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'Passions of The Christ'

The controversial Mel Gibson movie is set for a theatrical release on Feb. 25. No one has seen it yet, but everyone seems to have strong feelings about this film.

What are your thoughts on the film? Will you see it? Will you boycott it? Maybe you think it's just a film, and all this hub-bub is unnecessary. Let us know.

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No thanks. I think I'll check out 50 First Dates instead.

Dave, south boston


James Carroll's review is what is really obscene. I just saw the movie "The Passion of the Christ" and it was the most powerful statement of the love of God for humankind that I have ever seen. It far exceeded my expectations---Mel Gibson is an artistic genius. James Carroll has an agenda----to keep people from seeing the movie. Saying that the realistic portrayal of Christ's suffering is going to cause violence against Jewish people is pathetic. Give Americans some credit! We are so far beyond James Carroll's simple-minded logic. The movie, "The Passion of the Christ" is an ARTISTIC MASTERPIECE. IGNORE THE LIES OF JAMES CARROLL!

Pat, Portland


I am a Roman Catholic with Sephardic Jewish ancestry on my father's side and Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry on my mother's (mother's) side. I hope to see the movie and I especially hope to see it in a theatre filled with Christians and Jews who come to this movie not to point fingers at each other but to better understand each other's beliefs and the remarkable number of common threads that bind us. What better witness can we Christians and Jews give to the rest of a world which desperately needs to know of the awesome glory and commands of the Holy G*d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

With all due respect to everyone's opinions, I feel compelled to ask a question. Has anyone else noticed that the intensity of these debates resembles what one usually finds only within a FAMILY argument? Perhaps this is no coincidence!

As most genealogists will affirm, a huge number of seemingly non-Jewish "Christian" people actually have Jewish ancestors, some who became Christians willingly and others who were regrettably forced. And we must never forget, of course, that the very Christian faith was born from the womb of a humble Jewish girl! Therefore, we must always remember that we are forever linked in so many more ways than we are divided!

In this context, it is difficult to understand how anyone calling himself a Christian could ever hate the very people that G*d lovingly chose to bring forth Jesus as well as all of the Prophets. And likewise, how could any Jew revile a Christian or treat him as an "unclean goyim" when so many Christians undoubtedly have some Jewish ancestry and therefore, share the blood of Abraham? And ultimately, are we not all fellow sons of Adam, who was created in the very image of G*d?

Should anyone, Jewish or Christian, doubt the ultimate Jewish ancestry of many Christians, one should ask themselves what happened to the thousands of Jewish followers of Jesus or the 3,000 "men of Israel" who converted to Christianity upon hearing Peter's sermon as recorded in the Book of Acts, Chapter Two? Didn't these Jewish people almost certainly have children who were eventually dispersed in the Diaspora when Rome attacked Jerusalem in 72 AD? Hasn't history recorded that these Hebrew Christians were certainly among the founders of nearly every other Christian community throughout the world? Didn't these people almost certainly intermarry with the local peoples and thus become the ancestors of all of us Christians? Perhaps this is what Jesus may have meant by saying "Salvation is from the Jews"! (John 4:22)

Just as real families can engage in tragic long-standing feuds that can get out of hand and at times, even become violent, I would suggest that this has regrettably happened to the Jewish-Christian family throughout history. Nothing is more tragic than a breakup of a family and nothing inspires such passions, good and bad. But thanks be to G*d we are now talking again!

Yes! This movie has opened up an astonishing dialogue between Christians and Jews! Can anyone else remember any time during the past 1,900 YEARS since our unfortunate

"divorce" when there has been so much exchange of dialogue between Jews and Christians? So perhaps this movie may actually serve as a needed catalyst that gets us all communicating with each other. G*d can always can bring good out of bad!

To give just one example: before this movie came out, I had personally never realized just how much pain the Jewish people have endured throughout all of history, all too often at the hands of those who call themselves Christians. I know I could speak for many Christians in saying that we are very sorry that we didn't understand this earlier before this movie came out. And perhaps some Jews have never realized until this movie came out, the extent to which most of us Christians really and truly love them and revere them as our "eldest brothers in the faith" as Pope John Paul affectionately the Jewish people. Did it take a movie to get us talking? Who knows, but now let us continue in dialogue and begin to show each other mutual respect, love and sensitivity towards each other.

If I may be permitted to close with a Jewish Scripture that Christians believe describes the promise that Jesus' passion holds for all mankind: "... and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5) May G*d use this movie to heal all of us!

Ken, Austin


I will view this important movie in the next coming weeks or catch it on DVD

Owain, Scarborough, Maine


Visually stunning . . . emotionally draining . . . a spiritual blockbuster.

Who killed Jesus?

Gibson answers that question plainly and openly in the Pieta-like moment when, broken and lifeless, the Saviour's body rests in the arms of His mother, Mary. First, she kisses and carresses the face of Her Saviour and Son. Then she turn and stares into the camera, into the theater, into our hearts.

Of all the moments of disquieting torture, flagellation, brutality, conniving, and inhumanity, all of which were to me deeply moving, nothing touched me like Mary's unreproving but unrelenting stare. I know who put Jesus on the cross, and I know who caused that mother's suffering: I did.

Jim , Washington, DC


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