Have you seen the film AVATAR yet?
James and I went to watch it a little while back.
My first 3d film experience. We sat with 3d specs on, gazing at the wonders before us.
The film plot is as follows:
In the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na'vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each other and the local culture.
When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland.
Jake has a mission is to gather intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity.
While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe ( disguised in the form of an Avatar) he quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri.
The restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.
Jake does not belong to the world of the aliens, yet he becomes like them. He is given an avatar body, and he learns the ways of the natives. He soon finds himself in a situation, unsure where his priorities lie, as he begins to love the Na'vi people and all that they stand for. It becomes clear that they have the better life.
There is a point early on in the movie, where Jake is like a baby in the land of the aliens. He can not speak the language, he does not understand their ways, he can not run like them etc. Yet, a strange thing happens, the seeds of pure spirits rest upon him, suggesting that he has a pure heart and has an ultimate purpose.
Jake is completely unaware of the huge tasks ahead of him at this point and how involved he will become in helping the Na'vi tribe. Not the military, who had assigned him his mission.
Now of course this film is not made with christian values or ideas, but it spoke to me. I saw similarities between its plot and the tapestry of the Bible.
We are not of this world, although, we live in it! We have human bodies, we function like the rest of the world, except that if we know Jesus, we have had our eyes open to another world. A spirit world. A world that exists, but can not be seen with the human mind or human reasoning.
As people of faith, we are to live in this world, but not of it. We will have different missions, differing goals and attitudes toward life, but our greater purpose is what drives us.
The part in the movie where Jake is highlighted as 'special' by the pure seeds made me think....We have been chosen for greater things, we are a lot like Jake, like children with little understanding. We may have a sense of our heavenly purpose, but not fully know to what we are called.
As the story unfolds, he begins to see who he is and what he can offer the alien race, and the same is true for us. We have a purpose to save and protect those around us. We have a hope in out hearts, a light in this dark world. We know and trust in the existence of a loving God, who can save and protect. This world is failing, crumbling, but we need not be afraid, for we have an eternal hope in God. Its a hope to be shared!