The Adjusment Bureau, a quick look

March 10, 2011 – 9:52 am

Since this movie came out so recently, I will keep my comments brief so as to avoid spoiling anyone.  If you want a longer one ( with spoilers ), and don’t want to wait for my more thorough analysis ( which will hopefully come in the next few months ), go here.  I often only skim the plugged in analysis for fear of spoiling myself, but that is a personal decision on my part.

Anyway, first of all, I did enjoy the movie.  I thought it was entertaining.  I also thought it brought up some interesting questions that I enjoy thinking about as a Christian.  Not saying I agree with the movie’s conclusions, just saying it was thought provoking.

Here are some positive points:

  1. People risking everything for the one they love.  Now, this sacrifice is not the par of our Savior, of course ( Jn 3:16 ), but it worth noticing.
  2. Persistence against impossible odds.

Here are some negative points:

  1. David Norris and Elise Sellas have sex outside of marriage ( 1 Cor 6:12-20; Heb 13:4; 1 Thess 4:3-8; etc )
  2. I will need to be vague here, but beware of who they portray “God” as in this movie.  There is one statement in particular that concerns me.  One character says “You know him by many names”.  Despite what people think, the God taught in the Bible ( New Testament and Old Testament ) is not the same as, say, Allah.  The God of the Bible says that you come to Him by grace through faith in Jesus, not by works ( Rom 3:24; Rom 4:16; Eph 2:5,8 ).  All the other religions teach that you have to do good things in order to get into Heaven and be with God ( whatever heaven is for that religion ).  In my fuller analysis, I will try to explain this more thoroughly.  Right now I just want to warn people to be careful.

As one can expect from the trailers and the title, much of the movie is a discussion of human freewill and the “sovereignty of God” ( they don’t really mention a divine being, but such a being is implied ).  As stated above, I question whether the God of the movie is the God of the Bible, but those are two major questions in the movie.  Christians have been discussing these things for a long time, and one short blog post won’t even be able to do the discussion justice.  And it would spoil the movie.  I will say that the people who focus on human freewill,  to the the exclusion of God’s sovereignty, will have major problems with some aspects of the movie.  Also, the people who focus on the sovereignty of God,  to the the exclusion of the freewill of man, will have problems with other aspects.  I will save this discussion for later, though.

Like I said, I want to avoid spoilers at this point, thus the vagueness.  Keep watching here for a more thorough analysis.

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