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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stories and Truth

Greetings Nerds of the High King.

So I just found an article on about a very interesting new class being offered in the spring term of 2015 at the University of Baltimore. This is a class on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, that is right. A class on Marvel movies such as the Avengers, Captain America and even Guardians of the Galaxy. This is being taught by a professor who has taught classes on Comic Book history and Zombies. The University's statement announcing the class can be read here

The class will focus, in large part, on the inter-connectedness of the universe being built in these movies but also on the ideals and perspectives on modern issues found in them. I think this sounds like a fantastic class. There are many thoughts to be pulled from these movies about modern issues, ethics, etc.

The Professor, Arnold T. Blumberg, was quoted on the Univ. of Baltimore as saying this:
"Every generation has a modern media mythology that serves as a framework for entertaining as well as educating about ethics, morality, issues of race, gender, class, and so on," he says. "For the past several years, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings have served in that role for tens of millions. When I was younger, it was the first Star Wars series, which I saw in the theater. For me, that saga—along with many other science fiction stories—provided that essential exploration of the hero journey, the struggle of good vs. evil, in a mainstream pop culture context."
Why does every generation have stories like this? I have a simple answer for you: truth can not be ignored. We live in an epic universe, but we don't believe it is epic. God created this vast universe, gave us a great opportunity to follow Him. We chose our own way, with a little help from a dangerous being who was jealous of God. So God sent His son to come to us. To teach us, train us, and love us; but ultimately to pay a heavy price so we could be back in relationship with God.

Some people do not believe in a spiritual realm. They have all sorts of ideals of what truth is, but they don't want to see the Truth Definer.

In Romans 2:14,15 we find out that:
Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.
God has placed bits of truth and woven them in our various cultures on Earth. Unfortunately the devil also wove some lies amongst many of those same truths. I encourage you to hold fast to the Bible for:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16
The Holy Spirit is also sent to us to comfort us and protect us and train us. When we put these two together we become strong in the Christ. Life is epic. God has an amazing story and adventure for you. Do not miss out on it!


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