Monday, September 26, 2011

Movie Quote Monday-This looks religious

Today’s Feature: Big, Twentieth Century Fox, 1988

Memorable Quote: 
Billy- [noticing a dingy hotel that says "St. James"]“This one looks alright”                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Josh – “No, it doesn't."
Billy –  “St. James,  Josh! It's religious”

Biblical Connection: 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (NASB) But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good

12 year old Josh Baskin made a wish on a fortune telling machine at a carnival one that changed his life. He wished he was “big”. Much to his surprise, he got his wish. But instead of just getting taller so he could ride a roller coaster, he was transformed on the outside into a full fledged grown up.  Knowing he can’t stay at his home as a grown man instead of a boy, he heads to the city to hide out until he can find the fortune telling machine and make a wish to be changed back. His first night in the city he is with his best friend searching for a place to stay. They find a run down, dirty hotel in the worst part of town, and that is when the above line is spoken.

Just because something looks religious, or has something religious in the name, doesn’t necessarily make it “religious”.  The old saying “if it walks like and duck, and sounds like a duck, then it probably is a duck”, doesn’t’ ring true when you are dealing with issues of faith.  Josh and his friend thought that because the hotel had St. Joseph’s in the title, then it should be a safe place to stay. Luckily for Josh it turned out he was quite safe there for the night. In real life however, thinking something is safe because it seems to be religious can be very dangerous. The Bible warns us that many will come in My name……and will mislead many.(Matthew 24:5)  Many times in life people say things that sounds religious but is not exactly biblical. We can be easily lead astray if we are not careful. It is essential that we take anything that seems religious and weigh it up against what the Bible says to be true.  That is the only way we can be sure it is ok to trust what we are hearing or seeing in the name of religion. If we want to be sure that we are safe for more than one night, we need to make sure that there is more to it than just a religious title.

For Further Reading: Ephesians 5:17, Jeremiah 29:9, Matthew 7:15, Mark 13:22


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