Monthly Archives: March 2010

Latest Lost episode…

I felt compelled to make a post about the latest episode of Lost, Ab Aeterno, mainly because of the religious content; there’s SPOILERS ahead.  In this eppy, we get to see Richard’s backstory, and his run in with a Catholic priest.  It highlighted several things that are worth commenting on, theologically speaking, and this just gives the chance:

1) God can and does forgive people for murder.  In the show, the priest refuses forgiveness on the grounds that Richard doesn’t have time to perform acts of penance.  This is especially emphasized since it was “murder” that Richard had committed; folks, one sin is just as heinous as the next.

2) Forgiveness does not hinge on works, but rather faithing on the finished work of Christ.  The priest made it abundantly clear that his refusal to forgive Richard was again based on the fact that Richard did not have time to commit acts of penance.

3) We are instructed to forgive others as God has forgiven us.  The priest showcased the attitude that Christ despised; an open-hearted individual  truly seeking forgiveness turned away by someone who would fully expect to be forgiven if the roles were reversed…and more importantly, if the priest had been a believer, he was already forgiven, so we should also forgive.

4) We do not have to go through a mere human being to receive forgiveness, in fact we are instructed that Christ is the mediator betwixt God and man; we go through Christ directly to the Father.  Poor Richard (in the fictional show, of course), is left thinking that another mere man can refuse to forgive sin, and hence he remains unforgiven.  Only God can forgive, and Christ died so we could go directly to Him.  Once we faithe on Christ, all our sins are paid for.

5) As previously posted on my site; the Devil is not in Hell at present, and He’s not “in charge” like some king of Hades.  Several references in the show hinted at the fact that the Devil was in charge of Hell.

That’s enough for now…

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Breaking Benjamin interview…

For those of my readers interested in delving into the minds of Ben and Chad of Breaking Benjamin a bit more, there’s a good interview to listen to.  It is broken down into parts, so you can pick and choose topics if you don’t want to listen to the whole thing.  They both talk about spiritual stuff, Chad more than Ben, no surprise as Chad is really open about his beliefs. Click here for the link. *ETA: Listen in, the site that had the interview has now taken down all their archives so this interview is no longer available.  However, go to youtube and do a search for their stuff and you will find it in small video chunks; for example: Ben Burnley speaks about how obvious it is that God is out there

Interesting bits; Chad backs up the fact that he’s a Christian, and his feelings about following God…also his feelings about how abused drummers are (lol).  He also makes an interesting comment about not really knowing Ben’s faith either, because it is a private thing.  For Ben’s part, the interview focuses on his fight with alcoholism, but he talks (briefly) in general about God, and won’t come out and talk about songs like “Without You,” again, perhaps he feels it is a private thing, as well as his rule about not telling what a song is about so that fans can read into it what they like.


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Following Christ…

‘Bout time I wrote again.  Ok, this week I was discussing the movie Prince Caspian with my brother and we were sharing various scenes we liked.  One that we both agreed was a good one was Lucy facing the oncoming army by herself, unsheathing her dagger apparently very alone…only to be backed up by the great lion himself, Aslan.  Of course, for those of you who may not know, Aslan, in the world of Narnia represents Christ.

This scene reminded me of my favorite one in the book Prince Caspian that happened between Aslan and Lucy.  Lucy was the only Pevensie that saw the great lion on the return trip, and she told the others, but they would not believe her when she tried to get them to follow.  Later, Lucy awakens and makes her way to Aslan, unbeknownst to the others…here’s their conversation.

“… You have work in hand, and much time has been lost today.”

“Yes, wasn’t it a shame?” said Lucy. “I saw you all right. They wouldn’t believe me. They’re all so—” From somewhere deep inside Aslan’s body there came the faintest suggestion of a growl. “I’m sorry,” said Lucy, who understood some of his moods. “I didn’t mean to start slanging the others. But it wasn’t my fault anyway, was it?”

The Lion looked straight into her eyes.

“Oh, Aslan,” said Lucy. “You don’t mean it was? How could I – I couldn’t have left the others and come up to you alone, how could I? Don’t look at me like that… oh well, I suppose I could. Yes, and it wouldn’t have been alone, I know, not if I was with you. But what would have been the good?” Aslan said nothing.

“You mean,” said Lucy rather faintly, “that it would have turned out all right – somehow? But how? Please, Aslan! Am I not to know?”

“To know what would have happened, child?” said Aslan. “No. Nobody is ever told that.”

“Oh dear,” said Lucy.

“But anyone can find out what will happen,” said Aslan. “If you go back to the others now, and wake them up; and tell them you have seen me again; and that you must all get up at once and follow me – what will happen? There is only one way of finding out.”

“Do you mean that is what you want me to do?” gasped Lucy.

“Yes, little one,” said Aslan.

“Will the others see you too?” asked Lucy.

“Certainly not at first,” said Aslan. “Later on, it depends.”

“But they won’t believe me!” said Lucy.

“It doesn’t matter,” said Aslan.

Following Christ isn’t easy.  That’s a big “duh” for most of us who’ve been following for awhile.  And while many may read the above and chastise both Lucy and the example of being childish, if they are honest, they will admit that sometimes we don’t follow Christ when we should because we are afraid of what others may think, or of stepping out on our own, or feeling embarrassed or foolish.  Well, we should get over it…easier said than done.

Bravery.  What makes something brave?  Is it the absence of fear?  By no means.  Bravery is being afraid and doing something anyway.  Is there a parallel of Lucy’s experience in scripture?  Sure…with life on the line, only in this case the person in question followed Christ in spite of everyone else abandoning him. Here’s Paul in 2 Timothy;

2 Timothy 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. 17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear:

Following Christ means listening for His voice and His commands and then listening to that voice when the time comes, and then, finally, doing what you’re told.  Sometimes we will have others backing us up; family, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, whoever…but sometimes no one believes us, or they have a fear of feeling foolish or looking silly…or maybe people’s very lives will be on the line.  We should follow Christ no matter what others are doing (again, easier said, but it can be done).  And, we never follow Him alone, because He’s with us even if no one else is.  Christ stood with Paul when no one else would, and He’ll stand with us, and strengthen us as we attempt to follow Him.

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