Reaction to Passion

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

He lived and he died and his story is still being told thousands of years later.

Kenneth Grizzell is the pastor of the Palo Alto Church of Christ in Panama City and was invited to see the movie in Chicago, Illinois last month at a special preview for church leaders.

"The thing about the story is, no matter what your belief is, whether you're a Christian or not, historians all believe, no one refutes the fact there was a man named Jesus that lived on this earth."

But it's his death that becomes a point of interest, specifically about hostility towards those responsible for the death, but who is responsible for the death?

Hy Wakstein is Jewish and says the movie should raise awareness about religion and avoid casting blame on any one group.

"It certainly is my hope and prayer there won't be any seeds of anti-Semitism. If you look at things logically, Hitler was a maniacal despite, you're not going to blame all the German people for him."

Grizzell says it's not about blaming anyone in particular.

"Really when you look at the movie, especially those who are Christian are going to look at it and see maybe a certain amount guilt in all of us that we see that we were responsible somewhat for his death. There had to be the perfect sacrifice, that blood had to be shed and it had to be someone that was perfect. There's not any human being that's ever lived except for one that lived a sinless and perfect life."

"The Jewish religion accepts the fact he was an early leader, he was a prophet," explains Wakstien, "He was not accepted as the messiah of the Jewish people at that time."

No matter the faith and no matter the person, the passion of Jesus Christ is sure to continue and spark conversation across the world.


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