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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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I can't wait to see it. Mel Gibson and his crew did an excellant job on the movie given what I have seen about it. Jesus had to die for all of mankind and we all put him to death not the Jewish people. Thank you Mel Gibson and thank God for leading you to make this movie. God so loved his children that he gave us his son

catherine , malden ma 02148

I don't know. I like these kinds of films.

I believe that during those bibical times, Jewish people were in power and had influence. The Rabbis had tremendous power over the people. So it is only natural that they would want to "silence" a person who was questioning and overriding that power.

Also Jesus had a tremendous following and of course that threatened the Jewish clergy.

So if that is how it was wriiten that Jewish clergy were responsible than that is how it was. It was like that only because that is how it was meant to be. That is who was in power and had the influence over the masses.

If the film is "Anit-Jew" than I will not go. I am Catholic but have a very high regard for Jewish people. Have been all my life and I am from small-town USA where there were only white, Catholic people no other race, or minority.

I don't want to 'support' something that I might feel is trying to stir up those old, ancient feelings of resentment and anger to what was.

So if the word out on the street is that the film is "Anti-semitic" I will not go, even though I really like going to grand, epic religious films.

Beverly, Arlington

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

The apostle John wrote those words almost 2,000 years ago to all people. This is the summation of God's plan for eternal life. Jesus' passion was not the end. But it was the means to the end. Jesus Christ's ressurection claims eternal life for the believer as a free gift of God, not earned through good works, lest anyone should boast.

This movie, if truly accurate, will depict the suffering of Jesus at the hands of the Romans. But, Pontius Pilate, the Roman magistrate in the land at the time, found no fault with Jesus. In fact, Roman records indicate that during the trial Pilate was set to release Jesus when the crowds rose up against that decision.

And a good thing too....if not for Jesus' supernatural work on the cross, there would be no resurrection, no eternal life. We would still be under the same burden to live up to perfection. I know I couldn't do it! Praise Jesus for His passion and ressurection.

Thank you to Mel Gibson for his courage in promoting the most profound event in human events; when God laid Himself down for us.

David, Watertown

This movie is not anti-Semitic. The Jews were not responsible for crucifying Christ, HUMANITY was. We are all responsible for him dying for ALL of our sins. If this movie is anti-Semitic, then we're all being anti-Semitic against Jesus! After all, he WAS Jewish! Besides, the ROMANS actually crucified him! I don't hear any Italian people protesting because of that. It's the truth of what happened. What happened was supposed to happen. Mel Gibson put a lot of hard work into this to depict the truth of Christ's crucifixion. Even Paul Harvey was moved to tears by it and did not depict any anti-Semitism. There is only one God, people and we're all a creation of Him, whether you believe or not.

Cindy, Massachusetts

It's only a movie and I can't wait to see it...

Khoi, Randolph

I will go see it if it gets released up here. I don't know what the big deal is. Is it wrong to say Germans killed Jews? Why would it be wrong to say the Jews killed Jesus. What happened has happened. Lots of cultures are guilty of killing, including our our.

Debbie, Portland, Maine

I am deffinatly going to see this film along with many people that I know. I have seen the movie trailer, and it looks amazing. With all of the movies Hollywood has made and all of the advanced ways of making historic events look so real to tell a story, what better story to tell than the one that started it all. Its about time someone made a modern movie about the life of Christ. I admire Mel Gibson for his work and for risking his career to make such an inspiring film.

Jennifer, Burlington

The main character will still look handsome even when he's being tortured, just as Mel himself did when he was drawn and quartered in Braveheart, a film in which Gibson also got to re-use the hairpiece he wore in that third Road Warrior bomb with Tina Turner and Rose Tattoo's Angry Anderson.

ernie , south easton

I have no intention of boycotting this piece of trash. But, this movie and the reaction it's inciting just goes to show you the backwardness of Christianity in many people. To many, Christianity has become about sensationalism, causing divergence and social strife.

This movie, to me, is like tracing a classic painting, and then having somebody like Billy Bob Thorton color it in with a crayon. Do yourself a favor, followers of Christ, and go pick up a Bible instead of a bucket of popcorn.

Let me know when "The Passion III: Thunderdome" comes out.

TJ, Boston

I will go see the film because I have been interested in a number of religous topics lately. This story is not new, it is just being told to a larger audience via the movie screen. The death of Jesus was also not unique to him, people were regularly beaten and put on the cross to die as a form of humilation by the Romans. Hopefully, people will the film to discuss with others the beliefs and work together, not as a reason for hatred between different religous beliefs.

Ellen, Natick

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