5 classic movies that botched Bible verses

5. 'Carrie' (1976)

Easily the goriest movie on this list, Brian de Palma’s "Carrie" is based on Stephen King’s tale of a supernaturally gifted young woman tormented by her psychotically religious mother.

Throughout the film, Carrie’s mother Margaret (played by Piper Laurie) totes a copy of the Good Book, but in one scene, she flagrantly misquotes and even reinvents Scripture, such as her assertion that “The first sin was intercourse.” 

The problem with that quote? According to the Christian apologetics website GotQuestions, the first sin occurred when Lucifer was cast out of Heaven, as described in Isaiah 14:12. 

"It’s important to note that Lucifer’s sin preceded humanity’s sin," GotQuestions adds. "We know from Romans 5:12–21 that all men and women throughout history (except, of course, for Jesus) have been sinners as a result of Adam’s sin. Since Lucifer’s sin preceded that of Adam, it also preceded that of the rest of humanity."

Adam and Eve’s sin was disobedience of God’s command to not eat the fruit of the Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil.

In that scene in "Carrie," Margaret continues to misquote Genesis 3, saying, “And the Lord visited Eve with a curse, and the curse was the Curse of Blood! And there was a Second Curse, and this was the Curse of Childbearing, and Eve brought forth Cain in sweat and blood!”

While there was a curse involved in regard to childbearing, Genesis makes no mention of a "curse of blood" and does not explicitly say "Eve brought forth Cain in sweat and blood."

God Questions adds: "A woman’s pain in childbirth is part of the suffering brought into the world through sin. As a direct result of the original sin, Adam, Eve, and the serpent were all cursed in one way or another. Genesis 3:16 lists one of the judgments for Eve’s sin as pain in childbirth: “'I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.'

"It appears that, even before the fall, there would have been some pain in childbirth. God says, 'I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth' (ESV), using a Hebrew word meaning 'to increase.' The pain of childbirth would be more than before. The pain was amplified."

A 2013 remake managed to somewhat redeem its predecessor by working in an actual Bible quote from Psalm 136: "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His word endures forever.

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