Oblivious to the truth

Posted: April 19, 2013 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Uncategorized
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Yesterday we discussed a bit about how we can be led to doubt what we know about the world. Today we continue on similar waters, but spoilers will come. You have been warned!

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Jack (Tom Cruise) is doing the cleanup service after humanity left Earth. He is nowhere as cool as Wall-E, but at least he is not alone. What he knows (or thinks he knows ) is that Eath fought a brave war against aliens and eventually had to relocate to Titan, while a ship called Tet was left orbiting the planet and commanding the cleanup crew (not their official name) that makes sure the resource harvest gigantic machines work properly. They are concerned because some mean aliens are still in the area and they want to blow up everything, ye of mean spirit.

But something is going on that rattles Jack. He has some weird memories, some remembrances of a lady on top of the Empire State Building. Eventually he learns that his life is a lie, that the aliens he is supposedly hunting are in fact the only humans left on Earth. Nobody is living in Titan. And that big ship on orbit? THOSE ARE THE ALIENS!!!

Wait, who is he then? Throught some events he comes to learn that he is not even who he thinks he is – the hard reality is that he is a clone, what he thinks to be true is false and he has to re-evaluate all that he thinks he knows. His co-worker/lover refuses to believe and is eventually desintegrated by the flying evil chubby eye.

Now, what about the Gospel? When it comes to this kind of experience (see Matrix), we can easily compare this coming to the knowledge of truth to the comprehension of the Gospel. Let’s see – you live in a lie, you think you know who you are, who those weirdoes are, who is good, who is evil and your life is somewhat settled in such knowledge. And yet you somehow know things are not wuite what they should be, like a splinter on your mind (whoops).

Yet when you come to the knowledge of truth is because this happens:

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

The same God who said “Let there be light”speaks into our hearts and there is light made inside of us to trust in Jesus Christ. When we come to this knowledge of truth, we also re-evaluate everything: our own place in the world, the claims of tuth we have been fed by this evil world and even the weirdoes who keep sayig they are the real humanity. It hurts! This process hearts. But there is life in it.

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