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'Passions of The Christ'

The controversial Mel Gibson movie is set for a theatrical release on Feb. 25. No one has seen it yet, but everyone seems to have strong feelings about this film.

What are your thoughts on the film? Will you see it? Will you boycott it? Maybe you think it's just a film, and all this hub-bub is unnecessary. Let us know.

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It's what the last line in the Globe's message inquiry says: "It's just a film and all this hub-bub is unnecessary" !!

For God's (whichever your God is) sake... I cannot believe how people get so sensitive about a film depicting one's version of events that are said to have happened 2000 years ago... Chill out... Life is too precious to get worked up about things like this. Pick you battles and don't chase ghosts eveywhere. It's tiring..

I understand how some people have suffered terribly or still have haunting memories... But this film is not a statement from a world leader, or a political movement to discredit modern, living people. It's an artist's rendition of a story.

And yes, after all this hub-bub, I am planning to see the film to see what all this noise is about. Same thing that happened with Kazantzakis' "Last temptation of Christ" from Scorcese.

AD, Watertown

Its only a movie. Lighten up.

Dave , Norfolk

I just can't believe that we live in a society where movies can have as much violence and nudity as Hollywood desires, but something that will actually spark intellectual conversation is seen as taboo. I realize that religion is a touchy subject in society, but I would rather go see this film and discuss it, than shun it without really giving myself the chance to form an educated opinion.

Needless to say, with all this hype, I can't wait to for it to be released.

Kelly, Somerville

It's only a movie. People should stop thinking it's all about them!

Mary O'Brien, Boston

Let's be realistic here: you can't say ANYTHING negative about ANY aspect of the Jewish faith or way of life without being labeled anti-Semitic... Having said that, I intend to view this film and draw my own conclusions. If those conclusions are that Jewish clergy abused their power, then so be it. Last time I checked, this is still America and I am still allowed my opinions. So, for that matter, is Mel Gibson.

Mike, Falmouth

I think everyone needs to chill out and get over themselves

Scott, Newton

It is only a movie, and if Gibson did his homework, which I think he did, then I dont see a problem.

Some of us need to know what happened regardelss of what anyone else thinks.

Bostonian, Boston

I normally go to movies to be entertained, so I was not planning to see this movie. But due to all the controversy I will go see it.

I am Jewish, and was very concerned about the anti-Semitic accusations against Mel Gibson. After listening to him last night on TV, I do not feel he is anti-Semitic.

He made a movie he wanted to make, telling the story he wanted told. It is up to the public to decide if they want to see it, and up to he and his investors to be upset if it does not turn out well.

Andy Gebel, Phoenix, AZ

I believe that Mr. Gibson endeavoured to make a film that accurately depicts the events of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection based on Biblical accounts. I do not plan to see the film, but I have heard reviews and accounts that say that the film is remarkably accurate to the historical record.

In regards to the alleged "anti-Semitic" theme of the film, I do not need to see it to say that this is nonsense. Any true believer in Christ knows that Jesus was a Jew, lived among Jews, and came to die for the salvation of Jew and Gentile alike. In fact, Romans 1:16 tells us that Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross was to purchase salvation, "FIRST for the Jew, then for the Gentile". The Jews are God's chosen people and Jesus, God's only son, came to die for His own people first.

Many people think this film is anti-Semitic because it depicts the Jews as the killers of Jesus Christ. Did the Jews kill Jesus? The historical record says yes, the Jewish leaders at the time had a hand in killing Him. The biblical record concurs (I Thessalonians 2:14, 15; Jesus said several times that those -- i.e. the Pharisees and teachers of the law -- who killed the prophets before Him would also have a hand in killing Him). But, again, any true, Christian believer knows that the Jews and the Romans were just players in God's plan for the salvation of humankind because a true believer knows who and what killed Jesus.

So, WHO REALLY KILLED JESUS? I did. It was MY SIN that held him on the cross. He came to die for me and for every man and woman, "for ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). He died and rose again so that I could have my sins forgiven and obtain eternal life. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not a story of anti-Semiticism. It is not about who physically drove the nails into his hands and feet. It is a story of love. The love that Jesus has for my soul, and for the souls of all humankind, constrained Him to die on that cross. He did not have to die. The Bible tells us that at any moment He could have called down legions of angels to save Himself. He died voluntarily. He died because He loves me, and He loves you.

Anonymous, Worcester

In the bible we read that some Jews conspired with some Romans to kill Jesus, who was himself a Jew. It should not matter for the Jews of today that Jews two thousand years ago conspired against Jesus. As a Christian and American I was raised to believe in personal moral responsiblity, which precludes blaming someone for the actions of other individuals just because of some arbitrary relationship or grouping, regardless of whether that act took place last week or two millenia ago. I hope my Christian and Jewish neighbors are teaching their children the same. The responsibility for Jesus' death died with those that nailed him to the cross and those who conspired to put him there. Those who are alive now are responsible to history only in that we should not repeat it's mistakes, that we should learn its lessons and that we should not look away regardless of how uncomfortable.

Pat, Boston

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