Archive for May 31st, 2007

Movie Spoilers. Do not continue reading if don’t want plot spoilers and haven’t watched the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest or At World’s End

“Do you fear death?” -Davy Jones

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, “Dead Man’s Chest” and “At World’s End,” both express the similar dread and fear of death. In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Davy Jones, captain of the Flying Dutchman, recruited more pirates for his ship by asking them one question, “Do you fear death?” Davy Jones sought dying people willing to delay death by serving 100 years on the Flying Dutchman. Similarly, in Pirates of the Caribbean: At the World’s End, Jack Sparrow is pained between obtaining immortality for himself by taking Davy Jones’ place as captain of the ghost-ship, the Flying Dutchman.

Pirates of the Caribbean assumes there is something to fear of death. Is such fear irrational? No, the underlying the fear of death is the fear of God and his judgement.

Man already knows the outcome of God’s judgement is punishment. “Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them (Romans 1:32).”

This is why some men readily joined Davy Jones’ crew. And why men are hesitant to cast life so easily. Though mankind knows beforehand the outcome of God’s judgement, they attempt to delay it. The fear of God’s judgement motivates the sinner to delay death. However the time the sinner spends “delaying death” is not actually a delay at all. The time before death is time allotted by God, upon “the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead [the sinner] to repentance.”

Death cannot be escaped. Even in Pirates of the Caribbean, Davy Jones himself was unable to escape death. It reminds me of people attempting to hide their face from God:

“When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
-Revelations 6:12-17

Such terror has happened before:

“And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. And the idols shall utterly pass away. And the people shall enter the caves of the rocks and the holes of the ground, from before the terror of the LORD and from the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth.”
-Isaiah 2:17-19

Man would rather hide then face God but God is there to meet them:

For his eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps. There is no gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hide themsevles.
Job 34-1-22

Often times in suicide, man attempts to escape the pain and suffering he exeriences. Yet Isaiah warns us, “What will you do on the day of punishment, in the ruin that will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help, and where will you leave your wealth (Isaiah 10:30)?” There is no consolation or comfort in death.

With this understanding, Jesus’ statement about death makes sense:

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” -John 12:23-26

If one truely desires to escape final judgement in death, one must die to oneself and place faith in Christ. For such faith far exceeds anything Davy Jones or any man can offer, giving everlasting life.

Aye, come ye sinners, and serve on Christ’s crew, for our captain is unlike any other in the past, present, or future.

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This debate between Eric Svendsen and Mitchell Pacwa is on the subject of Sola Scriptura vs Sola Ecclesia.

HT: Rhoblogy (a review of the debate is posted as well)

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The New Attitude audio messages are all now available for free download. This is great for those who can’t afford to go or to purchase the audios. Don’t forget to drop a note to thank them for their service.

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Update: no need for registration now, they have moved it to another server.

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