RELIGION & MY LIFE SERIES_MOVIES

When I choose a movie I choose it for the purpose of getting something out of it. It may be affirmation, education, a challenge or light hearted humor. This movie was very affirming for me.( I went to see it at Village_ Sunshine)

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This morning I went to see this movie and I have to say it really hit the mark.            I enjoyed it at many levels.

First because it’s art imitating life, I know of a real nearby church in Maribyrnong, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia that was burned by a disgruntled youth. There are also churches been burned or bombed in other parts of the world today.

I condemn this violence as it’s not helpful and it just causes more pain and it should never be a form of expression no matter what faith it may be.

Second, that we all have doubts and fear in life. We have all been victims of injustices at some time or another. But God is always there waiting to hear from each and everyone of us to answer our doubts and fears. The movie shows this beautifully through Pastor Dave.

Third, that forgiveness is the biggest healer of all. We should never doubt God’s acceptance of us,  His unconditional love and forgiveness.

Fourth, I know families struggling with children and their faith, like Pastor Dave and his lawyer brother. Teenagers doubting the existence of God. I believe that parents need to have real discussions with their children and together be part of a church that is going to deepen their faith.

Next, is the question of whether we have the right to practice our faith. Some say faith can be divisive and it can cause violence. No!!! Religion doesn’t cause violence but the hearts and choices of people does. We should not blame religion for the atrocities of others. We all have a right to practice our religion as stated in Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (see article 18 below) http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/                                        I  hate the argument that religion causes wars. These wars were all chosen by men not God. Let’s look at the now!

God is good all the time, it’s people that doubt, question and change. God never changes. Church is very relevant today, more than ever before because the world as it stands today, is in turmoil. I love when Pastor Dave was asked what is truth?  He answered that truth is a person -JESUS CHRIST -who is the true justice warrior.

Jesus’ teachings are very relevant today, they were given to us to help and protect us, not to harm us. Just look at the choices people are making today. Their choices are been driven by what the media is pushing, minority groups, what is fashionable, by stats or by desires, not by what is good, praiseworthy and pleasing to God.

We should all focus on the big picture and have a heaven perspective. This movie helps me focus of the Almighty, All powerful God and Jesus who is like God.

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Dear Lord Jesus,

Everyday helps us to be more like you and fight for what is right and just, according to the gospels you gave us. Give us the answers to all our doubts and fears and forgive all our digressions, through Your Holy Spirit, AMEN.

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PAUL_ APOSTLE OF CHRIST_ Movie_ Let us all together finish the race

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Saul of Tarsus a pharisee with allegiance to the evil Roman empire was persecuting christians some 30 odd years after Jesus Christ had died, Saul was travelling on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus on a mission to “arrest more Christians and bring them back to Jerusalem” when the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light. He was struck blind, Jesus asked Saul “Why are you persecuting me?” After three days his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus. This just magnified the power of Christ and his demands of Saul. He converted and went on to preach the gospel according to Jesus Christ.

Saul whose name became Paul, was beautifully and sensitively portrayed by James Faulkner. Luke Ápostle of Christ during Jesus’ ministry,  was played by Jim Caviezel who was the greek physician and healer who came to Saul to get the last wisdoms from him before his execution from Nero the emperor of Rome.

After Luke and Paul through prayer, heal the jailer _Mauritius’ daughter, there is another conversion from him and his family.

This is an perfect example of directors and writers who remain true to the bible truths referencing to the catholic bible- the first and purest to be written, in giving us a heartfelt movie that captures the spirit of Jesus Christ.

http://www.paulmovie.com/site/lettersfrompaul (courtesy of Affirm and Giving Films)

PAUL FINISHED THE RACE AND KEPT THE FAITH  “He wrote 13 of the New Testament letters and travelled more than 10,000 miles by foot to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I loved this movie and I was moved by Paul’s wisdom, his love of Jesus Christ and his letters that stay true to Christ’s message of LOVE that conquers all evil.

The sad thing is that nothing has changed and christians today all over the world are still being persecuted. Some are physically tortured while others like me, are feeling the squeeze because of the increase in secularism and the beliefs that I have which are not in line with populous views, ie. abortion, marriage, family, euthanasia to name a few.  This movie just gave me hope and faith to keep going and finish the race. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray that more will be converted and be saved.

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MARY MAGDALENE _THE MOVIE_ TOTAL DECEPTION AND FULL OF LIES

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are good actors but not right for this movie.
Image result for movie mary magdalene 2018Joaquin Phoenix an atheist himself, and Rooney Mara  brought nothing to the movie to render their roles credible. Neither actors have the soul to accurately portray the spirit of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Bible truths were twisted and omitted out of scenes altogether.

There were many inaccurate parts to this movie and I will attempt to discuss some prominent ones.

Jesus played by Joaquin Phoenix is portrayed as a tortured soul and there was no softness and deity about Him at all. His face looked harsh and twisted and his eyes did not reflect the Son Of God- God incarnate. They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, well, in this movie there is no soul.

The real Jesus has two natures a human and divine nature, of which I didn’t see any. In the movie, Jesus and Mary Magdalene had this exclusivity thing going on between them and their smirk was unreal. In real life they are a couple. The bible does not depict Jesus and Mary Magdalene in that way. There was no sexual connection between them. Jesus was solely focused on the will of God.

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The twelve apostles are really insignificant in this movie and it makes Mary Magdalene the heroine and forerunner for the movement. Biblically, in Matthew 16, Jesus gives to Peter the keys of the kingdom. The Church was founded upon Peter, one among the twelve is chosen to lead. The movie ends with Mary Magdalene and a group of other women who get behind her, to lead instead.  Peter is very  judgemental and Mary leaves him and the other apostles very disgruntled which is untrue.

Palm Sunday was really insignificant in this movie, Jesus does not enter Jerusalem on a donkey, instead He walks in with a face full of angst.  In the bible (Matthew 21) Jesus’  humble entrance on a donkey into Jerusalem clearly illustrates that God is humble. Shortly afterwards, the movie shows the money lenders outside the temple as a marketplace,  I have never seen a more angry Jesus being very destructive and pulling walls and balustrading down with his bare hands. In the bible, Jesus shows an angry outburst against corruption by turning tables upside down and cleansing that area. (Jn 2:13-25)

In the movie, the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane scene, was very inaccurate. Jesus didn’t ask the apostles to keep watch, Jesus is not agonising over what was to come and there was no communication with Father God. It didn’t show Jesus’ fear and human nature and how He deals with his agony. There was no cutting of the servant’s ear. In John 18, Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. These events are really important as they depict the gentleness, the human and divine natures of Jesus.

The Last Supper being the crucial part in the bible, where Jesus washes the disciples’ feet to show that we should be like servants for one another, was not depicted at all. The “upper room discourse” (John 14-16) and how Jesus through prayer, instituted The First Eucharist as the real presence in the bread and the wine of Jesus’ body in communion,  was omitted.

Good Friday has many flaws in the movie, Mary the mother of Jesus was hardly there and yet she was the steadfast woman disciple of Jesus from beginning to end. The women didn’t even meet Jesus on his way to Calvary, Veronica didn’t even wipe his face. The conversion of Simon of Cyrene  and his bearing of the Cross for Christ  which is dramatic because he suddenly walked to Jesus to help him carry his cross didn’t happen  It failed to show conversion of ordinary people.

The other two thieves crucified beside Jesus weren’t really visible and the dialogue between the good thief and Jesus was not mentioned. The good thief’s dialogue with Jesus was an act of profound and public confession, contrition, and repentance for his sins and Jesus forgave him and took him to heaven with him. FORGIVENESS AND REPENTANCE ARE TWO IMPORTANT GOSPEL TEACHINGS OF JESUS but they weren’t important enough to be shown. If not for our salvation which only comes through Jesus Christ, what’s the point of this movie? Could it be for the attack and blasphemous attempt to discredit The Son of God, the Son of Man? Could it be to raise the power of women and to diminish the power of men, when we re all equal in the eyes of God?

This and other biblical movies should not be written without consultation from theologians of biblical truth. Nobody makes movies about Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism or other religions, why? Would it be because of riotous consequences that would follow? These movies unfortunately, can do a lot of damage to undiscerning minds, to people who are searching and beginning their faith journey.

I say beware of false information, get your sources right, ask people who are practicing the true religion for the whole truth and beware of “Hellywood” as The Vigilant Christian sais.

I will finish by saying that Jesus is the authority, Jesus is the lawgiver, he humbly came to earth to teach us the truth in order to save us. In the bible, people flocked to Him, people couldn’t get enough of Him. In the movie, people were not part of the equation and  the depiction of Jesus showed a twisted and tortured soul which didn’t make me or anyone want to be near Him.  Satan knows the bible better than anyone else, his ploy is to use the truth and twist a lie to make you believe, he is the master of deception.

click below to find out more, courtesy to “The Vigilant Christian_ Mario”

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PRAYER
Dear Jesus,

I believe that You came into this world as the Son of God, that You are God incarnate. Through your Holy Spirit, expose the darkness and bring us into the light. Protect our minds and hearts from what we see and hear and from Satan’s attacks. I believe that You are our saviour and redeemer and You sacrificed your life because You loved us first. Please make us worthy of your sacrifice. AMEN

WE NEED WARRIORS FOR CHRIST IN THIS FALLEN WORLD_Jim Caviezel thinks so

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If you don’t know that we are living in  a spiritual battle, then you’re kidding yourself! The enemy- Satan,  is having a field day fooling  people, making them believe that he doesn’t exist. Make no mistake about it, he is alive awaiting to ruin the souls of those who are weak, have little or no faith and who don’t live a godly life. “We are a culture in decline, our whole world is entrenched in sin! “ says Jim Caviezel.

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Matthew 3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”[a

The world as I see it now, is changing at an alarming rate. Society is moving towards a fluid gender, redefining marriage, euthanasia, abortion, lack of freedom of speech, fake media, secularism, drugs, depression and anxiety, crime etc. I know by talking to people and from observation, that we are entrenched in sin!!! The world still needs to be saved.

Here’s the catch!!! When Jesus comes again, it will be His final. There is no salvation beyond death. We all need to wake up and go back, back to the truth, because it’s only the truth through Jesus Christ, that will set us free.

Thank God for Mel Gibson who directed his first religious movie with the “PASSION OF THE CHRIST”and who is now in his final stage of completing the sequel- “THE RESURRECTION.” His first movie “THE PASSION” became the most popular independent movie ever made.

Mel Gibson took a real gamble with the first one, he wasn’t in it for the money because he stood to lose everything,  but for his passion for Christ. The same could be said  for the main actor- Jim Caviezel who plays the role of Christ. If you listen to his testimony, you will hear that he had  a calling , he even has the same initials JC.   Mel Gibson told him in a phone conversation that he may never work in Hollywood again after making the movie, but again for his passion for Christ,  Jim Caviezel went ahead with it. Just listen to his testimonies below!!!!! All I can say is what followers of Christ both of these men are.

Jim sacrificed his health to complete the two movies and not because he had to, but because he wanted to. How many people can boast that they are true followers of Christ and have taken up their crosses willingly for Christ?

You may think that the health issues Jim had to endure during the movies were collateral damage. Not quite! When the enemy knows you are about to change, convert, build, evangelise for the Kingdom of God, be sure that the enemy is going to try and derail, disturb, destroy, mame, kill etc…. however he can, for whatever  will raise and build up the kingdom of God. But Jesus conquered death and ransomed his life for ours. There is power in the name of Jesus Christ. But you have to want it, pray it, live it.

The movie is in its third year of production and it should be coming out this year I would think, during this Easter season which ends with the feast of the Ascension- the fortieth day after Easter Sunday, commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven,  according to Mark 16:19Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:2. As it is written in “The Apostles Creed,” Jesus descended into hell, (imagine the battle scenes there) to collect his faithfuls from the Old Testament because prior to Jesus’death and resurrection no-one could enter heaven. Jesus ransomed Himself so that we may have new life with Him.  Hence death and new life comes through Jesus Christ only.

Below are some excerpts, testimonies and interviews so that you can judge for yourself.

Then, if you want to be a follower and not just a fan of Christ, stand up for the truth, be a warrior for Christ, make your life a little uncomfortable,  pray, fast, worship the God who died to know you_ JESUS THE CHRIST!! The alpha and the omega.

THE CASE FOR CHRIST -MOVIE

HERE’S ALL THE PROOF YOU NEED, AN ATHEIST WHO COULDN’T DENY THE REAL JESUS CHRIST AND THE RESURRECTION, WHO ENDED UP AS A BELIEVER

set in Chicago in 1980

(above) actor – Mike Vogel who plays the role of Lee Strobel (see below)

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From a true story on Lee Strobel’s real life experiences who went on to become a believer and pastor and then write books about Jesus Christ.  The movie addresses all the historical evidence and medical proof that Jesus Christ did die and that the resurrection was witnessed at different times by 500 people . One of the most compelling being Paul of Tarsus who was persecuting Christians and who became a believer himself and went on to write 13 letters which became books in the New Testament. I fully recommend it and it’s well worth watching.

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I had never thought about what it might be like to not have a partner who doesn’t believe, until now.

Not having a partner who shares the same beliefs as you, can have its challenges. It affects your relationship with that partner, your parents, friends, the way you bring up your children, your view of the world and your place in the universe and ultimately your final destination.

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HOPE FOR THE JOURNEY – GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 (MOVIE)

GOD’S NOT DEAD 2                 (now showing at Village Sunshine)

THE TOPIC IS HOT! THE ACTORS WERE GREAT!!!

MELISSA HART AS – GRACE as the teacher &  

JESSE METCALFE – AS TOM the lawyer

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Thought provoking with near to fact courtroom drama, based on real court cases with some eye candy thrown in. Atheists were brought in who, in searching for the truth became believers themselves. A movie with hope.

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