Monday, January 4, 2010

Avatar Review

My daughter and I went to see the movie Avatar in 3D tonight.

What an amazingly cool movie it is!  It's science fiction colliding with a primitive culture to make a wonderfully creative and almost believable world.

I'll try to share without spoiling anything of the movie if you haven't seen it yet (and I highly recommend you see it in the theater before it's run is finished), but there is one aspect of the movie I want to discuss.

Let's see... what did I love about this movie:

The cinematography is stunning to say the least

The acting was over-the-top believable

The concept of transferring consciousness to another being was actually kind of cool to imagine (Not a spoiler - you can find out about this in the trailer.)
And I absolutely loved the spiritual connection of the Na'vi to their planet Pandora (Here's where the spoiler alert begins - if you don't want to know anything more about the movie until you see it, bookmark this page to read later and stop here.)

Some of my friends were concerned about the Na'vi worshipping the 'spirit' of a tree and the whole connection to nature with a Mother god, but I pulled out a few positive aspects for Christians to consider.

Above all, remember that this is a fictional story.

What they were worshipping was their source of life.  As Christians, we do the same thing.  On Pandora, life came from the planet to all living things with the central focus being on a tree.  On Earth, life comes from a living, eternal God who shows Himself in nature, but the central focus is (or should be) on His Son Jesus Christ who died on a tree.

On Pandora, wherever the natives walk, light appears at their feet because of their connection to their source of life.  On Earth, every believer was "once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord," and we should "walk as children of light." (Ephesians 5:8) The light of Christ should literally shine everywhere we place our feet because of our connection to Him. 

The last thing I was impressed with was their great faith.  No matter how bad things got for the Na'vi, none of them blamed their god or turned away from her.  Instead, they ran to her for protection, guidance, and strength - all of the Na'vi as one body, not just some of them. 

It takes real connection with Jesus Christ to have that kind of faith.  You can be saved, but if you never get to know your Savior - to connect with Him - you won't be walking in light, you won't be a functioning part of the body, and you won't develop the faith to get through the tough times.

I'd like to encourage you to read your Bible daily and spend time in prayer with the Lord.  Get to know Him and experience a greater connection with your Source of life. 

And go see Avatar!  (

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