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Heaven Is For Real: A Look Into Modern Tales Of The After-Life

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I wanted to make a comment on Todd Burpo's Heaven is for Real, a book written in 2010 by a pastor who's son apparently took a trip to heaven during an appendix operation. Sequentially, the book has also just been made into a film that came out this last week.

A number of people I know are currently reading the book (before they plan to go see the film), a book which I looked through back when it was first published. But what I found from this book was not what I expected. Mind you I am no stranger to these type of "death/afterlife experience" stories. There are actually quite a few of them out there.

I Saw Heaven was a popular book published in the late 90s, then came a slue of other books:Ninety Minutes in Heaven, The Boy who Came Back from Heaven, Twenty-Three Minutes in Hell, and of course my topic today, Heaven is for Real.

All of these books had a few things in common after their publication: they all topped best-seller lists, Christians of all denominations, c…

Noah (2): What Were The "Watchers"?

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I wanted to elaborate on something I found very interesting in the recently done Noah movie. That is, the concept of the fallen angles referred to as "Watchers" portrayed. As someone who has studied classical Jewish and extra-biblical sources I knew (although only vaguely) what the film was getting at when it used the imagery of the giant rock monsters that it did.

I thought I'd share for everyone else as well as elaborate on some of the thoughts in my previous post.

What was the film trying to do? Where do these things come from?:

The concept of the Watchers in the film is an amalgamation idea of the Genesis mention of Nephilim and the extra-biblical accounts of fallen angels. This whole concept originally comes from the Genesis account itself. In Genesis 6:1-4 we read:

When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the LORD sai…

Noah (1): More Epic Than Biblical In This Biblical-Epic

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So last night I went and saw Darren Aronofsky's Noah, staring Russel Crow. Least to say there was a lot more Tolkien than Torah in this "biblical epic", but were we really expecting all that much else? Aronofsky himself was quoted as saying that it would be the least biblical, biblical epic you would ever see. I knew what to expect going in, I'd read the reviews and the floods (yes I said it) of opinions from both the evangelical Christian and secular communities.

But no one is claiming that Aronofsky or Paramount Studious was reaching out to create a factual representation of the Genesis account.

The fallen-angel stone giants and psychopathic Noah character development aside, what troubles me the most is that God is not portrayed as an actual character in this story, as the biblical account clearly shows Him. The whole point of Noah is a story of grace, a foreshadowing of the cross of Christ.

The Noah in the Bible is one that has active and intimate communication w…