Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Truthiness from movies

If you haven't seen the movie IRobot, you should. Aside from it being a great movie, there is a rock solid concept for Christians in it: The Three Laws. The three laws in the movie define the robots actions to keep them from going rogue. They are appearantly so perfect that they are the only three rules needed to guide their actions into flawless service of their masters. We as Christians have an equivalent: The Bible. 

So many people have so many ideas on truth it is nauseating. It is easy to point to many of their fundamental flaws, but others are not so easy. The greatest deceptions come packaged in 95% truth, as the Devil taught us in the garden. The solution is two fold:

1. Read and memorize the Bible. We have varing personal degrees of importance for this, but if you find the Bible valid at all consider Deuteronomy 11, specifically 18-20: Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. 
God wants us to be obsessed with His word, so much that we wear it on our bodies and write it all over our homes. There are so many theologies and ideas based on only certain parts of the Bible, but not the whole. God never contradicts Himself, neither should our theology. 

2. Live by it no matter how rediculous and crazy it may seem.Spock in the new Star Trek movie has a great quote: " Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. "  First off, if you follow Jesus, the world will hate you, the Devil will be after you, and you are going to have trouble. So if you ever think that something can't be God's will because it is painful, unpleasant, or offensive you are starting off with the wrong mentality. His will will always be those things in this world and life. Second, If God said we have to make love to chickens to be saved, ya know what? I would be a chicken lover. God IS going to ask you to do things that put you in between a rock and a hard place for that very purpose. Just read the Old Testament! He was always backing the Israelites into corners so that when their deliverance came they couldn't claim any credit for it.

With this said, the Bible does not teach you everything you need to know for life. I know, I'll wait while you all gasp. But it does define the boundries such as the Three Laws do for the robots. Every heretical argument I have ever heard always begins with a ever so slightly skewed interpritation of a particular passage that under closed examination doesn't line up with the rest of the Word. But, in of itself it doesn't seem all that harmful or wrong. It is on that skewed foundation that concept after concept is built using part truth after part truth until the final product is brazenly in opposition to the Word of God, but the creators feel justified because they have built every step on some part of the Word.

Read books by every author you can get your hands on; any blog, essay, or sermon. But know the Word as the Berans did (Acts 17). And never develop a hard heart on things that are not clearly defined in scripture. I'm not saying be swayed by every wind that comes through, but keep in mind that, historically, every generation stands for something wrong, all the way back to the beginning. Even Paul had to rebuke Peter. Peter!!! Because he was discriminating against the Gentiles. The point of life is not to fit in, but to be an outcast. It is what our Lord was and is to this world and it is what we should accept and welcome even among our chruched breathern. Stephen Cobert coined a phrase that made it into the paper the other day. It is, "Truthiness". How true something can seem, though it be wrong. Beware of the truthiness of the world.

Feel free to comment or ask questions! 

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