February Pop Culture & the Bible, Bible Study
What is: Pop Culture and the Bible, Bible Study?
It's an opportunity for Youth/Young Adults to practice putting their faith to work while looking at pop culture. We generally watch movies and then explore how Scripture intersects with what we've watched. This way of thinking about media can be applied to music, film, literature, television, art, and just about any other form of cultural production. We hope that the people coming to this would become wise consumers of media and be able to apply their Christian faith to whatever they are looking at.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 film directed by Ang Lee. It stars Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang.
This film features two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive who are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.
We will watch the movie and then we'll spend some time looking at the differences between Buddhism and Christianity, especially looking at the contrast between how Christians and Buddhists view reality and the afterlife. We will also look closely at forgiveness as presented in this film and whether this is how Christians understand forgiveness.
Something to get you started, read this section from the Gospel of St. Luke where Jesus talks about the cost of Discipleship:
Now great crowds accompanied [Jesus], and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be My disciple." (Luke 14:25-33 ESV)