The 5 part mini-series debuted on the History channel Sunday to mixed-reviews from Christian and non-Christian audiences. Ratings for episode 1 are approaching record proportions for the network.
Episode 1 carried you through the stories of Noah’s Ark, Sodom and Gomorra, Moses leading the people of Israel across the Red Sea, and pauses with the children of Israel’s battle at Jericho.
Given the fact that I’m a film-maker myself, I understand that some scenes have to be shortened for time reasons, but I did see a blatant effort to sugar-coat Sodom’s destruction.
In the scenes showcasing the sins of Sodom you saw no homosexual couples, and no mention of the towns-men wanting to have gay sex with the Angels. Just heterosexual couples mating openly with one another. The bible elaborates greatly here; Genesis chapter 19 records the two angels, disguised as human men, visiting Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot met the angels in the city square and urged them to stay at his house. The angels agreed. The Bible then informs us, “Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom — both young and old — surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”
The Bible series out-right skipped this part making you believe the Angels were viewed by the natives of Sodom as some kind of warriors from a foreign tribe.
The rest of the depiction is accurate as the angels proceed to blind all the men of Sodom and Gomorrah and urge Lot and his family to flee from the cities to escape the wrath that God was about to deliver. Lot and his family flee the city, and then “the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah.
Sodom was the only problem I had with the series. Again, because I know they have to hurry through the stories keeping only the main details without changing the perspective in which the scriptures are told.
What did you think about episode 1 of the Bible Series? Your comments can be left below.
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