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Well, I’ve never looked at the Gospel THAT way before…

I’m not saying this is the best way to view the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I’m not saying this is a complete way to view the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I’m not even saying this is an accurate way to view the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

All I’m saying is that it has been really interested to think about things along these lines instead of the one I was given growing up.

These concepts have caused me to dwell deeply on the work that Jesus did, what it accomplished and how it is applied into our lives… my life.

The fruit in my life has been: searching scripture, inquisitive prayer, good conversations with trusted friends and consistent peace, knowing that God is not far away.

Feel free to disagree. I probably will disagree with myself at some point in the future. For now, it’s helpful, but it’s not the end of the process.

I have a lot to learn.

I’d love to hear other perspectives.

Be nice in Facebook threads and blog comments.

 

IMG_0746This is not the Gospel presentation you heard at youth camp growing up! Wait for it….
KOD= Kingdom of Darkness
KOH= Kingdom of Heaven

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John 14:23 – Eph 3:17 – Rev 21:3

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All?! Is that in Bible? HERESY!!!

“Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.”

-Romans 5:18

Hmmm… Alright, I’ll keep reading… but, for the record, I’m suspicious!

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Matt 6:10

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I’d like to point out that I’m not saying that all people will go to heaven. According to 2 Thess. 1:8-9 people are eternally separated from God, not because of sin, but because they refused to believe and respond to the good news of Jesus. Separation from God is a real thing that is coming for some, but what if it has more to do with faith than sin?

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I apologize for the bad penmanship, surfer-dude language and unedited illustrations. When I wrote/drew this out, I had no idea I would make it into a blog one day.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek into my inner thought life/journal/deep musings.

 

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Forgiveness: Does it work?

So, I’m writing a book about how forgiveness doesn’t seem to work for so many people. I think a lot of people are jaded and fed up with high-sounding theologies that don’t have any real-life application or effect. People have tried “forgiving” others for years, but still feel the same anger and bitterness that they did the day the offense happened. Sometimes it’s even gotten worse over time.

I want to know what you think about forgiveness.

Are you frustrated or have you found healing?

What are some misconceptions you think people have about forgiveness?

What are some practical steps you can take to do the deed?

How do you define forgiveness?

Do you have a story about trying to forgive without success?

The Gospel according to Frozen

She was born with it.

She couldn’t control it.

It grew more and more powerful.

She tried to master it. She tried to conceal it.

She lived her life trying not to sin. She struggled against it. She isolated herself in hopes of not exposing who she was.

She was powerful, but she was dangerous. Her entire life revolved around her trying to keep her sin under wraps.

The wise troll-sage told her that her life would be a constant fight against fear.

The only answer that was given to her was to try harder. And yet, fear grew.

Isolation grew.

Despair grew.

She was wasting her life trying to not sin. She could accomplish nothing as this insurmountable task consumed her attention.

One day, she snapped. She couldn’t handle it anymore.

Her isolation climaxed.

She embraced her sin. “The cold never bothered me anyway.” She dove deep into the chasms of loneliness and magic.

And yet, her sin continued to hurt those she loved.

Then someone came to her driven by love and a hope to restore what was lost.

The curse fell on the very one coming to save her. It enveloped her. The saving-one was consumed by the cursed-one’s sin, slowly dying a frozen death.

In the moment of ultimate crisis, the saving-one had to decide whether to seek her own salvation and freedom from the curse, or sacrifice her life for the sake of the one she loved. She died saving the cursed-one’s. The one who had killed her.

But no, fear and sin did not win. Love was the answer. Selfless, sacrificial love broke the curse. She came back to life, restored by the deeper magic.

Then the cursed one saw for the first time that love was the opposite of fear. Where self-righteousness had failed, love succeeded.

 

What they got right:

  • Trying not to sin is a waste of a life. Living for righteousness is much different than simply trying not to sin. Many people try to become okay by not sinning. This is self-righteousness, but it often masquerades as self-control.
  • We are born powerful. Many people and religions have tried to suppress the fact that we were created amazing, powerful and able to live life successfully. Worm theology tells us that we are worth nothing but to sit in the mud and wait until the rapture. How many dark ages have there been in our lives and our history where religiously minded folk have told us that expressing ourselves is sinful and wrong?
  • Like her, we are not able to save ourselves from the curse. Although God has created us with the ability to live life, we don’t have the capacity to remove that which we were born under.
  • We often react to the stifling nature of religion and controlling parents by embracing the thing that will kill us. We rebel. We turn against authority and God. We isolate. We become our own masters. Our own gods. And yet, we hurt those we love and settle for a meager existence.
  • Neither fighting against nor embracing sin is the answer to sin.
  • There was one who came to save us. Who became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God. Who fully embraced the curse that was isolating and killing us. We killed the saving one. He chose our life over his own.
  • Self-sacrificial love is the only power greater than that of sin.
  • Romantic story-book love will not solve your problems. I so appreciate that Disney finally wrote a new story instead of the continuous lie, “Find a boy/girl and your world will be perfect. Your being okay depends on finding the One.”
  • Changing from living to not sin into living out of love and for righteousness does, in fact, change everything.

 

What was off:

  • In God’s story, sin was destroyed not modified to be “good magic.” If the Frozen curse represents sin, then it should have been completely broken and removed at the moment of self-sacrificial love.

 

In light of all the positives and the fact that it’s a secular movie, I can let this one misrepresentation slide. Portraying magic as being good as long as it is used for good things is a very popular stance in our society. I think it is very destructive to our concept of the true supernatural world and Christian parents need to have good conversations about these topics with their kids.

There are probably many other inaccuracies between the movie and the Redemption story (like: snowmen aren’t “Biblical”).

I doubt anyone at Disney was actively trying to tell the story of Jesus, but they did. Is it a coincidence that this movie is so crazy popular? This always has been and always will be the most beautiful love story.

Honestly, this movie illustrates (pun intended) the story of redemption better than many “Christian” movies out there. I was absolutely amazed, surprised and overjoyed by the message that this movie displayed.

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