Flubber

While flipping through channels I recently came across the movie “Flubber” starring Robin Williams.  I remember the original movie coming out in my childhood and when the remake came out we rented it to watch with our children.  There was one enormous difference in the new version.  Flubber was a life form. 

This is important because it portrays life as an accident that can be recreated in a test tube.  I believe that God is the creator of all life, and it was no accident.  Scientists have tried very hard to create life, but have failed.  “Flubber” presents it as a possibility to all of the young minds enjoying the show.  Of course, this fits right in with evolutionary theory, which suggests that life began, and continues to develop by accident, rather than by the intentional act of a Creator.  This teaching removes the need for a creator God, and undermines a belief in both God, and the Bible, which states “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”  (Genesis 1:1)

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2 Responses to “Flubber”

  1. LisaB Says:

    Funny, I didn’t see the movie as taking God out of the equation or even trying to. The way it was done I got the impression that it was one of those things where for whatever reason a person could believe, if they preferred to, that God could have granted life to the particular blob that was made just for the purpose that it served in the storyline, (one of those strange creative miracles that might’ve happened in His timing, not ours and in His way, not necessarily the way we might expect or would’ve done so had we been Him) that while it may have supposedly been formed by an “accident” it wasn’t exactly something that could just be recreated from scratch whenever, at least not without something from the original part which is how most every living thing is that God has created. I’m not aware of any spontaneously generating organisms in life anyway.

    The story is escapist fiction, a silly story written for entertainment purposes, not as something expected to be taken seriously and have much plausibility in real life. I highly doubt the creator of the storyline or movie expects its young viewers to go out and mix a bunch of chemicals in with their jello and think that they can get life out of it and I’m sure he/she would expect the adults to know better.

    The personification of the flubber was more of a ploy to engage the audience in the storyline more, to add creative interest to the story in a manner of suspending disbelief so that the impossible things that happen in the story could seem possible in that imaginary world it’s created in.

    Yeah, it may have semblances to real life, but I don’t think many people would expect an absent-minded crackpot inventor to be able to actually stir up life that not only allows you to jump higher than is humanly possible, but also can make a car fly with zero environmentally hazardous emissions and can actually do so without some sort of government agency coming down and impounding the thing for occupying public airspace without filing a flightplan or being cleared as passing all flight safety restrictions, etc.

    I believe the way the characters treated each other and responded to the various situations they were put in was the commentary of sorts the author was really trying to get across and I suspect that is what most people who watch the movie focus on and take away from it, like the idea of forgiving a person when they make a mistake or mess up, being there for a another when they need you, not being too busy to take in the little things in life that make it special for people or letting your work get to the point that it interferes with the more important relationships in your life, when at first you don’t succeed…, etc.

  2. cgirod Says:

    LisaB, My point was not that the movie was primarily a focused attack on creationist beliefs, but rather that it was slipped into the presentation. Arsenic poisening can be accomplished by small doses over a long period of time. In the same way, non Christian ideas can be inserted, and repeated, until they have the desired effect.

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