40 Nights: Faith vs Fear


As with most books that have been converted into movies we expect those creating the film to utilize what could be termed as creative license, in which they alter some of the books contents to produce a better visual representation on the “Big Screen” while trying to stay true to the original content. 40 Nights is not much different in this respect.

40 Nights is centered around the temptations of Jesus, as brought forth through the gospels, (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13 & Luke 4:1-13). It tells of the time, 40 days, that Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness at the beginning of His ministry. In order to bring more content to the screen, they utilize cut scenes, scenes that take Jesus back in His mind, to things that had happened up to that moment in His life.

The cut scenes ring forth various ages of Jesus forming a small, brief depiction of what His life, some of the aspects not found in scripture, was like growing up as the awaited Messiah. While many of the scenes hold true to the Bible, numerous utilize that which was mentioned earlier, creative license.

In the whole, the movie was very interesting, but some scenes were slightly inaccurate as compared to scripture. The movie begins with the baptism of Jesus. This is a well known aspect of scripture, especially for Christians, but it is not an accurate representation of the gospels. 40 Nights gives the impression that John didn’t recognize the fact that Jesus was the Messiah until after He was baptized.

Matthew’s gospel is the only one that describes the scene before Jesus was baptized. Matthew 3:13-15 (NIV) Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. Thus we can see in scripture that John saw and knew that Jesus was the Messiah before His baptism.

There are a few other questionable aspects, including that idea that Satan turned into a woman and tempted Jesus with pleasure, the idea that Satan knew that Jesus was going to give up His life as a sacrifice for our sins, and the idea that Jesus found a lamb during His temptations and named it Moses.

While there are a few concerns with this production, it has the capability to bring forth the movement of God’s Spirt in anyone blessed to be watching. This is a recommended purchase for personal viewing or even as a gift, but make sure your Bible is within reach so the movie contents can be verified.

40 Nights, as well as many other wonderful Christians materials, can be purchased at http://www.fishflix.com

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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