By Dan Merica, CNN
Washington (CNN) - The third episode of the History Channel's miniseries “The Bible” was supposed to be remembered for the brutality of Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar, the strength of Daniel in the lion’s den, and the birth of Jesus Christ.
But after viewers claimed there was a striking resemblance between Satan’s human form and President Barack Obama, that probably won't be the case.
Buzz on Twitter quickly grew. According to Topsy.com on Monday, there were an estimated 20,000 tweets containing the words “Obama” and “Satan” since the 9:00 p.m. ET hour on Sunday, the hour in which Satan appears in the two-hour show.
In a statement, miniseries producer Mark Burnett called claims there was a resemblance "utter nonsense."
Burnett said the actor who played Satan, Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, "is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics – including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President."
Ouazanni has had roles in two biblical TV movies – "Jeremiah" and "The Ten Commandments."
Executive producer of the miniseries Roma Downey, Burnett's wife, added, "Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible."
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Satan appears during the miniseries’ retelling of the Temptation of Christ, when Jesus fasted for 40 days in the Judean Desert. Satan tests Jesus’ faith, asking him to make bread out of stone and jump from a cliff, but he refuses each temptation and returns to the Sea of Galilee to begin his ministry.
In the desert, Satan is draped in a long, black, hooded robe and with a slight silver tint to his face.
Both Downey and Burnett supported Obama's first campaign for president in 2008, according to Federal Election Commission reports. Downey gave $5,000 to the Obama Victory Fund and $2,700 to the Democratic National Committee in 2008. Burnett also donated to Obama's first campaign – $2,300 in 2007.
Neither gave money to Obama's 2012 campaign.
While the show was airing, tweets poured in noting the resemblance.
Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory Channel looks exactly like That Guy? http://t.co/nTpYRQ522p— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) March 17, 2013
Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory Channel looks exactly like That Guy? http://t.co/nTpYRQ522p
There was a strong resemblance between the human form of Satan and Obama on The Bible on the history channel. http://t.co/20nt6jtIrJ— Lauri (@lkspringer) March 18, 2013
There was a strong resemblance between the human form of Satan and Obama on The Bible on the history channel. http://t.co/20nt6jtIrJ
Looks kind of like Zombie Obama, like if Obama was dead for 3 months and then reanimated buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynsk…— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) March 18, 2013
Looks kind of like Zombie Obama, like if Obama was dead for 3 months and then reanimated buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynsk…
Not everyone on Twitter agreed, though.
Re: Satan in #TheBible, I see way more Sith Lord than anything else. I think folks are reaching. #JustSayin— Joshua DuBois (@joshuadubois) March 18, 2013
Re: Satan in #TheBible, I see way more Sith Lord than anything else. I think folks are reaching. #JustSayin
I, for one, do not think this History Channel Satan looks like President Obama sulia.com/c/all-politics…— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) March 18, 2013
I, for one, do not think this History Channel Satan looks like President Obama sulia.com/c/all-politics…
Watched "The Bible" last night. Unlike everyone else, I didn't notice that Satan looked like Obama. I DID notice that he sounded French.— Scott Grimm (@scottgrimm1) March 18, 2013
Watched "The Bible" last night. Unlike everyone else, I didn't notice that Satan looked like Obama. I DID notice that he sounded French.
After three episodes, the show has scored strong ratings. Its first episode drew 13.1 million viewers, ratings that trumped CBS’s “60 Minutes” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” The second episode drew 10.8 million viewers.
Ratings for the third installment in the five-week miniseries have not been released.
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The project has been a three-and-a-half year process for The History Channel and for Burnett and Downey. Burnett – who is better known as a king of reality television, with “Survivor,” “The Voice” and “The Apprentice” all under his name – told CNN earlier this month that this project was “personal.”
“It was time for an updating, adding fresh visual life to a sacred text,” Burnett said.
Both Downey and Burnett were raised Catholic, Burnett in England and Downey in Ireland. They still regularly attend Mass in Los Angeles. Growing up, both watched the classic biblical films that the Hollywood of yesteryear churned out, like “The Ten Commandments” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”
To film their Bible series, the duo set off for the southern tip of Morocco with a crew of around 400 people.
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Burnett and Downey consulted a wide range of pastors and academics, including a major evangelical leader and a Catholic cardinal.
Their advisory panel consisted of many people from varied backgrounds familiar with sharing the stories of the Bible, rather than a who’s who of biblical academics.
Joel Osteen, a popular television preacher and pastor of the 30,000-member Lakewood church in Houston, was among those consulted. Osteen and Burnett are friends and were developing a television series together that went on the back burner during the production of this series. Osteen even took his family to Morocco during some of the filming.
While the History Channel owns the exclusive North American rights to the project, Burnett and Downey own the rights to global distribution and theatrical airings, which are in the works. The project also has a book tie-in, games and apps.
– CNN’s Eric Marrapodi and Eric Weisbrod contributed to this report.
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Big red thing with horns, little short guy in a hood, golden haired rock god, Elizabeth Hurley in that one B movie...y'know...he can pretty have any appearance you want him (or her) to have. It's not like Sauron where you pretty much have a big eye in a mountain consistently.
The actual controversy should surround the fact that this series is on a network called the HISTORY channel.
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MY personal testimony.
A thought to consider without an ego response
I Accepted Jesus christ as my lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
The world denounces truth....
Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.
Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.
The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.
Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners. Even once we are saved by christs merciful grace we will still experience adversity to mold us to adhering to the truth.
We will slip... But not fall of the ship ...carrying us onward to perfection in christs grace.
We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .
Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
See the truth...
do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from some other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..
Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .
Trancsend the temporal world.
Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .
Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.
Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith ....above reason in Jesus Christ.
Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....
Read Ecclesiastes. Read romans or corinthians.
You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.
Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are by faith above reason in christ.
I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .
Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?
Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.
once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it
You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
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Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door,
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
The, looking in, I saw upon the floor
Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.
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"Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale."
It is a fairytale. The Bible is primarily a book of religion, a guide to faith. it was not a book of history, poetry, economics, or science. It contains all sorts of literary genre, which are used to teach about the relationship between God and mankind. Even biblical history is edited history: events were chosen to illustrate the central theme of the Bible. The Biblical writers did not pretend they were giving a complete history; instead they constantly refer us to other sources for full historical details, sources such as "The Annals of the Kings of Judah" (or Israel).
It is therefore not possible to try to "prove" the Bible by means of checking its historical or scientific accuracy. The only "proof" to which it can be subjected is this: Does it correctly portray the God-human relationship? In the best analysis, the Bible is a religious book, not an historical document.
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The world now is ruling by the antichrist but no one wants to believe.
Especially US is completely under the antichrist control because he is ruling the world thru it.
CNN is one of his official channels which through he can control the brains and concepts of people.
He planned for the 9/11 attacks and they said Muslims did it, and as usual people believe whatever they are saying.
See now how he can play with your brains and eyes using numbers,letters and words to know what is going on and what CNN is:
Take a look on the CNN logo and read it upside and down you will get............. MD.......it means (M)onth and (D)ay.
Read it from left to right you will get.............. 911.
Read it from right to left and be ready for the shoke as you will get...............WTC......... read the T upside down.
Please tell those who are sleeping to awake before it is too late.
The real fear comes from people like you that actually believe your own BS.
Get professional help.
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Ancient life...............3.5 billion years ago.............NO god(s) or horn-y red devil (666 the beast) never has been
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All creationists...............a turtle.............but is it to old to have come from the ark ?
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