The Action Bible
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Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
Former Marvel and DC Comics illustrator Sergio Cariello retells 215 Bible stories in colorful comic-book format. The narratives appear in chronological order, beginning with Creation and ending with an invitation to open the door for Jesus as He stands and knocks (Revelation 3). Brief text blocks in comic font fill in the time gaps between stories. Short segments of text also convey the high points of New Testament letters and other parts of the Bible that are more difficult to depict graphically.
The visual stories and corresponding text illustrate God's goodness to the faithful, His vengeance upon the wicked and His repeated forgiveness as generations rebel and return to Him. Accounts of Christ's life, ministry, death, resurrection and the presentation of the Holy Spirit point to God's continued grace and love.
Other Belief Systems
Numerous characters kill, attack, lie, cheat or unjustly punish. Some act out of jealousy or greed. Others seek to achieve revenge or to obtain power or other forms of personal gain. Job's wife and friends urge him to curse God. Kings, including Saul, consult with witches and sorcerers. Many nations engage in idol worship. A few characters, such as Judas, commit suicide. Nations enslave others. Some characters get drunk at parties. Some allow pride to cloud their judgment. The Israelites and others repeatedly ignore and/or disobey God's commands and grumble about His ways. Note: God demonstrates His disapproval of the above actions and provides consequences for these evil choices.
A few illustrations depict bloodshed or killing.
Men of Sodom note that the visiting male angels are "pretty" and that they want to have their way with them. The story of the woman caught in adultery appears, though "adultery" is not explained or depicted. As a whole, sexual issues found in the Bible — the woman caught in adultery, Sodom, etc. — are not exploited or fully depicted. Some men are shown shirtless and muscular. One female appears in a midriff (the girl who dances in exchange for John the Baptist's head on a platter).
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