Is Silence(2016) satanic propaganda?
Last night I watched Silence by Martin Scorsese. Powerful film indeed. I was shaken by the movie and thought about it all night, dreaming it when asleep and thinking about it when I woke up.
I believe that it will become a powerhouse, especially with the religious crowd.
The main theme of the movie is the silence of God in the face of Christian suffering and persecution.
Scorsese captures the plight of Christians in Japan under the persecution of the ruling daimyo who had outlawed the faith. He displays the poverty, desperation, and extreme suffering of the people as they are tortured by the leadership of the nation. The movie contains serious examples of persecution, drowning, burning, beating, beheading, as well as prison. It’s serious stuff and impacting.
All in all, it is a tough subject to grasp, and even tougher to explain to non-believers.
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The main characters are played by Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson & Adam Driver. Garfield is the real star here, playing the priest who goes through the wringer over and over. Neeson is the apostate and Driver the true believer who gives his life for the sheep. Garfield should win an Oscar for this role but once again Hollywood missed the boat.
In this movie, Jesus speaks to Garfield, twice. On the first occasion, He tells him to apostate – to step on an icon of Jesus and deny his faith to satisfy the Japanese leaders. The philosophy displayed is extremely persuasive – it’s only a step, a small act of rejection, it’s not really your god, it will end the suffering of the tortured peasants, they don’t really believe in the true Lord, their faith is false – in a false Christ, over and over and over relentlessly pounding the priest’s psyche until he falters and submits. He is freed but made to reject Christ over and over again as his life plays out in Japan. He along with Neeson actually become agents of the government to root out Christianity in Japan.
Later on in the movie Jesus speaks to him again and tells him that He was always with him during the sufferings. The movie ends with Garfield’s death, holding a cross in his hands – implying that he returned to the Lord and received salvation.
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My problem with that is this…Does Jesus really mean what He says when He says something?
Mat 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
2Ti 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
I see this as nothing less than an attempt to excuse people from taking the mark of the beast.
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (Rev 14:9-13)
Perhaps I’m completely wrong. There is a real move in the body of Christ to either believe that we are at the end of the end of days and the Anti-Christ is waiting in the world somewhere OR we’re about to enter a revival / Pentecost that will make everything that came before it look pale. Perhaps both are true.
In any case rest assured, Jesus means what He says and says what He means. He is not capricious, saying one thing and meaning another. The gospel is written for people to understand the basic truths and as you delve deeper you get more revelation.
If you deny Him, He will deny you. The most famous denier, Simon Peter, was given an opportunity to repent by Jesus Himself. Three times he was asked, “Do you love me?” Will you get such an opportunity?
If you receive the MARK, there is no repentance afterward. There will be NO salvation for those who try to save themselves in this way. We MUST throw ourselves upon the feet of Jesus and ride that path, no matter where it leads, even unto death.
Do not fall for the propaganda. Hold fast to the faith that is displayed in the Word of God.