Monday, April 22, 2013

man destroys

There's a scene in Jurassic Park, right when the action really begins, where paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler and mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm await an inevitable attack by a T-rex with a serious case of munchies. Being the sardonic protagonist that he is, Dr. Ian turns to Dr. Ellie and says, "God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs. Dinosaurs destroy man..."

The eccentric yet lovable mastermind behind the prehistoric amusement park, John Hammond, spares no expense to leave his mark on the world.  In fact, he says, "Spare no expense," at least five times throughout the film. Little does he know, the expense may be his grandchildren.

At what cost will we pursue our own glory? We may not be engineering extinct species, but we're all a little like John Hammond. The illusion of success is exhilarating, especially in an individualistic culture like ours. So in a sense, we begin playing God; taking matters into our own hands in hopes of accumulating praise.

Its a risky business. In Matthew 16:26,  we're asked a question, and the answer is of eternal consequence. "For what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and suffers the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?"

God cannot be destroyed. He is alive and all-powerful, just as He's always been and always will be. When man lives to make a mark on the world instead of making the marks on Jesus' hands known to all, the expense spared is the man.

Man destroys, not God, but himself.

*And Jurassic Park 3D? Totally worth sparing the expense of a movie ticket!!!

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