The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


May 22, 2006

5-21 Apparently So parenting column by Craig Harris


The book says that "Jesus was just a man" (Page 233); that "almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false" (Page 235); that "the Bible is a product of man, my dear. Not of God." (Page 231); "The New Testament is false testimony." (Page 341); "The New Testament is based on fabrications." (Page 341); "The early Church needed to convince the world that the mortal prophet Jesus was a divine being. Therefore, any gospels that described earthly aspects of Jesus' life had to be omitted from the Bible." (Page 244); "Powerful men in the early Christian church 'conned' the world by propagating lies that devalued the female and tipped the scales in favor of the masculine." (Page 124); "Constantine upgraded Jesus' status almost four centuries after Jesus' death." (Page 234) And on and on it goes. (Characters make these statements, but Brown is on record saying he believes them. Further, they are not taken out of context.)

Tom Hanks really disappointed me by starring in this movie. He told Newsweek magazine that it is only fiction and not any more offensive than most other books and movies. Hanks doesn’t understand that there is nothing more offensive to a Christian than to say Jesus was only mortal and the Bible cannot be trusted. Cuss in my ear and I may not even flinch, but whisper that my faith is based on lies and the resurrection is a fabrication and you are in for a fight, mister.

I think we’ll pass on this one.

The Rev. Craig Harris is pastor at Montalba Christian Church and is employed as the Parent Involvement Coordinator for Palestine Independent School District. Contact Harris at

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