Mel Gibson’s Passion movie

Please bookmark this module:   Facebook   Twitter

Backstory: caught in adultery


image
 Jesus draws in the sand

When a woman is dragged before Jesus, sentenced to death for being caught in the act of adultery, he refuses to apply the stone-carved letter of the law. Instead, incredibly, he just writes in the sand with his finger.

For a people bred on the story of God writing the laws that defined their nation onto stone tablets with his finger, this is a fairly inflammatory gesture. Long before anyone had heard of Judge Dredd, it seems, someone else was hinting pretty broadly: "The rules are just shorthand, I am the law."

The implications of this little story are enormous. What is the difference between the old laws and any written on sand? Well, simply, that no one can know what the sand version might have said: it is applied in that instant, then it is gone.

So was Jesus offering a new situational ethics, perfectly suited to our flexible 21st century morality?

That hardly seems likely. He did, after all, tell the woman in no uncertain terms that adultery was sin and she should stop it. "Go, and don't sin again," he told her.

Nonetheless, there is a problem with written instructions. They can be applied (and more significantly misapplied) in the absence of the person who gave them - indeed, with no reference to that person.

image
 Your sins are forgiven

Back to the top
Bookmark this page: del.icio.us Favicon  Digg Favicon  Facebook Favicon  Reddit Favicon  StumbleUpon Favicon  Technorati Favicon

Search rejesus

About this module

Find out the back story and what happens next in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ movie. What impact did it have on you?

‘The Passion’, for all its intensity, marks only a few hours in the life Jesus. Each of the flashbacks in the movie are windows onto some of the context, that made the execution of one man an event which continues to shape history.

This module was written by Mark Stafford.

Categories: Creativity, Reviews, Sound & vision,

Facebook

Module contents

arrow The Passion of the Christ

arrow Backstory: caught in adultery

arrow Backstory: the story of Veronica

arrow Backstory: Herod wants a miracle

arrow Backstory: the last supper

arrow Backstory: the humanity of Jesus

arrow Backstory: Jesus and the Devil

arrow What happened next

Related modules

RJ is hiring

Rejesus is looking for new content contributors: artists, writers, thinkers, coders, film makers, creatives. If you have a great proposal get in contact.

Categories

arrow Art & image

arrow Articles

arrow Biographical

arrow Downloads

arrow Experiential

arrow How to

arrow Interactive

arrow Interviews

arrow Poetry

arrow Reviews

arrow Seasonal

arrow Sound & vision

If you've found something useful on this site, or use it regularly as a resource, please make a donation here to help us continue.

Latest Blog posts

Time out in the quiet lane

I never cease to be amazed at the wisdom which politicians seem to be able to draw on after they… more

Conkers and faith

Horse chestnut seeds, high vis jacket, goggles, gardening gloves - it means just one thing: the conker season is here.… more

The last thing we need is more hate

What is your first thought when a stranger comes towards you? Is it friendly or fearful, hostile or welcoming? Do… more

Seeing things differently at www.mysticchrist.co.uk

christian prayer christmas faith abolitionist auschwitz celtic foodball text message forgiveness timeline simon taylor photo poverty quiz cross sayings interaction workplace amen jerusalem happiness office slum friar golf veronica theology artist nun animation global warming war poor quotable pdf bishop mother teresa saint nature interview poet exercise course freedom astrophysicist photographer clouds plants mark
This is a static version of the site. Some content is no longer functional.
© rejesus 2002 to 2017
Powered by ExpressionEngine
Design by Embody