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Like many other people, I sometimes go to movie theaters for entertainment. I find the intense advertising of most television to be repulsive, and most of the TV stories and news to be phony or deceptive. At movie theaters, the advertising ends when the movie begins, and sometimes it is possible to find a good story without distractions.

Advance advertising is rarely an adequate guide to good movies, but movie reviews often provide better guidance. Some movies are preceded by very heavy advertising and social pressure to see a certain movie. So, against my natural preferences, I went to see Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of Christ." I found a lot in that movie that is not to be found in the Bible. It only showed Mel Gibson's passion for unnecessary and unnatural violence and perhaps a pagan re-interpretation of the story of Christ.

Other movies come to the theater with no advertising, and almost no explanation of what the movie is about. But I went to see the movie, "The End of the Spear" anyway - even without advertising. This movie also contained violence, even a great deal of violence. But there was nothing unnatural or phony about this violence. And this movie, to my way of thinking, is a true Christian story. It is about messengers from a spiritual leader who died about 2,000 years ago at the hands of the political and religious leaders of his time and place.

These messengers did not come to bring death and destruction to non-believers, but rather to bring peace and prosperity. And the way they delivered their message was with the ultimate in sincerity! This is the type of Christianity that is worthy of encompassing the world.

Ralph Dring

Bloomington

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