Wednesday, May 5th - Yes the Light Kills
As with all vampire novels the vampires in this story fear the sunlight. Even harsh commercial lighting hurts their inhuman eyes. In one way that enables the innocent to move about during the daylight hours, but in most ways it simply traps them into a life hidden in the darkness of lies, deceit, lust, power and all other things covered by the blackness of night. And light does kill them. In one place in the story stretching a paralyzed member of the Rakum before an open window before sunrise is supposed to kill them after they were beaten terribly. The question is, is death something to fear? There are all kinds of fears and for many of us death is one of the greatest fears we have, or sometimes we mistakenly think of death as the one escape from pain and suffering. One thing you can be sure of is that coming into the Light will kill.
We've talked about how we were marked by sin, and how Jesus took upon Him our sins that we would no longer have to run. We no longer had to play the role of the "Rabbit". Still, it is true that Light does kill. Jesus said, "I am the Light of the world" and later makes this remarkable statement, "Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it cannot bear fruit." When we step into His light we die, but God doesn't leave us like that. Instead He raises up a "new creation". Consider this then, those who do not come into the light, His Light, not only do not bear fruit, but will remain in a perpetual, unending state of death and separation from their Creator. So our hope, our joy, is actually in the death of our carnal nature, our fleshly desires, our earthly passions, for in that moment we are united with Christ and seated with Him on His throne at the right hand of the Father. Have you come into the Light and died so that you might be made new? Have you surrendered everything you have to Truth so that all falsehood would be stripped away from you and you might be a pleasing son or daughter for the Most High God? If not, now is a good time to do that. You who are among the living dead in society, come into the Light of God and truly die that you may truly live, even as He lives.
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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