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#10 Terminator 2 - Inability To Escape Destiny

You could run, you could hide, but you can't escape your destiny. This rings true in the bible and the Terminator sequel when poor John Connor & Friends did whatever they could to prevent Judgement Day, but all they could do was slow it down.

Jeremiah 1:4-5 (ESV)

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Galatians 1:13-16 (ESV)

For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;

#9 Age of Ultron - Evil's Inability to Read Minds

Ultron's "I build my church upon this rock" and Vision's "I am" biblical quotes take this comic book movie to another level. These isn't your standard villain vs. hero comic book film -- there's some divine forces at play here.

Ultron's similarities to Lucifer may go unnoticed during your first viewing, but after a second or third watch, you'll start seeing more and more of their identical nature. Like Satan, Ultron was unable to read the minds of his enemies and enlisted the help of a Maximoff twin to do his dirty work. Vision was given an advantage after receiving the gift of the mind stone.

1 Kings 8:39 (ESV)

then hear in heaven your dwelling place and forgive and act and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways (for you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind)

Psalm 139:4 (ESV)

Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

#8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I - Spiritual Significance of the Number 3

Spiritual Significance of the number 3
Spiritual Significance of the number 3

Used 467 times in the bible, the number 3 pictures completeness, though to a lesser degree than the number 7. I'd like to think J.K. Rowling had the number 7 and 3 in mind when she chose the "7th" film to feature the "3" Deathly Hallows.

The 3 righteous patriarchs before the flood (Abel, Enoch, and Noah), the 3 righteous fathers (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), 3 prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane by Jesus before his arrest, 3 days of death before the resurrection, ....and the 3 Deathly Hallows.

Hermione's story makes it pretty clear -- in order to master immortality, one must possess all 3 of the Deathly Hallows.

Genesis 18:2 (ESV)

He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth

Matthew 17:1 (ESV)

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter(1) and James(2), and John his brother(3), and led them up a high mountain by themselves.

#7 The Matrix - Faith Moving Mountains

After unlocking the limits of his mind, Neo defied all rules of physics. He was able to fly, stop bullets in mid air, bend spoons and even cheated death. Why? -- because he believed he could (tougher than it sounds)

To the people of Zion in the Matrix, these acts of wonders seemed new and revolutionary, but it's no different than the mountains that were moved with the faith of mustard seeds in the bible.

Exodus 14: 21-22

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

Matthew 14:24-25

but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.

#6 Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Ark of the Convenant

If the Nazis would've read some literature prior to their discovery of the Ark of the Covenant in the first Indiana Jones movies, maybe their fate would have been a little.

1 Sam. 6:19-20 (ESV)

And he struck some of the men of Beth-shemesh, because they looked upon the ark of the Lord. He struck seventy men of them, and the people mourned because the Lord had struck the people with a great blow. Then the men of Beth-shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before the Lord, this holy God? And to whom shall he go up away from us?”

2 Samuel 6:6-7 (ESV)

And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God.

#5 Man of Steel - Holy Spirit

The last son of Krypton, the only begotten son being sent to Earth, and the Jesus poses in this film are a bit on the nose. However, another aspect of the bible that lent itself well as source material to 2013's Man of Steel was holy spirit concept, such as Jor-El's consciousness providing guidance to Clark and Lois throughout the film.

John 14:26 (ESV)

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Mark 13:11 (ESV)

And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

#4 Star Wars: Episode III - Satan's Fall From Heaven

The most respected of the Star Wars prequels, Episode III is bearable to a majority of fanboys and mainstream audiences alike. The fall of Anakin Skywalker mirrors that of Satan and we get a POV experience of how easily one can travel to the dark side.

Revelation 12:9 (ESV)

And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Isaiah 14:12-14 (ESV)

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’

#3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Keys to Death

"He who shall not be named" could make as much horcruxes as he wants, but to truly cheat death, one must own the keys of death from the jaws of Hades. Harry's trip to the other side resembles that of Jesus of Nazareth's journey in the new testament.

Luke 24:2-7 (ESV)

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.

Revelation 1:17-18 (ESV)

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

#2 Pleasantville - Dangers of Knowledge

Contrary to NBC PSAs, The More You Know isn't always a good thing. A prime example is when David and Jennifer, two 1990s teenagers, travel to a 1950s sitcom and invite the entire town to eat forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge.

Genesis 2:7 (ESV)

but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

1 Corinthians 8:1 (ESV)

Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.

#1 Interstellar - Operating Outside of Time

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is a "best of both worlds" scifi flick blending religious and scientific themes together seamlessly. If the scriptures of God's relationship dynamic with time has ever caused someone to scratch their head, maybe the visuals during the last 15 minutes of this film will help provide some clarity. No Spoilers, but all I have to say is "Bookshelf"!

Psalms 90:4 (ESV)

For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.

2 Peter 3:8 (ESV)

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

What are some other movies with strong religious themes left off of this list you think deserve an honorable mention?


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