XMEN: First Class, the movie, still a box office draw in Riverside and throughout the Inland Empire, takes us back to the beginning in the series and envelopes our imagination with science, wonder and future hope and is really a lesson in the spirituality of man and a stark lesson in the doctrine of man’s total depravity. Evil knows no bounds as the cold blooded murder of a young man’s mother before his very eyes tugs at our heart’s revenge strings and stokes the fire of our internal justice meter demanding the triumph of evil over good. The movie’s underpinnings remind us of the atrocities suffered by the Jewish masses in the name of medical science, economic viability and religious fanaticism in 20th century Nazi Germany.
The human race apart from God’s influence longs for control, control to determine one’s own destiny and outcomes. In spite of the need to conquer our perceived shortcomings we also value the ideology that each creature has value in its own right. We desire to change who and what we are but at the same time we applaud the notion that we should be proud of how we were created. This was a central theme in the movie: “Mutant and Proud”. This human condition may very well be directly related to our relationship with the creator. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27. (NKJV) We have unexplainable angst for who we are because of sin. We were designed to be in relationship with God but the Bible teaches that we were separated from our creator because of disobedience and sin. Separation from a close relationship with God was the first real consequence suffered by man because of his sin. Therefore the LORD God sent him out of the Garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man…Genesis 3:23-24. (NKJV) So this God void in our life makes us uncomfortable with who we are but at the same time we instinctively understand that we should be satisfied with God’s creation.
Of course, the Bible also teaches us the need for redemption or more plainly understood; the need for a restored relationship and an end to the separation between us and God. Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people. Luke 1:68. (NKJV) In a sense, XMEN replaces the hope given to us by God through faith in His Son, a hope that man is redeemable without divine intervention from God. This hope resides in the so called beauty and inevitably of glorious mutations that evolve us into an ever improving biological wonder. Our technological prowess and insatiable desire for knowledge will bring us to the feet of an unexplainable nirvana. That same desire, however, has taught us the reality that mutations are destructive and without a doubt not leading us to a bright new future but a continual downward spiral that can only be stopped by the intervention of the Creator Himself. (ICR) The concept of XMEN in and of itself is a declaration of God’s spiritual influence on man and his intuitive understanding of the human condition. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. Romans 1:20-22. (NLT)
Note: Symbolically speaking, evolutionists need XMEN mutations to work. Beneficial mutations are the catalysts for development of a species. (Harmful Mutations) (Mutations and Evolution)
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