A Lamp In The Dark: The Untold History of the Bible DVDWatch Trailer
- Director: Christian J. Pinto
- Producer: , Christian J. Pinto, David E. Bay, Mary Bay, Jim Hedgepath, Meg Pinto
- Languages: English
- Run Time: 180 min
- Screen Format: FS
- Region Code: 1 See More
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A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible
A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible is a film full of mystery, intrigue, and the fascinating history about the origins of the Bible. This thrilling documentary gives viewers a look into what shaped the Bible to be what it is today, and the trials that people endured in order to bring the Word of God to the common people. This film finds saints and martyrs and other advocates for the Holy Bible thrown into a battle against assassins, spies, and those who opposed the Bible being translated into a language that the common people could understand.
Throughout the Middle Ages, those in power over the country, especially religious leaders in the Catholic Church, were extremely opposed to the translation of the Bible. They wanted the leaders of the Church and the higher class to be the only ones who could read the words of God. This is directly contrary to everything that the Bible teaches about Jesus being for all people, but the religious leaders were not interested in changing their opinion. A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible shows the beginning of the Reformation and the people that had the greatest influence on making the Bible as we know it today.
Those who dared to defy the Church were threatened with death and imprisonment, but still they did not back down. Their passion was evident to all, and they felt very strongly about translating the Bible into a language that everyone could understand. Those who truly read and understood the Bible knew that its messages was intended for all people, and that God could not care less about the higher social classes and religious leaders being the only ones to read the Bible. A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible shows the prejudiced way that the Church governed and the attitude that kept them from giving the Bible to all people.
This film even follows the Fall of Constantinople and the effect that this had on the future of the Bible. Because of this, the ancient Greek manuscripts were shared with Europe, and this brought about the waves of understanding that spurred the Reformation. However, there is a bigger piece of the Bible's history that is often forgotten about. A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible strives to tell the complete story of the Bible without glossing over any details or leaving out anything that is vital to the story. The Roman Catholic Church was very upset by the Reformation. They saw the power slowly slipping from their hands and felt them losing all control. They did not want to let go of the powerful Church that they had built, and were doing everything they could to stop the spread of the Reformation. However, despite their threats of extreme violence and the barbaric methods they used to try and stop the Reformers, they could not squelch the pure, unadulterated passion that drove the Reformation. Those most instrumental in overturning the Catholic Church were filled with a divine passion and refused to be scared off by the threats of the Church. They pressed on with their work, knowing that they had a calling from God to do just that. The tyranny of the Church had to come to an end, and those involved in the Reformation were more than willing to sacrifice their lives in order to see this come about.
A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible follows this counter-Reformation that did its best to crack down on the Reformers. However, the Lord was with the Reformers and he gave them the passion and the drive that it took to overcome the Church. Their hearts were filled with a renewed passion and a love for God, instead of fear and cowardice. This film follows the war between the Reformers and the Catholic Church all the way to modern day times, proving that things may still be uneasy between the two parties. The war over the Bible was a spiritual war and may in fact continue even to this day. This film shows the key events that shaped history and the future of the Bible forever.
A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible also focuses on key people in the Reformation and their lives. For instance, this film focuses on William Tyndale and tells his story. Though he was persecuted by the Church, Tyndale did not back down and ended up having an amazing and undeniable impact on the course of history. His work in the Reformation spurred others on to the same goal bringing the Bible to all people. He started translation of the Tyndale Bible, which is influential in the making of the Bible that we know today.
Another figure that is focused on in this film is Myles Coverdale. He is known for completing the first English translation of the Bible, which shaped history forever. Coverdale is also known for his theological development and forward thinking. He later became an early figure of the Puritan Church and was loosely tied to John Calvin. However, Coverdale was still an advocate for the teachings of Augustine and was most closely affiliated with this branch of Christianity. His efforts in translating the Bible were instrumental in bringing the Word of God to all people. A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible focuses on Coverdale and Tyndale, as well as many other figures of the Reformation who helped overturn the Church and change the tide of religion forever.
A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible is a unique documentary that is unlike any other. The passion of the reformers fills the screen and will inspire viewers to defend their beliefs and stand up when tyranny reigns. The history of the Bible is complex and far more dangerous than we can fathom, and this film does an amazing job at trying to show the journey that the Word of God has been through over the course of history.