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AVATAR

23 Apr

So, I recently chanced to see most of this movie – you know, the one that came out several years ago. I know, I’m behind the times. I just don’t watch many movies.

The movie is a sensory buffet, with the most unreal (or real) special effects I think I may have ever scene (and take into account I don’t get out much). It’s a very seductive piece of film making, and it is meant to be.

There were many scenes which caught my attention, but the one particularly I would like to draw attention to happens close to the beginning of the movie, and is a perfect illustration of the dangers of Hollywood and the agenda that permeates its offerings.

Perhaps the most significant and symbolic scene in the entire movie, the one that likely goes right past peoples’ heads nowadays (but into their sub-conscious mind with the intended message) is when Jake Sully first goes into his Avatar.

He’s in a lab. There are technicians who try to help him with his new body. He is a bit unstable, standing in it for the first time, and they tell him to sit back down – he is knocking things down, making a mess. He repeatedly disobeys, lost in the joy of discovery. Then, because he’s not listening, they try to sedate him, and he escapes from the lab, and first haltingly, then with more assurance, begins to run. Discovering, and reveling in the profound joy of being able to walk (he’s paralyzed in his other body).

So. It’s his first day being a new being. The new being, the new body, rather, was created in the lab. He expressly and repeatedly disobeys the people in control, and decides to explore and discover for himself – he does not need their constraint. He escapes, and first stumbles, then walks, then runs, faster and faster – learning and experiencing. Remind you of anything yet?

Then the moment of tremendous significance that James Cameron shows his hand and reveals his agenda in this movie. He puts it all together for you.

Sully is standing in a boring cultivated garden. The female scientist (in her Avatar body) isn’t upset that he has come out of the lab so quickly. She throws him a beautiful, amazing looking piece of fruit, and says something like, “your motor skills look good” – i.e. – you’re ready. He bites it into this amazing looking piece of fruit, and the look of delight on his face says he’s found something amazing. The juice runs down his face. Then he leaves the cultivated garden, and begins to explore the real world, one full of beauty and wonder and danger and everything else Cameron can tell you is on this pretend, non-existent world. Everything that happens next, everything Jake Sully becomes, every amazing thing he experiences, happens after he eats the fruit, after he disobeys the people in the lab, after he leaves the cultivated, boring garden.

Cameron is sending a message. This is the creation story and fall in a few frames. You can read about it in the Bible, in the first 4 chapters of Genesis. Adam, in the garden, disobedient to his Creator. His body was created for him, but Adam disobeyed in eating the forbidden fruit. The Serpent told him it would make him wise, and that God was trying to keep it away from him because if he ate it he would be like God. The Serpent said God was trying to keep him down. Just like the people in the lab. And the movie Avatar then tells you that everything good – and enlightening – everything worth having, comes from disobedience to your Creator. That is the message of this scene, and ultimately, the central theme of this movie. It’s rebellion, with an environmentalist twist.

It’s a lie though, people. Rebellion against God has brought every misery you see around you on this world. Every sickness, every death, every decaying, polluted thing, is ultimately a result of sin and rebellion. Creation at the beginning was perfect. What you see around you was never what the Creator intended.

The portrayal that He is like a bunch of pygmy scientists (compared to the intellectual and physical capacity of His creation) is a blasphemous lie. The idea that the garden of Eden was this boring row of carrots (or whatever the humans are growing on Pandora) is a ridiculous lie. Eden was perfect, and gorgeous beyond anything the movie Avatar could come up with. The lie that you will be rewarded for rebellion is a destructive falsehood. God sent His Son to save the world from sin, and life and immortality come only through Him. God is not like He is portrayed in Avatar. He is good, and loving, and cares for humanity, as evidenced by Him sending His Son to die on behalf of humanity and save them from the consequences of their rebellion.

There are many other highly symbolic themes in the movie, for example, Jake Sully’s arrival on a great red dragon to save the world, and everyone on the planet (all the tribes) following after him, as one. Revelation 12 and 13 talks about a great red dragon, and that dragon gives his authority to the next beast that comes up with 7 heads and ten horns, symbolizing the transfer of power from pagan Rome to papal Rome (the Roman Catholic Church). I won’t go into that particularly at the moment, but it is telling. Then there is the false religion aspect of the movie – the paganism new age pantheism voodoo that runs through the whole thing, teaching that god is everywhere, that she (for god is female in Avatar) comes from the earth and that you can access her earth magic, etc. The very name – Pandora – is telling, and is a reference to the story of Pandora’s box, and all the horrible consequences that came from her disobedience.

The central theme, that runs throughout this movie, is that disobedience to God in whatever form – in rebellion and disobedience, in pagan (new age) worship, in pre-marital forbidden sex, in pride and violence, etc. is rewarded. It is enlightening. The god symbol in the movie is the established corporate/military order that keeps trying to prevent Sully from experiencing, keeps interrupting his experience with the Avatar, etc. James Cameron (and Hollywood in general) consistently has this agenda, and Avatar delivers it in fantastic, seductive, otherworldly fashion. It’s a dangerous movie, and people don’t see it. They’re dazzled by the flash of the CGI Serpent who, little by little, is bringing the whole world around to his way of thinking.

Don’t be deceived, beloved.

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