After his boyhood friend Messala’s fanatic loyalty to Rome makes him a powerful enemy, Judah Ben-Hur is found guilty of an attempted murder he did not commit. His family is banished and he is enslaved on a warship. Through his ferocity in a raging sea battle, he is able to escape and become a horse trainer. To exact his revenge, Ben-Hur decides to compete against Messala in the Roman chariot races. They race, locked in a battle to the death. Barely surviving, Ben-Hur forsakes the sword for Christ and finally finds redemption.
This video by Dr. Garlock contains three lectures presented in a warm and engaging style. These messages present biblical standards of music reinforced with illustrations. Dr. Garlock has a wealth of experience in evaluating the trends in today’s “Christian” music in light of the Scriptures.
NOTE: A Man for All Seasons is a tremendous movie, but it is not historically accurate. Thomas More was a crude persecutor of true Christians. Much of his life was spent fighting the Reformation, William Tyndale and the work of God. According to John Foxe, he illegally tortured Reformers in his own home.
In 16th-century England, the corrupt King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) betrays the Roman Catholic Church to divorce his wife and marry his latest conquest Anne Boleyn (Vanessa Redgrave). Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) is then forced to choose between his principles and duty to his heretical king, who has begun executing the treasonous with increasing frequency. The profound battle of ideals also involves Cardinal Wolsey (Orson Welles), Thomas Cromwell (Leo McKern), and More’s valiant wife (Wendy Hiller).