I know that the movie Jesus is not THE Jesus, but just an inadequate portrayal. But if itis wrong to portray it there, then it is also wrong for us to portray Jesus in our preaching, because that is inadequate as well.

[color:"0000FF"]Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,[/color] Philippians 1:15-18 (ESV)

The story of the gospel is being portrayed, and I rejoice in that.

Sorry about being kind of a jerk in that other post. It just seemed really off to me how adamant "everyone" seemed against the movie, and I just kinda vented off that frustration in a pretty unChristianly way. So, I am sorry about that.

I agree that we shouldn't make graven images. And I agree and believe that the humanity and diety of Christ can not be seperated. IMO, though, unless one makes the Jesus of the Bible to be the Jesus of that screen, there is nothing wrong with the movie. If one keeps in mind that the Jesus on screen is a portrayal from someone's imagination of what is a possibility, I think that it has it's positive attributes for the Christian and non-Christian alike. And people have gone and gotten saved after seeing the movie and having some questions answered. God works all things after the council of His will (Ephesians 1:11), and if His will is to save someone, He will do it. And if He pleases to use this movie, than who are we to condemn it?

(And I am not "angry" anymore.)