Should Bible believing Christian watch the History Channel series “The Bible”?



As many of you know I can be the most negative preacher on any TV show.  In every TV show or film or movie I see I see SIN.  I watch TV preachers and see so much preaching that is so not biblical preaching. I am beginning to question my own preaching and teaching. Well now really, but I do take several looks at the sermon to see if I am right biblically.

I remember watching the old



  • “Mark Burnett, an impresario of reality television, has surely encountered the question before: How do you make viewers believe what they’re seeing? Did those “Survivor” contestants really eat that stuff? Would any of these seemingly intelligent “Apprentice” candidates actually want to work for Donald Trump?

Mr. Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, gave themselves a chance to tackle the ultimate make-me-believe-it challenge when they decided to produce “The Bible,” a 10-hour dramatization that begins on Sunday on History. Instead of embracing this challenge, they ducked it, serving up a rickety, often cheesy spectacle that is calculated to play well to a certain segment of the already enlisted choir but risks being ignored or scorned in other quarters.

The mini-series certainly seems unlikely to be much of a recruitment tool for Christianity, putting the emphasis on moments of suffering rather than messages of joy, and not just when it comes time for the Crucifixion. In this heavy-handed treatment, having Jesus born in a manger is not enough; the arrival also has to occur during what looks like a typhoon. Because why have a moderate amount of hardship when you can have an excess of it?  Read the rest here” feelings behind the series may be sincere — Ms. Downey has said that she and her husband “felt called to do this” — but the approach here actually shows a lack of faith in the power of the biblical stories. The real Bible is a layered, often lyrical epic in which personal journeys are intertwined with collective ones, and human failings bump up against human striving.


A Review of Part One

  • With the first two-hours of “The Bible” series completed, this writer who is an ordained minister of Christian education and who has been a Bible teacher for the past five decades admits that if she didn’t know the Bible before watching the first part, she wouldn’t have been able to understand it from what she saw.

  • Let’s give credit where credit is due. What is portrayed is good for television, and so far the series serves its dramatic purpose; however, from the first episode these are this writer’s concerns.
  • The stories are incomplete. They are just snippets. People cannot learn the Bible by seeing this series. Too much is left out, and understandably so. Thousands of years cannot possibly be compacted into 10 hours without leaving out major portions.
  • Viewers are left hanging without knowing what happened. For example. when Abraham sends Hagar and Ishmael out into the desert, it is not shown what happened to them. What happened to them is such a beautiful story that’s not shown in the series.

  • You can if you want to read the rest here:

And I am sure there are going to be many others who are going to weight in to this series.


Charity and I are watching the series.  Why?  Charity likes it. ” Don’t you think its all wrong, Pastor Charles?”  “I don’t see that in the Bible>” 

I watch the interview with Roma Downey, 52, used to play Monica on “Touched by an Angel” and her third husband Mark Burnett, 52, producer of “Survivor” are the creators and producers of “The Bible” series.  The series “Touch By A Angel” was not biblically correct either. But we watched it anyway.   I have never wanted to watch the “Survivor” to begin with, but many “Christians” do just that.

 I came away from that interview thinking, “Oh my! who are they to be making a series on the Bible.  They are not in the least qualified to do a TV series about the Bible. But then I learned there were many Biblical educators and seminary professors, etc who gave their input on the series. Then I learned who they were. Then there are those “Christian leaders” who review the Series:

And personally I don’t agree with those men at ll in their preaching and teaching. In my opinion there preaching is not Biblical. But I will say that what they say is heard my millions. And many Christians in our churches live and die by what they say too.

So should Christians watch this TV series:  Yes: with caution. God can use poor preaching and bring people to Himself.  




I can say this:

This article is not to bring criticism to the efforts of Mark Brunett and Roma Downey. However, as a Bible teacher, this writer can say that the series might be just enough to get people to dig deeper into the Bible on their own because there are definitely some major parts that could have been included and some minor parts that could have been left out.

The greatest hope of this writer is that by seeing “The Bible” series, people will be provoked to study the scriptures on their own. That’s the only way they will be able to get the full measure of God’s word.

Watch “The Bible” series on the History Channel on Sunday nights and on Lifetime on Monday nights.


About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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