The Omen (the movie) and Christians

The Omen launches today (Tuesday, 6th June, 2006) in Australia. Should you go see it? I want to clarify some teachings in the bible so that you have the information you need to make a decision about seeing movies like this one.

First we must begin with this basic truth: through my faith in Jesus I am made right with God. How can this be? Because righteousness comes through faith in Jesus. Through my faith in Jesus, I have my righteous with God – and as a result I have what the bible calls "shoes of peace" in which I walk. The peace is with God. That's very important because all the curses and whatever else the enemy would throw at me, is nailed to the cross of Jesus.

So that's the good news about my standing with God. But I'm still in this world, even if I'm not of this world. So let's turn the focus from me onto the world. Is everything in this world clean?

Let's consider the teaching of Paul and Jesus about whether food is clean:

I know and am convinced (persuaded) as one in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is [forbidden as] essentially unclean (defiled and unholy in itself). – Romans 14:14

No food is unclean because as Jesus said, nothing I put into my body can defile me, it is only what comes out of my heart and mouth that defiles me.

And He said to them, Then are you also unintelligent and dull and without understanding? Do you not discern and see that whatever goes into a man from the outside cannot make him unhallowed or unclean,

Since it does not reach and enter his heart but [only his] digestive tract, and so passes on [into the place designed to receive waste]? Thus He was making and declaring all foods [ceremonially] clean [that is, abolishing the ceremonial distinctions of the Levitical Law]. Mark 7:18-19

Jesus explained that parable further here

Jesus replied, "You, too? Are you being willfully stupid? Don't you know that anything that is swallowed works its way through the intestines and is finally defecated?

But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It's from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That's what pollutes.

Eating or not eating certain foods, washing or not washing your hands—that's neither here nor there." – Mat 15:16-20

So it's not the food that goes into us, but the yuck that comes out of our heart and mouth that pollutes us.

But the same can't be said of the world around you – and here's the kicker… it's up to you to keep yourself clean of darkness. Jesus said it:

"No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer. It's put on a lamp stand so those entering the room have light to see where they're going.

Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.

If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don't get musty and murky.

Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room." – Luke 11:33-36

I'm not saying that darkness literally comes into your body through your eyes. I know other people say that, but it's not actually scriptural. What is scriptural is that if you interact with darkness, if you entertain it, if you live with it and tolerate it… you will slowly be filled with it.

There is a well known story about how to cook a live frog. If you turn up the heat too quickly he gets too hot and jumps out of the pot. If you gradually turn up the heat, he adjusts and enjoys the warmth and eventually he falls asleep and dies. Darkness is the same. We grow accustomed to it slowly.

Don't underestimate the truth of these verses in Isaiah. They describe the kind of people who do well with God.

He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
who despises the gain of oppressions,
who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe,
who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed
and shuts his eyes from looking on evil

Until now the verse has described the things the person is to avoid. Now the verses describe the benefits to the person who avoids them:

he will dwell on the heights;
his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;
his bread will be given him; his water will be sure.

Isa 33:15-17

Watching any movie about darkness, excessive bloodshed or sin and evil of any kind (like sex before marriage) will cause you to be like the frog. At first you get used to it, then you begin to like it (it's warm, cosy!), eventually you might become drowsy, you may fall asleep and perhaps die.

There is a light inside you. It's like a lamp. Look after it. Treasure it! The light comes from the source of all the goodness in this world: Jesus. You and I are the light of this world. For the sake of yourself and others, please stay away from the darkness.

I am speaking these words as someone who was trapped in the darkest of the darkness for decades. I am so happy to be freed from it and I know that Jesus did that for me. I will not allow myself to return there. I urge you never to go there. To avoid going there, I take very seriously His advice on staying away from all new age movies, all extreme bloodshed, all witchcraft movies and all psychic and horror movies. No Harry Potter, no Lord of the Rings etc.

In Lord of the Rings at the end of the first movie (and the beginning of the second movie) Gandalf puts on a big show of resisting the demon from the abyss. My housemate was impressed, it seemed so biblical to him that good would overcome evil. The reality is that Gandalf got beaten up and almost killed. He displayed an insignificant ability to defeat evil by comparison to what we Christians have at our disposal. This movie is a counterfeit to lull you into a cosy warm comfort, to make you expect less from God and to accept what you see in the world around you – to ensure you do not inherit your full rights that are yours as a son or daughter of God.

The truth of what we are capable of, of our destiny, of our inheritance is written in plain text in the bible. We are children of the Light. Remain in the Light.

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