A little at a time

September 4, 2011

JUDAS: Every day you have a different plan. I can’t believe it. First it’s love, then it’s the ax, now you have to die. What good could that do? We need you alive.
JESUS: I can’t help it. God only talks to me a little at a time. He only shows me as much as I have to know.

– Exchange between Judas and Jesus once Jesus confides that he must be crucified.
From the screenplay for The Last Temptation of Christ by Paul Schrader, adapted from the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis

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Our hearts are ready

September 3, 2011

RABBI: You expect people to pay the tax in Roman coins? They have images of false gods on them. You want pagan gods in the temple? All foreign coins have to be changed to shekels. That is the law.
JESUS: I abolish the law. I give a new law and a new hope!
RABBI: What, did God change his mind about the old law?
JESUS: No, no. He just thinks our hearts are ready now to hold more.

– An exchange between Jesus and Rabbi in the temple in Jerusalem.
From the screenplay for The Last Temptation of Christ by Paul Schrader, adapted from the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.