I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth—the apostle John (3 John 1:4)
By Maria Kneas
There are more problems with The Chosen than the bad theology involved and the Mormon influence on the show.
First, they are making up stories about real people who once lived on this Earth. In other words, they are writing fiction but presenting it as if it’s real history (and claiming they are presenting the “authentic” Jesus). In some cases, what they present constitutes defamation of character. For example, having Peter constantly call John the Baptist “creepy John.” To have such a bad attitude toward somebody who Jesus loved and respected makes Peter look bad (not to mention how it makes John the Baptist look). Technically, if Peter was alive today, the producers of the show could be sued for slander because of that.
Quite apart from the problem of slander, it is morally wrong to present made-up fiction as if it is true because that is lying. And lying is so serious that one of the Ten Commandments forbids it. Commandment Nine forbids people to “bear false witness.” In addition, Jesus told us that the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44).
Second, some Christians think they can watch The Chosen as entertainment and not have it impact their faith. Unfortunately, that is not true. When we see things with our own eyes and hear them with our own ears, those things have an impact on us. And when it comes to TV shows, there is even more involved because some technical aspects of television make viewers highly susceptible to influence and suggestion as some studies have even shown.
Years ago, I was in a grocery store that has an area where people can sit to eat. A man was sitting there, reading a newspaper. I told him it was nice to see somebody actually read a newspaper these days instead of just depending on the TV news. That man told me that he was a psychologist. He said that television flickers in a way that puts many people into a hypnotic state which makes them very suggestible. He said for that reason, he never watches TV. I’ve read that some people are more susceptible to that problem than others are. But even people who are less vulnerable still need to be very careful about what they watch on television.
Third, in Matthew 24:24, Jesus warned us that there would be “false Christs” who would deceive people. Normally these will be real live people. However, because the Jesus presented by The Chosen is so different from Jesus Christ as presented in the gospels, I believe their version of Jesus could qualify as being a “false Christ.” He is certainly deceiving many of the viewers by giving them ideas about Jesus that go against what the Bible says about Him.
In Warren Smith’s booklet, Truth or Consequences, he talks about truth and points out what Scripture says about truth. Below are a few of the verses that Warren lists. You can read his entire booklet for free on this site.
All God’s Works Are Done in Truth
For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. (Psalm 33:4)
We Are to Desire Truth in Our Innermost Being
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. (Psalm 51:6)
We Are to Worship God in Spirit and in Truth
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
We Are to Serve the Lord in Sincerity and Truth
Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth. (Joshua 24:14)
We Are to Rejoice in the Truth
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth. (1Corinthians 13:6)
We Are to Be Men and Women of Truth
Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth. (Exodus 18:21)
We Are to Warn Those Who Err From the Truth
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20)
God’s Truth Reaches up to the Clouds
For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds. (Psalm 108:4)
God’s Truth Endureth Forever
O Praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. (Psalm 117:1-2)
He Who Does Truth Comes to the Light
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3:21)
But There Are Those Who Are Not Valiant for the Truth
And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:3)
No Lie Is of the Truth
I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. (1 John 2:21)
Maria Kneas is the author of two Lighthouse Trails books and several LT booklets.
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