This is an interesting year for movies and Christians. With the release of Son of God and Noah—two movies closely based on Biblical events, and the upcoming Heaven is for Real, also closely based on a true story (though a modern one), and dealing with Biblical concepts of Heaven. They (whoever “they” are) are calling it “The Year of the Bible.”
…What do we do when the true story isn’t just a true story, but the inspired Word of God? How should we think about things like changes to the text and artistic license when the source material is THE BIBLE?
I wrote 10 Guidelines to Help you Navigate Hollywood’s Year of the Bible over at Shepherd Project… check it out!
But in the meanwhile, I give you this little bonus from the end of the article:
12 Simple Questions to Get you Started
- What do I know about the original story?
- How did this version change my perspective of the original story?
- What questions do I have now that I didn’t have before about the original story?
- What changes were there between versions of the story (the Bible, verses the movie, etc.)?
- What’s the significance of those changes?
- How did the changes in this version affect (our perception of) the character and nature of God?
- Are there any significant doctrinal issues that I disagree with (or more importantly that I think Scripture disagrees with) in the movie?
- What do I think motivated the filmmakers as they produced this movie?
- What are the various audiences that the filmmakers may have been trying to appease as they made this movie?
- What was the overall message you think the filmmakers wanted to convey through this movie?
- What do you think should have been done differently in the movie, and why?
- How can you use the movie (whether you agree with it or not) to spread the good news of Jesus, to raise awareness and interest in the truth of the Bible, etc?