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HAIR COLOR?
Subject: Remember the Titians? Newsletter_25
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001
From: Melaney

I was interested in film #96. Remember the Titians. Is this about artists or an expose of hair colorers? Just wondering.

Reponse: What? Perhaps I am missing humor here. Anyway, the film is about football and racism. -David

TOLKIEN TOP OF LIST
Subject: Lord_of_Rings
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001
From: "Tim"

As a Christian and a long-time fan of sci-fi & fantasy -- with Mr. Tolkien's works being at the top of the list -- it has always been my bias to try and see how the material may in some way inform my own personal relationship to God.

Not operating on the scholarly level that I've seen in your own writings it would be, currently, improbable for me to make as fine and detailed a case for my position -- not necessarily in opposition to your own -- as you have for yours.

I suppose that, speaking only for myself of course, I don't try and do such a detailed analysis or critical dissemination of the works as you have -- not that that is wrong in any way. That isn't to say, however, that I simply ignore the details of the tapestry of such marvelous masterpieces: their genius, in my opinion, is reason enough to delve into them and attempt to lay them out for a more awe-inspiring understanding of what their author accomplished.

Even if the actual meaning given to the design is not in direct or obvious support of the Christian faith I am still left humbled by the grandeur of what was accomplished. Even if Mr. Tolkien had intentionally -- which I don't find any supporting facts for -- made his efforts for the purpose of undermining Christianity specifically, I would still be just as awestruck by the exercise of such genius and artistry that is most definitely God-given. An improper use of one's gifts and talents -- and I am not saying this was the case for Mr. Tolkien -- does not preclude them being evidence of a grand Creator and bringing Him the due respect of those who recognize His hand in the mechanism.

I believe that for most folks, just as it has been with myself, the basic storyline and, more importantly, the characters are what strike at the heart the most.....moreso than the detailed foundational material. The struggle between good and evil; the playing out of the many different individuals' struggles in the midst of the war......these are the things that strike at me the most.....and have as well for my many friends over the years. And I see much to emulate with regards to Christian behaviour when the books are viewed this way. The Middle Earth mythos that seems to be the area of concern is really no concern to me at all. I agree that if one attempted to refine their beliefs based on Mr. Tolkien's fiction that it may steer them in the wrong direction, but I've yet to run into anyone in my Christian circle of friends that has espoused a real-world faith based on a mythical creation. And I have many friends who are Christians who are well aware of, and fans of, Mr. Tolkien. But to them, as well as myself, the books are entertaining and imaginatively inspiring.....but they are only works of fiction.....we all call them fantasy fiction. We love them and, as I said, are creatively inspired by them, but while we may secretly long to see an elf or a hobbit, we haven't adjusted our world-view of Christ the Creator, etc. Now that isn't to say that at some point before God's revealed earth history to us in the scriptures there may have been.....well.....who knows....? :)

On the subject of magic's portrayal in fiction.....For my part it's just as simple as context. Fiction doesn't have to be an exact description of our world in it's elements in order to be legitimate for use or consideration. The issue, to me, is good vs. evil. I realize that many religious folk would jump on that and say that the magic would obviously need to be portrayed as evil in order for it to not be anti-Christian. I disagree. Sorcery and the like as condemned in the scriptures was for the reason of the person(s) being subject to the powers of darkness ( as they are defined scripturally ). Sorcery was not condemned because of the magical effects it's spells might have had......and this could really get confusing since, scripturally, there is a large gap between what the effects of "magic" is there and what "magic" is in the LOTR for example. Jesus walking on water, healing the sick, walking through walls, disappearing and reappearing, altering matter ( water to wine, the fishes and loaves ) are all magical effects. But it just depends on how any individual defines the term "magic" as to whether or not it is or isn't evil. Christ's "magic" was the power of the Holy Spirit working through Him. In the LOTR, and other fantasy fiction, the issue is not whether Christ is real or not....It's the matter of the basic good vs. evil. Gandalf's "magic", regardless of the mythical source that the author came up with, was simply good magic. It didn't have to be anything more. The issue was, again, good vs. evil, not Christian vs. demoniac or atheist. Again.....context.

The witchhunt mentality that has lead to so much rediculousness coming from the pulpits over my lifetime -- and I'm certain before it just as well as I review history -- has been more of an indictment against Christians in general than any alleged threats to society. Would that parents would encourage their children to "READ" good fantasy literature such as Mr. Tolkien's, C.S. Lewis, Goerge MacDonald and many others instead of inspiring a book-burning mentality.
Live Long and Prosper :)>
Tim Kretzer kretzar@att.net

DEAR GREG
Subject: Dear Greg Lord_of_Rings
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001
From: Riana Swart, Johannesburg, South Africa

Many thanks for this interesting website, and publishing this information on the Internet. I read LOTR, the Hobbit and one or 2 other Tolkien books on Middle Earth, several years ago. I do not have the books any longer. What brought me into reading your website, was the current noise on Harry Potter, and the fact that LOTR and Lewis's Narnia tales are upheld as the good Christian alternative reading matter. I have read all of these, including the 4 Harry Potter books. I could not agree with a view point like this, either all of them are OK, or ALL of them are not. A lot of what is applied to HP also applies to the other 2 series. I read Narnia and HP all in the last 6 months. I experienced Narnia as much heavier as HP. I can also remember that I found LOTR as quite dark.

At the time I read LOTR, I was involved in evangelism in situations where we had a lot to do with New Age, etc. I associated Gandalf with a New Age "ascended master", and had some misgivings about the books. Soon afterwards I found out that there were roll-playing games available on LOTR - that really made the books a no-no. Whether I was right or wrong, could be another discussion, but I am reflecting my view point at that time.

I have not read all your info on LOTR in detail. Some time ago a South African news paper had an article on Tolkien, as he was born in South Africa. It was particular mentioned that he was not in favour of cults that arose based on his books.

I want to give some background on myself: My reading abilities was more advanced than that of my peers. I skipped the classical fairy tale stage, but read a lot on mythology. Praise God, it did not have an affect on my life. I believe that each person is in the end responsible about what they read. But people should be consistent about the rules they apply. (I have a friend who will not allow her children to read ANY stories which contains reference to witches, wizards, etc. At least she is consistent.)

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for the info.
Riana Swart, Johannesburg, South Africa

PURPOSE OF JESUS
Subject: Your website
Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2001
From: "Charles Steele"

Hello David,
I really enjoyed exploring your website. I know you get a lot of email, but I wanted to share some thoughts with you.

Jesus brought a two part message to the world:
1. He is one with God
2. So are we

Jesus knew that we would have trouble accepting that we are one with God, so he offers himself as bridge. If we can not believe that we are one with God, then we should believe that Jesus is one with God, and that if we believe in Jesus, than we are one with him. In this way we can believe that we are one with God indirectly, through Jesus. Mathematicians call this the transitive property: If a = b and b = c, then a = c.

The tradional Christian churches accept the first part, but the second part they try to supress, because that would be the end of their power. The church wants to be a middleman between us and God. But if we are already a part of God, then we do not need a church any more. Why would we need a middleman between ourself and ourself? So they invented a mythology in which we are born lost and unworthy of God. If we want to get right with God, we must come to God exactly as they say we must, which happens to be through them. If we try to come to God in any other way, God will be very angry and will punish us with eternal torment. That gives them a lot of power, dosen't it? We had better do as they say...or else!

The truth is that we are not lost and we are not unworthy. We already are one with God. God is all that exists and all that exists is a part of God. It is not possible to not be a part of Him. We already are worthy of God. As a part of Him, how can we be unworthy of Him? Is your left foot unworthy of the rest of you?

God has not cast us out, has not rejected us, has not turned his back to us - He never can and never will do any such things, because we are one with Him. How can He reject a part of Himself?

We also don't need to do anything at all in order to get right with God. God will never judge us and will never punish us. Remember, He is all that exsists, so how can He punish Himself, and why would He ever want to?

We have nothing to repent of and we have nothing to confess, for we have done no harm. We can not harm God or damage Him in any way - so what reason would He ever have to be angry with us or seek vengence on us? We can do nothing that He can not instantly undo, so what reason is there to ever get upset and want reason is there to punish us? And once again, He is all that there is, so there is really no one else for Him to punish!

We don't have to do anything to earn eternal life or to go to heaven. We have all existed forever and we all will exist forever, for we are one with God, and He is eternal. Every part of Him is eternal - there is no exception. We will all go to heaven when this life ends, no matter what. There is nowhere else to go after death - heaven is the only possible destination. There is no hell. What would God do with such a place and who would He send there? Remember, there is only Him! Why would he send Himself to such a place? Heaven is the eternal home of all of us. It is where we all came from and it is where we will all go again. There is nothing that you can do in this life that will prevent you from going there. Remember, you can not harm God. The true essence of everything is God, since all is a part of Him. Therefore, you can bring harm to nothing at all, no matter how hard you try. What reason could there be for God to lock a part of Himself out of heaven when that part of Him has done no harm?

God does not need or want us to do anything. God is already complete - He is all that there is. Therefore He needs, wants and lacks nothing. Whatever He desires simply is. He creates it instantly. Therefore, He can never go without, and there is certainly nothing that He needs from us. He does not need us to follow any set of rules or laws. He does not need our service, our worship, or even our love. We can not dissapoint Him, because He has no expectations of us. There is nothing we can give Him that He cannot simply create for Himself. He certainly does not need our fear. We definitely do not need to fear God. God is love - pure, absolute, unconditional love. Why would anyone be afraid of that? What Jesus came to save us from is the thought that we are not one with God. The only hell is thinking that you are unworthy of God. That is the only way in which a human being can be lost. And today many chruches are using Christ's name to tell people that they are not one with God, that they are bad, that they are lost, etc - just the opposite of his mssage to the world! Isn't that ironic?

This email has gotten much longer than I expected when I started it! I hope it has been interesting for you to read. Feel free to post it if you wish. And of course, please feel free to respond if you would like to.
Sincerely, C Steele

HEROS OF FAITH
Subject: SimonBirch
Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2001
From: Chris

I enjoyed Simon Birch. It combined an entertaining, heartwarming story with a great lesson on faith. Simon is a small person with big faith. He believes that God has great plans for him, and that he will be a hero. Simon fits right in with Hebrews 11 as an "unlikely hero" who is commended for his faith. The people in Hebrews 11 were judged by their faith, not by the law. This is the message Simon conveys when he makes the statement, "If God's made the church bake sale a priority, we're in a lot of trouble." The church represented in Simon Birch has grown cold and focuses more on the law than faith. This is similar to the church in Romans, and Simon can be related to Paul in the message he brings. God makes Simon a hero of faith when he uses him to save children from the sinking bus. This shows us that no matter who we are, or the state we are in (physically, not geographically), if we have faith and put our trust in God, we can be used for great things. I agree with Ron Zuck when he says that this movie also deals with the search for the Father as the key to our identity. Joe, with Simon's help, eventually does find his Father. The opening scene of the movie tells us that Joe as a man (cameo by Jim Carrey) has found his true Father, God, because of Simon's faith. Joseph Mazzello and Ian Michael Smith acted brilliantly in this movie. Joseph is definitely more talented than many of today's teen actors, who unfortunately receive more publicity. All in all, this is a well-made movie with a valuable lesson. "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1. I suggest the reading of Hebrews 11 for a deeper understanding of the faith portrayed through Simon Birch.
Chris

PS: There is a typo you may want to change in the "New Link" section of the Simon Birch bulletin board. It may not be the best idea to "change the link to go to the "Simon Bi#ch" section of Joseph Mazzello's official web page.

THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS
Subject: The_Tailor_Of_Panama
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001
From: Kris Childress

A few thoughts -
Although Harry Pendel (the Tailor) attempts to tell "small" untruths for somewhat noble purposes (to avoid family strife, to help Panamanian friends in need), the corrupt world he finds himself in turns these "minor embellishments" on the truth into an horrendous climax. This is very akin to the results of turning away from God's standards - even in a limited way and for "noble" motives. Like "A Simple Plan", this is a wickedly funny/scary portrayal of a long day's journey into night.

The film has been interestingly updated to deal with a more realistic, current situation in Panama in the post-American Canal phase - a nice touch.

The cast is particularly strong - although I would have liked a better role for the local Panamanians - they seemed a bit flat, like the Americans in this Anglo-centric production.
Kris Childress

GODZILLA AND JESUS
Subject: one simple question
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001
From: Astina MN

What exactly does Godzilla have to do with Jesus? What exactly is Hollywood Jesus? Okay, that was more than one question. But maybe you could e-mail me back the answer to them. I would really appreciate that thank you -
Astina MN

Response: There is no relationship between Jesus and Godzilla. There is a relationship between Godzilla and the chaos monster in the Bible. HJ is a movie review site from a spiritual point of view. -David

LORD OF THE RINGS IS NOT HUMANISTIC
Subject: Lord of the Rings
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001
From: "Austin Johnson"

Dear sir:
I regret to say that I was sorely dissapointed with your view of Tolkien's work. Statements like "Much is made of Tolkien’s association with C. S. Lewis, and the presumption is that Lewis’ intense Christian spirituality somehow rubbed off on Tolkien and found its way into his work. " make it painfully obvious that you know very little about your subject. Tolkien, a devoted christian for all of his life, converted Lewis, an athiest-turned-"theist", to christianity. If anyone rubbed off on anyone, it was Tolkien on Lewis. I don't mind you carrying the opinion of Tolkiens work as secular, which it is to a point, or even Humanist, but at least have important facts straight.

On another point, you have neglected to mention the obvious symbollism of the One Ring as a symbol of sin. Take a look at how the Ring works. You don't notice it's evil power at first, and by the time you do notice it, it has a hold on you. Sound Familiar? Throughout the work there is the constant debate of whether or not the Ring should be used to attack Sauron, the devil figure of the book. It is determined that the Ring is evil and cannot be used against Sauron. Two wrongs don't make a right. Sin cannot be used to overcome our enemy.

An important fact was also left out of your description of the ANGELIC beings of the Valar. You did not distinguish them as anything less than Divine. Tolkien makes it plain that Illuvatar, Eru (who's name means "The One") is Lord of Middle Earth, while the Valar are mere stewards. They were Angels sent to gaurd Middle earth. The fact that they are given charge of different elements of Middle Earth is evidence of Greco-Roman/Norse influence, but it is not polytheistic.The fallen angel, Melkor (later renamed Morgoth) , is an obvious reference to Lucifer, now Satan. Even their names, before their respective falls, have similar meanings.

As for a Christ figure, while there is no direct divine sacrifice, there are several characters who make great sacrifices for the good of Middle Earth, or Arda. The first that comes to mind is that of Earendil, the elven mariner who takes the Silmaril across the sea to the Valar, and , in essence, dies (if only to the world of Arda) in the process. The character of Frodo is another of these characters. He nearly dies in the process of destroying the One Ring (sin, if you recall) and saves all of Arda.

The battle of good vs. evil in Tolkien's mythology (you were correct to call it such) is more of a physical struggle than that of ours. The Valar, for instance are physically within reach. It would only be necessary to cross the sea. The devil figures of Morgoth and Sauron are physical beings. Sauron, for instance, loses a finger. In the real world, Satan could not lose a finger, but for Tolkien's devil figures, it was possible. Since the struggle is more physical than that of our Earth, then it can also be assumed that a physical sacrifice was made. This sacrifice takes place in the form of Gandalf, a spiritual being who "dies" fighting the Balrog. During this fight he is a physical being, but afterward, when he has defeated the Balrog, he is worn to the point of exhaustion, and physical death. Then his spiritual form is revealed. The Eagle remarks about being able to "see the Sun " through Gandalf's body. Gandalf has now made the sacrifice, and is able to complete his role as Gandalf the White, a more powerful being. He has made the sacrifice.

Once again, you are entitled to your own opinion, but I believe that JRR Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" is not humanistic. If you want to carry this "mythology" on to the present day, you will see the transition of the physical aspect of the supernatural to a more spiritual aspect. You will agree with me, I'm sure, that the miraculous moves of God in the Old Testament days, and even in the Early church are not as prominent today. Altars are not consumed with fire. Tablets are not carved, supernaturally, from stone. Waters are not parted. The reason for this is simple. God is not gone. His manifestation in us has changed because of the sacrifice of Jesus. These Physical events are no longer needed. We have the Holy Spirit. The Law has passed. The modern evidence (that is to say, outside of history) to back up our faith is not in physical events, but in the actions of the Christians. Is this not true? Tolkien's work is the same. The physical aspects of the supernatural have been replaced with spiritual evidence.

I understand what you are attempting to do here, but you missed one important fact, and it has skewed your viewpoint. That fact, as I stated before, was that Tolkien was not "influenced" by Christianity, but that he was Christian, and that he worked his beliefs into his literature. The Greco-Roman/Norse influence is merely to add texture to his work. It is not meant to be taken seriously. I do agree with you on one thing though. The spiritual aspect of LOTR will be dumbed down for the sake of appeal, and mostly for time. Thank you for your time, and keep up the good work.
Yours Respectfully,
Austin Johnson

PS Instead of comparing the Akallabeth, the story of Numenor, to Atlantis, try comparing it to Judaism, and the fall of the great Hebrew society of the Old Testament to slavery.A much better comparison, no?

GAY JESUS
Subject: Is it true?
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001
From: Kenny

Hi, I've received the following email recently, do you know whether it is true or just a chain letter. Please advise, many thanks. Kenny

Dear you in Christ, There is a movie that is coming out in 2001 claiming that both Jesus and his disciples were gay. There is already a play that went on for a while. We can all do something! Please send this to ALL of your friends to sign to stop the movie from showing in America. Already certain areas in Europe have started to ban it from coming to their country and we can stop it too! We just need a lot of signatures, and you can help! Please do not delete this! Deleting it shows your lack of faith and respect for our Lord! Jesus said, "Deny Me before men and I will deny you before the Father" Show respect for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died for us! Please help! PLEASE SIGN AND SEND TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW! PLEASE... IF WE WORK TOGETHER WE CAN BAN THIS! Note this works better if you copy it and paste instead of pushing the "Forward" button. Step 1) Do this by highlighting the entire message, including all names. Step 2) Go to the edit button and push "copy". Step 3) Open a new message and put the cursor in the message area, go back to "edit" and now click on "paste". Step 4) Scroll to the bottom and add your name and number, then pass it on!!

Response: This is very bogus. An urban legend. Do not be taken in. see Newsletter #24. -David

WOW! A FAMILY THAT STICKS TOGETHER
Subject: The_Mummy_Returns
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001
From: Steve

How many times have we seen a sequel where the romantic leads from the first film are no longer together. Perhaps there is a new actor or actress, or perhaps they've been married then divorced - but rarely do you see a married couple in an adventure. I suppose Hollywood finds this "unsexy." But I sat through the whole film just in a buzz over how in love the two were and how important their son was to them. Add to this the lack of language and sex and gore (ok, it was a little violent, but ultimately free of offensive elements). Let's hope this IS the beginning of a new trend.

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BOOMERS VS GEN X
Subject: Newsletter_25
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001
From: Kimberlee

Very insightful commentary. I hadn't put it in those terms but I had noticed that several of my older friends who are moms of teenagers were totally rejecting their musical tastes, trying to make them like Stephen Curtis Chapman and trying to keep them from wearing black. I knew that this behavior bothered me but I didn't know why. Why do we assume that if someone wears all black and has a tatoo or a nose ring that they are worshipping Satan?
Kimberlee

XIAN REACTION TO CULTURE
Subject: Newsletter_25
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001
From: Wayne

I think that Christians have forgotten the bitterness of their faith. What I mean is that we are in Laodicea. We think we are rich and don't need a thing. We forget that we are in reality naked, poor and pitiful. It is only because we have found Christ, or He has found us, that we can become rich. And so instead of finding the common "dirtiness" with our non-church friends, we become righteous. We are the judge and anything the world produces must be dirty without and redemptive quality.

To quote Bill Mallonee, frontman for the band Vigilantes of Love; "Everybody has that experience (the fall), believer and non-believer. In fact, I think that's the meeting point between Christian and non-Christian. We have a vocabulary to describe feelings of lostness and alienation that still plague us, to my mind, this side of heaven." Just a thought.
Wayne

TOP SPIRITUAL FILMS
Subject: top spiritual films Newsletter_25
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001
From: audrey

funny, i read through the list and found none of my favorites except matrix.

1. end of days................... not perfect theology of end times, but at the end, when arnie throws down all of his weapons which he finally realizes are useless against satan and kneels before the cross - wow! and it's a hollywood movie! and the SPIRIT empowers him to resist the evil one! what a message!

2. the messenger (i think that's the title - the story of joan of arc) - an excellent portrayal of the intensity of a prophet and how one step out of sync with the rest of the world we seem when we are really in touch with the Lord. inspiring story of following one's beliefs to the end.

3. the matrix, of course can't think of any more right now, perhaps at another time.
audrey

Response: I will be revising the list. Thank you for your additions. -David

PAGAN ENJOYS HOLLYWOOD JESUS
Subject: Stumbling along by accident...
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001
From: David B

Hello. I just wanted to send you a quick note and tell you that I quite enjoy your site. It is very well done and I am most impressed by that it has not as much as I have read ever really put down a film for being negative in any way. It always seems to find the positive aspect when reviewing a film from the Christian perspective. I have seen too many web sites attack a film for being satanic or evil in nature when that was quite obviously not the intent. Anyway, Thank you for the site and keep up the good work. I will return.
David B
A Pagan

Response: Thank you for your uplifting encouragement. Long live the Pagans! I much more enjoy the company of Pagans to that of fundamentalistic and judgemental Christians. May all your visits to Hollywood jesus be happy part of your spiritual journey. God is not through with us yet. Right? Also, you are right about "Christian" attacks. Many of them are unfair, and untruthful. The Bible says Satan is the father of the lie. So would that mean that untruthful "Christian" attacks are in themselves satanic? ...Hmm. I think it does. -Warmly yours David

HJ NOT TYPICAL CHRISTIAN
Subject: Fumbling towards enlightenment.
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001
From: "Dave Yung"

I discovered your website quite by accident. While doing a movie search I saw A "Christian" referrence to the movie "Dogma" and clicked it, expecting to see the typical bashing of the "cesspool" of Hollywood. Instead I found one of the most enlightening, profound and deephearted reviews I've ever read.

Perhaps a bit of background information would be helpful. For the majority of my 32 years I have labelled myself agnostic. Not due to a disbelief in God of Jesus, but stemming rather from my own inability to reconcile my personal beliefs from all the public statements being made by "noted Christian" representatives. In my 20's I spent a total of three years travelling around the world. I have hitch hiked through the Australian outback, I have stayed with friends in Bali, I have driven acoss Africa, and I have listened to the afternoon prayers in the mosques of Egypt. Everywhere I have travelled, I have met "good" people, be they Buddist, Moslem, Hindu, Jewish, Christian (or while staying on the island of Tavaru) Cargo Cultists. Growing up in a Baptist church, I had been spoon fed the belief in the "one true faith" and witnessed openly, from the podium in the front of my church, a preacher announce that everybody that didn't believe that Jesus Christ is our one and only saviour was doomed to an eternity in hell. Growing up in this environment, then actually meeting and gaining my own perspective on these people I heard so reviled in the church sermons, completely turned me away from any faith I once had as a Christian. Also it seems that any time you turn on the television, and a "Christian" minister is being broadcast, he/she is always condemning someone or something because it doesn't fit in with their personal view of the way that the world should be. I have always felt that there is a higher power than ourselves, I have also always believed that Jesus did walk among us, doing good deeds and generally promoting kindness among fellow human beings. Put simply, the higher power I believe in would not blindly condemn to an eternity of suffering those who do not comply with their own narrow frame of beliefs. Regardless of WHAT the minister in my church said to the masses, Mother Theresa is not burning in hell because she is a Catholic. Ghandi is not roasting due to his "Pagan" views. And the Dali Lhama does not face heavenly retribution for all the people he has "turned from Christ". This is the yardstick I have always held Christianity up against, and like the very people I resent for condemning others due strictly for their beliefs, until recently I condemned all of the fundamentalist Christians due to their beliefs.

And then I found your website. I remember listening to a guy at work bashing the movie "Dogma" as being incredibly blasphemous and against God. I was so intrigued that I went out and watched the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it and when I returned to work the next day, I tried to discuss it with the guy. he informed me that he hadn't actually seen the movie, but since it came from Hollywood, and it was a religious comedy, he didn't need to "smell the sewer to know it stinks". I filed this under "typical Christian reaction" until looking into buying the DVD today. I ran across your review and now I feel that every narrow minded belief I had in Christianity has been blown completely out of the water. I may even pick up the Bible again. I have now poured over your archives, and as ridiculous as it may sound, I might just see enough connection with my own beliefs to start caring again. Your reviewers don't simply quote a bit of scripture from the bible (something that has never really made clear sense to me) and leave it at that, like it's the final word said on the matter. Rather they look at a film and attempt to put in into perspective. Geez, if you can find a Christian story line in "Fight Club", you can't be the closed minded group I once assumed all of you guys to be.
Thank you for bridging the gap.
Regards Dave Yung

Response: Thank you so much for you warm and wonderful words. I do take my share of licks from "typical Christians." So I really appreciate your affirmation. Warmly yours, David

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June 11-12, 2001
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June 11, coninued
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June 11, 2001
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