During the flurry of advertisement for the new "Noah" movie, I kept hearing this disclaimer at the end of the advertisement:
"The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis."
This made me ponder the thought about who exactly issues this "Artistic License"
I heard a wonderful sermon from a preacher from Texas the other night that really summed things up well, “Sin does not send us to Hell, unbelief does”. Sound easy on the surface but if we dig a little deeper it might give us some things to ponder in our own lives.
I will use some different translations taken from the “Textus Receptus” lest I be labeled an ole fuddy duddy.
Rom 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." NKJV
You see Abraham “believed” and righteousness was placed on him. He didn’t keep the law, or work his way to salvation. When Jesus died He died for all sin, past present and future and for all people past, present and future, saved and lost. No other sacrifice will do, and no amount of work will make you saved or keep you saved. Sounds easy huh?
Webster’s #3: crude or unrefined in taste, manners, or language
It will come as no surprise to anyone reading this that it is very evident in our modern times that the culture is rapidly moving in a more crude or “coarse” direction. One only has to look at TV or go to the movies to discover how the language and subject matter has spiraled into ever more depths of depravity. Prime time television now features increasingly more adult themes and language. Movie previews at animated feature films advertise hard “R” films and graphic language and visuals. Just watching cartoons at home isn’t safe anymore due to commercials of lingerie or of some “male" dysfunction. And popular music lyrics would make the proverbial Sailor blush.
I was listening to an interview with Casting Crowns and some songs from their new album "Thrive". The Album features a tree and its roots and in the interview it was stated the point was that it takes both the roots or "the deep understanding of the Gospel" and the visual tree that we see and show to the world to truly share the Gospel. I certainly agree with that concept and love the new music from this group.
I began to wonder if the modern Church has succumb to "root rot" because from much of what I see in our modern Churches it seems the "deeper concepts of the Gospel" or the "roots" have been traded for a very shallow, "easy believism" that only focuses on a "feel good" Gospel. If this be the case and the roots are sick, it is no wonder there is very little "fruit production" on the visible part of the tree.
We don't. If we could know for 100% that there was a heaven and hell, if we could absolutely prove that God was real, then we wouldn't need faith. God has provided for us ample evidence of His existence throughout creation. Indeed, our very uniqueness as humans separates us from the rest of the creation (and should since we are the only beings made in the image of God). But, in the end, it's a step of faith. Not of blind faith, but faith never-the-less.
Posted by nav Oct 17, 2010
I know it has only been a few hours since the release of the Black Ops map expansion pack, but I can truly say that these maps are fantastic! Call of Duty Black Ops First Strike is available as of March 25, 2011, at a cost of $15. The four new maps are titled "Discovery," "Kowloon," "Berlin Wall," and "Stadium" and each have something in common - they are huge, finely-detailed maps. Expansion maps have typically extended the life of games by simply adding new surroundings in which to play. With these new maps, Activision has provided gaming forums in which you can literally get lost. Add to that additional features in the maps which include tons of ladder access areas and even zip lines!