so i saw donald miller the other night and he was talking about his new book - a million miles for a thousand years - which apparently explains the process of making your life into a movie (blue like jazz is apparently headed this way)
so, in his talk he dissects "story" - what it is. and in his journey he studies under the famous robert mckee who has a seven billion page book on narrative!
anyway don said some REALLY interesting, thought provoking things.so if you have time or care to read, do :) i realize he is often criticized as being liberal. and i am not validating everything he says but i think anything that causes us to ask questions will help us to better know what we do or do not believe. and i appreciate the fact that he is filled with both wit and knowledge - has an open mind - and thinks for himself. he never pushes anyone into believing what he does. he just speaks.
throughout the talk, don made it really clear that the same thing happens in EVERY story - a character goes through some kind of conflict to get to an end... if the end is bad, it is a tragedy, but a story nonetheless.
he made an observation about conflict - it is in EVERY person's life. and our society teaches us to believe that conflict has no place here. we "deserve" better and are even taught the smallest amount of conflict, such as grease on dishes, is a crime against humanity.
ok so he takes it to the Bible - a whole lotta conflict. God puts it in our lives. He needs us to have conflict because he knows (and i kind of made this part up:)
a) without it, there's no story
b) through it, He is always there and we become aware of the fact that we need Him to be there
c) because of it, we are appreciative of life, the other side of the conflict, thereby we have JOY
THEN don went on to talk about something else.... the original story. adam!
adam was completely fulfilled by God. after all, it was just adam AND God. that's it. but even being completely fulfilled ( to the point of nakedness without embarassment) God acknowledged that adam was lonely and needed.... he needed something BESIDES God! say WHAT? ok at that point God has adam do something that we might brush over... he has adam name all of the animals. it has been estimated that this process could take up to ONE HUNDRED years! here adam is, lonely... the only one of his kind , naming and naming... and FINALLY God creates eve - and she is bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh. because he had been through that conflict, that hellish experience even, and he now appreciated eve like he couldn't have before.
ok so that was the main topic of his talk
BUT over the course of the evening, he brought up a couple of more points that he thinks are theologically incorrect. this is the interesting part. things that we have been told over and over that don claims aren't in the Bible:
1) A hole in our hearts, refer to the donut hole analogy, that can only be filled by Jesus:
Biblically, that hole can only be completely filled at the marriage supper of the Lamb - but not on this earth and definitely not at conversion.
2) You can become the person God means for you to be:
Because of the fall, we cannot be in full communion with God as He intends, completely fulfilled by Him until, again, heaven.
3) He contends the idea that certain steps can be taken to have a blessed/fulfilled life:
If we can do anything or pray anything that can lead us to a blessed life, then what happens when we fail? it is then our fault? don recommended that if you are going to read books about success/fulfillment/blessing, before purchasing, you should flip to the back page, see if the author is naked... if not, don't buy. (get it... adam was fulfilled by God and naked?) haha i thought that was funny
Ok one last thing - I realize some of this is very random but he did give one of the best definitions of forgiveness I have ever heard
Forgiveness: is when you carry a burden that someone else has given you BUT you no longer hold them responsible. however, the burden is always there. it does not leave you. the blame leaves.
i like to listen to what people have to say. i like being aware of other opinions and then forming my own. i think it is healthy. and i think we should all keep listening and reading and learning :)