Saturday, April 25, 2009

Faith 'n Fiction Saturday


My Friend Amy, who brought us Book Blogger Appreciation Week has a new carnival in the works, the Faith 'n Fiction Saturday.

Each week she will post a blogging prompt, which participating bloggers will answer on their own blogs. Then they head back to the original post and sign Mister Linky! This way we can all come to know each other more closely.

Today's Question
Have you seen those books, Finding God in Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, or one that is on my shelf (oh yes it is) What Can be Found in LOST? These books often take popular stories that are not about God and find the spiritual elements in them.

Well sometimes this happens to me. I'll be watching a movie or reading a book and it has nothing to do with Jesus, but all of the sudden all I can see is Jesus.

Has this happened to you? Have you ever read a book that was NOT a Christian book but been able to see spiritual truth or analogies in it?

Tell us about a book or if you can't think of a book, a movie that has reminded you about God in some way that didn't intentionally set out to do so. Dig deep..you might be surprised!

I have two quick examples. One is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You can bet I was just as surprised as anyone when reading the book and discovered, not one but TWO scripture references. And it wasn't like they were paraphrased, it was verbatim. Granted there is no mention that it came from the Bible but to people who have been hearing about the evils of Harry Potter for YEARS it was a very welcoming surprise. And there's the whole sacrificing scene at the end, but I don't want to ruin it if you still haven't read it. : )

And then there's the movie A Knight's Tale (starring Heath Ledger). This one was quite a surprise to see but I'm really glad it was included in the movie. I'm going to have to quote Plugged In's review of this movie because they describe it best:
Just before his final showdown against Count Adhemar, William’s true identity comes to light. The jig is up. He receives warning that he has been disqualified from the tournament and will surely be arrested. His friends tell him to hightail it into the woods. Even Jocelyn promises to escape along with him. William refuses. "I will not run!," he shouts, willing to accept responsibility for his actions and endure public disgrace in the name of honor. Wait, it gets better! Placed in a pillory, William is scorned and condemned by angry townspeople. All is hopeless. That is until the heir to the throne of England strides up. The prince, who had been shown mercy earlier in the film by William, does what only a man of his virtue and authority could do. He pardons William. Not only is the young man released, but he is given a title of nobility contestable by no man. It is a fantastic, human illustration of mankind’s redemption by Jesus Christ. Unable to escape sin, we all face judgment and humiliation at the hand of our accuser (Satan). There is absolutely no escape apart from a royal pardon by the only person with the authority to release us and call us holy—Jesus. Despite some disappointing content (below), this film offers mature viewers an outstanding vehicle for discussing the Gospel with unsaved friends.

3 comments:

  1. Good answer! I forgot about A Knights Tale. My answer is up at Free Spirit.

    http://tinyurl.com/c49v4n

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  2. I have a little something for you on my blog. You can pick it up here.

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  3. Great example. I loved A Knight's Tale.

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