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It is extremely difficult to divorce one's viewpoint and background from being objective when analyzing the film The Passion of the Christ. All of us come with certain predispositions when judging something we like or dislike.

I respect anyone for expressing his or her opinion, providing they have their facts straight. Clearly that is not the case when Jonathan Rosenbaum gave his review regarding Mel Gibson's film [Section Two]. Mr. Rosenbaum mentioned that "If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me." Before I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, I would no doubt have expressed the same words. But as I have discovered, there is always two sides to every story. I would suggest that Mr. Rosenbaum read the New Testament as to why Jesus suffered. In addition I would suggest that he also read about the history of Roman crucifixion to realize how brutal this form of justice was in meting out punishment. I would agree with the majority of people who witnessed the film that its extensive beatings were more than what most people wanted to see and endure; however, it also made me personally realize how great the love of God was when the Father allowed His Son, Jesus, to suffer for me and my sins when he died on the cross. The Apostle Paul accurately expresses my thoughts, as I know it does to multitudes of other born-again Christians. "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). I trust you will have a wonderful day in the Lord. I mean that sincerely. God bless you and your family.

Reverend E. Thor Foss

Succasunna, New Jersey

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