USA Today that although the first episode is "well-crafted . . . it's very insulting to people of faith to see our scriptures and doctrines mixed up with weird, occultic imagery and scenarios. I think that the red-state, religious, Passion of the Christ–loving audience whom NBC is trying to attract with this kind of programming will actually be repelled."

The miniseries stars Bill Pullman as a Harvard scientist and skeptic who joins forces with a nun played by Natascha McElhone. In what some are calling an "X-Files" on the Apocalypse, the two investigate the signs of the times—famine, oil spills, tsunamis, etc.—and interpret them to mean the end times are near.

Now, I'm not saying that you should not watch this series (for the record, I don't plan to), but if you do, you should view it with a discerning eye. And if you have a hard time drawing a line between what in the series is Biblical and what is not, test it with Scripture. Read and study the Bible and see what God reveals to you on these matters.

But keep in mind, as Jesus said in Matthew 24:36, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." And I might add, neither do the producers and writers of NBC's Revelations.


At Thursday, April 14, 2005 9:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading your comments and agree wholeheartedly. I did not watch last night nor do I intend to watch the remaining segments. I guess I better watch what I say from now on! :)


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