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WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE MOVIE "NOAH" 

Let me start by saying this: if you expect to go see a biblical movie you will be terribly disappointed. I went knowing that it was going to be a movie that had very little to do with the Bible and, if I'm honest, I learned a lot. I'm not saying it's a movie I'll see again or that I loved.  It did have parts that I liked a lot, like the scenes of silhouettes and Russel Crowe's performance. I want to share some things I learned by watching this movie.

The director believes that creation is more important than the Creator.

Something that fascinated me (and not because I like the concept but because it helps me to understand people whom I want to reach with the gospel):   In the film, Noah, the sin was not that they were killing humans, or were dishonoring God. The sin that caused God to eliminate mankind was that they were eating meat! This shows me that this world in which we live believes dogs are good and innocent and humans are bad ... well, just meat eaters. The love and respect seems to keep increasing for animals rather than humans. In the United States you can abort a baby but if you take an egg of a sea turtle they will send you to jail.  In Romans it says that man worships the creation over the Creator. Although I do not like this concept, the film Noah helps me see the terrible reality that many humans feel more remorse for hurting an animal than offending God.

Christians get angry because Hollywood messes up, but they don’t care when a child’s Bible is wrong.

As I said, the film did not follow the biblical story, and I didn’t have hope that it would. But one of the criticisms I heard a lot was that Noah was represented in a very negative way because he believed that all humans, including his own family should die. The frustration was because he followed the logic that if humans are guilty, he is guilty, and also his family, and they needed to die. The story of Noah is not like most stories told to children, where they say "Noah was a good person and that’s why God loved him. Do you want God to love you and not kill you? Be a good person. “That goes against the whole Bible and people do not mind when they really distort the main message of the Bible.

Misplaced expectations.

There are two views, one that is shared by my good friend Chuy Bustamante (Worship Leader and Pastor of Horizonte Qro) on my Facebook page which said: Actually I expected the story of the Bible, I did not know that the director was an Atheist, and I’m amazed that they don’t have a problem mixing truth with falsehood pertaining to the Bible, (unlike books like Tolkien, JK Rolling which are respected almost 100%) But what can we hope for, the good thing is that the subject lends itself to preach the Gospel.

And I agree, it’s not the same to change The Lord of the Rings and the Bible. And I rejoice that an Atheist has made ​​a movie that has so many people who know nothing about God reading Genesis. But at the same time understand that if you make a film 100% as the Bible says, it would be a 10 minute movie (because the Bible gives very little information) and it would not have enough material to make the production level as good as what was actually done.

Anyway, I cannot say I loved it, I can only say that it was very interesting and it did not bore me. If you want to see a Bible story do not see it, if you want to have a look at the artistic and cultural story of an atheist whichwill help you understand a secular mind, than you will be very interested.

 


 

Jonathan Domingo

WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY

There is this concept in our culture that "if you have money it is because God has blessed you" and if you have no money, it is because God has not blessed you...

THE BIBLE PRESENTS TWO CATEGORIES

Rich and poor; rich is good and poor is bad. On the contrary, the Bible presents four categories: the rich who love Jesus and the rich who do not love Jesus, the poor who love Jesus and the poor who do not love Jesus

Not that the rich, because they are rich, have the blessing of God and not that the poor for being poor, don’t have "the blessing."

MONEY IS NOT BAD

Money is not bad, nor good. It doesn't show the blessing from God nor does it show a "curse" of God. While most of us agree with this, most say, "yes I know it's not bad, well why doesn’t he give it to me.  Yes, "I know it's not bad but I want it." The Bible does not say that money is evil, but what I do see is that money is dangerous, "for the love of money many have departed from the faith" and it says in Ecclesiastes that "he who loves money will not be satisfied with it "Paul says that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil "

The counterpart of this is that in Smyrna they are poor but rich. In the church of Laodicea they say "I am rich and have need of nothing," Jesus answers them, "you know you're a poor naked wretch." Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to be saved. So is money bad?, It's not bad, but it is dangerous, it can lead your heart astray.

MONEY IS NEUTRAL AND IS HAZARDOUS

Our culture and most cultures around the world, see people who are making less money as inferior and people who earn more money as superior. This was happening in the church in the book of James, the poor were seated and a rich man would arrive late and they would tell the poor: “Give your chair to the rich! Kneel down so that they can put their feet on your back." Imagine this, there were churches where the rich would come in and sit in the best chair and place their legs upon the poor.

GOD IS NOT A RESPECTOR OF PEOPLE

God does not love someone for having a lot and He doesn't love someone less for having less. Last week we saw that we are like Ephesus, we left our first love, but on the other hand, that's one thing that encourages me a lot about Horizonte, we are a church where people arrive in their "Mercedes" and some people had to walk an hour to arrive and they are seated together and love each other, and there is no segregation, no deference’s in persons, no respecter of persons, there are people here who live in the most beautiful colonies of Ensenada and there are people here who live in the most humble colonies of Ensenada and they are brothers who live in harmony and there is no segregation.

Nobody ever told me that they feel uncomfortable in Horizonte because of their economic status, I think we are a church doing this right, but I want more than just to be a church where anyone can come and be received. The Bible says that God has chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith. This is a word for you if you are a humble person, the world will despise you but the church must value you.

Some of the most joyous and harmonious churches that I've attended are churches that have nothing but Jesus.  You can be poor in terms of money, but you can be rich in character. Do not let anyone think less of you because you have less, the Bible exalts you. Those who have money should humble themselves, they should go to those who don’t have money and ask for advice, direction and guidance, because maybe what you have is diverting you and you no longer know how to be nice to other people. We need those who have more to go with those who have less to receive, learn and grow.

There are riches that cannot be bought with money and that is the love of Jesus, which is what displays true character.

 


Jonathan Domingo

 

 

WHY GO TO A HOME GROUP ? 

If you are from Horizonte

I beg you to read this post and consider what it says. If I ask, what is the most important thing you can do? Why were you created? You were created to glorify God, the main purpose of your life is to join the plan of God for all creation and allow God to have all the honor.  This is done primarily by knowing Him through the word of God, repentance of sins, and fellowship with him.  This produces in your life, glorious and unspeakable joy. It does not end there because if it did end there we would have no reason to get out of bed.  We would just stay in the house and sleep, read the Bible, worship God and eat Cheetos for His glory.  On the contrary, when you know God, it causes you to want to share Him with others, in other words imitate what they've seen from Him. God is love, sharing Him with others means love.  God is generous, telling others about Him is giving. God is forgiving, telling others about Him is forgiveness.  But what we often forget is that this is first and primarily to the family of God, the church.

 John the Baptist

lived almost 100 years old and history tells us that when he wrote 1 John he was preaching in the church of Ephesus.  History also tells us that John was too old and weak to walk so people literally carried him and put him in front of the church while he preached. What was his message? Brothers love each other. This is what Jesus said, He said that the main way that we will be light in darkness is through the love we have for our fellow Christians.

 It's Impossible

to accomplish this great mission by going to church on Sundays and giving a few hugs, smile at a few friends and then say goodbye. Agape love, this love is literally a sacrificial love, we must give our lives for others. How do we do that if we do not know each other?  The answer is obvious! We have to get to know each other. But how do we get to know each other with a church of about 500 members?  It is really impossible, the result is that you have 500 acquaintances and so it’s superficial and none of them are deep relationships but when you develop a deep relationships some people will say it is favoritism. Therefore we need to move the church to a place where it is easier for us to get to know each other, love each other, and serve each other and that is in our homes.

The purpose

of a home group is that you can meet other people from Horizonte, love them, and see how to serve your neighborhood together. The purpose is not so much to be known, but to be part of a community of believers whose mission is to reach the colony in which they live. A home group is not so much a social club for the church, it's more like a campfire when all the coals are gathered together they produce a fire that illuminates the entire region.

When you are 

in a home group, it enables you the ability to be informed when something happens, the Bible says that when one member suffers all the members suffer with it. This is impossible if you only come on Sunday morning but when you go to a more intimate group, a home group, you hear that an old man broke his leg, you can decide as a group to help him, you hear that a single mother is without a job, as a group you can see how to serve her.

The Bible

never says go and fill buildings, it says go and make disciples, discipleship means you have someone who knows you and is helping you serve God and be useful for his kingdom.

 In Horizonte

There are about 20-25 members currently involved in groups at home, I would love to see 50 or 75 percent of the church meeting at home groups to love, know and serve others. Maybe it will take a long time to reach that goal but we believe God wants us to love one another and to be disciples.

 

"Horizonte, I beg you, look for ways to be in a home group so that we can join in the mission of Jesus to reach out to our city."

 



 

 

Jonathan Domingo