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5 Hollywood Movies That Got the Bible Wrong

By    |   Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 03:13 PM

The Bible contains some of the greatest stories of all time. It is no wonder Hollywood is tempted to take on these favorites and make movies, but many Christians don't appreciate much artistic license with scripture.

Here are five Hollywood movies that got the Bible wrong:

1. Noah (2014)
– This movie failed on one of the most important points of the Biblical flood, that Noah and his family were the only people to survive. A commentator on The Christian Post writes, "The Noah movie is ugly. It is anti-human exceptionalism. It's enviro-agitprop. And it's poorly done. I can't recommend this movie"

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2. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
– This movie incited boycotts from the Christian community when it came out in 1988. A commentator on Christianity Today writes, "Last Temptation wasn't simply criticized: it helped establish the battle lines."

3. Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) A Christian Answers movie review gives this film a "very offensive" moral rating to this recreation of the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. "I am somewhat dumfounded how Hollywood has repeatedly managed to mess up the story and alter it to their own liking."

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4. Left Behind (2014) – This film is based on the idea of a Christian rapture at the end of the world. It was not well received for its interpretation of events. A Patheos commentator, Benjamin L. Corey calls it one of the "least Biblical" movies he had ever seen. He adds, "The movie was impressively horrible — infinitely worse than I had expected ... nothing shown in the movie is found in the Bible."

5. The Da Vinci Code (2006) – While this movie involves more church history than Bible history, the big screen adaptation of Dan Brown's bestseller is based on the idea that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, they had a family and the secret of that union was fiercely protected for centuries. Not Biblical. While Brown and Hanks both called the work fiction, Christianity Today reviewer Peter T. Chattaway noted that the movie was apt to make viewers believe, he adds,  "Seems to go out of its way to give the story even more historical credibility than the novel does."

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