In the last several decades there have been numerous film and ‘made-for-television’ adaptations of Jane Austen’s novel, “Pride and Prejudice”. The book’s TV re-enactment can be seen today on the Mormon-owned ‘Christian’ television station, which is listed among several Christian-owned TV networks, which include such speakers as Joyce Meyers, T.D. Jakes, Mike Murphy, etc. (Mormon Channel is an over the air and Internet radio station owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.)

Versions of Austen’s text can also be found on such secular stations as OVA or ‘Ovation’, which is a privately held, independent cable network. Ovation’s investors include Hubbard Media Group, Corporate Partners II, Arcadia Investment Partners, and Perry Capital. Thus, both extremely wealthy ‘Christian,’ and private secularly-owned stations present Austen’s version of morality to the public.

In speaking about those who dislike her writings, Austen responded: “The fact is, that you were sick of civility, of deference, of officious attention. You were disgusted with the women who were always speaking, and looking, and thinking for your approbation alone. I roused, and interested you, because I was so unlike them.” One critic insists: “Austen’s narratives move towards these moments of self-realization, which are the most dramatic and memorable in her novels. Austen is also attempting to educate readers, particularly their emotions. Throughout Austen’s novels, reading is associated with intellectual and moral development.”

Which brings us to the point: Why are some people preaching, teaching, broadcasting, writing what they perceive as The Bible, The Gospel or The Word of God — or rather their interpretations of God’s Holy Word? Are their multiple purposes to present Biblical Truth in their “approbations” alone, or are they ‘disgusted’ with what the Bible actually says about itself and Christianity?

Even The Mormon Church is now accepted with the groupings of Christian television stations as ‘legitimate’ Christianity. And lately, the Catholic Church has managed to legitimize itself in popular culture as not just Christian, but wholly necessary for “national safety and salvation,” through depiction of a Catholic police family praying together after mass services at Sunday dinner in the famous TV series ‘Blue Bloods’.

Of course, all of these depictions are part of the world-wide quest to present self-interpretations of ‘True Christianity.’ The questions are, however, do these depictions of Christianity represent or even refer back to what God’s Holy Word actually says about itself and Christianity? The truth is there is only some acknowledgment of the “true Christian message.

The LORD Jesus Christ said about Himself: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14: 6).” And The Savior said of The Father: “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. . . God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4: 23 – 24).

Reading or writing a novel won’t do it. Nor joining a church; nor will running dozens of television programs do it. It is time for all people to understand, that the only way to know God, through His Son, is to come to Him in repentance, sincerity and truth!

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