Sunday, February 27, 2011
THE SPIRITUAL REALM
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader shows the battle between good and evil in the lives of Christians. According to the story line, Lucy and Edmund could be considered Christians in this classic series. In the newest Narnia move, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Lucy, Edmund, Caspian, and Eustace, a cousin of Lucy and Edmund's, must battle an evil force that is abducting many people. When going up to battle this force, Lucy, Edmund, Caspian, and Eustace are warned that the evil force would try to deter them and tempt them with material things. It is this battle between Lucy, Edmund, Caspian, and Eustace and evil that this movie is centered on.
In class we have been talking about the spiritual realm and it is an important discussion that cannot be ignored. The Bible teaches that nature itself proves there is a God, a Divine Creator, and it can be assumed that if there is a Divine Creator, there is a Destroyer. The spiritual realm is not filled with just God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and angels; but also with Satan and demons. You cannot take a look into the spiritual realm without considering both sides of it.
I think Christians living in America today tend to ignore the demonic side of the spiritual realm. As Christians we cannot ignore the facts that Satan exists, he hates God, and he is willing to do anything to cause God pain. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader gives somewhat of a view of how Satan works to distract Christians and get them off track. Lucy, Edmund, Caspian, and Eustace had a specific task they were on, destroy the evil; however, while on their journey they are tempted with desiring to be beautiful, power and money, and disbelief respectively. It is important for Christians to realize that while they live the Christian life, Satan is going to try to derail them and tempt them with things of this world. I can say that in my life he has tried to do just that and the only way to combat it is with truth. Lucy, Edmund, Caspian, and Eustace were only able to combat and defeat the temptations that came upon them with truth. Jesus also when being tempted by Satan used passages of Scripture to defeat and resist the temptations. It is time as Christians we stop believing the lie that the host of darkness does not exist or, if it does, is not involved in human life today. We are fighting a spiritual battle and it is time we take a stand like Ephesians 6 says and in the power of Jesus combat the influence of darkness in our life and in the lives of those we love.