Saw ‘Collateral Beauty’ yesterday on DVD. Unfortunately, before I did I read the critic’s reviews, which may have prejudiced me. And I was a bit tired while watching it so I probably missed some key parts.
Whatever the reason, I ended sad for all involved in this movie’s making, because I felt their goal was to make some sense of death. Come to grips with death–which I can totally understand.
However, they didn’t grasp the ring of ‘truth’. . . Though, I admire their ambition; especially since there are many myths spiraling around the world about death. The movie left ended with the stars feeling lost and subdued. And if your writers have no concrete answers . . .
We’ll just leave that and focus on the a few myths and why we can call them such.
Myth 1: Death is the natural end of life.
Myth 2: God takes people in death to be with him.
Myth 3: God takes little children to become angels.
Myth 4: Some people are tormented after death.
Myth 5: Death means the permanent end of our existence.
Are these myths biblically backed? . . .Notice how the scriptures that follow each bullet point answers the question.
Also, notice how the first bullet point discusses our reason for being here. This question was posed in the Post: Thelma and Louise https://ithsb.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/thelma-and-louise-2/.
Let’s consider the first point. . . Myth 1: Death is the natural end of life.
Genesis 1:28 highlights the Creator’s purpose: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving on the earth.”
Why are we here according to verse 28? . . . Because the Creator created humans to: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it”.
Genesis 2:17 goes on . . .”But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.”
When would death occur? . . . If Adam disobeyed His mandate the Creator promised: “You must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Romans 5:12: “That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned—.”
So why do we die? . . . “Through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin”. “So death spread to all men because they had all sinned—.”
So, based upon just these few scriptures, Was death supposed to be the natural end of life for humans? . . .In view of man’s general reaction to death, his amazing potential for remembering and learning, and his inward longing for eternity, is it not clear that he was made to live?
Indeed, God created humans, not with death as the natural outcome, but with the prospect of living on indefinitely.
Tomorrow we will discuss: Myth 2: God takes people in death to be with him.