The Bible tells us that death is an “enemy,” and that one day it will be “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14).
I know “desensitized” is not a commonly used word, but I use it to challenge us with this question: Have even Christians become desensitized to death? I ask this question after reading a number of comments on my public Facebook page and the AiG Facebook page after we posted some observations about the new blockbuster dinosaur movie, Jurassic World.
I watched Jurassic World last week because I knew people would ask our opinion of a film about dinosaurs. Of course, once I gave my opinion, a number of people got upset with me! But, I’m used to this kind of reaction: it seems whatever I write, some people will object to it—that’s the nature of this life. The posting of negative comments is also a part of the nature of the Internet: it allows people to express opinions they may not have thought through carefully enough!
Now, I called the movie violent and “gory” because a lot of humans were killed and eaten by dinosaurs in this film. Plus dinosaurs are eating dinosaurs—it’s all very graphic. After all, a common definition of “gory” is: “involving or showing violence and bloodshed.”
People posted Facebook comments saying that the movie wasn’t that gory—that kids are used to such killing in movies and TV programs. One lady appeared insulted that I seemed to tell her she shouldn’t send her kids to see such a movie! Well, I didn’t tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t do—just that I wouldn’t want my grandkids seeing it because it was gory—yes, gory.
I also pointed out that there were some references to evolution in the film, and many people commented that this fact wouldn’t stop their family seeing it since that content would help them point out the evolutionary statements. But as far as I could see, not one person who said they were taking their family to see the movie said they would make sure they discussed, for example, the issue of death from a biblical perspective. In fact, I think many Christians have become “desensitized” to death! And I think so many in the younger generations are not challenged to think about death— including as presented in this new movie—in a correct, biblical way.
With the instance of when Jesus came to the tomb of Lazarus, many Bible scholars explain that this account shows He was a true man (the God-man) exhibiting sympathy and compassion. But it also shows that He was angry at death. Christ was about to deal death its “death blow” by dying on the Cross and being raised again. You see, all human beings are under the judgment of death because of sin (Genesis 3). In fact, when we experience that horrible separation between us and a loved one who dies, we need to be reminded of how a much greater separation has occurred between us and our God because of sin. Yes, death is an enemy! We also need to remember that for those who do not receive the free gift of salvation, the Bible tells us they will suffer a “second death” (Revelation 20:14).