Thursday, November 18, 2010

God , Art and Truth Part 4

God Desires Art That Reflects His Truth.  How does God inspire filmmakers to reflect his glory and truth, especially nonbelievers?  How does this process play out?

(5) God can speak through the divine. God can speak to all of us in everyday circumstances. Because God is present in the world, he can use all things to fulfill his purpose. Therefore, he can speak through people. He can speak through nature. He can speak through objects. He can speak through creation. We can receive inspiration from God at any place and at any time. God does not limit himself but uses everything to speak to us. That means both Christians and nonbelievers can find their inspiration to create art that reflects his glory and truth in the ordinary things that exist in this world.

In Romans 1:18, Paul says, “God’s anger is shown from heaven against all the evil and wrong things people do. By their own evil lives, they hide the truth. God shows his anger because some knowledge of him has been made clear to them. Yes, God has shown himself to them.” NCV The scripture is clear that God’s presence can be found in the earth and all that God made. His divine nature can inspire all media makers and artists to create media that reflects his truth. Because his truth is known to all mankind, and we are capable of seeing it in his creation.

Paul goes on to say that even though they knew God, they would not worship him. So they created idols to worship that looked like people, birds, animals and snakes. God wants to reveal himself through his creation. That includes everything in the world. There is nothing wrong with artists who create art or images that reflect God’s glory as long as we do not put it above worshiping God. Creating images in itself is not necessarily sinful as long as they express God’s love and his truth. If we love the image more than God it becomes sinful. Although some media and film makers, may reject God's truth, and create images and idols, it is entirely possible that at some level God's truth will be reflected and be completely capable of impacting it's intended audience. Why is this possible ? Romans 8:28 says...."And we know in all things God works for good to those who love God, who have been called according to his purpose" NIV

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