I had enjoyed a movie produced by the latter film company entitled The Book of Daniel. I thought it was good timing seeing as the reading of the day was about the three young Jewish youths being placed in a very hot fire by King Nebuchadnezzar because they refused to bow down to the statue of the king.
However, it was before Mass the following morning that my mom brought something to my attention. She asked me if I thought the statue looked a little like a pope. I looked at her quite quizzically and responded with an emphatic "NO", that it was the statue of Nebuchadnezzar. She insisted to me that it was an image of a Catholic pope.
Later that day, I fast forwarded to the image of the statue in the movie (which we watched via Netflix). To my surprise, I saw that my mother was correct! (Although, to me, it looks more like St. Patrick without his bishop's mitre).
See for yourselves:
|Statue of King Nebuchadnezzar from movie Book of Daniel|
UPDATE: A reader actually found that the filmed appears to have used a Russian Orthodox statue of St. Nicholas as the model for Nebuchandezzar.
Picture source The following is how I pictured Nebuchadnezzar and I'm sure many others did too:
You can see there is a huge difference between the depiction by Pureflix and a Protestant bible illustration.
To be fair and to give the producers the benefit of the doubt, I contacted them via Twitter. But they did not respond.
In these times where forces of evil are persecuting Christians everywhere, I was hoping this persecution would unite us. Sadly, it looks like Catholics are still not considered Christians by some who call themselves Christians, and who knows, something even worse perhaps.