Sunday, February 7, 2010

Avatar, movie review… Why are people committing suicide?

After hearing several news stories about people committing suicide after watching the movie Avatar, I wanted to see what was all the fuss.  After viewing the movie yesterday, I can honestly say that Avatar was the most “On Target” movie I have seen, revealing the Oneness of God and the connectedness of His living spirit with His creation, including His people.  There are multiple ways the movie is powerful.

Avatar is set on the planet Pandora.  On Pandora, the native people (the Na’vi) have a unique way of seeing life because they are conscious of their connection to each other and all creation.  In the story, the Na’vi, are able to experience and be one with Life (God) while the humans are caught up in living based on the five senses.  The planet Pandora isn’t anything unlike Earth.  Remarkably; the producer’s creativity, show the storyline simply and clearly revealing the essence of God and the simple way it ‘can’ be with God.  When the Na’vi experience Life, they have identified their life source, embracing their bodies as temporary, because they see their life energy within is part of the One Life, God.  The message is a Christian message, where our spirit is one with Creator God, whether viewing the movie or not.  It’s the message of Christ providing a bridge when He exchanges places with creation.  The sad fact is, most Christians are so busy ‘living’ by ‘sight’ we couldn’t find the relevance in the Na’vi’s way of life, as portrayed.

On Pandora, there is a very valuable mineral, one that people from Earth are doing anything to get.  After years of failed relocation negotiations (the valuable minerals are deep beneath the Na’vi’s home), the humans devise a way to grow a DNA altered body (Avatar) that can survive the atmosphere.  The host body (Avatar) made by humans can then be remotely lived in by Jake Sully to fully experience the Na’vi’s way of life, being able, to be completely present, with his inner being the whole time.  The hope is that if Jake can win the Na’vi’s trust, he can then convince them to leave their home.  While becoming intimate with the Na’vi’s ways, Jake is caught in a conflict between the humans and Na’vi. 

The Na’vi, simply by being conscious for their connection to God, demonstrate at least one other powerful truth I wish to speak about.  The Na’vi in this story are as the body of Christ in Reality, having one and the same spirit with God Himself.  The testimony by the Na’vi is the picture of the Body of Christ’s connection to our God.  Their simple, unassuming existence, enlightened Jake, by allowing him to see for himself his connectedness with life and Love from God.  While I am not saying this story came straight from the Bible, I am saying that the story is just another picture, a very clear expression of God’s love for us.  If you get the chance to see it, I encourage you to do so.

I Am, David
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NOTE: If you have seen this movie and don’t see the connection, allow me to share a few scriptures to think about.  If you have not seen this movie and desire to move more deeply in relationship with God, think about these verses while watching the movie: 
Ephesians 4:4-6. 4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Joshua 1:99 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Romans 1:19-2019since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

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