(Roto Reuters) The age old bitter question about who was responsible for killing Christ has raised it’s ugly head again with the upcoming Ash Wednesday release of Mel Gibson’s the Passion of Christ. Details released about the movie is that in a close up of a Crucifixion scene where a pair a hands are shown nailing Jesus to the cross, are actually those of Mel Gibson’s. Some have attributed the symbolism of this is that Mel is saying that he as others are the cause of Christs’ death. A new group HAND (Hands Against Nail Defamation) have another take. Their spokeshand had this to sign “This close up is obviously a blatant attempt to blame hands for the death of Christ. That if it wasn’t due to the hands capabilities and capable opposable thumb, that the Crucification could never have happened. Mel Gibson did not get permission from other hands before he did this and we think possibly his own hands were forced to act this out under orders from his nervous system.”
We also believe that much of the New Testament is anti-hand in it’s portrayal of hands. For example the verse “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him” blatantly tries to blame hands for Jesus’ death. Another example is “Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” There is even a conspiracy to keep hands from knowing about what other hands have done. For example “But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, ” But one of the worse anti-hand verses is reported to be in the movie:
..he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”
“Why did Pilate’s hands have to be washed? This is just more anti-hand sentiment equating Jesus’ blood with hands. And what about “Palm Sunday”, what did the palm of a hand have to do with this event. Palm Sunday is illustrated to show the hypocrisy of those who praised Christ on one Sunday and then asked for him to be crucified on the next. Hands have nothing to do with this hypocrisy and it should be given another name. There is often also blatant right hand-left hand discrimination. Much talk about the right hand being preferential over the left. Aren’t all Jews, Greeks, Right Hands, and Left Hands equal under Christ? Now I don’t want to be accused of ignoring the verses that contained positive hand messages such as “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord”, “Give me also this power, that any one on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” There is also an overall positive message about body part equality in the verses starting “If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. We are in total solidarity with our brother the foot, yet these verses are few and far between and we are asking that all hands refuse to purchase or hold tickets in their phalanges and to boycott this movie and it’s anti-hand hyperbole.”
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