The Last Temptation of Christ (1988): Conversation with the Baptist

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The clip conversation with the Baptist from The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) with Willem Dafoe, Andre Gregory

[ Quiet Talking ]
Love. What does it mean?
Love is sweet as honey, but it's also blood.
Love is action. You want a new crop, you burn the earth.
But isn't love enough?
No, no! Look at the world.
Plague, war, corruption, false prophets,
False idols, worship of gold.
Nothing is of value. The tree is rotten.
You have to take the ax and cut it down.
If I was a woodcutter, I'd cut. If I was a fire, I'd burn.
But I'm a heart and I love. That's all I can do.
I'm a heart, also, but I can't love what's unjust.
What I can't love, I attack. God demands it.
Yes, God demands anger.
Anger? But we're all brothers.
You think love is God's only way?
Go to the Dead Sea. Look in the bottom.
You'll see two whores, Sodom and Gomorrah.
That's God's way.
On the day of the Lord, blood will flow from wood.
The stones of the houses will come alive and kill their owners.
That day is here.
He gave me the ax; now I give it to you.
That's not the answer.
Then, what is the answer?
I don't know.
Well, if you won't listen to me, who will you listen to?
The God of Israel is a god of the desert.
If you want to speak to Him, then you'll have to go to the desert.
I'll go to Idumaea.
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