Month: February 2018

Review: Black Panther (2018) (SPOILER)

I must say that I was surprised by this film. It keeps the Marvel/Disney partnership still look like the best use of Marvel’s characters to date.
Why is this?
I consider this movie to be mayhaps the first true attempt to heal the rift within the races that was brought to fester once again by the previous presidential administration. I remember the Cosby show, when Bill was not seen as a pariah. That show helped bring the races of this nation together. That is how I see Black Panther.
The true villain in this movie is the mentality of those that promote and demand vengeance for the acts of those long dead i.e. those that enslaved blacks. This was made manifest in the actions, behavior and attitude of the cousin of T’Challa. He and his father both saw those that had so-called diminished black culture to a third world roll needed to pay for this behavior.
T’Challa and those with him, for the most part. Did not show this mentality. They, again for the most part, saw that they were part of a larger community. All of humanity. Yes they did see that human behavior in the past was something that should be frowned upon, but not to the point of demanding vengeance or even their own actions to become the slave masters. This is however how Erik did think and belief.
Those within Wakanda, especially within the royal council, again for the most part, embraced the fact that all of humanity is equal. That the sins of the past show not be thrown at the feet of those that live today. No one should be held to account for the sins of their ancestors, and this is the core of the message that I saw brought out within this movie. As is clearly brought to light the second time T’Challa enters the vision as he once again become Black Panther.
I highly recommend this movie and watch it and listen to the message that is within.

Base Story: 5 out of 5 swords
Special effect: 4 swords out of 5
Acting: 4 out of 5 swords
Propaganda: 3 out of five (0 being totally liberal, 5 being totally Biblical)
Overall: 4 swords out of 5 swords.

Beyond belief

“Belief” is defined first as the acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof. It is also defined as something one accepts as true or real, as in a firmly held opinion.
These two variations of “belief” are actually in conflict. Many even those reading this will disagree with this assessment, however that is why this is being written to address this very point.
The former definition leans more toward an acceptance that, for the most known example, God is real. This however is not how the second definition of the word works.
Let’s look at the wording of the second definition, yet phrased differently.
“I accept this (blank) to be true for it is a firmly held opinion.”
First off we must look at the word “opinion.”
Opinion – A view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
Now here is where someone will state that this also matches the first definition, especially when belief in God is applied within the belief model. That actual statement confirms the second definition. It is them accepting a firmly held opinion.
Acceptance in God is based upon the teachings, not just within the Bible. True there is no solid proof. However, there is historical and archaeological evidence that supports events, places and people found within the Bible. There is even evidence of Jesus outside the Bible.
“And now Caesar, upon hearing the death of Festus, sent Albinus into Judea, as procurator. But the king deprived Joseph of the high priesthood, and bestowed the succession to that dignity on the son of Ananus, who was also himself called Ananus. Now the report goes that this eldest Ananus proved a most fortunate man; for he had five sons who had all performed the office of a high priest to God, and who had himself enjoyed that dignity a long time formerly, which had never happened to any other of our high priests. But this younger Ananus, who, as we have told you already, took the high priesthood, was a bold man in his temper, and very insolent; he was also of the sect of the Sadducees, who are very rigid in judging offenders, above all the rest of the Jews, as we have already observed; when, therefore, Ananus was of this disposition, he thought he had now a proper opportunity. Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the sanhedrin of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned: but as for those who seemed the most equitable of the citizens, and such as were the most uneasy at the breach of the laws, they disliked what was done; they also sent to the king, desiring him to send to Ananus that he should act so no more, for that what he had already done was not to be justified; nay, some of them went also to meet Albinus, as he was upon his journey from Alexandria, and informed him that it was not lawful for Ananus to assemble a sanhedrin without his consent. Whereupon Albinus complied with what they said, and wrote in anger to Ananus, and threatened that he would bring him to punishment for what he had done; on which king Agrippa took the high priesthood from him, when he had ruled but three months, and made Jesus, the son of Damneus, high priest.
Flavius Josephus: Antiquities of the Jews Book 20, Chapter 9, 1”
So this alone disqualifies the use of the second definition of the word “belief,” because it is not “opinion,” but history.
Again those that wish to belief in opinion over fact show that it takes a greater leap of faith, than it does to belief in God and His Son Jesus Christ.
This need to deny God. This need to believe that there is no moral authority. This allows those that are open to opinion that is not based in fact. Permitting them to live their lives as they wish too, to their own personal satisfaction. Allowing them to set their own personal gage of morality in their own existence.
This amorality allows most within this world to live lives that per the Bible will not lead to heaven, but to damnation. However since they live through opinion and not fact this allows people to come into greater and greater conflict with other people. Thus tearing apart society.
Those that live their lives in the beliefs of opinions swing this way and that way. As opinion changes day to day, to new ones that fit the need of the day. Like a boat cast adrift upon the ocean. Being pulled this way and that, but never seeing land ever again. Causing those within the boat to die of starvation and thirst.
This is what is beyond belief. This need to live in the opinion and not the fact. This need to place oneself before God. Thus breaking the very first commandment. To place no other god before The Lord our God.
For those that live upon opinion, and wish to live by their own moral compass will never see true north. Thus living lost to all and everyone, especially themselves.
Coming to understand that there is more evidence that supports that God is real. Is something that is extremely hard for those that live in the belief of opinion. For it is easier and less painful to “live” in the great lie. Not realizing that in reality they are not alive at all, until it is too late.

Leap of Faith

Leap of faith is defined as an act of believing something that is not easily believed; or an act of believing in or attempting something whose existence or outcome cannot be proved.
In the world of religion this is something that both sides choose to do. Those that do belief in God and those that elect not to believe in God. Both make this leap of faith.
This boils down to the most basic of all things within the world we live within as humans. It even begins within the womb, and people’s conception of who or what is inside the womb. To those that are willing to accept that what is within the womb is a fellow human being. To those that promote that what is within the womb is not human until it takes a breath of air. So as to justify their belief, they deny what is within the womb a chance to even take a breath. This allows them to live within their leap of faith and deny the fact that they are committing murder if in fact it is truly another human being that is within the womb.
Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT) – I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.
KJV – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
I formed – yatsar – to form, fashion
Thee in the belly – beten – belly, body, as they be born, within, womb
And before thou camest forth – yatsa’ – after, appear, assuredly, bear out, begotten, break out, bring forth out, up; to go or come out
Out of the womb – rechem – womb
I knew – yada – acknowledge, acquainted with, advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware, to know
To those that have taken the leap of faith that there is a God. Will see this as showing that what is within the womb is not only a human being. It also shows that even before the point of conception our souls are created in the presence of God and instilled upon conception into the very cells that multiple and form into a baby as it grows within the womb. So what is within the woman is a separate and living being that has their own right to live and grow to adulthood.
To those that have taken the leap of faith that there is no God. See what is within the womb as nothing more than a group of cells that form into upon taking its first breath a human being. Per this concept, it has no soul until it takes a breath. This leap of faith would have you belief that the air we breathe has souls floating about unseen that take possession of this empty soulless body the moment it takes its first breath outside the womb.
To me, this second leap of faith takes a larger jump. It acts upon the concept that when it moves and kicks within the womb it is not alive. Yet I have seen with my own eyes my son’s foot pushing upon his mother’s stomach. Nothing can move if there is no soul within it.
So whose leap of faith is greater? The person that believes in God or denies God?
What I see is the need for a leap of faith in those that wish to deny God. It is the belief that everything revolves about them. Their needs, their wants, their desire. This is the complete antithesis of those that truly follow the teachings within the Bible.
Now here someone will challenge this statement. They challenge it because they have not truly read or studied the Bible. They take the words of other as fact. Taking the words of other is another leap of faith. They are taking upon their faith that the person talking knows of what they are referring. This is witnessed by those that listen to prosperity teachers like Joel Olsteen. They think they are Christian, they believe that Mr. Olsteen is Christian and teaching Christianity. This is a leap of faith. In actuality his teachings are not found within the Bible. The Bible verses he does use are taken out of context and not accurate to what the Bible truly teaches.
The Bible teaches that we are to not seek after worldly goods, wealth or property. In fact Jesus makes it perfectly clear that those that hold onto the world and gather wealth in the world will be seen as the least if they make it to heaven at all. (Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30; Matthew 6:19-21; 1 Timothy 6:7-10)
Matthew 19:30 – But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.
There are more leaps of faith taken by those that deny God, His Son and the teachings within the Bible. Then those that actually read the Bible and follow its teachings.
Then why do they take these leaps of faith? Because those that choose to deny God do so for their own wishes and desire, as was mentioned above. They wish to be in control. They wish to lead, to dominate and be in charge. Not only of their own lives, but of all others. Because they see themselves as greater. As more important, as special, because they have taken the greatest leap of faith of all and denied The One that is truly in charge.
They are to be pitied and wept for. This is why we are called to teach the Word of God. To spread the Gospel and to live, as best we can, a pure and righteous life. By following the teachings within the Bible, and surrender ourselves into those teachings and to seek guidance from God through His Son Jesus Christ.
This means we must follow what the Bible says we are to follow. To care for and guard all live, especially those that are yet to be born. So that their soul that is already in them can come to know God in a new and different way that can only be reached through asking Jesus Christ into their lives and our lives, and your life.