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Pray in private not in public, Jesus told us

Published 24/11/2015

There were no cinemas in the Middle East in the first century, but they did have open-air stages for public performances.

Did Jesus suggest the use of actors as a means of promoting his message?

No. And, furthermore, he issued instructions that praying was on no account to be conducted as a public event.

With specific reference to the Lord's Prayer, he is on record as saying: "When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward in full.

"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you."

I am no theologian, but if someone is on a huge screen reciting the Lord's Prayer in public, then it can safely be said that they aren't praying to their Father in secret.

The question from Christians shouldn't be: "Why can't we show the Lord's Prayer in cinemas?". But rather: "Why are we doing what we've been told we shouldn't?"

RICHARD SPENCER

Randalstown, Co Antrim

Belfast Telegraph

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