Monday, August 25, 2008

In Search Of Truth


Searching For Truth In "Spirit Blade" Chapter 6


In this last chapter of Spirit Blade, we arrive at the essence of what this story is about. Our production company uses the name "Spirit Blade Productions", not because the "Spirit Blade" trilogy is our first project, but because the metaphor of "Spirit Blade" is what we want to be about in everything that we do. We want to represent the truth found in God's own words.

Below we've included some words from the Bible that have been inspirational in the creation of "Spirit Blade". (Quoted from the New Living Translation)

Matt 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33

Heaven and earth will dissappear, but my words will remain forever.

2 Timothy 3:16

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.

Ephesians 6:10-17

A final word: Be strong with the Lord's mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. Use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Something we really wanted to show in "Spirit Blade" is the idea of having doubts. Being skeptical about Jesus or the Bible. Believe it or not, that's okay! In fact, it can even be a good thing if responded to in the right way. Luke speaks positively about a group of people that investigated the truth instead of just believing without questioning.

Acts 17:11

And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessaloniac, and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to check up on Paul and Silas, to see if they were really teaching the truth.

Jesus welcomed scrutiny of his life and also approved of logical thought that leads to faith, even though sometimes it was used as a shield by people to hide their true reasons for not believing in him.

John 5:36 But I have a greater witness than John-- my teachings and my miracles. They have been assigned to me by the Father, and they testify that the Father has sent me.

John 10:37 Don't believe me unless I carry out my Father's work. But if I do his work, believe in what I have done, even if you don't believe in me. Then you will realize that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.

John 5:39-40 You search the Scriptures because you believe they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me so that I can give you this eternal life.

At the end of the day, death is still a very real problem. We need a solution that does more than make us feel good. We need a solution that is really real. As real as death is. Some people may prefer to avoid the Bible, not because they don't believe it might be true, but because they'd rather not have anything or anyone telling them how to live their lives. But life is relatively short and death lasts forever. Stop and think about that for a moment. Isn't the cure for death worth a re-examination of your life and your choices?

The Bible presents the solution to death. Other religions claim to do the same thing. So if we really want a real solution to death, we probably ought to logically examine the claims of the Bible and other religious texts. Where does the evidence lead? Which source of knowledge is the most historically reliable?

Regarding the evidence for the Bible, some good books to start with include:

The Case For Christ, by Lee Strobel

The Case For Faith, by Lee Strobel

The Case For A Creator, by Lee Strobel

Can Man Live Without God, by Ravi Zacharias

Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Vol. 1 and 2, by Josh McDowell

Whether you've already chosen to trust in Jesus, or not, a critical yet open-minded examination of the Bible can be a life-altering experience. Being what the Bible calls a "Christian" is more than a one-time decision. It's a continuing journey filled with questions and driven by the search for real truth. We're on that journey, too! We'd love it if you chose to stick around and travel with us!

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