A Netflix comedy film titled “The First Temptation of Christ,” which portrays Jesus as a gay man and the Virgin Mary and God as illicit lovers, has drawn nearly 2 million complaints from Christians around the world calling for its removal.
Christians around the world are outraged by a film labeled as a “Christmas special,” which portrays Jesus as a gay man.
The film is entitled “The First Temptation of Christ,” and it was released by Netflix in Brazil. It was written and created by a Brazil-based YouTube comedy group.
A common theme in the flood of complaints from Netflix subscribers is telling the company they are going to cancel their subscription until the streaming service removes the film from its catalog.
Netflix has yet to comment on the film.
The centerpiece of the plot is Jesus as a closeted homosexual returning home from the desert to celebrate his 30th birthday, on Christmas day.
The film makes constant gay sexual innuendos between Jesus and a flamboyant companion, Orlando, he brought home after 40 days in the desert.
Here’s a sampling of the dialogue, as Orlando describes how the pair met:
“I was bathing in an oasis, and I was naked” — (Then Jesus cuts him off abruptly to prevent any more from being revealed, i.e., to not reveal the pair are gay lovers).
“And then I asked for directions,” Jesus says. “I asked, and he gave it to me.”
“You bet I did,” Orlando responds. “I sure gave it to him.”
Orlando later refers to Jesus as “a naughty Capricorn.”
People who are defending the film and artistic freedom believe that Christians should have an open mind about the right to free expression. They say the film is only satire and that Christians should not be taking it so seriously.
However, the point is not artistic freedom, but the purposeful insulting of Christians. Such mockery is unnecessary and demonstrates insensitivity.
With all the possible multitude of comedic topics and subjects in the world, these filmmakers purposely chose to insult the Christian faith.
The Bible says:
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”
Jesus also said that sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, except that against the Holy Spirit.
“Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”