“Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean'”…not even The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

It was Jesus who said:

“Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’” (Mark 7:14-16)

Later on while sitting with his disciples he then explained…

21 “For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’” (Mark 7:21-23)

Most commentators see Jesus’ intent is to show that the source of impurity is our heart…our own thought-life…not culture. That the key is not necessarily protecting ourselves from the world’s “anti-god ideals,” but to continuously form & sharpen our own biblical filter as we engage culture’s beliefs and values.

So, should we be using The Golden Compass as an opportune platform to engage our young people in; testing their faith filters with dialogue and guidance…or should we be locking their doors and scaring them from this “demonic” film (and in turn actualizing the premise of the movie)?


~ by Dave Smith on December 13, 2007.

One Response to ““Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean'”…not even The Golden Compass”

  1. […] Should this passage limit artistic engagement or unlock the whole world to our handling & assessment? NOTE:  See past post on remarks given in response to the Golden Compass. […]

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