Monday, February 3, 2014
Movie Review: Unstoppable
Against the backdrop of the tragedy of a couple losing their child, Kirk addresses the question of why there is suffering in the world, and why God allows it. To provide answers, he uses the bible.
Kirk starts with the story of creation and then he discusses the fall of Adam and Eve which, while an appropriate example, I disagree with his version of the story. The bible has always stated that the serpent (Satan) temps Eve into eating of the forbidden fruit, then she tempts Adam into also eating of it. However, Kirk places the majority of blame on Adam, first for not being there to protect Eve, and then for standing by and doing nothing while she gives in to temptation. Aside from his obvious variance from the Biblical version, he can't have it both ways.
Then Kirk uses the story of Noah and the Ark, and how Noah and his family and the animals are protected from the flooding that God inflicts on the world due to sin.
Kirk concludes by pointing out the fact that tragedy ultimately leads to the manifestation of God's love: Adam and Eve's fall leads to salvation through Jesus' death and resurrection and the flooding that God inflicts leads to a new world. Ultimately, the couple that lose their son, while still grieving, do realize that their boy is in a better place with the Lord, and that they will one day be together with him in heaven.
Although a depressing story, Kirk effectively uses the bible to address the question of why tragedy and suffering exist, and how God's love for us always prevails.