posted on Mar, 19 2013 @ 08:16 AM
In MY opinion I'm an athiest even though I believe in something I refer to as "God", it's just so different from any Earthly organised religion's
"God" that I have to consider myself an athiest. That said, I can't STAND the vast majority of people who call themselves "athiests", because
atheism is a religion to them. They act just as fanatical as any other religious fanatic, attacking other religions, and trying to infringe upon
other's beliefs and traditions upon which this country in particular was founded. So I hate being lumped in with these so-called atheists......but I
am an atheist.
Yet I've watched replays of every single episode of "The Bible". I don't watch the first airing because The Simpsons and The Walking Dead are my
priorities Sunday nights, but I'm up late and have caught all 3 episodes so far the night they aired.
It's not at all surprising that the series is getting good ratings. I'm not watching for the religious aspects, nor are probably half the audience.
It's getting ratings because:
1) It's a bunch of good stories first of all. It shows time and again, not only in fiction but also in real life, that even truly good people, with
truly good intentions, when they get into positions of power they almost all tend to be corrupted in one way or another. Some find redemption, others
don't. I mean there are comparisons to be made from everything to the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker, to countless real world examples from the
Romanov dynasty to Obama's rise compared to what he's doing to the people he leads....though that story has yet play out. The point is, these are
good stories with lessons to be learned......not neccesarily religious lessons, but real world, life lessons that everyone from field workers to world
leaders could learn from to avoid making the same mistakes of the past over and over.
2) The format. It's being produced to a good standard and good choices were made in production. It's a story that is too boring and confusing for
most people to actually read the book, but this series is presenting the story not only in chronological order which keeps it interesting and easier
to follow, it's also being presented in a literal, almost documentary format....and good documentaries are hot right now. I actually wish the
narrator was busier, setting scenes up far more, he's a good documentary narrator (that's the black deepthroat from X-Files, right?) and they should
have used him more, but otherwise I'm really enjoying the series.
As someone else said, this series getting good rating will likely and unfortunately lead to hollywood making tons of Bible movies now....which is not
going to be as amazingly high rated comparitively because much like The Walking Dead or X-Files, a series is the ideal format for Bible stories, not
movies so much. That said, as people also pointed out, alot of religious movies....as long as they're interesting, tend to do pretty well also. I
just know I'd never pay money to see one if it's specifically religious.