I wasn't at church but two seconds, and I'd already been warned by two people about a new movie coming out soon - The Golden Compass.
The gist of the reviews was that this is the first in a series of three books written by an atheist author. In this series, which is being pitched as a Chronicles of Narnia-type movie, the children (I'm assuming allegorically) "kill" God at the end.
Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
I don't mean to be cynical. I would like to have all the information before I make a decision to boycott this movie or not.
The thing is that...I've been told my whole life that certain entertainment-type things are evil. And some of them were just plain Baptist paranoia.
Some examples? I was told:
In Fried Green Tomatoes (one of my all time favorite movies) the two main characters are lesbians.
THEY ARE NOT!!! They are just very good female friends. Anyone who does not see this has obviously not had a friendship this close. It is NOT sexual!!!
In the Smurfs (yes, the Smurfs), the bad guy and his cat are Satanic in nature and encourage children to worship Satan. Oh, and Smurfette was an example of the evil woman in Proverbs who led young men down to destruction. Uh-huh, Smurfette. Oh, and the Smurf's blue color was a representation of the triple 6's of Armageddon as the "outward" sign. I'm serious. I can't believe they wasted their seminary-trained minds coming up with this stuff.
In Disney's Avonlea series, The old women Peg Bowen is referred to as the Witch of Avonlea. The whole point of that episode was learning Peg is simply an old woman, turned hermit, who uses herbal medicines as opposed to modern day methods. She's not really a witch. Watch the entire episode before you condemn it, people!
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were representative of the"end of days." They represented the way society will be - in Sodom-style - before the Lord's return.
Hogwashery! Balderdash! Horse Puckery!
So, you'll excuse me my skepticism.
But, I'm keeping an open mind. I know the Devil is alive and uses entertainment as one of his many snares. So, if you've heard legitimate criticism from a reliable source, I'd love for you to send me the link.
Now, I've got to check and see how my Smurfette Big Wheel is doing on eBay. I wonder how many bidders she's so blatantly led astray.