Thor, Ender’s Game, The Fifth Estate

I have been posting movie discussion at Shepherd Project.  Here are links (and excerpts) to a few you may have missed.



Movies that deal with god-like figures present an easy opportunity to discuss our perceptions of God versus the reality presented in the Bible.  So, whether it’s a movie based on Greek mythology like Percy Jackson  (Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters)or Clash of the Titans, or on superheroes, like Man of Steel, or Rise of the Guardians—any time there is a figure with extreme and/or supernatural power (real or perceived, as in Oz, the Great and Powerful), it provides us an opportunity to examine how that figure handled his power and how he related to those “beneath” him.  That examination, in turn, gives us opportunity to think about our own, often complicated, relationships with authority, especially our relationship with God.  In what ways we do think that God is like the god in this movie?  In what ways is He different?  What does the Bible say about who God is, and how does that concur or differ from the god of this movie?  How do I feel about the god in this movie, and/or about God Himself?  You get the idea.

It’s important to notice these things when we see them in the movie and in our culture.  Not only is it important to evaluate your own perceptions and misperceptions about God (and evaluating your response to god-like characters in movies can help you do that), but it’s also important to see and understand the world’s perceptions and misperceptions about God.  It’s not to say that you have to see movies to do so, but that if you are prone to see them anyway, it would be a shame to the miss the opportunity to look into that window and see what the world sees (or at least to see how many people in the world view things).

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The ironic thing is Ender learned that the aliens weren’t his enemy, after all.  His enemy was more truly the ignorance and fear of his commanding officers.  It’s a good lesson for us all.  So often we think a person is our enemy, when our real enemy is our ignorance and our fear, or other people’s bias’s, etc.  The Bible supports this way of thinking.  Ephesians 6:12-13 says that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  That means that our enemy is usually not who we think it is.  If we learned to love and understand our perceived enemy, we may begin to see that we have an actual enemy in common.

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Look at the difference between Julian and Jesus, and the fruits of their communications.  Julian exposed, Jesus covered over.  Julian endangered, Jesus protected.  Julian brought the data forth and called it truth.  Jesus brought the truth forth in a way that defied and superseded the data.  Julian valued communication itself.  Jesus valued people’s lives.  Julian used people as a means to the end (free speech, uncensored, fully transparent).  For Jesus, the people were the end, not the means.  Julian used communication to convey the facts.  Jesus used communication to convey His love—and He would ask us to do the same.

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