Thursday, September 29, 2011

Desperately seeking redemption

My family and I enjoyed watching the movie Seven Pounds. It generated lots of good discussion within the family. I found it rather intense and struggled to follow the plot, particularly at the beginning. But, it was worth the effort. It has a strong theme of redemption through sacrifice. But, it is very non-Christian with regard to several implicit beliefs. First, it has the implicit belief that this is only life there is. Second, there are "good" people and "bad" people. The former deserve to be blessed, particularly when life deals them "unfair" cards. Third, it raises questions about whether suicide might actually be ethical (and admirable) in certain circumstances.

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