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I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

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May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Thursday, October 11, 2007

FLASHPOINT, by Frank Creed

Day 6 Monday

Being “re-formed” is something that Creed has designed, and mentions only in passing in the first few chapters. Later he goes into more detail about this, basically stating that the process of re-formation is like being hard-wired to a mega-computer and having a lot of information transferred from the computer to the brain. Think of it as a kind of programming if you will

As Frank Creed mentions in his interview, re-formation doesn't replace the workings of the Holy Spirit. It simply enables you to do things otherwise impossible. For instance, when man was first created he used 100% of his mind. Adam tended the whole Garden of Eden, to us an impossible feat. When Adam sinned, I believe God began numbing down our personal “mindware”. The reason is simple. We had access to some things that would only destroy us faster. God protected us by making it more and more difficult to use our minds the way He originally intended. I believe it was Einstein who said that the most intelligent people in the world use less than 10% of their brain. Re-formation alters this, bringing back into alignment with God's personal plan for us.

That being said, you have to realize there is “re-formation”, which is used by Christians in the Body of Christ, and there is the scientific unleashing of the evil in man by those who have rejected Christ. Both begin to utilize more of their minds than one thought possible. The difference is that in the latter case evil is unleashed in its most potent form. Imagine an evil being with almost limitless brainpower and you'll get the idea of the threat these pose. Yet, with Christians, the “mindware” works along with its original design, guided by the Holy Spirit. Think of Peter speaking to thousands at the day of Pentecost, or Philip, who after baptizing the Ethiopian Eunuch, was whisked away by the Holy Spirit and found preaching in the city of Azotus, think of the glorified bodies we will one day receive and you have an idea what is really happening in the re-formation process. It is a technological advancement that, in the lives of Christians, not only infuses them with great knowledge and ability, but also lines the person's thinking up with the Holy Spirit, allowing them to be further utilized by God. The concept is awesome. I personally doubt this will ever take place because we are so sinful it would only serve to drag us down. Yet, for the story, it works great and makes for a truly fantastic ride.

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Caprice Hokstad said...

You said you didn't think re-formation would ever take place because we are so sinful. Personally, I think it is that very sinfulness that will be the impetus for development like this.

Mankind is lazy and therefore wants shortcuts (like a college education in seconds) and we are constantly seizing any and every scientific breakthrough for either greed or military might. If there's money to be made off it or any chance of it making more destructive weapons or better soldiers, we pounce and not much (including ethics) seems to stop us.

Perhaps we will not be successful because the pursuit of such ends will be our downfall. (And perhaps this is not far from what you meant anyhow). But I have my doubts that any such brain-altering process will be a good thing without huge risks and side-effects. But in the instance that it turns out to be safe and beneficial, it will probably be so costly or just so top secret, that average Christians will never have access.

But this is why we love fiction, because in a story we CAN do cool things that may never happen in real life, but so what? It's great fun to imagine them, isn't it?

David said...

Actually I think we're both saying the same thing. The sinful nature of may (which causes us to be lazy, take short cuts, be greedy, etc.) would take brain wave technology and use it against ourselves. I believe the mercy of God is greater than that. Yet, "One day, when Christ shall appear, we shall see Him as He is, and we shall be like Him." Now that's something I truly look forward to. Thanks for the post Caprice.

David Brollier

cathikin said...

I really appreciate the way you expounded on the whole re-formation idea. Frank may have openedup an idea that will be discussed at length in certain circles. You wrote that "the “mindware” works along with its original design, guided by the Holy Spirit." And there is the beauty of it, the whole reasonitis superiour to the technology used by the evil ones. Great blog.

David said...

Thank you "Cathikin", for your kind comments. The comments about MW working with the Holy Spirit were just a tip of the iceberg. Frank has opened up a whole new idea of what the end times may be like, while at the same time leaving room for God to do whatever He wants. I can't say enough about this great book, or its author. This is a powerful story written by an author daring to challenge everything we've ever learned about the end times.


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