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My Case Against “The Case for Christ”

When I was in middle school or so, I read The Case for a Creator. And although a lot of the science was (and probably still is) completely over my head, I really enjoyed the book. I loved all the reminders about how creation points to the Lord. So I was pretty excited when I heard they were making a movie on one of the other books by Strobel, The Case for Christ. I haven’t read that one, but I was eager to see the movie. Although a little anxious too because, let’s be honest, Christian movies tend to be cheesy and have bad acting.

My whole church was excited, actually. We even did a movie night for it and hung posters up all over town. I ended up working nursery that night so I didn’t watch it but wasn’t too upset because by that time, it was on Netflix and at my fingertips.

When I finally did get around to watch it, I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. It wasn’t because the movie was cheesy or the actors were bad, it was the message. If you haven’t watched it, this might spoil it so here’s your fair warning.

The wife gets saved at the beginning but all throughout the movie the meaning of that is somewhat vague. I was willing to let that hang in the open because the focus was really on Lee anyway. So what really got me was at the end when he admits that the evidence for Christ’s existence, death, and even resurrection is too overwhelming to ignore and he gives in. He admits that he believes God is real, is sorry for hurting his wife and family, and that is portrayed as what everyone needs to do. I kept waiting for salvation to be explained and things to be cleared up for the unsaved watchers but it never came! I mean c’mon! Christian Mingle had a better salvation message than that! (Yes, I watched it- don’t judge. I had the stomach flu and was really bored.)

Salvation is MORE than believing in the existence of God and even Christ. There are many people who believe that because the evidence IS too much to ignore or because- Duh, of course I believe in God- it runs in my family. But those same people are sadly not on their way to heaven and it’s wrong to give them a false hope that they are. Salvation includes heart change, repentance, forgiveness, and an indwelling of the Holy Spirit. So I take issue with narrowing it down to simply admitting that God is real.

A lot of people will probably say I’m being picky. Yes, I am. I think we need to be picky about a movie that SO many people talked about as a great way to lead others to the Lord. It may be great as an encouragement to those who are already saved- a way to confirm the faith they already have, but I don’t believe it should be used as a salvation tool.

If you want a salvation tool, may I recommend the book of Romans? I have found that much more helpful. 🙂

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2018 in movies

 

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So This is Love?

Warning! Pet peeve rant coming!

We’ve all seen Cinderella, right? You know, the poor, oppressed girl who has magical mice to help her with her chores? The one who is a slave to her family’s whims? The one who went behind her stepmother’s back to attend a ball?

That ball is the turning point in the movie.  Cinderella is invited to dance with the Prince and somehow, during that 2 minute dance, she falls in love with him.

“So this is love,
So this is love
So this is what makes life divine
I’m all aglow,
And now I know
The key to all heaven is mine
My heart has wings,
And I can fly
I’ll touch ev’ry star in the sky
So this is the miracle that I’ve been dreaming of
So this is love”

This is the song that Cinderella sings in her mind while she dances. Not exactly sound theology. 

It’s amazing to me that she supposedly loves that handsome guy with all heart-  when she never even spoke to him!!!  How superficial can love get? Does she love him because she’s flattered that he picked her to dance with over all the other girls?  Does she love him because he’s got dreamy eyes? He dances well?

She doesn’t know a thing about his character. She gave him her heart before she could find out.

Now, some people would say, “Big deal. It’s just a movie!”  I know it is, but movies influence minds. Do people think that because they have a special moment with someone, they must be in love with that person and they should give themselves to them?

Love is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  I fear, in most movies, that it is. People fall for each other without even knowing them.

And that is my problem with Cinderella.

 

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2013 in movies

 

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Christmas Movies

Here’s a list of some of my favorite Christmas movies!

Charlie Brown Christmas

The Nativity Story

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

It’s a Wonderful Life

Veggie Tales: The Star of Christmas

The Toy that Saved Christmas

Saint Nicholas

The Little Drummer Boy

The Santa Clause Movies

White Christmas

I took a poll of all the kids favorite Christmas movie. Here are the results:

Bethany: all of them!

David: Charlie Brown

Becca: I like them even.

Caroline: I don’t have one.

Me: Oh…Charlie Brown, I guess…or The Star of Christmas….or The Nativity Story…

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2012 in Christmas

 

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Happy Hobbit Day!

Several years ago, I invented a holiday.  On September 22, I remembered that it was Frodo’s and Bilbo’s (from Lord of the Rings) birthday.  I then created Hobbit Day.  Or so I thought.  I later found out that the American Tolkien Society had already created it (in 1978!)  and Lord of the Rings fans from around the world celebrated it.  I was a little bummed that I didn’t really have the idea first but……

So, I know what you’re thinking…what a nerd!  I know, I know.  Hey, we all love Lord of the Rings here.  The little girls can’t wait until they are old enough to watch the trilogy.  Unfortunately for them, that won’t be for a while.  We usually watch the series at least once a year and it must be the extended version, none of that cheap theatrical stuff.  We also quote the movie often.  Probably the most-quoted movie line at my house is, “But it is not this day!”  We can’t get through two days without spouting this line for some reason.  I do have a few pet peeves about those movies though- like how they completely changed Aragorn’s outlook on being king, how they added some non-existent romance, and don’t even get me started on how they ruined Faramir!

I love the books and movies for several reasons.  The biggest reason is the conflict between good and evil.  I love how there aren’t really any in-between characters- you are either good or evil but you can’t be both.  I also love Sam.  I love his loyalty, his courage, and his cheerfulness.  He and Legolas are my favorite characters.

So, whether or not you think me a complete nerd or not, I wish you a very happy Hobbit Day and I leave you with my two favorite quotes from the said movies.

(Sam) I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. (Frodo)What are we holding onto Sam?(Sam) That there’s some good in this world and its  worth fighting for.

(Gandalf,  in reply to Frodo wishing that the ring had never come to him)  So do all who live to see such times, but it is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time given to us.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2012 in about me, family, Lord of the Rings

 

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