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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

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Day 4, Wednesday

The good and the bad, really. Yesterday we talked about two groups of people who were considered the bad guys. Yet, since we are talking spiritually here, perhaps it would be more appropriate to point to the spiritual forces behind both the good and the bad, in the world of ASULON according to William McGrath. On the side of good there is The Elohim, or God, and His Holy angels. To understand this better we need to realize that these angels aren't all the original angels that used to serve God, but we'll get to that in a minute. These Bene Elohim, servants of the Most High, are with The Elohim firmly in the good.

Opposing them on the side of evil are Azalel and all that followed him. Azalel was formerly one of the chief angels of God, but when greed came into his heart it gave birth to hatred and rebellion, a rebellion which he led against The Elohim and His angels, the Bene Elohim. They were thrust out of Heaven and cast down upon our planet where God destroyed all life that He had formerly created, first by fire, then by ice, so that these spirit beings would be without a place of habitation. They would have to reveal themselves as they truly had become, and ugly copy of what God had first made them to be. These were called the E'gori, that is the Fallen.

Scripture plainly talks about both of these groups, using a little less poetic license that McGrath, but still basically the same as what he has said in ASULON. It is the third group which should be of interest to us, for it includes those creations known as humans, which were placed between these two opposing forces. ASULON tells us of another group, the Grigori, these became the Watchers. The Grigori are, McGrath states, those angels who although they sided with Elohim could not bring themselves to fight against their angel brothers. So it was that they became known as "the sons of God" and they came and married the women of men. Their offspring was mighty, valiant, and often tall.

These Mighty Ones were caught between the opposing forces of Elohim and Azalel, but they were now mortal. Read how Azalel, also known as Abbadon the Destroyer, sets out to deceive, first man, then the Grigori, for God had given men the Grigori to watch over them. As each Grigori fell pray to the temptations of Azalel our world went through great tribulation. Finally, there was only Anak left of all the Grigori.

Whether or not there are these angelic creatures that are neither fallen nor heavenly, is a matter of dispute, Scripturally speaking that is. For the telling of the story of ASULON, however, it not only makes great sense, but shows us some things about ourselves, the nature of angels, and how pride will always kill. For it was pride that caused Azalel to rebel and for those angels who followed him it took pride. It is pride that causes each of us to stumble in our way, sometimes that stumbling is complete and eternal We see also that even the mighty Anak can be felled with pride. If there is one thing we can learn from this it is that pride always precedes destruction. Not only is this a Biblical principal, but it is a truth we need to realize so that we can come under the mercy and grace of a Holy God.

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1 comment:

cathikin said...

I missed the name Azalel, but I immediatley picked up on Abbadon. oloch also showed up, especially with the awful sacrifices of children in Magog.

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