The History Channel and the Bible

I’ve had a couple queries about the upcoming History Channel special on the Bible.

I tend to be skeptical of anything on TV related to the Bible.  The TV preachers are mostly false teachers, and the allegedly mainstream channels usually pull out all sorts of theological Liberals (read: non-Christians) and present them as mainstream experts.

Based on names supposedly associated with the production (Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Della Reese, and more) I’m even more skeptical.  But this interview with the makers made it sound like they were trying to be true to the text.

Having said that, it might be good to watch.  Remember, just because we disagree with something on TV doesn’t mean we can’t use it as a segue to truths about the Bible.  If the shows are realistic depictions of the text, then that’s great.  Get people to talk about it.  If there are errors, you’ll have a chance to point them out.  Even if you don’t watch it you can ask people what they thought about it and take the conversation from there.

In short, use this as an opportunity to share the truth: The original writings of the Bible turned out just as God and the human writers wanted them to, and they have been passed down to us in a highly accurate fashion.  Therefore, we should all study it carefully and seek to meet God on his terms, not ours. 


Updates — Here are a couple reviews that go into more detail.  Sounds like they took a lot of poetic license with the text.

The Word Made . . . for Television?

The Bible … on the History Channel? A review of the TV series The Bible

13 thoughts on “The History Channel and the Bible

  1. I heard good things about this series from Creation Ministries International, which is an organization devoted to upholding the Bible’s inerrancy, especially with regard to creation. They were very positive about the series, although they did admit that it’s not perfect. The fact that they were one of the few organizations to be chosen to review the series says a lot though. Here’s their review:

  2. I caught the first episode tonight. I was disappointed that it went from Abraham/Issac straight down to Moses. Viewers who haven’t read Genesis will not have a very good understanding of why the Israelites went down to Egypt. “Famine” (the answer given in the series) is technically the correct answer, I suppose.

  3. I saw it also. Very disappointed. Nothing about why mankind turned out as they did. Very vague allusions about the serpent and Eve doing something, but nothing Biblical. Also, the way God’s commands were portrayed to Noah, Abraham, Moses; it made God out to be a bloodthirsty, capricious, and very small god. It certainly didn’t provide anything like the majesty of the real Old Testament.

  4. Answers In Genesis seemed to be thrilled with the series due to their depiction of Creation and the Flood. I was disappointed that AIG was not concerned about other theological implications due to the advisors.

    Erin Benziger’s post today points out that the story of Sodom left out the reason for their condemnation – homosexuality.

    I guess this is what we can expect – politically-correct and sanitized of theology.

    • Erin Benziger’s post today points out that the story of Sodom left out the reason for their condemnation – homosexuality.

      I caught that too. I noticed that the residents of Sodom are depicted as men & women making out in public, being entertained by fire-breathers as you’d see at the circus. None of that is Biblical. Unless I miss my guess, I also don’t recall reading in Genesis about a melee between the angles and the city residents. As I recall the story, they yanked Lot back into the house, struck the men outside with blindness, then told Lot it was time to leave since God was about to smite the city.

      I noticed, just for good measure, the angels were depicted as a black man and an Asian man. We are not told in the Bible what color angels are or if they reflect the diversity of races on Earth or not…but it definitely seemed like this was a bone thrown to the PC crowd.

      • Ugh. Predictable but sad. The text couldn’t be more clear. They could have at least shown how the men were struck with blindness and continued to grope at the door. That shows the depths of their depravity.

    • Lately, too, I’ve been fighting with atheists who’ve A) tried to tell me that God’s destruction of Sodom had nothing to do with homosexuality and B) that our inference of it being forbidden elsewhere in the Bible is a misinterpretation of the original manuscripts.

      My reply: Reject the Bible as the Word of God if you wish, but don’t make presumptive comments like that. Don’t sit there and pretend that Christians have been wrong on this for 2,000 years and that it was OK all along in God’s eyes for men to be sodomizing one another. In fact, the very term “sodomy” (in reference to illicit sex acts) is related to the city of Sodom. To my knowledge nobody disputed this until it became popular to “accept” homosexuality.

      • Exactly. They take a partial text out of Ezekiel and ignore references in Peter and Jude. And they think God destroyed entire towns for bad manners.

  5. Of course they took poetic license. It is all about political correctness and trying to “debunk” the Bible, or at least make it look bad. Let me give you a couple of examples to prove that TV has no limit they’ll go to do this.

    The show Duck Dynasty on A&E is a show about the Robertson family. The Robertsons are life long Christians. Here are a couple of the lengths A&E goes to try and make them look bad:

    – They bleep out now curses. That’s right, the Robertson’s don’t swear, but A&E has selectively bleeped out non-swear words to make it seem like theyhave.

    – At the end of the episode the family sits down to eat. Phil, the patriarch, says a prayer of thanksgiving. He always ends it “in Jesus I pray,amen”. A&E has cut that and gone right to amen in almost every episode.

    Television as a media has become decidedly anti-Christian.

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