Have you ever seen the verse John 3:16? Probably. It’s one of the most used scriptures in evangelism. It’s also the scripture we use on everything to say “I’m a Christian” or “I’m a Christian business”.
I love this scripture but John 3:17 is equally as good- “he did not come into the world to condemn it but to save it.”
With some recent movies that are out and even some talk I have heard recently I wanted to share about Jesus and the God I serve. Let’s start with Noah. Yes God was angry with the outcome of the world and it’s involvement with the fallen angels and such. So he was going to destroy it. But Noah found favor because of his righteousness. This is all in the good book, go check it out. So he saved Noah and some animals. After it’s over he doesn’t say I’m glad I did that. NO! His heart is broken so he puts a rainbow in the sky to remind himself never to do that again no matter how wicked man gets. What? He is a compassionate and caring God? The stories go on. Another good story is Jonah. It’s a really small book but has such a blatant message of the goodness and compassion of God.
See we are taught in Sunday School that Jonah was swallowed by the whale because of rebellion for fear of speaking God’s word (well at least that’s what I was taught). Maybe if you only read the first 3 chapters then I can see that interpretation. But the 4th chapter explains that Jonah didn’t want to prophecy because he knew they would turn their hearts and God would show mercy. And Ninava was an evil people and that’s not what Jonah wanted. Again check it out in the book. God shows compassion on them after the king commands them to fast and turn to God.
I could probably write a book on how the God I serve is good and compassionate. Oh wait their is one, The Bible! :) Lastly I will mention John 3:16-17. This sums up Jesus Christ coming, dying and being resurrected. It was a massive act of goodness and kindness along with sending the Holy Spirit (the comforter, righteousness, peace and joy are in Him). This is just a small glimpse of the God I follow.
I would like to say a minor disclaimer before continuing with my review. I had watched every trailer and featurette for this movie, lots of interviews with cast and crews and blogs from supporters and haters of the film. Then yesterday I went and saw it. So this is not an ignorant review. :)
Now to start I will review it just as a movie and not judge it by the original text, I give it a 6 out of 10. Was not a huge fan of the story line and I didn’t care for the characters other then emma watson (who did an amazing job!) But probably what was the worst, was at one moment I felt like I was watching an epic period movie then I was watching Jason and the Argonauts. The rock giant characters spoke old school claymation compositions. LAME!
Now to the good stuff. I read an excellent review before I went and saw the movie that in a nut shell said this, “There is not a lot in the bible about Noah, so they were true to the text and then had extra biblical moments.” And I have heard that from many people. So I was actually super excited to see it. Sorry to say not true, this whole thing is one big extra bibibcal moment. Now I understand that this was not written or produced by God fearing, bible believing, folk which is pretty clear through there mixed evolution, intelligent design, storytelling of creation about half way through the movie. As well as the “go green” message, on how we don’t eat animals and the creator cares more for them. See Genesis 6:5-8 & 9:1-3 for the counter of that. He was pretty fed up with everyone and ultimately it was his own creation that found grace with him not the “innocent” animals. I could go on about all of the other “extra” biblical moments, The boys not having wives on the boat, The boys ages where wack (Ham is the youngest and Japheth appears to be the oldest in the bible). There ages, Noah was 600 years old which would make the boys around 100 years old. and the list goes on.
But the last thing I really want to point out, because probably everything I mention before this anyone who went to Sunday School caught. But I feel there is a bigger plan of the enemy (satan) in this movie and some people might not realize. So I will name a few things- first it opens with the story of the “Watchers” these fallen angels, who have come to “help” humans and by doing that they are punished by the Creator, and then ultimately redeemed because they help Noah. Now some might think I know there is no such thing as the Watchers! Wrong! There is such a thing but they are not are friends! Genesis 6:1-4 talks about these sons of God and there fall which leads to verse 5 The Lord seeing the earths wickedness. The term Watchers is from the book of Enoch, which tells an expanded story of the watchers coming to earth and being with the daughters of men, and how God sends the Archangels to lock them up on Earth and Enoch is sent to prophecy to them which that prophecy is again found in Revelation. Don’t have time to go into details, you kind find it in the Bible, or in a great book called “Corrupting the Image” by Douglas Hamp. Ultimately they are not our friends!
Second thing, is the snake skin from the snake (satan) that deceived man in the garden. Is some how a holy relic to Noah and his family. They wrap it around there arm and bless the coming generation. DEMONIC! This is not just an extra biblical thing but is totally an occult thing. If you would like to know more about occult things and how they influence that world and how we can be free of them check out this book, “He came to set the captives free” by rebecca brown or contact Church of Glad Tidings 671-3160, churchofgladtidings.com and get the Isaiah 61 teaching!
The list goes on! I think that it is important that we don’t just see this as a movie, and that we as Christians don’t just get caught up on the fact that it is “extra” biblical but I believe it is anti-bibical (friends with demons, witchcraft, etc). I will end with this, I know there is lots of hollywood that is anti-bibical, but what we must recognize is the wolf in sheep’s clothing. That when its claiming to be based on the bible and is clearly not (not just in imagery but in heart) then we should be aware, and mindful to step in the gap for people who might take this as truth.
Love to hear other people thoughts on the movie- make sure to comment or reply to post.
Christopher Nolan’s Memento premiered nearly 15 years ago during the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, introducing us to Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a man driven by the relentless desire to revenge his wife’s brutal murder while a rare, untreatable form of memory loss hinders his path. Using this motif, Nolan developed an elaborate and masterful nonlinear unspooling of clues that challenge the viewers’ expectations. The audience knows only what Leonard can piece together from various photographs, charts, notes, and tattoos, which serve as his memory.
If you haven’t seen Memento, check it out on Netflix, or better yet, see it in April as part of this year’s ‘From the Collection’ screenings at Sundance London.
Read more about the film and see even more gifs here.
Love this movie and Nolan is an incredible director that inspires my life.
What drove me? I think most creative people want to express appreciation for being able to take advantage of the work that’s been done by others before us. I didn’t invent the language or mathematics I use. I make little of my own food, none of my own clothes.
Everything I do depends on other members of our species and the shoulders that we stand on. And a lot of us want to contribute something back to our species and to add something to the flow. It’s about trying to express something in the only way that most of us know how—because we can’t write Bob Dylan songs or Tom Stoppard plays.
We try to use the talents we do have to express our deep feelings, to show our appreciation of all the contributions that came before us, and to add something to that flow. That’s what has driven me.
So good. Reminds me of this essay by Walter Benjamin.
Mathew 24:6 Jesus says “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars…” these verses in this chapter people attach to the end of time, or that Jesus is coming back soon. And I understand that when people talk about it, there is that string inside all of us saying “Yeah, they have been saying that for years.” and then we look around acting like we are trying to see if he has come back.
But I will have to admit in all my years on the earth (which are not many cause I’m am young) its strikes me how many war and rumor of war talks have happened in the last year. I am not sure on all the dates or when things have happened but just to name a few, Banghazi, Syria, Iran, Chinese planes over Japanese islands, and now Ukraine and Russia and I know there has been more even in the last couple of years with Egypt, Libya, etc.
So its just interesting to really step back and look at, is this what Jesus is talking about, Maybe? or maybe he is just talking about the last 100 years where we have had 2 World Wars and Cold Wars and lots of other things that fit the bill of the rest of the verse (earthquakes, famines, etc). And He says its only the beginning of the birth pangs. What does that mean?
"And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place; All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the [c]birth pangs” Mathew 24:6-8
Last night watching the Oscars numerous people thanked God (key no one thanked Jesus) for putting them where they were. I would ask which god where they talking about? Probably anyone who follows a “god” felt like they must have been talking about “My god”. After Mathew’s expectance speech of “Best Actor” Award. People tweeted “Mathew preaching at Oscars was unexpected”. Was that preaching? And if it was, what god was he talking about?
This morning I was reading out of the 2nd chapter of Joshua. Rahab has this to say about The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. “And she said to the men, I know that the Lord has given you the land and that your terror is fallen upon us and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the [east] side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. When we heard it, our hearts melted, neither did spirit or courage remain any more in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.”
This doesn’t seem like the “God” everyone was talking about last night. I would ask has Christianity and the name of God become a mockery and/or cliché? And has the way we approached are christianity and approached Christ in our day to day apart of why it has become a mockery or cliché?