Do you like the old versions or new ones of books and movies? Did you read or watch the remake of Ben-Hur? While both versions were very similar they had a lot of distinct differences. How about television doing series on fairy tales and popular books? The characters in “Once Upon a Time” are nothing like I imagined Red Riding Hood, Snow White, or Belle to be. What about “Emerald City”? Now that’s not my Mama’s Oz! For me, I like the original versions. The original author’s accurate story. That is especially true when it comes to the Bible. Don’t mess with it. Don’t change it to make a point. Believe me when I say the Bible’s Author is perfect and did an impeccable job. Don’t change truth or embellish it.
The controversial movie, “The Shack” by William P. Young comes to the big screen today, Friday, March 3. Have you read the book? It was a best seller. Are you planning on going to see the movie? This Christian prayed before, during, and after reading “The Shack”. It took days before I felt equipped to read it or had Abba’s okay. At one point after starting it, I felt the overwhelming urge to put the book down or toss it across the room. Really. There was something different about it.
Is this something for Christians? Is it biblically based? Please prayerfully consider going or not going to see the movie. Since it is Lent, maybe it’s a good time to give movies up so you aren’t tempted. “The Shack” is obviously not in line with what the Bible says in more ways than I want to recall. An African American woman plays the role of Jehovah, our Heavenly Father. For a multitude of reasons, none of which is the African American part, I don’t think this will be pleasing to Him. No one should play God. The Holy Spirit is portrayed by an Asian woman who is like a flighty Tinkerbell. Her name is Sarayu. No, that’s not even close to what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit. He said He would send a Comforter to us. This book and movie will not clear things up but cloud the thinking.
God is not human. He should not be portrayed as one. Yes, we are made in His image, but He is not human. My limited education and knowledge of theology as well as my heart tells me this is all wrong. It is disrespectful and downright blasphemy. Our righteous, mighty, powerful, omnipotent Yahweh deserves respect, glory, and worship. Not heresy. I have a deep love for Jehovah and a respect that includes fearing Him. My desire is to please Him and help others. I don’t think I can do that by seeing this movie or recommending it.
Please pray about seeing “The Shack” if you are going and especially before allowing your children to watch it. If they do, schedule a time to discuss it with them to dispel the untruths. There are a variety of biblical discrepancies that children and even adults might not catch but need to know. You will be glad you did and your children will be blessed with your guidance. Teach them the truth, not a fictional novel or movie version.
““And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 10:12