"The Passion of the Christ"

The publicity and controversy over the movie "The Passion of the Christ" has many looking forward to its Wednesday opening.

But members of a Page County church got an advance look at the movie Monday night. Rileyville Baptist Church rented out an auditorium at Regal Cinemas in Harrisonburg for an advance viewing of the film. The movie depicts the last 12 hours in the life of Christ.

Roy Stetler of Luray said, "It is one of the most biblical sound films I have ever seen."

Ahnriel Mann said, "People may think they know the story but until they see the movie, you have no idea."

Jordan Smith said, "I cried my eyes out just to think that Jesus went through all that pain and suffering for me, and he never did anything wrong."

David Johnson, the pastor of Rileyville Baptist Church said, "I don't see it being anti-Semitic at all, it brings very clearly it starts in the beginning quoting from Isaiah, it goes through and it makes very clear, that the message is that Christ died for the sins of a lost and forsaken world."

Because of the graphic depiction of the crucifixion, the film is rated "R."


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