“God has made every thing beautiful in it’s time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; Yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to the end.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11, said by King Solomon,
“He has built in us a restless yearning for the kind of perfect world that can only be found in a perfect rule. He has given us a glimpse of the perfection of his creation. But it is only a glimpse, we cannot see into the future or comprehend every thing. So we must trust Him now and do his work on earth.” ….Ecclesiastes 3:11. From the Life application study bible (Please do not use as your primary Bible version!)
by Chris Parker
According to a January 11 CNN article entitled: “Audiences experience ‘Avatar’ blues”, certain audience members have been depressed and some have even contemplated suicide because they can not be a part of the beautiful world of “Pandora”, the fictional setting for the movie Avatar. (The studio, director Cameron and any investors are estactic as the movie has already grossed almost $1.5 billion)
From the article;
James Cameron’s completely immersive spectacle “Avatar” may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.
On the fan forum site “Avatar Forums,” a topic thread entitled “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,” has received more than 1,000 posts from people experiencing depression and fans trying to help them cope. The topic became so popular last month that forum administrator Philippe Baghdassarian had to create a second thread so people could continue to post their confused feelings about the movie.
“I wasn’t depressed myself. In fact the movie made me happy ,” Baghdassarian said. “But I can understand why it made people depressed. The movie was so beautiful and it showed something we don’t have here on Earth. I think people saw we could be living in a completely different world and that caused them to be depressed.”
Are these people depressed because they don’t have that hope for a better way of living now or for an eternity in God’s “Pandora”; Heaven? Surely there are no Christians who would hope for a world like Pandora when they have a hope for Heaven? Pandora is too much like earth; people sin there, people live and die there. Even among the natives of Pandora there was fear, distrust, competitiveness, and pride. Aren’t these the very things that make earth “grey”.? And if it was a Nirvana, why were there warriors among the NaVi”?
As beautiful as Pandora is drawn in the movie, it is not nearly a match in beauty to what God has promised His Children:
However, as it is written:
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”..1 Cor 2:9
One man noted that his depression was two-fold; the imperfections of this life and his desire to live in a more perfect place like Pandora represented. Man has two problems that can’t be solved by himself alone; the fall of man–the sin problem and death. Our lives are short–like a vapor–yet at the same time God has placed eternity–the desire to escape death and to live forever in our hearts.
In this secular world many have not come to know God and so to have a hope that transcends these two problems. Perhaps Avatar reminded those who do not have a hope for eternal life how bleak their current and future lives actually are. Secular people often either have as the Apostle Paul described it; a fearful expectation of judgment or a hope bleak as it may seem; that after death there is nothingness.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, James Cameron, the director of Avatar, was the Executive Producer of “The Lost Tomb of Jesus” documentary; a lame attempt to portray Jesus Christ as a liar. In Avatar, the natives worship a god there who is an amalgamation of all the creatures of the planet including the planet itself. Some people are attracted to a god like this who can be crafted and worshipped at the whim of the worshipper. The Apostle Paul noted in Romans 1, those without knowledge of God would rather worship the creation than the Creator.
Viewers of the movie may dream of a new 10 foot, blue, physically perfect body and a beautiful pristine world and may become depressed when they realize that it is unobtainable but the Christian lives his life with tools to cope with this present world–and has a hope in the eternal world to come. And about that new body…
“Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven.
And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” ..Phil 3
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?…1 Cor 15
No guarantee that those new bodies will be blue, however. All men deserve to live with hope but that hope is misplaced if it is found in a 2 hour and 40 minute movie rather than in eternal life. Salvation won’t come through Technology but only through Jesus Christ.
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