Thor: Ragnarok [In perspective]

Disclaimer: If you haven’t seen Thor: Ragnarok, then this must be a good chance for you to close this blogpost because *spoiler alert!* and see it for yourself. I highly recommend it. Your money and time is going to be worth it!

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I have seen the movie “Thor: Ragnarok” in two different occassions and of course, it didn’t change one bit (in a good way!). It only makes it more interesting and I was able to see it in a different perspective. There are some scenes I wanted to look into, dialogues you cannot miss, and action-filled scenes that made my jaw drop.

Thor: Ragnarok is a movie filled with testoterone (because Chris Hemsworth, Edris Alba, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo, duh!) comedic humor, family issues, friendship being tested, betrayal and redemption — all weaved together to form an art, hammered together (see what I did there?) to make die hard fans craving for more Marvel Universe movie. Also, let’s not forget how Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson was able to carry out their characters well. (A big applause for Cate Blanchett for playing Hela!)

Trivia: Hela is the first Female Antagonist in the whole Marvel Universe franchise.

Now, not everyone of you might agree with me on how have I described he movie as I know I’m not even qualified to be a movie critic whatsoever. The point is, I enjoyed the movie and it made me more excited to know how will the Marvel Universe interlace the whole MCU for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

Some of you might get too caught off guard with Thor’s “criminally seductive” look (and that’s a nod to the Grandmaster, played by Jeff Goldblum right there) or the heart-stopping fight scene between Thor and Hulk, the hilarious witty exchange of lines between the Asgardian siblings, name it. There are scenes you cannot simply miss. Scenes that I know our brains will try to recall how awesome they were. But I know this one scene that left a dent in my heart, and has somehow points me to write this blogpost.

Thor, facing Hela, loses an eye and then has a vision of Odin that helps him realize only Ragnarök can stop Hela. While Hela is distracted, Loki locates Surtur’s crown and places it in the Eternal Flame. Surtur is reborn and destroys Asgard, seemingly killing Hela.

Source: Wikipedia (don’t worry, this is accurate)

Whilst Thor was held captive under Hela’s hands and somewhat looked defeated, Thor (as describe in Wikipedia) has a vision of Odin. Thor, kneeling down before his father, admits that Hela is too strong; that he cannot fight her without the use of his weapon, the Mjölnir. Odin, filled with wisdom, then responds to his son Thor, which awakens his power. Odin then asks Thor if he is a god of hammers.

Odin reminded him that the hammer is not the source of his power, but to help him focus his strength.

To some, that exchange of conversation among them is nothing to us. But for me, there is an underlying wisdom to it.If you’re going to look at it at a Christian perspective, it would give you a different context, but same theme.

Odin has reminded Thor that his identity does not rely on his weapon, his strength is already within him.

That scene and that line has strucked me the most. It has been burned in my memory that I dire to write something about it.

Sometimes we are like that. Under the hands and pangs of the enemy, we, too, often forgot who we are and what we are. We hope on what is tangible, we hope on what is seen, what is real, what feels real in our hearts. We often forget that’s not how faith operates. We often forget that Jesus died for us, therefore changing our status into the rightful heir, into children of God.

Our real identity in Christ Jesus.

John 1:12, and among other verses in the bible gives out and elaborated our true idenity in Christ: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,”. Ephesians 1:5 highlights that idea about us being “adopted” in Christ: “He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,”. And finally, about us not being just an ordinary human beings, but called to be a heir and a member of the royal family in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

The Spirit within us makes us claim these things with full conviction and audacity, that we ar the Children of the living God, through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, with which the enemy tries to rob from us.

In times of our dull moments, when we feel like the pangs of the enemy is upon us, we forget about these promises and overwhelmed by our circumstances. My friends, I hope by the means of this blog, we would be reminded that we are not identified by our present and past circumstances, but by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

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All Walk or All Talk?

Am I a Christian because I claimed to be one or am I a Christian because I act like one?

These were the words that popped out of my head just when I arrived in the office which made me write this blog. I’ve been evaluating and re-evaluating my walk with the Lord as if there’s an assessment that might happen anytime soon. After all, “the Lord will come like a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2), no one knows when it’ll happen, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Mark 13:32 NIV). We’ll never know when will the judgment might happen, but God commanded us to be always ready (Matthew 24:44), so I guess it’s always better to place our best foot forward for His glory and not ours.

 

I’ve been checking my heart lately, is this condemnation? are there doubts? are there fears? Am I walking as a mediocre Christian? Do I walk the talk or all I ever do is talk? Am I being too hard on myself? No one really knows, God sees the heart that’s for sure. But as for me, I don’t think I ever went up or down the ranks of Christianity.

 

One thing I know for sure: The grace of the Lord is always available for us. His love and mercy has already covered us. His grace is always sufficient in our weakness. (So I just rebuked myself lol)

Whatever we’re going through, may it be that we just came to know Jesus or we walked with Him for years, focus on Him and Him alone; after all, He is the author and perfecter of our faith.