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  • Many aspects of "The Passion of Christ", including the appearance of Satan, have been interpreted rather freely from the personal point of view of Mel Gibson and his co-author. Here's what Mel Gibson says about Satan / "the evil"...: "(...)That's what evil is about, taking something that's good and twisting it a little bit." ...and what he says about that particular scene: "(...) it's evil distorting what's good. What is more tender and beautiful than a mother and a child? So the Devil takes that and distorts it just a little bit. Instead of a normal mother and child you have an androgynous figure holding a 40-year-old 'baby' with hair on his back. It is weird, it is shocking, it's almost too much—just like turning Jesus over to continue scourging him on his chest is shocking and almost too much, which is the exact moment when this appearance of the Devil and the baby takes place."
  • I thought that the idea was taken to be a representation of the coming anti-christ represented in revelation. it is an interesting portrait Satan and a baby but that is how the anti-christ is suggested. for further study you may be interested in: the catholic dictionary/encyclopedia http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/index.html and additional commentaries http://www.sbl-site.org/default.aspx

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