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Sunday, January 15, 2006

An Attitude

I watched the DVD of "The Possession of Emily Rose" and overall was pleased with the movie and its portrayal of people of faith. Everything was presented an a very balanced way. There were none of the usual stereotypes.

My problem was with the character of the prosecuting attorney. It wasn't with the way he was portrayed; rather, that it was an accurate depiction of a sector of the Christian community. He has a faith and obviously lives it because of the way his fellow prosecutors talk about him. He is a man grounded in fact with an attitude of if I can't scientifically record that, it couldn't have happened; laying aside what has to happen with the acceptance of Christ as Savior.

Many within our community of believers don't want to accept the Biblical fact of angels, demons, and other supernatural phenomenon because it would lead those outside the community feeling we are all backwoods hicks with not an ounce of intelligence. It reminds me of a verse, 2 Timothy 3:5 "Having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them" (NIV). He accepts the feeling of having accepted Christ as Savior, but not the miracle of the virgin birth, sinless life, physical death, and physical resurrection of Christ to obtain that salvation. That in and of itself is a supernatural event.

Another verse, John 14:12 "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father" (NIV). These are the words of Christ telling us what to expect we should be able to do once He was physically resurrected and the Holy Spirit was sent. How can a person accept the miracle of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit after the acceptance of Christ as Savior and deny the rest? I just don't understand.


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