My lovely brain grew fond of Resurrection’s lyrical language, prayerful background music and songs in the tent. English feels harsh in comparison. The Startup introduces the characters having sex in the beginning of the series. I skipped. Took up watching with my daughter in later episodes which was not quite so in your face.
I turn to my YouTube preachers on my phone in between episodes. The adverts are sometimes quite funny. “Then Elisha said,”Use Bolt for …” as the advert rudely interupts. All my suggested viewing has something to do with Revelation and the last days.
I did believe in a pre-trib. rapture when my faith was revived at 30. My favourite (widely acknowledged giants on whose shoulders we stand) preachers say there will be a rapture, but my Capricorn self later thought the tribulation is for everyone. We all shall need to be shaken into shaping up.
And, “As in the days of Noah and Lot,…” doesn’t mean every believer will be worthy. The fact that only a few are saved on both occasions clearly warns us that only a few will be able to stand through the tribulation.
I have my end-of-the-world “boots” on. I am ready for tribulation… (I have had enough practice although I wasn’t aware I was in boot camp), but unless things happen slowly enough (I go into shock if things are suddenly upon me) I can’t imagine how I will respond initially. My soul surely knows. So, I am ready.
Being a Catholic, one was not raised on rapture fear/glee. FAI also argues for no rapture.
Some (since I don’t know anyone else, personally, who has read the book) Catholics believe in a moment of awakening for everyone. That is going to hurt. Suddenly being aware of all the soul destroying stuff we allowed, went through, ignored, turned a blind eye to, imagined and then judged cruely, and some bad stuff we even enjoyed for a bit, and our general passive rebellion against all authority and God (mia culpa) is bound to make us nauseous.
Our deeds will be laid out on a table like travel luggage under hot lights for us to see. (Do not worry. We will all only be focused on ourselves and our own shame). Pop ups will show who we tagged. Locations on, date stamped, and the video feed will reveal all. I imagine something like that.
Religious freedom is threatened, all over the world, even in my corner of Africa. https://youtu.be/w5eE-xCnN5w
And Anti-Semitism screams rudely.
Not a total stretch to Jacob’s trouble .
The value of watching all five seasons of Resurrection is that I witnessed men who went into battle against those who desired for the self alone, against those who knowingly discredited the good, murdered, instead of warred, peace and harmony, and (the good warriors) were prepared to die in those battles for their stand against that evil.
In there last moments these Muslim men said, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
It was a story based on Muslim history (there is an article that points out that the history is iffy, but the prayer: Shahadah is not iffy). Sure. The script was written to glorify Islam. I am not thrown by that. It is a glorious story with fabulous characters and I for one am so happy to have found it. Muslims, however, put Christians to shame with their generosity and kindness (experienced first hand – always).
We Christians do not entertain strangers even though they may be angels. We do not bring the kid next door cookies and chocolate just because we can.
We like to say, “They will know us by our love,” but honestly, not so much. We love conditionally. Our faith requires unconditional love. Without unconditional love we may as well be heathens.
We are here to fix/heal the earth. An extreme version of this in a modern movie is Ragnarok. It is a story about Norway, giants and Thor. Not a true story but heroes and villains, black and white.
Ayn Rand said somewhere, loosely quoted, a painter does not paint a portrait of a girl showing all her pimples. He paints her how she should look.
We have been working against evil since forever in our work place and often in our homes (more’s the pity) and standing against the evil in prayer with all our might when we have perceived what it is we are up against. Collectively we called it the system. No. It is naked evil in pockets all about us.
We are confused about evil. We acknowledge it, consider it vaguely, think the movie is intense, while we watch bad guys fight bad guys, choose the one bad guy above the other, because he is less bad or is quirky and smarter, has more honour and …Then we need super heroes to be the good guys because we have given up believing in the goodness of man, and have forgotten, or never knew the Name/Word of our Father.
We are desperate for hope, dying to see heroism, and characters that show us how to be honourable as opposed to the better of two bad guys.
Finally, are we ready to die for our faith? Best we think about it. I believe that the tribulation has begun.
“For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us, and on the whole world,” we Catholics pray.
And the lights are back on! Power cuts are normal again. One keeps the phone charged and buys mobile data.
LIGHT, LOVE AND MERCY.