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No Passion, No Lord and No Chronicles

   Isn’t it amazing how animals follow someone who has food, even if the food isn’t good for them? Take our sheep for example. Every time I walk into the field with an item, they always assume it’s for them. They get sweet feed regularly in the winter and even if they’ve already had it for the day, they want more. If we try and get a few feed sacks of chicken feed to the barn stall where we store it, they will knock you down to tear into it. It doesn’t matter that the food isn’t for them. All they know is that the package looks like sweet feed.

   One day, I was walking around the field that the sheep were in. I opened a bag and started poisoning fire ant beds. If you’ve haven’t lived in the south, then you don’t know how bad (and dangerous) those ants can be. I sprinkled a small amount of poison on top of the bed and all of a sudden, Reuben the ram was having lunch! When he did, all of the flock came running over to have a bite. I had to spread it around with my foot to keep them out of it.

   Well, people are a lot like that. That’s not really surprising because it’s just human nature. But when I see Christians doing it, it bothers me. We are supposed to be different than the world. I was thinking about all the latest movies that have come out and Christians flock to. It seems that people can not wait for the next big thing to come out. They will see it without ever questioning if it would be a good thing or not. There is not the least caution or discussion if it could be wrong.

   Let me start with the Passion of the Christ. We have not seen it nor will we. Angie and I did some intense studying to try and determine whether or not it would be good for us. We cautiously read every evaluation on the context, about the actor’s character (yes, that counts too) and about how we felt it would benefit us. We gave it unanimous thumbs down. We even waited to see if it made any changes in anyone’s life that we knew or met- you know, the fruit of it. To this day, we’ve never seen one person that said it made a significant difference in them. Nor have we met one person that was saved after watching it.

   This was a major event for most of the church inAmerica. Churches bought up tickets to bring people in. Not one person that we knew said they would not see it. I began to ask myself, “What did God reveal in His Word?” He clearly tells that Jesus was crucified. It’s spelled out. But what I realized was that it is not as graphic asMel Gibson wanted us to see. I am already moved to tears when we have Communion. Just thinking about my Lord on that cross is more than I can bear. How could I handle more?

    And if seeing the brutality that Christ endured was supposed to change people, why is our nation still the same? If you compare the percent of people inAmericathat saw it compared to the number of born again Christians I assure you that the numbers don’t agree. Maybe seeing isn’t believing, huh?

  When we studied the actors of the film, we found that they were not of the highest character. If you search them out on the internet, be cautious of what will come up. Make sure there are no children with you. This is another reason we didn’t watch along with the masses. Foreign porn stars and lesbians. Was Mr. Gibson somehow limited as to who he could use?

   Then we studied the producer, Mel Gibson. While he may have some religious appearance, he definitely doesn’t believe that Christ is the only way to Heaven! Look at this excerpt of an interview with him.

On the ABCNEWS’ Primetime, on Monday, February 16, 2004 with Diane Sawyer, he said all people will eventually get to heaven:

DIANE SAWYER (ABC NEWS) — “… when we talked with Gibson

and his actors, we wondered, does his traditionalist view bar the

door to Heaven for Jews, Protestants, Muslims?

MEL GIBSON — “That’s not the case at all. Absolutely not.

It is possible for people who are not even Christian to get into the

Kingdom of Heaven. It’s just easier for -and I have to say that because

that’s what I believe.”

 Doesn’t that surprise you after making a movie about the crucifixion? It should. Think about this; God sends His only son to be brutally tortured and killed in our place. When we stand before Him, He will ask if we stand on what Christ has done. If we do, we’ll enter Heaven. Does Mel think that others who brush off Christ will be winked at by God? Do we suppose that a person just has to believe in something, no matter what it is? Will God say,” That’s alright, you can come in too!”?

   The next “big thing” that we saw people viewing was Lord of the Rings. This is a fantasy trilogy that is said to depict the gospel. We’ve read some of the books and did not find any evidence of that. It didn’t take us long to give thumbs down to this, also. We saw no parallel in the two and have no desire to watch it. So good triumphs over evil, huh? I’m sure that you could find a similar parallel in Star Wars. Still there are those that think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. I am still waiting to see good fruit from the viewing. Psalm 11:5 says The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.  This story is full of violence. Do you really enjoy that after reading how God feels?

 And finally, the Chronicles of Narnia have come to the movies. It was written by a man who is acclaimed to be a brilliant theologian. His books are truly deep and thought provoking. While I haven’t read all of the “Chronicles”, I have read enough to make a judgment for my family. I choose to not indulge in something with a witch and magic that claims to be another parallel to the gospel. I’ve already seen warnings that young children shouldn’t watch it because it has intense scenes that aren’t suitable for them. If you study C.S. Lewis you will find that he was deeply into mythology, even after his “conversion”. He debated Christianity with a beer in his hand and smoking a cigar. You might want to read this article if you think that I’m exaggerating.

http://www.charityministries.org/theremnant/2006/January/theremnant-January2006-cslewis.cfm

  What is my point in telling you all this? First, be careful in what you allow in your life. Be extra careful in what you allow in your children’s lives. Once something is viewed, it’s a part of you for the rest of your life. If you’re sitting in a movie theater and a questionable scene passes by, it will be over before you can get up and out of the theater. Your children will be impressed by what they see, either positively or negatively.

Second, if you are going to allow these “Bible parallels” into your life, you need to make sure that you give more time to study of the Bible itself. There are no modern writings that are God’s word, only the original! It was a finished and complete work two-thousand years ago. Study it with your children and not some fantasy story if you want your children to see the Gospel! And I’m not speaking about them attending church three times a week. How many hours a week do you spend in Bible study with them? Is it less than the hours that you watch television or movies? Something isn’t right there.

 All three of these movies should change the world if they are the examples of the Gospel that people claim. But somehow, I don’t see the world becoming more like Christ. Question everything. Just because Reuben is eating it, that doesn’t mean it’s safe for the flock.

“Walk circumspectly…”Ephesians 5: 6-17 “Whatsoever things..”Phil 4:8

paul

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Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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2 Responses to "No Passion, No Lord and No Chronicles"

  1. Ali says:

    In your post you mention Lord of the Rings. Lord of the Rings is an allegory, a parable, not a parallel. An allegory is meant to make something more clear. The ring is supposed to represent sin. And Frodo must remove the sin from his life. At the end he fails to do so, but another force is used to remove it, though Frodo won’t ever be the same.

    This story is made to be appealing to sinners, so that a seed may be planted. But I do agree that it is not for children, as there is much that I believe to be inappropriate. I just thought I would point this out.

    1. paul paul says:

      Thank you for your comments. I found quotes from Tolkein to the contrary. Here is an excerpt where he states this————————————
      Religious, Freudian, allegorical, and political interpretations of the trilogy soon appeared, but Tolkien generally rejected such explications. He maintained that The Lord of the Rings was conceived with “no allegorical intentions …, moral, religious, or political,” but he also denied that the trilogy is a work of escapism: “Middle-earth is not an imaginary world. … The theatre of my tale is this earth, the one in which we now live.”——
      Since the writer says its not meant to be allegorical i think we should take it at that. There are many stories in which we could conclude that it was an allegory of the Gospel. Star Wars, The Matrix and such are often taken to be like this but their writers have made no claim. The bottom line is that The Lord of the Rings is fantasy in which Christians often want to use to give the good news. Let’s just use the News itself and leave the fairytales as entertainment.

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