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The Gospel: the central message of Christianity

God is the original storyteller, and he uses every part of the entire universe to tell us this one story, to send us his one message. All other stories are but retellings of small snippets of this very long and very great story. We call this story the Gospel: the one story in the universe, and the central message of Christianity.

The Gospel according to Frozen II (or, why Elsa is Jesus)

At that deepest level - at the very heart of the movie - is the Christ-figure of the story. This is the character we really need to understand to grasp the true essence of the film. For everything about Frozen II - its whole world and plot - is built from the ground up with a singular purpose, to place this Christ-figure character at the very center of the story.

The Gospel according to Disney's "Tangled"

Somehow, I subconsciously understood this whole chain of reasoning in the brilliant flash of that single moment, while my conscious mind was caught completely by surprise and left simply reeling. I only remember being slammed by a magnificent sense of epiphany, overwhelmed by an ineffable feeling of significance. I could never recapture that moment fully; that is as it should be. By the time that my brain had caught up to my subconscious realizations [...], I was saying to myself, "This may be my favorite movie of all time".

The Gospel according to Disney's "Frozen"

"Frozen" is the story of perfect love casting out fear. [...] It's true that its makers didn't sit down and say "hey, let's tell the story of the Christian Gospel". They merely told the truth that underlies the whole universe, like all art is supposed to do. But in doing so - in expressing this truth well - they managed to tell the one and only story in the whole universe. So "Frozen" is in fact a Christian movie - in the sense that all good movies are. After all, there is only one story in the universe.

The Gospel: the central message of Christianity (part 3)

This post and its subsequent parts have been merged into a single post. You should read that instead. The previous post of this series ended with John 3:16, which states that whoever believes in Christ will not perish, but have eternal life. That finally brings us to "Christ", the first and the most important word […]

The Gospel: the central message of Christianity (part 2)

This post and its subsequent parts have been merged into a single post. You should read that instead. The previous post of this series ended with: "Who shall save me from this wretched body of death?" We thus reach the second word in the three-word summary of the Gospel ("Christ saves sinners"). What can we […]

The Gospel: the central message of Christianity (part 1)

This post and its subsequent parts have been merged into a single post. You should read that instead. There is only one story in the universe. Occasionally I'll find a badly told story, which still attempts to convey the message of Christianity. Of such works I've said "you can't blame it for not being the […]