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.