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The way, the truth, the life

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The increase of Bible-based movies has intrigued me lately. The movies Noah and Son of God have already been released.  Other movies are being released later in 2014 that are reported to be based on Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Biblical account of the Exodus.  

If you remember back to last year, there was a television mini-series entitled The Bible that was a hit by all accounts.
These movies and others that may be in production are encouraging, interesting and puzzling all at the same time. Why the sudden shift towards Biblical dramatizations? My prayer is that this is a sign that our country and our culture is seeking something more than mere entertainment and pleasure.  We all know those around us who are seeking The Truth.  
Perhaps this is a way to lead them to the Way, the Truth and the Life.
I do want to urge you to be cautious, though.  Our measuring stick always has to be the Bible. To be clear, I am happy that movie and television producers have chosen to depict Bible-based accounts into movies.  Seeing the Bible in movies and television makes the accounts come to life in front of us and can help us to remember those stories much better.  
I encourage you to remember however, that no matter how accurate the depiction claims to be, they must be by definition, dramatized in some way.  I also encourage you, if you watch these movies or other Bible- based films, to take the time to read the actual Biblical accounts to know what God’s Word says.  Allow the Biblical accounts in print to come alive through the production but remember, if the two are different in some way the Bible is the Truth.  As the Bible says in Isaiah: “The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever.”

 (Josh Landrum is the pastor of Knoxville Baptist Church. He can be reached at 823-4441,Blog: http://pastorjoshreflections.blogspot.com/ or Twitter @Landrum_Josh. The church website is www.knoxvillebaptist.webs.com)