Friday, January 29, 2010

Revenge of the Fallen

I love SciFi, and I'm usually hesitant to make a Biblical argument against a work of mainstream fiction ("The Golden Compass" and "Harry Potter" not included!). However, reading through Larkin's "The Spirit World" opened my eyes to something that I think is important for Christians to understand.

In Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen, Megatron, the leader of the evil Decepticons, is raised from the depths of the ocean (the "Deep," anyone?) to wreak havoc once again on earth. Of course, in the end the good guys win, but the storyline is filled with hidden Masonic references (Vigilant Citizen - Transformers 2) and NWO undertones throughout.

From a Christian perspective, however, something completely more sinister emerges. Even if we ignore the complete over-the-top sensuality of the film, it still doesn't make muster as something that a Christian should digest! In Isaiah 14, we read the following:

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Bible Believers know that Lucifer is the name of the pre-fall Satan who was crowned the ruler (v. 13, "my throne") over Eden, the pre-Adamic earth that was populated completely with angelic beings. God here is talking about Satan, after the fall spoken of here and in Ezekiel 28, as well as hinted at in Genesis 1:2.

Other references to "fallen" beings include:

Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
 Jude 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

It is generally accepted among Bible Believers that the account of the "sons of God" in Genesis 6 is speaking of angels that chose to leave their "first estate" in Heaven and cohabitate with  human women. For all the talk of the "godly line of Seth," there is no evidence for anything but angelic intermingling with humankind. As it was, the offspring of these unnatural unions (Jude 7, 2 Pet. 2:5) resulted in "giants...mighty men which were of old, men of renown" who were much unlike anything seen today.

Now while I don't generally refer to the ancient languages of the Bible, sometimes they create interesting insight; the word used in Genesis 6 for "giants" is "Nephilim," which also means "Fallen Ones."

Now one could argue that since the "Fallen One" lost, it's a good movie, but where does one draw the line? I've even questioned movies like Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia because of their "good magic" content: it might symbolize Good or something positive and "right," but it's still subjecting yourself to (even CGI) witchcraft! There is more to these things than meets the eye, and unfortunately we as Christians fail to see it!

In conclusion, I think it important to understand that (even if unintentional, which I seriously doubt) this movie pictures Satan's return in the Tribulation as he bruises the heel of the Seed of the woman. Remember to view things in light of the Scriptures: we cannot simply explain things away or brush them off: God is serious about this stuff!!


Mr. W said...

Good post, rather thought provoking!

Catrina said...

Mrs. W You asked me a few weeks back about adopting from Haiti. I am sorry I took so long in replying, we have been quite busy at our house. For now Haiti has closed the door to new applicants. At this time it is so hard to know who is truly an orphan, who is displaced, or who may have family that will claim them. There are true orphans in orphanages that have not been referred yet and hopefully they will process those in short order, but for now only if you have a current homestudy approved for Haiti can you get a child. We were asked to take a sibling group of 2 while we were picking up Dania. Agencies are telling people to check back with them in 6 months and see where the haitian govt stands. Hope that helps.

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