...that is how Bill O'Reilly portrays God Incarnate in his movie "Killing Jesus".
I recorded "Killing Jesus" and tried to watch it the next day, but it was so awful- truly the most horrible "bible" story I have seen in years. So horrible that I couldn't make it through the first hour, let alone watch the entire three hour debacle.
Besides all the fiction, O'Reilly rewrites the scriptures and changes the order of things and worst of all depicts our Lord as some clueless mere mortal stumbling through life not knowing anything until his cousin John the Baptist attempts to fill him in.
It was pathetic right from the beginning.
-Mary has amnesia and doesn't recall the Angel Gabriel's words to her (Luke 1:28-38). Nor does she remember the angels, shepherds or the three Kings who came to pay homage to the new born king - you'd think something like that would leave a lasting impression but not in O'Reilly's version. Nope, Mary is depicted as clueless and dull-witted as Jesus in this movie.
-Jesus is not shown presented at the Temple where Simeon takes Jesus in his arms and proclaims that salvation has come or his prophecy to Mary about the suffering she will endure because of who she gave birth to. (Luke 2)
-The escape to Egypt happened because Joseph was worried and antsy to get out of there, no angel of the Lord telling them to go and not return until they were told by God (Matt.2:13 and Matt.2:19). The return is based on a chat worry-wart Joseph had with some traveling Jews after Herod's death. Pure fiction.
-The worst is poor dumb Jesus...clueless about who he is. No one remembers the amazing facts surrounding his birth, the prophecy fulfilled, the angels, the wise men...nothing. It's all a blur as he works hard to be a carpenter like his step dad Joseph- only he's so clueless he doesn't know Joseph wasn't his real father. Mary with her amnesia forgot to mention the miraculous virginal conception of God Incarnate by the Holy Spirit. Just slipped her mind!
I gotta give it to the actor playing Jesus, he does a perfect job of looking confused, baffled and just plain old dumb as O'Reilly seems to believe Jesus was.
But I just couldn't take Jesus being depicted as dumb as a pile of rocks.
In all my life, I have never imagined Jesus as walking around confused not knowing who he was/is. I never imagined Mary forgetting everything that happened to her! Who could forget an angel telling you you've been chosen by God to carry God Incarnate in your womb? O'Reilly's Mary manages to forget it all and more.
The movie is insulting and I felt disgusted watching it- especially during Holy Week.
The movie is like an anti-Christian depiction of what an anti-Christian might portray as THEIR VERSION of the story of Jesus minus Christ's Divinity and lots of Sacred Scripture re-writes. I have to wonder if O'Reilly used a Bible at all or if he wrote this fiction from some pagan anti-Christian source. This movie is NOT in any way, shape or form something a Christian who knows the Bible and story of Jesus could ever enjoy or recommend.
It's deplorable. Even worse than the book O'Reilly's publisher asked me to review for him (HERE).
I turned it off and deleted it before I shoved my foot threw my new flat screen.
My time was better spent watching reruns of The Rockford Files on MeTV (I save Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" movie for Good Friday).
Practicing Catholics know its bad when The National Catholic Reporter likes it and declares it "remarkable"!
Remarkably bad maybe!
In my opinion, O'Reilly needs to stick with shouting at his Fox news guests and stay away from a religion he clearly knows little about.
Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner