The movie “The Passion” about the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life is just Mel Gibson’s version of what supposedly happened to the fictitious man-god Jesus. The vivid scenes during last 12 hours are ONLY according to Gibson! Keep in mind, Gibson admitted that he wanted to show blood and guts to make his point and purposely had Jesus beaten to a bloody pulp during the film’s 45 minutes of scourging.
Solemn viewers leaving the movie emerged with drawn faces, dabbing at reddened eyes with worn tissues. When asked, one responded; “it was the most powerful movie I have ever seen in my life.” Another said; “I never realized what Jesus had to undergo to die for my sins.”
Several viewers mentioned their perception of the movie’s accuracy with New Testament scripture. Accuracy? It all depends upon which gospel you want to read. One viewer said; “There was nothing in it that departed from the Bible.” Another said; “I think it’s very close to what the Bible says. We got to see the crucifixion with blood this time.” Really?
And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.
And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.
And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.
And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will. (Luke 23: 22-25 KJV)
Gibson’s scene of Jesus’ scourging lasted 45 minutes; his Jesus appeared so bloodied that he seemed almost dead. Gibson's Jesus was scourged to a bloody pulp of a man. Was this the New Testament picture that Gibson painted? No!
However, in Gibson's defense, he had to sell movie tickets to recover his costs and hopefully make a profit ― in Hollywood, blood sells tickets! After all, the Passion and Jesus are only fictions, just like Moses, in Cecil B. DeMille's 10 Commandments (1956), parting of the Red sea and invoking the terrible plagues on Egypt, killing thousands including infants!
"The greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called religion." -Thomas Paine (1737-1809)