There is the natural world we live in, and then there is the world that really matters. The realm of God’s Kingdom or as we may call it, the supernatural.
Now by supernatural I mean this: Latin prefix to natural: “Super” is a Latin adverb and preposition that means “over, above, on the top of, in addition, during”
Over the natural, above the natural, in addition to the natural. Now think of ‘natural’ as ‘the flesh’ the apostle Paul wrote about and it should be easy to follow my meaning here…
Modern Christians sometimes have a problem with the ‘supernatural’ world. We say we believe the Word of God but for some reason the idea of encountering a talking donkey or walking on water or watching someone being raised from the dead just never enters our ‘logical’ modern mind as something that happens in our modern age. We’d probably faint if we encountered such things. You might say we’ve been ‘educated’ out of the wonder of the supernatural. And our teachers in church don’t dwell on this as they should, most just expect us to just accept it as part of the Biblical narrative.
(I remember when teaching a class of 4-5 year old children being asked ‘how did God do that’ and not having an answer that would satisfy him)
Yet when we sit down to be a-mused we are bombarded by the choice of movies and TV shows featuring what else…. the supernatural. It is presented to our mind as real. We turn off our thinking minds and allow ourselves to be fed images and ideas. Where are those ideas and images coming from?
We never once think about what side in the very REAL supernatural world our ‘entertainment’ is being promoted from. Take for instance the very popular show ‘The Walking Dead’. I wonder how many Christians know that scripture talks about those who really are zombies, who are very real and who cannot die? Yet they are content to watch such things that very well may mirror the horrors of the Great Tribulation play out in front of them, because it is just TV, it’s not ‘real’. No harm done.
Take a look… Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
Why do I bring this up? The idea of gross, rotting dead folks walking around in the world is fed into our minds. Our mind does not separate fake images from real images. Truthfully, it cannot tell them apart. And guess what, those images linger. They don’t go away when you turnoff the TV. Is this the food for our souls we want to ‘eat’?
There’s a story I tell my grandkids, not really a story but more like an object lesson. I ask them what the word ‘muse’ means…
“to reflect, ponder, meditate; to be absorbed in thought,” mid-14c., from Old French muser (12c.)
…when they cannot answer I tell them it is the opposite of ‘amuse’. Muse means to think, to ponder, to reflect. Attach the prefix ‘a’ to it and it means the LACK of or AGAINST… thought.
Amuse means to turn off conscious thought and when that is basically turned off you’re actually letting someone else put thoughts in your head in the form of ‘amusement.
In some instances that’s fine if what we’re allowing in is true and lovely, pure and just…, but most people today don’t choose carefully what ‘stories’ are going into their minds, what they’re feeding their souls.
We’re told we should choose carefully in scripture: Philippians 4:8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
I quit watching TV a long time ago. It wasn’t necessarily for ‘religious’ reasons, I just lost interest. I rarely watch modern movies for the same reason. Most have no purpose but to indoctrinate the mind with garbage. I encourage you all to consider at least what is planted as seeds within your mind. The supernatural is REAL, will you invite in whatsoever is pure and lovely, just? To be blunt the other side is waiting to be invited in. And it is very real. Guard your heart and mind.