Sally and I went to see the movie 2012 this weekend. It had GREAT movie special effects, the acting wasn't great, but not bad either, but the premise was just way too unbelievable for me. I can't tell you why, or I'll spoil the end, but let's just say that "God wouldn't destroy the Earth that way". You'll have to see it to understand, otherwise email me and I'll tell you.
Necessarily, for the plot, the movie includes many people praying that they would be spared from the impending disaster, all to no avail. It shows triumph of the "good" in mankind over selfishness. It showed mankind's desire to continue and survive. It even had interesting references to Biblical accounts of other disasters.
My hope for this movie, however, is that is scares the bejiggers out of people and makes them seek God, before it IS too late. I hope it stimulates all kinds of discussions toward spiritual matters between Believers and pre-Believers. I can see how this movie can be very, very scary for people who have no hope; for people that don't know their destiny.
All in all, I would recommend this movie. I'm not sure I'd take my kids to see it as it is very graphic and very violent, but it does make for good entertainment, and maybe an opportunity to witness...
Rick: I would disagree with you on wanting people to come to Christ out of fear. Especially fear about something that may or may not happen.
I didn't marry my husband out of fear, nor did he. Fear is temporary and most times only produces a false confession. Christ says to come as little children, not because we are afraid of going to hell.
Thanks for your comment! I see where you are coming from and agree with you to a point. However, people are so complacent now, that perhaps this will be the catalyst to get them to see for answers that are greater than their current world view allows.
Most people have no idea what would happen to them if the end of the world does come about; maybe they might want to figure it out before it actually happens.
I agree with you that I don't want people to come to Christ out of fear, but I do want people to come to Christ. When I wrote what I did, I meant that perhaps this will spur spiritual conversations to initiate that process...
I read on a Yahoo! news report that the writer and director decided not to blow up the Ka'baa for fear of a Fatwa being issued for them...but every other big religious symbol important to other religions except Islam was blown up. Is that true? I probably won't watch it (so you can spoil it for me :) ) since the trailer didn't look that interesting to me. But I'm glad you liked it.
I agree with you about people being scared to at least consider their own mortality and their need for Christ!
I'm not sure I agree about the fear component either Debbie. I have seen many people make an "emotional" response to God.
Maybe I will revisit the verses like "Fear not." Does that mean to fear not only after coming to the undertanding that the Lord God is with you?
When I think of fear of the Lord, I think it means respect. That's healthy.
But what is NOT beneficial is the other kind of fear. It is a spirit of fear.
Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV).
To me that means a spirit of fearfulness and timidity does not come from God.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Often we fear the future and what will become of us. But Jesus reminds us that God cares for the birds of the air, so how much more will He provide for His children? “So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).
There are many verses on God being our refuge and about not fearing.
I agree that the movie could be used as a took to cause someone to give serious consideration to where they will spend eternity.
By the way, we sat by the RUDEST movie goers ever the night we went. The lady had her feet on the chair beside me and chomped her popcorn for two hours straight -- open mouthed. And her guy friend talked OUT LOUD throughout the entire movie pointing out every hokey thing. (Like "Oh yea, like they have broadband or DSL in the midst of that one.) He had someone sitting a seat away and talked without whisper. Ugh! I have little tolerance for 50 somethings that do such things.
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