Did I miss it? I admit to only watching a portion of three weeks. I admit to getting up and leaving even as my husband continued to watch because of the women and their opinions, of the violence, of the disdain in certain voices, of the extra material not in the Bible, and because of the lack of love.
Love permeates the New Testament. Actually, it permeates the whole Bible, but it is harder to see in the Old Testament. However, every Christian knows that God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. For God so loved the world that he gave… (John 3;15,16A)
Even when Stephen delivers a strong word in the council, I’ve always felt he spoke the truth in love–as we are told to do. The scriptures describe him as being full of grace (or faith) and power, and being full of the Holy Spirit. In the mini-series, his words are filled with disdain rather than love.
Also, the Bible has enough violence, shows enough of men’s hearts that it did not need any additions. The extraneous scenes of men and women spouting their opinions are not needed. The extra violence is not needed.
I applaud this couple for trying to bring to the screen something that is spiritual, but perhaps they should do what we writers do–get some beta readers to review the whole thing and give their opinions so that changes can be made–before putting the work “out there.”