Was Charlton Heston a Christian?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with The Mortgage & Property Connection

Christian or not he certainly made a difference in many lives.  It's overwhelming to think how our actions and choices can affect others.  People are watching everything we do. 

Several years ago I watched an infomercial where Charlton Heston spoke of his travels to the Holy Land.  He also mentioned his companion Bible.  I ordered the set immediately. I've watched the videocassettes over and over.  The beautiful scenery of the area is breath taking.

A letter from Charlton that came with the package has given me the impression that yes, he was a Christian.  I have scanned the cover of the book and the cover letter.  The cover letter is very revealing.

I did post a secular tribute to Charlton:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/456644/Charlton-Heston-Dead-at

I notice it wasn't published through Time/Warner or any other familiar TV distributors.  It was published through GT Publishing.  I wonder if he did this project personally.  That would speak volumes...

Did anyone else order this particular package, and if so, what were your thoughts?

 

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Eileen - Troy, Michigan

 

I've enjoyed reading everyone's comments.  Please, forgive me for being a little picky here, but I believe every mention of one great man in these posts has misspelled his name.

Mohandas Gandhi (better known as Mahatma Gandhi) was the Hindu religious leader and non-violent social reformer referred to here.  Since he is so well-known, I just think it important that his name be spelled correctly.

Just another thought:  Wouldn't it have been wonderful if he had been a Christian?

 

Apr 12, 2008 02:06 PM #64
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Eileen - Troy, Michigan

 

I've enjoyed reading everyone's comments.  Please, forgive me for being a little picky here, but I believe every mention of one great man in these posts has misspelled his name.

Mohandas Gandhi (better known as Mahatma Gandhi) was the Hindu religious leader and non-violent social reformer referred to here.  Since he is so well-known, I just think it important that his name be spelled correctly.

Just another thought:  Wouldn't it have been wonderful if he had been a Christian?

 

Apr 12, 2008 02:06 PM #65
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Dorene Shirley
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Thank you Eileen for the clarification.  Yes, it would have been wonderful

Apr 12, 2008 02:34 PM #66
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pat

HI AGAIN DOREEN.

I OWE YOU AN APOLOGY.I USED YOUR SURNAME BY MISTAKE.!!MY APOLOGIES.

PLEASE PRAY THAT GODS KINGDOM MAY COME ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

THE WORLD IS FAST HEADING

 INTO PERDITION.PRAY PRAY PRAY.................

MAY THE MIGHTY AND GLORIOUS JESUS BLESS US ALL,THAT WE WILL HAVE THE             

OPPERTUNITY TO SPEAK TO MANY,MANY PEOPLE OF THE WONDERFUL,AWESOME WORK OF

SALVATION THAT LORD JESUS GAVE FOR ALL OF US,BY SHEDDING HIS  PRECIOUS BLOOD ON THE CROSS

ON CALVARY.GREETINGS TO YOU DOREEN IN SUNNY CALIFORNIA.I CYCLED FROM SAN FRANCISCO

TO ORANGE COUNTY(SPRUCE GOOSE)IN 1992.SADDLE SORE....!!!JUST HAVE ABOUT GOTTEN OVER

IT NOW.GOD BLESS YOU.PAT

 

Apr 13, 2008 08:37 AM #67
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Dorene Shirley
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Pat - I was never offended...I have 3 first names.  Anything close is a plus.  Wow, thats a lot of riding.  I don't think I could make it up the street!  Thanks for responding.
Apr 13, 2008 09:10 AM #68
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mike

Thank you all for a lively discussion.  In conclusion  we all need to take a look at ourselves.  we will all die one day as Mr. Heston has.  I believe as a christian that this should be our number one concern.  We should be willing to share the truth of the Gospel with all those that the Lord brings into contact with us.  But we need to understand the true Gospel.  The Gospel teaches us that no man by his works will enter into the kingdom of heaven.  We also know that it is the rightiousness of Christ which has paid the penalty for our sin.  We also know that God is a jealous God and that we cannot exalt others above our Savior.  We have all broken God's law.  The Bible is revelation of Christ the redemptive plan of salvation.  If we call ourselves a Christian we should study and apply His truth contain within the pages of scripture.  We should also be willing to tell others in love when they are on the wrong track.  We should only pray to Jesus our God and not to saints or Mary or anyone else.  Let all those who love Christ  exalt Him above all. 

 

Love in Christ

Mike

 

Apr 15, 2008 05:19 PM #69
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Mike - I read the bible from start to finish last year.  It was an empowering experience.  The reoccurring theme for me was that God is a jealous god.  Just made me love him that much more.  We live our lives sometimes on autopilot, even as Christians.  We get so caught up in our daily trial and tribulations.  We call our parents, siblings, friend, psychologist, etc.  we forget whom to talk to, really talk to.  Thank you for commenting Mike, we believe the same.
Apr 16, 2008 07:19 AM #70
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I think that there are only one person to whom it really matters if Charlton was a Christian in this life - his name is Charlton Heston.  If he was born again he is in the presence of the Lord right now.  If he was not he is eternally seperated from God.  This is not to be harsh but to make the point that we should be more concerned about the eternal destiny of the living.  They are the only ones who can choose where they spend eternity.
Apr 17, 2008 09:47 AM #71
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Don - Thanks for commenting.  I think there are many things that matter when we are living...to be a good example of how to live a Christian life I think is important.  In my opinion, this is one of the important reasons Christ came.  I do think it's more than just about ourselves.  When we have to answer to God on how we lived our lives, it will be compelling. 
Apr 17, 2008 09:59 AM #72
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    Enter in to the Joy of the Lord, Thou good and faithful servant. God Bless, Charlton Heston.
Apr 18, 2008 08:21 AM #73
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Thank you Nicholas, that is a beautiful picture!
Apr 18, 2008 09:09 AM #74
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Dale Murray
I heard Ben Stein is a Christian.
Apr 21, 2008 07:46 PM #75
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Dorene Shirley
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Really, I did not know that.  I do know he has a new movie out, but haven't heard anything on it yet.  Thanks for commenting.

Apr 24, 2008 09:23 AM #76
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Charlton Heston facts:

· Married to his college sweetheart, Lydia, for 64 years.

· Beloved father of two successful children, one a Hollywood director.

· Unabashed Christian and church attender.

· First among his peers; president of the Screen Actors Guild a record six times.

· Served his country in World War II as a B-25 crewman.

· Campaigner for civil rights; protested as early as 1961, long before it became popular, and marched on Washington alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

· Protector of the unborn; provided the introduction for Dr. Bernard Nathanson's great pro-life film, Silent Scream.

· Champion of public decency; shamed Time Warner into dropping rapper Ice-T's contract because of his song celebrating the murder of police officers.

· Defender of individual liberty; president of the National Rifle Association.

Jul 03, 2008 10:20 PM #77
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David Josephs

"...God is a jealous god."  What the....?  Are you psycho?  Robert Peck has called jealousy the greatest sin.  If God is jealous, then we are nothing more than the toy box playthings of a bored omniscient being.

I'm sorry, but the God I worship isn't that petty.  Since we're the creation of an omniscient being (God) who "indulged" us with free will, it would have been just as easy to make us puppets.  That certainly seems simpler than the drama of eternal torture for those who choose not to play by the rules.  Don't you think it's possible, instead, that the God that created us, also created a world for us to live in which we can find happiness and joy and prosperity through the right uses of our free will, which would be the greatest form of worship?  The alternative is to live in constant fear, and almost infantile claim of love, as if failing to shout your "tribute" to your master will result in harm.

"The world is fast heading into perdition.  Pray, pray, pray."  What?  So, if more of the good boys and girls pray, than bad boys and girls fornicate, we'll get world peace instead of a lump of coal in our stocking?  Seriously, this is the premise that the safety of your eternal soul is based upon?  You may want to rethink that one.

Prayer is the tool God gave us for communication.  Things like to be grateful for our blessings, seeking guidance in our expression of free will, and being happier that we spent a moment "smelling the roses".  Not for the repeated iteration of words, desperately hoping for safety of your own hide, since all those heathens out there are sending your planet down the crapper.

Dec 11, 2008 01:55 PM #78
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Sherry

David,

I think you may be taking the God is a jealous God text out of context.  Remember God says that man does not see as He sees.  His ways and thoughts are higher than our own. 

Please read Hosea's object lesson as he compares God's relationship with Israel in the imagery of a marriage.


The basis is love, and "jealousy" is a way to describe the love that a husband has for
a wife who is unfaithful and works as a prostitute.

This "jealousy" is one that hurts because of the unfaithfulness of the wife (Israel) in a relationship in which she had pledged herself to her husband who had loved and cared for her (God).

So when biblical writers apply this term to God, they are affirming that He, as Creator and Deliverer,
is the only God worthy of our devotion - our worship.

God's "jealousy" is not self-righteous" so that His children (we ARE His children) can worship Him and be His slaves, but so His children can live an eternal life of peace and joy and happiness that can only be found in Him.  It is for your salvation that God is jealous, not for His domination.

It is why He gave us His law of love to protect us from ourselves - our own worse enemy.

I thank God that He loves me so much and because of His love, I gladly give Him all the glory and all the praise that He deserves and am not ashamed to say that I am fully His. 

God bless you all.

Sherry

 

Aug 01, 2009 10:41 AM #79
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I believe that no one could possible have played the parts that Heston played without being or becoming Christian.

Aug 06, 2009 02:02 AM #80
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matt helm

    Charlton Heston and criminal Bible of Genocide!!!

1. Genocide+Monotheism+Separatism+Patriarchat+Phallophily

2. War+Gaza+Holocaust+Iraq+Afghanistan

3. Racism and Slavery in the Bible

4. Hate

5. Vandalism

7. Cannibalism+Pedophily

8. Adolf Hitlers Bible+Adolf Eichmanns Bible+Nazi-Bible+Charlton Hestons Bible

9. Barack Obamas Bible+Racism in the Bible+U.S. Sneipers and Bibleverses!!!

    Atheist 100%

Mar 25, 2010 06:28 PM #81
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Don Nash

I'm always puzzled when someone is offended because someone inquires as to another person's religious beliefs.....  Our spiritual beliefs are the most important thing about us - and something that should be known by everyone without us having to tell them. It should be that important in our lives.  I hope Charles Heston was a
Christian... I am not his judge or anyone else's - but his movie roles where so powerful and moving that you felt like you knew him personally. He was very open and outspoken about guns and politics, but once said (in regards to his religious belief) that it was a personal matter. 

But we don't know. I've read that Steve McQueen became a Christian as he was dying...... I hope so. One thing for sure - someday we'll find out!

Jul 07, 2010 02:45 AM #82
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Bill

Charleton Heston's life was a living object lesson for all those who call themselves Christians.

I pray I live a life as pure as his. 

Jan 26, 2012 11:15 PM #83
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