In a previous post I talked about the film “I am Legend”. Well it has just been released on DVD (special edition version has a very interesting alternative ending). Anyway, here are my notes from our churches recent Film & Theology session:
Film & Theology: I am Legend 1
In the barren wasteland that was once New York City, we glimpse a sign proclaiming that “God still loves us,” regardless of the evidence to the contrary. When Robert is told, “Everyone you’ve ever known or loved is dead! They’re all dead! There is no god,” he replies, “God didn’t do this. We did!”
The quote reflects Jobs hopeless cry: Job 6:11-13. Through all the hopelessness (including attempted suicide) Neville is also wrestling with faith issues and the film highlights one of the most common things that people wrestle with: “if God is out there, the reason He does not intervene in the hopelessness of human affairs is because He is not loving. Therefore the God of the Bible does not exist.”
How would you respond to such a statement? What do these passages have to say about the answer to the hopelessness of human existence? Psalms 13:5, Ephesians 2:1-10, 1 John 4:16, John 9:1-7
Anna reminds Robert that their real hope is in God: “He has a plan.”
Film & Theology: I am Legend 2
The significance of the title of the film, I am Legend, is obvious. In Exodus 3:14 “I AM” is the name of God revealed to Moses when Moses was before the burning bush in Midian. Eight times in the Gospel of John Jesus proclaimed himself to be “I AM” (He is “I am”, the same “I am” that spoke to Moses). Significantly in John 8:12 He says “I AM the light of the world”. “I am” came to deliver His people from the powers of this Evil Age. Through the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ, we are offered immunity from death and a new life in the House of God. (Did you notice the name of the women and boy – Anna & Ethan (Grace & Enduring) – trying to get to Bethel (House of God).
Robert seeks to explain his faith by using the life and music of Bob Marley: “He had this idea. It was kind of a virologist idea. He believed that you could cure racism and hate… literally cure it, by injecting music and love into people’s lives. When he was scheduled to perform at a peace rally, a gunman came to his house and shot him down. Two days later he walked out on that stage and sang. When they asked him why, he said, “The people, who were trying to make this world worse… are not taking a day off… how can I? Light up the darkness.”
What did Jesus mean when He said He was “I AM”. What is your biblical justification for your answer?
Film & Theology: I am Legend 3
In the film there are two kinds of people left in the world: Light-dwellers and dark-dwellers. Robert, Anna & Ethan are one of the few light-dwellers left in the world but the majority are crazed zombies who hate the light.
God designed us to depend on light. Jesus calls Himself the Light of the world (John 8:12). What does that mean? What did Jesus say in John 3:16-21 about light-dwellers and dark-dwellers?
Read these passages and develop a 6-10 point outline about how we live as light-dwellers.
John 12:46, 1 John 1:5-7, Romans 13:11-14, John 12:35-36, 2 Corinthians 4:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:5-10