Son of God

I went to see the Son of God movie yesterday.   It was a decent film.  Movies like this one and the Passion of the Christ have to take some liberties and I sometimes struggle with them.  The liberties in this movie made it seem more relational then others, which is probably how it was…not just the Word, but the downtimes, too.  I could nitpick both movies…but the fact is that I am glad that they are in the movie theaters for the public to see.  I am so excited that we live in a country where we are allowed to have Jesus be the star in a film.  I love that both movies get The Message out there and I pray for the souls that see the movie that they may take a step closer to Him.

The previews we saw included Heaven is for Real and Noah.  Heaven is for Real looks like it is matches the book pretty well.  Noah has some big names in it and it will be interesting to see.

As excited as I am that these movies are in the theaters, I get nervous that since they are in the movie theaters, people will think of them as fiction or fantasy.  So, I pray.  It has to be better that they are in the theater than if they were not.  So, I pray.  I pray that a piece of the message, the Word, something will bring salvation to those who are not yet saved.

UPDATED:   Everyone is asking me about the movie and this is my response to one of my most recent inquirers:

I left the moving feeling a bit let down and I couldn’t really figure out why.  I knew there were lots of changes from the Bible, subtle as they might have been.  Changes that people who don’t know the Bible wouldn’t know.  The more I thought about it and the more questions I was asked about it the more I realized I was more diappointed than I first thought.  
 
I was on guard right from the start when they showed the wise men visiting Jesus right after His birth.  And then they changed the last supper with the bread and Jesus forcing it into Judas’ mouth…and didn’t emphasize why He was dying…which should have been the whole point of the movie.  Plus they put in scriptures that were accurate but in the wrong places.  I could continue.  I know it is a movie, but it is a movie about Jesus and if it is going to be seen as fiction than it probably shouldn’t be in the theaters.  I would probably take it better if the new Noah movie has inaccuracies b/c that story isn’t likely to affect someone’s salvation.  But to change Jesus’ life…
I know a movie cannot be responsible for bringing someone to Christ, but I don’t understand the point in changing it.  I know there are different interpretations, but things were actually changed, and so yes, it would be considered false teaching.  I think of them in the same way as the big tv Christian personalities (televangelists) who say everything right…almost…but why twist it at all?  Will they be the ones outside the gates telling Jesus they did all these things for Him and He saying He doesn’t know them.  I pray that the movie has positive impacts and not negative.  And I know I am not better than anyone, I just try to discern what is acceptable and not.  I have a lot of my own garbage I pray about too.  So I am not claiming I know all or anything like that.  
 
Sooo…I probably could continue, but that is a good summary of my thoughts.  And they are just my thoughts from my understanding of the Bible.

The Laughable Nonsense of Kirstie Alley

When people use their religion to defend repulsive behavior, killing or hurting others, I would hope it would make others quickly question that religion.

Kirstie Alley and other outspoken scientologists may not be as ruthless as terrorists who bomb families in the “name of religion,” but they certainly are not doing their religion any favors.

I saw on my MSN homepage that Kirstie Alley is attacking Leah Remini for actually having an opinion about a religion in which she was once associated.  I do not know either person, but in terms of faith will very briefly discuss them.  Leah Remini belonged to the Church of Scientology and has recently left.  She does not have anything good to say about it.  Neither do I, but she has actually been part of the group.  I would say it is fair for her to express her opinions.  Kirstie Alley who remains a scientologist cannot be friends with anyone who disagrees with her religion as she was quoted saying, “she’s a bigot. If someone was really out there [saying negative things about your religion], would they be your friend? They wouldn’t be mine. It’s not selective, I just won’t have people in my life that are that.”

It confuses me.  As a Christian, my faith is attacked continuously.  Not always directly and certainly not directly in a way that my life is at stake, but the Christian faith is definitely attacked by a large group of people.  Do I like it?  Of course not.  Was it predicted in the Bible?  Yes.  Am I supposed to shun people who do not share my faith?  NO NO NO!  If you truly believe in your religion, you want others to be part of that religion.  As a Christian, I truly believe the Bible.  I believe that people need to have a personal relationship with their Lord and Savior to spend eternity in Heaven.  I believe that so strongly that I do not want ANYONE to go to hell.  NOT ONE.  So whether or not you attack my religion, I will still pray for you.  I will still be friends with you.  I will not drop you because you leave my church.  I would think every religion would feel this way.  What good is anyone doing by being cruel “in the name of religion”?  It baffles my mind!

The Clash of the Kings, The Dawn Treader, and more

I finally finished The Clash of the Kings by George R.R. Martin.  Summer has proven to not assist me in reading or dieting or exercising…or blogging.  I have completely fallen into the “lazy days of summer.”  That statement is a bit humorous as we are always on the go…but the schedule disappeared and I took a long break from reading.  Alas,  “The Clash” is now completed.  After about 1600 pages of reading (book 1 and 2) I am still eager to read the next parts of the saga.  There are 3 more books to go…at least until more are added.  😉  It is moving faster now that all the characters, their quirks and the plots are set.  I have to say I like them, and don’t mind skipping the pages that are unnecessary (crude, lude, etc).  I still have not watched the series and have no intention to, but have begun this journey and want to see how it ends.

I am working through the Narnia series with my children and we are now on the Dawn Treader.  It is great, of course.  Aren’t all Narnian books?  I don’t know if I can honestly say any are as good as the first, but they are all great reading opportunities for the family.

The kids’ devotional also encouraged us to read the book of Esther together.  (Since we began the Narnia series we have had many discussions on the Bible being truth and fact, while other stories are fiction.)  We just began reading a chapter a day and are on chapter 3 (of Esther).  I have decided to read a chapter a day as part of school, so after Esther is done we will choose another book of the Bible to walk through.  I like reading the chapters to the kids, because it forces me to think about each word and explain the context more thoroughly than if I am just reading it to myself.

I am slowly working my way through The Power of a Woman’s Words, by Sharon Jaynes, which is a great reminder…daily…of how I should hold my tongue.

And those are our reading updates for the moment…  😉