‘X-Men Apocalypse’ Keeps a Religious Balance

z_0Back in December, when the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse was released, I posted a negative opinion of the film, which is why it took some convincing from a mentor of mine who saw the movie first to go see it for myself. The film itself is pretty good, though there are still many plot holes in the X-Men cinematic universe which this movie only adds too, but the special effects, action, and some of its themes were enjoyable. I am definitely more pleased with it than the trailer. As my mentor pointed out there is a religious balance within this film. Yes, there is still the line which suggests the Four Horsemen may have not been inspired by the Bible, and Apocalypse himself still claims to be a god. However, I was pleased when Apocalypse does refer to himself as a god, he uses the title ‘Elohim’ instead of ‘Yahweh’ (which had been used in the trailer). Though the claim is still blasphemy, which is made by the villain of the film, it is not as severe, for Elohim is the generic word for God in Hebrew while Yahweh is His divine/personal name. Xavier himself calls Apocalypse out on this claim, “You’re just another false god.” Continue reading

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People of a Thousand Enemies

Watership5“Long ago, Frith made the world. He made all the stars, too, and the world is one of the stars. He made them by scattering his droppings over the sky and this is why the grass and the trees grow so thick on the world. Frith makes the rivers flow. They follow him as he goes through the sky, and when he leaves the sky they look for him all night. Frith made all the animals and birds, but when he first made them they were all the same. The sparrow and the kestrel were friends and they both ate seeds and flies. And the fox and the rabbit were friends and they both ate grass. And there was plenty of grass and plenty of flies, because the world was new and Frith shone down bright and warm all day.

102810“Now, El-ahrairah was among the animals in those days and he has many wives. He has so many wives that there was no counting them, and the wives has so many young that even Frith could not count them, and they ate the grass and the dandelions and the lettuces and the clover, and El-ahrairah was the father of them all.”

“And after a time, the grass began to grow thin and the rabbits wandered everywhere, multiplying and eating aWatership-Down-1978-ScreenShot-04s they went.”

“Then Frith said to El-ahrairah, ‘Prince Rabbit, if you cannot control your people, I shall find ways to control them. Continue reading

What I’ve Learned from taking Mythology in the Summer: Part II

  1. wombatApparently, the Australian Aborigines do not like wombats: “Oh, what funny creatures some of them were–the kangaroo, the frilled lizards, the bats of all types, the pelican with its big bill, the platypus, the flying-fox, the stupid-looking wombat, and the frog that grew to maturity in such a strange fashion!”[1]  The ‘stupid-looking wombat,’ really? If you ask me, I think they’re pretty cute. But apparently, Australia’s natives would disagree with me on my opinion.
  2. Ironically, if you ask one of my friends, one of my stock replies for years if someone asks me a particular question, such as, “Are you an assassin?” I’ll reply with, “Only on Tuesdays.” Unknowing till this week, this answer is apparently one which comes from my Celtic roots. In one of their myths, Bress, a king of the Tuatha Dé Danann, was captured. Continue reading

Thy Will be Done

Adam-Abram_Gethsemane_24x36_OilThis world . . . is filled with trials. It’s filled with parents who divorce, with fathers who disappear, with friends who betray or move away. It is filled with heartaches and suicide and abuse and cancer and death–filled with so much brokenness. The brokenness which comes as a side-effect of sin. This world needed a savior, for there was no other way:

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand” Matthew 26:36-46.

This world needed a savior, yet that savior–Jesus–he prayed, “Daddy, Father if there’s another way, I beg you, let it be done instead. Please Father . . .” For he knew . . . Jesus knew what was to come. He knew how he would be given an unfair trial. He knew of the whips and the nails and the agony he would suffer upon that cross: Continue reading

Heroes: Captain America~The Truest Friend

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Ever since the first Avengers movie, I’ve admired Captain America because of him saying, “There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.” Truthfully before this, I thought he was a dork, and I hope I’m not shot for this, but I really wasn’t impressed with his first movie. However, this quote made him my favorite Marvel hero, even above Wolverine (Logan) or Iron Man (Stark). Captain America in the last decade has been a great example of character, embodying many values which I admire.

Yesterday, I finally got to see Captain America: Civil War with a really good buddy of mine. Don’t worry, there’s no spoilers in this post apart from what can be deciphered from the trailers. I’m not going to spoil this film if you haven’t seen it yet, for it is a movie which I highly recommend for you to see in person (though I do wish there was less cussing in it). It is action packed, filled with surprises, laughs, and tears. Many say ‘betrayal’ is a main theme in the film, which I do agree; however, there’s another theme that I would like to hit upon which the film revolves around also, that being ‘friendship.’ Continue reading