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DIVERGENT > “God-fearing nobodies?”

NOW I’M REALLY BEGINNING TO WONDER? COULD IT BE POSSIBLE?
As a Christian I am totally on the edge of my seat if the book I am reading, “Divergent”, possibly has a Christian message to it? I checked back in my earlier articles and found that I first mentioned how odd it was that the Abnigation faction reminded me of some religious groups I have known. That was on April 15, the article called “Choosing You”. Something about the way the Abnigation group was described reminded me so much od certain Christian values, but knowing nothing of this author, and with Hollywood making such a big production of this book, I pretty much dismissed such a possibility.
Then in May 1st article I began to realize that the Erudite were planning to overthrow the Abnigation group, and again I considered the possibility of a Christian message? Abnigation becomes the target of their hate because of their selfless moral values? They are too rigid and frugal. They should not be allowed to govern. So again I was considering where this plot might be going, but still considered any Christian message to be very unlikely.
Now I realize many of you reading these articles may already know what happens, but I do not! Please put yourself in my shoes for a moment and realize how it sounds to me when I got to a paragraph describing the Abnigation as “God-fearing nobodies”! It’s in chapter 34, and on page 429 in my book. The question is asked, “Why are most of the Divergent weak-willed, God-fearing nobodies from Abnigation, of all factions?”
Weak-willed and God-fearing? This is the first time the description of “God-fearing” has been used to describe Abnigation. 429 pages into the story and words adding fire to my suspicion is suddenly used! Now I’m really wondering about the possibilities? On the same page it is further said, “We are tired of being dominated by a bunch of self-righteous idiots who reject wealth and advancement,…”
Self-righteous idiots? Okay, if you already know the answer to all this, I’m sorry for boring you, but, as I said before, I am giving the perspective of a Christian reading the book for the first time and have not seen the movie. So yes, I am very curious about this, and much enjoying the possibilities.
Of course I am always hoping Hollywood, or some famous writer will give Christianity a powerful and positive role up on the big screen, and not just because it is a religious movie. As I have said before, as a Christian I thought the latest movie of “Noah” was crap, and the movie, “God’s Not Dead” was excellent. Just my opinion, of course.
So here I am, still enjoying this story called, Divergent. I will soon be out of pages to read and able to go see the movie. Will my questions be answered as to whether there is a Christian message to this movie? I do hope so, because the suspense is painful, but also fun! That’s it for now! The end is coming soon!
P.S. > I just found the sentence on page 438 where Trise says, “My mother submerged me in water when I was a baby, to give me to God. It has been a long time since I thought about God, but I think about him now.” (Wow, the mystery continues! For me at least. I’m having fun!)
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DIVERGENT > “FEAR!”

HOW MANY FEARS DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE?

PERHAPS ANYTHING CAUSING DEATH OR GREAT PAIN? (How many things would that be? A lot!)

As I continue steadily reading the book of “Divergent”, I am intrigued with the idea of knowing how many fears we have. One of the main characters whose real name is Tobias, normally is known by his nickname, “Four”. You find out the reason for this is that he has only four fears! The lowest number they have ever had!

Now since the faction of Dauntless highly values courage, then you can imagine how good it is to be the person with the lowest number of fears. Eventually you find out that Tris has a very low number also, and that being seven. A total number of seven fears.

There are many examples of men and women in extreme situations who have somehow risen above their fears to do very heroic things. Of course we think of our military men and women on battlefields, also Police Officers and Firemen. I’m sure doctors and nurses face fears of many kinds when trying to save a life. Life offers plenty of fears. Perhaps because we are really all so very fragile!

BUT WE HAVE TWO KINDS OF FEAR.

1.) Fears that are there for our own good to keep us safe.

2.) Fears that hinder us and hold us back from what we need to do.

The fear of speaking in front of groups of people can be a very hindering phobia. Many well-paying careers require the ability to speak in front of small to large groups. Fear causes us to freeze! Someone hands us a microphone and all of a sudden all we can do is stutter and stumble over our thoughts. Take the microphone away and suddenly we can think again. The bad part is that while you are frozen in fear everyone is watching! Overcoming fear of this sort is no small thing.

However, there is fear that is good for us. The kind of fear that causes us to respect traffic laws, be careful with a gun or chainsaw, and don’t play with fire!

HEALTHY FEARS ARE A PRODUCT OF WISDOM!

The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Now why might that be? I have found most people don’t realize just how “HOLY” God is. We really don’t even understand the power of this thing called, “holy”. If not for the blood and grace of Christ, God’s holiness would wipe us out like sterilization kills germs! Like fire purifies gold! We would be the dross the fire burns up! Consider this encounter Moses had with God in Exodus 33:3-4 >

“Go up to this land that flows with milk and honey. But I will not travel among you, for you are a stubborn and rebellious people. If I did, I would surely destroy you along the way.” When the people heard these stern words, they went into mourning and stopped wearing their jewelry and fine clothes.”

Fear is a very interesting subject and the book Divergent delves into it. There are times when it is for our own good to be afraid. In today’s world where God is nothing but love, people have lost their sense of sin and fear. The more we sin the more we should fear, BECAUSE SIN IS THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE, AND GOD IS LOVE!

Now if you think about that you just might get a clue as to what it really means when scripture says “God is love”. Real love is all about not causing your neighbor to stumble. So, if you have a lifestyle of doing your own thing no matter how it affects others? God is love alright, and you just might be his enemy. That is a fearful situation. Hope you have enough FEAR to respect that, and enough WISDOM to do something about it, LIKE OBEY GOD! (For your own good, and the good of everyone around you, because that is love. The Bible is actually asking us to live in God in love. Is that really such a bad thing?)

Think about it.

Now in way of a preview: It is beginning to become plain that a war is brewing. The Erudite, who are seekers of knowledge, want to overthrow the faction of Abnigation. From the very beginning I found it interesting that this one faction could be compared to religious people. I doubt our author has any kind of intentional religious message in these books, but I do expect to get some interesting analogies. Abnigation is the “selfless” group who are supposed to always prefer others before themselves. As such, they were put in charge of governing, due to their selfless nature they could be trusted.

However, some people think they are a bit too frugal and tight with their way of doing things. It sounds like the smart people think they can do a better job than the selfless people. I see a lot of smart people in politics that I wish were more selfless. They all seem to have an agenda, and they all seem to get very rich very fast. Once this overthrow breaks out, things should get very exciting and I’m sure there will be plenty of testing of the fear verses bravery ratio.

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DIVERGENT > “What’s in a name?”

As promised, here is the article, “What’s in a name”, as I continue my reading of the book, “Divergent”. After this article I intend to get into the subject of, “More Holy Spirit by way of prayer”. How can we know the Holy Spirit when he does not speak of himself? Satan has been systematically feminizing the Church, and those who recognize this and pull out of this spiritual nose-dive will be ready for the last days. Otherwise, good luck!

Okay, DIVERGENT! What’s in a name?

The first thing I would like to say is that: YOUR NAME IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT!

In the book, at the end of chapter six, Beatrice is asked: “What’s your name?” Then she is warned to “think about it” before she answers, because you don’t get to pick again. This should be a warning to us all. We may already have a name, but what do you want people to think of when they hear your name? In this we need to be careful! It can be very hard to RESTORE a lost name!

What do you think of when you hear the name Hitler? And while on the subject of a Jew hater, what about when you hear the name, Jesus? Very different, I’ll bet. What about Ronald Reagan, Payton Manning, Barry Manilow, Miley Cyrus, or Abraham Lincoln? How about a movie star? Keanu Reeves, or Hugh Jackman? Of course the list could go on and on, but do you see what I mean? The names instantly produce a certain image in our minds based on what we know of these people.

How about Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, or the Beatles? A name becomes what we make of it.

BEATRICE WAS ASKED WHAT SHE WANTED HER NAME TO BE?

She chose the name Tris, a name still having a connection to her original name, but it was now a blank sheet ready to be written on. She had just been the first to leap off a tall building into a dark pit! An act of both extreme bravery and foolishness too, but she had already begun to shape the image of her new name in the minds of her new family. And the choosing of this “shape of her name” would go on for many weeks and months before she would really have her new name, and what it would come to stand for.

THE BIBLE SAYS: “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches…” (Prov. 22:a) ALSO: “The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.” (Hitler?) (prov. 10:7) HOW ABOUT: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (Prov. 18:10)

NOW SPEAK YOUR OWN NAME.

Are you happy with what it stands for? What does God see when he speaks your name? When he speaks your name on that day, and calls you forward to give an account of your life, what is he going to show you, that he sees? While we are still alive we have the chance to choose our name! After we die it gets carved in a tombstone and is set in stone. There is no changing it then.

Beatrice becomes Tris, and I’m still reading about what her name will become. She has already stood in defiance of what the common opinion of a “stiff” is. She is gaining a reputation of not being a stiff, but being very Dauntless. She still has much ahead of her to choose and prove, just like so many of us today. Choose and prove wisely, for your name becomes what you make it.

I intend to do more articles on “Divergent”, but from here on out they will be mixed with the new path I am blazing in my life, that of developing a ministry called: “Prayer School”. Much progress has been made on the building. It was very run-down, and just after back surgery I have had to be very careful. For example, I hung two sheets of half-inch dry wall the other day. Shame on me, but we are progressing well and very excited about our new future.

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Samurai Dog Says:

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I don’t get to have a “Choosing Ceremony”? My master says I was born a dog and that I do a good job of being a dog. I like to get in our trash, bark at the mailman, guard our property, chase and retrieve sticks, and I hate baths in a tub! (Give me a creek anytime!) Anyway, hope you’re enjoying the DIVERGENT articles. They really have a lot to say about life, or so I’m told, I wouldn’t know cause I’m just a dog. Have fun being human, I have a terrible craving to fetch a stick right now. Know what I mean?

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PLANET EARTH > “One Big Choosing Ceremony”

MOVIE: “DIVERSION”

I woke up this day thinking about what the Bible says about us being “SPIRIT BEINGS” and not “FLESH BEINGS”.

We temporarily live in a house of flesh, but we are not the house! We are the Spirit being that lives in the house, for however long that house lasts.

AND WHAT IS GOD’S PURPOSE IN THIS?

Every day we make countless choices that determine our future. Planet Earth is one big Choosing Ceremony!

EVERY CHOICE IS AN ACT OF “CREATION”.

Think about it. Every time you make a choice to take this fork of the road and not that one, you just created your future by choosing a certain destination. In these bodies we make choices everyday, and we speak our “intentions”, or whatever we want people to believe about us, with our mouth, but then, with our bodies we ACT! With our bodies our ACTIONS confirm if we have been truthful with our mouth, or not.

OUR BODIES SPEAK THE REAL TRUTH!

As they say: ACTIONS DO SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

EVERY CHOICE > AN ACT OF CREATION LIKE SEEDS SOWN IN THE GROUND. EVENTUALLY THOSE SEEDS BRING A HARVEST, BE IT GOOD, OR BAD.

WE NEED TO TAKE OUR CHOICES MORE SERIOUSLY, REALIZING THEY ARE ACTS OF CREATION.

REALIZING THEY DO DETERMINE OUR FUTURE, NOT ONLY IN THE EARTH, BUT ALSO ETERNITY.

Yes, we live in flesh bodies, but for what purpose? To have as much fun as we can until we die, and then go into a grave and never remember we ever existed? Something in me, probably my SOUL, simply does not believe that.

THERE IS TOO MUCH DESIGN TO WHAT WE ARE LIVING.

Planet Earth is a test. I never worried about a test I was prepared for. As a matter of fact, it was a chance to prove myself, and shine. The first words out of God’s mouth in the Bible is >

LET THERE BE LIGHT!

God does not want us in the dark as to what is going on in Planet Earth. All the answers are in his great book, the Bible. We can know what Planet Earth is about, a Choosing Ceremony.

BE WISE, AND SHINE! LET THERE BE LIGHT! GOD’S WORD ENLIGHTENS. TRUTH IS GOD’S WILL. IGNORANCE AND DECEPTION IS A FORM OF DARKNESS!

I think God was very intentional in what he wanted his first words to us to be. Those words reveal a great deal about God.

PLANET EARTH IS A LOT MORE THAN JUST FLESH AND BLOOD. IT IS SOUL AND SPIRIT. AND IT IS GOD.

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve…” (Joshua 24:15a)

 

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Movie: DIVERGENT > “Choosing You.”

I must admit I am doing these articles on “DIVERGENT” because I enjoy the subject matter. I think one of the greatest journeys we make in life is the “inner journey” of discovering who we are, and that can also change at various points of our life. Sometimes we fail to realize when we need to leave one thing in order to branch out into something new that we have “grown” into.

When I suddenly got struck with serious back problems at the beginning of this year, I did not at first realize it was God taking my life a new direction, but it did not take long for me to begin to suspect it. And so, I am now looking for a job with no heavy lifting and allows me to be “available” for more ministry oriented goals. My wife and I have cleared everything out of our living room and I am turning it into something called “Prayer School”. I am also putting more effort into getting my other 5 books that I have written, into the market somehow. I have a plan for all this, but it will unfold slowly.

Now as to the book, DIVERGENT, Beatrice is trapped in a society that has been divided into 5 factions, of which you better fit into one of them, or you’re in trouble! She does not know this culture of hers is a cage, a trap, a cookie-cutter prison of sorts, but as she is becoming an adult she is discovering it more and more.

Here are the 5 factions you must fit into: “Abnigation, which is the one she was born into and grown up in. This faction is known for being “selfless”. It could even be compared to some “religions” I have known where it is more about “religion” and “rules”, than it is about having a true “relationship” with Christ.

However, Beatrice surprises everyone when at the “Choosing Ceremony”, which happens at age 16, she does not choose to stay in Abnigation, but chooses to transfer to “Dauntless”, which requires completely leaving her family! She does not seem to realize it , but this is probably the most difficult faction to join, as there are many physical and emotional test you must overcome, or you end up “factionless”, a life of poverty and destitution! A transfer to “Dauntless” means risking everything, because they are the warriors! Above all they value “courage and bravery! So you can just imagine how easy it could be to fail one to many test, and be dropped as a failure.

The other three groups are “Candor”, which means being very frank and truthful with one’s opinions and comments. Then there is the “Erudite”, the seekers of wisdom and knowledge. They love intelligence above all else. And last but not least, the “Amity”, those who value “peace” above all. They are the very friendly and sociable. And there you have it. You either fit one of these or you end up regretting it.

How about yourself? Are you letting society push you around, force you into a mold that is not really you? Of course, you cannot really know what you want your “Common Point”, (see previous article), to be unless you have made that inner journey, and we all should be free to make that journey on our own. That is why even God’s offer of salvation in Christ is left up to your free will. God will not violate your right to choose. Free will is one of the things we got when God made us in his image.

I believe these are really cool things to think about, and also the things that make life very interesting and meaningful. At the end of chapter 6, Beatrice gets the chance to choose her new name. That will be the subject of the next article, “What’s in a name?”

If anyone would like to comment on how the movie was, and how it is doing in the box office, I would love to hear. I have not tried to follow any of that, I’ve just been enjoying the book. If you leave comments, I give you my thanks in advance. It is always good to get comments.

Next article should come soon.

 

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Samurai Dog say:

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“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6

Divergent is a cool movie about choosing our values in life. Some values come at a great price. Are we dauntless enough to stand for what we believe, no matter what? Hope you enjoy the articles my master is writing from the book: “DIVERGENT”!

 

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Divergent / Common Point

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DIVERGENT > TO MOVE OR EXTEND IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS FROM A COMMON POINT.

I think another good point to make is that in being divergent, in the act of choosing to be different, choosing a different direction than other pressures may be pressing you to go, it is not an act of being without any “COMMON POINT” with other people.

Actually, it is the leaving of one common point to join the people who belong to another common point. One group may be smaller than another, but there will always be those who see things in a similar way as you. Most of the time we choose a new path based on someone who is already doing it, or has done it before. They might even mentor you, or train you, as in the movie, Divergent. We see what someone else is recommending, or doing, and we think, “Yes, I want to do that too!”

It is actually the choosing of a new common point. As a Christian, I have a common point with all true followers of Christ. Someone who chooses a military life, separates themselves from the common point of civilian life, to enter into a common point of soldiers, a brotherhood of warriors. We all have at least a few common points in our life.

In the last post when we posed the question of our own personal choice, concerning diverging, it is not that we are choosing to live on an island and become a hermit.

WHEREVER OUR DIRECTION IS TAKING US, WE NEED TO CONSIDER THOSE WE ARE ENTERING INTO COMMON POINT WITH.

EVERY DIVERGENCE IS THE LEAVING OF ONE COMMON POINT, AND THE JOINING OF ANOTHER.

CHOOSE YOUR PEOPLE WELL.

 

 

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“Divergent”

CURRENTLY HOOKED ON DIVERGENT!

For some reason when this movie came out I did not feel led to go see it, but to read the book! It is my hope to put out short blurps pertaining to this most fascinating story. It fascinates me for many reasons. ONE: It is about choosing who you are meant to be. Choosing what you feel is most IMPORTANT in life, and having the courage to BECOME that.

This blogsite is about being Samurai for Christ, and we are about to begin teaching what it means that Christ said: “I GO AWAY.” The material God is giving me is very RICH on this subject. My plan is to intermix short blogs about this book, Divergent, as I slowly read it. As long as the book continues to hold my unique attention, it will be a part of this blogsite while I’m reading it.

So…lets start here. WHAT DOES THE WORD, DIVERGENT, MEAN?

Divergent: To move or extend in different directions from a common point. To differ in character, form, or opinion.

Can anyone truly follow their heart without being divergent? In the world we live in, can anyone truly follow Christ without being divergent? We live in a world that wants to shape us to their mode. This is the definition of success! This is how you should dress! You’re not cool, or down, or bad, if you don’t fit this! Be like us or we won’t like you! If you want to be “popular”, you better wear these clothes, use these curse words, do these things, and on and on the peer pressure goes. Even parents trying to shape their children to be like them. But do we have the courage to seek out what our CREATOR put in us to be, and become that? That is to diverge from the common point! This is what everyone says is cool, but that is not what I value or choose for me!

My dad was very mechanical and worked in a factory all his life. He never read books. Did not like to read. Never tried to write anything. Could not stand in front of a crowd and speak if his life depended on it, and yet he wanted me to be like him.

I had to diverge. I hated factory work. (Became a truck driver and minister.) I love to read and write. But because of my upbringing, I had a great fear of speaking in front of people, so when God called me, it was one of my greatest challenges. Because of my upbringing I lost a lot of years finding the real me, but it was so worth the journey! My dad was only trying to help me, he meant well, but you know what I’m talking about. This is part of growing up.

In this story a young lady named Beatrice was born into a very conservative lifestyle. We will talk about the 5 factions on next blog, but it is in her heart for ADVENTURE! To run! To breathe hard, sweat, and be adventurous! She watches those who are called Dauntless, and something in her heart longs to be there! But she will have to leave her family, everything she has grown up with, and even face great danger and hardship, if she wants to be Dauntless. Will she do it? Can she do it? Can she become Dauntless? And of course, there is even a greater challenge she is going to discover that she does not currently know. She is already faced with being “divergent” to her family, but what of the challenge of being “divergent” to her whole society? An act of divergence that makes you an outlaw, a threat to society. Wow, this could get good!

But what about you? What about me? I’m 58 years old and am currently recovering from back surgery. I’ve made a decision to not return to truck driving, but to blaze a whole new trail. Perhaps I will interweave some of that story with these Divergent blurps, but for now, I think we have a good start here.

WHAT HAS GOD PUT IN YOU TO BE? DARE YOU TO SEEK THOSE ANSWERS? DARE YOU TO BECOME? THINK ABOUT IT.

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Movie: “Winter Soldier” / S.H.I.E.L.D.

SPIRITUAL ANALOGY

Since this is a Christian blogsite dealing in spiritual things, I would like to draw a certain analogy from the “Winter Soldier” movie that fits what I have been teaching in my last three messages. (Samurai Vision Parts I, II, III)

I taught in those messages how todays Church may be headed for a great division which eventually leads to a great falling away. We also compared it to the division and civil war that took place in Israel which led to Ten Tribes of Israel being lost forever!

Now in this movie we have an agency known as SHIELD. It is supposed to be the “good guys”, a force against evil, even our superheroes team up with them, almost like mighty prophets of God to do warfare against evil. So in my eyes SHIELD is in the position of the Church, symbolically speaking. (Please understand this is only an analogy that might help us see a spiritual condition already developing. I’m not trying to say this is scripture, it’s only an analogy. Sometimes it is easier to visualize things in this way.)

The point is that we all know the Church has a certain number of people in it who are not really Christians. Maybe they claim to be, or maybe they do not. However, we are talking about something greater than that. An evil greater than that. The Bible speaks of a great falling away! SHIELD is discovered to be so completely compromised by Hydra that it needs to be blown up! SHIELD, in its old form, is no more!

Not only that, but I have spoken of the attack of the enemy on the Church to “feminize” it, and that we need to get back our MANHOOD, like Duck Dynasty! (As weird as that may sound, it is true!) Those who have ears to hear, let him hear!

If my childhood knowledge of comics is correct, the old leader of Hydra, the Red Skull, is passed. (Although he is not really dead.) The current leader of Hydra is a woman whose name is VIPER, but she is also called Lady Hydra. So the group that so infiltrated SHIELD that it had to be blown up, is led by a powerful and evil woman.

There you go. File this away for whatever it is worth to you. Trash if it means nothing. Keep it if the analogy helps you. Thanks for stopping in. Comments welcomed.

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