Sunday, January 10, 2010


Shel and I saw Avatar the other night, in 3D no less. We both enjoyed the visual effects and the dreamlike backdrop despite the predictable plot. 2 things really intrigued me about the film . First that a film would be released (like a wild animal?) in a country engaged in 2 wars wherein a very US military-corporate marriage is the main bad guy. Secondly, the story largely revovles around 2 trees, the "hometree" and a "spirit tree" (I forgot the exact names). I don't mean to give away the plot, so I won't, but these 2 trees are central to the story.

The reason the trees were so interesting is that the Bible is a story of 3 trees. Most of us know about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and that is the first tree of the narative. The second tree comes long afterward in the gospels, and cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree - the cross of Golgotha. Fortunately the story does not end there but with a final tree in the city of God. This tree is called the tree of life, yielding fruit every month and it's leaves are for the healing of the nations.

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