I watched the 1965 Movie, the greatest story ever told, with Charleton Heston, earlier today, it was pretty good, I had never seen it before, but a couple things struck me as odd, First, there is a part where Jesus and the disciples are in a town square and the townspeople bring out a women they say is guilty of adultery, Jesus asks her if this is true, and she does not deny it, then Jesus picks up a stone and tells the crowd “let the man throw the first stone that has no sin” of course no one picks up a stone, and the woman gets up and as she is walking away, Jesus tells her to sin no more, but according to the bible, God says anyone guilty of adultery, both the woman and man, should be put to death immediately.
Then there is the part where Jesus speaks with Lazarus, Jesus tells him about a poor woman who gives 2 pennies to the church as that is all she has, this is after Lazarus told Jesus he gives 1/3 of his money to the church (tithing), so apparently Jesus does not think that is good enough of Lazarus. Jesus also tells him for a rich man to enter Heaven is more difficult than a camel to go thru the eye of a needle.
This got me wondering why the church today seems to accept wealthy people, I know many people that go to the parish my family attends, the one I grew up in, that have alot of money, they live in nice houses, drive nice cars, nice clothes, etc. Why would the parish priest not be telling those type of people to give all they have away and follow God? I know parishes all over the world have people like this as well. and Im sure they have all heard the story of Lazarus and how hard it is for a rich man to enter Heaven…so do they just knowingly disobey this, or just refuse to trust in God fully to provide for them?
Finally, in the beginning, the old man, tells Jesus if he is truly the son of man, to jump off a cliff, as if hes truly the messiah, his angels will rush down to save him, Jesus replies by telling him to not test the Lord thy God, but in all the towns Jesus and the disciples enter, the crowds of 1000s of people are constantly asking Jesus if he is the messiah, let him heal them of whatever ails them, and in most occasions, Jesus does just that, some are even healed just by touching his robes, so how is this not also testing him?
Thanks to those who can explain this to me.