What's Happening on TV this Weekend Could Change the World

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The star of the former hit TV show “Touched by an Angel” shares her views of “The Bible” miniseries, premiering March 3 on the History Channel.

An accomplished stage and screen actress, best known to American TV viewers for her role as the angel Monica on the hit show Touched by an Angel, Roma Downey is one of the driving forces behind the upcoming epic TV miniseries, The Bible. Downey and her husband, longtime producer Mark Burnett, created and produced the miniseries together, and Downey steps in front of the camera to play the part of Mary, Jesus’ mother. Churches nationwide are poised to help people engage with The Bible, which premieres March 3 on the History Channel and continues weekly through Easter.

In this interview, Downey discusses why The Bible is important to her, the impact it has had on her personal faith, what she hopes the series will accomplish and more.

Why was it so important to you personally to do a miniseries about the Bible?

My faith is incredibly important to me. The Bible is such a moving and inspiring book that deserved to be presented in a powerful way on television. My hope as a producer and as a storyteller was to strive for excellence throughout this project and to bring these remarkable stories alive in a way that people haven’t seen before.

Why or how is a miniseries like this uniquely suited to effectively share the Bible with people in American society today, many of whom may not be familiar with some of the stories being depicted?

The series will air on television, which is an incredibly powerful platform. It’s the perfect arena to share the Bible, which is filled with stories of hope, sacrifice and redemption. Whether you are familiar with these characters or not, I believe that the themes in the series are relevant and important today. Generations later, they continue to touch and inspire us.

What depiction of a biblical story in the miniseries do you think will be the most surprising for viewers? Why?

I think that everyone is familiar with the story of David and Goliath. But David’s story doesn’t end there; that’s just the beginning. To see his life unfold with all his triumphs and failures is a compelling and engaging story that might surprise viewers.

What impact has this production and playing the role of Mary in it had on your personal spiritual life?

I have loved Mary my whole life. She has always had a special place in my heart. As a mother myself, it was very meaningful to me to experience the role through a mother’s eyes and feel it through a mother’s heart. I feel blessed to have played her. I’m so grateful, through my work on Touched by an Angel and now through The Bible, to be able to bring a message of God’s love for all of us. Producing this series has definitely strengthened my faith.

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  • robert davis

    All these movies are good and fine. Everyone wants the Love of God. That’s important. But when will a movie come out that teaches the “whole” Gospel? Not only does God love everybody and He wants all men to be saved, but the other side of the coin is that He has also promised to punish sin and to cast those who do not accept His gift of Salvation into a literal burning hell. If there is going to be love and grace, there must also be an opposite which is punishment for not doing what God has said. Everybody wants all the lovey-dovey parts but a real God also punishes bad behavior. We as Christians need to share this with people also, that there is judgement coming if you reject Jesus the Christ, God’s only Son, and try to live your way. Jdg 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. This did not turn out good for Israel and it will not work today in this society.

    • Dalia

      yep! I hope the series portrays all the attributes and character, and holiness of God. My co-worker/friend is in an adulterous affair, and actually contributed to the divorce of a 25 year marriage to a Christian wife. I told her how Jesus viewed this and the consequences. She replied that God is love, and He wants her happy, and He would never condem people. When they were cheating she always walked with a bible, took him to church with her. Now that he left his wife, no more church and no more bible. Christians focus more on the love and forgiveness of God, which is great, but we fail to also focus on His demand for reverence.

    • jamie

      Why not let the Word of God speak through this miniseries and let God take care of the rest. Why so cynical? Yes, there is judgment for sin. I don’t deny that but let’s see how this plays out before beginning the soapbox of judgment speech.

    • Pastor Tom

      robert,
      I appreciate your desire to have the fullness of God be seen. But until we see the series, you might be jumping the gun. If we see people that God loves clamoring to get into a locked-up ark, that will show judgment. If there is fire raining down on Sodom and Gomorrah, while a wife turns to salt, that is hardly lovey-dovey. Watch the series, then make your comments. In the interim we can be praying that lost souls will be reached by this production.

    • james

      Amen!!!

    • Dalia

      Boy were you right. “what’s happening on tv this weekend could change the world.”. We should have known if the Bible doesnt, why would we think Hollywood could?

  • joangel

    thank you, and bless you, Robert Davis…you have been an eloquent witness for Christianity,–the only religion that addresses the problem and resolution of sin.

  • B-faithful

    Let every Christian pray urgently that this will be viewed and accepted by multitudes. How much we need God in His fullness in this country. Pray,Christians,pray!

  • rocky

    God bless you Manica you are still an Angel off stage and and if only one person comes to God through you magnificiet effort it would be worth it.However I am sure a huge number of souls will be encouraged and instructed in a positive way through this series . Africa,Asia,
    the Americas and all over the world .Great is your reward in heaven.Joy to you and your Husband and family,also all your helpers.

  • Gilbert Shea

    Are you people blind? This miniseries was the worst portrayal of the scriptures that I have seen to date. I especially like the politically correct way that they forgot to mention that Sodom was full of Sodomites that wanted to rape the men in Lot’s house. This series is a secular piece of garbage. Read your Bible’s, don’t watch this fake nonsense.

  • Michelle

    I missed this episode but I was told that this was NOT the whole truth, especially when depicting the story of Lot and the angels. WHY???
    Why add to more half-truths of the Bible and NOT share the whole truth??? WHY???

  • Old ‘n Rich

    Great effort, Mark and Roma. We should all be inspired to apply the same such serious effort to being His witnesses!!! First installment needed an underline of narration tying the segments together and helping the first time viewer to see that there is a redemptive unity in the whole Bible. I was looking for it to point toward Jesus in more direct ways. But the series is on its way to Him.

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