Archive for April, 2010

2012 (movie review)

April 6, 2010

A couple of days ago I watched the movie 2012.  I was interested in how they would present the material.  I first heard about the prophecies regarding 2012 a few years ago when a student wanted to do a paper on the information that she had been gathering from various sources.  It appears that in a number of religious traditions, the year 2012 has been suggested as the apocalyptic end of the world.

The movie was ok.  It was filled with the expected action, and special effects that one would expect in this genre.  I was glad that I did not pay to see it in a theatre, but waited for it to come out on dvd because it was not that good.

I noticed that they treated the religious predictions respectfully.  Christianity played only a small role.  I suspect that it was out of respect for various religious traditions that played a major role in the movie presentation.

There was an unexpected benefit.  For all practical purposes, a scenario which could result in a world-wide flood, was presented.  This provides some support for the flood story in Genesis.  In fact, the vessels that are used to preserve humanity in the movie are called arks.  Obviously a reference to Noah’s ark.  So overall, I came away with a small sense of support for religious traditions, which is a good thing.

Resurection Sunday

April 5, 2010

People around the world celebrated Easter yesterday.  For some it is a fun celebration of the coming spring, with new outfits, easter egg hunts, candy, and family gatherings.  For others, it is an important religious holiday, where the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated.  For many, it is a combination of the two.

Many of you are familiar with the phrase, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”  as a reference to discovering the crucial starting point.  I would like to remind everyone that you could not have the resurrection, without first having the crucifixion.

It is at the crucifixion of Jesus that the sins of the world are paid for by Jesus.  “He paid a debt he did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay”.  There is a tendency to want to celebrate the good without recognizing the cost.

This idea is carried over into our lives.  We want the benefits of salvation, without “picking up our cross’ in terms of discipleship and service.  We want the “abundant life” without the “tests and trials of our faith’.

It goes further into society.  We want success in sports, or business, without the work and sacrifice.  We want the benefits of a happy marriage, without working out, and through, the various interpersonal conflicts that can occur.

We want the reward without the cost.

Life doesn’t work that way.

Live the Dream

April 1, 2010

I believe that we are given the freedom to choose our actions within the natural limits of our circumstances.  If we are not happy with our lives we have the ability to dream, to think,  to choose, and to act.

We dream about what we would like to see different in our lives.  What do we want to see different in our future in comparison with our present?  Dreams have no boundaries.  We can dream about whatever we would like to be true.  It’s our dream, and we can dream about anything that is real, or unreal, possible or impossible.   Our dreams are limited only by our imagination.  Dreaming can be a good thing.  It can provide motivation to propel us into action.  Dreaming can also be a bad thing because we do not live in a dream world but in a world of reality.   Are we living the dream?  Or are we dreaming about living?

If we want to live the dream we must sort out our dreams and determine what dreams are achievable in our real world of limitations.  Now, if we do not want to stay in our current situation, if we want to change, we must think of a way to make our dreams become our reality.

We must choose what we truly want, and what we are willing to do to make those desires become a reality.  It is important to think clearly and to choose well.  This process can, and should be, reviewed regularly.

It is also important that we recognize that the only factors that we can truly control are our own actions and attitudes.  If our dreams are dependent on the actions of others, then we must recognize that we do not have that ability. (Although many try, and to some degree, are successful in controlling others, that is not the point of this article.)   We must learn to control our own lives if we wish to see change.

This process does not have to be done by ourselves.  If we ask God to guide our dreams, thoughts, choices and actions, then God will help us by the presence of His Holy Spirit in our lives.  If we are seeking to be conformed to His will, then His power will work in, and through us, and we can be much, much more than we could possibly be on our own.

 So we dream, think, choose, and act; to make our dreams become our reality.