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Wordwise Insight, Issue #069
May 14, 2010

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Movie Madness--about praise for a corrupt new film

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MORE ARTICLES: about the sin nature, and the doctrine of justification

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(Corrupt Film Praised by Some)

Movie madness could refer to more than one film, though I have a particular one in mind here. Most of what is said below can be applied to other degraded and degrading productions. I trust my comments will give readers food for thought.

Has the world gone completely mad? Have we abandoned all decency and common sense? That was my reaction as I read about the latest Hollywood offering called Kick-A**, a movie concerning an eleven or twelve-year-old girl who slaughters dozens of individuals in various gruesome ways, while spouting gross profanities. (Supposedly, this is a comedy. But if so, itís a far cry from Arsenic and Old Lace!) And it isnít just the film that bothers me. Itís the way itís rationalized in the media. With barely a whisper of protest, we are told:

1. Life Is Like That
We must face reality. There are many violent killings in the news. It happens all the time. And visit any playground and youíll certainly hear children using foul language. Well, true enough. But does this mean we should glorify such things, and propose them as amusing entertainment? Raw sewage is real too. But would you want to place a bowl of it in the middle of the dinner table for all to admire?

2. Itís Only a Movie
ďChill out,Ē they say. ďItís make-believe, for goodness sake!Ē Yes, it is a fictional story. But are they claiming that therefore it will have no significant affect on the viewer? Television commercials are largely fictive too, mini-tales of how the right kind of soup or soap can bring us true happiness. And advertisers spend millions on them. Why? Because they know they can influence behaviour.

3. Itís Nothing New
Columnists trot out the titles of other films that contain relentless perversion and gory mayhem, offering them as justification for...

To see the full article, click on Movie Madness


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Here are articles on the human sin nature and the wonderful doctrine of justification by faith.

The Sin Nature

Christians Justified

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