The Bible is the number one show on TV with 14.8 million viewers during the season premiere. Given the large amount of professing Christians in the US, that is not a surprise. The Passion of the Christ enjoyed this type of success for the same reason.
I admit it bothers me (slightly) that the most depraved industry in the world (other than the abortion industry) is taking advantage of the Word of God to make money. Hollywood struck gold with biblical themes, and The Bible will be on display until Easter making the most of it.
Not only are they using the Word of God to make money, but Mark Burnett the producer of The Bible is now marketing to Christians who are not grounded in the Word of God.
Burnett has borrowed on old technique previously used by the producers of The Passion to increase the shows audience.
He is marketing his perception that “weird things happened” during the filming of The Bible to invoke the work of the Holy Spirit in the making of the show.
From the Christian Post:
“Reportedly, when Jesus referenced the Holy Spirit as being like the wind, a huge gust of air blew across the entire crew for 20 seconds, which was filming the scene on a very still night in the Sahara desert.
In another incident, the set’s snake wrangler, who usually recovered one or two snakes per day on set to protect crew members, found 48 cobras and vipers hidden near the scene of the cross, where the crew was to film Jesus’ crucifixion.
The third incident, according to Burnett, happened when the crew was filming a baptism scene in a giant Sahara reservoir and part of Jesus’ detailed costume, which took months to create, floated away.
According to Burnett, a young boy from miles away returned the costume days later.”
Could Burnett possibly be trying to fool naive Christians into believing that God has given His stamp of approval to the show?
That the Holy Spirit really had a special presence there during the filming of the show?
That would sure make the audience grow… Naive Christians will be amazed by these incidents. They would rather watch a show with special effects and beautiful actors, a show about the Bible, than read the Bible itself.
Ultimately, I hope the show will spark the interest of unbelievers to pick up a Bible or perhaps attend a church where they can hear the Gospel.
But for Burnett to imply the work of the Holy Spirit in this project is manipulative.