“The Bible Series”: A Great Tool to Reach Seekers and Believers

March 4, 2013 | Tags: ,

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Last night, “The Bible Series” premiered on the History Channel. It was the first show of a 10-part miniseries that will portray stories from the Bible. The stories are chosen from parts of Genesis all the way through the book of Revelation. It is produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.

In a nutshell, I believe we as Christians need to praise God for this awesome gift He has given our generation and focus on praise rather than criticism. The produces admit, from the beginning, that this series is an adaptation of the Bible. It is not a perfect portrayal of the text. However, it is still very well-done, and in my opinion, filled with the Holy Spirit. Tears filled my eyes as I watched Abraham hug and kiss Isaac when he saw the ram caught in the thicket after God called out to him to stop the sacrifice. I felt the warmth of the Holy Spirit every time Moses encouraged the Israelites to trust in God. I smiled at how we could not see the third man Abraham spoke with about having mercy on Sodom, but that the producers eluded to a Jesus-like resemblance. There were so many details that made the adaptation worthy of our praise.

We live in a time where it is almost impossible to find quality, wholesome programming anywhere. Isn’t it wonderful that God has used this medium, and the technology of our generation, to share His Word in a new, fresh way? So many have never read the Bible. If this miniseries causes many to pick up and read the text for themselves, who may otherwise never read it, isn’t that worth so much more than spending our energies criticizing where the series took some liberties with the text?

Remember, those of us who know the Bible well will see the few inaccuracies. But let’s not allow our knowledge of the Word to cause someone else to stumble who has never read or studied the Bible.  Remember, he or she is looking at the series with a fresh perspective. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to speak personally to each individual watching the series. Let’s then, as believers, come along side those who are watching and help them understand the message of Jesus Christ, using what the miniseries portrays. Let’s pray and ask God to place individuals in our way who are watching and seeking to know more about God. Remember, God can use anything to reach anyone. The Holy Spirit is not confined to a perfect rendition of the Bible on TV. He can use the truths of the show to point many to Jesus. Let’s not hinder His work by being overly critical and drive seekers away from the show. Remember, we as believers are to focus on the Great Commission (Matt. 28: 18-20). Let’s praise God for such an open door to share Christ. What an awesome, awesome work He has blessed us with! Praise be to God!

By Courtney Silberman

Founder: Encouraging Women for Christ

EncouragedinChrist.org

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