The Chosen Dilemma: Not a faithful film version of the gospel accounts

“Dallas Jenkins is clear that he is not a pastor, The Chosen is not the Church, and the story the series is telling is not the Bible. Fair enough. But whether he recognizes it or not, his celebrity status among Christians places a burden on his shoulders. Fans will pay close attention to what he says and tend to trust who and what he advocates.”

(Don & Joy Veinot – Midwest Christian Outreach) In “A Candid Conversation with Dallas Jenkins, Director of The Chosen,” Dallas Jenkins made an interesting statement to our friend and fellow apologist, Melissa Dougherty, at about the twelve-minute mark of the interview. He was relaying a story about God speaking to him when he was in a synagogue in Israel.

I felt that God was laying on my heart was that in several years the Chosen was going to be what people thought of when they pictured the disciples. When they pictured Jesus’ people. People that were around Jesus. Because up to that point, the movie, the mini-series about Jesus, you don’t have anything in your mind specifically about Simon Peter or Mary Magdalene. There’s no visual in your mind. And, I felt like God was saying, well, this is going to be the definitive portrayal of my people, and this is what people are going to think of around the world when they think of my people. And I’m not going to let you screw it up.

The identification with the fictional characters that people will invariably make is one of the concerns expressed by T.A. McMahon in his article, “‘The Chosen’ Fiction.” After explaining how distortions creep into films in the retelling of an original story, he poses the dilemma:

For those who are still not seeing the problem with this, let’s consider a program that makes the highly publicized claim that it’s helping people get to know Jesus better and to recognize similarities with the “Jesus of different faiths.” What if the Jesus we are being introduced to is not the biblical Jesus, but rather a spirit that was produced in heaven? View article →

CRN is responsible for changing the title of this article. Original title: The Chosen Dilemma

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