Lately, I’ve been watching more Netflix, mainly for some new documentaries on WWI and history in general. In scanning through these shows, I began seeing some new entries and one caught my eye.
It was a movie that was made several years ago. The movie is Cloud Atlas, which included a list of many talented actors. It should be mentioned that it was only 9 minutes short of 3 hours. In summary, it was a disjointed mess that flashed forwards, backwards, and sideways. The actors played multiple parts, both female and male.
The message was simply this – your life makes ripples that touch others, much like pebbles cast in a pond. And then these ripples touch others and they overlap, and so on. This in turn is what makes our lives meaningful. These ripples then keep going outwards into eternity. Now it took 3 hours and lots of action sequences and inappropriate content to communicate this. Again, this is not a family movie, so do not watch this with children.
I did not enjoy it at all, but I was watching it to see how this mess would unravel. It’s like a train or a car wreck. My curiosity wanted to see where their philosophy would take me. Like most all philosophies without Christ, it ends up being a mess. There is no plan, and everything is laid at the door of chance.
What spoke to my heart is how pervasive this philosophy is, and how it has grafted itself in the hearts of people. That philosophy, as presented, is nothing new, but many people in this world are lapping it up.
The movie doesn’t understand, or doesn’t want to understand, that life is not just a bunch of random ripples and waves. There is an underlying purpose for our lives, and they are woven together by a master craftsman. We also know that man does not live by bread alone, but by the Word of God. In other words, we do not just subsist on a physical level, but also on a spiritual level. And our spirit has to eat as well as our body does.
What are we feeding our spirit? Is it junk food or wholesome food that is good for you? If our physical bodies degenerate when we eat a steady diet of junk food, then what do you think happens when we feed our spirits the same? If you are what you eat, then what does that make you if you are eating inappropriate food? I don’t know about you, but I find myself, as scripture says, “returning to my vomit and eating it again” and “trampling pearls underfoot.”
I know that the only way to break the cycle is Christ. You and I don’t have the spiritual power to overcome our vices on our own. Christ is our point of connection to God, and His power is what changes us, not a worldly philosophy that dresses itself in deep thoughts and intellectual finery that twists the truth. If we say, “Oh, it’s not that bad,” IT’S STILL BAD!!! We are BAD!
Romans 7:18-25 (ESV)
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
We are sinners, and will keep sinning until we die or until God splits the skies and returns to take us home. In the meantime, all we can do is, as Paul says in his other writings, keep our eyes fixed on Christ and keep pressing on towards Him. That’s the only way we take our sin nature captive and wrestle it down. Contrary to the movies, He’s the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is no dystopian future, because the Bible tells me so. Don’t get caught up in a worldly philosophy. Cheer up saints. Society is going to get worse, but greater is He that is in you than who is out in the world!
Grace, Hope, & Peace to you,