The Garden of Eden and the Value of Marriage
Genesis 1–3 defines marriage and shows us that marriage began in the Garden of Eden, in a perfect world. What’s amazing is that when we were thrust out of the Garden under God’s judgment, he let us keep marriage. So marriage today—even an imperfect marriage—is a remnant of the Garden of Eden.
In Matthew 19, Jesus is debating with some theologians about divorce. They want to talk about divorce. He says, “Let’s go all the way back to the beginning. Let’s talk about marriage.” And he quotes Genesis 2 with regard to our marriages today in an imperfect world. So Jesus says that every biblical marriage today, though imperfect, is as sacred, divine, and amazing as the marriage of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Your marriage matters.
Evil is hunting you and will use whatever means to take you down and out of the battle. …for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and the forces of darkness (Ephesians 6:12) In I John 2:16 we learn that we are vulnerable to lust and pride. Our eyes and our souls are tainted. The sin nature exists in us and we will never be totally free of it until we move from this life into the next kingdom.
If you are reading this blog as it comes, this is an extra entry which you have already read. This is a summation of the Lord of the Ring Trailer themes and John Eldredge’s summation of his EPIC adventure portrayed in video.
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Trailer
The Lord of the Rings is a great epic with many parallels to life for those of us who are not living an epic. Or, are we? Maybe, there is more significance to this life than I glean from it. Maybe, I missed something fulfilling. ;I believe these themes apply to a larger audience.
After this whole complex tale was born in the mind of one simple man. I use simple reverently, but to emphasize that he is humanity just like you and me. Tolkien created one of the biggest epics of all time. I don’t want to lower the emotional energy, tireless thought, and hard work he put into this epic. I am so glad he devoted all that he did to create the novel trilogy that has been finally delivered to us in a movie trilogy.
Back to my points, I ask you to view the trailer to see how the themes portrayed there apply to you individually. I believe the 4 themes displayed on the screen have eternal significance. I also believe they apply to all of us.
Eldredge gives us a vision here of the beauty and majesty of the Creation act with so much honor and glory given to the Creator. All of creation worships the Creator. The Creator loves His creation. We, the created, were created to love Him back.
He gives us a hint of the backdrop of the Lord of the Rings. We were made for this. We were made for more. We all long for Eden, and all that comes with it–the ultimate home going, being in His presence.
The Fall portends the Evil that hunts us to this day. Beware!! Don’t betray your Savior or His salvation and Glory or your brothers and sisters.
Why do great stories like Lord of the Rings move us? They move us at a heart level because they speak to us in the language of our hearts. They move us also because they echo greater, larger realities. They get us in touch with the longings in our own hearts. They awaken or excite longings.
The four points seen in the Fellowship of the Ring trailer resonate in every person’s heart. They resonate the four spiritual realities placed in us by God.
So, what were the themes on the screen of the Fellowship of the Ring trailer?
- Fate Has Chosen Him
- A Fellowship Will Protect Him
- This task was appointed to you, and if you do not find a way, no one will! (spoken, not displayed)
- Evil Will Hunt Them