Recently I went to see Kung Fu Panda 3. I love the big lug. Po (his name) is the hero of the saga. He is the hope of every fat guy who dreams of being a superhero. This furry super bear is a jolly jellybelly with furious fists of fire and lightning quick reflexes that are physically impossible for anyone who has a waist bigger than size 32 but hey: this is fantasy. It touches a nerve in the best of ways, especially for slightly chunky guys like me. Anybody who can stuff his face with cookies and dumplings and whisk into action with the speed of a mongoose and force of a hurricane is my role model. He discovers he is the DRAGON WARRIOR. The cuddly butterball is a ballistic missile: Look out !
The characters are absolutely lovable. His duck father, his colleagues in the martial arts; the furious five; his mentor Master Shifu. The story is great.
I got lost in the first pic, enthralled with the comical yet brilliant portrayal of traditional Chinese culture. Not so in this third installment. There is no way you can miss the spiritual overtones of the flick. The whole kit and caboodle of Chinese religion was in it from ancient ancestors to mystical supernatural lands to the harnessing of powerful forces one taps into for personal power. These are things common to Eastern philosophy.
I couldn’t help but feel a little rattled. What a blatant contradiction of Biblical truth. It was made more acute in the light of a book I am now reading entitled “The Other Worldview: Exposing Christianity’s Greatest Threat” by Peter Jones.
This publication makes the point that paganism is quickly encroaching on Western society in the place of Christianity, secular humanism and postmodernism.
The Bible has been displaced for a while now. No longer is the foundation of our society built on the principles of the Judeo Christian Scripture whose main premise is: God is separate from his creation and to be worshipped and sought as the first cause of all things. He is personal, self aware, has a heart mind and emotions and is intimately involved with us and our history. The world is two: God and his Creation.
Secular Humanism denies the supernatural world entirely and exalts Reason as the ultimate and Man as supreme.
Postmodernism confronts this notion by exposing its flaws of secularism but offering no solid alternative. Everyone is left to discover truth on their own. By the way, there is no absolute truth.
This has left a huge spiritual void which the book asserts will be replaced by paganism: a return to the belief that all is one: God Nature Spirit: all one, all connected. There is no distinction. No differences. Male and female are the same. Good and evil are the same. God is us and we are God and the forces of nature are themselves God. All is one and enlightenment comes from within not from without from a personal transcendent God such as the
God the Bible.
The author classifies all things under the umbrella of two worldviews: only two. The Oneist view: (all things are connected. God is within nature and all nature including humans are God)
And the Twoist view: (God is separate from his creation and is the source and centre of all things. All creation (in particular humans) must be reconciled to him through Jesus Christ) Kung Fu Panda is a primer in the Oneist view. It hit me like a ton of bricks because of the book I am reading. On every page it warns the Western World is turning to the East for spiritual guidance and away from the truth of the Holy Scriptures. My eyes have been cleared.
Now I am seeing Eastern religion everywhere. Star Wars. Teenage Ninja Turtles, Marvel and DC comics superheroes. It is everywhere. The message is relentless: The Universe is One. All things are connected. Power is within as we connect with the united forces that be. We are all God.
It’s the old lie revisited when Satan told Eve “if you eat of the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil your eyes will be opened and you will be like God.” Wow.
The Bible tells us that lie that has plunged every human being into sin; the root of all evil is now being pushed on us as the solution to all our problems and the answer to all our questions. The virus that caused our disease is being offered as the cure. The true cure: being connected to God through Jesus Christ is progressively being lost every day.
Only Jesus can, through faith in the blood of his cross, offer the forgiveness of sins that opens the door to God. He is the real remedy to our woes. He is the treasure of our spiritual search.
Here is the truth that leads to eternal life, true enlightenment and power. Ready ?
God is not us. God is not nature, He is not in everything. He outside of us. Greater than us. Separate from us. We “are” because “He is and was and is to come.” There is no light or power in us. It’s only in him Therefore we need to find a way to be ‘In him” or we perish. It’s all in the Word of God.
Jesus is the way. Eastern philosophy which is so popular and is capturing the hearts of minds of more and more people everyday is stealing us away from the truth. Like lemmings charging
towards a cliff heading for destruction we are blindly rushing towards it without a shred of reservation. It’s so attractive to us. Power, Godhood, mastery of the mind, harnessing the unseen, becoming supermen and superwomen; indestructible all wise invincible warriors. What an illusion. What a seduction. What a deadly lie and we love every bit of it.
Suddenly the Kung Fu Panda is not as cute as I thought he was. It seems he really is the Dragon Warrior. His story promotes the lies of the Dragon.
The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent
called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world
astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with
Apparently he is making movies about Pandas. Great movie though. Hmmmmm ????????