One of the highlights of this great novel is when Brett finds a way to teach Jay emotions. The way he does this is inspirational, but more importantly, being able to do so turns a corner in their relationship. The computer known as Jay shifted his role from pilot/communications/dietitian and other roles as just a computer to that of friend/guardian/counselor. He was able to do this because he understood Brett on an emotional level. Without this change it is altogether possible that the story may have had an altogether different ending.
To get a Biblical perspective on this point we have to realize that there is a certain relationship between God and His creation. He give us the ability to change the relationship from objects of His wrath to joint heirs with Jesus Christ. You see, it isn't some computer that learns something and changes, and God isn't going to change, but we are the ones who have to change. First though, God usually has to teach us how to be human, which may sound odd, but we come into this world spiritually dead. God needs to find a way to get us to hear Him, to wake us up out of our deathly sleep, so we can rise up to eternal life. A lot of times that means going through trials. God isn't the author of those trials, but He knows how to use them to get us to listen to Him, to open our eyes and hopefully our hearts. The thing is, we know how our story is going to end if we don't change our relationship. We will still be recipients of God's wrath, and as such suffer eternal punishment. We also know that if we do change our relationship and become children of God we are recipients of His eternal love, and that starts now and lasts forever.
I guess this isn't all that different from Brett and Jay, because Jay really didn't change. He was still a computer, but it was something in Brett that changed and let Jay in. When that happened Jay was able to function as something more than a glorified circuit-board. When we change we allow God to be God. I guess that's what I see here.
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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