DearHusband and I watched Roma Downey’s account of events after the resurrection with growing disquiet. The visual effects at the ascension were awesome, though the 40 days previous in which more than 500 witnesses saw Him in His resurrected body were skipped over. The depiction of the warrior angels was thrilling, though none of them said “This same Jesus, Who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)
The Bible’s account of Pentecost was eclipsed by a political mishmash of Jewish factions and Pilate and Mrs. Pilate bickering over a missed vacation. There were attempts on Pilate’s life by skulking assassins and bloody executions in Pilate’s quarters. But none of this is Bible.
As for Holy Spirit, His Hollywood-style baptism of the disciples may have been a special-effects success, but the book of Acts had a different account: 120 men and women were gathered “in one accord”, in unity. The mini-series depicts a circle of fourteen or so people huddled in a tiny room snipping at one another, until they finally begin praying together. Acts 2:14 clearly says “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers”.
And Hollywood’s version has the handful of believers immediately running to the temple to have Peter pray for the lame man depicted in Acts 3. Acts Chapter 2, the amazing sermon preached by a newly infilled Peter is starkly missing.
The episode we watched ended with Peter and John being surrounded by temple guards and beaten with rods and thrown into prison, again with no depiction of Peter’s wonderful speech given to the onlookers. The Bible, in Acts 4, does not give an account of a beating or imprisonment, but verses 21 and 22 say “After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them because all the people were praising God for what had happened. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.”
Why, Roma Downey? Why change an amazing and anointed account of historical fact? The true story is so much better than the Hollywood version you’ve given us.
And here’s my real concern: How many people will believe your version instead of the truth?