Sunday, December 5, 2010 Review of the Week - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Since it just came out on DVD, here is one of my favourite sites reviewing our beloved Edward and Bella...
Note however, that the review says IN THE FIRST SENTENCE that they have not seen the film?!?

"Negative - As a follower of Christ, I am not making any plans to see the movie Eclipse. Christians, before you decide to see this movie, please take a moment and ask yourself the following three questions. First, would Jesus approve of you seeing this movie? Second, can you realistically picture Jesus himself watching it in the movie theater? Lastly, does viewing the movie bring honor, praise and glory to God, the creator? If you answered no to any or all of these questions, then I think it is clear now as to what you must do.

Even though they are fictional beings, and nowhere are they mentioned in the Bible, it is clear that vampires and werewolves are not creations of God, but are creatures of the darkness. No matter how one may sugarcoat them as being moral and ethical in their views on such issues as chivalry, love, sex and marriage, a werewolf is a werewolf and a vampire is a vampire. No matter how Hollywood has tried to make them more acceptable to movie audiences, they cannot change who and what werewolves and vampires really are, namely creatures who are in bondage and not of Christ. As the old adage goes, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then you must conclude that it is in fact a duck. Edward, despite his feelings toward sex, namely that it should wait until marriage, and his own personal view of the importance of marriage, unlike Bella, Edward is bound by what he is, a vampire. He craves human blood.

It takes practically all of his will power to resist the longing that he has to attack Bella and drink her blood. Leviticus 17:10-12 states that we are forbidden to consume blood for life is in the blood and it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life. As children of the light, we are commanded to not to have anything to do with the darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 states that “you are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others who are asleep but let us be alert and self-controlled.” Unlike some of the reviewers here, I don't think there is any justification to have the male characters in the movie, Jacob and the wolf pack, to have their shirts off during the course of the movie.

Although they explain that the reason why they have their shirts off is because of their high temperatures, I think the true purpose is more to increase the temperatures of the female movie going audience. Sex sells. It is a myth that men are the only ones who have to deal with the area of lust. Women and teenage girls also lust for the opposite sex, maybe not as openly or to as great a degree in some cases as males, but it still happens. Lust is a problem whether you are male or female.

It doesn't discriminate. As followers of Christ, we are to resist temptations of the flesh and instead follow the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, whom we received from God. We are not our own, but were bought at a price. We are to honor God with our bodies. Lusting after other people in our minds is offensive to God.

Although the following scripture focuses on males, the concept is still applicable to females. Jesus said, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). The character of Bella sets the wrong example for teenage girls on what love really means. She lusts after Edward and constantly pressures him to have sex. She is even willing to give up her immortal soul just to have the opportunity to be together with him. As Christians, we are not complete by having a girlfriend or a boyfriend, a wife or a husband. We are complete in Christ. We don't need another person to be whole.

Sex is not love, but is an act of love in the proper context and that is within the institution of marriage. 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 states that among other things, love is patient, is not self-seeking, does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. In conclusion, I will not be watching this movie and I encourage other Christians to do the same. Don't be tempted by this movie's flashy special effects, the physical attractiveness of the characters, the hype of the popularity of the Twilight books and the high movie theater box office numbers. Instead, honor God by filling your minds by what is good, just, pure and holy.

Watch movies that bring praise and glory to God and that will mature you in your walk with Christ.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Les, age 39 (USA)"

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